Thinking is one thing I do a lot of. Being a planner and part-perfectionist, I drive myself crazy considering all possible alternatives to a plan. After I have mulled them all over, I finally choose my direction. At least to start out with. If that direction doesn’t work, I go to Plan B. My reasoning is that only by thinking very hard about something can I come up with the best possible solution. I will admit that can be a heavy burden to bear, that all of my thinking has to have good results. You know what kind of thinking is easy to do and ALWAYS has good results? Thinking about good things!
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
Of course, we need to think about what needs to be done in our lives and how to handle it best. But when I read Philippians 4:8, it seems to say to me…If you plan on doing lots of thinking (and I do), think on good things for awhile. Thinking doesn’t always have to be about problem-solving, but praising the true problem-solver. How much would my life change if I took ten minutes a day and did nothing but think of all that’s Good, God.
Let’s call this a faith exercise. I will do this too. How about we set a timer, go to a quiet, alone place and do nothing but think how great God is! Mentally list all that He has done for yourself and others. Think of how awesome He is to love us with all of His abundant love. Think about how much love that is! Think about anything that deserves praise. Let it fly. Do not open a book, check your phone or email until the timer goes off. I am starting now. See you in ten minutes. I just sent my puppy to the basement with my husband so I can focus. Ok, Tina, think!
Wow…That felt way longer than I thought it would be, but what a wonderful time of praise! I kept expecting the timer to go off, so I almost got distracted. Thinking on good, happy things about our Lord brings peace. I felt closer to my Savior the more I praised Him for who He is and what He has done and for loving me as I am and saving me. Having no distractions made the time seem longer, more purposeful and fuller and of better quality. That is how prayer should be, full and rich with praise. Not once did I make any plans or think of my to-do list! Was this your experience too? Thank You, Lord, for this!
The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:2
Dear Father, Holy God,
We exalt You. We lift up Your name to be praised above every other name. You not only have done great things for us but You answer us when we pray for others! You cannot help but be good. That is who You are. We praise You for all of Your plans, whether our human mind can understand them or not. We trust You and know You love us. We will try to spend more quality time meditating on how awesome You are, when our schedule gets hectic or trials threaten to take us down. You are faithful and excellent! We love You. Amen
Love and prayers to everyone. Have a great Tuesday!
” Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will” Matthew 11:25-26 ESV
After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” John 17: 1 NIV
I am reading my Bible this morning and I am fascinated with Jesus’ prayers to God. In the two prayers of Jesus above, He is thanking God and submitting to God. Doing these things and having a vital prayer life with God is not only important for us, but for Jesus too. When we pray we can accomplish amazing things. We can align ourselves with God in the same way Jesus did. He aligned Himself with God through prayer.
Jesus prays to Him, praises Him and acknowledges God’s will. He thanks God in Matthew 11 above, for His will, which places Him in total submission to God. The same happens for us. When we raise up God, we put ourselves in line to do His will. Not on a horizontal, same-plane kind of alignment, but a vertical alignment, beneath Him. Alignment is best accomplished when, in prayer, we talk to our Father as our authority of our lives. We lower ourselves to accept and also seek His plans.
We cannot lift ourselves up, nor are we meant to. It is God’s job to exalt us as He sees fit, IF He sees fit.
Dear Father: We thank You for sending Your Son to be the example for us to follow. We know that all He did was on Your authority. We, also,want to do everything under Your authority. Lead us further and further with You, into a close but vertical position. You are God and we are not. Forgive us when we do things or make decisions without praying about them first with You. We glorify You as King, Father and Lord of all that is in the universe, including us. We love You so much! May You be glorified in all we do today with the day You have given us. Amen
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30
Imagine the requests from us to God, then imagine how many issues have travelled back and forth from you and Him. It is not unlike tractor trailers that crowd the road to deliver cargo and then return home with the heavy load gone from the truck. Often, a truck returns to home base with something different than it started with, a new load to bring home.
We are kind of like trucks:) With today’s chaos and changes, we need Jesus more than ever. Current events and trials weigh us down, like trucks with heavy cargo. Prayer carries our cargo to Jesus. We send up all of our fears, disappointments, joys, questions, confessions, pleading and all other matters in prayers to Him. The highway between us and Jesus is well traveled. Jesus takes our load then sends back what we need, answers, instruction, guidance, light, discipline and His love, to name a few. We always come away with loads more than we gave. He is a giver.
Jesus lives to give us what we need. He died to give us what we need!
Dear Jesus, Please empty us of our burdens, or give us Your strength to bear them. We know that sometimes You might not take them away because it will help us to grow spiritually. If that is Your will, then we will glorify You in it. Thank you for being the giver that You are and the fact that you will be there whenever we need you, which is forever. We love you so much! Amen
Do you have a habit of going to the same stores all the time? Is it because you like knowing exactly where to find what you need? It’s so convenient, isn’t it? Returning to the most reliable, dependable stores is a no-brainer. The more times they have what we need, the more likely we are to go back to the same place.
It’s the same train of thought for spiritual needs. We can have that same reliability factor and find what we need from the Bible every time. God makes it so easy; He is there in His Word whenever we go looking for Him. One-stop shopping! There’s nothing God cannot supply out of His stores of goodness and wisdom. He’s available 24 hours, to hear us, help us, and never too busy to watch over us. He never fails:) That’s convenience!
Awhile before He was crucified, Jesus talked to the disciples; they were sad because He would be going away soon. They didn’t even have to ask for comforting though. Jesus already knew they needed it. He does that for us too; He knows our feelings and hearts before we ask for something. Out of love, Jesus comforted the disciples with these words that He knew would encourage them.
Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. Matthew 16: 23-24 NKJV
Jesus loves us so much and wants to be our go-to person for peace, comfort, wisdom, everything. Someday, instead of reading Jesus’ words, we will hear them in person! What a day that will be!
Friends, I hope you know you are so loved. I pray for the you, readers of the words God leads me to write. This blog is my attempt to please Jesus by getting His and His Father’s Words out in the world a bit more. I haven’t always had that as my priority, but it’s never too late to make a change, He tells me:) We need to be ready and willing to tell the world why we have hope in a sometimes dark world.
Please bless my brothers and sisters who are reading this. Plant in them a joy and a hope that shines out to others. Give us what we need to accomplish Your will. When we need help, nudge us to go to Your supply of wisdom, Your word. Please give us opportunities to use what You teach us. We love You! Amen.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7 NKJV
Insert your name into the verse above, as if Jesus is talking to you. For example, in Matthew 6:23….. “Tina…I will see you again and your heart will rejoice and your joy no one will take from you.” That is powerful! Inserting your name will remind you that He is speaking to you personally.
Good morning! Today is a day of rest and a great day to bask in the greatness of the Lord. It’s a great day to come into His presence in a special time of prayer. We can ask Him for our needs but more importantly, we can listen to Him.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.”
In a quiet, secluded place with no distractions, be still and pray out of your love for Him and listen to what He may say to you. Here are some ideas of things to discuss with our Father. Just a suggestion:)
Lord, I love You. Please lead me because…
Teach me how to…
Forgive me and correct me when I….
Thank You for my trials and blessings because…
Give me an opportunity to help ….(person’s name)
Touch those who need Your help and peace…(family, friends, church,world)
You are my King, Lord…(call Him all the names that He is. Adore Him. Praise Him)
I desire that Your will be first on my list and in my heart and life.Please help me hear You better so I can obey You forever. Show me how to be more like You.Amen