Monday, August 31, 2015

Only You

I wake up thinking about myself:
what will I do today?
who will I see?
how will I succeed?

God is waiting for me to come to my senses,
to see that nothing can be attained without his help,
nothing can be enjoyed without his blessing,
nothing can be endured without his support.

I figure it out, eventually.
Sometime during the day, when I've gotten behind,
I've given up,
I've broken down,
then I remember.

It's all about him. It was always about him.
He made it all about me when he died for me on the cross,
but even that was about his glory,
about showing his love to a world that didn't get it, either,
a world that wakes up thinking about themselves,
trying hard to achieve, to succeed, and to belong.

If only I had looked to him sooner
and beheld him as he really is--
I would be overcome by his achievement, his success, his belonging.
No more "what will I do? who will I see? how will I succeed?"
No more.

Just him.
Indescribable.
Unexplainable.
Awesome in power and love and patience.
Only you matter, Jesus.

My morning worries have vanished.
I can't remember them now.
Only you.


Ps. 66:5 "Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man's behalf!"

Sunday, August 30, 2015

One Prayer a Day: Today and Every Day

A Celtic Prayer of Praise from my friend Bob Hostetler--

One Prayer a Day: Today and Every Day:
You are the peace of all things calm.
 You are the place to hide from harm.
 You are the light that shines in dark.
 You are the heart's...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Praise and Power


Start with praise

You want God to hear your prayers? Praise him first. God suggests the context of praise if we want to enter his presence; He knows that if we focus on his goodness instead of our own resourcefulness, we will have faith to endure and conquer the hardships of life. Praise builds faith. Self-focus undermines faith and places us on a path of never-ending anxiety. So praise the Lord for who he is. It will determine who you become!

Psalm 100
Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.