May the Lord give us wisdom to remain planted in the Word of God., May we be like trees that are planted by the rivers of water., May we bear fruit for the Kingdom of God. May your plant based diet of spiritual food help you grow and remain healthy in God’s grace.
I love how the word goal starts with go! May the Lord give us wisdom today to pursue our dreams and desires!
Happy New Year from Living on Pitch! If you are reading this I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2020 New Year.
I haven’t written much last year on the blog and I’d like to write more this year. I like to write things down and as I get older, I need to write things down so I don’t forget. I noticed I don’t write down a lot of prayers even with a prayer journal by my bedside. I can make a list which is often easier to do as far as putting names on a list, writing out things to do, places to go, etc. Writing out a shopping list, thinking over my bucket list, and creating new things for my vision board seems much simpler that writing down a prayer. I am determined and encouraged though to do the things that aren’t the most convenient for me this year. I am encouraged to write down more prayers. I believe written prayers can be just as good as my silent or spoken prayers. How does writing out prayers sound to you? Written prayers might help you stay focused on spending more time with God and written prayers can be read over again throughout your day to day activities. Will you give it a try? See if the power of prayer and the power of the pen help you win today!
I want to offer a prayer for you today. I pray God blessings on your life. I pray for your goals, dreams and heart’s desires. I pray for focus, vision, wisdom and grace to cover you all year long. May God’s peace reign over you in whatever comes your way this year. I pray for the challenges that will change you, the things that are not seen but on their way to make you better, bolder, and build your faith in God. May the ups and the downs cause you to be strong in the Lord. I pray for lessons learned in both the wins and the losses. I pray for good evenings and good mornings with God. I pray for a new year filled with memories, laughs, and most of all love. Amen.
Do you know how to make an exit? We’ve heard of making an entrance but I am curious to know if you know how to properly make an exit. How you leave says a lot about who you are and what you value. On the airplane there is a row called the exit row. You have a little more leg room in that row but you also have more responsibility that comes with that seat. Some people make quick exits and other s take a while to leave. Do you know how to exit a conversation loaded with gossip? Do you know how to exit a conversation filled with negativity? Do you know how to exit a restaurant serving unhealthy food when you’re watching what you eat? Here are two ways to make an exit.
- Practice. Like making an entrance you have to prepare for it. You must do it. Get up and go. Shut up and leave. Walk away silently or loudly.
- Pray. You have to pray about the decision you are making. Ask yourself what do I value most? What does God say about this situation?
Sometimes you have to say these words to yourself, I’m not staying here so you can move on. How do you get unstuck? You start verbally saying I’m not staying here. I’m not doing the same thing over and over. I’m not going to continue down the road of disappointment. I’m going to do better. You start walking in a different direction in your mind first. My prayer today is for us to live courageous lives and walk out in faith even when it seems hard to do so.
I just returned from a trip to the Holy Land. I can now say I have walked in the footsteps of Jesus. I saw places I’ve read about and heard about in the Bible for many years. I’ve eaten bread and taken holy communion in a garden. I learned a lot in a few short days but one thing I couldn’t grasp was how the gospel message is still foreign to some. While in the Holy Land, I heard someone ask their tour guide about Jesus as we were standing in front of a beautiful church. The tourist said aloud, “I don’t know this Jesus.” She said it as if she wasn’t sure who the tour guide was talking about. The historical facts, the architecture designs and the stones were intriguing to us all, but her words hit me like a ton of bricks as I passed through a crowd to catch up to my group. I silently prayed she would get to know Jesus personally, not just learn his name at a tour site. That day I learned sometimes we can truly miss Jesus at home and abroad. We can walk in his footsteps but not walk like Him. We can eat bread and drink water but forget the source of it all. I learned we must seek Him as the Bible says, no matter where we are. Seek to know Him better, seek Him to find answers to questions. Keep seeking to see how the Bible stories will come alive in our walk of faith. This is my prayer as I strive to keep living on pitch and I pray the same for you.
John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. that whoever believes in Him should not perish have eternal life.
With all my heart Lord.
All day I will trust in the Lord.
I am learning to pray more through every situation. I know there is power in prayer. Talking to God helps when I don’t understand and it also helps when I totally get it. God gets it. If I just sit in silence God gets it, if I open my mouth and the words jumble all up or my mind starts to wander, God gets it. I can come to Him with thoughts and thanksgiving. He listens, He hears and He accepts me unconditionally. Why would I go anywhere else but to God in prayer?
Prayer: Dear Lord teach me to come to you before others. Teach me cast all my cares on you. Amen.
Lord help me get a grip before I slip. Anchored living starts with prayer. Now that’s what I call Living On Pitch.
Have you ever said these things? I want to take a vacation and go somewhere peaceful. I want to learn new things and experience life more fully. I want to buy a nice house and live comfortably. I want to run my own business. Maybe your desires are not all that tangible and physical, you just want more joy or more peace. Maybe you desire to be satisfied on the inside versus what people can see on the outside. I have many desires and my heart wants God to do so many things in my life. It seems like my list of desires continues to grow like flowers in a garden. I find myself praying long and short prayers of “Lord fix this and that. Lord do this and do that.” I think I have the just ask part down to a science. but the just confess part is a whole different story. I’ll confess that my desires are self-centered mostly and it’s really hard to admit that. How often do we say, but God knows my heart, as if our hearts can’t ever change. I know God can change my heart as easy as He can change my situation. So I don’t have to stop praying, I don’t even have to stop asking. I must start confessing as I learn to pray Lord forgive me more than I pray Lord give me.
Scripture: 1 John 1:9 (KJV) says if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
It’s another busy week but here I am. Desperate for God to help me live on pitch. My story is the same. Stay in tune with the Master. My agenda for this week is simple.
Monday: Lord keep me day by day. Especially this day.
Tuesday: Lord, be my strength and help me to keep on going, especially today.
Wednesday: Lord thank you for loving me, especially today.
Thursday: Lord, help me trust you in every area of my life, especially today..
Friday: Lord thank you for being there for me always, especially today.