I love flowers in the garden. I don’t have a physical garden in my home but I’ll admit sometimes I go to Home Depot just to walk through the garden section and see all the pretty colors blooming. I’ll see someone watering the plants and flowers to keep them alive and fresh. As I step in the garden I start to think, there’s hope for me if I just plant a seed. I may not have a green thumb but I have a garden of hope. You also can have a garden of hope. When we decide to plant seeds of hope, trust in God and water them regularly by reading God’s word we come alive. If we allow God to grow us up in faith, love, and truth we will see the beauty that surrounds us when we are in the garden.
My prayer this morning is simple. The words to the hymn I Am Thine O Lord say it all. Draw me nearer Lord, Nearer blessed Lord. My favorite verse says :
Consecrate me now, to thy service Lord, By the power of grace divine
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope and my will be lost in Thine.
My morning prayer is Lord help us live with purpose and grow closer to you.
I have been doing some spring cleaning which I think I started a little late. It feels good to purge things that are no longer being used or get rid of old and unwanted items that just seem to collect dust on my shelves. I am starting to feel like I need to make room for something. I am not quite sure what it is yet, but I will keep on purging. I sang these words in church recently “my storage is empty and I am available to you” and it reminded me to think about the life God has given me and how I want to give back to Him. I need to ask the Holy Spirit to just clean and empty out the internal closet and dust off the shelves. I can’t let sin settle in or pride trap me in. It amazes me how God controls the pouring in as I do the emptying out. I love 1 John 1:9 (ESV) which says if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God’s word promises that He will fill us, strengthen and renew us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, clean out my cabinets of sin, remove fear and doubt, cleanse me, and wash me inside and out. Release me from the stuff that holds me back, the old and messy things that try to hide inside my heart. Purify me Lord and make me to be what you would have me to be. Amen
In just two words I have so much to say. My two words for today are SO MUCH.
When you feel unloved, remember how God loves you so much.
When you feel weak, remember God cares for you so much.
When you feel overwhelmed, remember God has so much mercy and grace.
When you feel life and this world are out of control, remember God has so much power.
When you don’t understand why, remember God knows so much about you.
When you feel like giving up, remember God reigns over so much.
When you feel like nothing is working out, remember God has so much control.
When I think about how much God has done for me , the so much in my life can’t be completely counted, fully described or explained. No matter how I feel, there is no measuring cup big enough to hold how much God has already done for me. God’s grace means so much. God I love you so much for that’s what I call Living On Pitch.
Simple Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you so much. Amen.
Have you ever found yourself being busy but doing nothing? You ever been full of ideas and goals but not really accomplishing them? I can be honest and tell you that I have. I have come to realize spinning wheels don’t go anywhere, they just spin. It’s time to get clear about those goals and start doing what you said you were going to do. That’s my little speech to myself today. Life can get so busy and we end up just being busy and that’s all. No filters here, I’m feeling a little stagnant. This is not a good feeling. I trust God so I’m asking Him for help to accomplish certain goals. I ask God for wisdom to go confidently in the right direction. I’m asking God for clarity and also for a disciplined heart. I ask God to remove my fears and doubts that surface from time to time. I am asking God for His purpose to be fulfilled in my life. I ask God to show me the way and remove distractions. I don’t really want to be stuck in the same old busy place with a lot of action and no activity, no fruit, no evidence of the hand of God moving. I must pray about this and dedicate myself to doing what is required. I desire to live purposefully on pitch for God and to do His will. Do you ever feel too busy or stagnant in life? How do you get unstuck? How do you focus to accomplish your goals? Share your thoughts and let’s pray for each other.
People like to hear their name called. Recognition for a job well done at work, in church, or anywhere always feels good to have your name mentioned. God deserves to hear His name called out by us and there is nothing wrong with saying the name Jesus. At the name of Jesus every knee will bow. I recognize God’s name is above every name but I don’t always let Him hear me say it out loud. When was the last time you said God’s name and recognized Him for who He is? There is something about the name Jesus, so today I choose to open my mouth and call out His name. I will verbally acknowledge that God’s name is worthy to be praised.
Prayer: God you are everything to me. I thank you for being a Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace. Thank you for being an Everlasting Father, the Great I Am, the Holy One. You are my Master, Savior, Friend, and my King. You are my Keeper, the Alpha & Omega, the Giver of Life, Jehovah, and Lord of all. You are my Healer, my strength and my song. You are my eternal Hope and I love you. Amen.
I love refreshments served at church. When I was a little girl growing up in church we always had some kind of refreshment in between service. It was ginger snaps and lemonade after Sunday School and in the afternoon program services it was always cake and punch. We would line up and wait patiently as we were served something light to help get us through the next service or to take home with us. Now as I look back, they may not have been the healthiest of food choices but the main idea of leaving refreshed was a very healthy choice. The story of the lame man being healed in Acts 3 is a refreshing one to me. Peter and John had no silver or gold to give him, but they gave him Jesus Christ who was the healer. The man’s feet and ankles were strengthened by Peter’s prayer in which he called on the name of Jesus. God healed him and gave him refreshment, a testimony and a story to tell for the rest of his life. In verse 19 of that same chapter in Acts, it tells us times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord. It is only when we repent of our sins and turn to God that we experience true refreshment. Just like the Sunday snacks or light refreshments I was served at church, being in God’s presence always helps me get through life’s journey. Some days I feel like I’m sitting at a gate just waiting for a miracle of some sort. I want someone to come by with refreshments. I want to be offered something more that will cause me to rise up and walk. My feet and ankles are tired, I get weak, both physically and mentally. I want to just sit down sometimes and do nothing. No serving, no thinking, no feeling, no dreaming and no helping or encouraging. That’s when I know I need refreshment. I need to pray and spend time in the presence of the Lord. Sometimes God sends people, a text or a phone call. Sometimes I intentionally pause and take a few moments to pray. I ask God to strengthen and refresh me. Are you sitting at a gate today? Will you allow God’s presence to provide you with what you need to get through it all? I guarantee His presence will have you leaping, walking and praising His name in no time.
Prayer: Dear Lord thank you for your presence today. There really is nothing like it. Refresh me and renew my strength today. Help me walk again, strengthen my feet and my ankles when I feel like I’m collapsing or sitting down too long. I confess my sins to you, for you alone are able to make me rise up in this situation. Give me hope and strength for today, in the name of Jesus. Amen.