I walked in my office on Monday morning ready for the week. I prayed and I was prepared for my church’s Prayer Marathon week. My conversations with God were strategically planned with targets of prayer. I was excited and War Room ready. Bible? Check. Prayer closet? check. Then it hit me. A mountain of work, a mountain of problems and situations. I couldn’t get it together. My prayers were cut short, my quiet time got loud, A “Lord help” here, and a “thank You Jesus” there was all I could get out at times. I didn’t know how I was going to get over, around or move this mountain of work. That was Monday. By Wednesday I could tell it was going to get even more interesting. It’s now Friday and I still have plenty of work on my desk but I’ve learned to keep prayer as a priority. As the old Hymn says, I must tell Jesus all of my trials. My favorite part is the refrain which says: I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear these burdens alone; I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.
When we take everything to God in prayer, He gives us strength to climb, to run, to walk and to endure what is before us. Do you have a mountain that needs to move? Sing unto the Lord. Pray. Keep the faith, and watch God work.
I walked out of the office building from a full day of work. I arrived at my car and drove out of the parking structure. I felt good, really good about today’s work. It was productive but something about the work was different. Continue reading
The two words on the form said fully meets. My performance review was done and it said I was fully meeting the goals of the department and those I set for myself. One quick moment of rejoicing led to another moment of self-reflection and a little more of a reality check. I began to think Lord am I fully meeting your standards? Am I doing the kingdom work that is required of me? I’m going to church, staying active in ministry, trying to serve others, I think I have it right but I really don’t. I know I don’t always measure up and I know I can do better. My ratings on taming my tongue, procrastination and bible study alone can easily knock me down from thinking I’m something that I’m not. Add in fasting and praying and I’m in no better position to fully meet or measure up to any spiritual standards. So I say a quick prayer and ask the Lord to help me live purposefully on pitch. I ask Him to guide me , help me guard my mind, heart and life to fully meet what He requires. Thank God for His grace and mercy which fully meets me at the point of my need. The grace of God is sufficient and still amazing. I am once again reminded that without God I can do nothing and without Him I would surely fail.
James 4:10 ESV Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.
Psalm 34:1 I WILL BLESS THE LORD AT ALL TIMES
My work day usually consist of eight hours but often it’s a little more. Even when it’s time for me to quit, these eight words don’t. They work overtime, all the time and every time I feel like eight is enough. When I’m overwhelmed, tired, discouraged or mentally drained I can say, I will bless the Lord at all times to help me stay on pitch. You can too. Try quoting this verse each hour of your day today and see if it helps you. Ready, set, quote and repeat. Let me know how it goes for you by leaving a comment.