Soaring Above the Limits

Father, I give you this day. I give you my ears and my eyes, and ask You to help me hear your voice, and to see through your eyes. You know my limitations, but I ask You to work beyond them. Surprise me with little miracles that would never happen if it depended on Me. You have done that so many times over the course of my life, and I love telling people about how You care about even the small details of our lives. What an amazing privilege You have given your children- to have a personal relationship with You! It is remarkable and wonderful. I am so blessed to be your child. Help me share this great blessing with others. I thank  Father, overcome my tendency towards distraction. Help me to shine your light in this dark, dark world. Amen

Come boldly to my throne daughter. Some days you forget that I understand and sympathize with your weaknesses. Do not let them keep you away from me. Come to me in confidence, and you will find mercy and grace to help in your time of need (Heb. 4:15-16). I see your desire, along with your self-condemnation. I am much more gracious than you are. Come—don’t beat yourself up. I see the desire of your heart, and will honor that. Yes, the world is filled with distractions, but if you will come and rest a while in my presence, the distractions will fade away. I do not condemn you for distraction. I am not measuring our relationship in terms of time. You are time-bound and put so many demands on yourself based on that, but I exist outside of time. I look beyond time limits to the heart. I see the desires of your heart, and they mean so much more to me than your self-imposed demands to make your quiet time look a certain way. Coming to me out of obligation does not please my heart as much as spontaneous moments of praise. It blesses me when you praise me throughout your day, when you are obedient to share with the people I put in your path, and when you stop to read a passage of scripture I have laid on your heart. It blesses me when I am never far from your thoughts. It blesses me when you sing praises as you drive down the road, and as you pray for those I put on your heart. It blesses me that you are so grateful to be my child. So many of my children take it for granted. Just know that I am with you in all your time-bound moments, but I am also with you outside of time. Today take on an eternal perspective. Do not fret over the limits of this world, but rejoice that I have overcome them for you. You are my child, and our relationship is eternal. Never let a time limit cause you to forget that. As you wait on Me, you will rise up on wings like an eagle, and you will soar above these earthly limits (Is. 40:31).

Take the Shackles Off my Feet!

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. (Gal. 1:10)

Good Morning Sweet Lord! You are everything to me. Let me live in the light of your presence today, and don’t let temporary things overshadow the eternal. I am so grateful to be your child, and know that without You my life would be meaningless and miserable. The very thought makes me shudder, and it makes my heart hurt even more for those who don’t know You. Help me to shine for You today, and to love people in a way that makes them want to know You. Forgive the times I go about working for my kingdom instead of yours. In my busyness and preoccupation with worldly matters, please don’t ever let me be a hindrance to the Gospel. Give me eyes to see and a sensitive heart to reach out to a lost and dying world.

This morning Lord, I ask You for wisdom. In spite of all my attempts to order my life and time, there are constant interruptions and unexpected things that completely change the order of the day. Help me see those as from You rather than irritating hindrances to my plans. You are sovereign over it all, and so I ask that when the unexpected occurs, You help me be wise and sensitive to your Spirit. I give You this day, and ask for wisdom and grace to represent You well. Amen

Little One, you know I promise wisdom to those who ask in faith (Jas. 1:5-6).  Run to Me, and honor Me above all else. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Pr. 9:10) and that means that as you make my kingdom purposes your priority you will be wise. When you care more about my agenda than yours, or any others person’s that is wisdom. Do not worry about the approval of people, but live to please Me. It is a rare occasion when it is possible to do both (Gal. 1:10). Just as it is not possible to serve God and Mammon, it is not possible to live in complete abandon to Me and still please people. You will serve people, but that does not mean you allow them to control you. Fear of man is a snare (Pr. 29:25). When you worry about what people think, you become enslaved to their opinions and are no longer free to serve Me. You have let negativity from others stop the flow of my Spirit in your life. You think that they have put roadblocks in your path, but they have no power over my plans for you. Trust Me! Serve Me! Seek opportunities to minister day-by-day and moment-by-moment. Do not worry about people, and let Me guide you in the way you should go. You will hear my voice saying, “This is the way, walk in it” (Is. 30:21). You cannot hear that voice if you are worried about the opinions of people. You know Me, and you know My Word. You have my Spirit, so walk in it. I have provided all you need for life and godliness. You have my very nature (1 Pet. 1:3-4), so do not allow anyone to hinder what I have called you to do. Keep your eyes on Me, and find your strength in quietness and trust (Is. 30:15). There is no need for you to strive. I have it all in my hands, and am faithful to complete what I have planned for your life (Ph. 1:6). Rest in that knowledge and you will have wisdom that the world cannot comprehend.