Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Along with the addition of years to one’s life, comes the unanticipated gift of memories. One may pop up any moment, unexpectedly triggered by a scent or a scene. We may repaint some memories to make them prettier or uglier than they were, but a few can never change because they’re so vividly imbedded in our souls.
We had guests for dinner last night, friends from church we wanted to know better, and our house took on the glow I love when candles are lit, order is prevalent, and talk of God’s ways with us fills the air. My memory of the evening is sweet.
I awoke during the night with a different memory of another December place – less comfy-cozy, but so sacred to me that it makes me catch my breath. It was of hospital settings with beds occupied by children enduring the unendurable and bedside chairs filled with parents that love them, who would gladly change places.
23 years ago I was in such a place and every holiday I think of this setting where every minute is gift, and a world of worry over dollars is in the furthest recess of the mind. Every day of mine and my now grown son’s life is different because of the memory of what we lived through – to God be the glory!
I appreciate God’s 2 A. M. reminder to pray and attempt to offer solace to those engulfed in the mystery of suffering and healing.
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“Whatsoever things you ask in prayer, believe that you may receive.” Mark 11:24
Ask with faith and leave the outcome to our sovereign God.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
A day without prayer seems dry and without meaning. This action of praying enables me to sanctify many moments of my days. It reminds me to be ever watchful of what’s happening and observe the actions of the One Who is the Great-Co-coordinator of every life.
Prayer for me happens at the work places I enter, as I open the door trying to be mindful of the Holy Spirit of God whose presence I desire to bring into these surroundings. It occurs in the super market and the department store. I rarely walk the aisles without thinking, Wow, thanks, for all the choices, what a privilege to live in this great country!
Every time I go outdoors, whatever the season, I move straight into the creative natural realm of Christ which always leads me breathlessly into a form of typical Jewish prayer - spontaneous outburst – used often by Jesus. The picture above shows me doing just that in Breckenridge, Colorado while dwarfed by God's majesty surrounding me.
I embrace all types of prayer: rigid and rote, as well as prayer thoughts straight out of the wild blue. To the Our Father each bedtime, which I share with my husband, I add my own petitions of protection and guidance for those I love and for the whole world. Sometimes my prayer is pure listening to discover new truths about my God, your God, our God. I pray because I know the One to whom I’m speaking.
Did you ever learn: "Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as it was now ever shall be, world without end. Amen?" This is an old, ever fresh great prayer. How many saints have said those words?
What are your triggers, your reminders your process, your favorites? Whatever system of continual prayer works for you, if you're willing to share some of your thoughts feel free to post them below.
© Judith Rolfs 2008
Chapter 11 of my women’s book, A Women’s Guide: 52 Way’s to Choose Happiness & Fulfillment, entitled Praying Well, has more ideas about what, when, where and how to pray. Available at Christianbook.com
My prayer for you today is from Scripture from Colossians 1: 9 & 10
“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Monday, November 17, 2008
I began my speech this past Saturday on the topic of Trusting in God for the Women at the Well Women’s Gathering in Harvard, Illinois by noting how privileged we are even to speak the name of God that ancients in the faith would not presume to mention.
Despite many efforts to redefine God in our culture or to displace Him entirely, we are at this moment in America able to speak of God and worship freely. Such a privilege really hit home yesterday when I spoke with a female missionary to Uzbekistan, primarily a Muslim country. She’s not allowed to publicly speak of her faith let alone practice it in Uzbekistan, which allows no Christian churches.
I don’t ever want to take for granted or fail to take advantage of the opportunity to speak of God the Father, God the Son Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit.
As I stressed to my delightful ladies’ group Saturday, only our triune God is the true God. Within the Trinity the love of the Father is pointed to by Jesus, Who reconnected us with the Father through His sacrificial death, and left us the power of the Holy Spirit enabling us to live out this love and fulfill our life purpose through His giftings.
May we never be deceived to think Jesus or the Holy Spirit are fictional beings who can be left out of our concept of Who God is. The battle for this truth wages behind the scenes. May America always remain a sanctuary for Christian religious freedom exercised with respect and boldness. I pray this for my grandchildren and yours.
The picture below was taken in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee during a hiking adventure with our children and grandchildren. What vivid depictions of God’s creative power!
Psalm 18: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.”
My Breathless Meditations has inspirational prose/poetry to enhance your awe of our God.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008