Thank You Lord for this day that You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it! Well, Lord… This certainly has been an interesting week, they all seem to be heading in that direction these days. Thank You for coming alongside me, giving me the encouragement and soul food that I crave and need. I am in 1 Samuel in the Bible, as I’m reading through the Bible. I am not just reading the Bible to “read” the Bible but rather letting the Bible read me by asking for the Holy Spirit to help me better understand what it is and what He wants to teach me using those that He inspired so long ago to write. You provided me with so much material this past week, including the audio book Forgotten God by Francis Chan, The Battlefield of the Mind devotional by Joyce Meyers and my friend and brother in Christ, Michael. Michael is one of the people that God has placed in my life and He uses Michael to teach me, challenge me and prepare me. I thank God that he placed Michael in my life and his wife Elena. They are a powerful couple and running after God. One of the craziest things that happened this last week was that I was given the opportunity to teach my 5 and 10 year old daughters to audit their inner voices and recognize the voice of the enemy that is made to sound like our own voice so that it seems normal and doesn’t freak us out. I shared with my daughters that by reading God’s Word and praying regularly to Him, like a conversation with a friend, that we can learn to hear His voice. While God’s voice is much quieter than the enemies voice, if we know to listen for it and to it, He will provide peace in our lives. I shared this with some co-workers and one of the responses was “I don’t have an inner voice, I just do things.” I had to think about that for awhile and ask God to help me process through this answer. I asked God to help me, to take over and I started to type and the following sentences were the result. People that do not have an inner voice are people that may have severed their connection with their conscience by making many small decisions that desensitize them little by little over time and lead them to a place in their lives, that 10+ years from now, they don’t even recognize themselves. I believe that you can repair the severed connection by intentionally determining to do the right thing (using a basis of absolute Biblical Truth) in small and seemingly non-important situations and as you do that over time you can repair your connection with God. Once you are on the path to a repaired connection with God, you can start to repair and build your relationship with others. -A humble warrior in God’s army
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another lift him up!” -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ESV
Our Father, who art in Heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, Amen. -The Lords prayer
Thank You Lord, praise You Lord, bless You Lord! Thank You for a crazy week, a lot of things happened over this last week during my brief hiatus from the blogosphere. Thank You for everything You are revealing to me, everything You are teaching me, everything You are showing me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.