Prayer Reflection: Day 10

The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy. – Proverbs 14:10 NKJV

Sometimes we don’t realize how much bitterness we are carrying in our hearts until we start to feel physically ill because something is wrong.

Emotions are part of being human, and Jesus felt all the emotions that we do, but did not sin.

A wise person gave me the exercise below to practice.

Recognize being self-critical, then:

  • THIS IS A MOMENT OF SUFFERING.
  • SUFFERING IS PART OF LIFE.
  • MAY I BE KIND TO MYSELF IN THIS MOMENT.
  • MAY I GIVE MYSELF THE COMPASSION I NEED.

DEVELOP YOUR OWN AFFIRMATION:

Alternatives

  • This is painful now.
  • I’m in pain now.
  • I’m hurting now.
  • Everyone has pain sometime.
  • Pain is a human condition.
  • My pain is not unique.
  • I will be kind to myself in this moment.
  • I will hold my pain tenderly in this moment.
  • I will still my mind in this moment.
  • I am worthy of self-compassion.
  • I am a part of humanity.
  • I will not isolate myself.

God knows every thought that we think and every emotion that we feel, and He loves us no matter whether we are self-critical or not. He accepts us as we are. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 9

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” – Isaiah 6:8 NKJV

Isaiah had a lot of courage to volunteer to deliver God’s messages.

Sometimes when God calls us to do something, we try to look the other way because what He is asking us to do is difficult. The task might include forgiving someone who has wronged us. It might include speaking the truth, even if nobody wants to hear it. It might include relinquishing control to God, who does a better job at managing things than we are capable of doing.

Nobody is perfect except God. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 8

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? – Romans 8:35 NKJV

The pandemic separated many people from their loved ones, but no matter what goes on, God is connected with us.

Our access to Jesus is just a prayer away. He is never impatient with us. He loves us unconditionally and will help us any time we ask. God’s love is like a beautiful flower that never wilts. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 7

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV

When natural disasters strike such as hurricanes and floods, we are reminded how much we rely on God for safety.

None of us can control the weather, but we can seek God’s face, we know that when the thunder and lighting hit, we know that God can still keep us safe despite uncertainty.

What we can control is our behavior, and when we put God first, we think differently. We still make mistakes, but Jesus is forgiving, and the more we learn to forgive like Him, the better off we’ll be. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 6

Many seek the ruler’s favour; But every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD. – Proverbs 29:26 KJV

September 25th is my 7th wedding anniversary with my husband, Steve Decker.

Normally we buy each other small anniversary gifts, but this year we traded in my Hundai Venue for a Hybrid Jeep Wrangler, which was partly because I wanted a hybrid electric car because gas is a non-renewable resource, and partly because my husband wanted the tax credit and a new commuter car that could handle the snow and the dirt road that leads to our house.

Perhaps it would appear that we’re trying to keep up with the Joneses, but that really wasn’t my intention.

Because my husband has a good job helping the homeless population in New Mexico, we were able to afford the Jeep. We would not have been able to afford it on my income alone, but we are a team and have worked hard to provide a nice home for our family. God has blessed us with a home, which is something that many of those my husband’s organization serves do not have. We are lucky to have a home and vehicles to drive.

Whenever I am tempted to complain about something, I remember that God has provided for all our essential needs, and everything else is extra. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 5

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! – Matthew 23:37 KJV

A while back I visited the colosseum, and I could almost feel the cruelty in the walls. The Romans were entertained by suffering. Not only did Jesus suffer on the cross, He was put on display.

Rejection from someone we are trying to help is hard, but at the end of the day, we need to understand that God gave us freedom of choice and we can’t control anyone.

It’s human nature to ask God to relieve or remove our suffering, but it takes extraordinary character to ask God’s will be done, even if it might entail more pain.

In today’s popular culture, we celebrate attracting into our lives what we want, but we rarely hear people celebrating God’s will being done, especially if it goes against our wishes.

May God’s will be done, and His sacrifice is more than any of us has ever sacrificed. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 4

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. – John 15:4 KJV

Here in New Mexico, I have more trees on my property than I have ever had in my life. We even see deer strolling along our back fence sometimes.

Branches that break and fall off the trees have little to no chance of surviving, especially because our drip system is nonfunctional.

How well do we function without God? Not very well. Yet, we still strive to solve our problems by ourselves, as if we didn’t have a mighty God who is just a prayer away. He always answers, and He is never too busy. He is the best counselor and teacher we could have. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 3

Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. – 1 Peter 2:13‭-‬17 NKJV

Submitting to God’s will is difficult when we are stubborn and think that we are always right. We’re not always right, and we don’t know more than God. He is the King, and what He says comes to pass. He spoke the world into being, and He can solve all our problems.

One of my Bible study lessons referenced a quote by C. S. Lewis, regarding the lion:

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.’

C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

We don’t need to take over the Lion’s job. He is strong enough to handle things without us contributing our worries.

The more we cast our cares upon the Lord, the easier our lives become. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 2

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? – Psalms 8:3‭-‬4 NKJV

In the grand scheme of things, our problems are small, but our worries are still significant enough for God to hear us.

When we look at pictures of Earth from space, the world seems small and delicate.

The heavens are a reminder that God created everything, and not by accident. Amen.

Prayer Reflection: Day 1

There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand. – Proverbs 19:21 NKJV

I have been a member of a public speaking group called Toastmasters for over 17 years, and the next speech that I am scheduled to deliver at my club is about project planning.

In November 2021, I had taken a grant writing workshop and enjoyed it very much. I started to draft a grant proposal, but when life happened, I took a break from working on the draft.

It’s only until I reviewed my Pathways project for Toastmasters this week that I remembered I had a grant proposal project left unfinished.

We can plan all we want, but unless we follow the Lord’s counsel, our plans don’t always work out the way we want them to.

Unexpected turns in life get our attention enough to remind us that God indeed has a plan and purpose for us. We can choose to listen or not, but we always have a choice. Amen.

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