What do you want?

My eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Myself strong in the behalf of those whose hearts are perfect toward Me.

I Am.

Merciful.

Gracious.

I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.

I bless with mercy and bestow grace on those whose eyes are on Me.

I will do it.

Dear child, keep your mind stayed on Me.

Be still, and know that I am God.

I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?

I can do it.

And I will do it.

Be still, and tell Me this one thing – what do you want Me to do for you?

Therefore I say to you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them – Mark 11:24.

Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways – Job 22:28.

What do you want?

I still believe prayer changes things

It’s not because You cannot do it Lord.

Sometimes I worry, and fret, and fear.

I doubt, and start to second guess what I already know.

But it’s not because I’ve stopped believing in You. Or that I no longer trust You. Or that I do not know what’s possible with You.

This state of being, where I worry, and fret, and fear, and doubt, and start to second guess what I already know –

It’s not because of unbelief (I desperately certainly hope not!)

I just forget sometimes, and find myself living within the limits of human senses.

But that’s not where You are.

What You say is not true because I can see it, or smell it, or touch it, or taste it, or hear it.

What You say is true because it is true.

And Lord, it’s not because You cannot do it.

Standing without, and away from the lies that portray themselves as my reality, I see more clearly now.

So take me higher – above the limits of human senses.

And deeper – more firmly rooted and secure in You.

Then I’d look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith.

And I’d know my God, and be strong and do exploits.

And no, Lord, it’s not because You cannot do it.

So help me remember that prayer changes things.

And that with You all things are possible.

It’s not because You cannot do it Lord.

I still believe.

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen – Ephesians 3:20-21.

I still believe prayer changes things

Everything’s just fine

The Lord is my shepherd.

More than anything else (the doubts, fears and uncertainties that could assail a person on this journey of life and living), this is an assurance that everything’s just fine. And I’d be ok.

I’m ok.

The Lord is my shepherd –

He takes care of me.
I’m earmarked by, and for Him.
He leads me in the paths of righteousness.
He helps me when no one else would (or can) because I belong to Him.
He restores me.
And heals me.
He blesses me abundantly with goodness and mercy.

How can I not be ok?
The Lord is my shepherd –

Therefore would I walk confidently in the paths that He leads me.
And I would fear no evil.

Ok, so I may not always understand the paths He leads me in;

I may not always feel up for the journey;

And yes, there’s been more than a few days when I’ve been cast down, and lost my way (a little bit!)

But see how He’s always there to find me and lift me up again (and over again…)

I know that He is with me.

See how He leads me (There’s the rod, and there’s the staff too!)

The Lord is my shepherd, and He indeed, is all I want! – because then all I’ll have would be more than I need.

The Lord is my shepherd. He’s more than enough for me.

And everything’s just fine.

Everything’s just fine

Why your needy dependence on the preacher is not ok

Just humour me.

I may be wrong, but help me see.

You call, text, send emails, and try to get in touch with the preacher for EVERY SINGLE PROBLEM you encounter (both real and imagined).

You embellish the tales you tell, and give the help-me-NOW-or-I-die speech.

The ONLY reason you attend Church is to see the preacher after Church, and tell more tales.

As long as you’re getting what you want (or what you think you need) AS SOON AS YOU WANT (OR THINK YOU NEED) it, all is well; the roses couldn’t be redder, and the skies bluer.

And the world is such a happy place.

Is it, really?

What you don’t consider (and have refused to remember) is that there’s a family that needs their father.

One time you called when they were praying together as a family.

Then there was the other time you texted when the preacher was explaining about life to his son.

And then there was that other time when you emailed about your dying mother (even though word had it that you hadn’t talked to her in ages, and she’d never been better in health and living!)

Did you know the preacher was at breakfast with his family when he received that malicious email?

Why would you even wish that on your own mother?!

Is it just me, or is this really ok?

What are your motives?

Why do you do these things?

Yes, he does have a duty to watch over you like a shepherd would watch the flock of sheep in his care.

THE FLOCK OF SHEEP IN HIS CARE – this I believe, is the main point of consideration.

You are not the only sheep in the flock (how would that be even possible?!)

And it is the Lord who truly is our Shepherd.

So why do you do the things you do – except you’re a wolf!

I may be wrong, but help me see how it’s ok to depend on man rather than God (even though said man is a preacher!)

The preacher is just as human as you are.

And we are all accountable to God.

Do you remember this, or is it really ok to trust in man rather than God?

This needy dependence on the preacher, how is it ok?

Humour me?!

Why your needy dependence on the preacher is not ok

Watch and Pray

Watch –

This is the part, I’d say, that’s very easy and not that hard to do.

Without thinking (or even realizing it), we’re always watching (and maybe more than we’re supposed to); the instruction was to watch – not hound, poke nose, or even waylay!

Ok, so we watch, but how much good does that do if we only watch and not pray?

Just think how it is:

Then we become busybodies, tattletales and fable bearers.

Or we become worried, fearful, and start to lose our faith.

Take heed then, what you see (or want to see) – watch and pray.

 

Pray –

Ah! – there’s this other part too – the part that’s very easy to forget.

It’s the part though, I’d like to suggest, that puts it all in perspective.

When we pray, we do so because we believe that God is able to do that for which we’ve prayed (at least that’s how it’s supposed to be!).

And God, indeed is able.

But we must pray – so we don’t become busybodies, tattletales and fable bearers.

Or become worried, fearful, and start to lose our faith.

God hears, and He’s able – so pray, and pray indeed.

 

Watch and pray –

Ok, so I’d go out on a limb and say it this way:

We must watch, so we’d know how to pray.

And we must pray, so we’d see correctly, what’s in our view (in all the proper perspectives and angles!)

The call is to watch and pray, so let’s not take them apart and try to balance all that weight on one leg (after we’ve been blessed with two!)

 

Remember –

I have set watchmen upon thy walls, o Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence – Isaiah 62:6.

And,

…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much – James 5:16.

Watch and Pray

I’d dance with You

I used to think I’d wait till after the rain to dance with You –
Because, really, I’d love to;
(Who wouldn’t?!)
But it’s just the rain!

The rain –
How long could it really last?
I used to think maybe a few days…
Some years…
Or a while after that.

So I thought I’d wait –
A few days…
Some years…
Or a while after that.

But here I am now, again –
Unable to tell what I’m wet from
The rain.
Or my tears.

I stand in need of healing –
Spent from all that time, waiting;
I need to live –
I stand in need of You.
Here I am now, again –
Wondering how I got here;
What road led me to this place of wandering? –
Where I no longer remember how to live.

All that waiting though, and You’re still here;
Still calling.
So what does it matter, really –
All that wondering and wandering!

I hear You clearly,
(As I always have)
Through the rain;
And the din of just-existing, and barely-getting-by.

I hear You calling –
“Dance with Me”.
“Just follow Me”.
“I know the thoughts I think towards You”….
“And really, it’s all about Me”.

So here I am now, again –
Wet from the rain.
Or my tears.
(I still can’t tell)
Ready to dance with You,
The rain, despite;
Because, really, there’s nothing more to do.
(I’m totally spent)

So yes, You may have this dance –
Jesus.

Nay, I need You to have this dance –
Saviour.

And the next…
And the next…
And the next…
And the next…
And forever…

I hear You calling –
“Dance with Me”.

I hear You clearly –
“I can help you live”.

I want to live –
Above this sphere of wondering and wandering;
And since You’d have what’s left of me….

Yes, I’d dance with You,
My Saviour –
Even in the rain.

I’d dance with You

For signs and for wonders

Don’t talk about me – except as an example of what God can do.

It may sound cliché, but it’s true:
My case is different.

The norm does not define me;
I am not an example of what obtains normally.

And really, I’m not just saying:
Don’t talk about me – except as an example of what’s possible with God.

I live in this world, but only as a representative of where I’m really from;
And greater is He that is in me.
And the power that lives in me.

All things are possible;
And there is nothing that God cannot do.

All things are lawful;
And I live in the freedom that I’ve been blessed with.

In Truth, and for the glory of God.

So don’t talk about me as anything less than a miracle;
I am for signs and for wonders.

And don’t talk about me as anything less than who I am;
I am a child of God.

For signs and for wonders