My Prayer!

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
Psalm 40:1-3

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My Prayer

Give me strength to stand for what is right
Boldness to speak my mind
Love that I may share
Patience to even care

Fill my heart with You Lord
Expose me to Your truth
Help me find my way through the lies
To see clearly through Your eyes

Cleanse my mind of bitterness
Release me from my pride
Cover me with never-ending grace
Lead me to victory in this war-torn race

Set my feet upon Your firm foundation
Settle my heart and soul with Your love
Provide a shelter from the miry storms
Keep me safe from deception and harm

Cover my soul with your grace
That I may share your truth with others
Sharing Your love that abounds
Bringing peace that surrounds

Lord You Are

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the LORD.
May sinners be consumed from the earth, and the wicked no more.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Praise the LORD!
Psalm 104:33-35

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Lord You Are

You are The Almighty God
Thinking of You takes my breath away

You are my Morning Star
Greeting me each day

You are my Bridegroom
The steady man in my life

You are my Creator
Breathing life into my very being

You are my Deliverer
The One who frees me from my sin

You are my Refuge
The One I run to when I need help

You are my Counselor
Giving advice to steer my path

You are my Shelter
My safety from the raging, chaotic world

You are my Door
Giving me a way to escape temptation

You are my Light
Shining so I won’t lose my way

You are my King
Ruler of my heart and soul

You are my Shield
Protecting me from life’s arrows

You are my Prince of Peace
Contentment for my heart, mind, and soul

You are my Hiding Place
Where I go to rest from the pain

You are my Friend
Always listening when I need to talk

You are my Father
Disciplining and directing me

You are my Love
To whom I give all of my heart

You are my Comfort
The warm place to lay my worries down

You are my Shepherd
Gently holding me in Your hands

You are my Lion
Fiercely protecting me from Satan’s snares

You are my Caddy
Carrying my burdens of shame and doubt

You are my Contractor
Building a home for me in the heavenly places

You are my Hope
Encouraging me when I stumble and fear

You are my Vine
Helping me reach out to others

You are my Beginning
Forming me in my mother’s womb

You are my End
Holding every day of my life in Your hands

You are my Fire
Igniting passion in my heart for more of You

You are my Savior
Giving the gift of eternal life

You are my Inspiration
Indeed You are my All in All

Who Do You Say I Am??

“When Jesus came to the region of Ceasarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,
‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’
They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah;
and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’
‘But what about you?’ he asked.  ‘Who do you say I am?’
Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.'”
Matthew 16:13-16

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Taken from “Above All” by Brennan Manning:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Son of Man, the Son of David and the son of Mary. He is the Word made flesh, the Incarnation of the compassion of the Father. He is Messiah, Savior, Dreamer and Storyteller, Servant, Friend, and Parable of God. Close to the brokenhearted, He speaks words of comfort; He revives the crushed in spirit with words of consolation. Rescuing drunks, scalawags,and ragamuffins, He is the Prophet, Poet, and Troublemaker, the Scourge of hypocrites and the authority figures who use religion to control others, sending them sagging under great burdens of regulations, watching them stumble and refusing to offer assistance….When He looks out at the bedraggled, beat-up, bollixed, and burnt-out, His heart overflows with unspeakable tenderness.

Christ is often one thing to many and many things to all! He is the beginning and the end, the bridge to God, the beauty of God-given to us as a most precious gift! Whatever you say Christ is, one thing is for sure….He is the Messiah, come to save the hearts and souls of all mankind…including you and me!!

May you dwell in the astonishing revelation of who Christ is, and may his glory be revealed in every fiber of your being!! God bless and keep you always in his never-ending love and grace <3

Yes or No?!?

But above all, my brothers, do not swear,
either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath,
but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no,
so that you may not fall under condemnation.
~ James 5:12 ~

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I have been attempting to get my prayer and study life back in order after the chaos of last year. You know, there are just times when I struggle with both, feeling that I am wandering in the desert, but none the less, God beckons me to his side time and time again!!

In the Bible study I am attending on Wednesday evenings, I am reading Danny Silk’s book titled “Keep Your Love Light On”.  I have just finished the first chapter and am already convicted! Thus far we are discussing the difference between powerless and powerful people–not as the world defines power, but as scripture defines power–and how both dynamics impact relationships we are in.

We were discussing the attributes of both types of people, but the powerful one resonated with me. The powerful person is one who chooses to manage and take responsibility for his or her life. A powerful person does not blame others, or play a victim role, in life. A powerful person chooses to love unconditionally, for his or her love does not hinge on that love being returned, or on what the other person says or does. The powerful person creates a safe place to know others and for others to know him or her. The final thought that struck home with me tonight was that powerful people choose yes or no.  There is no I’ll try, I have to, or I can’t.  There is either YES or NO. Simple right?!? Aha, but there must be a balance, therefore it is not always so simple–or so I thought until tonight (had one of those aha moments!)

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I tend to be a “YES” person in life for a variety of reasons, one of which being that I like to help people. I like to be around others, lifting them up, encouraging them, and helping them in a myriad of ways, from moving to playing to counseling to just listening. However, saying yes all the time is not always internally felt. There are times I am tired, have other obligations, or just don’t feel like being there, but somehow, I still say YES. In James 5:12, we are told “…let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no…” If I say YES, but my heart or mind or body is screaming NO, then I am not in sync with what God is calling me to do. I become a walking contradiction!

So the epiphany for me tonight (and please don’t laugh)! I actually have to say NO sometimes. A powerful person is able to choose to say no because he or she needs time to rest, meditate, and enjoy life. When I say YES to everyone, I find myself stretched thin and of little help to anyone…including myself! When I say YES to everything, I don’t have the much-needed time to spend with God, learning and growing in my knowledge, understanding, and relationship with Him and His Word. When I say YES to everybody, I have to admit, I become bitter or resentful because sometimes I just want to say NO, but I don’t. When I say YES to everyone, I end up drained and empty.

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I am just now really learning to say NO because I cannot be everywhere, with everyone, at every moment. It just isn’t possible. So, as I practice becoming and building the skills necessary to be a powerful person as scripture defines, I have some choices to make:

1. Quality time over quantity of time!!
2. Meaningful and deep relations with others over empty and shallow ones!
3. Lingering, intimate time with God over rushed moments here and there!

Ah, so much to learn and so far to go on this journey to becoming Christ like, and so very excited to see where God leads me!

Praying that you too will be true to your heart, to the calling of God, and to building a deeper, more intimate, stronger relationship with God. Take time each day to devote to Him, saying NO to the things that interfere. As the Psalmist says in Psalm 139:23-24:

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

Let the Lord reveal the things in life you need to let go of, the things you need to say NO to, and let Him lead you to the things you need to say YES to.  All my love and may your week be blessed to overflowing <3

I Cannot Pray If….

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 trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever.
~ Matthew 6:9-13 ~

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I cannot pray ‘Our
…if my faith has no room for others and their needs

I cannot pray ‘Father
…if I do not demonstrate this relationship with God in my daily living

I cannot pray ‘Who art in Heaven
…if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things

I cannot pray ‘Hallowed be Thy Name
…if I am not striving for God’s help to be holy

I cannot pray ‘Thy Kingdom come
…if I am unwilling to accept God’s rule in my life

I cannot pray ‘Thy will be done
…If I am unwilling or resentful of having His will in my life

I cannot pray ‘In earth as it is in Heaven
…Unless I am truly ready to give myself to God’s service here and now

I cannot pray ‘Give us this day our daily bread
…Without expending honest effort for it or if I would withhold from my neighbor the bread I receive

I cannot pray ‘Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
…If I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone

I cannot pray ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
…If I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted

I cannot pray ‘For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever
….If I do not recognize and submit to the sovereignty of God’ that all people and things are under His control

I was so inspired by this at last Sunday’s sermon, I thought I would share :-) May the peace of God guide you and may your prayers be unhindered!! All my love <3

Tied to the Ground ~ Charmaine

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Psalm 34:17

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

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Let Go!!

Consumed with worry
Holding tight to the past
Fearing the future

Let go
Let God

Stuck in the pain
A victim in the game of life
Harboring anger and bitterness

Let go
Let God

Crying out in misery
Actions guided by heartbreak
Words are daggers to the soul

Let go
Let God

Release the burdens
Lighten the millstone that weighs down
Surrender to something bigger

Let go
Let God

Be touched by never-ending grace
Caressed by overflowing love
Filled with constant peace

Let go
Let God

What I Know

A new year, a new creation doesn’t mean life will be easy or mellow. No matter the storm, no matter the doubt in your heart, no matter the draining of strength, no matter the feeling of fear, no matter your mixed thoughts, God is the same always–yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He will never leave you, never forsake you, never stop fighting for you, never give up on you. Stand strong, be still, and know that He is God! All my love <3

From my distress I called upon the LORD;
The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.
The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?
Psalm 118:5-6

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them;
because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4

What then shall we say to these things?
If God is for us, who is against us?
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all,
how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?
God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns?

Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised,
who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Romans 8:31-34

“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you.
He will not fail you or forsake you.
Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Deuteronomy 31:8

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7