Monday, December 28, 2009

Pass the Bread Please...

Today we reach my favorite part of the Lord’s Prayer probably because I am a woman and as we know women need security. So, let’s see where we are…

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” I take this verse very literally in many ways but to summarize it for you I take this to mean whatever I need for “today” physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I truly believe that when I pray those words to Our Father that I will lack nothing for this day. And that it is just for this day that I have asked and believed for because tomorrow isn’t here. I am always reminded of the children of Israel when they had been led out of Egypt and were grumbling about lack of food. God gave them manna from heaven. He gave it to them for that day and that day alone. He told them gather what you need for today only. But because of mistrust, some gathered for the next day as well. It turned into rotten worms. And on the day before the Sabbath He told them to take enough for today and tomorrow’s Sabbath. Still some did not trust His word! Whether we understand it or not or whether it looks like what we want it to look like in the physical realm, we must understand this truth….He will give us our daily bread. He is not holding out on us. He will give us just what we need for this day - nothing less or more - but what is sufficient. Trust Him with this truth. Do you know what peace you can walk in if you truly trust Him with this truth? He will provide your daily bread. But we get so busy looking at how we think that is supposed to look, we miss it! Just know that He is not holding out on you! Just know that He is our provision. Don’t limit Him by your eyesight. And don’t be unthankful for how He gives the daily bread each day. And then be wise with the bread. Daily He provides what we need if we ask. Are you asking? Are you believing? Are you thanking Him at the end of the day whether it went the way you thought it should or not? The enemy wants us to believe our God is unable to provide! That is a lie. Ask the Lord, “Give us this day our daily bread.” And don’t forget this prayer says “Give us this day our daily bread.” We are to be praying for each other’s daily needs!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Please consider committing your life anew to Him today. He loves you so much and wants to make the difference in your life!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Is everything packed?

These are some famous last words said before we are leaving for a trip and or returning home from a trip. And, unfortunately, most of the time, we leave something behind on both ends. The reason I shared this opening with you is because it is about preparation and that is just what the next portion of the Lord’s Prayer is about to me. It says, “on earth as it is in heaven”. Again, “on earth as it is in heaven”. To get this in perspective, let’s look at the Lord’s Prayer up to this point:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Reread the first part of the sentence. Your kingdom come, your will be done….

His kingdom means His reign in everything, His joy, peace, and righteousness. His will means that we, His children, would obey His word and be holy. In heaven He reigns and His will is done. This earth is a place of preparation to begin to yield to His reign and to desire to walk according to His will! I hope each of you desire for His reign and will to be active in your lives daily. That is my prayer for you!!

It is just a few days away from the Celebration of the Birth of our Glorious King. While this time of year is filled with many joys for so many, I also realize, as a counselor, it is filled with sorrows and sadness for others. If I could encourage you in any way this season, whether you are on the mountaintop or in the valley, it would be to take on the heart of the wise men in Matthew 2:1-2 and especially verse 2where it says, “for we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.” Whether on the mountaintop or as my Pastor friend says "it feels like all the stars have fallen from your sky"……our “Star” has risen and ascended to the heavenlies and is worthy of our Praise!”

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year 2010!!!!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Finding Nemo

I’m sure most of us, by this time, if we have any child in us whatsoever, have seen the movie Finding Nemo. As I continue to write out some thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer, a scene came to my mind as I thought of our words for today….”Your (His) Will Be Done”.

Remember the scene where Nemo’s dad is belched out of the mouth of the Pelican on the dock. A swarm of seagulls sees him laying there and starts flying toward him saying, Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine! It is hard for us to pray from our hearts “Your (His) Will Be Done” because we want “our will” to be done, mine, mine, mine. I know so many believers that just flat out tell me that they are not ready to pray for God’s will in every area of their life, yet. Hmmmmm. What has to happen for us to make a decision to pray “His Will Be Done” when He is the Alpha – Omega. He sees all, knows all, has all power, and is everywhere all the time. He loves us and has our best interest at heart all the time!! No matter what is going on in the physical. So when you get to this part of the prayer, are you really praying for “His Will to be Done” or are you deep inside going…mine, mine, mine?

I had a great opportunity to speak to a group of precious women in a church in Jonesboro, AR called, In His Steps yesterday. Sweet time of message and fellowship!

Please remember our Missionaries overseas as they deal with being away from some of their family members during this Holiday Season.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

His Place...

This week we look at the words of the Lord’s Prayer,” Your Kingdom Come”. These are three powerful words!! As I meditate on each word, I think of the word “your” as representing ownership, possession, He holds the deed/title to it. Then the word “kingdom” is so awesome. Not only does he own it, He reigns over His “kingdom”. The Webster dictionary uses several ways to define the word “kingdom” but I love this the most…an area or sphere in which one holds a preeminent position. Then the word “come” which is defined by Webster as; to arrive at a particular place, end, result or conclusion.

Wow! Do you hear what He is telling His disciples….Pray boys that MY Kingdom Will Come to you…that you will get in on what I have for you! When is the last time you prayed for His kingdom to come!

So, I just want to say to my brothers and sisters all over this world, I prayed for you today, that Our Father who is above all things, whose Name can be trusted, will continue the good work He has begun in each of us to bring us into the fullness of His kingdom!

We at Pure Joy are locking down some dates for next year. Please pray about how God would have you, our precious readers, to be involved: prayer, giving, or going, or all of these.