Archive for the 'Prayers' Category

Women, You’re Beautiful

June 17, 2008

I’ve been thinking a lot about women’s beauty, since I’ve gotten married. It’s amazed me how important it is to them, something I’ve known before, but to see it first hand every day has opened my eyes further.

Check this out:

Women, please know that you are beautiful. You were designed carefully by the Master, and you should celebrate it. Try to avoid these kinds of lies: don’t watch too much on TV about fashion, and try to keep your guard up with fashion magazines. Don’t put anything on a pedestal.

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Being Honest with Myself in Ministry

April 6, 2008

Here are some questions that you should ask yourself about your ministry, put up by LifeChurch. Honestly, #2 is a struggle, and #10 both by association (to #2) and on its own.

Funny how when life is good, you struggle with your Faith, with keeping it real and in the forefront. I don’t want an autopilot Faith, not with Jesus, so if you could, please pray that I’d be tested soon.

P.s. it took me a lot to actually write this, because….life is good right now.

Things You Own End Up Owning You

April 1, 2008

Prerequisite: name/google that movie.

Just a reminder that materialism, while sometimes a non-factor in my life, can also be an obsession. Honestly, I want the nice TV and sound system. I want nice furniture. I want movies and music. I love to buy these things…but part of the experience is the buying for me, the action of spending the money. Why? I actually have no idea. It’s a even little embarrassing to say, but it’s kind of a rush – ok, maybe not the right word, but you’re picking up what I’m putting down.

I don’t have a moral really here, but I hoped it reminded someone else to watch out for it, too. I know I need to snap out of it and re-prioritize sometimes.

And, because it’s so good, a bonus quote:

Home was a condo on the fifteenth floor of a filing cabinet for widows and young professionals. The walls were solid concrete. A foot of concrete is important when your next-door neighbor lets their hearing aid go and have to watch game-shows at full volume. Or when a volcanic blast of debris that used to be your furniture and personal effects blows out of your floor-to-ceiling windows and sails flaming into the night.

I suppose these things happen.

Creation

March 27, 2008

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” -Claude Monet

Think of all the beauty you see in a day. Not to mention the sounds you hear, the tastes you taste, the scents. I am overwhelmed sometimes, when I quiet myself to think, at the creativity and joys our Maker has made for our pleasure.

What has He made for you today? Have you thanked Him?

Pray for Ryan!

June 14, 2007

Pray for my friend Ryan – it could be the most important thing you do today. Check this out:

After work I escaped to the back porch with my brother and our neighbor Ryan. They like to talk politics, which I know nothing about, but was having a good time nonetheless. Suddenly, while inside grabbing burgers to throw on the grill, a few phrases almost paralyze me: “…I just don’t believe you go anywhere after you die. It just doesn’t make sense.”

I grabbed my burgers and headed outside. To another conversation about politics.

Ryan then directed several questions towards me. It seems he looks up to me, perhaps because I did well in high school, though probably just because I’m older than him. Anyway, he asked me about my views on the war in Iraq, abortion, gay marriage, etc. He informed me that I was a Republican even though I had previously said I didn’t have enough information to label myself yet. A short pause ensued. I seized the opportunity with the oh so subtle, “So, you don’t believe you go anywhere after you die?” I’m so clever.

Anthony had left at this point, so conversation was very intimate. We had exchanged a few questions and brief opinions when he finally admitted that he hates his life right now and that he’d like to believe that there’s a God.

“How often do you pray?”, I asked.
“Never.”
“You should pray that God shows Himself to you. He’s there. He will.”
“Wow, I guess I never thought of that.”

I’m pretty sure he said “wow” there, but it was definitely a word along those lines (I feel the need to defend the word “wow,” because the written dialog sounds like a 90s Christian TV Special). This conversation made my week. Hopefully, this will open the door to other conversations throughout the summer.

Final request: does anyone know of a solid verse along the lines of God revealing Himself especially through prayer?

Prayer for my Dad

May 9, 2007

Father God,

Prepare my Dad’s heart. Make this upcoming Summer a blessing to him. Awaken inside him something that yearns for You. Reveal Yourself in beautiful ways, and show him that You love him through everything.

Prepare me. Strengthen me, show me the opportunities You have created, and embolden me. Allow me to both teach and listen.

I know You have something powerful planned for this Summer. Help me to discover it and to move with it.

Thank You for Your blessings; daily You give abundantly to me, I’ve noticed. Lamentations 3:23.

Amen

Relient K – “Deathbed”

May 4, 2007

Quote:

JESUS, please forgive me of my crimes
Sanctify this withered heart of mine
Stay with me until my life is through
And on that day please take me home with You