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Balance




Tristan on the Beam in perfect balance

I love this little, big man. He is demonstrating one of the most important principles in living. Life is about balance. One aspect of it, and there are many, is concentration and commitment. Let alone the joy of achievement. Way to go Tristan and will done. I love you and am proud of you. Grandpa

Proverbs 28:2 (NLT)
     When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.(Balance)

As mentioned above, stability is one of the vital virtues that affect life, family or government. Another example is the balance between wisdom and knowledge that results in stability which brings peace and prosperity. Consider the balance of love and truth; work and rest; faith and action; trust and faithfulness. There are so many of these spoken of throughout the Bible. God gives us this stability or balance in the Gospel, the good news, of His love and sacrifice for us. How wonderful that in Christ and through our trust in Him we have an abundant life in the balance of God's purpose and plan for us.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
     11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.


Father, how grateful we are that in a world that is broken by sin, rebellion, disbelief and is totally unstable You, in grace, give us stability and balance. 

Thank You, in the name or Jesus, who is both the center and circumstance of our life, a perfect balance. Amen


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a servants prayer

O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen 
-excerpted from a prayer by St Francis  

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for discernment



Holy Father,


We exalt Your glorious and powerful name; the name above all names, the name that makes demons tremble, the name that causes angels to bow down and worship, the name that we cry out to in our suffering. Your compassion for us is always near, and Your love for us never fails.


We come before You today, Father, asking for Your wisdom and discernment in a time when things are often far too muddled and confusing. Father, we long for truth. As challenging as it can be to hear and to know, Your truth is what gives us a solid foundation. Lord God, help us to see the truth. Open our hearts and minds, and enter in to permeate the power of the truth of Your Word to us! For Your truth is power, Your truth guides and protects, and Your truth is what we need to stand strong and stand sure.


We thank You for continuing to shape and form us into You image. Father, guide our steps so that we may bring You glory and honor. Help us to shine the light of Your truth into the dark places of this world.


Amen


To all, life Thou givest - to both great and small;  

In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;  
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,  
And wither and perish - but naught changeth Thee. 
(from Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise written by Walters Chalmers Smith)
Amen

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GET MOVING

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This prayer blog is so vital because it leads us into prayer.  Communication with the Almighty, the Creator of the universe, our precious Lord and Savior!  God promises us many things about prayer throughout the Scriptures.

God does not ignore our prayers ~ Psalm 9:12
Our prayers bring us into God's presence ~ Psalm 145:18
God honors persistence in prayer ~ Matthew 7:7
God will give wisdom if you ask for it ~ James 1:5
A sincere prayer brings wonderful results ~ James 5:16
God hears out prayers when they are in line with His will ~ I John 5:14
 
These are wonderful promises.  Put prayer is also Action!  In Exodus 14:15 "Then the Lord said, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!"
 
 
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of prayer and the opportunity to be in your presence and know you hear us.  But Lord, I pray that we will hear your voice saying
"Get Moving"  for our prayers must be accompanied by a willingness to obey with our actions.  Let us be people of prayer and action, sharing your goodness and mercy to all who will listen.  I love You.  Amen.










Amen

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We The People


We the People The three greatest and most profound words ever spoken or printed to form a government for the citizens of any country. They are the foundation for freedom, the structure for law and order, and the frame work for honest, honorable and humble relationships.

From “We The People” come presidents, congress, supreme court Justices, state government leaders, corporations, educational systems and other institutions. All were created to represent the people and are accountable to the people for their varied responsibilities. These and more were designed for free people in order to protect them by limited regulations intended to guard and keep safe this most sacred gift of freedom.

The introduction to the Declaration of Independence July 4. 1776, quoted in part: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -“

Heavenly Father you ordained this freedom for the human race from the beginning. 15 The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 16 But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Genesis 2:15-17 (NLT)

This original command is confirmed throughout Scripture and the Apostle Peter reminds us: “ 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.       1 Peter 2:16-17 (ESV)

Heavenly Father it is your will that people be free. Satan, the great adversary, and all those who join him in rebellion against You want to dominate and destroy people. But Your plan and purpose is for a free people.  That is why on our Liberty Bell is imprinted: “…. proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof….” Leviticus 25:10 (KJV)

Thank you Father that this weekend We the People celebrate this priceless gift and joyous privilege of freedom!

In Jesus name, Amen.



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praying for our enemies


For those who have caused me pain and brought suffering into my life,
Lord help me to forgive and release my desire for revenge.

For people that have marginalized my efforts and contributions,
Lord cause grace and mercy to flow through me to them. 

For men and women in power who leverage pain for their purposes,
Lord give me a vision to help those who most need my support.

For everyone I contact everyday in every way,
Lord make me an instrument of your love and peace in the world. 

Amen

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a prayer for perspective


Lord,

We are struggling to understanding so much right now. We don't understand what people are ding, what is happening, what You are doing, and it's making us feel all the emotions. 

Sad? Check.
Angry? Check. 
Happy? Sometimes, but less so, really.
Fear? Yep, that one too.

The ugliness of our hearts are being revealed not just to ourselves, but to the world. The idols we've put in Your place are getting bigger as we get angrier and more fearful.

Father, let us be like Habakkuk who brought all his questions to You. And then he went up on a tower and waited.

I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the lookout tower. I will watch to see what he will say to me and what I should reply about my complaint. (2:1)

Help us find our tower, Lord. How can we get perspective? Where is our tower? Where can we go to see things from the right perspective? Help us to stand back and get the bigger picture. Give us Your eyes to see and Your heart to feel and Your wisdom to respond.


Amen

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Loving Father

Father, we thank you that we can know that no matter what we may face in this broken world, you are a loving Father who is in control of all things. Amen

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LET'S JUST PRAISE THE LORD



What is the best thing to do when all around you seems falling apart.  PRAISE THE LORD!

Can we only praise our Lord in good times?  If we truly believe He is in Total Control, we can praise Him all the time.

It's what the Psalmist did in  Psalm 48.


PRAISE the Lord
PRAISE the Lord in the heavens;
PRAISE Him in the heights!
PRAISE Him, all His angels;
PRAISE Him, all His hosts
PRAISE Him, sun and moon
PRAISE Him, all you stars of light!
PRAISE Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!
Let them PRAISE the Name of the LORD!
 
Heavenly Father, Creator of heaven and earth, give us hearts of PRAISE.  PRAISE in the good times and PRAISSE when things seem upside down.  Lord we PRAISE YOU because You are in control and nothing takes you by surprise.  You have the plan laid out, and it is on Your time table.  Help us to see that Your thoughts are above us, and we are not expected to understand them, but to take them by Faith and watch You work Your will.   Praise be to God from whom all blessings flow!.. I love You.  Amen












Amen

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Bowing Before Jesus







Philippians 2:8-11 (HCSB)
     8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth—11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father
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Heavenly Father it is with deepest gratitude that I come before you in loving and willing obedience, bowing before Jesus. With all of my heart and soul I want to honor Him as King of Glory and King of Kings. His majesty is without precedent or parallel. The astonishing contrast of His heavenly crowns: (“…on his head are many diadems….” Revelation 19:12 ESV) expressing His divinity, and His earthly crown of thorns: (“….the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head….. John 19:2 (ESV)) expressing His humility. 

Heavenly Father, Your beloved Son Jesus, has earned by His suffering and sacrifice on the cross the recognition and honor due to Him as sovereign Lord and Savior of all who believe in Him.

How true is Revelation 5:11-14 (NLT)11 Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. 12 And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered— to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.” 13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” 14 And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb. “

Dear Father, the song “Here I am to Worship” by Terry MacAlmon, moves me to sing with tears of gratitude:

King of all days
oh, so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came
To the earth You created
All for love's sake became poor

Here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that You're my God
You're altogether lovely
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me

Amen!!!

a prayer of renewal

Lord, open our eyes 
that we may see you in our brothers and sisters. 

Lord, open our ears 
that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed. 

Lord, open our hearts 
that we may love each other as you love us. 

Renew in us your spirit. 

Lord, free us and make us one.

Amen
... a prayer by Mother Teresa

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O Lord,    make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name,
for you never fail to help and govern
those whom you have set upon
the sure foundation of your loving­kindness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God,
for ever and ever.    Amen
Book of Common Prayer

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