How different would our lives look if we applied the energy we use to talk ourselves out of things toward forward motion?
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” –Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT
When you look to people to fill needs only God can fill, disappointment will always result.
Sure…. a good worship tune sung with an authentic heart and voice can be most amazing. But the most beautifully orchestrated music in the world is NOTHING compared to the masterpiece God can create with our very lives. So please, my friends – let’s not let the noise of our circumstances silence the beautiful song our Maker is composing in our lives.
Yes, the battle is on. But – no matter what – #StandStrong. #GroundedInPeace. #GodsStrengthNotMine.
“Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of peace.”
Ephesians 6:15 TPT (#ThePassionTranslation) @YouVersion #BibleApp.
My prayer today… (Feel free to join me and make it your prayer, too): My Father, Maker, and Friend… Forgive me for allowing the awesome Holy wonder of who You are to get lost in so much that matters so little. Your desires, plans, and dreams are perfect for me so I surrender to Your will and plans rather than my lesser ones. It is only by abiding in all that You are that I can bring Heaven to earth. I release all the wrongs against me as a beautiful tribute to Your grace to me. It is You and You alone who provides the very strength to live the most beautiful life possible- a life that is about You and You alone. So this very moment I willingly release anything that hinders me from fully connecting to You and the beautiful reflection of You in others. Fill me with all You are because it is only in the strength of Your beautiful Name, Jesus, that I can pray this and live this… Amen.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” –Hebrews 12:1
“Be still, and know that I am God!” –Psalms 46:10
“For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.” –Philippians 2:13
Here is the prayer that closed this morning’s leadership huddle at the incredible hospital where I am so blessed to work:
This is the day that You have made – Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Each person gathered here is a masterpiece designed by You.
Help us to remember our worth when challenging situations arise. Should we feel depressed or lacking joy in our lives, help us to remember we are fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image.
Our worry does us no good and only limits us, and You do more with worry than we ever could. So help us turn our anxious thoughts and situations over to You and trust that You are working. You work all things for our good because You love us. May we always be mindful that You are working in ways that we cannot comprehend, as Your ways supersede ours. And in this working You are continuing to mold us into masterpieces that fulfill Your purpose.
For the unseen, the increasing of our faith and our capacity to love, we give thanks in Your Holy Name. Amen.
-Prayed this morning by Mary Beth Krivanek, Sr. Chaplain, Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital Pastoral Services