It has been 43 years today, Father, since I gave my heart to You at ”Shepherd’s Call’, the Jesus People coffeehouse. Forty three years since accepting Jesus as I was shown John 3:16 for the first time and realized that I was a whosoever, that I was loved by You. I believed even though I knew nothing. On this day, 43 years ago faith was born! Thank You for such an incredible gift!
But Lord, I still desperately need You to undertake for me. Let those dead traits in my life stay buried and bring to life that which glorifies You.
Lord, I thank You for protecting me from my own foolishness. Let my foolishness be buried and let wisdom arise.
My haste and impatience also need burying, Lord. In these days, Father thank You for joy as I choose to wait on You. May I also choose joy as I walk full through the now moments, no matter the circumstances.
In the planning for the future, let me not forget to embrace my todays. To live and love fully within them and to be a blessing to those in my family, church and community.
Thank You, Father for all You have given to me, all You have entrusted me with. May I be a faithful and obedient steward of Your gifts. Father, I pray and long to walk undefiled in Your way.
Untouched by criticism, impatience, haste, foolishness, unkindness and selfish ambition. I say NO to these qualities and yes to the refining fire that will purify me.
Father, as Your child, Your daughter, I want to be fully walking in Your way, fully loving, trusting and entering into Your joy. Never finding it too difficult to love You with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength.
Keeping covenant with You, Father, even as You keep covenant for a thousand generations.
God, I want to keep Your word, Your testimonies, not just for the promise of blessing but for the entrance of joy! Pure, sweet joy that revels in Your love.
Why do I so easily forget about the joy from obedience? The same joy You knew, Jesus. You have welcomed me at Your table and spread wide Your arms to embrace me. Holding nothing back, Jesus went to the Cross because the thought of me gave You joy!
Thank you, Father for leading and guiding me all these 43 years I have walked with You. Thank You for Your patience, mercy and kindness and the strength of Your everlasting love.
Surely You have carried me and will continue to carry me even to my old age with a head of silver and gold.
Thank You for teaching me to hear Your voice. Thank You for the treasures You unveil for me in Your word.
You have taught me to lay hold of the gold and the glory within me because my walk with You is not so much about letting go as it is about laying hold. You want Your children to lay hold of the glory within each of us because when we look at our shortcomings we will always see the emptiness and lack of glory.
You want us to love ourselves so we can love others well~when our hearts are first turned towards You and the eyes of our hearts catch a glimpse of Your beauty, grace, tenderness, love and compassion we won’t want to hold onto anything not belonging in the presence of Truth.
Your truth reveals who I am. Fully loved, Your Beloved, Friend, Accepted one, Family member, gift to the Body of Christ, one in whom the fullness of Christ dwells and the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in me and is quickening my mortal body to life and greater degrees of life. You continually awaken me to Truth.
Thank You for the perfect and complete work You have done in my life and in my heart.
Thank You that as I lay me down, I can trust You to raise the new me up. I love You, Father.
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