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Cleanse us of Anything You Cannot Bless Tags: Christian walk decisions encouragement

As I began reading an e-mail, this line caught my eye and tugged at my heart. We have been discussing this very thing in our home off and on for several months. We’ve slid into making choices of good things, which has kept us from choosing the best things.

It’s easy to understand wanting to kick back and just relax after a busy day, but I’m finding that this is prime time for our enemy to attack.

I’m reminded of a verse from one of my favorite hymns Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing:

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And wander we do, as we often choose the easy way – flip through the channels on the TV – allowing unwanted images to be seen by us and our children. Or surfing the net, or just wasting our time doing nothing.

Is it wrong to relax – no, hopefully you all know me well enough to know that I’m not suggesting that, but we need to be careful about how we use our discretionary time.

In our book, Purposeful Planning, we list this as one of the topics we pray about and discuss during our planning time.

In it I say, “We almost always need o make corrections. Our sin nature often just wants to take it easy.

Now there is nothing wrong with, “just taking it easy”, but sometimes what we think will refresh us really doesn’t.”

I go on to discuss a point made by Phillip and Carol Zaleski in their book, Prayer: A History:

“We are happiest when attention is absorbed in concentration or expanded beyond its habitual range. Not passively ‘relaxing’ but rather when we are fully engaged in a task that matters to us and challenges us.”

So, back to Kari’s article:

Spring Cleaning for the Soul – and Homeschool 
Kari Lewis
Home School Enrichment

She goes on to say,

“Cleanse us of anything You cannot bless. It’s pretty easy to see that we need to be cleansed of sins like pride, anger, selfishness, ugly or hateful attitudes, and other blatantly sinful or displeasing things. But this request goes so much further than merely asking to be cleansed of sinful things—things that would outright displease God.  With this statement, we’re asking God to clean everything out and leave only the things that He can bless—things that truly please a holy God!’

She pulls things together more by saying,

“There’s a big difference between getting by and getting blessed! We may be able to have things in our lives that God is not blessing, but is it wise? Galatians 6:7 tells us to “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Remember, we reap what we sow, and we reap more than we sow.  If we sow things God cannot bless, we will reap more unblessed things down the road—sounds pretty scary to me!”
As frightening as this prayer is, it is even scarier to think of the consequences of continuing to do things and walk in ways that the Lord cannot bless.

Please give some serious thought to joining me as I pray, “Lord, Cleanse me of anything You cannot bless.”

Be sure to read the entire article.

Finding Joy in the Journey,
Phyllis

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Why Use Prayer Prompts? Tags: Christian walk God's Faithfulness prayer

Why Use Prayer Prompts?

by PHYLLIS SATHER on OCTOBER 15, 2014[EDIT]

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of man.”  Luke 21:36 KJV

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If you are like me, you tell people you will pray for them, and then forget. When you do remember the guilt feels overwhelming and you promise yourself that you will do better next time.

So what do you do with a verse like Luke 21:36? Pray always… If I struggle to remember to pray for friend’s requests, how do I pray always?

I’m definitely a work in process in my desire to pray for people, but I have found a couple of things that are helping me toward my desire to pray more often.

I post Scripture verses around the house. I wrote this last year, Surrounded by the Word . It might encourage you to read how simply having a few Scriptures posted thorough out your home can encourage you to pray – and prepare your heart for a quiet time.

Use recipes to remind you to pray. Sounds strange, huh? In this article Cookie MemoriesI share how I remind myself to pray for the person I got the recipe from. There are a couple of fun cookie recipes there too! I have this verse on every recipe card as a reminder,

 “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3

 I use street signs – that’s right – street signs. When we moved I found myself in unfamiliar driving situations. In an effort to learn my way around I attached people’s names to similar names of streets. It was a great way to learn my way around our new town, but I also use it as a reminder to pray for the person whose name I attached to that street name.

If someone asks me to pray in an email or on the phone, I try to stop right then and at least say a quick prayer for them.

“And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” – Luke 18:1 KJV

I also keep an ongoing list in the back of my journal. As I pray in the morning I run through that list and pray for those who need ongoing prayer.

Like I said, I’m very much a work in process in this area, but I do find these reminders helpful and I hope you will too as you put some or all of them in place in your life.

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Phyllis

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Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee Tags: Christian Christian walk death encouragement faithfulness Family God's Faithfulness Godly women Jesus planning prayer Scripture

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These words have been going around and around in my head for several days – often when I’m having a quiet time or just listening to myself think during a break.

I knew they were from a hymn, but not which one, so I looked it up on CyberHymnal.org

When it began to play I recognized it as a hymn we sang during Lent/Easter in the Lutheran church I attended with my parents. I was not a believer then, but listening to it I was surprised how many of the words seemed very familiar – sort of like an old friend.

This spoke to me about those times when we don’t think our children are really listening… you know those times. I know I wasn’t participating fully way back during my time in that Lutheran church, but nevertheless, the Lord was planting the words of this hymn deep in my heart so I could draw them out at times like this.

Since these words seem like old friends, I wanted to share them with you – my newer friends.

Why not click the link above and listen to it while you read or sing through the words?

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory, what bliss till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine.

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.

Men mock and taunt and jeer Thee, Thou noble countenance,
Though mighty worlds shall fear Thee and flee before Thy glance.
How art thou pale with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How doth Thy visage languish that once was bright as morn!

Now from Thy cheeks has vanished their color once so fair;
From Thy red lips is banished the splendor that was there.
Grim death, with cruel rigor, hath robbed Thee of Thy life;
Thus Thou hast lost Thy vigor, Thy strength in this sad strife.

My burden in Thy Passion, Lord, Thou hast borne for me,
For it was my transgression which brought this woe on Thee.
I cast me down before Thee, wrath were my rightful lot;
Have mercy, I implore Thee; Redeemer, spurn me not!

What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.

My Shepherd, now receive me; my Guardian, own me Thine.
Great blessings Thou didst give me, O source of gifts divine.
Thy lips have often fed me with words of truth and love;
Thy Spirit oft hath led me to heavenly joys above.

Here I will stand beside Thee, from Thee I will not part;
O Savior, do not chide me! When breaks Thy loving heart,
When soul and body languish in death’s cold, cruel grasp,
Then, in Thy deepest anguish, Thee in mine arms I’ll clasp.

The joy can never be spoken, above all joys beside,
When in Thy body broken I thus with safety hide.
O Lord of Life, desiring Thy glory now to see,
Beside Thy cross expiring, I’d breathe my soul to Thee.

My Savior, be Thou near me when death is at my door;
Then let Thy presence cheer me, forsake me nevermore!
When soul and body languish, oh, leave me not alone,
But take away mine anguish by virtue of Thine own!

Be Thou my consolation, my shield when I must die;
Remind me of Thy passion when my last hour draws nigh.
Mine eyes shall then behold Thee, upon Thy cross shall dwell,
My heart by faith enfolds Thee. Who dieth thus dies well.

These words don’t paint a pretty picture, yet they are filled with the grace and mercy that our dear Savior has for us. They are strong words, telling the very real story of His great and undying love for us.

What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.

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Phyllis

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