Thursday, August 25, 2016

I have engraved you on the palm of my hands.  Isa. 49:16

Lord, forgive me for putting 
   so much time and energy
       into worldly things. 
Help me to clear my mind
     of unnecessary, 
             frivolous concerns.
 Help me to stay focused 
      on You and Your kingdom.
 Let me honor You in all I do or say. 
Give me patience 
      with myself and others. 
Just as I am not perfect, 
      let me forgive others
     who are not perfect either. 
Let me show love and humility to those
      with whom I become annoyed.
 Let me be a willing, eager servant 
       to those in need. 
Forgive me for not doing 
     those things I should.
Be with those who are hurt,
     sick, …..grieving,….. lonely. 
Remind me that they 
      are my responsibility. 
Let me show kindness… mercy … 
      love to all.
Let me turn my back 
      on self pity and jealousy.
 Let me return good for evil.
Let me build up 
      instead of tearing down.
Help me to remember
     that my name is engraved
     on the palms of Your hands.
Assure me that You 
      will not forget or desert me. 
I praise You 
      for the goodness and joy 
      I experience daily. 
Thank You, Almighty God 
     for all things.
In Christ's name.

Lord, I have been so remiss 
   about having quality time for You, 
   with You, my Creator and Sustainer. 
Forgive me.
When I am not putting You first,
      I get into trouble with myself and my relationships.
      I become dissatisfied with my life,
          … wallow in self pity,
          …become ugly and nasty,                                                  
          … feel inferior and worthless.
Lord, help me remember
      I cannot bring honor and glory
          to Your name
          when I am so negative. 
I hurt others and myself unnecessarily
           --actions that make me  feel
           more disgusted with myself.         
Forgive me.
Remind me that I am Your child, 
       Your beloved. 
What joy it is to know this;
       but, even knowing this,
       I continue to let petty slights 
       hurt and sour my day.  
Let me look up, not down.
Let me look inward and find rest and peace for my soul.  
Remind me  I have been created
     to glorify you  
     to do all things
    in accordance with Your will.  
    I am here to serve, not to be served.
    I am to be Your hands and feet, Lord;  
    I need Your strength and guidance.   

Thank you for my family, 
     for a husband who has loved me over fifty years, 
     for grandchildren who love us, 
     for daughters who bless us, 
    for sons-in-law who value their wives and children, 
    for friends, 
    for my church and church family, 
    for blessings innumerable.  (July 21, 2016)
Let Me Build Others Up 

Heavenly Father,
Be with me today.
Let my words and actions 
please You.
Let my heart sing with joy
     because I am Your child.
Let me bring honor and glory
     to Your name.
Let me love.
Be with my loved ones; 
 Guide me to hurting people;
Lead me to places
      where I am needed.
Let me feel your holy presence;
Give me strength;
Give me Your comfort
Help me to see the lonely hearts
     in my life.
Be with those who mourn
     the loss of loved ones,
     the loss of the security of routine,
     the loss of jobs and traditions.
Assure them that all things
     will be done in accordance
     with  Your Will.

Be with those who are estranged
     from family members
     from friends.
     from You.
Lead them and show them
     how to walk across the room
         of reconciliation.
Be with those who live
     in the dark caves of depression,
     feeling unloved,
Shine the beacon of Your light on them.
Illuminate the path for them to follow
      from the depths of despair
     into the sunlight of Your love and grace.
Let them feel the warmth of Your presence.

Lord, as I age, help me
     have a positive attitude,
     look at myself and evaluate myself
     before giving in to the temptation
      to point accusing fingers at others.
Thank you for my many blessings/
Let me build others up in love;
      not tear them down in jealousy.
                                    In Christ's name.