Wednesday, June 20, 2012

You Are My Salvation

Dear God,

When my kids were little, I remember when each had their first taste of going to the big school, and I was not allowed to go inside their classrooms anymore.  I could see the trepidation in their eyes, and knew that they were afraid.  So I reminded them of one of my favorite verses in the Bible.  I often reminded myself of that verse whenever I was in an uncertain situation too.  The words reminded me of You, and Your saving grace, and the promise comforted me.  I was reminded to trust in You, Father.

Because You are my salvation, You truly are my strength, and my song...  I can teach my kids to sing, no matter what is going on around them.  And I want us to make a joyful noise to You --- the anchor and finisher of our faith.  We will praise You with every note we sing.

Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself,
is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Life Of Praise

Dear God,

Thank You for the gifts you have been giving me.  Somewhere along my life, You know the trials I have faced... 

Today I heard my kids pray for me.  Their words are simple but heartfelt, I was overcome by joy and gladness within.  The times that You have allowed me to teach them to talk to You, and follow You, have given them an understanding of who You are.  They know You hear, listen, and answer their prayers.

I pray that my life will be a sacrifice for You, Lord.  Please help me to live a life of praise for You before my DS and DD.  Guide and direct me in showing them both how to make the sacrifice of praise to You.

I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
Psalm 54:6

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Your Expectations

Dear God,

Thank You for giving me a life full of wonderful blessings.  You have also said that because of this, You also expect greatly from me.  I know that more blessings are in store if I am faithful in fulfilling the tasks that You have given me.  On the other hand, chastisement and discipline  await if I am disobedient to Your call.

I know from experience and from watching my very own kids that discipline is not fun. We would all rather receive rewards, and as a mother I would rather give away pleasant things.  I believe that You, my Heavenly Father, are like that too...

Please help me to be faithful and true to these expectations, Lord.  Instead of making excuses for why I failed in my responsibilities , I want to be bale to carry them out with joy and cheerfulness in my heart.

But the one who does not know and does things
deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded;
and from the one who has been entrusted with much,
much more will be asked.
Luke 12:48