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A Prayer

Create in me a pure heart, O God,    and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence    or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ~Psalm 51:10-12

Create a pure heart in me, O God.  I cannot create it myself.  My heart is wicked and deceitful beyond all things.

Renew a right spirit in me.  I cannot remember how to do good.  My spirit is prone to wrong and anxious thoughts; I tend to believe lies and act inapropriately because I forget you.

Lord, hold me closely in your presence.  If you let go, I will run away from you.  I will get lost in darkness and never return.

Please, Father, secure your Holy Spirit tightly to my soul!  If you don’t fasten it in me, I will throw it out and lack guidance and conscience altogether.

Jesus, restore my joy!  The cares of this world vie for my thoughts and I lack the wisdom to meditate on the single most important blessing – your salvation!

Lord, give me a willing spirit that I might endure!  I am wretchedly unwilling apart from this gift.  Surely, though, without it I will fail altogether.

All good things come from you, Lord.  I cannot bring them to myself of anyone else if you do not initiate.  Be merciful to we helpless and foolish.  Praise to You Great King of Kings!

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What if Jesus Were My Baby?

If Jesus were my baby

Would I answer, “Yes” or “No?”

Would I tell Him, “Maybe”

When he asked me for

my time, my love, my lap

or to play together on the floor?

If Jesus were my baby,

would I leave Him at the daycare doors

Every morning without fail

Just to shop in nicer stores?

Each evening would I tune Him out

and turn Him toward

the tv box

instead of teaching Him the Word?

Would Jesus cry, just like my baby,

when I tell Him it’s just maybe

‘Cause I’m too tired

All your sports keep us too busy

Mommy has to get a sitter

There’s just no time

to hear your words

Son, just get to practice

No one ever likes a quitter.

If Jesus were my baby

Would Our Father God be pleased?

For my Father told me that my baby

may as well be He,

And what I’ve done to Him

is to the least of these.

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Woe to the Crown of Pride

“Woe to the crown of pride…Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.”  For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, To whom He said, ‘This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,’ And, ‘This is the refreshing,’; Yet they would not hear.” ~Isaiah 28:1-29:9-12 (more…)

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This is a question a five year old asked me last night.  After thinking for a long time…here’s my answer…

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A Prodigal God

Four bags lighter, I drive away from the Goodwill.  Thinking in depth about whether the methods I’m implementing in teaching my children are the most valuable and effective for traing in godliness…
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