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March 13, 2006
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I apologize guys.

For some reason, I tought my devotional day began on the 13th, not the 12th.

March 13, 2006
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3/13 Devotional -The Lord’s Prayer

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He gave them a simple 6 step pattern to follow, known as the “Lord’s Prayer.” Jesus didn’t intend for us to just pray the same words he spoke in Matthew 6:9; He intended it to be an outline for prayer. Use each verse of the Lord’s Prayer as a guideline to help keep your prayer-time on track.
“Pray, then, in this way:”

Step 1 “Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.” This is the call to praise and worship. Take time to honor the Lord and consider His greatness. Remember His faithfulness to you and be encouraged by His promises.
Step 2 “Thy kingdom come Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Align yourself with God’s will, and listen so you can know His desires. Proclaim God’s will over your life, family, church, the lost, etc. Wait and allow the Lord to share His heart and will with you.

Step 3 “Give us this day our daily bread.” Ask God for your needs and the needs of others. Be specific, and ask in faith for anything you know the Lord wants to give you, i.e. ask and I will give you the nations as an inheritance. (see step 2).

Step 4 “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Ask God for forgiveness in any areas of known sin, and speak out forgiveness toward anyone you have not forgiven.

Step 5 “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Ask God for the grace to stand firm in the face of temptation and resist the schemes of the enemy. Remembering to look to Jesus for the way of escape.

Step 6 “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” Finish with proclaiming who God is and exalting His name. Take time to thank Him for the answers to come, and to worship Him.

This scripture reference for the Lord's Prayer is Matthew 6:9-13

March 13, 2006
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I have heard this outline for prayer preached by a few ministers that I respect.

I think googling the the words "The lord's prayer will provide you with additional information from the author.

March 13, 2006
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Y&R,

I've always like the Lord's Prayer and agree that it was meant to be a pattern for prayer, rather than to be said word for word.

That said, I went to church briefly as a young kid at a Presbyterian church, and the congregation recited the Lord's Prayer every Sunday. I came to like it; it was a comforting ritual.

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March 13, 2006
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Thanks Seek,

Hey, could you do a favor for me?

I don't know when I'll be back so would you please post my devotionals for me until I return?

My little nephew dropped my laptop and I can't get her to start up...I'm writing from my sister's PC right now.

I'm on the phone with Toshiba people, Best Buy people but none of them can really help me from here.

I might have to take my electronic baby to see the doctor.

Thanks Seek, I hope it's not an inconvenience and I'll be back as soon as I can.

March 14, 2006
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may not be my turn, are you all still taking turns? but here is one. Have a blessed Tuesday!

Inadequacy as a Blessing
2 Corinthians 3:1-6

Inadequacy can be a roadblock to doing the Lord's will--it can deter us from stepping out in faith to accomplish what God calls us to do. It's no sin to feel insufficient, but we can transgress by not attempting to surmount that sentiment. In contrast, a right response to shortcomings can turn inadequacy to blessing.

Even the apostle Paul felt inadequate, but he didn't allow his feelings to hold him prisoner and prevent his sharing the Gospel. Instead, he allowed recognition of his limitations to drive him closer to God. For believers, the correct reaction is more prayer and biblical meditation so that our reliance upon the Lord strengthens. As we shed the burden of walking in our own strength, we become motivated to work in the power of the Holy Spirit.

God's Spirit enables us to achieve whatever it is we are called to do. The disciples followed Jesus for three years, but His final instructions left no doubt concerning their limitations: Go and tell the world about Me after you have received the Holy Spirit's power. Jesus' chosen men were inadequate too. (Acts 1:4-8 )

But our inadequacy enables God to demonstrate the great things He can do with so little. Remember that Moses and David were mere shepherds, and Gideon was least among Israel's men (Judges 6:15), yet the Lord accomplished amazing feats through them.

Our inadequacy can actually turn out to be a blessing by driving us into a stronger relationship with God. We can humbly say with Paul, "I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

March 16, 2006
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Y&R,

I'd be glad to do your devotionals. Hope you get the laptop fixed soon.

OMW,

Thanks for posting the devotional yesterday. You had great timing! Y&R's laptop wouldn't allow her to do it, and I was horrendously busy yesterday and missed her request of me till now.

Would you like to have a turn with the rest of us? Would you like to take Y&R's turn until she gets her laptop fixed? Her turn lasts through Sunday. Let me know.

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March 16, 2006
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sure seeker, be glad too.

March 16, 2006
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Good morning everyone.
For March 16.

The Foundation of Unwavering Faith
Hebrews 13:1-8

Discouragement and fragmented thinking often accompany troubled times. But we do not have to give in to thoughts that God might have forsaken us. A simple but profound scriptural truth provides the foundation for unwavering faith: When someone places trust in Christ as his or her personal Savior, Jesus intends to build a strong relationship with that person. The Lord plans a spiritual connection that will be intimate and permanent. That is why He promised, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). No matter how we may feel, God is with us.

As great a promise as Jesus' uninterrupted presence is, we have yet another foundational truth on which to rely. We can fully trust His pledge to be with us always because we have also been assured that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (v. 8).

If we think that the Lord has suddenly abandoned us when difficulties arise, then our faith foundation is cracked; we will have trouble trusting anything He says if we believe He is not keeping His Word. The reality is that we are the ones wavering, usually because our circumstances seem so dire. But Jesus and His promises have not changed--He is present, providing for needs, and working good out of all situations every second of our lives. What other friend can we say always remains steady by our side?

Learning from God's Word and looking at His work in our life, we can see His consistency for ourselves. Then we can build unwavering faith on the truth that Jesus is the same forever.

March 16, 2006
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OMW:

Great devotionals!! Really spoke to me. Isn't it something how God can speak to us thru any means he wants to use.

Thanks 🙂

March 16, 2006
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omw-i second mama. your devotional is timely and appreciated. love , gup

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March 16, 2006
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glad you ladies appreciated them. This spoke to me as well, about how God can use our inadequacies. I know for me my first reaction to feeling inadequate is to shrink back or not go, or not do out of fear, then wonder why I didn't with a culmination of beating myself up. Kind of glad I don't need to do that any more.

The author is Charles Stanley from CharlesStanley.org. or InTouch.org too.

Mamac, guppy,
how does it speak to you?

March 16, 2006
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omw-i am scared of change. and my Whole life is changing everyday. i feel inadequate, off balance, out of control...but i just keep rolling with it and it is fun. if i can keep my faith in god, everything will work out. when i try and control it, i muck it up. i even got a job offer today to work for the county i live in. i keep asking myself why now, is it because i finally opened myself up to it or what???? (i'm so bad if i buy a new end table for the livingroom i will throw up for a week) no kidding. now, everyday when i get up nothing is the same and i am making it. i pray that what ever i am doing now ,it doesn't go.... away........

March 16, 2006
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guppy, appreciate you sharing feelings that i can understand as well. after being married for so long as you were, and even though it feels good that you are divorced, things change...but you will get throught it. Bits and pieces will come filtering through, and yes if you remember who your savior is, you can learn much and grow. you have a great sense of humor!! please feel free to ask questions of me or Sew as well, we both have been through some things you have as well.

March 16, 2006
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omw-u know i have bad eyes. nursing is high risk for me. i also do all the bookkeeping for my h , who is gone. i am going to take the new job. after i am trained i can tke it anywhere in the states and work. it's a blessing and i am shocked and awed that all these good things are coming my way all of a sudden. all god ever asked of me was to let go....

March 16, 2006
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yeah, He has a hard time doing things sometimes if we hold on too tight. t sometimes I have trouble discerning those which to keep which to let go. Good news for you to take the job. Is it a nursing job?

March 16, 2006
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no, far from it, something new to learn.......thank u god!!!

March 16, 2006
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that's great for you. will keep you and your new job in prayer.

March 17, 2006
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March 17, 2006
The Importance of an Unchanging Lord
Hebrews 1:10-12

The foundation of our faith is the truth that God is unchanging. He has the same character and principles He had when the prophet Malachi wrote the words, "For I, the Lord, do not change"(Malachi 3:6). In fact, since before He spoke the world into being, God has been exactly as He is today. This understanding is essential for believers who desire to live the successful Christian life.

If we believed that God, like man, was in a state of change, much of our faith would be pointless. Why pray to someone who may or may not still be answering? If that were the case, then we would wonder: Serving the Lord might yield fruit, but it might not. We can get into heaven as long we never make God angry, but does He still get upset over the things that bothered Him in the Old Testament, or does He now have new sources of irritation?

What an exhausting life believers would lead trying to keep a fickle god happy! Sadly, many people do become tired trying to be perfect Christians. Rather than getting theologically grounded in God's Word, they are living as they think the Lord desires or following the lead of other people of faith. One difficult experience can knock the unprepared believer off his feet.

In order for the Lord to lay a solid faith foundation in our lives, we must study the One whom we serve. Through the Scriptures and our experiences, we learn how God responds to different circumstances, we recognize His methods and purposes for discipline, and we witness His rewarding of righteousness. More than that, we inevitably realize that He is always the same loving Father.

March 18, 2006
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Sometimes it is hard to remember that God is in control. I know that the more time I spend with him the better my life will go. And when I don't it is down hill. Then I forget.

Our Way or God's Way?
Exodus 21:12-15

There is only one way to live the Christian life and that is by obedience to God. Does that sound boring to you? It shouldn't. You serve a wonderfully creative God who knows all the twists and turns your life will take. If His answer concerning some prayer is no today, then you can be sure there is another avenue He has for you to travel.

Our earthly life comes down to one question: How much do we trust God? If we have a perfect trust in Him, we will let go of our need to control whatever we are facing and allow Him to guide us through each moment. F. B. Meyer writes, "Dread not any result of implicit obedience to God's command; fear not the angry waters which, in their proud insolence, forbid your progress. Above the voices of many waters, the mighty breakers of the sea, ?the Lord sitteth King forever. . . . '

"Dare to trust Him; dare to follow Him! And discover that the very forces which barred your progress and threatened your life, at His bidding become the materials of which an avenue is made to liberty."

Whether it is a decision that must be made or a problem that must be faced, faith in God's creative love for you is the answer. Be willing to trust Him for the outcome as you acknowledge His greatness and sovereignty in your life. Then rest in the knowledge that He is in control of all things.

March 19, 2006
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for Sunday March 19, 2006:

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you. Take your everyday ordinary life---your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life---and place it before God as an offering. Romans 12:1 - THE MESSAGE

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, whay is it so hard to take care of myself? I act as if it is some great flaw that I need rest and refreshment! The truth is that I am made in Your image and made to need these things. I feel so overwhelmed right now tht the thought of worrying about anything else frightens me, but I know I need to focus on the basics and on equipping myself to effectively get through difficult or stressful times. Plese, Lord, help me to give myself some grace -- to take a deep breath. I want to actively remember all Your loving ways and how You have provided for me in the past. Lord, when I think of your provision, I can do nothing but praise you. Thank You for Your constant care. In Jesus' name, Amen.

STEPS TO TAKE THIS WEEK:
Keep the basics in check. Are you sleeping? Exercising? Eating a balanced diet? Taking care of yourself isn't selfish, it's just smart. Focus on the basics this week.

Make a list of all the tiems God has been faithful to youin the past and post it somewhere prominent(your bathroom mirror, the fridge, your desk). Read the list daily and add to it as you remember specific examples of God's goodness in your life.

What small changes can you make today to reduce stimulation in your life? Turn off the news? Set the paper aside for a week? Seek out quiet time? Commit to these changes for one month and wait to see if peace follows and your worries diminish.

Have you had a good laugh lately? Do yourself a favor and let yourself laugh. Set aside those anxieties and fears that are plagueing your day and find something to smile about.

taken from the book, THE POWER OF LETTING GO by author Pam Vredevelt.

Have a blessed Sunday and week this week!

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March 21, 2006
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"A Tandem Bike Journey

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

As you started this journey, you asked the Lord to take the back seat and you chose to drive. Now, you've come to a fork in the road and decided to take the road that looks the smoothest to you, even though the Lord suggested you consult the road map He has provided for you–His Book. You didn’t want to take time for that, so you just kept on pedaling.

But as the day wears on, you start to get a little tired and a little worried. "I'm not sure we're on the right road, Lord, so let me stop and ask for directions." You pull into a service station, and leave the Lord to watch the bike while you go inside. "Hi," you say to the attendant, "I'm trying to get to the high places. Am I on the right road?"

"The high places?" the attendant looks a little puzzled. "Well, I'm not exactly sure where that is, but I can tell you that this road will take you to some wonderful spots where you can have a lot of fun. Remember, you only go around once in this life, so go for the gusto. This is an easy road; you'll find that your self-confidence will improve on this road; your self-esteem will soar; and you will impress a lot of people. This road leads to fulfillment. So, keep pedaling; you are on the right road!"

You head back to the bike where the Lord is patiently waiting. "Wow, we're going to have a great trip on this road, Lord," you assure Him. "This is the road to self-fulfillment." He looks you in the eye and says clearly, "But the road to self-fulfillment is a dead-end. You'll never find the high places on this road. If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it" (Matthew 16:24 -25)

"Lord, you must be mistaken," you reply in astonishment. "Everybody knows that you have to be self-fulfilled and have confidence and good self-esteem in order to be happy. This is a great road, Lord; let's get going."

So you start down your road again, and you pedal and pedal and pedal and pedal, but the harder you pedal, the worse this road looks. "Lord, are you pedaling?" you ask, but you hear nothing from behind you. Finally, exhausted from your search for self-fulfillment, you stop and the tears start to roll down your cheek.

"My child," He says to you so gently, "are you now ready for me to take the driver's seat?" "

March 21, 2006
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OMW:

Thank you so much for posting the devotionals. I am truly getting alot from them and I'm sure others are also.

As Jigsaw says... working for God is tireing. You do such good work for God. 🙂

March 22, 2006
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"A Tandem Bike Journey

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

You were exhausted and disheartened from pedaling so hard and so long on the road to self-fulfillment. Everyone assured you it was the right road to be on–everyone except the Lord, that is. And you didn't take time to read the road map–the Bible–which would have told you that it's only when you give up your pursuit of fulfillment that you actually find it. True meaning in life's journey comes when you get to the high places with Jesus.

"So," Jesus asks you again, "are you now ready for me to take the driver's seat?"

"Well, where will you go, Lord? If you'll just tell me exactly what your plan is, then I'll be glad to pedal along behind you. But I really need to know precisely how you plan to get us to the high places."

"My dear child," He answers, "I know where the high places are and I know exactly how to get there. Isn't it enough for you to know that I am the eternal God and I have promised to take care of you?"

"You mean, just let you take the driver's seat without any plan?" you ask with fear and trembling.

"Of course not," He smiles back at you. "I'm taking you to the high places, and believe me, I intend to get you there. I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jerimiah 29:11).

"Great, you've got a plan," you say. "Which road will you take? Will it be the road to finding a spouse and starting a family? Or how about the road to successful career? As a matter of fact, I've even thought about going on the road to missionary. Bet you'd really be happy if I took that road, right?" You continue with enthusiasm, "See, here's my plans for my life; any of these is just fine with me, and I'm sure they'll take me to the high places. So, take the front seat, that's fine, and just choose any of these roads I've listed here."

"I can't take the front seat until you allow me to chart the course for our journey" He replies.

"But you haven't told me where we're going. Promise you won't take the road to eternal singleness. Promise? Or the road to the jungle; I don't like snakes. Just promise me that and I'll get on and pedal."

"I promise you that I'll never leave you or forsake you. Isn't that enough?" Jesus asks. "

March 23, 2006
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OMW,

What an insightful post. Thank you. It's a great reminder to trust in the Lord completely.

I've been trying to adopt the attitude lately that God has the right to command me to do anything, anything at all, regardless of what I might think. Your post fits in very nicely with that.

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