Have you ever thought about these facts when your eyes open up in the morning?
- I am alive one more day.
- This day…hour/minute is all I have
- What I do with this gift I’m given…is up to me.
- No one has complete control over my thoughts or prayers.
It so easy to never give these thoughts …a second thought. Yet, it is true. This is why I decided, after a not too restful sleep, to make a change that will directly relate to those things listed above.
I pulled out a tiny book, given to me by a friend, Steve Harper, in 2011. (Thanks, Steve) There is so much in this book, as small as it is, that speaks to me in the present day. This is why I decided to share some selections with my readers to help “kick start” the day or help to sleep at night.
How many posts I will share from this little book, I’m not certain. However, if you find it helpful to your life, as we face such different times, please let me know. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Hopefully, someday I can let Steve know that his writings have made a difference to not only my life, but to my readers around the world.
Selections from A Pocket Guide to Prayer by Steve Harper
“Holy Time: God gives each of us the same amount of time. The difference comes in how we understand and make use of the gift. Time must be organized and managed, but it must also be consecrated. Spiritual formation integrates these activities, with the result that time becomes holy. Sacred time provides the space for the work of the heart and the action of the hands. From Old Testament times until now, literary sources indicate that men and women of faith arranged their days and punctuated their time with particular moments of personal and corporate worship. While specific patterns and practices vary widely, spiritually minded persons acknowledge the essential nature of stated devotional acts throughout the day to spiritual well-being...
The aim of it all is to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17) God does not call us to have a devotional time, but to live a devotional life. Any specific time of prayer is meant to produce a greater awareness that all time is God’s time, that every moment is God-moment. Only then will we experience living faith, holiness of heart and life.“
The Apostle Paul wrote the following to encourage the Christians of Thessalonica.
“Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the faint hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1st Thessalonians 5: 13-18)
PRAYER: Dear God in heaven, please help me to start my day always with You. Help me to tune out the voices of the world that often fill my thoughts with discouragement. Help me to see the beauty of your earth…the flowers, birds and stars at night. I know that You are the God of peace and you have love that is still not completely known to me. May I experience at least a portion of it today. I ask for Your peace as I live the life that You have given me this day. In Christ, I pray. Amen
Music for your morning: Turn up your sound.
Words to “My Song Is Love Unknown” written by Samuel Crossman in 1664 (the first verse)
My song is love unknown,
My Saviour’s love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O who am I,
That for my sake
My Lord should take
Frail flesh and die?