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Monday, January 31, 2011

Protection in the word...

My Prayer: Mighty Father God.  Thank you for your protection today.  Today was dangerous.  There were so many accidents on the roads, it was so cold, a lot of people are not safe at home tonight.

Thank you for taking care of me, my family and my friends.  You are an awesome protector.  You are my protective covering and you keep me from harm.  God I love that.  I love when you keep me from harm. 

There is a part of me that still fears a little though.  As much as I love and trust you, I still see bad things happen to good people and it is hard for me to understand.  I know you have explained it to me before.  I know it is a result of the sin in the world and choices made around that sin, consequences of those choices.  And, most of the time, that makes sense and I am able to concentrate on your promises over my life and the fact that you so completely protect me.  That even when something seemingly bad happens to me, like a car accident, you make sure I am not hurt, the other people in the accident aren't hurt, that the insurance covers the repair costs and that everything is taken care of. 

I guess that is what your protection really means.  You can 't always keep the circumstances from occurring but you can keep them from hurting me.  You can arrange it so that the bad thing that happens doesn't effect me the way it would otherwise.  I need to remember that.  I need to remember that you will take care of everything and not let fear in. 

I love you God.  I love that you protect me.  I love that I can trust that protection.  Thank you for protecting me.

What God Said Tonight:
Thank you for remembering the lessons I have taught you in the past, the things I have taught you.  I don't mind repeating myself, but it is a sign of growth when you can remember the lesson and remind your self instead of needing me to remind you. 

You spoke truth, I can't always change the circumstance but I can always bring you through it as long as you lean on me and trust me.  You have to follow me and hold onto my word, my direction through every circumstance.  That is where the protection is. 

The protection is when you hear and trust my word.  The protection is when you are obedient to my word. I gave you every instruction, all of the knowledge you will ever need.  I gave it to you in the Bible.  Read it, study it and learn it so that you have the tools I provided for you.  

When you don't learn my word, you are handicapping yourself and living with less than I want you to have.  You are keeping yourself from having the tools and blessings that I want for you. 

You will need to study the word everyday.  Mainly because there is so much in it that even if you studied everyday for the rest of your life you could not cover it all; but also because it is living and active and will speak into your unique situation.  Don't get lazy or complacent.  Really study the word every day so you have the tools I intended you to have to fight this fight of faith. 

I love you and I want all of the very best for you.  I want you to have every weapon possible.  I want you to remain safe in my arms and in my word every day.  Read, study learn and be better equipped to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

God's plans...

My Prayer:
Awesome God, my Father.  God, I want to thank you tonight for the amazing church you put me in.  Thank you for an amazing Pastor who knows how to encourage and release us into our ministry for you like no one I have ever seen.  Thank you for the amazing worship band that leads us to that intimate place of worship with you every week.  Thank you for the staff, the volunteers, the prayer warriors, and the incredible loving people. 

You have blessed me more than I could have ever known or expected.  When you first told me it was time to change church homes, I thought I must be hearing you wrong.  Why would I want to leave my church home of 12 years?  I loved it there.  I had family there. I had a place to serve there. 

What I didn't see was that you had a bigger plan.  You had a better plan.  I pray God that you always help me to remember that.  To remember that you always have a bigger and better plan.  To remember that no matter how great I think something is, you have something greater. 

I am running out of words again.  There are some things that are so wonderful that I don't have enough words to talk about it.  But, I am more grateful than I can say. 

I pray God that you lead each and every one of your children to that church home that is as perfect for them as Reverb is for me.  A place where they can learn, grow, serve and get to know you better.  A place where they can take all of that and spread to the rest of their lives and their week. 

God, thank you for an amazing church home.  Thank you for your guidance.  I love you God.  What is on your mind tonight?

What God Said Tonight:
Well, you said a mouthful tonight daughter.  You are welcome for your church home.  I am glad that you were obedient to my leading even when it didn't make sense to you.  I promise that every time you follow me and what I have told you to do, even when it doesn't make sense, even when it seems crazy, I promise, it will always be for your good and the good of the kingdom. 

You are learning to hear my voice more clearly every day.  You are learning to follow my lead more closely and more quickly every day.  That is good.  The better you get at that the more sensitive and the more obedient you are, the more we can do together. 

I love doing things with you.  I love hanging out with you but I love doing things with you.  You always get such a kick out of seeing my power and your joy makes me happy.  It is fun to do things with you. 

You are where I need and want you to be.  I know that you were skeptical at the beginning.  But now you see my plan.  Thank you for being obedient before you could see the plan.  You will need to do that more and more.  As you grow, I will stretch your faith because it will make you stronger.  It will make you more of what I need and want you to be. 

Your future and my plans for you are truly glorious.  I have a plan and a purpose on your life.  To get there, these are the steps we must take.  These are the things I need you to learn.  It is so good that you are documenting these things.  The next time I ask you to do something that seems crazy, come back and read this as your reminder that my plan for you is truly greater than what you can imagine or think of for yourself.  Remind your self that I can do more with one act of faith than you can do on your own in a lifetime. 

I am the power and the strength behind the dream and I will always be on your side.  You are about to embark on another week.  This one will not be quite like the ones in the past.  You will have surprises this week.  You will be blessed and you will be stretched.  You will have opposition and you will have favor.  In the midst of it all, remember I have a plan and purpose and I will guide you always.  Trust in me and trust in the plan. 

I love you daughter.  Rest  in my presence tonight.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Greed...

My Prayer:
God my God.  I am coming to you tonight from a place of...want?  I am not sure how to explain it God.  When I look at my life, the richness of it, the amazing people, the amazing opportunities, I think, who am I to want more?  Who am I to say it is not enough. 

It, my life is more than I could have ever imagined even a couple of years ago.  I should be satisfied.  But, I am not very good at being satisfied. It seems like I always want more God.  Is that greedy?  Is it wrong God?  Should I be content with the amazing blessings you have poured out on my life? 

Paul talked about being content.  I think I should be content, but I am not.  I want more.  No matter how much you give me, how much you bless me, I always want more.  Yep, that sounds greedy.  God, I guess it is true.  I am greedy for you.  I am greedy for all that you have for me.  I am greedy for the promises you have on my life.  I want it all and I want it now.  I want all that you have God.  Call me greedy, but I want it all.

What God Said Tonight:
You are greedy my child but it is a greediness I can support.  You want what I want.  You want what I have already planned for you.  It is good, you should want that.  You should be greedy for me. 

I am greedy for you.  I am greedy for your attention, for your time, for your presence.  I want to be with you all  the time.  I hate those times when I am excluded from you life.  They are less and less frequent but they break my heart.  When you exclude me, push me outside of your life, that breaks my heart. 

I am as greedy for you as you are for me and for my will.  I want more for you than you want for yourself.  It is all moving as fast as is possible and is proper.  There are some stages of preparation that are needed so you can handle the next things.  But t is all coming your way.

Your "greed" for this is not a negative thing.  It is not  thing to be ashamed of or to be self conscious about.  This greed is a good thing.  If you are going to be greedy, be greedy for me as I am for you.  Be greedy for my kingdom and my promises. Be greedy for the plan that I have for your life. 

You are destined and set aside for this purpose.  You are ordained for my service and you will have all that you desire because your desires are in perfect alignment with mine.  I love you daughter.  Keep striving for me and you will get what you desire. 

I love you my sweetness.  You are like a young child, full of promise. Your best days, your future is ahead of you yet.  Each day is one day better, one day closer and one day more of opportunity to live the dream that I have placed in you.  You will see it all my daughter  but go ahead and be greedy in this case.  It will serve you well to be greedy for me and my purpose. 

Each step, each process and each new step is ordained by me and will be perfect as long as you are following me.  Trust me, it is all coming your way.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Walk in the garden...

My prayer:
Awesome, amazing, wonderful father God.  I love you so much.  I worship you for who you are.  I am grateful for all that you do.  I praise you for what you accomplish. 

You are phenomenal God.  You created everything that is.  You are Lord of all.  The universe is your creation and I bow down and worship you.  I remain in awe of you every day.  I am stunned by your power, your love, your knowledge, your peace, your victory.  I am in awe of you. 

You are everything I could ever hope for.  You are my hope God.  Because of you, I know that i always have a hope and a future.  Because of you, I can accomplish things that I could never do on my own.  Because of you, I am assured a future forever in heaven with you.  I am assured of eternal life. 

Wow!  I think I take that for granted sometimes.  I can't really wrap my mind around forever, eternity and so I say the words, but I don't really understand it.  I am assured ETERNAL life because you died for me.  I am trying to let that sink in a minute. 

I have been feeling kind of old lately but if I think about it in terms of eternity, age really has NO meaning.  I have just begun my eternal life.  God, I can never thank you adequately for your sacrifice but I can give you my life.  I can dedicate my life to you.  I can be available and faithful to be your hands and feet anywhere and any time.  God I am yours.  Tell me anything you need and I will do anything I can to see it happen.  I love you Daddy!

What God Said Tonight:
Your faithfulness and your willingness is not in question. You remain one of my front line soldiers daughter.  I love your willingness to see my power work in people's lives. 

You will need some preparation for this next phase.  You will stretch further than you have in the past.  You will need to do some things that are uncomfortable, but you should be getting use to that. 

I love you and I am so grateful that I have you.  You are what I intended you to be.  I need your brothers and sisters to catch the servants heart that you have.  You prayed for it and I was more than happy to provide it for you.  It is how I intended you to be from the beginning.  Before pride, before sin, Adam and Eve were faithful servants and it was perfect for awhile. 

Now, there is much that is not perfect but when you take on the servant's heart, when you serve me and my people, when you give first and worry about getting yours later, that is close to that perfection we started with.  That is close to where I want us all to be. 

I want more than you know to move into the age of peace.  I am so ready to walk in the garden with you.  But, there are more that need to come to me.  There are some who don't know about me yet.  There are some that have only heard the religious rhetoric.  There are those who have been hurt by religion and people and have run from me.  There are even those who have never heard of me. 

I need every person to have the opportunity to choose.  When that is accomplished, we can leave the evil that has run rampant in this world and live in peace and joy.

Until that time, keep talking to me, keep listening to me and spend time with me in the garden.  I love you daughter. You will do great things.  You will reach many of those that I am talking about, the ones that don't know me.  Show me to them.  Help them to know me. 

Thank you daughter.  Rest in my love tonight.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lean on me...

My Prayer:
Mighty God.  I am wiped out again tonight.  I love all the wonderful opportunities and all that we are doing.  At the end of the day, like now, I just am out of energy and ready to fall into bed...if I make it there! 

But, I am not complaining.  I truly love this time.  I love all the opportunities to minister, to pray to love on your people.  I love the opportunities at work to do new things every day.  I love that life is not stagnant right now but it is moving and full of purpose.  I truly love it God.  Thank you for this time and for all that you are doing.  You are my God, my Lord, my Father, my teacher and my redeemer and I love you more than I can ever say. 

What God Said Tonight:
My daughter, my love.  You are walking in my Spirit now and that is why it is so exciting.  You are where I need you to be.  I know that there is a lot, but I will continue to provide all that you need.  One step at a time, one moment at a time, one task at a time.  Just do a little each day and before you know it, we will have accomplished all that I set out for you to do. 

I have not and I will not give you more than you can handle.  But, I will give you enough that you can only handle it if you lean on me and trust me to help you through it.  I will give you enough that you can't quite carry it on your own so that you will always need me. 

I gave you skills, abilities and strength and all of that is good.  But I have to push you a bit so you don't rely on those things but you rely on me.  That is the only way you can truly be successful and accomplish everything that your heart desires.  Your dreams are bigger than your abilities.  That is where I come in. I am here to fill the gap and to make you more than you can ever be on your own. 

I will, I have destined you to succeed.  You are above and not beneath.  You will come out on top.  I promise.  I am with you and I always win.  Stay with it, one moment at a time.  I will continue to guide you and direct you.  Lean on me and trust me and we will get there before you know it.  Our destination is assured.  I love you daughter.  Rest and we will go at it again tomorrow, together.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

You are worth it...

My prayer:
Glorious and awesome Lord.  Thank you for your protection.  Thank you for healing more people today! 

God you are incredible.  I love you so much.  I love being a part of your kingdom, your family and getting to be a part of your ministry.  Life is so crazy and exciting right now!  So much to do and all of it is fantastic!  I want to hold onto this season but part of what I love about it is that is constantly changing...kind of crazy, I want a season that is full of constant change to not change by keeping up with all of the changes...God, I am glad you know what I mean because I don't think I am doing a very good job of explaining it myself tonight. 

Bottom line, thank you for life, opportunity, salvation, healing, power, protection and every wonderful thing you do for us every day.  I love you more than life.

What God Said Tonight:
You are so very precious to me.  You mean the world to me my daughter  I have been teaching you a lot lately.  Thank you for your obedience and faithfulness. Thank you for listening and for being open to instruction.  But tonight, I want to love on you.  I want to remind you of how amazing you are.  You use that word with me all of the time.  You are covered by me, you are covered in my blood.  As such, you get to wear that "amazingness" as your cloak. 

My covering doesn't just sit on you like clothing though.  It soaks into you changing you into the person I intended you to be before sin polluted your life.  You are washed clean and more beautiful than any sunrise. You are more precious than the finest gold.  You are everything I hoped you would be.  You are perfect in my covering.  You are a royal priesthood.  I designed you for great things. 

You have begun a journey with me that will never be fully complete.  You and I get to travel on this road for eternity and I can't imagine anyone I would rather be with.  My children are my whole purpose. 

I am not disappointed in this side track we have taken as a result of sin.  I knew it would happen before I first created man.  I knew it and decided it was worth it.  I knew that I would need to sacrifice my son for your sin and I decided that you were worth it.  I knew that there would be wars and conflict and I decided you were worth it.  You are worth it daughter.  This time together is worth it.  Our future together is worth it.  I treasure my children and every moment with each of them.  I treasure my time with you.  You are worth it.  Know your worth in me. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The secret of patience...

My Prayer:
Incredible Father God!  You are so amazing!  God I want to thank you for your patience with me.  You told me to start the new fan page for praise reports and answered prayers almost a week ago and I drug my feet a bit and almost talked myself out of it.  I decided that no one would want it or want to post on it. 

But then, I started thinking about every time that you have told me to do something that I have delayed doing and I knew I would be stuck right there until I did what you had told me to do.  So, today, I did it and you are already blessing it and spreading your word! 

Why do I doubt?  Why do I delay?  When am I going to learn?  I am asking you these questions but they are really the questions that you should be asking me.  But, you don't.  You just wait on me to figure it out.  You wait for me to realize that you have already taught me about this and even then, you let me choose.  God you are awesome.  What amazing patience you have.  

Thank you for teaching me.  Thank you for your patience.  Thank you for giving me room to learn and figure it out.  You are awesome God!  I really need to come up with some other words to describe you but my vocabulary simply isn't big enough.  Please don't ever give up on me God.

What God Said Tonight:
Why would I give up on you?  You are my daughter and my creation.  I know your potential.  I know your future.  It is easy to be patient when you know the end from the beginning.  It is easy to be patient when you know how it will all work out.  I know already every struggle you will face.  I know every battle you will try to fight.  I know every victory and every blessing in your life. 

I have all the patience in the world because I have an eternity with you.  You are still thinking of time in a worldly way and that is when you get impatient. But I see time for what it is.  I see time as an imperfect yard stick in a vast never ending existence that has no end.  How can you measure something with out end?  You can't.  There are no borders on time with me so time itself, as a measurement, has no meaning.  We have all the time we need. 

That does not mean that I don't have a schedule.  There are a series of events that need to happen.  I have laid them out for you.  Each and every one will happen and will happen "on time" according to my will.  But I am in charge of the timing.  Just as I am in charge of the timing in your life.  Once you realize that and stop fighting it.  Stop rushing some things, stop delaying other things and get into the river of my will and timing, your life will be much less stressful. 

I love you daughter and I promise, I will NEVER give up on you. NEVER.  Rest in my blessing for you tonight.   

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pain and suffering...

My Prayer:
My God.  My interest is you tonight.  I come with no agenda, just curious as to what is on your mind.  Thank you for another great day with great opportunities.  I love you God.  Speak to me?

What God Said Tonight:
I hear the cries of my people throughout the world.  I understand that this life is hard, painful and it seems like the suffering is more than you can take at times.  I would love to wipe away the terror.  I would love to wash away the pain.  I see you covered in dirt, in blood and I know your fear. 

I don't know that I can ever explain how it got to this point.  I have told you about the original sin that invited sin into this world and into your life.  You have heard it so many times, it has become just a story.  There was something more significant in that moment though that you do not yet understand. 

There is a grave responsibility that comes with knowledge.  As an adult, you gain knowledge you did not have as a child and with that knowledge comes responsibility.  The sin of eating of the tree of knowledge came with responsibility.  It was a responsibility that I never wanted you to have  It is a responsibility that requires that your actions have a cost.  Your sin has to be paid for.  For those who have received me, that sin is covered by my sacrifice.  So many have not received that redemption though and as a result, the wages of sin, death, run rampant in this world.  Destruction appears to rule at times. 

You won't be able to understand it yet, someday you will. Someday, there will be no more war and no more pain. Someday there will be no more suffering.  In that day, when we win, we will live in great peace and joy.  We will live as I always intended.  We will live in the light and the joy that I had planned in the beginning. 

In the meantime, live under my covering.  Let me protect you from harm, let me heal you from the pain, let me clean you from your sin. You live in this world but you are not of this world.  You are of me and my kingdom.  You belong to me.  You do not belong to the filth that surrounds you at times.  You are mine, now and forever.  I love you daughter.  Let me take care of you.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Choices...

My prayer:
Mighty all knowing God.  Father, I have been thinking a lot about choices today.  Choices seem so important.  Even choices that seem like small choices at the time can turn into great opportunities or missed opportunities. 

I was talking to a young woman today who was talking of how she use to ask you about everything, even what gas station to go to.  And, when she did, there was always something amazing waiting for her there.  It just highlighted what I have been thinking.  Our choices are so important. 

God, what if I made different choices and missed out on all of the amazing opportunities you have brought me?  On the flip side, what decisions have I made that unknowingly kept me from opportunities that you wanted me to have?  A pastor I know once said that he thought that judgement day for Christians would be watching all of the missed opportunities in our lives. That you would show us all of the things we could have had, done, and experienced if we had chosen your will for our lives in everything.

I don't know if he is right but if he is, I dread that day.  As much as I love most of my life, I don't look forward to finding out all of the things I missed because I was stubborn, prideful, self centered, or just stupid. 

God, help me to make good decisions.  Guide me in every decision. Help me to make the decisions that put me smack dab in the middle of your will for my life.  Please don't let me miss what you have for me. I want everything that you have for me.  Thank you Jesus!

What God Said Tonight:
Your decisions, your choices are important and it is good that you want to make good decisions, decisions that put you in my will for you .  But, my will is bigger than your day to day decisions. 

You have made a choice to follow me.  You reaffirm that choice every day.  The other decisions may effect the flavor of your day but the over riding purpose of the day, the week, the year, your life is set in place by me with your decision to live for me.  I have been given permission by you to guide and direct your life and I will do that .  I will take each decision that you make and create the opportunity that most directly leads you into the will and purpose that I have ordained for you. 

Every decision that you make to follow my will for your life makes that process easier.  It makes it easier on you because you make the choice and go into it freely.  When you choose things outside of my will for you, a correction has to be made and sometimes that is not comfortable.  But have no doubt, my will shall be accomplished in your life. 

You have given yourself to me and I do not take that responsibility lightly.  Your life is in my hands and I hold it as precious.  I will lovingly guide and direct you.  Seek my counsel in each decision and I will make the way easy for you.  But don't stress too much about it.  When it comes down to it, the only truly important decision is the one you made to live for me.  Everything else is frosting.  I love you daughter.  Don't worry, don't stress and don't fear.  I've got you.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sacrifice...

My prayer:
Awesome sabbath God.  Thank you for rest and for restoration.  Father God, thank you for how you take care of me. 

So much of who you are and what you do continues to leave me in awe.  I look around and see how you can take one simple idea and within a few months turn it into a ministry that touches thousands of people throughout the world.  I could not have done that even if I had thought of it (which I didn't).  But here we are, 7 months after the night that you said, why don't you go ahead and start the blog that Pastor Joe recommended, and you have reached over 10,000 people all over the world.  I could have never imagined that sitting in this office on that June night. 

I could have never imagined the book, the fb fan page and the amazing people who post, comment and share.  I could have never imagined the opportunities to speak and to share.  I could have never imagined the prayer requests from all over the world.  I could have never imagined the opportunity to see you work and change people's lives like this! 

You are so incredible.  You truly can do anything.  I stand in awe God.  I can't wait to see what is next. 

I love you Father. Please continue to help me to be the person that can be of most help to you.  I love you teacher.  Please continue to bless and protect my family and friends.  I love you healer.  Please continue to hear our prayers and change our circumstances.  I love you Lord.  Please bless and anoint our worship services tomorrow God so they are pleasing to you and help your people.  I love you.

What God Said Tonight:
I love you too my daughter and I love to surprise you.  I love to show you what I can do with the small sacrifice that you make.  Like the young boy with the fish and a bit a bread.  He gave that small amount and in my hands it fed thousands. 

That is what I can do with your sacrifices.  Sacrifice your time to me and I will multiply it.  Sacrifice your money to me and I will multiply it.  Sacrifice your will to me and I will give you more than you could have ever imagined on your own.  I need you to give me sacrifice so I have something to work with but once you give it to me, I will give you back more than you can imagine. 

I don't ask you to sacrifice so you will have to go without.  I ask you to sacrifice so that I can give it back to you multiplied.  I don't ask you to sacrifice because I need the specific thing that you are sacrificing.  I don't need it in itself, but I need it so I have something to multiply back to you. 

I am a creative God and I can create the entire world out of nothing, out of chaos.  But what I want to teach you about is the art of giving, the joy of giving.  I want you to understand the giving and receiving paradigm that I function under.  It is what the sacrifice of my blood is based on.  It is what the law of Moses was based on.  It is what you need to know to live the full and blessed life that I have for you.  So much is tied up in it.  Learn that giving, sacrificing, is not about losing something but it is always about gaining something. 

I love you daughter.  You are right where I need you to be but don't stop here.  We have a long way to go and it will be more amazing than you can imagine.  Be blessed my daughter.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Get closer...

My prayer:
Awesome God.  I am ready to fall asleep sitting up.  I love you and I am here out of faithfulness to you but I need you to take it tonight.  Thank you for all that you did today in my life, in my friends' lives and for being generally amazing.

What God Said Tonight:
Sweet daughter, you are tired.  I appreciate your faithfulness in coming here to be with me anyway. 

I love that you are willing to sacrifice for our relationship.  That is the point of all of this.  To get closer.  To get so that you know me better than you know yourself.  The more you know me, the easier it is to recognize my voice and to hear me.  The easier it is to hear me, the more quickly I can help you and the more quickly I can let you know when I need you to do something. 

Each time we meet, each time that we talk, you are getting to know me better.  There will be a day when we are so close it will remind me of my days with Adam before the fall.  I want that day to day closeness with you.  I want you to hear me no matter what.  Whether you are busy or calm, whether you tense or relaxed, whether you are in need or at peace, I want you to hear me. 

There are times when I need to tell you something, something that you need to know for the very situation at hand. I need you to hear my voice clearly, for your sake and for mine.  You are going to see great things with me.  We will do great things. But to do them we have to be closer than we are right now and that only happens by spending time together.  I want you to know me as well as you know yourself, maybe even better. 

So, thank you for coming tonight even though you are tired.  You can rest now and I will give you rest.  You will awake refreshed and ready for a new day.  You will wake up strong and raise up on wings like an eagle.  I love you daughter. Sleep well but stay in my presence always so you can know me.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ordinary miracles...

My prayer:
Mighty God, I am not sure what to pray about tonight.  You as always are awesome.  You took care of me and everything I needed today.  It was a busy day but an ordinary day. I am not complaining; ordinary is good now and then.

Thank you for an ordinary day where nothing bad happened and everything went generally smoothly.  Thank you for work to keep me occupied, challenged and paid.  Thank you God for taking care of me again today.  Thank you for amazing people in my life. Thank you for the inspirations on how to document and share the testimonies of your answers to prayers.  It is going to be awesome!

I love you God, what is on your mind tonight?

What God Said Tonight:
It is in the ordinary that the extraordinary becomes visible.  It is the backdrop of the ordinary that allows the extraordinary to shine through.  Do not despise the ordinary.  It, like everything, has a purpose. 

It is the ordinary that is the fabric of life.  The memorable events are the highlights, the flair.  But is is the ordinary day to day that is the base and fabric that holds it all together. 

I love you daughter.  I cradled you today and kept you safe.  I kept you from the many pile- up accidents on the highway this morning.  I kept you from unknown assaults on your character.  I kept you from creating situations that you would regret in the future.  Sometimes the miracle is in what didn't happen.  Sometimes the gift is in the ordinary.  Sometimes the praise report is that nothing happened.  It could have been so much worse. 

Recognize me in the showy miracles but recognize me in the ordinary miracles.  Recognize my power in the things that don't happen as well as in the things that do.  I love you daughter and I will always take care of you.  Enjoy this ordinary time because it is a miracle.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Healing miracles...

My prayer:
Awesome God!!!! THREE MIRACLE HEALING PRAISE REPORTS TODAY!!!! Look at you go God!  You are such an amazing healing God. 

Thank you for healing the respiratory issue with my friend this morning, thank you for healing my mom's GI thing tonight and thank you for healing my fb friend's mom who was in the ER. 

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! Your healing power is AMAZING!!! I love to see you heal people God! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!  God I love you.  You thought of everything.  Not only did you provide a way for all of my sins to be forgiven but you didn't stop there.  You also allowed yourself to be beaten to heal my diseases, to heal our diseases.  You didn't have to do it but you did. Jesus, you were beaten beyond recognition.  Some translations say you were beaten so badly that you were not even recognizable as human.  I am so sorry that happened but I am so grateful that you paid the price. 

And Jesus, as long as I am alive, you did not pay the price for nothing.  I will continue to pray and receive your healing power for myself and for others.  I will continue to call on you to heal us God. I will continue to praise you God and I will continue to be beyond grateful for every time that you heal us.  YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!  I know I keep saying that but there is no other word I can think of that expresses how, well, how amazing you are!!  I love you God.  Thank you again.

What God Said Tonight:
Sweet daughter I love to see you happy.  I love to see you celebrating.  Healing is in my DNA so to speak.  I am made of love. I am love and being love, the natural result is healing.  Love is the power behind the healing. 

Love is the most powerful thing in the world.  It can create and heal.  It can also be distorted and become something other than love.  When that happens, it can cause more pain than you can imagine.  Keep your love pure and holy sister.  Allow your love to heal and not harm. 

I love to heal people too mostly because of how it builds your faith.  There is something about being healed when you are sick that makes you believe anything is possible.  The problem is, not everybody remembers the miracle after they are healthy for awhile.  It is good to write the miracles down and have a memorial of them. I like the thought you have been circling around about a place to post praise reports to strengthen people's faith and hope.  Go ahead with that, it will be good. 

I am with you now and forever.  I will hear you when you call me and I will answer.  I am your God and your Father.  I am your teacher and your protector and yes, I am your healer, and I always will be.  You my sweet daughter continue to grow and move and do all that I have called you to do.  You are going to love what is coming next.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Enjoy life...

My prayer:
Awesome and mighty God.  Today was a surprise!  Things didn't go like I thought but they were fun!  I love your surprises.  I love that you continue to surprise me.  Reverb online church was awesome tonight God.  Over 100 people got saved!  That had to be a BIG PARTY in heaven!!

God I truly love you.  I love the things that you love.  I haven't always felt that way.  I haven't always even understood the things that you love and I definitely haven't always loved the same things that you do.  But now, after all these awesome years with you, I love to see you happy and love it when I get to be a part of something that makes you smile.  God I pray that I always make you smile. 

What God Said Tonight:
You make me smile  Your desire to make me smile makes me smile.  I love you too my daughter.  You are right, every time one person receives the forgiveness that I bought for them, we rejoice in heaven.  There is nothing better.  I love to see my kids come home.  The souls that were saved tonight are so precious to me.  I love them so much and I have waited so long for them. 

Much of life is so serious.  We must take the moments to laugh, to celebrate, to enjoy the wonderful things, the beautiful things, the precious things.  Once in awhile, step out of the struggle you are in and just enjoy life.  Enjoy the blessings.  I promise they are always there.  Sometimes they are covered by the mess that you are in.  They can be covered by the garbage that has landed on your life.  But push the garbage aside once in awhile and find the treasure, the blessing, the joy that I have for you and enjoy it.  Enjoy life.  It is ok.  Even in the midst of the garbage, it is ok. It is ok to laugh with me.  It is ok to celebrate with me.  It is ok to enjoy life with me, even in the midst of the garbage. 

I am your joy and your strength and I will always make sure to have blessings in your life.  Search them out and enjoy life.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Snow...

My prayer:
My God, Father, King of all Kings, maker of everything.  It is so crazy to think that you, as great and unthinkably amazing as you are, love me, care about me, died for me.  I think that is why it is so hard for many of us to come to you in the first place.  It doesn't make logical sense that you, being you, would care about me.  I am a tiny speck.  I am nothing really.  Why would you care?  Why would you die for me?  And yet, I know it is true.  You tell me in so many ways. 

Maybe it is because I don't have my own children that it is hard for me to understand.  Maybe if I had my own kids I would understand better the love that comes from creating a person.  Maybe I would better understand that mother's or father's love that cannot be denied.  Maybe it is easier for people with kids to understand and believe that you love them no matter what. Not because of anything they have done but because they exist and because you created them.  Maybe. 

I may not understand it fully but I believe it.  There would be no reason for you to lie to me about something like that.  You tell me in so many ways how you love me.  I appreciate every one of them God.  Because I have a hard time understanding that kind of love, I need to hear that you love me frequently.  I need to see it.  I need to experience it.  Without those reassurances, I can begin to doubt.  I am sorry for my weakness God but you say it is in our weakness that you are made strong.  Be strong in me God.  

What God Said Tonight:
I am your strength.  I am a strong tower that you can run to.  I am more powerful than any force in the universe and I am on your side.  I will always fight for you.  I will always strengthen you. 

I do love you more than I can tell you.  I love you so much it is like a white blanketing snow that covers everything else.  The shapes underneath the snow are blurred until it becomes one soft pure white expanse.  That is what my love is like.  The details, the actions, the sins, the shape of your life becomes blurred in that blanket of love.  It is covered in my love for you until it is pure, white and holy. 

I love you to the end of time, covered in my blood and protected by my strength.  Rest tonight in complete assurance of my love.  Face tomorrow in the same assurance.  My sweet daughter, you are so precious to me.  Rubies pale in comparison.  Gold is a poor and clouded reflection of your worth.  Diamonds cannot begin to sparkle enough to show off your worth.  I love you with all that I am.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Gifts of greatness...

My prayer:
My God.  You have put such amazing and talented people in my life.  Sometimes I just stand in awe and look around me.  Your gifts in your people are so beautiful.  Whether it is singing, playing an instrument, teaching, encouraging, giving, loving, preaching, wisdom, artistic expression or something else, the gift itself is not what amazes me so much, but the vast amount of gift that you have given us amazes me.  When we learn how to use and live in that gift and let you really work through us, the results are incredible. 

Maybe you have given everyone in the world these gifts.  I don't know everyone but I know from looking around me that you have given an amazing amount of gifts to the people you have put in my life.  I feel like you have surrounded me with greatness.  It keeps a girl humble! 

Thank you for surrounding me with your greatness God.  Thank you for surrounding me with people that you have filled to the brim with your greatness.  Thank you God for your gifts.  I love you!!

What God Said Tonight:
Gifts.  Life is a gift.  Life is a choice and life is a gift.  You did not earn the right to be born.  You do not can not earn the right to wake up in the morning.  It is a gift.  The people who recognize the gifts in their lives and recognize me as the gift giver are most likely to get more gifts.  I can pour out gifts on the people who remain humble.  I cannot pour out the gifts on the people who become proud because it will destroy them. 

Remember that my motivation for everything I do is my love for you. My motivation is my love for my children.  I will never do anything to harm you and I will do everything possible for your good.  I have given you the gifts that I need you to have.  I have given you the gifts that have the best possibility of blessing you and making you all that you can be.  I have given you the gifts and the tools.  Your job is to use them and become proficient with them. 

I love you so much daughter.  I haven't told you that enough lately.  I love you to the very depth of who I am.  At the very source of me is my love for you.  It is the purpose and the reason for everything I do.  I love you for who you are, not what you do.  I love you because you are mine, not because you are good.  I love you because I can't help it.  I created you to love you. 

You are so precious and spending time with you is one of my favorite things to do.  Can we spend more time together?  I will multiply your time if you give it to me but I want more of your time. Not doing anything, just being together.  We are doing a lot right now which is good and necessary but I don't want to lose the intimacy with you in the process.  I don't want to lose the deep connection.  I want us to be even closer tomorrow than we were today.  To make that happen though it needs to be your choice.  I can ask, but I need you to draw closer to me and I will draw closer to you.  Are you willing? 

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Choose...

My prayer:
Mighty God I worship you.  I adore you God.  I can't help myself.  I love you so much.  You are so incredible!

You gave me more opportunities to see your healing power today God.  I am praising you in advance of the praise reports.  I am confident in your healing power. Thank you for the courage to ask the woman in the grocery store if she wanted prayer for her leg.  Thank you God for making her whole!

You are amazing God.  How about I stop talking so you can.

What God Said Tonight:
Life is an opportunity. It is an opportunity to make the right choices.  It is an opportunity to love.  It is an opportunity to use your free will for good.  You are designed and created to have choices.  Life is your opportunity to use those choices. 

Recognize the choices you have in every day, in every minute.  Life is your choice.  What you make of your life is your choice.  Who you choose to bless and curse are your choice.  Who you will believe and who you will follow are your choice.  Choosing not to chose is your choice. 

I want you to make good choices daughter.  Choices that enhance your life and ensure your future.  I want you to make choices that bring blessings to you. I want you to make choices that bless other people.  I want you to chose me and my way every minute.  Chose the things that I love.  Chose to always follow my instruction. Choose me every minute as I have chosen you.  Use this life, this opportunity to choose me and my ways. 

I love you.  I know that you are waiting and trusting.  It is time to chose.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hurting...

My prayer:
Awesome and mighty God.  Thank you God for the two miracle healing reports today!  You are such an amazing God!!  I love to see you heal God. 

My heart is also heavy tonight God.  I hurt someone I that I really care about.  I was too wrapped up in my own stuff.  God I ask you to heal the pain I caused.  I have apologized, but it is not really enough.  I ask for your help to make this right.  I ask God if there is anything I can do to make recompense that you show me what that is.

I hate it when I hurt people.  I don't mean to do it but I end up doing it sometimes and it is usually the people I care the most about.  Help me God to be more thoughtful and less caught up in my own life, less selfish and more thoughtful.  I ask God that you make me a better person.

What God Said Tonight:
It is not possible for you to live your life connected to other people and never hurt them.  It is also not possible for you to live your life connected to other people without being hurt sometimes.  It is a part of the human condition, not the best part, but it is a part of the human condition. 

I love you daughter and I love your heart.  You will find your own way to make this right.  You will find a way to repair the relationship and move on.  I will help.  I am the God of reconciliation after all.  The only real good that comes out of these times of hurt is that you become more sensitive.  You, if you are paying attention as you are now, learn that your action and inaction can cause pain and you think twice next time. 

Your life is pretty full right now and much of it is very good.  However, if you miss the opportunities to bless and love your friends, your family, the people I have put in your life, the rest is not worth anything really.  But I know you know this. It is written all over your face tonight.  Listen to me and I will help you make this right. 

Also, remember this the next time someone hurts you.  Remember this time and remember how you feel.  Remember that you did not intend the pain.  Give the next person who hurts you the same benefit of the doubt. Empathize with the fact that they may have hurt you entirely unintentionally and that they want to make it ok more than anything.  Forgive yourself and forgive the next person who hurts you.  It is essential. 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Get angry...

My prayer:
My God, I need to ask for forgiveness tonight God.  I got REALLY angry tonight.  I got so frustrated when things weren't going my way.  I look at it now, now that the moment has passed and I can't figure out why I was so angry. Maybe it was all the built up stress.  There have been a lot of changes and pressure lately at work.  But I think it was mainly that I was being a spoiled brat and mad that things weren't going the way I wanted them to. 

I am sorry for that God.  You shouldn't have to put up with that from me.  I am a grown woman and I shouldn't be throwing tantrums when I don't get my way.  Please forgive me God.  I will try to grow up a little and do better the next time things aren't going the way I think they should.  I love you God.

What God Said Tonight:
You are my sweet daughter and I made you passionate.  Anger, just anger, is not bad in itself.  It is what you do with it that can hurt you and the people around you.  I got angry.  I get angry.  It is a valid emotion. 

You are right that your anger tonight was out of frustration and not a just anger.  You are already forgiven for the rashness of your anger.  You did not use your anger to hurt and that is good.  You let it wring itself out of you.  Now it is time to move on. 

You can go ahead and get angry if you want to.  But don't hurt people with it and don't let it stay around.  Get it out, deal with the situation and move on.  Anger was never meant to be something that is sustained.  It was meant to give you the adrenaline and energy to deal with a urgent situation and then move on. 

When I was at the temple and saw the selling and cheating that was going on, I was angry.  That anger was important and useful.  I responded to the anger, expressed it without hurting anyone, dealt with the situation and then moved on.  That should be your picture, your model.  Don't expect that you will never get angry or that you should never get angry.  I did not make you that way. But follow my model when you get angry. 

Rest in knowing you are covered and redeemed in my blood tonight.  Trust me to wash you clean and restore you.  I love you sweet daughter.  Put the anger to rest tonight and let's move on.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In position for blessing...

My prayer:
Father God, thank you for today.  Thank you for tonight.  Thank you for favor.  Thank you for a great small group.  Thank you for hearing my prayer last night and providing a way for people. 

Thank you for loving me and for choosing me.  Thank you for creating me and redeeming me.  Thank you for forgiving me.  Thank you for blessing me and giving me everlasting gifts.  Thank you for teaching me.  Thank you for speaking to me.  Thank you for taking care of me.  Thank you for providing for me.  Thank you for protecting me.

Thank you for being my God, my Father, my teacher, my healer and my friend. 

Thank you for the friends you have given me. Thank you for the family you have given me.  Thank you for the kitty you have given me.  Thank you for the opportunities you have given me.  Thank you for giving to me.  Thank you God for EVERYTHING!

What God Said Tonight:
You are welcome my sweet daughter. It is my pleasure and my plan to do all of that and more for you.  You have not yet seen the blessings I have for you.  I am already excited for the day when you look back and say, "How did all of THIS happen?"  I look forward to that day when you answer your own question with "Only God."

It is easy to bless you when you realize and recognize that it comes from me.  It is easy to bless you when you recognize the source and don't get caught up in yourself.  It is easy to bless you. 

I can't bless you when you get selfish or disobedient.  Not because I don't want to bless you.  I always want to bless you.  But sometimes, those times when you are outside of my will for you, the best way I can bless you is to withhold the blessing.  If I bless you when you are out of my will then you will be encouraged to stay outside of my will.  There will be no reason to return to me.  I need you  to return to me at those times and I will greet you with a blessing and a kiss. 

I want to bless you always.  I want to give you all the desires of your heart.  I want to give you beautiful things.  I want to give you talents and opportunities.  I want to give you experiences.  I want to give you so much.  Stay in position so that I can.  Stay humble and submitted to me so I can bless you more.  That is the only way the blessing won't destroy you. 

It is the undeserved blessing that is most dangerous.  If you receive it with the wrong mind set, the wrong understanding, it can destroy you.  So, as much as I want to give you all of these things, I have to wait for you to be in position, in right standing with me to truly bless you the way that I want.  Not because I am a tyrant but because I want you to receive these things without being ruined. 

How many times have you seen movie stars or music stars who start out humble, wonderful and happy only to end up destroyed with drugs, addictions and strife after the fame.  If I bless you when you are out of position, out of my will, it will destroy you as surely as fame destroys them. 

I love you so much. Continue to search out those areas in your life that are not right.  Those areas that are not in my will for you, and get rid of them.  Change them.  Do whatever you have to do.  As you clean those things out of your life, it releases me to bless you even more. 

I love you so much.  I love you no matter what.  I love you even when I can't bless you.  It is because of my great love for you that I can't always bless you the way that I want.  Don't be discouraged.  You will have all of the things I have promised. Just get in and stay in the position to receive them so they don't destroy you. Be obedient, be faithful, be sold out to me, and I will pour out the blessing you cannot contain.  I promise.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Open a window...

My prayer:
God my God.  It is so cold God.  No one can live in this cold without shelter.  I don't even know how the animals stay alive. 

God, I have been trying to avoid thinking about the people who don't have homes or don't have heat in their homes because it is too much, too painful, and I feel powerless to help.  It is nights like this God that I look around at the blessings you have given me and I think that I have not given enough. I think I have kept too much of your blessing.  I have not done enough.  Then I think, even if I gave everything I had, it would not make enough of an impact.  There would still be people cold, alone and homeless.

I don't like feeling powerless to help.  I am not big enough to handle this problem God.  I put them, each and every person who is cold, alone and afraid tonight, I put them in your hands and in your care.  I pray God with all the intensity and the fervor that I have that you make a way out of no way for them.  I pray God that you provide for them as their Father.  I pray God, as Jehovah Jireh that you meet all of their needs. 

God I pray that you show me the areas that I can help more. I pray that you show me the places where I can give more.  Those places that will make a real impact.  Those places that you have chosen, blessed and where you can multiply the gift, the blessing. 

God I don't know what else to do, or what else to pray.  It is hard to think about the people suffering tonight.  It is hard to know that it is happening and I sit here, not being able to help.  Maybe the best help I can be is to pray for them?  Maybe that is what they need more than anything.  I can't provide all of them with warmth, homes, hope and joy but you can.  I don't have the answers but you do.  Maybe this is one of those times where the best thing I can do is get out of the way so you can help.  Or, maybe that is a cop out and I tell myself that to feel better about sitting here in my warm house while they suffer.  God, please take care of them in Jesus name.

What God Said Tonight:
I feel the pain of your heart tonight my daughter.  I have heard and I will help.  The people who are on your heart tonight are also on my heart.  I have been making a way for them already. 

You are right to pray.  Anytime you have a problem that is bigger than you are, you should bring it to me.  I haven't seen the problem yet that was bigger than my ability to solve it.  I will be your everpresent help in times of trouble, whether that trouble is yours personally or whether that trouble is your brothers' and sisters' trouble. 

You are interceding tonight and that is good and important.  That intercessory prayer opens a window to heaven that allows my full power to be manifest on earth.  You should open that window more often.  You will be amazed at the results. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

True worship...

My prayer:
God I praise you!  I praise you and all that you are, all that you do.  I celebrate you tonight God.  I am so happy to be your kid.  I am so grateful to be a part of your plan. 

I love you.  I say it all the time and sometimes I wonder if you get tired of hearing it.  Then other times I think I can never say it enough.  If all I did was praise and worship you every moment for the rest of eternity, it wouldn't be enough to honor you God. 

I wish sometimes that I could sing and write songs for you.  I love when I find those truly anointed singers, song writers, worship leaders who express what I feel for you but do it so much more beautifully than my simple words.  God you deserve beauty.  You deserve that unexplainable perfect peace and joy that comes during true worship.

God I pray that my worship is always pleasing to you.  I pray and ask God, if there is something more, something different I can do with my worship of you that would please you more, tell me what that is.  I want, I need you to know how much I love you and how much you mean to me.  God hear my heart.  The worship of you in my heart is beautiful.  I don't know how to get it out so that I can express that beauty, but see my heart, hear my heart, know my heart.

I am so completely imperfect but I love you, I will remain faithful to you and I will serve you everyday and night for the rest of my life (everlasting life).  It is my ongoing vow to you God.  Please continue to receive me, covered in the blood of Jesus to do your will.

What God Said Tonight:
I like these nights of worship with you.  I like when you focus on me.  Not because I need it but because it is so good for you.  It strengthens you. It gives you peace.  It helps you to remember what is important and what isn't important. 

There is no worship that is more beautiful or less beautiful to me, as long as it is true worship and not a show.  As long as it is real and not part of an obligation.  As long as it is real and not habit.  All real worship is beautiful to me.  I love the songs too.  I love the music and the corporate worship when you all get into groups to worship me together.  But I also love the worship when you and I are alone.  I love when you are so focused on me, everything else disappears.  I love when you recognize how close we are.  I love when you realize that I am already in you and just waiting for you to realize it.  I love these private and intimate times of worship.  I love being that close to you.  I love how you can experience me in those times.  I love how those times draw us closer together and build our relationship.  Most importantly, I love you. 

I enjoy when we get together with other people. Do not fail to gather together...that was me who said that.  It is important that you get together and support and love each other.  But set aside time for just you and me.  Set time aside to build your and my relationship. It takes time to build a relationship.  It takes commitment, faithfulness, open mindedness, attention and it takes love.  Give me these things and I can promise you a greater relationship, a greater power, and a greater life than you could ever imagine. 

I love you more than you can imagine.  As much as you love me, know that I love you more.  Your love is truly a reflection of my love for you.  Rest again tonight.  We have quite a bit to do tomorrow.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Time to study...

My prayer:
Awesome Father, God of all creation.  I am at a loss tonight.  I have fragments of thoughts running through my mind, but nothing to really talk about.  I have all the same desires of my heart. I am grateful for all of the same blessings.  I continue to lift up all of the same needs of my family and friends.  But, you know all of that. 

Life has been a constant state of change for awhile.  So much so that change is becoming common place.  I am not complaining.  I love change. I love the new things.  But, when change becomes common place, where do I find the same excitement that I use to get from change? 

Oh God, I don't know.  I mean really things are great.  I think I am just in a Sunday night funk.  Probably I need to stop talking and focus on listening to you.  I bet it will be a whole lot more interesting.  Love you Daddy.

What God Said Tonight:
Why don't you know your own mind tonight?  It is not like you to be  at a loss for words.  You are still on the path I have picked for you. You are still doing what I planned.  You don't need the bells and whistles every moment to show you that you are on the right path.  Let it be enough that I have told you that you are right where I want you to be doing exactly what you are meant to be doing. Let my words be enough. 

Life is not always excitement and fireworks.  If you had miracles in your life constantly, you would lose the appreciation for them.  Like you said about change, when change becomes common place it loses its excitement.  The same is true of most things. 

A day lived with me is miraculous on its own.  You will see great miracles and you will be a part of them.  I have told you that is so.  You have already seen many.  One day, two days, a season of quiet miracles, of the miracle of living each day, those are good seasons too.  They help you appreciate the rest. 

I need you to use this time to study.  I need you to use this time to build up your faith and your knowledge.  I need you to prepare.  The next season is on its way in my perfect timing.  I know you get restless.  Use the energy from that restlessness to fuel you to be better, to learn more to love more.  The rest will come in time.  Know my word better.  Sow it deep in your heart that it is ready and available at all times.  Spend time with me, asking, seeking, and sometimes just being with me. 

I am your light and I am your guide.  I am the answer to every question you will ever have.  I am the excitement you seek.  We have more excitement than you can imagine this year.  Wait until you see.  In the meantime, prepare and wait with anticipation.  I will keep my arms wrapped around you and keep you in my heart.  You are mine and I am yours forever.  See me in everything.  Not only did I create everything but I created it for a purpose.  Look for me, look for my purpose.  Learn, study, grow.  Love you so much my daughter.  Keep reaching.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Judgemental...

My prayer:
Fantastic day God! Thank you for another great sabbath, another great day of rest.  You are so amazing Father.  I love you and I love the life you have given me.  I know that I am not always as grateful as I should be. I know that I don't always get things right.  As a matter of fact, I so often do the opposite of what I know I should do.  If I were serving judgement on my own life, I don't think I would fare very well.  I am glad that you are the judge God and that you are more merciful and forgiving than I have ever been. 

How is it God that we who are so imperfect feel the right to judge others and point out what we see as their flaws?  Where did that come from?  It seems pretty pervasive.  Most people I know do it.  We may not all talk about it but most of us do it, judge others. 

You don't tell us to judge others.  You tell us to love them and leave the judgement to you.  Why do we, why do I so consistently get that wrong? I pray God and ask for your help.  I ask that whatever it is that makes me judgemental of others that you take that out of me, that you help me to love and never judge.  I pray that you help me to remember that you are the only judge and more than capable of fulfilling that role. 

You are my everything God.  Help me get this right. In Jesus name, amen.

What God Said Tonight:
Judgement, being judgemental is a tricky thing.  It is attractive because as long as you are judging someone else critically, you can feel that you must be better than them to be able to recognize their flaw.  But the thing is, you only recognize the flaws in others that you yourself have.  When you're finding fault with your brother, with our sister, you need to take out your mirror and check yourself.  I guarantee that most if not all of the time, you will find that very same flaw within yourself. 

So, being judgemental of others, in truth, does not prove that you are better than they are, it only exposes the areas that you still need to work on.  The more you think of it this way, the less you will find yourself being judgemental.  You are not here to judge.  You are here to love. 

One of the best ways to love your brother and sister is to recognize the similarities between you, the connections.  Those connections and similarities can be positive traits or negative or even neutral but they are the connections that make you build your relationships.  Concentrate on the connections and similarities to bring you closer together instead of allowing judgemental attitudes tear you apart.  Take that thing that satan meant to harm you and use it as a tool to recognize commonalities and connect. 

I love you daughter, flaws and all.  I love the process of your perfection. You are on a path of growth and divine purpose.  I have great plans that have yet to be realized in your life.  Each sin that you expose and deal with brings you one step closer to that future.  Keep digging, keep asking, keep seeking.  I am here with you in it all.  I love you forever.

Friday, January 7, 2011

At the core...

My prayer:
Awesome God, thank you for an awesome day.  You are so amazing God.  I know I keep saying it but it is never really enough.  I can never tell you how I truly feel about you because there simply are not enough words. 

My God, thank you for putting such amazing people in my life.  Thank you for this life that you designed for me.  I love you so much!  What an amazing privilege that you allow us to talk to you.  What a ridiculously fantastic honor that you talk back to us God. 

I pray God that you are never silent in my life.  I need your voice and your guidance every day.  I am nothing without you.  I can do all things through you though. 

I seem to be hearing a lot about knowing who I am according to you God.  About recognizing my worth through you and your opinion of me, not through my own eyes, my accomplishments or other people's opinions of me.  If I could truly get that, if I could truly derive my worth from what you think of me and how you see me, then pride, jealousy, envy, self doubt and all of that would never be an issue again. God help me to get there.  Help me to know who I am by who you say I am and nothing else.  I think that would be  a very good thing. 

I love you God.  What is on your mind and heart tonight:

What God Said Tonight:
It would be a very good thing.  I have tried to convey to you how I feel about you, how I see you.  I have spent thousands of years trying to get my children to see themselves and others the way that I see them.  I know it is hard.  It seems unnatural.  But really, it is the most natural thing in the world.  It is the image that I created you in. 

If you can understand your source, that you were made in our image and for a great purpose, if you can understand and truly believe your origin, you might begin to understand your worth and who you really are. 

You are not a combination of your experiences and your accomplishments.  Those are your experiences and those are things that effect you.  But at your core, at the source of who you are, is my image. 

When you look to me and love me, when you are in awe of me and when you have those feelings of incredible amazement, understand that you were made in that image.  At your heart and at your core, that is who you are.  You have trouble seeing it because the experiences and trauma of sin and life blind you to it.  They are like layers of burlap cloth.  Heavy and course and as they are layered on top of you, they block out all of the light. They block the essence of who you are until even you don't remember.  It is time to shake off the burlap sacks and see the light and the essence of who you are again. 

I died so that you don't have to keep the covering of sin over you anymore.  I came and died so that you could be free and let that light shine again. 

Remind yourself daily of who you really are.  Remind yourself every day that you and all of your brothers and sisters were made in our image.  That the reflection of us is in your core being.  You are my children.  I say it a lot but take a minute tonight and really think about that.  You are not only my children in that you are my charge and responsibility that I love and take care of. You are also my children in that you have my DNA.  You were created in our image.  You have me in you.  You, at the core, at the deepest level are a reflection, a copy of my image. 

When you look in the mirror, start looking deeper, see the core, see me.  Remind yourself of this every day.  Remind yourself that under the experiences of you and of our brothers and sisters, at the core, you are the same reflection of me.  That is what makes you so special and so important.  The children of the most high God. 

You are so beautiful.  I cherish you.  You are my royalty placed on this earth to rule and to serve.  I love you my shining star.  Sleep well again tonight.