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Prayer For the Weak


[Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. ( 1 Corinthians 1:26- 29 NIV)]Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are so that no one may boast before him. ( 1 Corinthians 1:26- 29 NIV) 

God, The world says, be"normal, whatever that means. I find that definitions changes constantly. I know I have struggled, and  I have deficiencies, but I am still beautiful in your sight. You have strengthened this fragile vessel. I chose to fix my mind on you and rather than despair. If I break, let my light pour through. The world wears me down, but you give me the strength to endure. I take solace in the fact that you use the world's weaklings to teach the strong that the last will be first. You give me living water to make through the desert times in the promised land and living bread for when I am hungry.

A Parallel Prayer


Maybe I wasn’t meant for this
With your help, I can do it
What else would I do?
I feel like giving up.
I want to press on
I want to avoid problems
I want my problems to strengthen me
I always see the negative.
I want to see the positive in everything
I can’t help living by my emotions
I want to live beyond them.
I want to hide the deepest part of my soul
I want to be open.
I want to pick the scabs of the past
I want to be healed.

Spiritual Pennies

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. Acts 6:1-6
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God The Great Surgeon of Souls.

[I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. (John 15:1-3 NIV ) ]I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. (John 15:1-3 NIV ) 

In medicine, there is a procedure called debridement in which the surgeon strips dead tissue to allow the healthy tissue to heal. In selective debridement, only the dead tissue is removed. In non-selective debridement, the dead tissue and some of the living tissue are removed.

Similarly, God strips the dead tissue off of our soul's such pride, selfishness, and past hurt so his new life can grow. He may even take away something living such because it hinders our growth, such as a ministry you to which one may have become too devoted. The process can be painful because it can be difficult to confront our most profound flaws or attachments. There is no such thing as spiritual anesthesia. The things we think will block us from pain can cause us more pain. Therefore, we must endure this stripping process understanding the pain of the process is less than the pain we would experience if we did not go through this.


What Is This About?

Hebrews 5:11-6:10

11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to clarify because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk is still an infant, not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil by constant use.

6 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.

4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened,   tasted the heavenly gift, shared in the Holy Spirit,  have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss, they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and producing a crop valuable to those for whom it is farmed receives God's blessing. 8 But land that has thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end, it will be burned.

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Emotional Baggage Resolution

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)

 Sometimes I feel like we treat our relationships like airport baggage claim carousels. We slide ourselves into relationships l, especially romantic ones hoping someone will pick up our emotional baggage. When we see someone we like, we throw it on them, not realizing that they may be carrying their own. They drop it, and it bursts open, revealing ugly emotions. Worse, no one may claim it. Then we become like the orphaned bag on the side. Do yourself a favor. Let God claim the emotional baggage; He is the only one strong enough to carry it and unpack its contents. 

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Be content with your weakness.


Life can be a masquerade sometimes. The world forces us to be like others and hide what we indeed are. We wear masks to hide our flaws.  There's a lot of talk about being your authentic self.  The term seems odd to me as I thought being yourself was being authentic.  However, I see a world where we can only show parts of ourselves,  as accurate as those parts may be.   In business there, a lot of talk of impression management. While they can last a long time, impressions are only assumptions people make about each other. 

The pressure of maintaining that image becomes too much for those unprepared to handle it. God does not look to appearances but to who we indeed are. This can be scary and liberating the same. If you're used to wearing the mask, it can be hard to be honest, and vulnerable. You might say, well, God knows why do I have to tell him? God wants to hear it from you. One cannot become a believer or receive forgiveness until one confesses the sin. He also wants to know you're serious. It is liberating because we don't have to keep up appearances. In his grace, he takes as-is and makes us into something different.  In fact, God uses imperfect people to accomplish his purpose.

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How Long Lord?

Psalm 13

1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?


3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.


5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.


How long must I wait in the desert until I get into the promised land? How long must I walk through the valley until I see the light over the mountaintop? I feel overwhelmed, Lor, and like I am getting behind. I know your timeline is not mine, but I feel as if I don't have much longer, So I ask, how long, Lord?  Then I realized I must take it all as preparation and make the most of that time.  Other people's journey is not mine.

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a)


I was thinking of this verse when I was in the shower. It is one of my favorites. To me, it means that spending time with God is as easy as meditating on him. To feel God’s presence, we need to relax. When many things are on my mind, I feel frustrated and far from God. My mind runs in so many directions, I am surprised that it has not hit a wall. God helped me realize that resting in him is just as important. Any day or moment can be a Sabbath. I was so busy journaling and reading the Bible that I forgot this. Psalm 46: 10a in the Contemporary English Version says it best Calm down and learn that I am God. Calm down is the key phrase for me because I get nervous. Sometimes it best to sit back and admire God for who he is. Sitting in silence helps me get back in tune with  God and be more sensitive to the Spirit.
Dear God
The world says keep busy as much as possible Never let any moment go to waste. You say rest and savor the day.
Help me to remember that resting in you is just as important as any other activity that I can do with you.  Please help me to take things one day at a time. 

Prayer For The Chatterbox.

Forgive me, for sometimes I don't know what I say. If I gave an account for every word I say, my bad words would be too numerous for me to count!. I try to control what I say, but even the seemingly innocent things don't come out the right way. Forgive me for unintentionally wounding someone. I admit I am like Isaiah, a person with unclean lips.   Purify them, God, and purify my heart, for the heart is the source of everything. Guard the door of my lips like the psalmist says. Words hurt more than punches.

What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.' " (Matthew 15:11)

We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault for what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. (James 3:2)

"Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty."(Isaiah 6:5)

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.   Proverbs 10:19)