Daily Archives: August 15, 2012

From “The Word For You Today” by Bruce Christian

STARTING OVER

Tom was very depressed following his wife Elle’s death.  For an hour he poured out his heart.  Now, catharsis is good; it can show you what needs to be dealt with.  But talk alone doesn’t change anything.  So his counselor asked, “If the situation was reversed and you’d died first, what would you want Elle to do?”  Immediately he replied, “Go on and enjoy life.”  The minute he verbalized it a light within him came on and he said, “I’ve been feeling sorry for myself too long.  We both hated it when people did that.  I’m going to live, find purpose, and get back to church.”  He did, and next time Tom and his counselor spoke he had begun to rebuild his life.  The pain was still there, but he’d started to transcend it by taking action.  Freud taught that the subconscious mind could be freed from painful memories by psychoanalysis.  But his premise was faulty because memories, good and bad, remain part of you.  Plus, his theory can lead you to believe that your problems can be talked to death without ever having to do anything about them.  Some people get through their grief faster than others; sadly, some people never do.  But you don’t have to be one of them!  God said, “I will turn their mourning into joy.  I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.”  God can reframe your past and give it meaning.  He can help you to look back with gratitude, then forward with confidence.  How?  By transforming painful memories into powerful motivators and sources of future wisdom.  Ask Him; He will show you how!

My Prayer to the Father, August 15, 2012

Heavenly Father
My cup overflows with Your love;
You who give me all that
I have keep giving me more.
Father, You have blessed me
Beyond measure.
Father, You have given me
Such a place
Within Your mind and heart
So filled with Your
Love and goodness
That I am overflowing with it,
And it’s strength
And it’s beauty
And it’s purpose
Is something that I cannot
Ignore.

Heavenly Father
You have given me
Streams of living water;
You have made me
A fountain that overflows
With love
& joy
& peace
& strength
& faith
& trust.
You have given me Wisdom
And Knowledge.
You have given me
In my inward parts
Truth!

Heavenly Father
All that is beautiful
I have
Because You have given
It to me.
You have held no good
Honorable
Beautiful
Praise worthy
Thing from me.
You have given me that
Greatest gift;
That most treasured,
And precious gift
That shines upon my soul
Brighter than the
Brightest light
In My beloved
Lord and Savior
Jesus.

Heavenly Father
I come to You tonight
And I ask You
In the name of He who is
Holy and Perfect and True
In the name of Jesus.
Father I ask You
To do only what You can;
Father
I pray for my brothers and sisters
In Christ
Who have stood beneath
The cleansing flood
Of His precious blood,
And I ask You
To give to them what
You have so graciously given
To me.
Father,
I pray that You do whatever
You have to do
To bring them to the point
Where they, too
Can feel the cup of joy
Overflowing within them.
Father
Make their light to shine
In the darkness;
Make their life
A beacon , a lighthouse
That can safely guide
Those who still
Sail upon stormy seas.

Heavenly Father
I see so many of my beloved
Brothers and sisters
Stuck in the quicksand
Of this grasping world
Struggling and in despair
Wanting and wanting to let go
Of sin.
Trying to hold on
And let go
To that which should it
Maintain it’s grasp
Will lead them
Where no one should have
To go.

Heavenly Father
I beg You to send
Those of your children
Who have Your strength
And Your love
And Your truth
Flowing ever onwards
In and through them
To those
Whom You love
To pull them from the
Quagmire.

Heavenly Father
Send Your faithful servants
With their loins girt with Your truth
And their feet shod with the
Preparation of the Gospel of peace,
And wearing the helmet of their salvation
Upon their heads;
With their shields of faith,
With their breastplates of righteousness,
And With their mighty swords,
And let them
Stand before and around
Your little ones,
And let them cut a swathe
Through the clutching hands
Of evil
To clear the path
To where You are ever waiting.

Heavenly Father
Show Your Children
All Your Children
That Love is mighty;
Love is true;
Love seeks not it’s own way
But the way for others;
Show them love
Holds no hand with compromise;
But stands against it
Ever ready with the truth.
Show them love
Is not to embrace or yield
To evil
But to confront it
And to turn from it’s path
Those who walk upon it.

In Jesus name, I pray
Amen.