Shhhhhhhhhhhh!

Silence

This week I’ll be taking some time off, so I’m posting some old prayers from my Mail Chimp Days. Hope you won’t mind?


Exodus 14:14

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”


Shhhhhhhhh.

Being silent. “That’s difficult since we all want to be noticed or praised.” I’m trying to not be so full of myself, but it’s hard to be still and not be thinking or talking. Being noticed feels like being loved… Well, almost, but not really. Being noticed brings you notoriety, being loved is much better. Love is about being cared about or even cared for. Not because of us but in spite of us.


Father,

Sit with me and let me listen. I want to do the talking, but I need to listen, so give me a powerful word to guide my life. Let Your Word and Your Word alone be the source for my life and let nothing prevent it from getting to me or from perfecting me daily.

Thank You sweet Jesus!!!!

 

 

Life Comes Full Circle

Circle

The Circle of Love

A circle within the circle
My hand within her hand
Bound by life and love
A covenant that will stand

Though the winds blow with fury
Though the world on its axis may stall
The hand of God will hold us
Our union will never fall

Some may come to hamper
Others may plot to spoil
But love binds our life wounds
Our love they cannot foil

A circle within a circle
Her hand within my hand
Bound by all we have shared
And a covenant that will stand

©2017 by William Pierce

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Ask a Favor

Favor

This week  I’ll be taking some time off, so I’m posting some old prayers from my Mail Chimp Days. Hope you won’t mind?


Isaiah 66:2
New International Version (NIV)

2 Has not my hand made all these things,
and so they came into being?”
declares the Lord.
“These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.


We dream about being rich or being a movie star or a world class athlete. To possess a talent or beauty or skill that sets us apart from the everyday and makes us special. But what if you had a genie in a bottle and one wish only… What special thing would you ask for to set yourself apart from all the rest?

I would hope that I would not waste my one chance at reaching the top. That I would go for a serious wish…God’s Favor. Yes, it’s better by far than talent. There’s not enough money in all of creation to match it. It might be the single most precious thing you could ask for. To have not only God’s blessing, but to have Him actively pursuing your prospering in everything You do. Wow!


Father,

Please look down on us and pour out on us, Your Favor. Empower us with what we need to succeed. Turn the hearts of those that can assist us to do so. Make us pleasing to all that come in contact with us. May Your Presence go before us and follow us in all that we endeavor to do. But most of all Lord, may we be pleasing to You for the sake of our relationship and to bring Glory to Your name.

Thank You, Jesus so very, very much.

 

Accept It!

Forgive Yourself

This week  I’ll be taking some time off, so I’m posting some old prayers from my Mail Chimp Days. Hope you won’t mind?


John 1:17
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.


My church had a visiting pastor speak and he gave us this staggering fact. In nearly thirty years of counseling, he had never known anyone that grew up in an abusive situation, that did not believe that..it was their fault.

Have you ever heard the expression, “Rode hard and put away wet.” It’s a picture of a horse ridden to its limit and put into a stall uncared for. It’s a perfect depiction of abuse, and quite often it’s ourselves that inflict the greatest abuse. We hear the lies about ourselves and we believe them. It can be very difficult from this slippery slope to believe the truth of the gospel. We can readily believe that we owe a tremendous debt, but actually to believe that it’s paid completely by Jesus, that’s a different story. You don’t know what I did ? Or what they did to me? And we can believe that Jesus died for us (even want to believe it), but to think that my debt could be completely paid off, never to be brought up again? Can’t be? And so, we ride ourselves hard, and slip into our stalls tired, wet and defeated. So while love is the greatest of all gifts, it can be hardest of all to get some people to accept.


Father,

We thank You so much for Your gift of Love through Forgiveness. It is a gift that can be hard for us to accept. We can feel we don’t need it, or that we don’t deserve it, or that we need to earn it. Sometimes we even feel we need to punish ourselves, since Grace doesn’t speak to our need for self-abasement. Please help us to realize just what Grace is and to not only accept and receive it, but to be Overjoyed! To be unable to contain ourselves! Joy unspeakable!!!Blessed Assurance!!!

Thank You, dear Jesus!

 

The Hand of Forgiveness

Forgiveness

This week  I’ll be taking some time off, so I’m posting some old prayers from my Mail Chimp Days. Hope you won’t mind?


Luke 6:37

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.


Forgiveness. Who would think at first glance, how powerful it is? To restore a universe gone mad, you would expect to need legions of angel armies, or massive solar storms unleashed on rebellious creatures, or maybe even some simple “wave of the hand” that wipes out the source of the problem in some way beyond our understanding… But “No”, a simple, seemingly weak act, offered in unselfish love, blots out the offense and gives us a fresh start. Then we might think it so simple or pure that it’s only for the Divine, some “God” thing. No again, it’s an expectation of us all. So much so, that our salvation is based largely on how well we “wipe clean” the slates of others who ask it of us. Amazingly simple solution, amazingly just, simply amazing!


Lord,

Please move in my heart and give me the faith and love and trust to set aside my selfish “wants”. My desire to be right, to be justified, to be in charge, and let me have the heart of a simple, gentle shepherd. Who traveled far from His home, Who searched out His stubborn sheep, Who fought for their lives with a simple weapon…Love. Who would believe such a thing? Forgiveness is the Key to Freedom for the Forgiver and the Forgiven. Help me be both, Lord.

 

Aaaaaaaaaaah! or Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

Faith

This week  I’ll be taking some time off, so I’m posting some old prayers from my Mail Chimp Days. Hope you won’t mind?


Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ


We all have our cycles, times when we are up and then down. Life is often described as a roller coaster. If that is the case, then what are our choices? We have no control of what will happen or where we go. We have only one of two options. We can sit in fear and be terrorized at every turn, or we can let go in faith, wave our hands overhead, and holler – Whhheeeeeeeeee!!!!
Faith makes all the difference in roller coasters and life.


Father,

Grant to us a heart and mind receptive of Your control. Ease our fears with Your great Love. Help us to see Your Hand upon us in times that seem so difficult or painful. Fill us with Joy knowing that each twist and turn of life is taking us Home. Home to You.

Thank You, Father and thank You, sweet Jesus for all You do and the Amazing Holy Spirit.

 

What Ifs

What If

This week  I’ll be taking some time off, so I’m posting some old prayers from my Mail Chimp Days. Hope you won’t mind?



Psalm 139:14

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.


Are you ever filled with “what ifs”…I am. What if I had done this? What if I had gone here? What if I had been a pilot, or a preacher, or a doctor? What if, what if…? “What ifs” seem harmless enough but they are spawned in fear and dwell in darkness. They are sirens of the sea calling you to destruction on the rocks. They are evil personified, disguised in seductive wrappings. Full of lust and absolutely no love,
they take the very best we are and cast it in the sewer. We are God’s creation, redeemed by Holy Blood, living in a Holy Temple, and holding a ticket for an eternal destination. Do not ponder “what ifs”. We are what we are and if we are His, then we are indeed wonderfully and marvelously made. Spend your time instead in praise and thanksgiving of what you are.


Father,

If I had a million years and could speak continually, I could only scratch the surface of thanking You enough for all You’ve done in my life. You placed me in a loving home. You granted me great parents and family. You situated me in a country with freedom and prosperity. And when I’ve sinned and fallen so short of what You had planned, You’ve pursued me, picked me up, and helped me back on my feet. All the time providing the only way to be made new. I am what I am Lord, and it is because of You. I thank You! I ask You to continue to make me more like Jesus.

 

Mirror Image

Pamper

Ezekiel 36:26
New International Version (NIV)

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.


Pampered to Death

If we were good to them
And they were good to us
We’d all get so very pampered
We’d hardly ever fuss

I’d say “Hi” to you
And you’d give me a wave
Our mothers would be so very proud
Of the way we’d all behave

There’d be no more feuding
No more fights out in the street
Road rage would be a thing of the past
We’d yield the road to all we meet

And wars would seem so horrible
We wouldn’t spend a single dime
Instead we’d invest our hard-earned cash
On things that were sublime

Like schools for kids and free healthcare
And great jobs for us all
There’s just one tiny little hitch
And it’s not so very small

Turns out that we’re all great “pointers”
Quick to aim a finger at you and you and you
But slow to take a look in the mirror
At anything that we might do

So unless we all get brand new psyches
All that fighting will continue every day
We’re just not interested in stepping down
Cause just admit it folks – we’re not made that way

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

As Apostle Paul said…

Romans 7:15-20
New International Version (NIV)

15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

So Lord… “Please help me!”

Thank You!

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Loosed by Love

Irrelevant

1 Corinthians 13:1-3
New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.


Got to looking at this powerful word tonight –“Without love I am irrelevant”. This is a strong statement from the Apostle Paul. He doesn’t even mention the things that we normally associate with relevance in the world, like money or fame or power. No, he cuts right to the heart of what matters to God…love. Do we possess love? Paul speaks of having prophecy, knowledge and even faith, and not just prophecy or knowledge, but ALL prophecy and ALL knowledge, and faith that moves mountains. Amazing spiritual gifts, but none of those matter though, if we don’t have love. He’s not talking about having someone who loves us, either. Rather he is talking about possessing love within us and giving it away to others. So it’s not that we are loved, but that we love others. Without possessing love and sharing it we are irrelevant in the kingdom of God. A sobering thought for all of us who spent today worried about whether Planet X would collide into the Earth or if we might go to war with North Korea. Not that world events aren’t important, but the “power plant” or “engine” of God’s kingdom is love and that love shared. It’s an old example, but a good one…”The Sea of Galilee is fresh and clean and full of life because water flows through it, but the Dead Sea is salty and stagnant because the water in it just sits. It’s the same water flowing through both, but one is full of life and the other is not.”


Love Takes Flight

Held tight it will die
Loosed it will take wing and fly
Yet always returns

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Today we are faced with a decision that will change our lives. Do we choose to be filled with Your love that gives life and to pass that love on to others, or do we choose to hold on to love and watch it waste away inside? May we all choose to be relevant.

Thank You most loving Lord!

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Truth Is Where You Find It

Leaf

John 14:5-7
New Living Translation (NLT)

5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”


Leaf Well Enough Alone

If I were Jewish
And read from right to left
Then leaf would become fael
And oh my, I’d be bereft

My simple fall time signal
Would become a horrible ghoul
Instead of something ending summer
It would be a man, mean and cruel

Now that’s a change I’d hate to see
Since there’s already so much pain
Perhaps I’d better start from scratch
And read it once again

Maybe if I read it
From the outside looking in
Then leaf becomes a flea
And I’m at it once again

Well, what if it were read as lafe
We could all use a joke or two
But no it’s only one who’s never late
For an appointment where he’s due

Well fiddlesticks and poppycock
With this word game I am through
There just one way to speak the truth
And the truth is what you’re due

Leave a leaf as it’s suppose to be
No new meaning is needed at all
Accept the truth for what it is
And let leaves fall where they’ll fall

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

The world is full of doubt and confusion. We have done it to ourselves. We seek our way, our truth, our life. Help us today to seek You and Your truth…therein is life, and life abundant.

Thank You, Lord!

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