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!!!!

 

 

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.

 

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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They Didn’t Seem So Bad…?

Thorny

Psalm 37:7-9
New International Version (NIV)

7 Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.


Thorny Concealment

The rose can be so lovely
Its beauty fills the eye
But it can give a thorny prick
That will really make you cry

And the porcupine has lots of quills
That stick and really hurt
So you better give him lots of room
Or get your just desserts

And those cute little sea urchins
That line the seashore rocks
Will give you a poisonous sting
If you don’t wear shoes and socks

And there are some folks here among us
Who live on anger and regret
With smiles upon their faces
They will not forgive nor forget

So you should heed this little warning
If upon them you should fall one day
Turn around as quick as possible
Then run fast and far away

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to meet anger and hate with understanding and love. May we always be Sons of the Most High Lord. May we reveal You before men and bring You honor.

Thank You!

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Isn’t It Peculiar?

Peculiar

Exodus 23:25
New International Version (NIV)

25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,


A Peculiar Blessing

Isn’t it a little peculiar
And just a tiny bit odd
We’re always glad to get the sunshine
But blame all the storms on God

We imagine He sits high on His throne
And ponders up punishment that’s due
Yet He sent us His Son, Jesus
Who gave His life for me and you

The air we breathe, the food we eat
It’s all a gift from above
We never get what we truly deserve
Instead we get mercy and love

Oh sure, we don’t all drive Mercedes
Or live in mansions grand
But we’re blessed with life
We’re created by His mighty hand

So try to pause…just once a day
And thank Him that you live
And look passed all life’s troubles and woes
To all the many blessings He gives

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

I know, because I have seen the life of Jesus, and all the blessings that the whole Earth receives each day from Your hand…You love us! It is not Your nature to sit and send storms and disasters to punish us. You have given us life and we must live it. If we choose to live it with You, then we can live without fear or anger. May everyone who faces trouble today, face it with You. There is no greater blessing.

Thank You!

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The Straight and Narrow

Overcome

Revelation 12:11

11 They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.


How to Overcome

Long before they ever died
They did not sit in the dark and cower
But made their battle over small things
Thus robbing the big ones of their power

Then when hard choices laid before them
The decision was already done
Their minds were made up long ago
And the battle already won

So train your mind and spirit
Train them every day
Then they will not turn to the right or left
But stay on God’s righteous way

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to stay upon the path to life. Let us not wander off and become lost among the glitter and allure of the world. May we become one with You so that we will not be overcome by evil but conquer it with Your truth and love.

Thank You, Lord. Amen!

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Grateful for the Plan

Crescendo

Isaiah 33:15-17
New International Version (NIV)

15 Those who walk righteously
and speak what is right,
who reject gain from extortion
and keep their hands from accepting bribes,
who stop their ears against plots of murder
and shut their eyes against contemplating evil—
16 they are the ones who will dwell on the heights,
whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.
Their bread will be supplied,
and water will not fail them.
17 Your eyes will see the king in his beauty
and view a land that stretches afar.


The Maestro’s Plan

When the world seems hopeless
And God’s way you fail to understand
Do you sit and grumble
And question the wisdom of His plan

When hurricanes are swirling
And flood waters rise 8 feet tall
Do you praise Him for past blessings
Or just blame Him for it all

God’s put in place a master blueprint
Only He knows its reason or its rhyme
It’s unfolding right before our face
But just a little bit at the time

Like a mighty symphony it’s scored
With vast melodies of grace
A crescendo of love and mercy
That carries us through time and space

And we are lifted to a heavenly home
Where the music never ends
Rescued from a fate worse than death
By a Savior who calls us friends

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

How easy it is for our tongues to rise up in judgment, even against You. To speak as though we know what is good and evil, what is right and wrong. We are then just a slippery step away from pride, lust, coveting, envy, and every other sin. Keep us Lord from judging. From placing ourselves above You. You know what is best and You are making it unfold.

We ask Your forgiveness and mercy for judging and praise You for this amazing gift of life.  In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen!

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Finite and Fine

Finite

Finite

Dictionary. Com defines finite, as it pertains to mathematics, to be:
1. (of a set of elements) capable of being completely counted.
2. not infinite or infinitesimal.
3. Not zero
So, let’s see how do we all “stack up” in terms of our finite-ness.


• Can we all be completely counted?

Genesis 16:10
New Life Version (NLV)

10 The angel of the Lord said to her, “I will give you so many people in your family through the years that they will be too many to number.”

Well, there’s obviously a limit to how many of mankind there are, but God must surely intend for there to be lots of us.


• Are we “too big for our britches” or “too small to count”?

James 4:14
New Living Translation (NLT)

14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

This should help us realize the depth, the breath, and the height of our being…we like the fog are here then gone. But wait, there’s hope…

Matthew 10:28-31
New Living Translation (NLT)

28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

What kind of hope is that you ask, “Worth more than a flock of sparrows”? Remember, it’s not how much we value a flock of sparrows, but how much God values a flock of sparrows.


• Are we worthless?

John 3:16
New Living Translation (NLT)

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

We’re very important to God or He would not have had Jesus do what He did – to die a gruesome death on a cross. He waits with open arms for all who will repent and turn from wickedness.


So, just how finite do we seem to be? At the moment, we are certainly not much more than a mist in the morning whether we’re a pauper or a king. We are more valuable than a bunch of birds, but we don’t need to get all puffed up about our importance because we’re not. Yet we know that we are enormously loved. Loved beyond anyway we have to measure just how loved we are. So while we are not important, or valuable, we are greatly valued by the Creator of the universe…How cool and reassuring is that? I’ll take that. How about you?


Father,

Thank You for caring so much and loving us so completely. May every person come to know how valued they are.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Anticipate

1 Corinthians 16:14
New International Version (NIV)

14 Do everything in love.


Anticipate Something More

Some men sit and ponder
Always wanting something more
Can’t work their iphone six
But 7 is in the store

So they sit all day and dream
Of new things they can buy
Maybe digital televisions
6 feet wide by 4 feet high

They look at their shiny cars
Getting older every day
When a Porsche comes screaming by them
Got to be theirs some way

Then maybe a big boat
A Rolex or Jet Ski
They work so very hard
How wrong can it be

The wife has a fur coat
The kids all have their own cars
Why not buy a golf cart
Or a trip to the stars

But no matter what they buy
It will never satisfy or fulfill
They’ll be left only to anticipate
What’s worthwhile and what’s real

Life, you see is much, much more
Than what we can possess
If it’s void of  the Creator’s love
It’s just plain…worthless

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to see and do all things in love. To take action through the heart and to filter our deeds through its pure and crystal clear vision.

Thank You for loving us.

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Lifted Up

Elevale

Mark 9:34-37
New Life Version (NLV)

34 They did not answer. They had been arguing along the road about who was the greatest. 35 Jesus sat down and called the followers to Him. He said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all. He will be the one to care for all.” 36 Jesus took a child and stood it among them. Then He took the child up in His arms and said to the followers, 37 “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name, receives Me. Whoever will receive Me, receives not Me, but Him Who sent Me.”


Elevate

Lift your eyes
Lift your voice
See what’s to see
And make a choice

Lift your spirits
Lift your hands
Be of profit
Do what you can

Lift your brother
Lift them all
Helping others
Great and small

Lift up God
Lift up praise
His name laud
For all your days

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Give us hearts of servants. Help us to humble ourselves that You might lift us up, for those You elevate are elevated indeed.

Thank You, Lord!

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