The Lord’s Prayer

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Several weeks ago, my job was relocated to New Jersey. Without me. Unemployment does not suit me, for many reasons, but I know that my God is the God who provides.

Today, feeling like my conversations lately with God are mostly about me asking for His help, I asked for some guidance. Immediately, He gave me the Lord’s Prayer. As I started praying through it, I realized, though I had heard it and had spoken it a zillion times, I was finding it the perfect prayer for my current trial.

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Not only did I think about what the prayer means, I made a quick tag book of it, to remind me when I need reminding.

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Here is what you need for a tag book like this:

  • 5 white paper tags, mine are 5 1/4″ x 2 5/8″
  • 3 watercolor pencils, colors of your choice. I used lime green, teal, and blue
  • a couple baby wipes (you don’t need great ones with baby oil, just get them at the dollar store), or a damp sponge
  • 12″ piece of ribbon
  • fine point black permanent marker
  • pencil and white eraser

Here is what you do:

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1. Color in one side of the tag, using the watercolor pencils. Perfection is not needed! Do all 5 tags.

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2. Rub the color with a baby wipe or damp sponge. How cool is that? This technique makes great backgrounds and is so easy. Do all 5 tags.

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3. Using the marker, write or print a verse on each tag, 9-13.  If it helps, write the verse in pencil before tracing with the marker. Do all 5 tags.

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4. String the ribbon through all 5 holes, and knot above the tags.

The backs of the tags are blank. On them, you can write specific prayers or notes that you want to remember.

My thoughts on this prayer and how it relates to me, and how it is perfect for my current situation:

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  • I am praying to my Father, who lovingly and personally, listens to my prayers. Even when I ask for a job every single day.
  • He surpasses everything on earth. Giving me a job is not hard for him.
  • A study of the word “hallowed” (hagiazo), tells us the name of God is the opposite of common. It is made holy. His name is set apart.

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  • May His perfect will be done here on earth and in my life, as it is done in Heaven. That is exactly what I want… His perfect will, not my imperfect will.

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  • I must trust Him every day.
  • I will ask Him to give me what I need for today, just like He gave the Israelites manna in the wilderness each day. I don’t need to have today, what I will need tomorrow. And I will trust Him to provide each day, in His perfect timing. My new job will come on the day of His planning.
  • I will be growing my faith in His provision, and not worrying. He is my sustainer and provider.

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  • Father, help me not to be selfish, to remember that what You forgive of mine is greater than anything You ask me to forgive of others.

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  • A word study of the word “temptation” (peirasmos) shows us Jesus was talking about a trial with a beneficial purpose or effect, a trial from God. That is exactly where I am right now.
  • I need to depend on God for deliverance from the evil one and his lies. It is not true that nobody wants to hire me, that I will never find a job that is right for me, that I am worthless.

Out of frustration, I found comfort in the Lord’s Prayer today. I hope you do too. Does the Lord’s Prayer fit your current situation?

 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12,

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5 Minute Friday: Hold

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It’s 5 Minute Friday!  Check out 5 Minute Friday here. Scroll to the end of the post to read what everyone wrote.

Every now and then, sometimes more than now and then, I get carried away with myself when things go wonky. Yes, wonky.

Being a type A, task oriented person, I tend to jump right in with the “fix.” Then a few minutes into the fix that is never going to work, I feel it come over me….

HOLD.

HOLD UP.

HOLD IT.

HOLD EVERYTHING!

And then……Dear Father, thank you for reminding me that my immediate action should be to come to You. I know that without You, I am just going to spread the mess out more, not clean it up. But You O Lord, know how to solve it before it even happens. I turn my eyes to You now, and I give You this crazy wonky problem. I can’t fix it, but You can. Thank You for being a patient God. Thank You for reminding me that I don’t have to fix this problem, because You already know how it turns out. Thank you for reminding me to seek You first, before the panic, before I jump in with both feet. You have this, and I am grateful for it. Amen.

Some day I am going to learn to respond by seeking His wisdom first, instead of reacting with my own fix. That will be a great day!

Do you respond to craziness by remembering to ask for God’s divine assistance first? How have you taught yourself to put your own problem solving on hold in favor of His?

Seek Him first. (Matthew 6:33),

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Postcard from God: Clothing

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Today’s postcard, and this one.

Make this postcard that you can keep in your purse, or bible, or wherever you will see it often. Print the front and the back on card stock, or photo paper, or 90 lb. watercolor paper. Print them front and back on one piece of paper, or to make it sturdier, print two pieces and glue them back to back.

Then keep an eye on the mailbox, you never know when we might get another postcard.

 

 

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Rejoice always (I Thessalonians 5:16),

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Postcard From God: Rest

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Somedays, I think it would be so great to get a text or a postcard from God. Well, somedays I wish for a billboard, but a postcard would be fine.

This one is a good reminder that God will take all of our burdens and give us rest. We have but to let Him.

Make this postcard that you can keep in your purse, or bible, or wherever you will see it often. Print the front and the back on card stock, or photo paper, or 90 lb. watercolor paper. Print them front and back on one piece of paper, or to make it sturdier, print two pieces and glue them back to back.

Then keep an eye on the mailbox, you never know when we might get another postcard.

Devote yourself to prayer (Colossians 4:2),

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Salt and Light

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the Salt of the Earth

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and the Light of the World!

Last Sunday, the message at church was on Salt and Light. This is not a new lesson for me, as it is probably not for you either. But, it really made me think.

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I learned some things from Pastor Dave.

We know that to be salt is to be an example of Jesus…to be a blessing to others…to add flavor to your world.

And we know that to be light is to let others see God in you…that it is not always easy to show people who Jesus is…and that it is a choice to hide it or to let it shine.

And here is where I began to think. And I started writing a list of things I could do that would make me salt and light. What things have I done in the past that would qualify as salt and light? And what things am I doing now; ministries, serving, random acts of kindness, that make me salt or light?

Then it hit me. Probably because God told me. Being salt and light is not a list of activities. Being salt and light is a lifestyle. Shouldn’t it become such a part of my life that I no longer have to think about it because it is who I am? And when I don’t have to write a list of list of how to make myself salt and light, and when being a blessing to others and letting other people see God in me, are ingrained in my life, then I will be where God wants me to be. Salt and Light.

Are you there yet? How did you arrive? How will you get yourself there? Be aware of ways to be a blessing to people, of ways to share Jesus, to create relationships with people not in your sphere, to think about what your neighbor needs that she can’t do for herself, take groceries to the guy at church who is on crutches. You know what to do. God sets up Divine appointments for you all the time. When you find it hard to make it a part of who you are, remember that “fake it till you make it” is not a bad thing, and that a habit is built in 21 days. Start now with me?

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To make the oh so very easy, salt and light project in the photos, you need a salt shaker, a wick, and some white granulated wax. This takes 30 seconds to make. Really.

Hold the wick in the center of the salt shaker. Pour the wax in to fill up the shaker. Trim the wick if it is too long.

If you want to make it an even better reminder, print out one of the verses above, punch a hole in the paper, and tie it around the salt shaker. These are an inexpensive give-away to go with a lesson on salt and light.

Set it on a shelf in the bathroom so when you see it every morning, you are reminded what it means to be salt and light, and how great it is going to be when you are there.

Listen to our teaching pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Canton MI, Dave Riddle, on salt and light.

Share each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2),

Kim