Dear God… in Jesus Name

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

Dear God… in Jesus Name,

There are days, when I hear such tragic news… I just want to cry. Today was such a day…

Falling to my knees in prayer, I know that the families must be asking, “Why”. Fraught with sadness and consuming pain… which words… cannot console.

So, with a heavy heart and folded hands, Lord, I pray for those that I have never seen. I recognize my humanity, which includes my brothers and sisters all over the world. I, offer up this pray, that Your love and mercy will reach down from heaven and lift the burdens of the brokenhearted.

Lord, may, those who lost their lives rest in peace… Lord, may, the wounded swiftly heal in body, mind, and spirit… Please, Lord, allow a miracle for those who need one, just to be able to face this day.

As families grieve… Lord, may the road to recovery be paved with hope, while friends and strangers alike, embrace them in love…

Lord, let, Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, comfort and keep those that are hurting… that they may be made whole.

Please, Lord, I pray that You continuously renew and bless the hearts and minds of the families and the community as they grapple with heartbreak.

Amen…

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

The Little Things That Seem So Big

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Ephesian 4:8

mushroomEarly one morning, I was out walking my dog. My mind was racing with the anticipated hustles and bustles of the workday that lay ahead. Walking fast… walking slow… talking stern and talking soft… I was desperately trying… to get my little dog to hurry up and do his business.

However, my usually semi-obedient dog wasn’t going along with the program. In the drama of my frustration, as the sun began to rise… I looked down… and at my feet was a mushroom that appeared to be laughing at me.

It was such an amusing sight, that I automatically took out my cell phone and snapped a picture. I wish that I had taken a better photo; because, this likeness doesn’t give justice to the little mushroom that I saw that morning.

Right there, in the middle of unkempt weeds was a smiling face. While staring at the happy looking mushroom, I began to praise God. For getting my attention, so that I could see the beauty in the dawning of that new day. That was many months ago.

I thought about that mushroom today, as I was praying for someone. I prayed in Jesus name, that He would let… my small act of kindness bring the individual joy amid their weeds today. That the individual would feel the tranquilly of God’s peace, which surpasses all understanding.

I thought about the things that bring me joy. Not the big things! Not the things that get you a pat on the back or a seat at the head table… Not the big things that I once craved… But the little things that seem so big, since Jesus touched me and showed me that He is real. A touch that is renewed daily, through prayer.

I thought about the little things that seem so big. Like spending hours each day, writing a book because you believe there is a message that must be told. Not just because you hope, millions will be sold.

I thought about the little things that seem so big. I thought about the many talented people that I have met, thus far. Who allow their gifts to rust, chasing unauthorized dreams or just sitting… by the side of the road.

I thought about my gifts, the little things that seem so big… gifts, which God gave me, in order to be of service in His Kingdom. I know that I can’t preach like Paul or sing like a canary. But, I can tell someone about Jesus.

I thought about the little things that seem so big. Like when someone says, “Thank you” for doing a job that you’re paid to do. I thought about this day, I’m thankful for my daily bread. This day, as I count my blessings, the good far out weights the bad.

This day, I’m grateful, for the little things that seem so big. A little mushroom that seemed so big. Thank you, Jesus.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

Favor in the Lord

For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments, Ezra 7:10

I had to respond to a Discussion Board question in my Hebrew class yesterday… Yes, I am taking Hebrew. Pray for me…

The question concerned the importance of maintaining the appropriate order and proper balance for those who want to teach or preach God’s word. While, the scripture’s primary focus was to teach about three Infinitive Construct forms of the preposition לְ to enhance the main verbs expressing purpose, goal, or result (DeRouchie 2007, 249). I found the verse’s meaning profound and encouraging. The understanding that there is an order to living a life that is pleasing to God captivated me.

Ezra was a priest and scribe, whose life demonstrated a model of godly leadership to a people in desperate need of hearing God’s Word and seeing God’s will lived out in practical ways (DeRouchie 2007, 249). I was reminded that those who love God and keep His commandments… He will bless and protect regardless of the struggles and challenges that we face day-to-day.

Often times, we forget to study, practice and then teach or preach the Word of God. Even when we master the studying part, the practical application part can be very illusive. This causes what we say, when we teach or preach, to look very different from our actions. However, reading about Ezra was inspiring. The deep commitment that he had to successfully accomplish all three in the proper order: study — practice — teach or preach… was inspirational. It gave me hope and refreshed my heart and mind that we too can reproduce this pattern successfully.

For this unwavering dedication, Ezra found favor in God. How wonderful it is to know that we too can have favor in the Lord?

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

DeRouchie, Jason S. “A Life Centered on Torah,” in Basics of Biblical Hebrew – with CD. 2nd ed. Pratico, Gary D., and Miles V. Van Pelt. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.

 

Cast All Your Cares Upon Him

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Dear God, in Jesus name… I pray for those who have recently faced tragedy. I remember in quiet solitude those who lost their lives. I thank you for mercy… and for those persons, who miraculously survived—to tell their story in spite of their treacherous ordeals.

With sincere humility, I pray for those loved ones, who must now… journey on without them. My spirit grieves—with the knowledge that their lives are forever changed through pain and sorrow. Let them find comfort and strength in knowing that your grace is enough. Avail them… in the warmth of prayers, from those of us who know that you are too wise to make a mistake. Let them know that they are not alone. Many of us… have also, experienced the sudden tragic loss of someone most precious to us.

Please bless them God, as they began the slow journey back to normalcy. Heal each one, according to their needs. Restore and lift them up, so that they can face the day with hope and joy. In your love,  grant them grace to recover in this present moment–keeping their loved one’s precious memories dear to their hearts.

Let those near to them; help through fervent prayer, heartfelt kindness, and comforting words to the best of their abilities… under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. May my words be acceptable in your sight as I ask—in Jesus’ name… Amen.

God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

Reading Reflection: Multiply

Below is my reading reflection on Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan and Mark Beuving.

Introduction

Francis Chan is a pastor and church planter based in San MultiplyimageFrancisco, while Mark Beuving is an associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at Eternity Bible College. Their book Multiply: has a statement by David Platt that summarizes the essence of the entire book, which is… “being a disciple of Jesus Christ has always been to make more disciples”.[1] The goal of the book is to help individuals understand Scripture and provide the tools to disciple others.[2] There are two requests by the authors to the reader, which are “teach what is learned and share life—not just information”.[3] A summary and evaluation are included in this reading reflection.

Summary
Multiply is divided in five sections with a final visionary chapter. Section one illustrates what it means to live as a disciple maker. The authors explain that the term disciple refers to an apprentice or student that follows after Jesus Christ in order to be like Him.[4] Jesus gave the command to make more disciples with the instructions in the Great Commission according to Matthew 28:16-20. “A disciple is a disciple maker.”[5] According to the authors the heart of a disciple maker realizes that only teaching is dangerous, love must come first and then teach by examples.[6]

            Section two discusses life in the church. The authors affirm that this is a challenge for Western culture because of self-identification with individualism; nevertheless, Christians must learn to fulfill their call to disciple through the God ordained vehicle the church.[7] Disciples must learn to devote their skills to the members of their local church because it is a responsibility to challenge, love, and serve each other.[8] Additionally, disciples are to take God’s redemptive plan out of their local church communities into every town, city, country and continent on planet earth through collaboration, before the end.[9]

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Prayer for Salvation

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sinsLuke 1:77

 I’m a Christian, who constantly asks the Holy Spirit for guidance. I like to know that I’m making the best decision possible. As I reflected on my blog and its purpose, it occurred to me to add a prayer of salvation. While my blog is for Christians, it is equally for those that do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.I wondered, ‘Should I do that?’ Can I lead others to God in your name?’ ‘Are you sure it’s me Lord?’ ‘Am I understanding my calling correctly?’ ‘I’m still in seminary school, hoping to graduate with a masters in divinity.’ Then I remembered my passion. 

My granddad was a humble, kind, gracious man. I knew, he believed in God. Yet, I was determined to hear him confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior when his time got small, just over a year ago. I didn’t hesitate to pray with him, read the Bible to him and talk about God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ.

 I wrote the following Scriptures and Salvation Pray for him. I now share it with each of you.

Scriptures & Prayer for Salvation 

The Bible says, God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. –John 3:16

Jesus said, I came that they may have life and have it abundantly – a complete life full of purpose. –John 10:10

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  –Romans 3:23

The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God. – Jesus died in our place so we could live with Him in eternity. –Romans 6:23

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

But it didn’tt end with His death on the cross. He rose again and yet lives!

Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures. –1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Jesus is the only way to God.

Jesus said, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. – John 14:6

Dear God in Jesus name,

   I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe your Son Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. I trust and follow Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Guide me always and help me to do your will. Thank you for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

      In Jesus name, amen.

      If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, continue to read the Bible and find a place of worship.
      As in answer to my concern about the purpose of my blog, checking my Twitter a few minutes later Bishop T. J. Jakes had tweeted, “Your next action is God’s trigger! If you build it, God will bless it! The link is below.
      Thank you God, please bless, Today’s Footsteps, the blog I build under the guidance of the Holy Spirit in Jesus name.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s Granddaughter… 

The Rationals

Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. Psalms 35:1 

In my quest to learn about God, I learned something very interesting about myself during one of my classes this semester. According to the Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ typological (HumanMetrics) assessment, my personality is that of a Rational. From the four kinds of Rationals (ENTJ, INTJ, ENTP, INTP), I am an INTJ.

As an INTJ, my preference is that of an introverted, intuitive, thinking and judging individual, who often appears assured and self-confident, which is frequently taken erroneously for arrogance. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, arrogance is defined as an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people.  After careful and profound reflection, I cannot think of one instance in my life where I felt that I was better, smarter, or more important than others or knowingly acted as if I was. Why do I need to feel that I am better than others?

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