Conscience Cleared

In Acts, Paul states that he strives always to keep his conscience clear before God and man.  I read that and paused, thinking over the stages and phases of my life. An unclear conscience is like a jail cell, the bars in place to keep true communication from happening with God or man. I know that far too well. A clear conscience equals freedom that upholds nothing but the truth. It allows peace and calm to reign in the soul. It is essential.  

Dear God, I am thankful for the benefits of age and wisdom. I can see as I did not in years past the exceptional, brilliant beauty and value of truth. I am grateful for forgiveness through Jesus Christ and that through Him we, His children, can move on, always toward a greater peace. May I continue to hold this peaceful, calm soul always through my clear conscience, and may others come to know the same. Amen.

A beautiful and particular joy

Lord,  I see clouds in the sky but I know that behind them is pure and brilliant sun.  Sometimes the sun peeks out and sometimes it glares forth, sometimes it even seems to be hidden.  I’m sorry I don’t always see your love, Lord – when it’s not in the forefront of my view of life because the clouds get in the way.  

My feelings are so immense; forgive me my pompousness, forgive my reaching too far sometimes, when really you are right here – your love is a beautiful and particular joy.

I love you, Lord and I am so grateful that every day of my life that I get to be with you.  No matter what, no matter when, no matter where.  You always bring me to the place where peace is; you are peace.  Sometimes I just want to sit back, relax, and just praise you, Lord.  Worshipping the only thing that really matters.  Holy Father, I praise you, worship you and adore you.  Help me to show others your light, your life, your care, your love.  I am in awe of the way you work all things out to your Glory.  

Please be with my friends who are struggling in many different ways; bring my family ever closer to  You.  In Jesus’ name.

Soul-filling peace

What soul-filling peace You provide, dear Heavenly Father.  Thank you for never ceasing to amaze me with your grace.  It seems that you light the sky brighter than the morning sunlight that’s glaring in my face as I drive to work and pray; my heart pours out praise in song.  All that sounds like it’s a little hyper-godly but it’s not, it’s real, and it’s just one of the uncountable gifts from You.

Lord, be with our children and their children today – help them all to grow stronger in You every day.  Please spread your protection wide around them – I pray that they will know Your peace like I do!

Thank you for changing my life.

A good life. Really, it is.

Father, thank you that this is a really good life.  I look around and see so many people in pain, in unhappy relationships, in cold and barren homes and lifestyles that are simply wrong.  And I thank you – because even though I lust after cool homes and a fabulous job and a perfect self, really Lord, you have provided all that I need to be fulfilled, and I have found peace.  The manna is just right for today.  And each day forward, I do not doubt that You will provide.  I praise You – Your grace is truly amazing, Your love is truly divine.  There is no other like You, my God.  May I seek and follow Your will, now and forever.

Carefree – using that manna wisely

Lord, as this new year gets underway I want to claim a word for the year:  carefree.  I pray for a carefree spirit, a heart that’s light, and a remission of the need to micro-manage my life – so that I can turn it over to You.  Please grant me the blessing of enough vision to see the ways in which I can help others to grow stronger in You, may that be my goal rather than where am I going to be/what am I going to do…may my heart say instead, what can I do for God and others.

My planner-self gets ahead of reality sometimes – help me to have peace about the things that I don’t and can’t know yet.

Help me, dear Father, to believe that the manna poured forth is perfectly enough provision for me for each day.  It gives me just what I need.  I pray that I will use wisely and well each day’s portion from You.