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“P’s” of prayer

Perfected
I have wanted to share this idea for a while and even captured this photo back in July when I saw this beat-up white delivery truck with only one word on the entire vehicle, “Perfected.” It was this morning, when my AM readings included Psalm 138 and a devotion by Pastor Chuck Smith on prayer, I felt motivated to post it today.

Have you ever had someone come to mind to pray for, or even run into someone and thought, “I should say a prayer for him or her,” but didn’t know quite what to pray? Can be slightly frustrating? I mean, it’s not bad to just say, “God, please bless so-and-so,” but maybe there could be more? At some point in this last year, I had the “P’s of Prayer” come together for me (I think God was graciously meeting me with some divine inspiration), and they have helped me to pray for others when I don’t have anything specific in mind for them. The last “P,” “Perfection,” has a Scripture tied to it too.

It goes something like this…(and most often I say it for an individual man or woman.)

 

Heavenly Father,

would you give XXXXXXX Your PERSPECTIVE, that is, a Scriptural truth or truths

they are needing to know right now, or today, or for this week…;

may they go forth in Your POWER and not their own, yes, strengthen them;

would you PROVIDE and PROTECT them physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and/or materially;

and finally Lord, I pray for Your PERFECTION, that is, “would you perfect that which concerns them.” (Psalm 138:8—NKJV)

In Jesus Name, Amen.

The shadow of the cross

shadow of the cross

It’s so interesting as I have the story of Jesus’ birth in my 1-Year Bible/New Testament reading  (Luke 2:1-24) today—Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross for all the sins, of all mankind. Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, the Good Shepherd, Friend of sinners…

Born in a barn of sorts (not a castle as one might expect) and visited by shepherds (not by royalty).

Who died on a cross outside Jerusalem (not on Holy Mount Zion), but on the hill Golgatha–“the skull,” between two thieves.

The Gospel of Luke says, “do not be afraid…good tidings…great joy…to all people…born…a Savior…Christ the Lord…a babe…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Jesus lived His entire life in the shadow of the cross as Savior of the world.

It also says in Luke that God “made the Savior known” to the shepherds and that they glorified and praised God for what they heard and saw…

There are no secrets with God, He has no hidden agenda, but a fully disclosed true story of salvation without any respecter of persons. The sacrifice of Jesus-sinless, His body broken, His blood spilt, in order to repair the separation between a perfect God and imperfect man, redeeming man’s sinful nature with His righteousness, in order that man may be in eternal relationship with his Creator and Heavenly Father–nothing short of “peace and goodwill toward men.”

Love and blessings, Karin

Note on photos: I took these photos one afternoon while watching TV at my parents. As the sun began to set, it shone on a shelf, casting a shadow off of an iron cross and a hand-carved Olive Wood sculpture of Mary seated upon a donkey and Joseph which I had bought for my parents while on my trip to Israel in 1998.

shadow of the cross

 

 

38 Roots and wings and then SOAR!

IMG_20151228_072602132Stockings are an abundantly fun occurrence for our family at Christmas–filled to the brim with cool stuff. My stepdad enjoys finding the perfectly suited magazine for each of us and this year was no exception.  I ended up with Small Room Decorating.

When I finally opened it up, I couldn’t have been more pleased (and encouraged) with the title of the Editor’s letter, “make tiny spaces soar.” What a great inspiration to take into the New Year!

(Photo: Also featured and right in line with Bird’s-eye View by Karin–a hummingbird cookie cutter from my mom and a small cutting board and knife from one of my sisters.)

I guess this post fits two of my three main blog categories– “HOME:studio living” and “DEVOTION: Jesus speaking.”

The last couple of years I’ve really anticipated and then camped out on the personal Psalm reading I end up with on December 31 and January 1, as I always align the calendar date with the Psalm number (so I don’t loose track). I guess this reading is significant because (a.) I have it two days in a row and usually repetition with the Lord carries some weight and (b.) it’s the Psalm that ends a year and begins another. And sometimes, my personal Psalm reading aligns with my 1-year Bible reading, which happened this year, and as of 12/31/15 and 1/1/16, I have…(drumroll please…) Psalm 1.

“I will delight in the law of the LORD, I will meditate day and night,
then like a tree firmly planted I’ll be, grounded in the Word.
Blessed is the one, who follows the way of the Lord, blessed is the one.”
(Worship song version)

Sally Lloyd-Jones says, “home is the place you set out from.”  So in 2016, I believe the Lord wants to make sure the Bible (His very voice!!) is my home base, and that it will be from this rooted and grounded place, where He would then love to see me soar into the wild blue yonder……….

Now doesn’t that seem like a good and faith-filled flight plan?

PSALM 1:1-6

 

 

More joy

P.S.

More JOY–How could I not include this other Scripture on joy, especially when I almost included it in “Joy Bringers”  and it appeared in my one-year Bible reading the day after “Joy Bringers” was published?

(Two versions below)

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  James 1:2-4 (NKJV-translation)

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 (The Message-paraphrase)

and MORE JOY— I recently discovered the song, “Joy of the Lord,” by Rend Collective and when I was on YouTube yesterday (Fri., Nov. 20) checking out their music once again, I thought to myself, “wait a minute, you just did a post on Joy and should share about this band and this song in a ‘P.S. post’.” If you play it and enJOY it :-), then I encourage you to buy it in support of these amazing artists.

 

AND EVEN MORE JOY found in a previous post “The reason to write

Really Listening

This past Saturday at the Good Steward Project  (check out the group), we had the opportunity to hear from Dean Del Sesto (Chief Creative Officer, Breviti). One of the many take-aways for me was this quote on listening, “poor listeners hear themselves, average listeners hear the words, good listeners hear the issues, and great listeners hear the heart.” When it came to the table discussion time, it felt like I gave myself a personal “truth and dare”—1. how do I rate myself as a listener and 2.  why don’t you try and apply this newly acquired thought on listening to the conversations at your table. Let’s just say, I have room for improvement.

Later that night as I was doing my AM Bible reading before going to bed (yes, early morning alarms challenge my desired disciplines), Proverbs 20:27 stood out, The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the inner depths of his heart.”

It reminded me how much I (and we as humans) need God’s help and power in loving others unconditionally and outside of ourselves (and this includes great listening.)

The Rock–He is for me

About two weeks ago this blog got hacked–ugh! I felt so violated. Everyone I told responded, “who does that?!” (I confess to the lesson learned of maintaining WordPress updates!) The site went live just yesterday thanks to the rhinowebgroup, LLC and a group of women who joined me in praying for the “clean-up and cut off” of this “enemy infiltration”.

My Psalm reading yesterday included these Scriptures,

“Who will rise up for me against these evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul would soon have settled in silence.”

“In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul.”

“But the LORD has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge. He has brought on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The LORD our God shall cut them off.”  Psalm 94:16, 17, 19, 22, 23 (NKJV)

And He did.

Psalm 94:22 now appears under my blog page “The Rock” as a memorial to a powerfully sovereign and faithful Father, Friend, and LORD who is for His kids and I am one of them.

“But the LORD has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge.”   Psalm 94:22 (NKJV)

Really thinking about Easter

“I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.”
Psalm 145:5 (NKJV)

Devotion-studio living-orchid-1

This orchid is so fearfully made by its Creator. As art reflects the artist, this creation reflects a God of majesty and detail, causing me to wonder about it and about Him.

The Lord amazes me in the way in which He speaks through His Word and how it lines up with what I have going on in my heart and life at any given point. With a desire to really ponder the cross this Easter weekend, go figure that my Psalm reading for this very day would have a prophesy about the crucifixion of Jesus and how none of His bones would be broken (see below). To think of all the scourging and abuse He endured, let alone the cross, and not one of His bones was broken.

He suffered greatly and beyond recognition, died, AND YET, was resurrected and now lives, enthroned in glorious majesty, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, the Lamb that was slain to take away the sin of the world, giving eternal life to all who will just believe.

Wondrous loving power beyond comprehension indeed.

 

“He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.” Psalm 34:20 (NKJV)

“Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”  
John 19:32, 33 (NKJV)

 

 

Beginning

 

Video footnotes:

1a.  “I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.”  Psalm 119:162 (NKJV)

1b. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)

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3. Check out HOME: Studio living–time to clean.

Looking back to see ahead

(Thoughts on Christian mentoring that I shared in an update for WING Ministries in July 2013 IMAG1361-1)

Hope–It was at the Closing Celebration for Horizon’s fourth WING Program, as I sat listening to each of the mentors and their young women share about their time together, that this insight came to mind.

A Christian mentor provides many things for a younger woman on her life’s journey: biblical knowledge and wisdom, prayer, encouragement, accountability, sweet friendship, and not the least of these, hope. When life inevitably presents times of distress, relationship challenges, loneliness, and the unknown, a mentor can minister through her remembering. She can pass onto her young woman a memory of a time when God was faithful to deliver, heal, comfort, supply, etc., and provide her young woman with hope to carry on. 

IMAG1360For Certain–In sharing at this same event, I based my encouragement on a word I had recently seen over and over while studying the Book of Acts—certain. Many times when an individual was introduced in the text, he or she was described as “a certain disciple” or “a certain man/woman.” The promising parallel I was able to draw for the mentors and young women was this: Similar to these individuals of the Bible, God was just as intentional with their mentoring relationship, pairing a certain older woman with a certain younger woman for a beautiful purpose only God could accomplish.

 

The reason to write

Earlier today while reading my 1-Year Bible, the Holy Spirit helped me to see the Scripture below is very much the heart behind Bird’s Eye View by Karin. How encouraging to know that when we as Christians testify to the truth and share with one another how God is working in our lives, our relationships with Him deepen, and our joy is filled to the brim.

(You will see my personalization in the parentheses below.)

“that which we (I) have seen and heard we (I) declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us (me); and truly our (my) fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things I (we) write to you that your joy may be full.” 1 John 1:3,4

Spoken in full color

(I shared this view earlier today on Facebook and then realized the experience was definitely worth archiving in my blog.)

In stepping outside to find some rain and sunshine I begged the question, “Lord, there must be a rainbow somewhere…”  He’s such a Wonderful Creator. Blessed.

It’s worth pointing out that the psalm in my 1-Year Bible reading today is Psalm 135:15-20 where it talks about idols who can’t speak or see or hear or even breathe because they are dead and the works of mens’ hands. Consequently, this rainbow came from the hands of a faithful God who is alive and worthy of  trust and praise. I love how He confirms His Word.

rainbow

 

 

 

 

 

 

My own bit of “WING in the Scriptures”

100MEDIA$IMAG1905“WING” in the Scriptures” happended for WING Wisdom and Bird’s Eye View today!

In my Psalm reading this morning, I came upon this footnote I had underlined for Psalm 16:1 (NKJV), “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.”

Whenever I come to this particular Psalm, I’m reminded of when my church’s women’s group went through The Inheritance, by Beth Moore. The theme verse for that particular topical study finds itself in Psalm 16:5,6, “O LORD, you are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.” (Sweet memories and lessons learned…I need to find that workbook and go over my notes!)