INTENTIONAL

No time to read God’s Word? I am just too busy? Not motivated to read daily?
No time to pray? Too busy? Focus a few times a week with “One Week at a Time”.
Read and study one set of verses a week. Look at verses my wife and I used. Walk
through the Old Testament with us. Learn how we are working through our health
issues including Parkinson’s. My books are designed for personal and weekly Bible studies to really read, understand and know God. You can be like my website name. My website name is grounded and growing weekly and gives you 52 lessons during the year and not 365 days at one per day. Even my book “When Life Gets Shaky”, has a word to learn in each of the 11 chapters including obedience, fear, prayer and trust. The epilogue also is entitled with my favorite word “Intentional.”

NO TIME AT ALL?

No time to read God’s Word? I am just too busy Not motivated to read daily? No time to pray? Too busy? Focus a few times a week Use my “One Week at a Time”approach.

Read and study one set of verses a week. Look at verses my wife and I used. Walk through the Old Testament with us. Learn how we are working through our health issues including Parkinson’s.

All my books are designed to be used individually or Bible studies. including my 5th book I am working on now :“When Life Gets Shaky: Always Moving Forward.

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WHO IS RUNNING MY LIFE?

ALERT, coming SOON – I will start six blogs on the topic of prayer

WHO IS RUNNING MY LIFE?

Came across a verse which motivated me to do more thinking. Chapter 14 of the book of Romans, Paul talks of each of us being accountable to God. We need to focus on Him and not worried about what we eat or do.  Sometimes and as often as I may read the Bible, God is always wanting to teach me something new! Romans 14:17 tells a lot about what our priorities should be. Chapter 14 also talks about not allowing others to stumble through our actions. Romans 14:17 states “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” NIV. The many key words include kingdom, righteousness, peace, joy and the Holy Spirit. Who is running your life? Is God running my life?  The word kingdom is asking who is king of my life? What areas are not under His kingship or management? Hopefully I am letting God handle all areas. This does not mean they always go well but at least I might ask for His wisdom or direction first so He is always involved. His kingdom is not about eating or drinking or even cutting the grass or chasing after dreams but chasing His will and purpose for our lives. This is about seeking His righteousness. The Biblical definition is our works are justified through God and not ourselves. It is a gift from God due to His love for us and through our faith. In seeking to do what is right, the standard is set by God and I sometimes fall short of His standard. I must make sure I do not live down to the world’s standard and morals. This is also about His peace in our lives. Not the world’s peace which comes and goes but of His peace in all circumstances. His peace us not of this world. We seek His joy always and not happiness which comes and goes. His joy and His peace are never changing and always with us. Finally, our wisdom and guidance us from the Holt Spirit who came into our lives the day we accepted Christ. He will help us stay on God’s path and help us in our prayers. He is an equal part of the Trinity and He can work through us. So, is the King running your life? What area of you life do you need to adjust today?

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stop reading books and just pray

“Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:3 NIV.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 NIV.    

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8 NIV.

Over the next few blogs, I am going to talk more about the role of prayer in our lives. Prayer has played a vital role in keeping me tuned into God, seeking his guidance and growing my faith. As God has guided me through many different seasons, joys and trials in my life, my time in prayer has evolved. It is very different from years ago. I do praise Him more to begin with, and I am very thankful for what He has done in the past and continues to do in my life today. My prayer life has always been a priority, except now I believe I focus more on strengthening my relationship with God instead of just coming to Him with my list of requests or only when I need His help. I keep on being reminded I must go to Him first rather than ask for His help after I have messed things up doing things my way. Sometimes, I fail to pray and involve Him before making a decision or taking action. The lesson is I must follow His lead and involve Him from the beginning has needed to be repeated.

The best thing I did to enhance my prayer life was to stop reading books about prayer and how to pray, and just started praying. There is no one-size-fits all approach to prayer. I learned to trust that God would lead me in this area as well. I started a prayer list with dates and answers, almost like a journal. That is a praise in itself since I am normally not a “journaler.”  Sometimes I pray regularly (daily) and, other times I pray more often throughout the day. I am still a work in progress, and my goal is to have a consistent daily prayer life and walk with God.

The three verses above, reference three key themes for prayer: Seeking to know Him, a devoted prayer life and staying in His Word. As Hosea says we must seek to know Him more, and He will come to us. He will come as sure as the morning sun and spring rains will appear. This is His promise as we press to get to know Him better. We must get to know Him by spending some time with Him.

A key way to spend time with Him is prayer. We must be fully devoted to our relationship with God and with our prayer time with Him. I am not talking of a quick “here are my requests” prayer. We need to strive for a more meaningful and disciplined conversational prayer time. In addition, we should leave time to listen in silence for His response. This has been a slow process as I continue to grow in faith. I am seeing some improvements as I continue to seek more meaningful and sincere times in prayer. Prayer takes discipline, hard work and motivation and must be intentional. These factors work together. My prayer time draws me closer to God and knowing God better helps my prayer time. Of course, spending time in His Word can enhance our prayer time. We can start by selecting from the many prayers found in the book of Psalms. They cover many topics including praise, thanks, seeking forgiveness and guidance. Using Biblical prayers can encourage and support you in current and future opportunities. Time in His Word can help you build a solid foundation in growing your relationship with God. Personally, I have built a pack of about 110 verses. These are some key verses that have helped me through the years. Sometimes my time with the Lord is reading and praying through these verses. I still add verses as God reveals them to me. All of this is an ongoing process as I move through the many seasons and challenges of my life.

We should also include some close friends for their prayer support, and in turn we can also pray for them. My current prayer list includes seven people that have started new jobs recently and seven more looking for new jobs. My closest friend is my wife, Patti. We started praying together consistently by setting an alarm for 8 pm each night to remind us. Now we can remind each other and do not use an alarm. We should always be on the lookout for ways to grow our prayer lives and intentionally spending more time with Him. After we spend time with Him in prayer or in His Word, we can allow God to respond to us – as sure as tomorrow’s morning sun.

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MISSED THE WERSE

Like my recent blog this one highlights a verse often left out. I have memorized these three verses, used them as a reminder for my time usage, I used them to help in responding to situations and as a prayer. These verses are 1 Thessalonians 5:16 -18a: “Rejoice always,pray continually,give thanks in all circumstances;”. These are easy to memorize and great ones to start your memory list with. The verse after these three finally hit home for me. We are always asking what God’s will is for us or seeking for confirmation we are on the right track. Verse 18b tells us. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” NIV. His will does not start with what we do or how we live our lives. First, he looks for our relationship with Him. He wants us to grow our relationship through rejoicing in all things, even when we are struggling. Second, he wants us to pray and talk to Him throughout each day. Third, He wants us to be thankful for all we have or do not have. It is not how often we attend church, how many bible Studies we are in or how much money we can give. Our relationship must start inside us. His will for us is to love Him first and as we grow in Him our will draws closer to His will for our lives.t Start with these verses to seek His purpose for your life.

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