MORNING PRAYER TIME
Though I am not always able to spend time praying outdoors in the morning, I do enjoy enjoy it. Being out in nature is always refreshing to me. Morning prayer time can be a very special time. This morning I sat outside at the picnic table on the porch. There was a breeze that sometimes made me shiver as it was unusually cool for the middle of May.
The sun was shining brightly in the clear blue sky, and I could hear birds singing. Occasionally our rooster would crow loudly while the hens made clucking noises, probably letting the world know an egg had been produced.
MORNING PRAYER TIME THINKING, WRITING AND LISTENING
I did a lot of thinking, praying and writing while enjoying the sights and sounds of the outdoors. My prayer journal includes scriptures on every page, and sometimes they inspire my prayers as I intercede for those close to me. I long for all my family to embrace the love that God holds out to us.
One of the scripture passages was 2 Corinthians 4:18.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
That verse struck me as I gazed on the beauty around me. All that I see will one day be gone. Right now we live with a sort of tension, because we have life and death existing side by side, beauty and ugliness side by side as illustrated by this honeysuckle bloom. It is alive and full of beauty, but right next to it are the dry, brown remains of dead blossoms.
One day all that will change. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. Christ returns and restores everything to perfection. He makes our broken bodies whole. We will spend eternity in God’s presence all because of love. Jesus demonstrated that love when He conquered death. He now intercedes for us.
I Corinthians 2:9 tells us:
What no eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no human heart has conceived—
God has prepared these things for those who love him.
I ended my prayer time with intercession for family members who have various physical limitations and struggles. They are real and sometimes seem insurmountable. It’s almost impossible for them to imagine a time when they will be free of pain and the heartache that goes with it. It is hard for me to see them struggle.
But my faith is strong and I pray God will shower us with his grace. I pray for strength and wisdom and I will trust God with our lives.
I will remember Psalm 18:2-3:
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. I call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised.
After praying I read a devotion in the NIV Bible for Women that reminded me to have a grateful heart no matter the circumstances.
May God himself, the God of peace,
sanctify you through and through.
May your whole spirit, soul and body
be kept blameless at the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that God will bless you and go with you this week wherever you are and whatever you have to face. Remember you are not alone.
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