Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 24 "Converting Grace" Isaiah 35, 36

We are on the right path to rest forever.  
All our sighs and sorrows will be no more.
We shall see the Glory of the Lord.  Isa 35:1

Strengthen our weak hands, O God,
Make firm our feeble knees.
Let's say to those who have anxious hearts,
No More, Fear Not, Be Strong,
And speak peace to our brothers. Isa 35:4

Our God is coming One Day with a vengeance,
and He will right all wrongs done against us.
Leave it in His Lap this day.
Our God will open blind eyes.
Unstop deaf ears.
The lame will leap and
the deaf will sing.

There will be a Highway there...
and we are on that highway today.
Headed in the Right Direction.
The Way of Holiness.
Isaiah 35:8

Converting Grace.
Those who are barren in a wilderness
will sing again, will love even deeper, will grow mighty themselves.
That is the Gospel we live for, the Day we long for.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Oh God, help us see in our sighing that what matters so today will not be a thought in Eternity. Help us to prepare for the Day we live for---to be with You.  May we not miss the Grace of God as we prepare for Eternity - Jonah 2:8.

PHOTO:  Stunning sunset contemplating speaking to anxious hearts including my own. Let your words lay help upon the Almighty, the Might One, for your friends.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 23 "Be Our Arm" Isaiah 31, 32, 33, 34

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
and rely on horses,
who trust in chariots
because they are many
and in horsemen
because they are very strong,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel
or consult the Lord!
Isaiah 31:1

This beautiful book counsels us in our deepest need where our plans to walk wisely fail.  Where our plans to be strong sink.  Where this Holy One is our strength, our everything.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
O, Lord, be gracious to us this sunrise.  We wait for you not for any man. 
"Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble."
Isaiah 33:2.  And, You will be the stability of our times today, an abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.  Isaiah 33:6.  And we ask like the widow in Luke 18:3 who begged for help. 

PHOTO: On this beach, at this meeting, while I walk, be our arm in time of trouble. 

July 22 "Wonder Upon Wonder" Isaiah 28, 29, 30

Three Verses I have thought about for the past three decades.
The default of the Jews was to go to their neighbors if they needed help,
not to their God.
What about me?
I too have run to the arms of flesh for guidance, counsel, support.
May we deeply depend this day on the LORD our God.

In Returning and Rest
In Quietness and Trust
Shall be Your Strength.
Isaiah 30:15

The LORD longs to be gracious to you
He longs to show mercy to you.
He is a God of justice.
Blessed are those who wait for Him, not for any man.
Isaiah 30:18

And though the Lord gives you
the bread of adversity and the water of affliction,
Your teacher will not hide himself anymore.
Your eyes will see Your Teacher.
Your ears will hear a word behind you, saying:
This is the way, walk in it.
When you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Isaiah 30:20-21

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Father, we will find strength in affliction because You are there.  Help us this day in what you have allowed in your Providential Hand to escape the snares of the enemy of our souls.  Help us this day to find that quietness and rest in You in the midst of this world we live in.

PHOTO: A Rabbit Hole.  As we look deep into the holes of our own lives, may we sense Your Presence with us, Your Provision toward us, and Your Bending Low to us.

Monday, July 21, 2014

July 21 "Rain Righteousness" Hosea 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

They forgot their Maker and built palaces. But castles can crumble.
They played the whore, forsaking God. 
But wages buy things not peace. 
Their hearts were false.
But divided lives run separate tracks. 
Hosea 10:2

Rev 21 - God will make all things right.
But for this day, Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap steadfast love;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

Father, Hosea 12:6 sums my soul:
By Your Help,
I will return today
I will hold fast to love and justice.
I will wait continually for You.
And I will expect You to do much.
You are God!

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Oh Father, You are the One Who teaches us how to walk.  You've taken us up in Your Arms and we don't even know that we are healed.  You lead us with cords of kindness, with bands of love.  You ease the yoke on these clamped tight jaws of ours.  You bend down and You feed us.  So humbling. So beautiful.  That You, Omnipotent God would take such a posture for me.  With warm and tender Compassion.  You truly are in our midst and we cannot thank you enough.  Hosea 11:3-5

PHOTO:  God turns our world upside down when we return to Him.  He's always been there.  Leading with Kindness. Bending down with Compassion.  Directing our every step til we learn to walk. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 20 "A Door of Hope" Hosea 1-7

It's a Beautiful God Who pursues us when we are unlovely.
"I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness,
and speak tenderly to her."
And I weep.  
I will give her a door of hope.
Hosea 2:14-15.
And I will have mercy on No Mercy.
And I will say to Not My People, You are my People."
Hosea 2:23.
So stirring.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
May Hosea 7:14 be ever so real in each of us.  May we cry from our hearts for what affects us so this day.  No wailing from our beds, O God!  Help us to truly repent as the Great Story beckons.  Help us to find You.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

July 19 "Hold Fast" 2 Kings 18, 2 Chronicles 29, 30, 31, Psalm 48

Here's a man who "held fast to the Lord."  What does that mean to you, to me?  Hold fast.  "And the Lord was with him, wherever he went out, he prospered."  2 Kings 18:6-7.

Hezekiah started his reign awful young, at 25.  Yet he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord according to all that his father David had done.  None like him among all the kings of Judah, before or after.

What did this king know about following God that most people don't know.
Two things he knew:
1. The Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him. 2 Chron 30:9
2. The hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the Lord. 2 Chron 30:12

This is our God.
He will guide us.
We will tell the next generation.
This is our God.
Psalm 48:18

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
May the good Lord pardon everyone who sets his heart to seek God, the Lord, the God of his fathers.  2 Chron 30:19.  Oh God, please forgive us!  Pardon our ways of not remembering You in all we do.  

PHOTO:  8 years ago, A friend told me on a very dark night: Hold fast. I never forgot that moment. I need that moment tonight. Walking on this beach. 

July 18 "Whispered Prayers" Isaiah 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

We have given birth to the wind.  Isaiah 26:18.
When we wanted to give birth to what is real and what will last for all eternity.
Whispered Prayers for true birth.
We need You so to intervene, intercede, interplay, interact.  
May the pangs of childbirth form Christ in us.  Gal 4:19.

May the peace of God grasp us and keep us safe.
"You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock."
Isaiah 26:3-4

Perfect peace
Inward peace
Outward peace
Peace with God
Peace of conscience
Peace at all times
Peace in all events
[Matthew Henry Commentary]

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Father, we should praise You whether we are in the midst of trials or triumph.  We all want peace in all circumstances, all ways.  May we rely on You and Your Strength this day and always.  If we trust what this world has to offer, it will fade.  If we trust You, it will carry forever and ever.  Help us all, give us courage to find that kind of peace today.  That kind of Strength.  Peace apart from circumstances.  And we whisper this prayer for peace.

PHOTO:  The Hill Country.  May new birth be Christ formed in us.  Not a birth of the wind.