In the Wee Hours

I first published this on April 14, 2007. I’m cleaning up some of my early posts and getting rid of any photos that aren’t mine.  I thought this was a good reminder and prayer for me…

The original title of this post was Three A.M. Prayers ~ The Joys of Growing Older…

An interesting thing happens when you are over 50, you begin new sleep patterns. One of my frequent tendencies is to awake too early to get up so this has been a great opportunity for prayer in my life. Sometimes because my brain is not  filled with the cares of the day I can think more clearly.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Here’s one of my 3:00 A.M. prayers…

Lord help me today to recognize my own depravity, my resistance to your holiness. Help me to realize my need to repent every new day and turn my face from myself to you and to what you want me to do. Help me to know that my past is totally forgiven and I need to concentrate on today and what you are doing now in my life. Help me to recognize that the only reason I am loved and blessed is because of what Jesus did for me. I am no better than any other sinner on the earth except for what you have done for me. Help me not to ignore the fact that even though I am no better than any other sinner I still need to extend your Kingdom to them in any way I can. Help me to recognize that my fellow believers will fail just like me and that they are forgiven and redeemed just like me. Wipe out any self righteousness that remains in me. Help me to remember how important forgiveness and reconciliation are in your kingdom, first and foremost between You and me. I am amazed at your willingness to continually forgive and redeem. You are a great God.

I Thessalonians 5:23
“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. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”

Blessings on your heads today!
Ellen B.

Rise Like A Fountain ~ Prayer…

From Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, King Arthur, on his deathbed voices to his friend some profound thoughts on prayer;

“ Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer
Both for themselves and those who call them friend?
For so the whole round earth is every way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.”

I thought this passage was a good one paired with this quote…

I Timothy 2:1-8 (ESV)

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions,that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place that men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;”

National Day of Prayer ~ 2009

 

From 12:00 to 1:00 today several churches in the Conejo Valley got together to pray with one another on this National Day of Prayer. Our gathering was at the Thousand Oaks Civic Center Lawn. It was great to pray with people from other churches in the valley that I had never met before but who were united in one purpose. After a time of singing the crowd broke off into small groups around the grounds with an area pastor to pray for our nation, leaders, community, churches and families. I broke off with the group that met in a shady spot! Praise God He encourages us to pray and listens to the prayers of His people! We ended our time together singing God Bless America!

A Prayer For Every Day

 

A Prayer For Every Day

Make me too brave to lie or be unkind.
Make me too understanding, too, to mind
The little hurts companions give, and friends,
The careless hurts that no one quite intends.
Make me too thoughtful to hurt others so.
Help me to know
The inmost hearts of those for whom I care,
Their secret wishes, all the loads they bear,
That I may add my courage to their own.
May I make lonely folks feel less alone,
And happy ones a little happier yet.
May I forget
What ought to be forgotten; and recall
Unfailing, all
That ought to be recalled, each kindly thing,
Forgetting what might sting.
To all upon my way,
Day after day,
Let me be joy, be hope! Let my life sing!

~Mary Carolyn Davies

The God of All Comfort

 

2 Corinthians 1:3,4 ~ Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Westmont Community, the faculty who lost their homes, the kids whose dorm rooms were destroyed and the whole Montecito Community who have suffered loss in the Tea Fire. Praying that the God of all comfort will comfort you.

Thanks to everyone who left comments and prayed and are praying…

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage and demanding a ransom for me to access them. I’m slowly cleaning up many of my posts where PB have added ugly black and grey boxes where my photos used to be. So frustrating!