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  1. Ann said,

    January 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up, Theresa.

    I once heard someone say everything we need is right there in the Bible. God has made provisions for everything we’re going to come across…

    I like the concept of writing down thoughts and praying about them. Wonderful response – turning the “moments of thoughts into moments of prayer”. Nice! 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing. I’m smiling because of what I wrote for next week’s blog. I like the way God connects 🙂

    Blessings
    ann

  2. January 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    That’s right He can take the bad and change it to good!

    I already have gotten into the habit of asking myself “Is it Monday yet?”! Over the next few days I will be asking that question even more often! 🙂

    Theresa

    • Ann said,

      January 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Our God is great!

      After I left your notes I went to visit Linda. Look what I found!

      http://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/did-i-forget-to-pray/

      Our God is so wonderful. I can’t imagine what I’d do if I didn’t have a relationship with Him and a connection with His children.

      Here’s another point to pray for – that the family of God would come together and operate as such. All for His honour and glory!

      Blessings,
      ann

      • January 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm

        Ann,

        That is a good idea. I was thinking about it in terms of naming them before the Lord as they came to mind, but to pray “collectively” I think would be pleasing to Him, too.

        Linda’s post was beautiful and convicting. We should thank the Lord for conviction it is one of the ways that the Lord expresses His unfailing mercy, grace, and love! 🙂

        Theresa

  3. ServantBoy said,

    January 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Theresa,
    How interesting your challenge is to pen our every thought that God turns from evil to good! I would like to try but I suspect I will not succeed unless I stay committed and not be drawn away by the busyness of my life. Thank you for this gentle but direct reminder that we need to be watchful about what we think and how we respond to our thought. We generally are what our environment is and so we need to consciously move away from what should not shape us into what should. With Christ in our lives, the Holy Spirit stirs in us the need to steer away but our sinfulness can dull the voice of the Holy Spirit and our hardened hearts can get more calloused. I shall venture with my tablet and pen and praise God for what He is able to do in me.
    In Christ,
    Vineet

    • January 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Vineet,

      Those are great words of wisdom you shared. One of the points that I was making was that we have both the flesh (our sinful nature), and the Spirit. That flesh will be there tempting us planting little thoughts in our minds. When we choose to dwell on them we are sinning. We will never be completely free from our flesh until we go to be with the Lord in Heaven. The good news is that the Lord will not abandon us. He really does grant our requests when we pray “if” they are according to His will. It is always according to His will to forgive us, to cleanse us, to strengthen our “Inner Man”…our “Hidden Man of the Heart”… so we really can know that if we really desire to be cleansed, forgiven… to be conformed, and we ask the Lord to do that for us that He really will do it. This concept is what I call “Reckoning”. Reckoning helps us to boldly approach His throne:

      14 Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time. Hebrews 4:14-16 HCSB

      Looking Unto Jesus,

      Theresa

  4. bendedspoon said,

    January 20, 2011 at 1:01 am

    What a perfect timing — your post is speaking to me! I like the idea of recording what we prayed for and God’s response to it. Oh God renew my spirit that I may totally embraced the greatness of You; the greatness that is You!
    Thank you sooo much Theresa for bringing me again closer to Him 🙂

    • January 20, 2011 at 1:17 am

      Thank you Rea. I am so glad it encouraged you and reminded you of the Lord’s greatness. Isn’t it wonderful to magnify Him? 🙂

      Love,

      Theresa

  5. January 20, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Thank you, everyone for all of your thoughtful comments.

    This was another post that I needed to edit. I hope the underlining and highlighting made it more edifying. 🙂

    Theresa

  6. Debbie said,

    January 20, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Thank you for knowing just when the time is right to re-post and to post anew. I love how you listen to Him and obey and we all reap the benefits! 🙂
    I’ve never tried this, to actually write them down and let Him switch them around, but I’m excited about it! Please pray for me to make this a habit . . .one of those good ones that we can become addicted to! God bless you and your habit forming ways of glorifying Him!

    • January 20, 2011 at 5:29 am

      Thank you Deb. I have never literally wrote them on paper, but the idea to take those negative thoughts and turn them into prayerful moments…to be more conscious of the miracle that the Spirit really does check us whenever our thoughts go astray instead of just the awareness of one’s sinfulness …thus providing wonderful opportunities to exchange what normally brings defeat and shame for deliverance and joy. 🙂

  7. Debbie said,

    January 21, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Hi dear Theresa . . .just popping in here after reading your comment on “the shepherds” poem. I wanted you to know that I left the comment I did there because I didn’t grasp it either!!!! haha! I have what I’m sure is a wonderful book of poems, from some of the top contemporary Christian poets. A friend got it for me, hoping it might inspire and help me. But . . .I can’t understand most of them. wwaaaahhhh. Alas, I continue with simple poems and a simple faith. 🙂

    • January 21, 2011 at 1:39 am

      Deb,

      Here is a poem I love. I put it in one of my blog posts once.

      Love,

      Theresa

      THE TEACHER

      by: Leslie Pinckney Hill (1880-1960)

      LORD, who am I to teach the way
      To little children day by day,
      So prone myself to go astray?
      I teach them KNOWLEDGE, but I know
      How faint they flicker and how low
      The candles of my knowledge glow.
      I teach them POWER to will and do,
      But only now to learn anew
      My own great weakness through and through.
      I teach them LOVE for all mankind
      And all God’s creatures, but I find
      My love comes lagging far behind.
      Lord, if their guide I still must be,
      Oh let the little children see
      The teacher leaning hard on Thee.
      “The Teacher” is reprinted from The Book of American Negro Poetry. Ed. James Weldon Johnson. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1922.

      • Debbie said,

        January 21, 2011 at 2:03 am

        Thank you so much! This I can understand and relate to!!!!! God bless you! love, deb

  8. pbus1 said,

    January 22, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Hello Theresa,

    This post definitely stirred something within my soul. It has caused me to reflect upon my prayer life, my thoughts, and to experience “Reckoning”. I praise God for the privilege of going boldly to the throne of grace, that I might obtain mercy, and find grace to help me in my time of need. God knows that I need Him, every moment of every day! I need Him to direct my pathway, to direct my thoughts, and to turn my idle thought time, into prayer time. I don’t want my thoughts to stray into areas that are not pleasing unto the Lord! It’s my desire that the Lord increases in my life, and that I decrease. I want to walk after the Spirit, and not after the flesh, and I know that as I earnestly seek the Lord in prayer, my Spirit will be renewed and strengthened! Thank you so much, for sharing this post.

    I loved the poem. May God continue to richly bless and use you.

    Paulette

    • January 22, 2011 at 6:42 am

      Paulette,

      I am so glad this post and the following comments blessed you.

      God just a minute ago richly blessed me…He blessed me with your words:

      “God knows that I need Him, every moment of every day! I need Him to direct my pathway, to direct my thoughts, and to turn my idle thought time, into prayer time. I don’t want my thoughts to stray into areas that are not pleasing unto the Lord! It’s my desire that the Lord increases in my life, and that I decrease. I want to walk after the Spirit, and not after the flesh, and I know that as I earnestly seek the Lord in prayer, my Spirit will be renewed and strengthened! Thank you so much, for sharing this post.”

      I share this same need and desire. I hate my flesh. I hate it when I catch myself having petty childish and sometimes even mean thoughts. I know that there is nothing good in my flesh. I, too long for it to decrease.Your words summed it all up so beautifully…they formed a prayer. I will be praying that prayer as soon as I post this comment.

      Theresa

      • Debbie said,

        January 22, 2011 at 8:03 am

        Me too! Thanks Theresa and Paulette!

  9. January 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I hope you have a really nice weekend, Deb! 🙂


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