Summer Devotional: 2 Thessalonians 1:11

Image result for painting of scrubbing floors2 Thessalonians 1:11:  “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”

There is a purpose is what you do.  Even when the drudgery seems unbearable and all you want to do is quit.  Don’t.  Pray instead.  Ask God to show you His purpose.  His calling.  His will for your work.

Pithy Prayer June 26th, 2018

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Dear Father, you have blessed me with so many wonderful blessings. I thank you for each and every one of them. At the same time, I do long to be brought into your presence in glory as your child. The pain and heartache of the world, the fragility of my body, and my frustration with my own vulnerability to sin keep me longing for the day that your Son returns in glory. Until that day help me as I try to be your holy child.

Forgive me, Heavenly Father, for the times that I have lost my sense of urgency to live for Jesus. Use the Holy Spirit within me to arouse my passions to serve him with my eyes wide open and heart set on heavenly things. I know you can, and will do more than I ask or imagine, but please, awaken me to dream great dreams and imagine great things for your glory.

Thank you, Father, for giving me a window to your heart through the life and ministry of Jesus. Please bless me as I seek to know you better by knowing, understanding, and following Jesus more passionately.

Please bless my family with insight and illumination about You and Your glory. Please reveal yourself to them as You did with me.

Amen.

Pithy Prayer June 19th, 2018

Image result for morning sunriseThank you, Father, that my life and my future are in your hands. Forgive me for the times that my plans are too full of myself and not consciously dependent upon you. Thank you for rescuing me from the messes I have made because of my failed plans built around my own foolish arrogance. I gladly place my life, and my future in submission to your will and plans.

Forgive me dear God, for letting my passion for your Kingdom and your character get push to the side. Awaken me each morning with a sense of passion for your work and your will for that day.  Father, I want to be a passionate seeker.  Please make me restless for your Kingdom as my home.

It amazes me, Heavenly Father, that you let me approach you, the Almighty and Holy God. I am humbled by your promise to be at work in my life. Forgive me for the times that I have been so full of myself that I have not acknowledged your presence and grace. Make me more aware of your providential care and your daily presence in me through your Spirit. Open my eyes and heart, dear Lord, that I may know you more fully.

Amen.

Pithy Prayer June 14th, 2018

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O God you are my God, and I long to bring you honor and glory. Please stir my courage to live victoriously and passionately for you. I trust that as I display your character and live for your glory that you will strengthen and uphold me by your mighty presence within me and by your arm of grace around me. In you, I have placed my hope. Search me O God, I know that my heart is not always pure and my ways are far from perfect.

Search me O God, for I need your purifying presence. Search me, O God, for I want you to set the course and destination of my life.

Give me faith , O Lord, during the times I am weary, discouraged and beaten down. Inspire me to trust in your great promises. Please give me courage, O Lord, when my faith wavers. Help me obey your word no matter how challenging it may seem or how discouraged I feel.

Amen.

Faith

FAITH

How did I get the faith I have today?
I studied, I asked, and I prayed
But how did I get the faith I have today?
The Bible assured me that was the way

It started out as a tiny seed
A taste of Your love had been revealed
I knew in my heart that I wanted more
I opened Your Word and begin to explore

The way to Faith was through Your Word
The message is clear, you have to hear
Faith was to know Jesus, that’s what I heard
His love, His life, faith became real

Jesus is the perfecter of my faith
Faith I now truly embrace

How did I get the faith I have today?
The Bible led me all of the way

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENT ON FAITH

Faith is the most vital part of being or becoming a Christian.
It is a seed that is implanted in our souls when we read the Bible.

In Hebrews it says
“without faith it is impossible to please God”

When I opened the Bible for the first time,
the last thing I had was faith.

One day I was back in the U.S. reading and seeking.
Still with the tapes and the books from the cult
that were given to me with the Bible. It was
confusing reading the truth and a lie at the same time.

I gave up, threw the Bible on the floor.
Before I got up I asked God
“Are You really there”?

I wasn’t expecting anything. My heart leaped.
God knew I needed that.

As I read the Bible the shock of what I had been missing
for so many years dawned on me. I also realized that
receiving that faith was a gift from God.

The way I received that Bible was a miracle.
God sent someone to the jungles of Belize.
The grace of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith—and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

A Sinner

A SINNER

There is a bible story about David, the King
Mostly when talked about, it is about his sin
What I see is a story of Grace and Restoration
Rejoicing I thank God, there is no separation

David
A man after God’s own heart
He was the greatest sinner
And yet You called him that
What did he do? He loved you
Repenting for a start
Accepting what sin did to him
He never turned his back

Lord let me learn a lesson
From this man who stole Your heart.

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENT ON A SINNER

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of David.
David had many qualities described in his own writings.

He was trusting
Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear

He was loving
Psalm 18:1
I love you, O Lord, my strength

He was repentant
Psalm 25:11
For the sake of your name. O Lord, forgive my iniquity,
though it is great

It shows the grace and love of God. Anything is forgiven if I repent.
I am a sinner and there is great comfort in knowing that I have a God
who is greater than any sin.

What I learned was that no matter what problems or how hard life
becomes I accept it never doubting that it will be for my good.

I want to be a woman after His own heart.

Acts 13:22
“I have found David the son of Jesse,
a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill
all my will”.

God’s Faithfulness

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

God’s faithfulness keeps me alive
I used to be so unaware
I know now how to survive
When I pray I know He’s there

I didn’t want to let Him in
But He wouldn’t give up on me
He just kept right on knocking
Waiting so patiently

He knew I belonged to Him
Chosen before time began
He wouldn’t easily let me go
He loved me, sinning as I was

Once I opened that locked door
His love took over my life
How did I miss it before
His faithfulness was my guide

Now I am so aware
I see His faithfulness everywhere
In gratitude I kneel in prayer
My life surrendered in His care.

By :

Lissette Trahan

Comments on God’s Faithfulness

Why did it take me so long? I think back and realize He
was always there. What made me finally look and
know that is was all true.

My first look was in the Bible, but even then I did not
look with an open heart. I remember being so skeptic.
The one thing I did right, I kept seeking. I was about to
give up. I sincerely cried out and asked
“Are You really there?”

God was faithful. I have since read in the Bible
“Seek and you will find me when you seek me with all
your heart”. God kept that promise and my life
changed.

There is no secret. You have to really want it, want to
know Him.

God will be faithful to the end. I almost rejected Him
completely but He would not let me go. I thank God
that He did not let my heart become hardened.

I would not have survived.

Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
“You will seek me and find me when you
seek me with all your heart”

Woman After My Heart

Woman After My Heart

One of the things I don’t know for sure, what is
my hearts desire

Is it wealth, is it fame, is it love, is it health,
what is it I require

When I get this feeling of emptiness, what is it,
Lord, that I want

I pray and I ask, God, what is wrong? Waiting
for some response

I already know what the problem is, that little
voice, comes from within

Asking me where I’ve been

It happens again and again, when I ignore,
Jesus, my closest friend

I know that my real desire, is to never be apart.

Someday I want to hear, the Lord, say
“You’re A Woman After My Own Heart”

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENT

My hearts desire is not for fame nor wealth nor
love nor health.

My heart’s desire is that when I see Jesus face
to face He would say,
“Here is a woman after my own heart”

What does it mean to be a person after God’s
own heart?

I read the story of David and it gives me hope.
David was a sinner, but he was humble, he
admitted his sin and asked forgiveness.

David loved God, cried out to God, the
consequence of his sin did not turn him from
God.

Most importantly David never ignored God.
I know that is the way to His heart.
Love does not ignore.

Acts 13:22
“I have found David the son of Jesse,
a man after mine own heart, which shall
fulfill all my will”