Month: March 2014

My Generations

My blood and timeline flows
From all corners of Our Sea,
So many generations drift
To now result in me.

What quirks of time and man
Chose my time in history?
Breaking family sinful bondage,
For a life truly set free.

A life which stepped with hope
From darkness into Light,
A life set walking strait with Him:
By faith, and not by sight.

Ignite

Ignite in me
A spark to flame
Fire for Your Light,
Your Holy Name;
Fire to melt
The hardened heart.
Hone and temper me
Refiner’s fire;
Kiln of purification
Glaze over imperfection.
O Saviour Lord
Mold my mind and soul
Hammer me on Your anvil
To shape my true self.

Quotes on Prayer

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. ”
― John Bunyan

“…when we love God, we naturally run to Him-frequently and zealously. Jesus didn’t command that we have a regular time with Him each day. Rather, He tells us to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ He called this the ‘first and greatest commandment’ (Matt. 22:37-38). The results are intimate prayer and study of His Word. Our motivation changes from guilt to love.”
― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.”
― William Nicholson, Shadowlands

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
― Mother Teresa

“When I pray for another person, I am praying for God to open my eyes so that I can see that person as God does, and then enter into the stream of love that God already directs toward that person.”
― Philip Yancey

#FF @TrussellTrust “Follow Friday” Haiku #foodpoverty #foodbanks

Love one another,
Meet the needs of the poor –
Thank God for food banks

Blessèd be the Lord,
Who stirs us to act justly –
Thank God for food banks

dedicated to @TrussellTrust http://www.trusselltrust.org/

#begenerous

God’s Economy

When I Pray

Let it be this way
When I pray:
Full of loving praise
And worship of worth,
Humble repentance,
Hopeful intercession,
Seeking His will.

Then pause.

Selah.

Pause to ponder;
Pause with purpose;
Come Holy Spirit.

Listening;
Expectant;
Obedient;
In silent submission,
Seeking revelation,
In faithful contemplation.
In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Thursday is Verse Day @FaithUnlocked – Colossians 1:9-14

For this reason,
since the day we heard about you,
we have not stopped praying for you
and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
And we pray this in order that you
may live a life worthy of the Lord and
may please him in every way:
bearing fruit in every good work,
growing in the knowledge of God,
being strengthened with all power
according to his glorious might
so that you may have great endurance and patience,
and joyfully giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share
in the inheritance of the saints
in the kingdom on light.
For he has rescued us
from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom
of the Son he loves,
in whom we have redemption,
the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:9-14

Tom Wright on the poetry of the Psalms

“The Psalms are the steady, sustained subcurrent of healthy Christian living. They shaped the praying and vocation even of Jesus himself. They can and will do the same for us. The Psalms do this, to begin with, simply because they are poetry set to music: a classic double art form. To write or read a poem is already to enter into a different kind of thought world from our normal patterns. A poem is not merely ordinary thought with a few turns and twiddles added on to make it pretty or memorable. A poem (a good poem, at least) uses its poetic form to probe deeper into human experience than ordinary speech or writing is usually able to do, to pull back a veil and allow the hearer or reader to sense other dimensions. Sometimes”

― N.T. Wright, The Case for the Psalms: why they are essential

Selah

Selah is a word used 74 times in the Old Testament – 71 times in the Psalms and three times in Habbakuk – and is a difficult concept to translate. (It should not be confused with the Hebrew word ‘sela’ which means “rock.”)

It is probably either a liturgico-musical mark or an instruction on the reading of the text, something like “stop and listen.” Selah can also be used to indicate that there is to be a musical interlude at that point in the Psalm. The Amplified Bible translates selah as “pause, and think of that.” It can also be interpreted as a form of underlining in preparation for the next paragraph.