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Breathe New Life

Bridge in Minneapolis, MN

Bridge in Minneapolis, MN

Almighty Creator, breathe new life onto us.   Wash away the ugliness of sin and make a message out of our messes.   Let the glory of the Lord walk through us, minister to us and speak to us now by breaking down the walls that cause us to be strangers to each other.

Give us the courage to reach across the room, the street, or whatever stands before us, so that we won’t miss an opportunity to bring people closer to the gospel by letting Your light shine brighter than anything else in our life. Let people see You in us.

Prepare us for the mountains and valleys. Nurture us as we grow in faith.   And remind us that no matter where we go that God goes with us always.

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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Our provider

Youth from Atonement Lutheran Church, MNJehovah Jireh, You are the God that provides. The One who sees what we can’t see. You see our heart and who we really are.   Although Your footprints are no longer on this earth, the imprint of everything that You stand for lives on in all of us.

Talk to us Lord. Speak to us now and reset our minds so that we can see glimpses of heaven and know the eternal truth of grace: that even as time slips away we will always be in the presence of our Creator. We will always be in the presence of love. We will always be in the presence of mercy and grace.

Lord, don’t let us miss this life and don’t let us work against You. Restore our faith so that we can see that there can be miracles, the miracles of friendship, love, kindness and compassion, which are all just reflections of the love and sacrifice shown to us on the cross.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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You make all things new

God shining His light onto our city.

God shining His light onto our city.

Lord of all, thank You for being everything that You say You are. You are the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. The One who is, was and will always be in the presence of the world that You so love.

We step into Your presence today so that You can step into our story and interrupt the chaos of our lives.   Let Your voice speak the truth that we need to hear right now so that when the world throws our mortality in our face, we can be still and know that God is greater than anything that we could possibly imagine.

Transform us. Change us. Humble us. Mend our every flaw so that we can live fully experiencing the miracle of life with each and every breath that You gift to us.  For “if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old has passed away; and, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

Lord, let’s try it Your way. Let’s live this life Your way. Let us let go and let God. For Your love never changes, it never falters and it will forever be the constant reminder that we never need to give up because the battle has already been won and we have victory now and forever. Amen.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Don’t let us forget

 

"Like a rose trampled on the ground..."

“Like a rose trampled on the ground…”

Lord, we thank You for the gift of waking up to another sunrise and the privilege of coming into Your presence one more time.   As we hear Your story today, we pray that Your glory would be revealed to us because freedom is more than just a word. It is an experience.

Don’t let us forget You.  Don’t let us forget those who followed You and led us to this moment. We can’t forget that we stand on the shoulders of those believers who have gone before us and sacrificed so much so that generations after them would be able to know God.

Life has always been and will always be about connecting with God, but the miracle that we all share is that God chose to connect with us.  He connects with us through His Son, on the cross, as He paid the price by becoming guilty for our crimes and redeemed us in His resurrection and glory.

Lord, empty us of our ego and fill us with Your Holy Spirit so that we can stop pretending that we can handle this life on our own because we can’t. We cannot rely solely on our own strength or the strength of others because we will grow weary, but the Word of the Lord shall endure forever and shall eternally be the source of our strength and the strength of our life.   Love is patient and love is kind. Love is Jesus, the living Son of God.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Forgiven and Loved

Lord Jesus, You make the impossible possible. You transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. You breathe life into what was once dead. You see us, and You know us more than we know ourselves because You knew us before we took our first breath and You will be there with us when we take our last.

You, Jesus, are amazing, and we ask that whatever truth we need to hear from Your word, in this moment, be given to us as a gift from God.  Let Your words just fall down from heaven and touch our hearts. “For, all people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” (1 Peter 1:24)

Move us, right now and right here, so that the words that we hear and say today will match the way we that live out our lives. Take away the hypocrisy of religion and pride by calling on all of us to love with the same love that forgave and released us from our own regrets, hatred and shame.  Through You, Jesus, we are now free to love because You first loved us.   That same love, the love of God, is present now and is available/accessible to us now, today and forever.  So Lord, speak into our hearts so that we can also love all and condemn no one.

Yes, this life is challenging as the enemy stares us down, “but greater is He that lives in all of us than he that is of the world.” (1 John 4:4) Here is the reality that we can all embrace: The crucified and resurrected Christ frees us all from yesterdays mistakes so that we can be brave, we can be courageous, and we can truly and whole-heartedly live in the abundance of God’s favor, grace and love.

It’s never too late to accept Christ.  It’s never too late to experience His love.  All of the chaos in this world is silenced by His eternity for “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)  

 

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Amazing Grace

Why is grace so amazing?  It is amazing because it is a gift.  A gift that is given in sacrifice and mercy.  A gift that allows us to simply let go of any condemnation or judgement for any mistakes that we have made in the past because Jesus bore all of our sins at the cross. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)   

So many questions circle our minds as we walk through life’s valleys.  We wonder why do we have to face these obstacles,  we question God’s purpose and we limit God’s love.  But in those times, we should remember that  “the will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us” (Billy Graham) for we are never alone.  The love of God is the same love that lives within all of us.  It dwells in our hearts and it sustains us, throughout all of the good and bad times, so that we can trust in the truth of the Gospel that there are no limits to this divine love that even death could not hold back.

We often attempt to tackle life’s mountains on our own shoulders, but the reality is that we cannot rely solely on our own strength as we face these giants.  We foolishly pull away from God as He reaches evermore for us, but He is there for us, to lean and depend on, as He guides us through all of the joys and sorrows.  Yes, we must walk through the valleys, but we do not stay there.

This song, “Amazing Grace” is a prayer that has touched the hearts of generations and nations because it gives voice to exactly what God’s love is: a gift.  A gift so unimaginable that it cannot be contained by the limitations of this mortal world.  We are given this gift so that we can live, and the gift of life goes beyond our first or final breath because our chains are gone and we have been set free by our God, Savior and Friend.  So let’s join in one voice and sing His praises.

 

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Mother’s Day Prayer

Several years ago my best friends mom made these origami for me.  She is no longer with us and I can now return these gifts to my best friend for her wedding.

Several years ago my best friends mom made these origami for me. She is no longer with us and I can now return these gifts to my best friend for her wedding.

Loving Creator, You gave each of us a mother that gave us life. No matter what, we must honor our parents by loving them as You, our Heavenly Father, love us. We can lift them up instead of bringing them down. We can be thankful for their contribution to our lives instead of forgetting them. We can also forgive them as we have been forgiven.   Each of us has the opportunity to reflect God’s love to all people. So let’s love those that gave us life and give thanks to those who have nurtured, cared for, and taught us even if we were not their children. Let’s watch over every mother who is currently with child. And let us help strengthen their faith and the faith of those around them in the truth of Jesus Christ. And for the child that yearns for a mother that is not there, we pray that the church will rise up for those that cannot help themselves. And for those who grieve for a mother that has left this world, we ask that You keep the memories of love, family and honor ever etched into the memories of their children so that the love of God, that dwells in all of us, will always connect us and bind us together from generation to generation until the end of time.  Thank You, Lord, for the gift of life and for the gift of those who raised us. As we honor them, we honor You. To God be the glory.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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