Thursday, October 12, 2017

Quieting My Heart: Searching for the Gold

This practice we call prayer
is really quite illusive …
we long to be faithful in prayer,
and we often struggle with prayer.

The short, desperate prayers come easy;
asking for things, for help,
but the prayer for others, 
the real travailing in prayer - 
for things of eternal significance;
well, why is it often so hard?

Could it be that the most important
actually can become the hardest;
for the gold is often hidden,
kept for those who search the longest
and with the greatest effort.

And so taking time to pray,
to faithfully intercede
on the behalf of others -
maybe it is of deeper significance
than we even realize.

For in travailing in prayer
we enter into the very center
of God's heart -
and in entering,
we become one with Him,
with His plan and purpose
for all to come to know Him. 

And maybe if we neglect
this most high calling -
“What will suffer is the 
life of God in him,
which is nourished
not by food,
but by prayer.”
(Oswald Chambers
in “If You Will Ask”)

Lord, will you teach me,
will you teach us,
to pray?
Lead us to the gold,
the place where 
we are nourished
by You.

(Photo: our crabapple tree)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Quieting My Heart: Just Come

"I am
the Bread of Life;
whoever comes to Me
shall not hunger,
and whoever believes in Me
shall never thirst."
(John 6:35)

It's as simple
as pausing,
taking a moment, 
lifting our eyes to Him,
quieting our hurried pace,
coming close to listen
to Him.

"Why would we abandon
what is simple, available,
and sustaining
for what is cumbersome,
hard, and heavy?
Why do we try to fill 
our need with what is
ultimately empty?"
(Shelly Miller)

Lord, may today
be a day of pausing,
of quieting our hearts
even amidst our work,
and of coming close
to listen and learn,
to be loved by You.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Quieting My Heart: Completely Abandoned to You

Lord, at the start of this new month,
I long for quiet amidst the noise,
for paying attention to the
small and the ordinary things,
for spending quiet moments with You
listening, learning, and following.

“Hear me as I pray, Lord.
Be merciful and answer me!
My heart has heard You say,
‘Come and talk with Me.’
And my heart responds,
‘Lord, I am coming.’” 
(Psalm 27:7-8)

“Only when we give all of
ourselves to God -
unedited, abandoned,
even wastefully
by the world’s standards -
can we live out who
God created us to be.”
(Sara Hagerty, in Unseen)

May all of my days -
my quiet moments
and my work hours
flow from within -
a heart full of You,
completely abandoned 
to You.

(Photo: from our weekend getaway at a Branson condo -
Fall 2017)