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A Levitical-kind-of-love

As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 3  •  1 of 2
This is Day3 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

I posted the other two parts of this devotional yesterday and the previous day. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Devotional

Love, Love, Love

If we’re honest, most of us consider Leviticus dry reading, the kind of reading to do if you’re having trouble falling asleep or you’re doing some kind of forced penance. But not so fast. There’s something going on in those pages, something stirring.
“No single word in Leviticus has been quoted more often or in so many different contexts than this imperative verb in Leviticus 19:18: love. The word is threaded all through the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures and embedded on nearly every page of the New Testament. Love as a verb is personal, relational, comprehensive. Love is the primary verb in our Scriptures as a whole and in our language still.”
The uber-popular phrase these days is “Love wins.” But the question must be posed, “What kind of love?” And that question must be asked because there is the love we have for our trucks and cars, the love we have for musicians and their ballads, the love for sports teams, movies, pets, tacos, and the list goes on, doesn’t it? So if love does indeed win, and let’s believe it does, then again, what kind?
A Levitical-kind-of-love, that’s what kind. The kind that is straightforward without pages and pages of qualifications and loopholes. The kind that is direct and to-the-point and unconcerned with what’s uber-popular or not these days. The kind that loves a neighbor like we love ourselves, period, end of discussion, whether we feel like it or not. That’s the kind of love that not only wins, but conquers all, forever and ever, amen.

And to think we thought Leviticus was boring.

Just do it. Love your neighbor as yourself.
After day 3 I found where I got this devotional from: Thanks for reading through Eugene’s YouVersion Reading Plan! 

Leviticus 19:18 KJV

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18Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

Father God thank you for loving us. I ask you for guidance in embracing the “A Levitical-kind-of-love”. To be able to fully love everyone and embrace that ability. I pray for you to open my heart to love with all my might, so that love wins, so that love may conquer. Amen.

I am a friend of God

As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 2  •  1 of 2
This is Day 2 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will post this 3 day devotional. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.

Devotional

God’s Friend

We find ourselves living in a time when the common question is not “Who are your friends?” but “How many friends do you have?” The focus is on numbers, not names. This makes sense in our social media obsessed world twhere it is possible to have hundreds, even thousands of friends. Or at least that’s the word we use when describing these people although many we’ve never met in person and some we could possibly pass by in a crowd and not recognize. But they are our friends. Right?
Maybe not. 
Maybe we’ve gutted that potent word of its force, and now it is so 

common as to mean everything, or, in other words, nothing. We’ve rendered it impotent. It is interesting that of all the words that could have been used to describe this man’s relationship with God, the one chosen was friend. And the man was a particular man with a name – Abraham.

“Being a friend is the opposite of being an enemy. That simple contrast stands out above all else in Abraham. Abraham was on such terms with his God that he responded without suspicion and without fear. Abraham somehow knew that God was on his side, that God was for him and with him, a friend…To be a friend of God does not mean everything is cozy between you and the Almighty.

 To be a friend to someone does not mean you pamper or indulge him or her. Friendship also involves struggle and loss, tension and turbulence…A friend, if honest and true, will tell you things you don’t want to hear. A friend, if deeply serious about you, will do things that feel painful. Friends do that because they respect our dignity and honor our uniqueness.”
So instead of wasting time focusing on numbers, how about bringing to mind some names that fit the above description of a friend? Could one of those friends be God? What would it mean for you to call yourself a friend of God? What could it mean for you to live like that?

Friend is totally about a relationship, not a function.

James 2:23 KJV

23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Father God I thank you for being a friend to me. I thank you for allowing me to be your friend. Thank you the relationships I have built whom are all friends of yours. I want to build more relationships with like minded folks. I want to be surrounded by positive relationships that strengthen one another vs building one another down or using one another. I thank you for your love and your kindness. I thank you for allowing our relationship, our friendship dear lord to grow. I pray for you reading this looking for growth in your relationship with God, I pray for you to have faith and patience. Know I am a friend of God, he calls me friend, but you too are a friend of God, and he calls you friend too. Keep looking, keep searching, keep praying. The road is not easy, but he got this. Trust in him. Amen

A Life of Congruence

 AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE by Eugene PetersonDay 1  •  
This is a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

Today, tomorrow and the following day I will post this 3 day devotional. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Devotional

A Life of Congruence

Congruence.

 Basically the word means “in harmony” or that “the outside matches the inside.” A life of congruence is one lived where your words and actions truck with the things you believe in your head. This is not an easy way to live by any means. But the alternative is living a life that’s divided against itself; in other words, a lie. So the effort is worth it.

It is entirely possible that you cannot recall ever hearing the word congruence. But there was a phrase people used to use to describe the same thing: practice what you preach. Does that one ring a bell? People who don’t practice what they preach are called “hypocrites,” which is another way of saying a pretender or an actor (and not in a positive sense). Do your words and actions match up with the thoughts that roll around inside your head? Or do you find yourself playing a role, saying or doing things that run cross-grain to what you think you believe?

The preface to As Kingfishers Catch Fire, says: “The Christian life is the lifelong practice of attending to the details of congruence – congruence between ends and means, congruence between what we do and the way we do it, congruence between what is written in Scripture and our living out what is written, congruence between preaching and living, congruence between the sermon and what is lived in both preacher and congregation, the congruence of the Word made flesh in Jesus with what is lived in our flesh.”
The opposite of congruence is some variation on the theme of compartmentalization that probably looks like “I’ve got my Christian life over here, my social life over there, my family life off over there, and my work life is back there.” Yes, that’s a house divided against itself. A house that in time will not stand.No dissonance between word and spirit, no pretense.

Ephesians 4:14 KJV

 

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14That

 we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Father God I thank you for another day. I would want nothing more than a life of congruence. To have a life filled in harmony with you. To have a life filled in harmony with my loved ones. To be able have a balance between my life as your child, my life with my families and every other aspect in it. Thank you for sending this powerful devotional series. Please bless the author, please bless any one reading who may be seeking peace and harmony. Amen. 

Power of Prayer

This post was a long time in the coming.

I had read a book a while back (I forgot which one, by Max Lucado that spoke about prayer in such a way that left an impression on me).  When I remember which  I will update this post to give the author credit for his information from that specific  book.  I have to apologize, because I have read so many Max Lucado Books.

Luke 11: 1-4

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:“‘Father,[a]
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.[b]
 Give us each day our daily bread.
 Forgive us our sins,
 for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.[c]
And lead us not into temptation.[d]’”

The power of prayer is magnificent.  The lord taught his disciples to pray.
He showed his disciples that praying can do marvels.
he was an amazing example, he prayed for hours, for days and even weeks.
In Max Lucado’s book, again I can not remember which one, but the following paraphrase from the book stuck with me…. it resonated so, because I felt it applied to me as well.
“Hey, how many of us are recovering prayer wimps? Seriously? Prayer wimps? You know the one who zig zags in thought while trying to meditate in prayer. The one who dozes off in sleep due to exhaustion while praying. We have moments where we are distracted, we are so busy we are exhausted. We have to work, tend to the kids, prep their meals, get ready for school, clean the house, provide for our significant others… Our days can be exhausting… Some don’t even have those few seconds or minutes to themselves for a quick prayer.”
“We’ve all heard that it is important to pray. We’ve all reached out to fellow prayer warriors in time of need, we’ve even been prayer warriors when our fellow brothers and sisters have been in need. It’s evident prayer is important and effective. We see those whom pray a lot and others whom don’t pray often. Some are stronger in prayer than others.”
“Some are the team seal six, alpha dog prayer warrior, multiple championship prayer warrior, they are in the ivy leagues of prayer while some of us are in the prayer wimps association. These warriors pray often, pray hard, would spend hours praying while others can’t find five seconds to say ” thank you Jesus for this day amen. ” Five seconds a prayer of thanks.”
“Now you and I, as well as those we know who are Members in the prayer wimps association have something in common. We have ADDiP ( attention deficit disorder in prayer) I am kidding we aren’t the only ones who struggle with prayer.”
We all would like to pray stronger, deeper, more powerful, more faithful. But we aren’t the only ones who’s struggled. Many of us have ADDiP.  This paraphrase that I just mentioned above in the last 4 paragraphs hit a me hard.  It struck a cord deep within.  It woke me up, like whoa this pastor also struggles with Prayers as I do.
I have no problem praying for others, but there are those times that I just can’t focus, can’t sit still, cant pray long enough etc.
Back to the Bible verse Luke 11:1-4, The disciples had asked Jesus for guidance in prayer. Not in teacher teach me how to raise the dead, dude I have a party to go to this weekend I want to impress this girl, show me how to turn water in to wine, not in how to heal, walk on water…. But in prayer…. And faith.
Mathew 7:7 (NIV)  “Ask and it will be given to you”  They asked, and they received the lesson needed to pray.  Without being able to pray, communicate with the father, be able to listen, all those amazing miracles that we could do would be for naught if we cannot commune with our father in Prayer.
Mathew 21:22″If you believe you will get anything you ask in prayer”.
Jesus also led by example. He prayed before he ate, prayed for the children, prayed for the sick, prayed in tears, he prayed in public, he prayed in private, he prayed for hours, he prayed for minutes, he prayed for days, he prayed when the heavens and earth were created, he who is one with God prayed.
We should strive to pray the way Jesus pray, so we two can be one with God in praying and meditation.  It is possible, we have to  be patient, strong, have faith and actually pray with all one’s might.
Imagine being of his friends, or disciples:
Me:hey John have you seen Jesus?
John: Nah man he’s doing his thing he’s out there praying again.
Always praying
In today’s day this conversation would have ended in so many ways.
Some may have made fun of him.
Some would have respected him.
Some would have looked at him as he’s wacky.
But he always Prayed.
Mark 6:46 – he prayed in the hills
Mark 11:25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
1thesalonians 5:16-18  – Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
James 5:16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:13Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
Ephesians 6:18  – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  ***** this one I feel is most important. Pray in the Spirit!!!!
Luke 18:1 –Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
There was a minister Yiye Avila, may he rest in peace, (google him if you know Spanish) he was amazing preacher. He prayed fervently and for hours on end. I’ve felt that if there is anyone who prayed as hard as Jesus did (or close to) it would be Yiye.  His messages and teachings were God filled.  He taught his church you need to always pray, not in the flesh, but in the Spirit as the bible says.  You need to pray in the same manner Jesus prayed, not for five minutes, not for ten minutes, but for hours, days and weeks if need be.  That channel of communication with God should be open, we should be praying as we walk, as we talk to others, as we work. Praying 24/7.
Dear Father,
Thank you for this day. Thank you for all you provided. Forgive me for being weak for having ADDIP. Forgive me for my short prayers. I ask for strength and guidance and endurance to be able to pray long. To be able to pray stronger, to be able to pray more, to be able to be in the spirit while praying, to be able to pray 24/7 and have that constant communication with you.  Amen.

Walking With Jesus in a Storm

Matthew 14:22-33
Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.

We should always remember no matter what life brings forth to you, to always walk with Jesus. When turmoil hits, let’s ask for spiritual eyes to discern the Lord’s presence. Then, we must listen for His voice and obey.

The other day I felt as the storm would not cease. I asked God please intervene someway some how, tell me what I Need to do. Boy did he tell me.

Wow Glory to God for providing me the words that I needed. This was not coincidental. It may have been in the novel I was reading, but the timing was impeccable.

“He has promised to answer, and he keeps his promises. So answer he will – in his own time and way. Whatever your future holds, this I know. He will not desert you. Your duty, my dear, is to seek his will and walk in his way”. I read this and was like wow thank you, thank you for reminding me what I need to do, sometimes we just need a push. Then as I continued reading the book said the following which really hit home.

“So that is what we pray for. That God will give you the wisdom and faith to look beyond this moment. To know that whatever lies ahead, he has prepared the way. And he will have you ready for it as long as you are faithfully following him.”

Lord I Am faithful to you! Thank you for the impeccably timing of your words.

Father I pray that you give me wisdom and the faith to look beyond this moment. TO know whatever lies ahead, you have prepared the way. I will faithfully follow you so that you can have m ready for what is to come. Thank you for the guidance. Amen.

Not an easy call for 45

“Assad choked out the lives of innocent men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of god should ever suffer such horror.” – President Trump, #45.
I agree with this statement made by 45.

No child of God should suffer such horror. This act by Assad violated several UN sanctions. Those affected by this barbaric attack, my heart is with you. My prayers for the deceased, my prayers for this still affected. My prayers to the survivors.
The actions by 45, though heart felt, filled with both emotions and rage, showed the world that America will not stand idle while innocent lives are affected, America will not stand idle while international sanctions are violated.
My concern though is the aftermath.  

59 tomahawk cruise missiles were sent to the military site in Syria which allegedly housed these chemical agents ( or where these agents were stored). I have mixed feelings on the strike. Yes I am glad he addressed it, yes I’m glad he didn’t listen to Putin, yes I’m glad he stood firm, I am concerned again with the aftermath.  
Is there Intel on how much of the substance was still onsite?

Is there Intel on when the strike occurs will the surrounding areas be affected?

Will there be a control situation so that innocent civilians do not rep the repercussions. They (civilians) did not ask nor deserve to be treated and affected they way they have due to Assad, we should not add to their misery. Those are my concerns.
Normally I don’t agree with 45 on many things. Today I say I stand with him more than against. I do not feel his acts were impulsive…. the chemical attacked happened Tuesday, strike on Thursday. An impulsive decision would’ve been him responding instantly. It also took a lot for him to intervene and I feel his advisors played a major role. In the past he has stated American shouldn’t intervene on foreign affairs that can be handled domestically in their land. He has been open about his feelings on Syria. It must’ve taken a lot for him to even get involved. I don’t think 45 is a monster. Last night you saw it in his eyes, his face, his demeanor that he was genuinely disturbed by the situation, hurt by the children, innocent lives, affected, torn with the decision he made and the aftermath (globally and domestically) which he will face.
America, love him or hate him, we need to stand with him on this. Love him or hate him, we need to cover him in prayers, love him or hate him the job he has before him is not easy, he will make mistakes, he will make good decisions, he may be impulsive, but I feel in this situation many other presidents would’ve made a similar call. (I’m not saying exact call… but action would’ve been taken someway shape or form).
 45 I will pray for you.

I will pray for our country.

I will pray for the world.

I will pray for the innocent children.
Father God I stand before you as an American whose heart is conflicted. We are as Christians to promote love, forgiveness and not use excessive force. We are also called to help one another and defend one another as Christians. Father I know it was a hard decision to make for 45. I know he also may have felt conflicted. I know regardless of whether his choice was right or wrong that you will guide him and know his intentions. God I pray for the Syrians affected by Assad chemical attack. I pray that no innocent individuals were affected in this missile strike. I pray that you guide our leaders, that you guide their decision making that you protect your children. Protect the country, protect your children, protect the whole world. Amen,

 

The most important meal:..

Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day, or is it?
Psalm 63

“A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”
Doctors, nutritionists, specialists, teachers and parents for years have drilled that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We are told we need to have a balanced diet, so that we can refuel after an evening in nocturnal bliss sleeping. We need to fuel up so we can go about our school day, work day, toddler day, stat at home parent day and just in general function until it is time for us to rest again.
What if I told you we need to nourish our spirit the same way we nourish our carnal beings. David emphasizes here that he earnestly searches for God, thirsts for God, he will glorify God and sing him praises. All that happens in the early morning.

He speaks of glorifying God, quenching his thirst with God, he praises the almighty God. a Spiritual Breakfast.  He starts off his day enriching, fueling, powering in his spirit for the tasks yet unfolded for his day. The word of God, maintaining a relationship with God in the morning is just as important as that bowl of cereal, oatmeal, bacon egg & cheese, fruit parfait or anything else you have for breakfast.
The same way we eat to refuel our body after a nights rest, we need to refuel our spirit with praise, worship and manifest on Gods word. You will have a better day by being spiritually able to face the tasks before you.
God I thank you for your word. I thank you for another day. Lord I lift your name high and rejoice for all you’ve done in my life. Thank you for another day, another opportunity, another moment to fill myself up in your word and presence. Thank you for allowing me to glorify you. Thank you for your nourishment, for your bread, your blood, allowing me access to your word to meditate in. Just as my flesh need food for nourishment, my soul needs you for nourishment. I pray for you reading this. May you quench your spirit with his word. May we all like David wake up with the hunger that only God can satisfy. May our enriching of our spirit build on the relationship we are building with God. May we always remember breakfast for your soul is just as important as the breakfast needed to start your day. Amen

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Just keep praying 

Riding on the subway and I start humming to the tune of Finding Dory’s “just keep swimming”…. but I wasn’t singing keep swimming I replaced swimming with prayer.
I don’t know where it came from… the sudden change in lyrics, but it just came out that way…(maybe it was not sudden, I was meditating during my commute).
Sing this to the tune of Finding Dory’s “just keep swimming”
Just keep praying

Just keep praying,

What do we do?

We pray

Pray

Pray.
This is going to be my mantra.

Just keep praying.
Your looking for answers?

Just keep praying.

Looking for healing?

Just keep praying.

Looking for a home?

Just keep praying.

Looking for a new job?

Just keep praying .

Looking for a partner?

Just keep praying.

Need to find a place of worship?

Just keep praying.

Want a pay raise?

Pray.

Planning for a family?

Pray.

In the midst of the storm?

Pray.

When you receive a blessing?

Pray.

When things are going great.

Pray.

No matter the circumstance,

What do we do?

We pray, pray, pray.
We are not perfect.

I’m not perfect.

We should aspire to be the best we can.

Try our hardest.

Give our all.

No matter what we face.

Good.

Or bad.
God first.

Always remember …

He hears us.

He can console us.

He can provide for us.

He can help us.
Just keep praying

Just keep praying,

What do we do?

We pray

Pray

Pray.

Shackles & Chains

Ever felt like you were trapped in a cell like Paul an Silas?Locked, trapped, shackled, surrounded by four walls?

Image result for paul and silas
We’ve all experienced moments where we felt at a loss. Trapped. Suffocated. Isolated.
We all face trials and tribulations, some are bigger than others, some can even leave you in a situation of imprisonment. (Please for your own sake don’t let it get to that point).
So how do we get out of it?

How do we face our trials? Our moments of isolation and imprisonment?
Do exactly what Paul and Silas did.

Have you not heard what happened?
While imprisoned they started praying and praising.

What good did that do you ask?

They were freed.

The earth shook, the doors opened, the walls crumbled and they were freed. The romans weren’t too pleased but that was the least of their concern.
During their imprisonment do you know what Paul and Silas did?

They prayed, they praised, they prayed, they praised and then they did it all again.

Then they were taken out of prison.

God got them out…. broke them free…. a biblical Prison Break.

The full story of the events mentioned can be found in Acts 16:16-40; verses 16-24 discuss the events that unfolded that got Paul and Silas in Jail.

Verse 25-About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
Prayers and praising God during the good and the bad God can release the shackles that bound you, he can break those chains. In the case of Paul and Silas it was literal, he literally broke the chains and shackled and freed them from their bondage.
This shows that their is power in calling on the name of Jesus. There is power in praising God. There is power in keeping faith even when the odds are against you. There is power in the grand I am.
Father today I ask you to free me from this bondage. To break away the shackles and chains. God I ask you to shake the earth so your presence is felt. I am grateful for you dear lord. Grateful for the air I breathe, the life you’ve given me, the people in my life. I’m grateful and thankful for all the life lessons you’ve taught me along the way. Even when the odds it seemed were stacked against me, you showed me that no matter what I am here, with you, and you will surpass this. I Pray for you reading this. That God provides you with what you need to break the chains, break those shackles and free you from your bondage. Amen.

Selective Listening and your Relationship.

“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” (NLT) ( Luke 6:46 )
Do you know many of us have selective hearing.

Many among  us are unable to determine when God is speaking.

Many among us are confused.

Many among us listen, yet are selective.

Many among us call upon the Lord in times of need, but not in the good times.

Many call upon the Lord, but does not follow through with his directions.

Yet call upon him for help, expecting him to always answer, always find a solution without us ever doing our part.

Yer when prayers are not answered you question why? Why aren’t you helping me? Why me?  Well answer his question, ‘Why are you calling me….when you don’t do what I say…’

Ever had moments when you feel God is asking you to do something?

That is called conviction.

There are times he is picking up the phone, sending you a text, shooting you an email or knocking on that door so that you can do something that will not only glorify him, but help you in your situation, to give you a blessing, or for you to be a blessing on someone else.

Instead what do we do when he calls?

We run.

Ignore.

Hide.

Miss that call.

Not open that door.

We run away.

What does running away do for you?

You probably just compromised yourself in that situation your trying to get out.

That help you needed is now gone.

That blessing you were going to receive   gone.

That blessing you could’ve been for someone else….. also gone.

We want the benefits of having a relationship with God, yet not obey when he extends a hand or calls. We want to have our cake and eat it too.

There are many whom  want the storms to pass, without doing our share.

We have to do some work. His works.

We have to pray.

We have to listen.

We have to do.

We can not conform to the times and be selective listeners when God calls.

When he reaches out, answer his call.

Answer his text.

Open that email.

Open that door.

Let him in.

Get to work.

It will all be worthwhile once you see the fruits of labor come to pass.

We need to maintain and build a relationship with God just like any other relationship in your life.

It’s not a give and take relationship it’s a give, help, listen, pray, do, praise, listen, glorify, pray, give, take, help, pray, read, listen, praise, do, glorify, do, act, listen, kneel, follow, lead, bless and be blessed kind of relationship. (I know I was repetitive in my word) my point is, sometimes you got start from the beginning, continue, repeat some things before you get what the Lord deems you need to get out of a situation.

Father God I thank you for always being there, you are my Emanuel for you are always with me. I ask you dear Lord to help me continue to keep the channels of communication open with you, so that I may always answer your call and do your will. I ask for guidance to always be able to know when it is you calling me. I ask for the ability to have the knowledge and understanding for any task you present before me so your will can be done. I pray that I can do my part, to maintain this relationship with you. To be close with you. To do your will. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.