My Obsession (again)

IDOK Devotion for Friday, March 12, 2010
My Obsession
          Today I began to question something.  If you know me well you know I’ve got a thing about words.  At times to someone who loves me much I can be down right irritating when I analyze his usage of words; especially when I am not a professional myself.  Be that as it may, here are my wonderings today:  Should we be praying that God will increase our faith or strengthen our faith?  I am wondering if we do ourselves damage when we ask God to increase our faith?  Hear me out now. When we ask Him to increase our faith, are we not telling ourselves that we are lacking in faith?  How negative is that?! Does that not create doubt in us?   But if we ask Him to strengthen our faith can we not hear ourselves saying to Him – ‘Yes, LORD, I have faith.  I admit it is weak but I know You have placed faith in me.  I know I have the seed of faith and when You strengthen the faith I have it will be more than enough to believe You for this that I am asking of You.’  Irritating — isn’t it?  My obsession with semantics.  But somehow it helped me today.  It connected for me today. So I’ve been praying today for ABBA to strengthen my faith … and He is.   So I thought if I passed along to you the ‘fruit’ of my semantics obsession, perhaps it would help you too.   
          Colossians 2: (NIV)
6So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him,
7rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

            ABBA, I realize often times I am a bit over the top with this word usage thing but I liked it today.  Thank You for humoring me.  I pray it will help our IDOKs and Readers.  Thank You for strengthening the faith that You placed in me.  And I am confident You are going to keep on strengthening me and I am delighted about that.  Thank You.  Compared to carnal, worldly standards, I’d like to get just down right sickening with how wildly in love with You I am.  I’d like love for You and people to just exude from every pore of me. I figure that will take some time and some work but lets do it!  I am mindful that such conversation could be construed as silly, too familiar or some other negative connotation but I think I’m finally getting ready to run that risk – it’s easy here on the page of this screen – get me to the place that it is easy out there too in the midst of people that intimidate me.  In fact I’m asking You to grow and mature me to the stage that my love and reverence for You far exceeds my desire to please man, woman or child.  I am asking to come to the place that I just abandon myself to You; not that I would disregard the feelings of others but that I would be freed up to love and help them without being concerned about me.  Empty me of me and fill me up with You.  It’s time to move on, isn’t it?  Move on to others.  Others who will be spoken here with some serious needs.  Bless them, keep the safe from all harm, strengthen their faith, increase their knowledge of Your Word; help them more and more to know You and believe You.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen and amen.




Perhaps I could say the extent of my surprise is indicative of my degree of having given up. 

This is the 3rd Spring for my little lily. She has been faithful to push through the winter soil for three seasons and with each appearing she gave only leaves.

But this morning? Surprise! Delight and amazement and with much praise and gratitude I found this:

Certainly the expected glory will surpass the present beauty but how foolish it would be of me to not celebrate what is while I wait for what is to come.

Can we get a life lesson from that? (You are invited to share your insights if you will.)

Galatians 6:9
King James Version (KJV)
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
via Galatians 6:9 KJV – And let us not be weary in well doing: – Bible Gateway.

And our well-doing here just might be waiting.

1 Corinthians 2:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
via 1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV – But as it is written, Eye hath not – Bible Gateway.

We have the God-given Right to do right in this wrong World,

Dear Ones

I am frustrated this morning. Wednesdays are my days to pray for you by name  but truth is I am in need of you to pray for me.

I refrain from watching ‘lame stream media’ (borrowed from Sarah Palin) because I know it is lethal to me. The lies, the reprobate babbling that is spewed there just brings out the worst in me.  But even Fox in their effort to be ‘fair and balanced’ is overload for me this morning. Case in point: Alan Colmes. Gracious! Is he really that blind? How much kool-aide has he drank?!

See what I mean?  Frustrated!

This is going to be a long political season! I can see right now I am going to need Scripture more than ever to make it through November with any semblance of charity and mercy.

Truthfully though, I can say I wish no harm to the victims of reprobate thinking, but charity is not coming easy.  I add to my frustration imagining that I could surely reason with them; ask the right questions, draw the proper contrasts and their eyes would open.  Silly me!  (Bring every thought captive, Kathie!  2 Corinthians 10:5 )

Only Almighty GOD can witness the sin, the evil, the reprobate thinking, the malicious deeds of the masses and be not frustrated.  Oh I must draw close under the shelter of His Everlasting Wings for strength, for comfort, for love and mercy.

Psalm 91
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust.”

4 He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust; His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flieth by day,
6 nor of the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor of the destruction that layeth waste at noonday.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation,
10 there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

via Ps 91 KJ21 – He that dwelleth in the secret place of – Bible Gateway.

For a link to all 16 verses, click HERE.

Thank you for your prayers and loving support. Whatever comes, Our GOD Reigns!

We have the Right to do right in this wrong World,