Category Archives: Refelctions on a Worshipful Lifestyle

Embrace The Fall – A Prayer From The Hallway

Here’s a little prayer I wrote the other night, while in the midst of a very uncertain and uncomfortable time in my life.

Embrace The Fall: A Prayer From The Hallway

I will walk by faith, not by sight.
Cause I sure can’t see right now
Can’t see what’s ahead, what you have in store for me
Can’t see where you want me to go
Is there a decision for me to make? Or have you already made it,
And now I’m just waiting?

But I’ve heard you say to walk
So I’m stepping
Slowly stepping
Cautiously into the unknown
Feeling with my toes to see if peril’s pending

I have faith, Lord,
Help me walk by faith
I trust you, Lord,
Help me trust for real

It’s like I’m falling backwards, trusting that you’ll catch me
But this drop seems farther than expected
Are you really there?
Or is your plan for me to hit the ground
Then heal me when I break

Ok, God, as long as I know you’ll hold me when it hurts
I’ll embrace the fall, embrace the hard ground if I reach it
I’ll embrace the pain
If it will bring you glory, may your will be done, whatever it may be

I will praise you when the door slams in my face
I will praise you when a new door opens again
Or if you lead me to a window
Whether it’s to show me the pain you’re saving me from
Or if to glimpse what’s yet to come
If I’m here an hour, a year or just a day
I will praise you, even in the hallway

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Faith To Believe (Shane and Shane)

This Shane and Shane song has been a favorite since I got the album several months ago and I’ve just got to write about it and share it with you now.

One of my favorite passages in scripture is Mark 9:14-29 when Jesus heals a boy possessed by an impure spirit.  The boy’s father brings him to Jesus to be healed.  He explains the symptoms and passionately begs Jesus to heal his son.  He explains that he brought his son to Jesus’ disciples first but they were unable to heal the boy, and at this point in the man’s story Jesus interrupts and exclaims “you unbelieving generation! How long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?”  Then the boy’s father asks Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

IF?  IF you can do anything?  That’s almost a dare that God can’t resist!  I’m tempted to use this kind of statement next time I really want something from God… “Hey God, you probably can’t do this thing, it’s probably too difficult for you, but could you maybe try?”  Just to see God dramatically prove His sovereignty and majesty.  Continue reading

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My wife and I took our three-year old twins to see a local school’s production of The Sound of Music. It was pretty good. Because I’m currently seeking God’s guidance in searching for a new job a particular line from the musical stood out to me this time around. It’s a famous quote: Maria says “When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.” It’s a nice sentiment (not precisely biblical), but what does it mean? Sure I understand the general concept that sometimes we think we’re out of options but God may have other plans and we just need to look to Him. But why would God open a window? Continue reading

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Pray Without Ceasing – Part III

Click here for Pray Without Ceasing Part I, Part II, or the Prequel: The Fertile Soil of Prayer (which is where you should really start).

Here are the final two tips for how to realistically pray without ceasing. These are the real heart of what I want to say. The meat of the meal.

7. God-ward focus
Don Postema writes, “Prayer is taking time to let God recreate us, play with us, touch us as an artist who is making a sculpture or painting, or a piece of music with our lives.” And I’d like to point out that it’s much easier for both the artist and the medium if it will voluntarily sit itself down on the easel or turn table and stay there a while and let the artist work. Continue reading

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Pray Without Ceasing – Part II

Click here if you missed Part I of Pray Without Ceasing, or the Prequel, The Fertile Soil of Prayer.

Here are the next three tips on how to realistically pray without ceasing.

4. Let Your Actions Be Prayers.
1 Cor. 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” The best way I can find to apply this verse is to pray during everything you do. Offer your actions to God.

Brother Lawrence (The Practice of The Presence of God): “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.”

If we are acting out something that we’ve been praying about, it is a continuation of that prayer. If I pray, “God please be with Adam who’s mom just died,” and then I give Adam a call to encourage him and be a listening ear, isn’t that basically turning my prayer into an action?” But simple actions can be prayers, too… “practical prayer” – acting on your prayer. Continue reading

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