A Stirring to Pray

One of the Classic Christian Authors  that can instantly stir the passions of my soul is Andrew Murray.  He spoke often of our relationship with God and our lives of prayer.  Read these words and let your prayer life be stirred:

 “The first and chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God. The Divine life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him. As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the sun, every moment afresh sends down its light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong.

The manna of one day was corrupt when the next day came. I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and I obtain it only in direct waiting upon God Himself. Begin each day by tarrying before God, and letting Him touch you. Take time to meet God.

To this end, let your first act in your devotion be a setting yourself still before God. In prayer, or worship, everything depends upon God taking the chief place. I must bow quietly before Him in humble faith and adoration, speaking thus within my heart: “God is. God is near. God is love, longing to communicate Himself to me. God the Almighty One, Who worketh all in all, is even now waiting to work in me, and make Himself known.” Take time, till you know God is very near.

When you have given God His place of honor, glory, and power, take your place of deepest lowliness, and seek to be filled with the Spirit of humility. As a creature it is your blessedness to be nothing, that God may be all in you. As a sinner you are not worthy to look up to God; bow in self abasement. As a saint, let God’s love overwhelm you, and bowing, you still lower down. Sink down before Him in humility, meekness, patience, and surrender to His goodness and mercy. He will exalt you.”  Andrew Murray, ​The Deeper Christian Life

Choices

Have you ever wondered where you would be if you had not made a change?

Life changes in a moment! Life is also full of decisions. One bad decision can change the whole course of your life. One good decision can do the same. In my 43 years of life I have made some good decisions and many bad ones.

The other morning I had a sobering thought, “what if Christ had not intervened in my life, where would I be?” The thought took me back to 1990 when my life was on course for a devastating shipwreck. If Christ had not intervened in my life I would be a thief, or an alcoholic, or in jail, or maybe dead. I was one of those kinds of guys that needed a change. I was such a “heathen” that when I went to meet my future-in-laws, my mother-in-law to be, cried.

I am not proud of the way I used to live, but Jesus saved a wretch like me. What about you? Where would you be without Him? Where will you be if you do not surrender to Him? We can plan for our future but our future is not guaranteed. One bad choice can ruin your life. One good choice can change everything for good.

We all have a choice to make. The options are: we can live like we want and act like there are no consequences to our actions or choices; Or we can live with the thought that my decisions will affect me and sometimes others too. Many people do not like to be confronted with this fact. The truth is that there is only one choice that can be made that will alter your life for eternity. It is the choice to follow Jesus. To surrender your life to Him.

What is your choice? Will you chance living the same way you always have or will you surrender to Him?

Fayetteville Whataburger

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It was a great way to end our vacation. Nothing going on today so we got an early start and ate at the new Whataburger in Fayetteville.  I almost cried tears of joy.  Since moving from Texas 7 years ago, we have missed this burger place.  The Rogers location is supposed to be open at the end of August.  Having one close to home will be awesome.  Can’t wait.

Inconsistency

How many times can we fall?
Only to find God forgives it all?

A mess-up here, a wrong word there
A lack of compassion when we should care

Disobedience when we know we should obey
And we do not heed His voice, when He tells us the way

Why is He so gracious in all of our inconsistencies?
Because He loves us, in spite of our unreliability
-Danny Cheney-