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Today I was listening to a broadcast by Anne and Ray Ortlund on Revive Our Hearts .

I simply must share the poem/song, “Lord, Make My Life A Miracle” and let the Holy Spirit minister to you the way He desires. Also, take some time to listen to the broadcast on the link above ‘Revive Our Hearts”.

What is your personal struggle/challenge to believe a miracle could actually take place in or for?

With that in mind, I urge you to make this song very personal, for example, sing it or pray it:

“Lord, make in my marriage a miracle” (I’m praying this one)

“Lord, make in my parenting a miracle”

“Lord, make in my sick body a miracle”

“Lord, make my weight loss struggle a miracle”

“Lord, make in my home a miracle”

“Lord, with my addiction make a miracle”

I’m choosing to believe a miracle for myself in my spoken area and I’m choosing to believe in your miracle too. “Lord we believe, but please help our unbelief”.

Order the book: Lord, Make My Life A Miracle and other books by the Ortlunds

To listen to the song, click the link below.

Lord, Make My Life A Miracle

© 1988 Seedsower Music ASCAP

                    WORDS

                     These hands, just ordinary hands

                     Are called upon to meet life’s extraordinary demands

                     These lips could speak the truth in love

                     But all would be in vain unless empowered from above

                     How could I ever hope to make a difference

                     Unless you work a wonder deep within?

                    CHORUS

                    Lord, make my life, make my life a miracle

                    May Your Spirit be the difference in me

                    I want to live supernaturally

                    Make my life a miracle, Lord, a miracle

                    This mind, teach it through Your Word

                    I need the mind of Christ in this world so distorted and blurred

                   These feet will run to win the prize

                   No stopping on the way for some enticing compromise

                   Jesus in me can make a world of difference

                   Jesus in me – the power of the Lord

                   BRIDGE

                   Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me

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Do you experience uncontrollable sugar cravings? Have you tried to manage it but can truly admit that it’s gotten the best of you?

Read more in Health Adventure Coach’s post of 2 great new resources to help you beat your sugar addiction!

 

 

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17 Days into the new year……….have you been making progress in your steps towards new resolutions/desires for healthy lifestyle changes?

Health Adventure Coach has some great resources to assist your implementation.

Check out: New Year, New You

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SIN

Not my words or thought, impossible, for I am too much of a compromiser and sometimes a little half-hearted. 

This posting actually is to point us to an audio from Joni Eareckson Tada of Joni & Friends using Scripture from Hosea 7:8 and Colossians Chapter 3.

I don’t want to take anything away from her teaching, so if you’re brave and can take a little beating, here’s the LINK

New Year's Morning 2012 Sunrise @ Lake Ned, Winter Haven, FL

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The Word & Tea, Early Morning Watch.

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“I love them that love me: and they that in the morning early watch for me, shall find me”

Proverbs 8:17

The Word & Tea, Early Morning Watch

4:57 am, January 2, 2012.

It has been my hear’ts desire to arise early to be in the Presence of the Lord. Actually I’ve been strongly impressed to do so, but like in my previous post, my excuses and resistance were heeded to. I became spiritually impoverished because of it.

New Year, new intentions, new pressing into Jesus, new resolve.

As we know, intention, desire and resolve don’t sustain us consistently in the long run but my new conviction about OBEDIENCE has added the exclamation mark for me right now.  And I have been unabashadely praying, “Lord, my spirit is willing but my flesh is weak; please grant me more willingness to be as willing as you want me to be”. 

A quirky prayer but wholeheartedly sincere nonetheless.

But that is what God desires isn’t it? Truth in the inward parts. “Behold, You desire Truth in the inward parts…” Psalm  51:6a

So at 4:45 a.m. this morning, I arose through that willingness which He imparted into my semi-willing spirit, brought out a devotional book to read while I made morning tea. I was intent on not wasting one minute of that preparation time by letting my thoughts wander to the list of assignments that are on my ‘To-Do’ list today, as that is usually where they go, which leads to my lack of focus, mis-management of time and a sense of overwhelm.

I recall reading about Martin Luther’s attitude towards the necessity of prayer in the face of all the day’s ‘To Do’s’:

“If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.”  Martin Luther

Seems an irony and somewhat incredulous:  if my work list is so long that I need every waking second to accomplish it all in one day, then how could  I ever sacrifice an hour or hours, to sit before my Spiritual Commanding Officer to receive His empowerment and marching orders for the day??

“Prayer is a spiritual law which cooperates with the mind of God. It has more in it than merely petition. It clothes itself in reality and power, with the force of God Himself. It is an attitude of spirit and mind. Language is secondary in true prayer.” Gossner

Should we not be viewing all of this temporal life through a heavenly and eternal vision? We are born again, not of  human flesh but of the spirit, therefore are we not even now, spiritual beings having a human experience? the Spirit of God dwells in you

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.” Romans 8:5-9a

I have greatly digressed from my original thought – about rising early to sit with the Lord………

I have. And I loved it. I really, REALLY loved it. I am enjoying it so much – I don’t want to stop.

Join me in The Grail Prayer

Lord Jesus,
I give you my hands to do your work.
I give you my feet to go your way.
I give you my eyes to see as you do.
I give you my tongue to speak your words.
I give you my mind that you may think in me.
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
Above all,
I give you my heart that you may love in me
your Father and all mankind.
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me,
so that it is you, Lord Jesus,
who live and work and pray in me. Amen.

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What does this reflection have to do with ‘health’?

I am learning that if I do not take this spiritual time away with the Lord each day, then I cannot prioritize and do my work well.

I have experienced also that when I am not doing my work well, the same lack of focus, sense of overwhelm and time mismanagement cause me to mismanage and impoverish my own self-care: healthy eating, stress management and exercise; three critical components to health and wellness. 

So for me, it starts with the early morning Word & Tea.

Where does it start for you?

 

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Isaiah 45:6 "That men may know from the east and the rising of the sun and from the west and the setting of the sun that there is no God besides Me. I am the Lord, and no one else"

 Song: GIVE ME JESUS, Fernando Ortega

 

 

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