Before You Pray…

When I talk to God, I have a hard time quieting down.  It’s difficult to not be interrupted by all kinds of good things that invade my thinking.  Good stuff that is not necessarily – at that moment – important God things distract me.  And…I just betcha you know what I’m talking about.  God said, “Be still and know that I am God.”  Personally, I’ve discovered that quieting myself is essential to “knowing” Him.  Quieting myself is essential to “making contact” in a way that feels alive and personal.

I heard a man named Vance Havner (a great teacher) say, “Mark it down.  Good is the worst enemy of best.”  I’ve found that to be true over and over again.  Personally, I like to fix a cup of coffee.  Go to my computer.  Look for some good peaceful music, and with a pad of paper (or some kind of task list on my computer desk top) sit quietly, sip my coffee, and just sit there peacefully and quietly.  Frankly, it is essential to do this either early in the morning, or in the evening just before going to bed.  The reason is because early in the morning, busy-ness has not yet started, and later at night you know there is nothing more you are responsible for until the next day.  Your mind “justifies” a lack of tasking at those moments.

I’ve also found a couple of great internet sites with worshipful, “soaking” kind of music.  Soaking.Net and S.W.A.P. You can find some of my favorites by going to my YouTube Channel (The button under my picture above). After I’ve allowed myself 10 or 15 minutes to just “chill” (all the while focusing my heart on God in inner worship), I will then either open my actual bible or go to a bible on the internet (like Crosswalk) usually to a Psalm and slowly read it as a prayer to the Lord.  And, I’ll spend some time just turning the phrases that stand out over and over in my mind.  That simple procedure really helps me get quiet.  You see…it’s not those times that I focus on studying the Word.  Instead it’s that necessary “quieting my mind and heart time” with God.  It’s just sitting in the room with Him.  Often without words.

It’s at those times that I often have those disrupting “good action/responsibility” thoughts.  And, they are usually good things.  But, at that moment, not God things.  So, that is where the pad and pen, or computer task list comes in.  When the thought arrives, I write it down.  And, somehow that takes care of it.  The reason the good thoughts become distracting is because my mind thinks that if I don’t act on them right away, I will forget to do it.  When you write it down, your mind accepts the fact that you’ll have a reminder for later.

It’s so important to have times of Soul Quiet with the Lord.  The more you function that way, the more you’ll ultimately hear Him at other times.  I know it to be true.  I’ve experienced it.

Please comment at the top of this post on “methods” that help you quiet your mind before the Lord.  Also please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE.  I think you’ll be glad you did.  I’ll we waiting to hear your experiences of successfully quieting yourself before the Lord and how that’s helped your life.  We all learn from each other.  Also select the YouTube button.  It’ll take you to my channel and some of the soaking prayer videos I’ve made.

Gary

Awesome Cemetery Treasure

There’s awesome treasure buried in the soil of our city’s cemeteries.  The fortune I speak of is all of the unfulfilled potential lying beneath each tombstone.  The riches of many men and women’s – boy’s and girl’s – lost possibilities would stagger the imagination.  More specifically consider these – just to name a few:

  • Authors of books that were never written and read
  • Powerful songs that were never composed and sung
  • Great businesses that were never launched
  • Inspired ministries that were never started
  • Great women who died as prostitutes
  • Awesome men who died as drug addicts
  • Multitudes of other potentials

We need to be aware of the thief.  He masquerades in all kinds of forms and thoughts.  His plan is to stop the great potential God has placed in all of us to fulfill the “good works” DNA God has deposited within us. Be encouraged.  Pursue God.  Dream.  Act.  Be Confident to press forward.

What potentials do you believe are buried in the cemetery near you?  At the top of this post is a place to comment.  Please do and add valuable insight to our conversation.   If you haven’t done so, yet, Please subscribe by RSS or email.  Your email address will never be sold.   You may enjoy some great prayer music videos by selecting the YouTube button.

Gary

Where Is Your God???

Where is God?  Why has He left me out in the cold?  There seems to be a promise of better things, but it’s always ahead of me out of reach.

Haven’t we all thought those things?

Here’s the good news.  No, not good news.  Great news!  You see King David was thinking the same thing in Psalm 42:3

He goes on to say twice in that Psalm alone: “Hope In God.” You see, King David had a multitude of experiences where the natural circumstances looked like God had gone on vacation.  The hope was  in the inviting “yellow house” of promises always ahead and just out of reach.  One of those times He said, “I encouraged myself in the Lord my God.”  In fact, search the word, “encourage” in your your bible (or let the great internet tool “Crosswalk.com” help you with that).  You’ll discover renewed courage from just reading some of those verses, yourself.

There are no words of encouragement like God’s Word to help pick up your soul and refresh your courage, today.

You may find hope in other places, but it’s the words of scripture that are your final authority and your lasting encouragement, discernment, and strength.  Don’t try to live your life, today, without them!

What other scriptures or thoughts are helpful to you? Comment by selecting the category at the top of this post. Also, I would love to have you subscribe and/or follow me by selecting the Facebook button under my pic. If you would like to post this as helpful information to your FB friends, you can do so by selecting the FB Share button on the left.  You might even be encouraged by some music videos I’ve made.  Just select my YouTube channel button.  Be encouraged in the Lord, today!

Is The Devil Setting Your Agenda?

Are you letting the devil or God set your daily agenda?  Too many people are busted, disgusted, and paranoid because they are allowing their daily agenda to be set by the devil instead of responding to God.  How do I know?  I’ve been there, done that, and I bought the lousy T-shirt.

If you find the crooked path isn’t getting straighter and if the rough places aren’t getting any smoother, then maybe the devil is setting your daily agenda.  I discovered the difference was in starting the day with either the question, “What if?” or the statement, “What is!”  Now, that’s really easy to write in a blog, and even easier to read and agree with mentally.

However, the key is in consciously putting it to practice.

What if? That is a line of questioning within oneself that normally is negative and fearful.  What if this happens and what if that happens?  When we occupy ourselves primarily with that question, it opens the door to the devil to guide you into reaction, suspicion, doubt, and fear.  We feel responsible to guard ourselves against, and prepare ourselves for all the “what ifs.”

What is! That is a track of thinking that states truths that God has established in Christ about us.  Those statements open the doors of our mind and heart to hear God speak to us words of His wisdom and direction about our day.  It opens the windows for Holy Spirit inspiration.

So…who sets your agenda for you?  Please share in the comments helpful things you have discovered.  Collective wisdom is often good wisdom.  Join the party 🙂  I would also love to have you “subscribe to and/or follow me.  RSS or email are both safe and convenient.  Your email address will never be shared.  Check out my pages on Facebook and Twitter.   All of it is accessible above.  Later:)

Gary