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How to Enjoy the Journey with God

How to Enjoy the Journey with God

by Rose Harmer

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Enjoy the Journey

Your life is devoted to Me,
Yet so often you struggle to know My will.
Following Me isn’t complicated.

Simply bask in My love.

Others will recognize you have been with Me.
Keep to My path and My way.
Remember not to get caught up with only the concerns
and affairs of this life.

Your journey is much greater.

Follow Me!

Set your sights on My heavenly home
and away from your worries.

Enjoy the road I have set before you.

One of the Bible verses I memorized as a child is:

King James Version:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Psalms 119:105, KJV).

And these verses speak to me as well:

Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love traveling this freeway! Give me a bent for your words of wisdom, and not for piling up loot. Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on this pilgrim way (Psalm 119:33-40, The Message)

Now listen, you who say, “ Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:13-14, NIV).

Although God’s way is not the rose garden some people imagine, it truly is best. Many of us have known a life for a few years without God being Lord and Master, we know we never want to be without Him again. He truly is love and peace.

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

 

HOW SHOULD I PRAY?

How should I pray?

by Kimberley Payne

Path through the woods
P.A.T.H. – learning to pray.

Years ago, if I felt that I wanted or needed something I would ask my brother and sister-in-law to pray for me. My brother was a pastor and I felt he had a “direct line” to God. Of course, I would only ask if it was very important or something I thought worthy of prayer.

My own prayers consisted mostly of reciting words I had memorized as a child, such as the Lord’s Prayer. If I asked for something I wanted, I left it to chance. I believed it was happenstance if my prayer was answered and I thought that it couldn’t hurt to ask.

My prayers today are much different. Today my definition of prayer is not just reciting words or asking for stuff, but rather it is a conversation with a loving Father.

In my book, Fit for Faith, I follow the acronym P-A-T-H to prayer.

P stands for Praise

Prayer is not just about asking for things but it is about telling God about the things you adore about Him. He is praiseworthy. Many times I open my prayer time with praise, letting God know how much I appreciate and love Him.

A stands for Admit

I admit that I am a sinner and confess my sins. Sometimes I admit something obvious like gossiping – other times the Holy Spirit reveals to me where I have sinned. 1 John 1:8 states that if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

T stands for Thanksgiving

I thank God for all that He is and all that He does for me. Some days my prayer time is spent entirely on thanking Him.

H stands for Help

This is the time when I can ask for His help and bring my requests to Him. I can pray for my own needs and the needs of others.I have no trouble spending fifteen minutes a day in prayer, especially when I consider prayer to be more than reciting memorized words or just asking for things. I challenge you to spend fifteen minutes each day following the PATH to prayer.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2 NIV).

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

HOW CAN I PLANT SEEDS ALONG LIFE’S PATH?

How can I Plant Seeds along Life’s Path?

Life's Path

by Kimberley Payne

This is a combination of my Five-Minute Friday post and my sermon Monday post.

The last few days I have spent at a fantastic conference called Write! Canada, a conference for writers who are Christian.

I heard the words, seed and path repeated time and again. Today in our sermon a guest minister used the same words, seed and path.

Then to top it off – the Gypsy Mama’s word for this week is path.

So what is up with that? What is God saying to me?

Here are some of the words that have come to me this week:

give “…gratitude for the seemingly small and insignificant – this is the seed that plants the giant miracle in the midst of it all” – Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seed that you plant” – Robert Louis Stevenson.

And from Hosea 10:12:

 Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.”

In Sunday’s sermon our guest minister, Jan Thornington, spoke about the seeds we plant in our children as they follow a path through life. Without direction and discipline this path is harder to follow; weeds come up and can take over so that the path is no longer clear.

She read from an old hymnary the song, “For the Young” by Mrs. Clara Writer. Here are some of the words:

 “A little seed lay fast asleep” …

“So children are the seeds God plants within His garden fair, He loves and guards them everyday, they’re in His constant care.”

We were blessed with a vision of children growing under the care of God.

I thought about the seeds we plant as writers and how we hope that they will land on ears that will hear and that God can grow those seeds into a closer relationship with Him.

And I thought about the seeds that were planted this weekend – how to grow and follow the path that God has set before me.

I know that seeking His face is the surest way to begin. I know that I need to be in constant communication with Him to hear the Holy Spirit encourage but also discipline; to listen carefully; to proceed when the light is green; but keep a sharp look both left and right before I go ahead.

This is my week to listen – to process all that I have learned. I want to follow the path that God has set before me. As God plants seeds of inspiration, I will pray for God to nourish and grow them so they can be strong, straight and true shoots.

And to add to God teaching me, I read Violet Nesdoly’s post called: Technology Word Snatch, in which she tells us how the seeds can be snatched away.

“God’s word snatched away, shallowly rooted, and choked is something of which we need to be vigilant more than ever!”

Linking to the Gypsy Mama for Five-Minute Fridays. 

 

WHAT PRAYER IS TO ME

What Prayer is to Me

by Kimberley Payne

When I was a child, my dad led each dinner meal with the “Our Father “. The rest of the family would listen to the first half of the prayer and then join in for the second half. At bedtime, my mom would tuck me in, give me a kiss on the cheek and say, “Don’t forget your prayers.” I never did.

My childhood bedtime ritual included brushing my teeth, lying on my back in bed and pulling my stuffed dog, Fonzi, under my arm and saying my prayers. I started with a prayer I’d learned at Brownies. “Oh Lord our God, thy children say, grant us thy peace and bless us all.” Imagine my surprise when years later, my brothers and I bought our parents a grandfather clock as an anniversary gift and the song it played at each hour had the same tune! To this day, I sing the little prayer each time the clock chimes the hour.

As a young adult, I tried to continue my night time ritual but found myself too tired to follow through and usually just flopped into bed exhausted. At dinner time, I would do a quick sign of the cross and an “amen”.

It wasn’t until I gave my heart to Jesus in my thirties that I began to relook at my practice of praying. I desired to offer to God more than my rote and ritualistic prayers. I wanted my prayers to have meaning to myself and my children.  We began saying the Lord’s prayer at dinner, but we added a small devotional to read first. We also began saying prayers at night following the PATH to prayer. (P-praise God, A-admit sins, T-thank God, H-ask God for help).

I read books, blogs, and devotionals about prayer. I took Bible studies on prayer. I learned that it’s not just talking to God, but listening to Him as well. It’s communicating with God, my Father.

It is a privilege to pray. I encourage you to look at your prayer life and ask yourself if it’s all that it can be.

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

FORGETTING TO PRAY

Forgetting to Pray

by Jan Cox

I talk about prayer; I teach about prayer; and then I forget to pray.

Certainly it is a discipline that we can get better at – isn’t it?

I tell others to remember to pray before they start any job and then I start writing this and forget to pray.

The best communication I have with God happens when I am walking alone or driving by myself. The other day I had a wonderful conversation with God while driving to see my Mom. The peace that came over me as I drove reminded me of His presence.

Thanking Him for gentle breezes, dancing shadows of the leaves, blue skies; thanking Him for clear thoughts, good fingers to type, good eyes to see the screen; these are prayers. – being grateful. Check out Ann’s Gratitude Community.

We have discussed prayer methods, with PATH and ACTS.

Of course we also have the Holy Spirit who teaches us when and what to pray. It is those urgings in our spirits that can prompt us to pray for others.

What I want to talk about today is – Can we talk to Him all the time?

Yesterday we needed to take the boat out of the garage. It is a very tight squeeze – very very tight. My hubby is in the truck – I am the eyes checking that the boat will make it out safely. I yelled … STOP many times. Finally I remembered – PRAY – I did and then inspiration – and out the boat came.

Why couldn’t I pray first – and not when I needed help? When will I get to that point? When can I say a quick – be there through this?

Is it just a case of acknowledging that He is here all the time – is that all I need to know? Can I think, act, and live with Him right inside me?

That certainly would help when I come up against trouble, wouldn’t it? At that moment, in that time period – I would automatically reach out and whisper, “stay with me, and thanks for being here.”

My Gratitude List

    • HP warrantees their printers (quite a story)
    • wonderful women in my Bible study groups
    • a garden roto-tiller
    • a good dinner – fast quick pizza that I didn’t have to prepare
    • white blossoms on our trees – they don’t last long
    • nice technicians at HP
    • my sister’s wonderful sense of humour
    • cottonball blossoms on another tree
    • rain that makes the air fresh
    • hot porridge with blueberries, raisins and bran – my morning purple delight
    • friends praying together

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Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.