May you be filled with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,
May you live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way:
May you bear fruit in every good work,
May you grow in the knowledge of God,
May you be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might
May you have great endurance and patience,
May you share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen and wow!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13
God, please teach, lead, inspire and help me…
To listen intently, before I speak.
To think things through, before I write.
To earn, give, share, invest and save, before I spend.
To throughly investigate before I invest.
To forgive – always and forever.
To never gossip.
To try again before I quit.
To diligently plan before I retire.
To increase my giving as the year’s roll by and the graces accumulate.
To proofread one more time before I hit send or submit.
To pray for others, continually.
And to be always thankful for all that you have done for me, continue to do for me and will always do for me – blessings, grace, family, friends, wisdom, love, a house, a loving wife, a church, a faithful Pastor and a good life.
- It’s already in our pew bibles and our bulletins so we can read it.
- It’s in our songs so we can sing it, ponder it, tap our feet to it and feel it.
- It’s in our prayers so the Holy Spirit can massage it and God can answer it.
- It’s in our statues, art and stained glass windows so we can adore it.
- It’s in our creeds so we collectively can voice it.
- It’s in our scripture readings for our contemplation, consideration, cogitation, meditation, pondering, rumination, deep thought, musing, deliberation, study and further reflection.
Lord, fill me up with confidence.
Fill me with love.
Fill me to the brim with wisdom.
Fill me with understanding.
Fill me with courage.
Fill me to overflowing with hope.
Fill me with your Spirit.
Fill me with truth.
Fill me with kindness.
Fill me with patience.
Fill me with peace.
Fill me with perseverance.
Fill me with You.
God, please bless my soil and plants; that my soil will yield her strength. I thank the Lord for the privilege of being a sower, the honor of being a tender, and the blessing of being a harvester. Amen.
by Bobby Brown, excerpted from “Seated Above, the Journey Continues”
There within the silent acres,
Between the burrowed rows
He’s scratching and he rakes,
He’s digging and he hoes
Early each summer’s morning
The sweat slides down his face
As he goes about his business
In this most sacred place
And the gardener has a quiet faith,
An enthusiasm and a mirth
For he loves to till the soil,
He loves the good green earth
And one day in the early autumn,
He’ll lay down that rake and hoe
For the harvest will be ready,
As the crops continue to grow…
“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that just crushed it.” – Mark Twain