Speak with God in the morning before you speak to the world; 
and speak with God at night after you have been with the world.
~ J. C. Ryle



Keep looking up and kneeling down.
-Corrie ten Boom

"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.
Psalm 91:14-16



And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:9-14

Isn't this a fantastic prayer?
A friend sent this passage to me the other day, so encouraged by it that she plans to memorize the verses so she can treasure the words in her heart. A terrific plan, indeed!

Imagine if every believer prayed this way for every believer he/she knows. Can you imagine?
Unceasing prayer on your behalf, praying for you to ...
- be filled with wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of God's will
- walk in a manner worthy of the Lord
- please God
- bear fruit in every good work
- increase in knowledge
- be strengthened with God's power
- have endurance and patience with joy

What kind of people would we be?
How would we treat one another?
How much would we grow in our faith?
How much would our passion increase for the things of God?
How would we affect the Kingdom?

It's exciting to think about, isn't it?

I am going to join my friend in memorizing this passage - and start using it as an outline for my prayers on the behalf of others in the Throne Room of Grace. Increase my prayers, Lord, I pray!


Ours for the taking!

God is a tranquil Being, and abides in a tranquil eternity. So must thy spirit become a tranquil and clear little pool, wherein the serene light of God can be mirrored. Therefore, shun all that is disquieting and distracting, both within and without. Nothing in the whole world is worth the loss of thy peace; even the faults which thou hast committed should only humble, but not disgust thee. God is full of joy, peace, and happiness. Endeavor then to obtain a continually joyful and peaceful spirit. Avoid all anxious care, vexation, murmuring, and melancholy, which darken the soul, and render thee unfit for the friendship of God. 
If thou dost perceive such feelings arising, turn gently away from them
~ Gerhard Tersteegen (1697-1769)

I love this quote.
The word 'tranquil' is a lovely word. It evokes an image of peace and calm that is beautiful and desirable. And, it is a choice.
Even when the troubles of the world swirl around us, we can choose peace by dropping all of our worries, anxieties, and cares at the feet of Jesus, trusting Him to protect, defend, and comfort us in the midst of the storms. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6, 7 
We belong to a God of promises!

"Endeavor then to obtain a continually joyful and peaceful spirit."
This thought echoes the apostle Paul's declaration, "Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS; AGAIN I will say, REJOICE!" Philippians 4:4 - and - "In everything give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:18
Life is filled with trials, but none of them change who our God is or what He desires for His children. He never changes, even in our darkest hours and greatest sorrows. He is a God of peace, and it is His perfect peace He offers us; a peace the world cannot promise or deliver, for it defies all human understanding. And it is ours for the taking if we will but do so!

Thank you, Father, for the beauty and comfort of peace. We live in a world filled with hate and anger and fear, but the believer need not carry any of those burdens on his shoulders because You promise to give peace to those who pursue it, and guard our hearts and minds when we lay our worldly cares at the feet of Your Son. How grateful we are to belong to a God who not only promises His peace but gives it freely without reproach - because You love us. Thank You, Father. We deserve nothing, yet You give us everything.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18

Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:14 

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy. Proverbs 12:20

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. 
And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 

Great peace have those who love Your law; nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:18



All things are lawful for me - but not all things are profitable.
All things are lawful for me - but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12

How would you judge the lawfulness or unlawfulness of any pleasure?

Use this rule:

Whatever . . .
weakens your reason,
impairs the tenderness of your conscience,
obscures your sense of God,
takes off your relish for spiritual things -
that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may seem in itself.

By this test you may detect evil, no matter how subtly or how plausibly temptation may be presented to you.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do - do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians10:31

~ Susanna Wesley