Hallowed Be Thy Name

 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

The Lord’s prayer. Most of you know it. Memorize it, even. I sure do. I had to learn this prayer as a child. I recited it every night before falling asleep. It was my routine.

A few months ago, I decided to really  take my time and pray this prayer. Line for line, I prayed, using Jesus’ model of how to pray. I made it personal. It was as if I was praying that prayer for the first time in my life (even though I’d prayed it literally hundreds of times).

Thinking I was only going to study the prayer, I sat with my notebook to write everything out. What I ended up doing was writing out my prayer. I’ll share some of it with you. I’ll change the point of view for the sake of this post.

OUR FATHER

He is our God (Psalm 63:1). He is our father. We were adopted by Him, becoming a member of His family through Christ (Ephesians 1:5). He chose us to be his children before we were even created. He is our father who we can call out to for anything, about anything (Romans 8:15). He made us His own. As our father, He is our caretaker, our example, our teacher, our disciplinarian, our protector, defender, provider, our counselor, the one in whom our security lies. He is where we find love and comfort. He is the one who holds our hand and guides us through life, yet allows us to make our own decisions. He is our father.

IN HEAVEN

He is in heaven, His kingdom. Yet here with all of us, His children. He is omnipotent. We may not understand the full extent of how marvelous heaven is, but I can only imagine how wonderfully perfect it must be.

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME

He is the most holy one. His name is holy and sacred. May it remain that way.  There is power in His name. May others get to know His name and call upon Him. All glory and honor goes to Him.

YOUR KINGDOM COME

The time will come when He will make a new heaven and a new Earth. When every knee will bow to Him. There will be no more death, no more sorrow, no more tears. He will come. His Kingdom will come. He has already started by sending His son to die for us and leaving the Holy Spirit with us. May His kingdom come. And may we experience parts of His kingdom now. We are predestined. His plans for our lives started in the Kingdom. May it come to fruition on Earth.

YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

May His will be done. He is in full control and He knows what He is doing. May His will be done in the lives of all people. Not our will, but His. May we be given the wisdom and understanding of His will and be able to accept it. May His perfect plans come to pass. What ever He set forth in heaven, may it be done here (blessings, healing, fulfillment of purpose, etc).  His will, in His time. He will keep us, as He fulfills His will.

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD

God is our provider. We depend on Him to meet our needs. We don’t know what could happen, at any moment in any day. Something can occur that would make basic necessities scarce. But God is our provider. Our father who feeds us, clothes us, and keeps us sheltered. We need Him. Everything comes from Him. This also includes a daily word from Him to feed our spirits.

AND FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US

His word says that if we don’t forgive others, He won’t forgive us (Matthew 6:15). I wrote about that in this post . So, we have to truly forgive others from our hearts. We ask God to reveal any unforgiveness we are harboring. In this way, we are not causing any hindrances in our lives. We have to soften our hearts and walk in forgiveness.

AND DON’T LET US YIELD TO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE

There are so many temptations that the devil uses to lead us astray. However, He can’t make  us do anything. God’s word says there is nothing that the devil uses to tempt us that Jesus did not experience himself. He also won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle. He promises to give us a way out ( 1 Corinthians 10:13). We have to be strong, endure, and resist. He can/will help us with that if we allow Him to.

FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM,

THE POWER, AND THE GLORY

FOREVER, AMEN

The Lord’s prayer truly is powerful. I mean, Jesus Himself gave it to us. Take your time with it, pray it, and transformations  will take place.

Stay Blessed.

 

 

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He Tried It, But I know Who I Am

My partner and I walked out of an apartment building the other day, and into a situation neither of us expected. A guy was out of his car hollering all kinds of profanities and racial slurs at us over the way our ambulance was parked. Our vehicle wasn’t even in the way really, but this guy was in a rage. I didn’t take any of it to heart. I wasn’t phased. However, it made me think “thank God I know who I am”.

Honestly, if I wasn’t confident in my identity, his words would have sunk into my being and spread like an infection.  So I just want to emphasize that is important for every one one of us to know who we are. Otherwise, anyone could come along and tell us something about ourselves and we would believe it.

One blessing God gives each of His children is a new identity in Christ. Here are some of my favorites. Read them, internalize them, find others on your own. Know who you are, what you are, and own it.

I am God’s child. 

Romans 8:15

I am one with God.

Romans 8:11, 16

I am chosen.

Romans 8:29-30

I am free.

Romans 8:29-30

I am a new person.

II Corinthians 5:17

I am the salt of the Earth.

Matthew 5:13

I am a light.

Matthew 5:14

I am redeemed and forgiven.

Ephesians 1:7

I am a joint heir with Christ, therefore I am royal.

Romans 8:17

I am God’s masterpiece.

Ephesians 2:10

I am close to God.

Ephesians 2:13

I am holy, blameless, and covered in God’s love.

Ephesians 1:4 & 1 Peter 1:15-16

I am accepted for who I am.

Ephesians 1:6

If God sees us this way, who can tell us otherwise? No one can. Our own outlook of ourselves ought to align with who He says we are.

This is no extensive list. The bible is filled with myriad of scripture for us to identify with. So if you’re struggling with your identity, dig in to those pages. If someone ever tries to demean you, belittle you, call you out of your name, or tell you anything negative about yourself, remind yourself of who you are. Let your identity be rooted in Christ. Get to know yourself, and do not be moved.

Stay blessed, loves.

 


As for the angry guy, and others like him, remember this word “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12.

Our Temples, Our Life

I had a moment a few days ago. I opened the box to my new Littmann stethoscope, sat, and listened to my heartbeat for a few minutes. My heart was beating strong and regularly. I was/am completely healthy. As I listened in complete awe of God’s work in my body’s systems, I was filled with gratitude. I was grateful for my heartbeat, for the clarity in my lung sounds, and for every other organ functioning the way it is supposed to. For a lot of people, this isn’t so. Continue reading

This Will Touch Your Heart…

He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.

He was oppressed and treated harshly,
    yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
    And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
    he did not open his mouth.
Unjustly condemned,
    he was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants,
    that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
    for the rebellion of my people.
He had done no wrong
    and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
    he was put in a rich man’s grave.

10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
    and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
    he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
    and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
    he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
    my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
    for he will bear all their sins.

Isaiah 53:3-11 (NLT)

Happy Women’s Day

Happy Women’s Day everyone! Let’s continue to empower eachother, teach eachother, and uplift one another. There’s nothing wrong with adjusting your sister’s crown or letting her know it’s slipping a little bit (in love of course). We are one body. God has MORE than enough blessings and room for all of us. It’s our duty to be our sister’s keeper. Proverbs 31 is bomb but I love the following verses from Titus. They seem fitting for today and every other day.

“Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.”

Titus 2:3‭-‬5 NLT

Power Women Empower Women.

We Are the Imago Dei

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We are the Imago Dei, people created in God’s image. Our entire life is supposed to be a reflection of this. Our behaviors, our speech, our relationships, and everything else should be a reflection of this.

Being a reflection of God to the world allows others to see Christ through us. They should see the difference in us and be drawn to Christ from it. They should be able to say “man, he/she makes me want to know this Jesus more”. They should be able to see God’s love, compassion, and nature through us. If we emulate Him the best we can, that would be the result.

I believe being the Imago Dei has to do with our hearts and mind also. The part of us that isn’t really seen. Are we loving? Are we forgiving? Are we prayerful? Are we in communication with God? Are we connected to God? We have to be aware of the condition of our hearts and our mind; allowing God to transform them more and more to be like His.

We aren’t supposed to blend in to the world, but stand out. There should be a noticeable difference. People should be able to see God in us. We have to live this out. Jesus is the only perfect example, but we ought to lead by example also. Then maybe, just maybe, there would be less hypocrisy in the church and more people would come to Christ.

Consider this post by Adara Sherron

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We can all use God’s help with this. I know I can! Thankfully, God is more than willing to help us.

Stay blessed.

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