May 2, 2015

Mere Intent; The Cries Of Our Heart

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. ~ Philippians 2:1-4

 Our prayers are a showing of the cries of our heart, this is why the psalms are so real throughout all generations.  If you have never written out the cries of your heart I would highly suggest doing so.  Over the years you will see how your thoughts and feelings morph over time.  It also helps us to locate what we have on our center stage - meaning who we are looking after or loving.  Sad to say most of the time we are on the stage; but we fool ourselves because we really believe we are doing our best to love others.

It is in our thoughts and prayers which we can see the truth of our intent. It is also a safe space to reflect and feel close to God as we ask for wisdom, discernment and instruction.  We must also never forget that His power and life is within us to brace, empower and encourage our unskilled, weak frame as we embark on living it out.

These are my considerations for the day:

 Dad,

I truly need your help in discerning my emotions and how I act toward others - I need you to investigate my heart, mind and soul and prosper your spirit in my own life.  Help me see the truth of my intentions without holding them in comparison to others actions toward me, or what I see happening around me.
Help my every intention to be holy, lovely and pure.  And when attacked, help me to not retaliate in evil ways - but trust that in all I do I am here to do your work, be loved and prospered by you; and ultimately be who you divinely created me to be.
In all things you are Lord! Help me live mindful of where I immaturely act against that truth. Help me to prosper in growing into the maturity that is ours in Christ Jesus.  Help me to never turn back to the life I have left behind, but see that all I am moving toward is so much more than any vain pleasures I walked away from.
Thank you for this day, my life, my relationship with you, the activities you have for me to participate in and the family I so dearly love.  No matter how I perceive the feelings, thoughts and intents of those closest to me, may I always be above reproach and clearly bringing glory to you.  After all it is by your passionate zeal that I am even able to consider these things.  And if I can consider them, I can desire them and if I can desire them then you train me up to have the preparedness to use them as the opportunity arises.
You said: I AM THAT I AM and in all things you will be with me - setting all things by your sovereign purposes; may that be active and freely accepted as a perfectly beautiful thing in my heart, mind and soul ~ always in all ways.

For the Love you so richly give to us all,
Kisses,
Candace

© 2015 by Candace Huffmaster
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