Friday, July 30, 2010

Resurrection Sunday Dance

I first saw this video at my friend Marja's blog and I can't get enough of it. I love that they are dancing before the Lord full out and having such fun. I wanna dance tooooo....


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Naming Names

I usually start my devotional time with prayer. I try to follow a four-point method of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and finally Supplication. It's not a rule, it's just a banner at the top of my prayer page that helps me.

A few mornings ago I picked up on a trend regarding my confession segment. I noticed that I often swept through it with a quick..."and forgive me for all my sins" request and moved on.

Moments like these for me are actually that still small voice of the Holy Spirit. He gave me a gentle elbow... "this is not full confession" He said.

As you can imagine, I've given this a lot of thought over the last few days.

I know that asking for forgiveness of sins is acknowledgment of their existence but I think to get them out on the "table" is a good thing. We need to hear ourselves speak them; to name their ugly names. Perhaps we need to have a serious conversation about them. We certainly do not need to wait for specific times in our day to address them.

On those rare occasions that I actually can't think of anything then maybe I should just be quiet for a moment... ask Him to look me over and let me know how I'm doing.

Can we repent and fully turn from our wicked ways if we do not specifically address them? If I just do a habitual quickie forgiveness request it seems like merely handing my soiled garment to Jesus and saying "here, wash this". It has become a recited 'bead' in my prayer banner. Repetitive and ritualistic. Oh how that must hurt Him. Cringe!

Jesus is faithful to forgive. He's wonderful like that but I want my prayers... all segments to effectively work together to make a difference in the world, in others and in myself. I want the lines of communication between He and me to always be open and active.

Lord,... I've been insensitive about my transgressions against You. Please forgive me! May I never forget the price you paid for me and that you alone are worthy of all my loyalty, love, honor and respect. I am so grateful for your correction in my life.
Empower me to be a good and faithful servant.