(an acrostic prayer)
God of grace and God of glory, we thank You for the grace and mercy to live in this very moment.
Receive our gratitude for this life that You have given us to live. May we live in this moment, allowing the past to be past and the future to be the future, dear Father!
Attune our hearts to Your heart, O Father, that in this moment we may be more like You and less like this world in which we live.
Conceive in us what it means to allow You to live through us in this moment to those You bring into our life’s path.
Enliven our Spirits though the power of Your Spirit, Father, that we may, at this very moment, know Your will and see where it is You want us to be.
Forgive our foolish way O God, for we know that we have sinned and fallen short of Your glory, in this very moment!
Open our eyes that we may see what You see in the faces of those we meet in this very moment that we may show them Your love, grace and mercy.
Remove the hardness of our hearts and replace it with the tenderness of Your heart in this moment as we seek to be You to this world, dear Father.
Take us from where we are to where You want us to be in this moment. May our lives resound with Your grace given to others as it was received from You, O God!
Help us, dear Father, to see and to know where You would have us to be You in this moment, in this hour, in this day, in this life.
Enter in to our moments to hear our conversations, our interactions with others and help us to be You to each we meet.
Move in and among us, Father, through the moving of Your Spirit to make this moment a moment that will influence those we meet to come and meet You in their moments.
Open the floodgates of heaven and pour on us Your grace for the living of these moments that we may know You more, dear Father!
More of You, O God, we want to see more of You in this moment as You show us Your will for today!
Enter into our time and moments, dear Lord, that we may come to understand the importance of each and every minute in Your will.
Nudge us, Father, from the throne of our lives in this moment, that You may, again, reign in our lives and through us to this world.
Take us, Lord, and renew a right heart within us, use us in this moment to be You as You live within us!
In the name of the ruler of our moments, Jesus Christ, we pray! Amen!
The Path Continues…
I wake up at dawn,
along with the dew
and rise up my Lord
to get close to You.
My morning I start,
with You in prayer
so to be ready
to give You my care.
Just like a bird early,
who gets the worm
I study Your Word
to keep my faith firm.
I dress in my armor,
make sure it’s on tight
I pray each verse I read
fills me Your might.
Each morning I awake,
with the crack of dawn
so my soul to You Lord
daily may be drawn!
“My voice shalt thou hear
in the morning, O Lord;
in the morning will I
direct my prayer unto thee,
and will look up.”
King James Version
Deborah Ann Belka
(an acrostic prayer in memory of a friend)
Dear Lord and Father, we beseech You and all Your comfort to surround our friends as they walk through this valley in the shadow of the death of Dixie Smith.
Instill in them the stillness of Your presence as they seek Your face, O God, and as we come alongside them today as part of Your family and theirs.
X-out the anxiety and fear that we feel in this valley of death and flood us with the warmth of Your grace, dear Father.
Inspire us to new heights of faith in You, as you lead us into paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake, dear Lord.
Empty us of our doubt and despair and fill us anew with Your Spirit’s presence, that we may walk in Your will today, even as we grieve this loss of Dixie Smith, Father.
Surround her loved ones and friends with Your mighty arms today, dear Father. Keep them from the world’s harsh tones as they seek Your face in this time!
Move in and among us, dear God, and lead us along the path that You have for each of us for we know that You are the way, the truth and the light!
I thank You, Father, for the influence of my friend, Dixie Smith, on the lives of those she came into contact. May we all be more like You for having lived this life with her.
Tether this family to Yourself, Father, especially in these coming days, that they might know of Your tender mercies that are new each morning. Help them to live in that hope as they tread this sod each and every day.
Hear our prayer, O Lord! We offer it in the calm assurance that You hear and answer in Your will and way. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.
We pray in the name of Dixie Smith’s Savior, Jesus Christ! Amen and Amen
The Path Continues…
(an acrostic prayer for my friend)
Savior God, eternal Father, I pray today for my friend, Sylvester Samudre. I ask that Your richest blessings may fall upon him today as he seeks Your guidance and will for his life.
Yielded, he stands in Your presence as a servant of Yours, may Your peace be in him and Your mercy enfold him today, O God!
Lord of all, provider of all good things, I beseech You today to provide the strength, patience, joy, and love that he will need to do Your will in this world.
Verify Your call on his life daily, Father, as he seeks to know what it is You would have him do to bring glory and honor to You.
Enthuse him with the power of Your Spirit, dear God, that he might be enthusiastic in his service to You and to his fellow travellers on this sod.
Shine Yourself on him that he might see and be able to reflect Your image of love and grace to this world.
Tether him tightly to Your word, Father, so that he might rightly divide the word of truth to those You call him to speak to in this world.
Enter into his space, Holy Spirit, that he might sense Your leading and surrender his will and way each and every day that You give him to live and breathe and have his being.
Refresh him in the night seasons of life and provide him with the understanding to be able to stand and speak in Your name, O Lord.
Send forth Your grace as showers to renew and to protect him from the evil one who is always seeking to destroy those who speak Your word, Father!
Attune his heart to those who need to know Your love, Father. May he have eyes to see who it is You are bringing into his path for him to touch with Your grace.
Move him, Father, as You live in him, move him to the places in his heart and soul that You create to bring him into communion with You.
Unhinge him from the cares of the days, O Lord. Provide for his physical needs and show him the ways everlasting in Your will.
Delight Yourself, O God, in this good man. See in him Your goodness and mercy and love as he reflects them to those of us who know and love him as You do, Father.
Remove the temptations of this world as he seeks to follow You. Empower his spirit with Your Spirit, Father, to withstand the wiles of the devil as he seeks to present You to those who are lost without You.
Eternal Father, strong to save, accept our praise of our friend, Sly, as an offering of praise to You, that we might bring glory and honor to You in all we say and do. Thank You, Father for my friend, Sylvester Samudre.
In the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior, I pray. Amen and amen!!
The Path Continues….
(an acrostic prayer in memory of my friend)
Almighty God, precious Father and provider of all comfort, we seek Your face today in the shadow of the death of Your child and our friend, Ardith Coates.
Remember Your mercy to us as we seek Your comfort as we grieve the loss of our friend and loved one, O God.
Descend to us, O Lord, as we walk in this valley today and lead us in the paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake.
Inspire us to greater heights as we remember the influence that Ardith was in our lives and in the lives of those whom she lived and worked with on this sod, O God.
Tether us to You, Father, for we tend to spin away from Your ways when we are faced with sorrow and despair.
Hold us in the palm of Your mighty hand and restore to us to joy of knowing our friend, Ardith, and show us how to relay that knowledge to those You bring into our paths daily.
Carry us, O Father, until we can walk again out of this season of grief and disappointment into the joy of living with You and in remembering Ardith.
Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord, and help us to see as You lead us from sorrow to joy, from grief to joyful remembrance, and from sadness of missing Ardith to the joy of knowing she is with You without physical pain.
Accept our thanks, O Father, for the grace to live these days as we look forward to the time will we will be reunited with Ardith and live eternally with You.
Take us from the ordinary, everydayness of our existence, to the joy of living with You as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Empty us of our selfishness and fill us with Your presence, O God. Help us to be more like You for having known our friend, Your child, Ardith!
Save us, O Lord, from our sins and send us to the world that needs to hear and know you as You saved and sent Ardith. Thank you for allowing us to have been in her life and her in ours. We praise You for Ardith Coates!
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray! Amen!
The Path Continues…
Silence is a key to knowing God…
When my heart,
I turn over to silence
when I let it listen
for God’s guidance.
I experience a hush,
an inner stillness
as I let His Spirit
to my soul witness.
When my mind,
I turn over to calmness
when I let it reflect
on all God’s promises.
I feel the tranquility,
only He can provide
as I let His Spirit
my thoughts guide.
When my heart and mind,
are engulfed in silence
God reveals to me . . .
how His peace is timeless!
“Be still, and know
that I am God:”
King James Version
Deborah Ann Belka