Monday, February 25, 2008

my personal prayer

More of Him has moved to Not A DIY Life. Please follow the link to read from other participants or add your own post to the list. And thank you once again Heather, for taking the reins on this.

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father... - Colossians 1:9-12 NLT

I came across this scripture a couple of weeks ago and have turned it into a personal prayer for myself. It goes something like this...

Lord, please give me wisdom and understanding of your will for my life so that I may live in a way that honors and pleases you. I pray that the fruit of your spirit, living in me, will be evident to those I come in contact with. It is my deepest desire to know you better, to spend time at your feet, and to feel the glow of your smile upon my face. Lord, I need your help today and know that I can rely on your strength to get me through. Help me to be patient and endure the situations that test and tempt me. Thank you for the joy in my life, that only comes from you.

Verse 11 in the Message reads, "We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives."

I must admit, that at times, I've had short timers attitude when it comes to working with the youth in our church. There's times when I feel like I'm gritting my teeth and that I can't wait for May to come. But, as you would guess, God changes my perspective when I need patience and endurance and I truly do experience the joy that only comes from serving Him by serving others. For that, I praise Him.

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Hind's Feet said...

Yes, that is a prayer that changes life and it's perspectives. Blessings,

Penless Thoughts said...

Love that verse from The Message. We all have to hang in there many times. Having done all.....STAND!!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Diana! Just beautiful!

Love ya,


Melissa said...

Okay - I have to comment on the look of the blog... it is AWESOME! So fresh and springy! I feel happy just looking at it!
And your prayer is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Heather said...

Wonderful post, Diana! What wonderful perspective we gain when we allow God full reign in our lives. Thanks for sharing!

And I love the new look!

Janice said...

I like your prayer. Thank you for being so honest. I find myself gritting my teeth too often lately. I guess I need to pray more.

Farrah said...

I like how your blog looks, and I like the prayer you turned that verse into! :-)

Jamey said...

I can't imagine you gritting your teeth:) Do you know what you will do in May yet?

Yes I miss Colorado! At times I honestly wonder what we were thinking. And then we go to spend time with our families and I see the kids interacting with their relatives and it is priceless. My brother's wife is about 3 weeks from having their second baby and once again I will be grateful that we are so close.

But once the kids are grown we may retire back to the front range:)

Penless Thoughts said...

Thanks so much for your comment on my Prayer post. I left a little reply comment. Please drop by and check it out.

Barb said...

Beautiful prayer from a beautiful heart.