Not My Prejudices

Today is Sunday, October 23, 2016. Eighteen days until our Glen Rose weekend.

Quote of the Day

“Who so loves believes the impossible.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Word of the Day

Thunderstruck – overcome with consternation; confounded; astounded.

Today is iPod Day. It’s hard to believe it was a mere 15 years ago that the little rectangle that changed the music world came upon the scene. I know . . . that was a terrible sentence, and I don’t have time to make it better. Anyway . . . I never actually owned an iPod. I had one or two different MP3 players over time, and eventually got an iPhone, which, of course, includes the basic works of an iPod. I hear some people actually still use iPods.

We virtually did nothing yesterday. C went out and did some shopping, but that’s pretty much it. We mostly sat and watched TV for the day, getting caught up on a few shows that we missed during the vacation.

This morning, we are getting ready for our worship gathering. We worship with The Exchange, which meets at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N. Beach Street in Fort Worth. Worship begins at 10:15.


Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
Psalm 43:3-4
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
Psalm 42:1-2
For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? Psalm 18:31

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.
Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to your promise!
Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your statutes.
Great is your mercy, O LORD; give me life according to your rules.
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
I look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep your commands.
Consider how I love your precepts! Give me life according to your steadfast love.
The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
Psalm 119:153-160

Everything in God’s word adds up to “truth.” “We are not faced with scattered items of information and counsel that we acquire bit by bit and use as we find opportunity. The law is a comprehensive whole in which we understand our life and salvation in the fullness of God.”

“I am so apt, O God, to get hold of one corner of your truth and forget the rest. Keep me aware of the sweep and splendor of your law, all its parts and its wholeness, even as it is shown complete in Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Many of us make the mistake of thinking that God is on the side of our own prejudices, or own interests. Nothing could be further from the truth. “Instead of God being on the side of our prejudices, He is deliberately wiping them out.” The only thing God wants from us is “our unconditional surrender.”

Father, give me this surrender, for even that must be a gift from you! I confess that I still struggle with prejudices that I need to surrender to you, that they may be totally wiped out. The only thing I am concerned with is your interests in other people, not my own interests. Make that 100% true in my life. I pray that I might surrender completely to you, and that I might understand and know all of your truth, not just bits and pieces that serve my own purposes.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in me the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that I may obtain what you promise, make me love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Grace and peace, friends!

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Today is Saturday, October 22, 2016. Nineteen days until our Glen Rose weekend.

Quote of the Day

“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.” – Franz Kafka

Word of the Day

Stalwart – firm, steadfast, or uncompromising.

Today is Caps Lock Day, a day set aside to campaign for the removal of the “Caps Lock” key on the keyboard. To celebrate, simply refrain from using the Caps Lock key. You might also remind people on social media that using Caps Lock (aka, shouting) does not, in fact, help to get their point across.

Well, we are back home from Galveston. We arrived in Mineral Wells, to drop my mother off at home, at around 6:30 PM, yesterday. We stayed just long enough to get her luggage in, use the bathroom, and give hugs goodbye. We stopped by McDonald’s on the way out of Mineral Wells, to pick up something to eat, then headed on back home. We got home somewhere between 8:00 and 8:30 PM. We got everything unpacked, then I settled in to a session on the PS4, while C went to bed to read for a while. We took the rental van back right after we got up, this morning. It looks like we even got $7 back because we turned it in a couple hours early! Everything about the rental process was smooth and easy! Alamo was great!

It was a fantastic vacation! I think everyone had a good time, and it was nice to be all together for a while. We had some good food, some great experiences, and, most of all, enjoyed being around the beach, either sitting on the deck, watching the ocean while reading, or getting on the beach to sit or play in the water. The weather was great for most of the trip, and even when it rained on Thursday, it was still beautiful.

Next up for us is C’s birthday weekend, which we will spend at Paluxy River Bed Cabins in Glen Rose.

We don’t have much going on this weekend. We have to get to the grocery store at some point, and we have church tomorrow. That’s about it. Next weekend and the one following will be a little busy, and then the weekend following that will be the Glen Rose weekend.


Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. Psalm 85:7
Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! Psalm 65:4
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. Psalm 84:5
My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Psalm 84:1

(From Praying With the Psalms)

With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes.
I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies.
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.
Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life.
They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law.
But you are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are true.
Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever.
Psalm 119:145-152

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “The early morning belongs to the church of the risen Christ.” As Christians, we have long been encouraged to make our first words and thoughts, our first moments of every day, be dedicated to our Father.

“‘As the sun doth daily rise, brightening all the morning skies, so to Thee with one accord lift we up our hearts, O Lord! . . . Praise we, with the heavenly host, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; Thee would we with one accord praise and magnify, O Lord!’ (‘As the Sun Doth Daily Rise,’ Latin hymn, translated by O.B.C.). Amen.”

Father, I pray for more discipline when it comes to my early mornings. I am too frequently distracted by things that are completely irrelevant and meaningless. May my first thoughts, words, and actions, every day, going forward, but toward you. Take my days and make them yours, from the very beginning.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)

Grace and peace, friends.

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Willing To Be Sanctified

Today is Thursday, October 20, 2016. Day seven in Galveston.

Quote of the Day

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

Word of the Day

Paroxysm – any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion.

Today is Information Overload Day. I’m glad this is happening while I’m on vacation. If you are able, take a break from the massive amount of information coming your way via the Internet and social media. The news can wait, can’t it?

It wound up just being C, Mama, and I who went out for the lunch buffet, yesterday. We went to Mario’s Seawall Italian and Pizza restaurant, where we took in their nice lunch buffet. There was a good variety of choice, from spaghetti and meatballs, to fried Pollock and backed chicken. There was also lasagna and pizza.

After lunch, we drove over to the Port Bolivar ferry, where we road across the bay to the Bolivar Peninsula. We saw a few dolphins on the way over, and enjoyed the view as we rode. On the other side, we just drove down the main road for about fifteen miles, taking a side trip to look at Crystal Beach. It was much nicer this year, as the beaches of Galveston have not been plagued with the massive amounts of seaweed that we experienced the last time we were down here. We stopped at a store and got something to drink, then headed back to the ferry landing to ride back over to the island.

On the trip back to the house, we encountered a slight detour, as Seawall Blvd was closed for a bit. We found out later that a water main had broken, and there were even places without any water for a while. We had to meander around some back streets, but finally made our way back out to Seawall to get back out to the west end, where our house is. It added about thirty minutes to our trip, I think.

After sitting around the house, reading for a while, C and I went down to the beach with some chairs, played in the water for a while and then sat looking at the ocean until dusk. It was wonderful and beautiful and relaxing.

This morning, we had rain when we woke up, along with some thunder. It appears that the rain has stopped, but it is still overcast cloudy. The temp is supposed to get into the low 80s today, which is a bit cooler than the rest of the week has been.

And, sadly, it is our last full day in Galveston. In fact, we have to be checked out of the house by 10:00 AM tomorrow. That makes me sad, of course, but I’ll try not to focus on that today.


O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalm 51:15
Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Psalm 43:3
O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
Psalm 89:8, 14
I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 116:9

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.
My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.
Psalm 119:135-136

As followers of Christ, it does make us sad when people don’t acknowledge God and his “law.” While I don’t believe that we are bound to follow God’s “law,” per se, when I read this Psalm and the references to God’s law, I simply see it as his Word, whether in print, or through the Spirit. It’s hard to not take it personally, when non-believers scoff at it. However, I am getting better at that. It does me no harm when someone professes that they don’t believe in God or in his Word. Nevertheless, we are still saddened when people will not avail themselves to the life that is available in Christ.

“Dear God, I pray for my friends who appear to be indifferent to your ways and heedless of your love. I know that your word continues to them as a word of invitation, direction, and love. I pray for their repentance and faith, through Jesus Christ. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

For this is the will of God, your sanctification. 1 Thessalonians 4:3

The question is not if God is willing to sanctify me. The question is if I am willing. “Am I willing to let God do in me all that has been made possible by the Atonement?” Am I willing to let the life of Christ be manifest in my flesh? Everything is completed in Christ.

Father, I pray for the desire to be complete in Christ. My heart desires to follow him closely, but my flesh continues to struggle. There is still a determination to employ the disciplines to make me more like Christ, to put his words into practice in my life, and to walk in the easy yoke of Christ.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

PS, there may not be a blog entry tomorrow morning. As stated above, we have to be completely out and have the keys back to the rental agency by 10:00 AM, so I may not have time.

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Soak Before God

Today is Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Day six in Galveston.

Quote of the Day

“Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don’t notice where we happen to be.” ― Dan Gutman, The Genius Files #4: From Texas with Love

Word of the Day

Harum-scarum – reckless; rash; irresponsible: He had a harum-scarum youth.

Today is Evaluate Your Life Day. Not to get all heavy and instrospective, here, but it never hurts to occasionally step back and see where you are in your life. I’ve been doing a little of that this week, as I sit here and stare at the ocean. But mine has been more of an evaluation on a spiritual level.

Yesterday morning, we went for brunch at ShyKatZ, a local bakery/cafe. The breakfast was good, but the setting is very tight. They have too many tables crammed into the room, so if it’s full, you really can’t walk between the tables. Otherwise, it was fine, though. The food was good, not great, except that they serve Boar’s Head meats, which are always good. After brunch, we drove back over to LaKing’s Confections, where I got some more salt water taffy, as well as some treats for others.

The rest of the afternoon, we spent out on the beach. C and I took the canopy that we brought, and set it up close to the water. We intermittently played in the water and sat in the shade, reading. We did this for several hours, and it was relaxing. R and J came out for a bit, and C went back to the house to get S, who also came out for a while.

After that, we went out for a seafood dinner. It took a little while to decide, but we finally landed on Fish Tales, a local seafood restaurant that appears to be owned by the Landry’s people. It’s not nearly as frou-frou as Landry’s, though, so the atmosphere is nice, but still casual. Of course, it’s expensive, as are all seafood restaurants. Mama and I had the special, which was blackened salmon with shrimp and fried asparagus, on a bed of mashed potatoes. Mama substituted grilled vegetables for her shrimp. The first thing I tasted was the mashed potatoes, which were the absolute best I have ever had at a restaurant. They were obviously real potatoes, and delicious. Then the salmon, which was also the most delicious that I have ever had! It practically melted in my mouth! The shrimp was the weakest part of the dish, and was just okay. It was shrimp. Nothing really special about it. The fried asparagus was a new thing to me, and was also delicious. We had a great time, good food, after which we drove back to the house, and had some of the desert that we had picked up at ShyKatz, earlier; strawberry cake, chocolate cake, and a couple of types of cheesecake.

It was a good day.

Today, I think we’re going to go to a lunch buffet at a local Italian restaurant that we have been to a couple of times on past visits. R & J, I think, are going to head out on their own today, and do whatever they want to do, which is perfectly fine. In fact, that was our intent all along. We may take the ferry over to Bolivar Peninsula, and then go sit in the breezeway at Murdock’s sipping daiquiris.


Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD! Psalm 113:1
Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind. Psalm 26:2
All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power.
Psalm 145:10-11

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name.
Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep your precepts.
Psalm 119:129-134

“When we first look at the word of God, it is like a bud–a small concentration of beauty. As we hold it before us in meditation, it unfolds, layer by layer, until the full flower is in blossom, ready to be viewed in all its intricately related parts.”

“O Father, there is so much that I am eager to learn from your word. I have seen so little, but that little has whetted my appetite for more. As I hunger and thirst for your righteousness, fill me with your Holy Spirit. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36

“The great enemy to the Lord Jesus Christ in the present day is the conception of practical work that has not come from the New Testament, but from the systems of the world in which endless energy and activities are insisted upon, but no private life with God.” I point out, once again, that this was published in 1935.

For decades, Christian communities and churches have put the emphasis on the wrong thing. “My kingdom is not of this world,” yet we get our work inspiration from the world, rather than from Jesus. Chambers says that we spend too much time living in the “shop window. It is the innermost of the innermost that reveals the power of life.”

In the life of Jesus and his original disciples, there was none of this rush of activity that we seem to regard so highly today. “The central thing about the kingdom of Jesus Christ is a personal relationship to Himself, not public usefulness to men.”

Chambers also names a strength of the Bible Training College where he taught: “here you are put into soak before God.” If we spend too much time in “overactive energies” instead of soaking in God and his truth, we will snap under the strain of ministry. We must get into soak before God, becoming rooted and grounded in him; then we will remain true, regardless of what happens.

This is somewhat along the lines of the question of whether we simply believe in Jesus or believe Jesus, meaning, do we believe the words he said? It’s easy to believe in Jesus. It’s much more difficult to put his words into practice, believing them to be truth.

Father, I want to soak before you. I want to take your Word and bathe myself in it, immerse myself, baptize myself in your word! Teach me your ways, that I may walk in your truth. Unite my heart to fear your name. Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee! Help me to walk in your kingdom, taking the words of Jesus and putting them into practice in my life.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)

Grace and peace, friends.

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Attachment vs Detachment

Today is Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Day five in Galveston.

Quote of the Day

“Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose.” – Billie Holiday

Word of the Day

Plusquamperfection – Utter perfection.

Today is Chocolate Cupcake Day. What could possibly be wrong, today, that a chocolate cupcake couldn’t fix?

We slept through the sunrise, this morning. Mostly because we stayed up past midnight, last night.

Yesterday, we drove into town to eat breakfast/brunch at Miller’s Seawall Grill. I had Lump Crab Benedict, and, boy, was it good!! After we ate, we went on over to The Strand to walk around a little. We watched salt water taffy being made at La King’s candy shop, and got some free samples. I also bought a small amount of several flavors and decided that I really like salt water taffy.

That was the extent of our adventure, yesterday. We drove on back to the house and spent the rest of the day relaxing, reading, watching/listening to the ocean.

This morning, we are getting ready to go to another place for breakfast, ShyKatZ. Who knows what we will do after that?


Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Psalm 105:4
Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts!Psalm 125:4

(From Praying With the Psalms)

I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
Give your servant a pledge of good; let not the insolent oppress me.
My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes.
I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!
It is time for the LORD to act, for your law has been broken.
Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.
Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right; I hate every false way.
Psalm 119:121-128

The Word of God is available to us at no charge; we can neither buy nor sell it (I’m not speaking of “Bibles” here). At the same time, it is priceless and shapes all of our values. Do our check stubs reflect the values shaped by God’s Word?

“You know, O Lord, how easily I am corrupted by the world’s values, how I judge people by their salaries and things by their price tags. Purge me of all such baseness and teach me to value everything in relation to your love revealed in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 3 John 7

How does our love to Christ manifest itself? We must identify with his interests in other people, not attempting to identify Jesus with our interests in other people.

“The key to missionary devotion means being attached to nothing and no one saving Our Lord Himself, not being detached from things externally. External detachment frequently shows an internal attachment to the very things that we seek to keep away from externally. We are better to be attached solely to Christ, rather than attempting to be detached from other things.

Father, I would seek this internal and external attachment to Christ, rather than external detachment from things. I desire to seek Jesus and him only, and allow this to color my attitude toward everything else. Help me to identify with your interests in those around me, rather than attempting to manipulate you into my interests.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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The Greater Work

Today is Monday, October 17, 2016. Day four in Galveston.

Quote of the Day

“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” – Max Muller

Word of the Day

Keytar – An electronic musical instrument consisting of a keyboard with an attached neck incorporating controls for altering the sound and pitch, and typically equipped with a shoulder strap so that it can be held in the manner of a guitar.


Today is Wear Something Gaudy Day. If only I had brought something gaudy with me to Galveston.

We had breakfast at a delightful little Mexican restaurant, yesterday. I guess you might consider it “brunch,” rather than breakfast. The place is called La Estacion, and is on Ball Street, just off of Broadway, about two blocks down from where the cruise ships launch. It’s a tiny shop, looking to be family owned, and everything is homemade fresh. Even the tortilla chips they brought to us were hot, straight out of the oven. The salsa was delicious, too. And prices! Good grief! We got huge breakfast burritos with eggs, potatoes, and meat for around $3.00! I added an extra meat and cheese to mine, so it was about a dollar more. Four of us ate for $30, and $5 of that was the guacamole we got. I wasn’t real crazy about their guac, but everything else was delicious! We’ll probably go back later this week.

After brunch, we toured the Bishop Palace, an old mansion from the 1800s. It was free to tour, yesterday only, due to some anniversary of the Galveston Historical Foundation, or something. It was beautiful inside, with about a dozen fireplaces, a library, and some ornate ceilings, bed canopies, and so on. However, it was warm and humid inside, as the building has no A/C. They had some electric portable units about the place, though, so that helped.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing around the house, either inside, or on the deck, watching/listening to the waves and reading. R & J arrived at around 7:00 PM, after which we found a pizza place that would actually deliver to us, and we were able to order online! We had a nice time visiting, and finally went to bed around 10:00PM.

No plans today, other than breakfast/brunch in a little while. We might go shopping around The Strand. We might not. We have no plans.


My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day. –
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.
Psalm 71:8-9
O LORD, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you.
Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry!
Psalm 88:1-2
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
Psalm 25:4-5

(From Praying With the Psalms)

I hate the double-minded, but I love your law.
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God.
Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
Hold me up, that I may be safe and have regard for your statutes continually!
You spurn all who go astray from your statutes, for their cunning is in vain.
All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross, therefore I love your testimonies.
My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.
Psalm 119:113-120

It is necessary for us to concentrate on God’s Word before we can truly be a witness in this world. Jesus said, in Matthew 6:22, The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. The KJV renders this, The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. We must be single minded. In Psalm 86:11, my life verse, the Psalmist says, Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.

“I would look neither to the right nor the left, neither before or behind, but keep my eyes on your word, O God. And then I would press on, single-minded, for ‘the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:14). Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work.” I could stop there. Unfortunately, we tend to think of prayer as the thing that will prepare us for God’s work.

“Prayer is the battle; it is a matter of indifference where you are.” Whatever the circumstances, our duty is to pray. Whatever circumstance God has dumped you in, pray. Do not think, “I am of no use where I am.” Chambers says, “You certainly can be of no use where you are not.” We engage in spiritual selfishness when we only pray if we can get thrills.

What are we to pray for? One major thing is to pray for the laborers to reap the harvest, addressed yesterday. This is not glorious, thrilling work. But when we labor at prayer, “results happen all the time from His standpoint.”

You see, we never know what happens when we pray. “What an astonishment it will be to find, when the veil is lifted, the souls that have been reaped by you, simply because you had been in the habit of taking your orders from Jesus Christ.”

Father, I thank you for these reminders of the greater work of prayer, and how you have led me into a life of prayer. I ask that this would be intensified during the remainder of this vacation, that I would spend more time in prayer as I take in the wonders of your creation. Give me work to do in your Kingdom, and may I do it joyfully.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)

Grace and peace, friends.

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Prayer Is the Key

Today is Sunday, October 16, 2016. Day three in Galveston.

Quote of the Day

“Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.” – Saint Teresa of Avila

Word of the Day

Lavation – the act or an instance of washing or cleansing

Today is Dictionary Day, in honor of Noah Webster, considered the “father” of the American Dictionary.

I got up with C, this morning, to drink coffee and watch the sunrise. It was almost as brilliant as yesterday’s, and, perhaps, in some ways, more so.

Galveston sunrise

Galveston sunrise

We watched the sun come up, along with some early-risen children cavorting in the shallow water while their father took some pictures. A few other people showed up, some just driving beach buggies down to the ocean to do nothing more than watch the sunrise. A few men showed up down the way to do some fishing, one of them with a net.


Today, R & J should arrive, but we aren’t sure when. I’m expecting them mid-afternoon. We plan to go have some brunch at a local Mexican restaurant, La Estacion, recommended by a friend at work. We have heard that the Bishop house tours are free on Sundays, so we might try to do that. But there are no firm plans at all. And that’s pretty much how we are approaching the whole week.

Yesterday, we pretty much did nothing all day. The whole day can pretty much be summed up by this picture of C sitting on the beach.



Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
Psalm 67:3-5
Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life. Psalm 119:149
Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.
Psalm 118:25-26

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules.
I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word!
Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules.
I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.
Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.
Psalm 119:105-112

Who among us knows the future? We know not what this day holds in store for us. However, as disciples, we have “clear illumination for each step taken in faith and hope.” Because of that, we can step into each day with fullness of joy.

“‘O grant us light, that we may know the wisdom Thou alone canst give; that truth may guide where’er we go, and virtue bless where’er we live. O grant us light, that we may see where error lurks in human lore, and turn our seeking minds to Thee, and love Thy holy Word the more’ (Lawrence Tuttiett, ‘O Grant Us Light’). Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

. . . therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Matthew 9:38

What is the key to the “missionary problem?” It is prayer. It is not work, at least not the way that word is normally understood, because work typically means “the evasion of concentration on God.” But we think that prayer is not practical; from the “ordinary common-sense point of view,” prayer is stupid. But the key to the “missionary problem” is not common sense, either. It is prayer.

“There are no nations in Jesus Christ’s outlook, but the world.” Do we pray with no respect for persons, save Jesus Christ? It is his harvest, not ours, “and this is the harvest we have to pray that labourers may be thrust out to reap.” We get too busy with our activities, and wind up not reaping any at all. What happens when a crisis arises in a life close to us? We claim we have “special work” to do. “No Christian has a special work to do. A Christian is called to be Jesus Christ’s own, one who is not above his Master, one who does not dictate to Jesus Christ what he intends to do.” Jesus calls to himself, not to “special work.” Prayer is the work. Pray for laborers to reap the harvest.

Father, you have called me to prayer; help me to be faithful. I confess that I have lagged, of late. Rekindle the fire of intercessory prayer in my life. Teach me to pray, both for individual needs, as well as needs of the Church. Teach me to properly pray for the laborers to reap the harvest. Let me not be distracted by presuppositions and personal preferences. May I be a servant of Jesus Christ.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Grace and peace, friends.

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