STILL EDITING and WRITING

It is Written new front cover #11_page-0001 (1)My apologies for having neglected my blog over the past couple of weeks. I have been editing my book It Is Written: My Prayer Journey into the Heart of God. Finally, on Thursday evening, I finished what I think was the fourth recent edit and, hopefully, the final one except possibly a final read-through.

I e-mailed the manuscript to Margaret Gibb, founder of Women Together, and she is currently reading it in order to endorse the book for me. Then there will be just the last minute things to do before I upload to KDP Print.

It’s exciting to see another book so close to being in my hands. I am now writing a companion workbook to use either in a group study or for personal use. This is a new area of creation for me, and I am enjoying it. I have 30 pages done as of Saturday night (first draft, of course), and hope to be able to publish both books together. I will let you know when they are available on Amazon. If you would like a preview of part of this book, check this post and follow the links to read the rest of the topic.

Other than this, I have been occupied with the usual things such as prayer, going to church and Bible Study. I had a lovely afternoon yesterday. A friend invited me to lunch after church. After eating, we sat out on her little patio enjoying a cup of tea and the beautiful weather. 

Well, this is just a short post, but I will be working on the study book this week and I just wanted to keep you updated on what is happening in my world.

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Oh, and please watch for an announcement of my new web site sometime in the future (hopefully not too-distant future). I hope once it is made public that all of you, my followers on this blog, will skip over to the new site and sign up there, too. This site will remain and I may possibly post from time to time, if only to share new updates on my new site.

God bless you all. I pray you will have a wonderful and exciting week.

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HAPPY SUNDAY

Just a short post today to say, “Happy Sunday”. I hope you are enjoying the spring weather. I was beginning to wonder if we would ever get a real spring day, but today, though a little cool, is just perfect.

As I drove to church and back this morning, I so enjoyed the flowers filling gardens and the blossoms on the trees. It is a beautiful time of year. Another thing I love is to hear the birds singing and filling the air with life.

I also wanted to share with you some of my recent artwork. My photo cut off off a little of the chickadee, but I hope you enjoy the colorful birds. I don’t know if I have ever done drawings of birds before, but I had fun doing them in colored pencil.

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From top to bottom: Cardinal, scarlet-bellied mountain tanager, red-breasted grosbeak, chickadee and American goldfinch.

I hope this has brightened your day a little. Thanks for taking time to stop by. I hope you will leave a comment in the box below before you leave. I do look forward to your comments. And if you are not following my blog, please take an extra moment or two to click on the  “Follow” button at the top. You will receive e-mail notifications for every new post.

God bless you and may you have a wonderful week filled with joy and peace and love.


Portrait by Dwayne

AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK AGAIN

Anyone here ever heard of Kiribati? Have you ever been there? Neither have I. In fact I had never heard of it until a couple of years ago. And when I searched a map for it, it turned out to be on the tiniest island, only a dot, in the middle of the ocean, in the South Seas. No bigger than a pinpoint. Actually it is on Canton Island. And I have a strange “connection” with Kiribati.

December 23, 2010, I placed an order of skin care products from a company named L’Bri Pure N ‘Natural. I had been a distributor for this company for a few years, and this was the last order of that year for me. Actually it turned out to be the last order I ever placed as within a couple of months I could no longer keep up with the annual doubled quotas that were being set. The order did not arrive. I cannot now remember if I had them reship or if I may have even forgotten about the order. Probably not as some of the products would have been for customers, and I imagine the company resent the order to me eventually.

But where did that order go? Well, I would not find out for seven years. One day in January or February of 2017, the postal delivery buzzed me to come down to the lobby. He had a parcel for me. It surprised me as I did not recollect placing an order for anything. Down I went, and the first thing the postman said was that it looked rather battered. And it did. I should have taken a photo of it. But from the box I could not learn where it came from. Upon opening it, I saw the products, one of which had broken and leaked all over everything else. I checked the Customs declaration. It had come by Priority Mail. I looked more closely and discovered that, instead of being sent to London, Ontario, Canada, it had been addressed to London, Ontario, Canton Island (Kiribati). It had the correct postal code even. And the postal code is supposed to be enough for the parcel to be directed correctly.

But what happened between 2010 and 2017? I guess I will never know. But how it ever eventually arrived at my door is an even greater mystery to me. I really wish I could have traveled with that carton to see some of the places it went. The only explanation? You can see it on the label: Missent to Kiribati.

I think there is something to learn from the spiritual standpoint from this story. We must be directed to the right location. Are you heading for heaven? If not, you need to find out how to redirect your life onto the right route to get there. If you are expecting to get there whatever route you take, you may find out you are too late. The story in Matthew 25 about the 10 virgins confirms this. Five had enough oil for their lamps to last, but the other five had not taken extra. By the time they had gone out to remedy that situation, they returned to find out they were too late. How disheartening those two words would be. “Too late!” I want to make sure my life is directed to the right address. I don’t want any delays or detours or wrong destinations to jeopardize my arrival in heaven when my life here is completed. Check the “shipping address” on your life. Do you need to be redirected to the right location? It is simple enough to do. Just ask Jesus to forgive your sins and ask Him into your heart to take over the direction of your life. All it takes is a sincere heart to reach out to Him. Take a moment to check the address marked on your life. Where are you headed?

I hope you enjoyed my little story. Thank you for taking time to stop by and read it. I would very much appreciate it if you would leave a comment in the box below. Have you ever had anything similar happen to you? Please tell me about it. If you are not yet following me, please click on the “Follow” button at the top and you will receive e-mail updates when I publish new posts.

Have a wonderful day and a wonderful Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. May the God of all peace bless you with the peace that passes all understanding. Put your hand in His and let Him lead you.

PRAYER OF COVERING Part 7-The Armor of God

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Ephesians 6:10-18

We all know about the armor of God. We have read about it in the Book of Ephesians where the Apostle Paul explains to the church at Ephesus what this armor consists of. You have probably even seen small replicas or photos of the armor. I have heard people say we do not need to do warfare prayer. If that were so, then why do we need armor? Why do we need weapons? If the Lord did not intend for us to engage in spiritual warfare, He would not have provided the equipment to protect us and to fight with against our enemy. And He has more than adequately equipped us with all we need.

There is a danger here, however, and we must learn to understand just who our enemy is. Paul wanted the Ephesians to recognize that we do not fight against flesh and blood. We must not look at people as being the enemy though the enemy may be using them for his purposes. It is the spiritual forces and powers in this dark world that we must do battle with. Our weapons are spiritual so we may accomplish this and come out on the victory side. With God on our side, and when we choose His side, we cannot lose the war.

I have also heard it taught by many who would have us believe that we have no armor, no protection, for our backs. But the term “full armor” actually means panoply, or a complete covering. It means we are wrapped up in that armor. Can you even imagine a breastplate that only covers the front of the body? How would it stay on? Tied with a ribbon around the soldier’s neck? No, the breastplate has a front and a back so we are fully protected. Our God does not leave us vulnerable in any area. We only become vulnerable when we neglect to put on that armor, when we lay our weapons down.

Following is the final part of the Prayer of Covering.

May I always conduct my life with integrity, Lord—in full measure, innocent[ly[, blameless[ly], upright[ly] (see Proverbs 10:9).

I now put on the full armor of God—Jesus Christ Himself (see Romans 13:14)—that I may be able to stand strong today against all the schemes and trickery of the devil (see Ephesians 6:10-17). I put on the helmet of salvation—Jesus is my Salvation (see 1 Corinthians 1:30)—to protect my mind in every spiritual battle. I put on the breastplate of righteousness—Jesus is my righteousness (see 1 Corinthians 1:30)—to protect my heart, my spirit and my back from the onslaught and ambushes of the enemy. I wrap around me the belt of truth—Jesus is the Truth (see John 14:6)—to protect the workings of Your Spirit in my inner man so truth abides and prevails within me at all times. I put on my feet the shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace—Jesus is the gospel (see 1 Thessalonians 3:2), and He is my peace (see Ephesians 2:14)—that I may be fully provided for and ready to go where You call me to go, refrain from going where You do not want me to go, and that wherever I go I will, as a peacemaker, take with me Your peace and the truth of the gospel. I choose to take up the shield of faith—Jesus is the Author and Finisher of my faith (see Hebrews 12:2)—He is my faith (see Ephesians 3:12 KJV)—and, according to Your Word, not one of the flaming darts of the enemy will be able to penetrate that shield but will all be extinguished. I take hold of the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God—Jesus is the Word (see John 1:1)—which “…is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). By the power of the name of Jesus I will use this sword to cut off from my life those things which are contrary to Your Word and Your purposes for my life. In the authority and truth of the Word of God I will use this sword to expose the lies and deceits of the enemy. By the power of the blood of Jesus I will use this sword to defuse and defeat the work of the devil in my life and in the lives of my family and friends. Motivated by Your love and in the power of the Holy Spirit I will use this sword to bring life and deliverance, hope and freedom to myself and others, and glory and honor to Your name. I take up the weapon of all-prayer in order to intercede in heaven’s courts and war on behalf of myself and others because Jesus, as my example, is at the right hand of God interceding for me (see Romans 8:34). I put on the armor of light—Jesus is the Light of the world (see Romans 13:12; John 9:5). I take up the weapons of righteousness (see 2 Corinthians 6:7). I put on the breastplate of faith and love—Jesus is love—(see 1 Thessalonians 5:8; 1 John 4:16). With these I go forth in victory into this day in the name of Jesus.

I hope you have enjoyed this series of posts on the Prayer of Covering. I have enjoyed sharing it with you and trust the Lord has blessed you and shown you how you can perhaps add this prayer, or a similar one you choose to pray for yourself, to your prayer life. I would like to be able to pray this prayer on a daily basis, but being an intercessor for my church, there is so much to pray for some days that I only have the time to pray it once in a while. But I do feel the power behind it when I do make the time, and it is never wasted time. I not only pray it for myself, but often for others, either specific people or for the whole church.

If you have not read the previous six posts in this series, please go here for the beginning. Click here for Part 2. Part 3 is here. You will find Part 4 here. Click here for Part 5 and Part 6.

I cannot give even an estimate of when my book “It Is Written: My Prayer Journey into the Heart of God”, from which this series is taken, will be published. It is my hope to be able to have it available before the end of 2019 or perhaps sooner. I will let you, my readers, know when it is published.

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I pray God’s blessings on you throughout this coming week. May His joy be your strength from day to day.

PRAYER OF COVERING Part 6-The Memory, Attitudes and Motives

Memories can be good, but they can also be very destructive. Abusive words and actions can take root very deeply in our memory, both conscious and sub-conscious. They can be very difficult to root out, and they often leave a gaping wound in the heart, a wound that is hard to heal. And they have power to dictate our own words, actions and attitudes even years after becoming embedded in our minds. It takes an encounter with the Lord to heal that kind of wound and to erase the negative results from them. The best protection we have is the blood of Jesus. If we daily ask for the covering of the blood over our memories, we have a better chance of not being affected by them and also of protecting ourselves from adverse events becoming a stronghold in our minds. We need to learn how to make good memories to counter the not-so-good remembrances.

Our attitudes and motives influence our lives either for good or otherwise. And they can be greatly affected by our memories. When our memories take us into dark places, our attitudes and motives often sink down with them. We need to take active steps to prevent our thoughts from the negative. Memories are confined to our minds, but attitudes eventually spill over to others through our words and actions,and motives can adversely affect our treatment of others. When we develop wrong motives, others can be hurt. It is good to do regular attitude checks and to monitor our motives. Here again, the blood of Jesus is the answer to keep our attitudes and motives in line with the Word of God and His purposes for our lives. The blood is powerful and we must avail ourselves of that power daily.

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I claim the protecting power of the blood of Jesus over my memory. Consecrate my memories past and current, and reverse any damaging repercussions which have occurred because of them. Clear my mind, conscious and subconscious, of all memories which have occurred because of them. Clear my mind, conscious and subconscious, of all negative influence which has hindered my progress in Your ways. Help me to dwell on the good memories when I think about the past (see Proverbs 10:7). Help me to extract from every memory all that is beneficial to my life today, and to discard all that is unprofitable.

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my attitudes, Lord. May my attitudes line up with Your Word. Help me in every area of my life to have the same attitude of humility, submission, servant-hood and love that Jesus displayed when He left heaven to be born in human form (see Philippians 2:5-8).

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my motives. Your Word says that You weigh our motives (see Proverbs 16:2). Purify my motives, Lord, and root out all that are formed on a foundation other than Your Word: selfish motives, motives fueled by greed, wrong attitudes, mistaken understanding, wrong advice, misinterpreted concepts, misguided opinions, wrong information, anger, fear, bitterness, arrogance, jealousy, self-promotion, ungodly outside influence, old or current wounds I have not dealt with, complacency, or offenses or prejudices—personal or transferred from others. May my attitudes and motives be based solely on Your unbiased, unconditional, unlimited, unchanging love.

I hope in some way your spirit has resonated with this part of the prayer. I pray that we would all experience a renewal in our memories, attitudes and motives so our lives will continually line up with the principles the Lord has set before us. I pray for the protection of the blood of Jesus every day, every hour, every moment in each of our lives. I pray for the cleansing that comes from the blood. May we all walk the path the Lord has ordained for us as we become more and more like Jesus. He is coming again. May we all be ready.

Thank you so much for dropping by and reading this post. If this is your first time here, I hope you will browse through some of my other posts. If you have not already read the first five parts of this series, please click here for the first part; Part 2; Part 3Part 4; and Part 5. I would really appreciate it if you would leave a comment in the box below and I will respond to it. If you are new here, please introduce yourself and tell me a little bit about yourself. If you are not already following my blog, please take a moment to click on the “Follow” button at the top to receive e-mail notifications of new posts. 

I pray that you are having a great day walking in the footsteps of Jesus. May God bless you with abundant blessings and answer your deepest prayers.

PRAYER OF COVERING Part 5-The Emotions, Creativity and Will

I have grouped emotions, creativity and will into one, first because it is short, and secondly because they seem to fit together. Our creativity probably depends a lot on our emotional state and on our will. Do I want to create? Are my emotions stable enough to follow through with creative ideas?

When our emotions get out of control, we have a problem. We do not make wise decisions if we are overcome with anger, sadness, guilt, hopelessness, bitterness, or any other negative emotion. Our minds do not function in a rational manner but we think from the viewpoint of that emotion. We can even allow good emotions to run rampant and cloud our judgments. Some people hold in their emotions, either from fear of losing control or of what others will say or think. None of these possibilities is good. The Lord has made us emotional people for a purpose, but those emotions should be under the control of the Holy Spirit.

Our creativity comes because of the Divine Creator who has given us, as Christians, His Holy Spirit, a creative Spirit. But we can use our creativity for the wrong purposes as well. Our talents should be used for the glory of God and to be life-giving to others. It is our choice how we use that creativity.

Our will also has to be “tamed” so we can obey the Lord and choose to do His will rather than our own. The human will can be very stubborn at times. Like Lucifer, we say, “I will…” We make it all about “me” rather than about the Lord, and get ourselves into  a lot of scrapes and sometimes serious trouble because of that. So we need to pray to keep our emotions, creativity and will in line with divine purpose. So here is the prayer. If this is the first part you are reading, you might want to go back to the beginning and read each part in sequence: Prayer of Covering, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over any ungodly emotions which may begin to rise up in me. Sanctify my emotions today, Lord. I pray that I will not yield to or act out of any ungodly or out-of-control emotions. Yet may my emotions not be stifled from healthy expression. Help me to respond to every situation as Jesus would. May the emotions I experience be pure in Your eyes.

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my creativity. Sanctify my talents and giftings, Lord, so that all of my ideas and inspirations will be birthed by the Holy Spirit. Give me the knowledge, wisdom, understanding, tools, motivation, strategies, ability and perseverance I need to stir them up and carry them through to completion for Your glory (see 1 Timothy 4:14).

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my will. Consecrate it so it may become one with Yours. Empower me to do Your will, Lord. May I willingly and deliberately abandon my own fleshly desires, opinions and will at the foot of the cross and leave them there permanently. Give me courage to always allow You to fulfill Your will in my life. May I never settle for anything less (see Mark 3:35). Help me to cooperate fully with what You are doing day by day in my life.

Amen!

I hope this has helped you in some way today. My main desire in posting on this blog is that I would bring life, hope, joy, encouragement to those who read it. I really appreciate my readers and thank you for faithfully coming back to read my latest posts. I enjoy hearing from you and learning a little about you and what you think about my writing. Please leave a comment in the box below and I will respond as soon as possible. If you are not yet following “For the Joy of Writing”, I hope you will take a moment to click on the “Follow” button at the top to receive e-mail notifications of new posts.

Again, I am so glad you chose to take a bit of your time to visit and read my post. I pray you will have a wonderful day. May the Lord bless you with His abundance, His love, His joy and His peace always. Until next time. Smile, because God loves you.

PRAYER OF COVERING Part 4-The Mouth

Our mouths often get us into trouble, and need protection from speaking out what might be harmful, silly or just useless remarks. Jesus tells us that every idle word we speak will be judged (see Matthew 12:36), so we need to take care to prevent wrong words from spewing out. Paul also warns us about coarse and foolish jesting (see Ephesians 5:4) which is unprofitable and does no good. If you haven’t read the first three parts of this series, you might want to click here to read the first part, Part 2, and Part 3. It doesn’t really matter what order you read these in, but you might want to read at least the first part for an introduction to the series.

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my mouth. Help me to put a muzzle on my mouth today, Lord (see Psalm 39:1). Set a guard over my lips (see Psalm 141:3). Let the Holy Spirit filter out any corrupting, negative, unclean, unwholesome, unhealthy, harmful, antagonistic, poisonous words, idle words, unproductive words, self-righteous words, idle words, unproductive words, self-righteous words, words of accusation, condemnation or any other words which carry death, before they come out of my mouth. May I speak only words of life, encouragement, gratitude, appreciation, healing words, words which build up rather than tear down, words appropriate for the need of the moment so that only grace would flow to those who hear (see Ephesians 4:29). Tame my tongue, Father (see James 3:8). Touch my lips with a coal from off Your altar so my words will be clean and pure and carry only life (see Isaiah 6:6, 7). Father, as Jesus spoke only what You gave Him to speak (see John 12:50; John 14:10), so may I speak only what You give me to speak. Be my mouth today, Lord, and teach me, as You did Moses and Aaron, what to say and do in every situation (see Exodus 4:12, 15).

James tells us that the tongue is a fire and world of of iniquity which can set the course of our life on fire if we fail to keep it under control (James 3:6). And we cannot control the tongue without the power of the Holy Spirit. Proverbs 18:31 tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue. That is serious indeed. James 4:11 tells us not to speak against a brother or judge him. By these scriptures, it looks as though our tongues can get us into a lot of trouble if we let them loose.  I am sure we have all had experiences when this has happened to us and we have done damage to someone either deliberately or simply because we did not take care what words we used. Most of us have also probably had words unleashed on us that have wounded us, sometimes just temporarily but sometimes very deeply. We know without doubt that it is God’s purpose and desire for us to keep our tongues under control.

If you are anything like me, you probably speak at times without thinking and then wish you could take back what you have just said. Here we see that our mouth and mind work together, so the prayer of covering for our mind is just as important as the prayer of covering for our mouth. I often use this word picture: Take the word “WORDS”, move the “S” from the end to the beginning, and you have a “SWORD”. Swords kill and wound. I want my words to bring life, healing, joy to those I speak them to. I want to guard my tongue, my words, and through the Holy Spirit to have control over my tongue. I’m sure you want this, too.

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I hope you are enjoying this series on the Prayer of Covering. I pray that you are having a wonderful Easter weekend. May the Lord bless you richly. Remember, He is Risen!

PRAYER OF COVERING Part 3-Ears and Eyes

Today I am grouping two sections into one: ears and eyes. They seem to go together naturally. What we look at and what we listen to can have a powerful impact on our lives for good or for evil. We do have the ability to choose what we see and hear to a great extent and so help to protect ourselves from negativity. The problem is that some of the bad stuff we have no control over, such as billboards or other public things that just pop up in our range of vision while we are out and about. And the same goes for what we hear when in public places. We cannot control what other people talk about or the kind of language they use. So we need the protection of the blood of Jesus to not only cleanse us but to protect us from those things making inroads into our souls and spirits.

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my ears, physical and spiritual, that the voice of the enemy will not penetrate into my mind or inner being. I will be cautious today about what I listen to (see Mark 4:24). By Your grace I declare I will not pay any to or entertain any half-truths, insinuations, roaring, whisperings, suggestions or lies from the devil. I claim the cleansing power of the blood to cleanse me from anything from the enemy which I have, in the past, allowed to enter my ears. Block my ears today from receiving anything with which the devil would try to beguile me—amuse, deceive, distract, divert, mislead, occupy or cheat me—and give me ears to hear and a heart to receive everything that You, Lord, have to say to me (see Matthew 11:15).

I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my eyes, physical and spiritual. Keep me from looking at things not pleasing to You—ungodly television programs and ads; unholy e-mail or internet sites and videos; movies; magazines; books. Protect me from those things I cannot help but see in the natural as I go about my daily life. Keep the defilement from penetrating into my mind and my spirit. I claim the cleansing power of the blood to remove every trace of influence of those ungodly things which, uninvited, impose themselves on my eyes and ears as I move about in public places—drive or walk down the streets, go about duties at work or school, walk through the stores, sit in restaurants, doctors’ offices and elsewhere—and as I interact throughout the day with those people who hold mindsets and worldviews which differ from mine. Protect my spiritual eyes. Cause me to see Jesus always (see Hebrews 12:2) and to be aware of, sensitive and responsive to what You are doing, and what the enemy is attempting to do, in my life and the lives of those around me. Lord, grant me a new awakening and clarity of spiritual vision, because it is written that without it Your people will die (see Proverbs 29:18 KJV).

Let’s make a conscious, deliberate choice to take care what we look at and what we listen to in our own homes, and to make good choices as to where we go in public places to lessen, when possible, the potential of seeing and hearing that which would contaminate our souls. As I said before, there are places we have to go where we have no choice but to be there. This is a good prayer to pray for our own protection and the protection of our families when there is no other option, such as work, school, doctors’ offices, stores and the like. Let’s do all we can to keep ourselves pure in the Lord. Let us fill our eyes and ears with good things so there is less room for anything else.

I hope you have enjoyed Part 3 of my series on Prayer for Covering. If you have not read the first two parts, click on Prayer for Covering for Part 1, and click here for Part 2. Just a reminder that this book is not yet published.

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PRAYER COVERING Part 2-The Heart

If you have not read the beginning of this prayer, click here before reading Part 2. This section concerns the covering of our hearts. Our hearts are very vulnerable, and can be easily wounded. Those wounds can take a long time to heal, and they often leave scars. People with wounded hearts often act out of their pain to wound others. We have to care for our hearts and keep them under the cover of the blood so they do not become hardened. We need hearts that are soft and malleable so the Holy Spirit can shape us and change us into the image of Jesus Christ.

It is Written new front cover #11_page-0001 (1)I claim the protection of the blood of Jesus over my heart. Let the things on which my heart ponders today be acceptable to You, Lord (see Psalm 19:14). Melt every last vestige of hardness and coldness in my heart with Your love until my heart becomes a deep, deep well of Your love ever flowing from me, and until my life pours out to You in continual worship. Lord, I want to know the overwhelming presence of Your love ruling in my heart. I do not just want to talk about it, hear about it, read about it or imagine it, but I want to daily experience it personally filling me every moment, and overflowing continuously out of my heart and life back to You and out to others. I do not ask You to enlarge my heart, Lord, but to enlarge Your place in my heart. I do not ask merely for more of You, Lord, but I offer You more of me—my whole being—so there is more room in my life for You. Consume me with Your love until my heart is wholly Yours, until there is nothing left there but an anointing of Your love, Your presence. Help me to access Your love in all its fullness. I want to feel Your heart beating within my heart.

Several years ago I had a powerful vision during a church prayer meeting. I saw a pair of hands holding a heart and gently massaging fragrant oil into it. The vision lasted for several minutes at the time, but has never left me. There have been various applications for this over the intervening time, and whenever I remember it, it still affects me. I believe that is what the Lord wants to do with each of our hearts. If we allow him to do this, His healing hands will bring wholeness to our hearts so we can move forward in our relationship with Jesus and also with our relationships with the people in our lives. Lord, may we all yield to your tender touch.

I hope you enjoy these short excerpts from the Prayer for Covering in my not-yet-finished book It Is Written. Please let me know what you think in the comment box below. I always love to hear from my readers. If you are not already following my blog, please take a moment to click on the “Follow” button at the top to receive e-mail notifications of future posts. Thank you for taking time to read this post.

Be blessed today and every day. May the peace of Christ dwell in your hearts and minds.

PRAYER OF COVERING

I thought I would share, in sections, the prayer for covering from my book It Is Written: My Prayer Journey into the Heart of God which is still in progress. Each section is a unit in itself, so here is the first part: the covering of our minds. Our mind can be a very fertile place for dark things to brew, so we need to take care to keep our minds under the cover of the blood of Jesus to protect us from all that comes against us from the world and from our enemy so they can be filled with the things of God.

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So spread Your covering over me now, Lord, for You are my Redeemer 

Ruth 3:9

I claim the protecting power of the blood of Jesus over my mind and my thoughts. Father, I choose today to think only on those things which are true, good, lovely and pleasing to You—positive, faith-filled thoughts—thoughts originating in and producing only life. (see Philippians 4:8). Help me to keep my mind pure (see 2 Peter 3:1 KJV), to keep it focused on You so that I might live in Your perfect peace (see Isaiah 26:3). Holy Spirit, I pray that You would nudge me when my thoughts turn to unworthy things, when I begin to meditate on unprofitable subjects which disturb my peace, grieve You, and could open the door to the enemy. Help me to renew my mind today that I might not come into agreement with—or walk in the ways of—my own fleshly instincts, the lures of the devil, or of the ways of the world, but that I might be changed—like a butterfly as it is transformed from egg to larva to pupa to adult—so I might examine and yield to Your will for me, and learn what You consider to be good, acceptable and perfect (see Romans 12:2). Lord, I know it is written that Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts (see Isaiah 55:9), but it is also written that I have the mind of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 2:16) because He lives within me. Lord, I ask that Your mind would truly be operative in me today, that my thoughts would be those which come from Your heart. Let Your Word judge my thoughts, Lord (see Hebrews 4:12). Deal with any that do not line up with Your Word and with who You have declared me to be in Christ.

What we think about is a choice. Colossians 3:2 tells us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things. But we do need, at least in the beginning, to train our minds to make the right choices of what to dwell on. It can become a lifestyle if we work at it. If it were not possible, the Lord would never have told us to do this. However, we need the help of the Holy Spirit often to get into this mindset. And without God’s covering, we will not reach this point in our spiritual life. To do this, we need to be consistently reading the word and be in meaningful prayer, prayer that not only puts forth our requests, but also allows the Lord time to speak to us.

The mind is the best place to start in seeking covering for specific parts of our life. We will also look at our eyes, ears, mouth, attitudes, motives and more. Watch for the next most important part, covering for our hearts.

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