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A Borrowed Prayer... for Busy Days

 27.1.11




Busy days come and I am grateful for those too.  They teach me (mostly by force) how to manage my time more wisely and how to set priorities in order. And talking about priorities, I have been thinking that they are a little bit like my ONE drawer that for some strange reason, always falls into disorder. It is so hard for me to maintain it orderly at all times! So it is with my priorities, some are always  in its place, but some others tend to slip away with no difficulty.

Today is Thursday of Borrowed Words, and even though I have great quotes from my reading corner, I have decided to post these quotes from different prayers from The Valley of Vision, prayers that I need to mutter all day long on busy days...



"O LORD,
Whose power is infinite and wisdom infallible,
order things that may neither hinder, nor discourage me,
nor prove obstacles to the progress of thy cause...

May I follow duty and not any foolish device of my own;
Permit me not to labour at work which thou wilt not bless,
That I may serve thee without disgrace or debt;
Let me dwell in thy most secret place under thy shadow...
(O that I might learn no abide there no matter how busy the day might be!)

I am entirely dependent upon thee for support, counsel, consolation." 



"Sanctify and prosper my domestic devotion,
instruction, discipline, example,
that my house may be a nursery for heaven,
my church the garden of the Lord,
enriched with trees of righteousness of thy planting,
for thy glory."




"O GOD, THE AUTHOR OF ALL GOOD,
I come to thee for the grace another day will require
for its duties and events.
I step out into a wicked world,
I carry about with me an evil heart,
I know that without thee I can do nothing,
that everything with which I shall be concerned,
however harmless in itself,
may prove an occasion of sin or folly,
unless I am kept by thy power.

May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore thy blessing,
and in which I cannot invite thy inspection.

Teach me how to use the world, and not abuse it,
to improve my talents,
to redeem my time, 
to walk in wisdom toward those without,
and in kindness to those within,
to do good to all men,
and especially to my fellow Christians.

And to thee be the glory."


 Amen



All pictures on today's post were taken by my beautiful daughter.

And don't forget that Thursday is a very good day to study some Systematic Theology... My friend Diane hosts Thursday Theology, A Compact Course on Systematic Theology. Today's study is found here.


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If I am happy it is because of God! God, in His sovereign grace, has called me out of darkness into His Admirable light. He has opened my eyes and has shown me the way to Eternal Life. He has set my feet on a journey, and now I am walking Daily on My Way to Heaven. I did not find Jesus, He found me. I did not seek Him, yet He called me. I did not love Him, yet He loved me. I deserved death and He gave me Life. This is the place where I keep a journal of my life under His sun and by His grace!
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"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven... to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness?"

Jonathan Edwards

"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

-Persis

“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”

- Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart



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