From My Pen...

I'm a journaler. I like to journal about life, love and my Lord. I also love technology but busyness keeps me from being as tech-savvy as I'd like to be. This blog gives me a chance to play computer and learn a few new tricks along the way; all the while serving as my 21st century journal. A journaler is just a writer by another name and writing defines me almost as much as my faith does. I've always had a desire to blend my faith and my writing into a ministry of encouragement. This blog gives birth to that desire. Be blessed as you read these weekly devotions taken from the pages of my old-fashioned journal.

Thursday, 11 September 2014


Prelude to my prayer…
This day sees me not in my usual prayer place. Necessity dictates I am elsewhere and the change of surroundings distracts me. You know what I mean! My heart is towards the Lord but I am wrestling with staying my concentration. I’ve decided to stay put awhile and push the issue because I need to be where He is.

   “I have endeavored to praise you, Lord, but it seems to be all over the place this morning. It’s certainly not the articulate and focused praise and worship of which You are so worthy. Were you able to see the heart of it, Lord? Could you tell how much I love and appreciate You and how in awe I am of you? Just in case I didn’t say it well I reiterate here now.

   What about the heavy burden of my heart at present? In the jumble of my thoughts did I really turn it over to you to carry today or is it still firmly affixed to my shoulders?  Have I petitioned You or merely whined? Don’t answer that, Lord, I can’t handle it!

   Why are some days like this, Lord? Why is it that some days I come before you with prayers and praise and requests and thanksgiving that flow from me like a waterfalls and other days I feel like a dried up riverbed? It has to be more than mere location. When I leave this place of daily communion I want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I have met with You; but sometimes, Lord there is a shadow. Days like today when focus seems to be a fleeting fancy I really don’t know if I’ve accomplished anything in the realm of prayer. Is this where faith kicks in – when feelings fail?  If so then I will make these moments count. By faith I will embrace the truth that you hear Your children when they call upon You.

   I admit my lack of focus, Lord; repent of it even. You are worthy of my undivided attention and I seem weak in giving it to You today. I’m sorry for that. I do want to walk near You in this day that lies ahead; to feel Your presence and Your leading. Thank you that the just can indeed live by faith – it gives hope for days like today. Just know today that I love You, Lord.”