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September 2009



Dear Precious Parent:


Finally the weather in Oklahoma is cooling off, at least in the mornings. I've always thought Summer was my favorite season, because I like the heat. But this record-breaking-year has caused me to reconsider; hmmm, I think Fall just may be my favorite season after all. This morning it was 68 degrees (yahoo!) and the air was crisp. I even needed to wear a light jacket. The sun was just beginning to come up. The wind was blowing through the trees, and the birds were singing. I had everything I needed in my "prayer closet"--my cup of coffee, my Bible, and my notebook journal.

I've been journaling for years. It's not like a diary (ie: today I got up, I did this or that, etc); instead, it's my spiritual journey with my God. I write what comes to my mind in my "quiet time" with the Lord Jesus--perhaps a song I sing to Him, or a poem or song I write, sometimes a scripture that comes to my mind, or the thoughts I have after reading my Bible or devotional. I even draw pictures (smile). At times I pour out my heart. Somedays I write nothing. Most days I write a few paragraphs. Sometimes I write pages and pages.
This morning I had specific prayer requests on my heart to share with my Jesus. As I sat in my "prayer chair" my eyes were drawn upward through the trees, to the sky as it was becoming lighter, brighter, and blue. I wrote in my journal the words from the last part of Psalm 5, "Oh, Lord in the morning shall I direct my prayer unto You and will look up."

You know that song? that tune? I began to sing it, slowly, softly over and over again:

Oh, Lord in the morning shall I direct my prayer unto You and will look up.
Oh, Lord in the morning shall I direct my prayer unto You and will look up...
I'm sure I heard the Lord sing to me, that same tune too (I heard it in my heart):
Oh, Rhonda every morning I look forward to your prayer and am waiting to meet you there.
I was so comforted to "hear" Him sing to me in His still small voice. One word kept coming to my mind,"Love". I wrote in my journal:
1 John, Chapter 4:8, "God is Love".
1 Corinthians 13:1-8:
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
 Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails."
God is love
Love never fails
God never fails.
In the picture above I'm wearing a heart-shaped necklace that Gary gave me recently. I wear it most of the time. Inscribed on the front and the back are the words, "Love never fails". That is exactly what I needed to realize afresh this morning. What about you? Are you going through an uncertain time? Are you concerned for your spouse, child, a loved one, a friend? Then join with me in remembering God's Word, meditating on His truth and be encouraged, "God is love, love never fails, God never fails.".
Below is the Scripture prayer calendar* for the month. I pray it is a useful tool as you pray for your loved ones, especially your children. James 5:16b declares, The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."
Let us direct our prayer unto Him today and look up--expecting a miracle!
PS: It won't be long and I'll be able to hold our grandaughter, Elizabeth Pearl. She is due October 19. Appreciate your prayers for Luke, Angela and "Baby E". God bless you.
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