Jody Lynne

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Why Should I Pray?

My post, Do Not Disturb, not only generated some great comments from you, but reading through the post several times, gave me thoughts for continuing the discussion. One question I have had in the past is not how to pray but why should I pray? Just Googling 'books on Christian prayer', there were bout 37,000,000 results. There are many books, articles and blog posts you could read for the answer as to why we pray. I don't have all the answers, but I would like to share briefly why and how I pray. What is prayer? I like the simple definition found at Dictionary.com, which says prayer is entering into spiritual communion with God. God Who called everything and everyone into being by just saying it, wants to be in communion with me. God Almighty wants little 'ole me to talk to Him. I want to know the God of the Bible who loves me so much He made a way for me to be in relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ, and this is possible by prayer. The goal of prayer is not only to ask, but to worship and adore He Who gives me my every breath and a new day.
Devote yourselves to prayer...Colossians 4:2
  • Scripture encourages us to be constant in prayer.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12
We have also been given a model to pray, often called the Lord's Prayer, but more of an example to follow. Our Father who art in Heaven--is He your Father? Is God your Friend through a saving relationship with Jesus? Hallowed by Your Name--I acknowledge God is the Only One Who is Holy and there is no other Name upon which we can call to be saved. Your Kingdom come--do I want God's Kingdom to come? Or do I want Jody's kingdom to come everyday? Do I want to be a part of God's Kingdom? Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven-Will I bend my will to God's will or will I continue to insist on my own way, my own rights? Give me this day my daily bread--In praying this I surrender to the fact I will not worry about tomorrow, and trusting God will provide for everything I need for today. Forgive my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me. Not only am I sinned against, I'm a sinner too. Will I extend the same forgiveness God has given me to someone who has hurt me? Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one. I need to know what my weaknesses are, recognize what I am tempted by and where the temptation comes from and flee, run from evil, don't keep it company. For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen

Dear Friend

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Dear Lydia,(fictional name) I've thought a lot about you since our coffee day last week. Not in a 'creepy' way , but in how can I direct your steps to follow and love God, because I know that is your heart's desire. After seeing you I read an interview by Jen Wilkin, the author of Women of the Word. The interview was about books on her shelf, what she is reading and the authors that have influenced her life. Here is her brief list.
  • The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer...Lydia, I have read this since college and read it almost every year.
  • The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
She has also been influenced by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, G.K. Chesterson and Augustine. She also read R.C. Sproul, Wayne Grudem, James Boice and John Stott. I like Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem and was encouraged as I read the scriptures pointing me to Jesus.
...keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.,,...therefore, strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees... Hebrews 12:2, 12 Let us strive to know the Lord. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land." Hosea 6:3
So, dear friend, shall we start together in knowing God and looking to Him every second of everyday. I am making Colossians 1:10 my new life verse because I want to walk worthy of the Lord. I want to be fully pleasing to Him and bear fruit in every good work and grow in the knowledge of our Great God. Love, Jody This letter is not fiction, but the name is. I wrote it earlier this year to a friend who asked for some reading material to help her focus on the Lord. This letter is a result of that request. 

Shifting Sand?

Today's post is a follow-up to That Time of The Year .  Cheryl, a long time friend, ended her comment with this;
After they are gone I don’t know what I’ll do with myself…..
Cheryl is a mom of two, who has given 110% to raising her children and in a few short years, they will be on their own. My first thought when I read her comment was 'how could she say that?' My sneaking suspicion and  judgemental thought was 'how could she not have anything to do after her kids are gone? Was her entire life her kids? But truth be told, she is me. I've had the very same thoughts and voiced some of my fears to some of you. You can check my categories posts to find me talking about some of those fears. Yes, our kids leave a void, sometimes a cavern so gaping we don't know how it can it be filled.  Again, we can fill in the blank about what we fill our lives with and then that thing, person or how we live is stripped away. It's not just mothers who ask, 'now what?' Friends, we don't have to be mothers to have the feelings of life turned upside down. Life is ever-changing, daily joys and sorrows are proof of that as my husband gives me a daily dispatch on the community he pastors. The cavern of 
  • A spouse passing away
  • Retirement bringing the same question of 'what's next'?
  • Cancer report brings us to the end of ourselves.
  • The ongoing bad news around our nation and world floods the evening news.
You fill in the blank. There is nothing new under the sun, but when it happens to you or me, it is new. Unexpected, devastation, depression, and fears are just some of the raw emotions we can face. But the good news is... There is the gospel of good news. There is a Savior we can know who will fill the cavern, our hearts, giving us joy and peace that cannot be explained.  I took the timely advice of Elizabeth Elliott, which I heard many years ago. 
Just do the next thing.
Focus on what is before, not focusing on the future.
  • Prepare for the future today by saturating our hearts and minds in the living Word of God.
  • Pursue spending time getting to know a loving Heavenly Father.
  • Point your focus on Jesus every single day.
  • Practice loving God and our neighbor every day.
Today is the day to do the next thing, gaze on our Lord and glance at the shifting sand of daily life circumstances. Because, like the sand that is easily blown about, so our days come with changes and challenges.  May we find our foundation not in the shifting sand but in Jesus, who never changes. 
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled? (How Firm A Foundation~~John Rippon)
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