key #1 to focusing on You – an attitude of gratitude

On the harder days, just getting up out of bed can be difficult for me.

Choosing to have an attitude of gratitude is the first key I have discovered to help me focus on God first.

  • Being grateful to wake up each morning
  • Able to breathe fresh air
  • Physically able to get up off the bed, get dressed, brush my teeth & hair, tie my shoes
  • Fresh food & water to eat & drink
  • Family & friends who love & support me
  • A cozy warm house to come home to & live in in the winter, cooler in the summer, dry in the rain
  • A job where I can help others
  • Regular access to books to help me study & learn
  • The ability to worship God freely at church

And add to this list that God is always with me, loving me, guiding me, even interceding for me when I can’t find the words?

I have a lot to be grateful for, each and every day.

Now some days, one of more off this list may not be like it is normally, but I have found that when I start my day thankful and expressing that gratitude towards the One who provides for me?

That starts my days off in the right direction!

Word:

“Always be rejoicing. Give thanks for everything.”1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18

Worship:

“Grateful” by Elevation Worship Grateful https://g.co/kgs/EGQcd3

#hopefortheharddays

3 keys to keeping God in focus through the day

Mondays hit with a very early trek to drop my eldest at the first train to get to her 8am first class.

I must confess, I didn’t used to be a 5am early bird. It took a month of training my body to get up with the alarm, and then three other ways I needed to train myself.

(And a bit of music, a slurp or two of coffee and a pair of easy to put on shoes!)

This week, I will be sharing three keys to keeping God in focus through the day which have positively impacted me when I purposefully put them into practice.

But friend, just so you know, I am not going to encourage you to be an early bird like me. Whether we rise in the wee hours or hit the hay quite late, these three keys will still apply!

#hopefortheharddays

Unleashing a move

“Your echo, released from earth to Heaven – even your smallest, whispered prayer – can unleash a move of God.

For at the sound of your voice, the Father sends out a command from His throne.”

– Helen Calder

I have been reading a book lately that this quote could have been in, yet wasn’t.

I love it when God does that to help me pick up the clues on what it is He is wanting me to learn right now.

Like you, sometimes it takes a while to process a new lesson. And friend? It often can be uncomfortably awkward as I learn to stretch my faith, face my fears, loosen my grip on my failures and wait to be set free.

Despite all I am, somehow my voice matters to Him, as does yours. Even if all we speak is the whisper of “Help me.”

God is on the move, friend. And He is waiting to move on our behalf. He is waiting for His personal invitation.

Let’s begin to echo our prayers and His praise, as we seek for Heaven to move here on earth.

Worship:

Let It Echo – Jesus Culture

https://g.co/kgs/GtgcqA

Word:

The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.” James 5:16 MSG

Next week, as we get closer to Easter, I will be sharing a bit more about moves. Hope you will join me. 😀

first line of connection

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.”

Reading that quote, you might think this was written by a current author. In fact, Oswald Chambers wrote it in early 1900s, before his passing in 1917. (An interesting note – all his work was published after his death by his widow.)

I hear all the time how busy people are nowadays, but imagine if you had to make all your food from scratch, including preparing your meat from your farm stock, churning your own butter, and growing most of your vegetables. You had to wash your clothes by hand and hang them on a line. You had to hook up your horse to the buggy, and buy your linens and goods from the general store quite a distance from home.  Your primary way of connecting with people was through the mail if you didn’t live in town, and even then you had to go to town to collect it.

The distractions that can occupy our time may have changed, but human nature has not!

Ever since Eve, and then Adam, chose to do things their way without talking it over with God )let alone doing what He has already told them not to do), we can see many people in the Bible continued on that path. Folk such as Abraham & Sarah, Jonah, King Saul, King David, and even Joseph, Jesus’ stepfather made decisions without first connecting with God.

Jesus showed us there was another way. A better way.

Even as a child, he spent time at the temple learning all He could about the Word. He memorized large portions of it and learned how to teach to become a Rabbi. We see that He spent time on His own in prayer, and taught people they could do the same (the Lord’s Prayer is just one example.)

I don’t want to be known for being a “fair weathered” Christian like I was when I first met Jesus. I want to run to Him first, persisting in prayer and seeking His guidance.  I want to avoid the mistakes God can see I would make without Him.  I want to be connected with Him, which cannot happen if I never talk with Him.

And friend, I don’t mean just my doing all of the talking.  Because a relationship that only goes one way isn’t a real one.

I want to be honest and open with God, sharing my heart and hurts with Him, and hear what He wants to say to me.   I want to be guided to safety in the hardest of days, to avoid the pitfalls of temptations and sin with His help. I want to wait until He says,  “Yes. or “Go.” and stay when He says, “Wait.” or “No.”

So I am choosing to go to Him first from now on. Purposely taking a pause to pray, and then waiting for His prompting, His response before taking action.  I want to stop reacting on impulse, and instead act with faith.

If you too can relate, may I remind you that God has given us a new life when Jesus died for us upon the cross.  He put us first knowing it would cost Him everything, out of His great love for us. He made the way possible for us to come to God directly again. His Word reassures and reminds us over and over again of how much He loves us, has good plans for us, is always with us.  I don’t know about you, but I want to hang out with a friend like that all the time, and because of what Jesus did for me? I can!! So can you!!

#hopefortheharddays

1 Chronicles 16_11

 

 

 

previous post content fixed!

Oh my.

The one day I post from my phone, tech glitches send out a garbled post live and via email.

My apologies!

Today’s post has now been fixed, so please visit it here:

https://hopeinhispresence.com/2019/04/03/hear-our-prayers-worship/

Mat He meet you a you seek Him in prayer and worship today.

Blessings,

Hopefull Karla

 

 

“Hear Our Prayers”

On the days when you can’t put your words into prayers in the swirl of the storm, consider putting on a worship song, such as one of these below, and make the lyrics your prayer.

“HEAR OUR PRAYERS” @BenCristTGU

“Hear our cries Lord, hear our prayers. Take our burdens, calm our fears.
God, will You make us a people that love You? Please take our off’rings that we set before You. God, hear our prayers that we’re lifting up to You.God see our tears that we’re struggling to see through.
In our weakness You remain, when we’re broken You sustain.”

“PRAY” @worshipcentral

“Our Father high above,
Hallowed be Your name.
Reveal to us again who You are. All things are possible,
God of the miracle. Oh let Your will be done.
We pray for Heaven here today, Your kingdom to reign always. Here on earth as in Heaven, here on earth as in Heaven.
You give us all we need, forgive us everything. Help us to love as You have loved us. Now come and build Your throne as we go where You go, God our deliverer.”

“THE LORD’S PRAYER” @hillsongworship

“Father in Heaven, Holy is Your Name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Our Father in Heaven, lead us not into temptation but God deliver us from the enemy.
Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, whoa!
Give us each moment all that we need. Forgive us our sins as we forgive the ones who have sinned against us, our Father in Heaven.”

“SPEAK TO ME” @karijobe

“The sound of many waters calms the sea in me, the voice that ends the silence.
Meets me in my need like fireworks igniting in my chest.
The weight of Your glory, the reverence.
I’m in awe that You would come to me, in awe that I could hear You speak.
Speak to me, speak to me, I’m listening.”

“GOD WHO ANSWERS PRAYER” @elevationworship

“God who answers prayer sees me in my need, runs to my despair.
Your promise I believe that You are, You are, You are God.
Bless the Lord with all that’s within oh my soul. I cry out with all that I am make me whole. Here I stand, I place all my hope in you, my Healer will see me through.”

#hopefortheharddays
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taking a closer look at social

“We are so quick to tweet, Facebook, and Instagram but we treat prayer with a sense of delay.” – Timothy Keller

You know those times when a word grabs your attention? Well, this one slapped me across the senses not so long ago, as it confirmed something I had sensed God had spoken to my heart last summer.

You see, at least 50% of my work was in the field of social media for several clients, which had me spending way more time than I ever imagined online, mainly social media. And I was finding it hard to unplug my brain and rest from the busyness of being on top of so many accounts.

What I realized is the more I plugged in on social media, even though I was being paid to do so, was causing part of me to whither and shrivel within. I needed to unplug online and plug in to God through prayer, reading the Word and spending time in worship. Not just as an afterthought, but intentionally.

This quote reminds me to not delay in coming to God in prayer, no matter what is going on, or what I am feeling.  Maybe you too can relate.

God is waiting for us to become more social with Him.

Where can you make some changes to make more space for intentional time with God today, this week, this month, this season?

For me, I needed to step away from doing social media for work, and see it more as a way to use my gifts yet not forget to connect with their Giver.

#hopefortheharddays #plugintoHisPresence

We are so quick to tweet, facebook, and instagram but we treat prayer with a sense of delay.