7Jan

potluck friday: what’s the desire of your heart?

Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].

James 4:10, Amplified

Today we serve up our desire for humility. We pray that this one word non-resolution resolution will lead and guide us in all we do.

Dear Lord,

You will lift the humble and take down the proud. When I go online each day, may the world see less of me and more of You in my words and interactions. Give me your eyes to see more of others and less of myself.

Much of my heartache is birthed by my pride. Search me. Let your Spirit hunt down and cast out the hidden places that feed my pride. You alone deserve to live unrivaled in my heart. You are my God; Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord of Peace. Your peace brings wholeness and a finishing to unfinished work. Be my finisher. Craft me into a vessel that will hasten — not hinder — another’s discovery of You.

If I forget to whom I belong to online . . . or start to think I’m more than I am . . . take me down, Lord. Take me down in an instant! Fuse my ears to Your heart so that I can stand unashamed in Your presence and share Your love. It’s your name I seek to make famous on earth — only Your name.

Amen.

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What area are you asking God to finish in you? What’s your desire?  Let us know here and we’ll stand in prayer with you for that very thing!

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  • Anonymous

    My area in need of finishing is my tongue. Words are my livlihood and passion and still, every day, I struggle to direct them, choose them, share them . . . and control them. Some days, words rest on my tongue as content as a purring cat. Other days they break out of the holding gate like an unruly bronco. I’ve come to believe it’s the irony of a loving, wise Father. The thing I hold so dear, is the very thing He holds up for His greatest glory—and His greatest scrutiny. He shakes His head at this girl every day, multiple times a day. “When will she get it?”

    I’m pressing on today, wrapping this prayer around me, and believing God is the loving finisher (and merciful Father) of every word I speak. I’d sure appreciate your prayer in this area, friends.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    Self-discipline. This shows up especially in my tendency to procrastinate in almost every area of my life. I’m doing better (a lot) since I embarked on my quest for simplicity and life pruning and focus, but I have a long way to go, and it’s still a giant sticky thorn.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    Oh, Toni. I so identify with this. Linking with you in prayer for both of us.

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  • http://twitter.com/heartcures Melinda Lancaster

    What a post and what a prayer. Both online & offline the stripping away of pride is so needed.
    One of my desires is to trust Him more. There are many things that I need to relinquish to God trusting that He will take care of all that concerns me.
    In my heart, I know that He is trustworthy. Yet my hands find it difficult to let go.
    I want that peace that is past human understanding. The perfect peace that comes from above to rule & reign in my heart, mind, and life. So I ask for help to let go and let God!

  • http://twitter.com/heartcures Melinda Lancaster

    You’re not the only girl that He probably shakes His head at asking the question “When will she get it?” Actually I’m not sure that God does that at all. I think that sometimes we ask ourselves that question.

    I couldn’t help but think of David’s prayer in Ps 141:3 “Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips.”

    Now there is something we can all use God’s help with. Prayers going up on your behalf. (you to Snady…and also for myself)

  • Anonymous

    You two are whispering into my quiet time today. Thank you for that and for the God-brand of humility that spurs encouragement in me in this area. I’m celebrating transparency and God’s ability to bless that in His girls. I’m feeling encouraged. I did not wake up that way today.

    On trust, Melinda: If we want the peace that surpasses understanding, we must drill down deep and walk as spirits (outside of our human tendencies) plugged into the Holy Spirit at all times. THAT is a full time job! But little by little I see areas of improvement in myself. I think that’s all we can ask for on this side of our Hometown. Don’t beat yourself up. He is doing a “finishing.” I would not want to miss the amazing “Reveals” as He teaches us along the way. Rejoice in your unfinished state and your need for more surrender. That too is worship.

  • Kmac4him

    Thanks! That is so sweet! Well…. God is teaching me through various trials how to wait on Him… to give Him time to work, instead of me impulsively running off, fixing things in my way. So I am learning a trust that is activated by self-control! I call it Willessness!
    That is what I need Willessness! This will help insure that God’s purposes are activated in my life and no more bunnie trails…LOL!

  • Kmac4him

    LOL… I know what you mean! Recently I said: I can’t believe I am in this place AGAIN!!! And God said: “As far as I can see, the only place you need to stay positioned in is ME”! A temporary position or a permanent postion one helps me not to be a YO-YO Christian! Which one? LOL!!

  • Tami Heim

    Love the conversation here today.
    Love all of you.
    Me -> major construction site. (please don’t trip over the yellow tape)
    Grateful that His grace is sufficient enough to complete my overhaul…
    I find peace in knowing and loving the Master Designer, the One in control of the blueprint that is me. /
    #AllForHim #ToHimBeAllGlory&Honor

  • Trina Light

    time I’m beginning new beginnings and that God will continue to bless and bring more clarity and that he will walk with me and the blessings will come and that my fiance Ricky Lewis and I will soon be married we need a marriage date am I supposed to say this to live Jesus up and bring glory to His name Amen