Heavenly Father,

I’m used to helping others when they need help…but I’m not so good at letting others help me. Yet I’ve been getting a little more practice lately. I have a pinched nerve in my back which has caused pain and a very noticeable limp for a couple of months. Co-workers have given me an extra hand without me even asking. Strangers have been opening doors for me. My husband has been rushing to help me. He tries to assist me as much as I will let him. I’ve been rediscovering how self-reliant I think am. I learned at a very young age how to work hard and get done whatever needed to be done without asking others.  When I was widowed at a young age, I had to learn to fix plumbing, cars, and repairs on my own. In worldly eyes, it might seem a good thing to be so self-reliant…but in Your eyes, Lord, it is much better to realize when we need help.

You know full well how much we need You. We could not breathe, move or even be alive without You, Lord. We cannot cause our own heart to pump blood or send thousands of signals to our body to move, blink or rest. We cannot provide food, oxygen or sunlight without You giving it to us. It is prideful to think we can be self-sufficient. In fact, it is downright disrespectful to try to leave You out of our lives. It is folly to believe we can live and plan our own lives separate from You. We were made to need You. Forgive me, Lord, when I try to do things apart from You or stubbornly do things my way.

I can truly say thank You when I get in a situation over my head, or get backed into a place with no apparent way out, or have to take a look at my weakness…because then I know I have to rely on You. It’s a chance to admit I need Your help. I can trust You when I can’t depend on myself. I can watch for Your guidance instead of trying to push my way through. I can join in Your plan as opposed to following my own schemes. I bow in loving submission to You. I admit my great need for You. I trust Your perfect care for me and those I love. Yes, Lord Jesus, I need You…every minute of every day. Help me not forget. All I need is found in You. You help in in the most abundant amazing ways. Here I am, asking for help.

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“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.”  Romans 8:26

“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19

“I lift my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:1-2

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Prayer Prompt-

Father God, help me…

Heavenly Father,

I know how the women who went to Jesus’ tomb felt. I vividly recall going to sit by myself at my first husband’s new grave. Without the kids with me, I gave into deep wailing sobs as I thought of his poor body buried beneath the cold ground. My soul was overcome with anguished sorrow and hopelessness. The whole world seemed dark and scary as I sat alone in despair. That’s when an unseen hand tenderly lifted my chin to look up at the heavens. The skies were gloriously blue and full of hope and peace. I was reminded that my husband was not in that grave but was ALIVE! He was with my Lord Jesus who was also more ALIVE than I could imagine! Nothing had changed…yet everything had changed. It all depended on what I was looking at- death or life!

That’s why the angels asked the women “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” Jesus may have died on the cross, but He was anything but dead! It may take us a bit to believe in what we cannot see…but it all begins when we believe that You sent Your own Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sin and trust that He is now ALIVE. That’s when we begin to experience the change in ourselves from death to life. That’s when we change what we look at. There is still death all around in this world- not only physical but more devastating spiritual death. Our world is full of hopelessness, despair and darkness which pulls us further toward death. Praise You, Lord God!!! For sending the light of the world, our Savior and King Jesus! When we look to Him and let Him rule in hour hearts, everything changes!

It matters not how horrible the sight looks before me here on this earth, when I look to You- You make all things new, glorious and full of hope. Jesus, You are ALIVE and always at work making things new. You will never leave me or desert me. When I look, I see You every single day. It might be in a scripture, a song, a divine encounter with a stranger or friend, a holy moment, a flower, a sunset or sunrise, a breath of wind, a dove perched right above me, a touch of Your healing hand, a soft eternal whisper… Father, help me to be watching and sensitive to Jesus who is ALIVE! Help me keep my eyes on His LIFE! When I see Him, let me call out in loving recognition, praise and love, “Rabboni!”

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“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightening stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here: He has risen!’”   Luke 24:1-6

“’They have taken my Lord away,’ she said, ‘and I don’t know where they have put Him.’ At this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize it was Jesus. ‘Woman,’ He said, ‘why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’ Thinking he was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.” She turned towards Him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!” (which means  Teacher.)…Mary went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’” John 20:13-16,18

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”   John 11:25-26

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, trusting in Jesus, help me look at Life right now…

Heavenly Father,

Easter could easily slip by as just another cutesy holiday- with colorfully designed Easter eggs, decorated baskets and fluffy bunnies. We could easily miss the most incredible event to ever happen. The most ludicrous lavish gift was given to us on a cross…where You planned for heaven and earth, God and man to intersect and be joined for all eternity…if we are simply willing to believe and accept the glorious treasure You have shared with us.  To honor what You gave us in Your Son Jesus Christ, we have read the biblical accounts and watched several versions of movies of Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem which include His betrayal, condemnation, beatings, suffering and death on a simple wooden cross. It is more than I can handle or comprehend.

Yet I dare not turn away from it. I make myself listen to His tender announcement to His dearest followers to warn them of His upcoming death. I cry with Jesus as I think of the agony no one had ever endured before as He took on the sins of the world. Every horrible deed or thought ever committed before or since was placed on His innocent body. He was the only one worthy to carry it. I am baffled by the way He willingly held out His hands to be led away when He didn’t have to. I can’t believe He quietly let a well-known criminal be set free so He could die in His place. I cringe as they beat Him with glass and rocks woven in to the whips to tear away His flesh. I make myself watch as they pound the large nails into His precious hands and feet.  I dare not turn my eyes as He tries to pull Himself up on the cross to breathe. Through tears, I watch His life-blood flow out. In the midst of all of it, He calls out to You- to forgive us…for He knows we don’t know what we are doing. Your very own Son experiences the eternal abandonment by You…so we can be forever united with You. I make myself watch as He takes His final breath and dies.

I believe it is critical to look at Jesus on the cross. How else can we even begin to comprehend all You gave us when You gave us Jesus Christ. It is painful and ugly…but I dare not look away. I will not stop watching because it is all part of the most amazing gift You’ve ever given. If I stopped watching at the cross, it might seem hopeless. But I keep watching! Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is critical to our whole gift. It is the greatest act of love ever. It was not the end, but the beginning. I will keep watching….I will not look away…because Sunday is coming! Jesus’ resurrection and victory are at hand! Keep watching!

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“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:18

“Let us fix our gaze on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2:5-11

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Prayer Prompt-

Glorious Father, help me to see what You want me to see on the cross…

Heavenly Father,

My voice has either been gone or partially gone all this last week. That doesn’t work too well as an early education teacher! Getting kids to line up to go outside, or to listen to a book, hear instructions or even hear the words “1,2, 3…all eyes on me!” with no voice above the noisy rumble of preschoolers is truly a challenge. There are just so many distractions. I’ve had to use many creative ways to get their attention! With this being Holy Week (the week leading up to Jesus resurrection), it has been my desire to really focus my heart, mind and soul on what You gave us when You gave us Jesus Christ…but there are always so many distractions! It can be a real challenge to keep my focus on You, Lord! It takes real effort.

Your Son Jesus was tempted by distractions as well. Starting with Satan’s temptations in the desert- for fame, riches, power, food… to His disciples urging Him not to go to Jerusalem after He told them of His approaching death…to the crowd’s rally for Him to be the kind of earthly king they wanted on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem…to His anguished suffering in the Garden of Gethsamane for Your will above His… to those who taunted Him to call on the angels to save Him from the cross while He chose to stay on it to die for us. Jesus chose to keep His eyes continually on You and Your will.

Lord, although it is impossible for me in my humanness to keep my eyes always on You, You have given me Your Holy Spirit to help me recognize distractions and chose to not be overcome by them. I cannot fully explain or comprehend it, but nothing has ever distracted You from loving me. Nothing could ever keep You from sending Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. Nothing (not even death or the sins of the entire world) could keep Your Son Jesus from rising victorious above all so I can live an eternal life with You! There are absolutely no distractions or end to Your thoughts of love for me. The least I can do is fight against my distractions to spend time alone with You, to read and study Your word, to celebrate Your majesty and holiness with songs, to tell others of Your goodness and love…Lord, help me to turn away from noisy distractions and listen to Your still small voice that offers more than anything or anyone else possibly could.

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“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  Hebrews 12:2-3

“As the time approached for Him to be taken up to heaven,, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.”  Luke 9:51

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before Jehovah. And, behold, Jehovah passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before Jehovah; but Jehovah was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but Jehovah was not in the earthquake:  and after the earthquake a fire; but Jehovah was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”  1 Kings 19:11-12

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, help me be still and listen for Your voice so I can distinguish all the noisy distractions like…

Heavenly Father,

I spent yesterday watching preschool kids’ faces enter the building seeing gold dust (glitter) sprinkled all down the hallway to their classes. They checked their leprechaun traps to see if they caught one but all they found was a mess left behind. Playground time was spent watching children decked out in green searching in every corner and under every piece of playground equipment for gold the tiny Irishmen might have left behind. Eyes were glued to the ground as they worked together and alone to collect their ultimate treasures. They barely noticed the lovely day, the birds chirping and flowers popping out. Their entire focus was on filling up their little bags and cups with gold riches. They found quite a bit…little pea-sized river rock spray painted shiny gold. They kept racing back with glee to show us their latest discovery clutched in their dirty sweaty hands. (The parents were not always quite as excited about taking home the gold treasures as they were!)

Father, how often do we go off on a wild gold hunt for something we believe is what we really need when it is about as valuable as those little rocks? How often have I been distracted from the true treasures of life to chase after something that is empty and meaningless in the scheme of eternity? Our world is full of such glittery attractions…money, fame, wrong relationships, drugs and alcohol, entertainment, staying youthful, keeping fit, partying, self-indulgence… Many of those are not bad, if they don’t become our main focus, our idol. It’s amazing how much of our time, life and energy can be spent chasing after something we think will fulfill us only to discover it doesn’t.

Father, will You show me when I start to get sidetracked by chasing after some glittery thing that is becoming too important. Will You remind me to keep my focus on You and all that is eternal and truly valuable. As I watched these beautiful children scramble around looking for riches, I thought how they were the real treasures. In spite of their occasional acting out and throwing fits, they are worthy of investing my love, time and energy into…as are their families, my co-workers, my own family, friends and strangers. The true eternal riches of life are loving You, Lord, with all my heart, mind and soul which spills out into loving others. I am rich indeed!

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“Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”   Matthew 22:37-40

“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”  Romans 11:33-36

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, show me what I truly treasure…

Heavenly Father,

Today marks the next step on an incredible journey with You, Lord. What a joy to go to sleep at night and know that not only will You be with me all night…but You already have this day and all the rest of my days covered as well. I can truly relax and enjoy the adventure. I know I haven’t always trusted You as much on my journey as I do now…and I’m sure my trust will continue to grow as we continue on this expedition. I can remember many times of panic when I came upon a deep pit in the road. I couldn’t see the bottom of that hole and there seemed no way across it or around it…but over and over again- You have made a way where there was no way. There have been times I stood at the base of steep cliffs or a treacherous uphill climb. You know I’m terrified of heights; yet You tenderly encouraged me to start the climb, one step at a time when I could not even see the top of the mountain. You have helped me do what was humanly impossible to do on my own.

What a thrill to make it to the top of arduous climb, trusting You one foot hold at a time. The view at the top showing both how far I had come- along with a peek at the road ahead was breath-taking. You have led me through valleys with the shadow of death darkening my way only to bring Your glorious light for every step the way. You have arranged for me to lie down in lush green pastures with You when I needed rest and recuperation more than I knew. You have been my oasis in the desert when there was no relief of shade or drink in sight and given me living water to restore my soul so I could tread through the desert one step at a time.

The times I have kept my eyes on You instead of the obstacles, You have pointed out beauty all along the journey- sights I might have missed or taken for granted if I wasn’t following Your lead. Not only have You shared magnificent sunrises and sunsets at just the right time; You point out babies’ first smiles, sweet moments with friends and family, divine encounters with strangers, doves sitting above me, children running to hug me, love in the eyes of my grown children for their spouses and children, strength in the weak, hope in the weary, new life in those left for dead, peace in last breaths, the surprise of Your presence at every turn in some new way. I love the journey with You…most of all- because You love me and I love You. So I find joy in Your presence! Hmmm…what will today bring? More of You.

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“Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:5-6

“Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.”   Psalm 25:4-5

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, help me keep my eyes on Jesus today as we go…

Heavenly Father,

I’m not coming to You because I want something from You…I just want to be with You, Lord. There is no one else like You. You, together with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit…reign above all. Your power is fearful and ferocious. Who else can call out or tame the mighty winds and raging ocean? Who else can place galaxies into orbit and place them spinning in magnificent patterns throughout centuries? Who else tells a tiny seed when to crack and grow into a mighty oak? Who else can squelch armies and kingdoms and allow earthly authorities to rise and fall? Who else can cause mountains to rise up, erupt and be thrown into the sea? Who else holds the seasons in check and sets boundaries which cannot be crossed? Who else rules supreme over all that is seen and unseen? With all Your power and glory, who else takes time for me? I am nothing in the scheme of things yet I am everything to You! Who else is like You?

Who else holds back on their immeasurable power to show such amazing patience and restraint out of love for us? Who else notices when a tiny sparrow or a faithful pet doggie falls? Who else can knit together a one-of-a-kind human being inside the womb of a mom and invites us to share in creation? Who else loves to share peeks of His glory through incredibly beautiful sunsets and the tiniest of colorful flowers bursting from nowhere? Who else has created so much that we will never be able to discover it all? Who else has all truth and knowledge and wisdom yet delights in sharing it with us- a little at a time as we can bear it? Who else overcomes all darkness, evil and destruction with the unmatchable power of His love?

Who else would show such tender mercy by sending His very own Son Jesus Christ (God with us) to be born, live and die as one of us- yet without sin? Who else would be willing to sacrifice His holy Son for us when we have sinned against You- the very One who gives us life? Who else would freely give us a choice in accepting Your forgiveness or rejecting it? Who else loves us no matter what? Who else desires our little love in return for Your eternal indescribable love?

I want to come to You out of love for You- not for what You can do for me…although I am not ashamed to say I need You. I know You will give me everything I need and desire and much more. Yet, it’s not the blessings or my will that I come to ask You for. I come because of who You are. You have gone to such lengths to be with me. Who else would I go to?

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“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are His deeds, and His righteousness endures forever.”  Psalm 111:2-3

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever! Amen.”   2 Peter 3:18

“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him the glory!” Revelation 19:6b

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, Let me come to You for who You are…

Heavenly Father,

My 15 month old grandson is teaching me today! He started out crawling up in my lap and just sitting there this morning. After a while, he climbed down and went off exploring. Yet he never got too far away. His little legs wobbled into the kitchen to let me know he was hungry. The cup on the floor signaled me he was finished eating breakfast. Off he ran to discover more! Back he came to check to make sure I was still around! His arms reached up to communicate he needed to be held…or just wanted a view from higher up! Down he wiggled to open a cabinet. Bits of tissue paper, his cup, toys and refrigerator magnets left a trail of mess everywhere he went leaving my neat house in chaos. When he falls down, he glances at me to make sure he’s OK before getting back up. He loves practicing his few little words over and over on me. And I patiently carry on a conversation trying to add a few more words to his tiny vocabulary. He will be busy going here and there all day until he collapses in exhaustion at naptime. He will look around to make certain I’m in his view before he can relax and rest.

In his wandering all over my house, I see his need to trust that I am nearby. He depends on me. He is too little to make his own meals, change his own diapers, or get his own drink. This cute little guy fully realizes his need for me and my loving care for him. He is not afraid as long as he knows I am near. He is learning, discovering and practicing his skills with the security of trusting I will be there for him. There are times I have to guide him away from something he really wants. He may fuss for a bit, but I know it could hurt him. He listens and watches for my guidance. He needs it.

Father, I want to have the same type of child-like faith believing that You are always with me, watching over me, guiding me, correcting me, teaching me. You know what’s best for me and what character You are trying to build in me even when I don’t understand. You will never let me get too far away from You as long as I keep coming back to be in Your presence again and again. You will give me more than I need or could even desire because You love me and want what’s very best for me. Thank You, Lord, for always having an open lap for me to crawl up in and providing so much for me to learn and discover as I wobble through this life. I need You and love You, Lord!

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“Which one of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:9-11

“(Jesus) said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’”  Matthew 18:3-4

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”  1 John 3:1

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, show me how to be Your little child…

Heavenly Father,

If I listen to the voices of this world, there is much to fear. The news is filled with reasons to be more and more fearful… terrorism here and in other countries, rising racism and division of all kinds, diseases and financial disaster, rape, murder, violence of all kinds. If I listen to all the reports I hear on the news, on social media and even from friends and relatives, I could easily be frightened of everything. Discussions on events in the world between the best of friends and closest of family can turn to hate, misunderstanding and separation far too easily. That’s because as long as we live on this earth, we have a choice who we will listen to and how we will respond to the battle that is forever raging around us. I have heard many inflamed arguments over current events that are fired by who is listened to. The truth is debatable according to which biased reports are followed. Lord, in all this mess, I choose to listen to You!

I am not ignoring the darkness of this world by not listening to what is going on; I simply refuse to get caught up in the lies that are used to kill and destroy. Most of the wrong “voices to listen to” are loud and demanding. Although, there are times, the enemy whispers little lies to encourage us to wallow in hurt and anger so it can grow into hate. I recognize my enemy’s scheme and I refuse to fall for it. I choose, instead, to listen to Your still small voice that calls me to follow Jesus in love. Lord, Your love calls me to forgive when someone hurts me; to recognize they are not my enemy. Thank You for reminding me to pray for and love those who hurt me, persecute me, or disagree with me.

When I listen to You and practice what You tell me, I rise above all the fearful chaos of this world and soar in the freedom of Christ with You! When I listen to You, I can sow Your peace, love and wisdom. When I listen to You, I can defeat the enemy and bring light into the darkness. It will be an ongoing battle until the day I take my last breath, but help me to keep on listening to You so Your kingdom can come here on earth as it is in heaven. You are the truth, the way and the life. I choose to listen to You above all the noise of this world.

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“My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”   John 10:27-30

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. ” James 1:19-22

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.”  Revelation 3:20

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Prayer Prompt-

Heavenly Father, Help me choose who I listen to …

 

Heavenly Father,

We’ve had a fire going in our free-standing metal fireplace for almost three days now. Warnings of a major ice storm prompted us to store up a large garden wagon of logs for our fireplace in our garage. There is something so mesmerizing and cozy about watching a fire roar. It makes me just want to slow down and enjoy the warmth. I’ve enjoyed the benefits of our well-used fireplace for over twenty years now. There can be 3 feet of snow on the ground, freezing rain, or blowing wind outside but as long as we have wood to burn, we know we have what we need in front of those glowing flames. One year, a major ice storm with high winds caused major tree branches to continually fall on our roof all night long. Our power was out… along with another family staying with us who had lost their power. Though we had no electricity or heat, the fire provided warmth and light. Adults and kids were camped out all over the floor in front of our fireplace.

Tonight as I savored the dancing flames and occasional crackle, I thought of how we are drawn to the warmth of fire in the cold seasons. Father, it doesn’t matter what storms rage outside. When I sit down in Your presence and soak up Your warmth, I know all is well. The storms will pass. You are with me and You will never leave me. I can sit calmly in front of You whenever I am still in Your presence.

When I stop and am still before You, my spirit is soothed before Your calming power and tender warmth. When I turn my gaze towards You, I know Your peace. As I sit before You in quiet, You lay Your lovely thoughts upon my soul. You guide me. You love me, You restore me and warm me. The glow of being in Your presence enables me to carry that warmth of Your glowing embers out into the dark cold world. I can come back into Your presence at any time. I can share the fire You place in my soul with those who are out in the cold and do not realize what they are missing.

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“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’”  Hebrews 12:28-29

“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.”   Exodus 13:21-22

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”   John 8:12b

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, burn away all that is not needed and set my soul on fire for…