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“What if, sometimes, there be mists and fogs so thick that I cannot see the path? It is enough that You hold my hand, and guide me in the darkness; for walking with You in the gloom is far sweeter and safer than walking alone in the sunlight!” -Susannah Spurgeon
Part of fulfilling my job as a nanny includes filling these little hearts and minds with books, songs, stories, and words that drive their thoughts, hearts, and affections to the only righteous One. Here are some of my recommendations for doing so. (Link in bio.)
Lilli was praying while coloring earlier and said, “God, I love You when You’re the same and I still love You when You’re not the same.” • This echoes a lot of conversations we have on a daily basis, conversations of how she is loved regardless of her actions and how we “love you when you listen and we love you don’t.” • “Hey, Lilli, want to hear some amazing news?” • She always does. • “God never changes,” I tell her. “He’s always the same.” • “Wow.” • “How does that make you feel?” • She smiled so big. “It makes me feel really happy.” • “Why would that make you happy?” • “Because I love Him and I want Him to come everywhere with me and if He never changes it means He is always with me.” • She’s three years old. • Solid theology is a comfort for every age. Praise God for His immutability.
“Are you not willing to pass through every ordeal if by any means you may save some?” -Charles Spurgeon

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 53 – Morning Dedication

20130826-071649.jpgWhen I was on the prayer leadership team for Campus Outreach during college, my co-prayer team leader, Alonzo Crawford, purchased the entire team the book The Valley of Vision. 

And I am so thankful.

This book is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotionals with depth and unction and the Spirit. It helps me to pray, is teaching me to pray and makes me long to pray with as much heart and intensity as our Puritan brothers of old. 

You should invest in this book.

Over the last few days I’ve been particularly fixed on the three main “morning” prayers and devotions and my heart echoes and says “amen” to every sentence of the following prayer. I hope you are encouraged and that your day starts off with the proper perspective. 

Morning Dedication

Almighty God,
As I cross the threshold of this day
    I commit myself, soul, body, affairs, friends, to Thy care.
Watch over, keep, guide, direct, sanctify, bless me.
Incline my heart to thy ways; 
Mould me wholly into the image of Jesus, as a potter forms clay;
May my lips be a well-tuned harp to sound Thy praise;
Let those around see me living by Thy Spirit,
                                trampling the world underfoot,
                                unconformed to lying vanities,
                                transformed by a renewed mind,
                                clad in the entire armour of God,
                                shining as a never-dimmed light,
                                showing holiness in all my doings.
Let no evil this day soil my thoughts, words, hands.
May I travel miry paths with a life pure from spot or stain.
In needful transactions let my affection be in heaven,
                                         and my love soar upwards in flames of fire,
                                                my gaze fixed on unseen things,
 my eyes open to the emptiness, fragility,
                                                      mockery of earth and its vanities.
May I view all things in the mirror of eternity,
      waiting for the coming of my Lord,
      listening for the last trumpet call,
      hastening unto the new heaven and earth.
Order this day all my communications according to Thy wisdom,
     and to the gain of mutual good.
Forbid that I should not be profited or made profitable.
May I speak each word as if my last word,
     and walk each step as my final one.
If my life should end today,
     let this be my best day.

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