Morning Prayer

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Dear Lord

Make me a man

Of fervent prayer


God’s Holy Word

Commands me to pray

Without ceasing


Encourage me

To bring everything

To you my Lord


When discouraged

Let me pray

You are my refuge


When joyful

Let me offer

Prayers of thanksgiving


In all things

Great and small

At all times


Whether happy or sad

Let me seek

Your wisdom and grace




Today, may God bring you the courage to ask him for guidance.  Ask Him to lead you to a “right” place.

From My Journal


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From Big Sky Buckeye

Life and family will take us through highs and lows, but God’s Word will always be there to bring us comfort, support, and opportunities for prayer.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated July 22)

Haiku Series #13

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Failure will arrive

From the ashes of despair—

Comes greatest success



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Life’s sticky messes

How do we clean it all up?

Seek God’s helping hand


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Focus on God’s Word

Walking on a truer path—

He will see us through

Warren Wiersbe Quote

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We are never out of reach of Satan’s devices, so we must never be without the whole armor of God.

From Ephesians 6:10-11:  “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His power.  Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Never Forsaken

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Life feels upside down

Angry with fists clenched

Barking back at God

You have forsaken me


Please, please my Lord

Don’t push me away

Heart fills with courage

Waiting for my God


Look around to witness

Patience comes to many

Those immersed in faith

Righteous saints never forsaken


God asks for perseverance

More to one’s life

Than just plain enduring

Bring me staying power


God is my stronghold

In times of distress

For those seeking him

God will never forsake


God always walks ahead

He was with Moses

He’ll be with you

Never to forsake you


Ask for God’s protection

Through faithful, fervent prayer

God’s justice will return

Never, ever be forsaken


Open hands, open arms

Looking up toward God

Submitting to my Lord

Never to be forsaken

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Love’s Destiny

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Waking up early on a cold December day

Love fills a man’s heart with much to say

Driving for hours down a solitary highway

Love travels along in an encouraging way


Discovering ways, over the months, of staying close

Love opens up ways to correspond, making the most

Sending beautiful notes, cards, emails, and more

Love delivers its delightful words—ready to soar

Receiving a call at pre-arranged times

Love melts the distance, always fine


Pulling into the Bismarck airport, ticket in hand

Love boards an airplane, heading to a new land

Flying east through endless, friendly skies

Love reminisces with a smile, as time flies

Transferring to one more flight, halfway there

Love paints with color, adding magic and flair


Landing in Columbus, awakens anxious emotion

Love lights up, presenting its passionate devotion

Waiting for luggage, eyes intently searching wide

Love waits for a woman to appear from the side

Meeting at long last, up close and personal today

Love radiates between two souls, with lots to say


Loving each other, despite the great distance

Love creates a spark, more than an instance

Witnessing love through God’s guiding hands

Love finds a way to a pair of wedding bands


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This story is true.  The love expressed between two people conquered the miles between Ohio and Montana.  Now you know the rest of the story.  My bride and I recently celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.