Words {My Prayer for Voice and a Thank You}


This time you spend with me here, I don’t take for granted. I’ll never get over your willingness to share a bit of your day with me.

Thank you.

I’m nearing my 300th post and realizing more and more — these words I shed, this time you spend, I don’t want them to be wasted.

It may mean I post less or it may mean I share more. All I can promise you is the words will be prayed over.

There are a number of thoughts swimming around and I’m trying to discern how He wants me to proceed. I know I need to share how my prayer life has changed lately. I know I need to talk about this lukewarm Christian business more, because I’m tired of it. And you should be, too.

My biggest fear is that I would allow the words shared here to become watered down, not in poetic form but in truth. And if it takes me longer to live them before I share them, I hope you understand.

Through Lent, I read every translation/version of James I could get my hands on. And a portion of the intro found in The Message has stuck with me:

“For, what good is a truth if we don’t know how to live it?”

Oh, friends, I pray I live His truth. Every day. I pray my words here point You to Him. And I realize how tall of an order that is, as I’m just me. But He’s just Him. And that’s what I plan on clinging to…


by Hawk Nelson

Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

You can heal the heartache
Speak over the fear
God, Your voice is the only thing
We need to hear

Let the words I say
Be the sound of Your grace
I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

I wanna speak Your love
Not just another noise
I wanna be Your light
I wanna be Your voice

I don’t wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

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How about you, friend? How do you resound grace and point to Him? What thoughts are swimming around in you lately? I’d love to hear.

Thanks for sharing your time with me. I mean it…

Simply striving,


He Knows Me {And My Prayer for Today}


Father God, I humbly come before You just to bask in Your grace. To catch a glimpse of Your wonder and be mesmerized by Your glory.

For You simply spoke and it came to be. You brought perfection to an infinite level, capturing every detail needed to sustain…everything.

You hung every star in place, these sparks of fire that bring luster to the darkest of nights. Father, we haven’t even begun to discover them all and yet You know each one by name.

And to think…You know me, too.

Lord, You made sure I was one of a kind. No one can bring You glory quite like me. You know every swirl on my head and every trace of my footprint.

You’ve memorized me.

You know what hurts my heart and what makes me burst with delight. You know when I fail and when I nearly get it right.

You do more than see me…You know me. And love me anyway.

This gift You have given me of today — I give to You. Make me a part of the intricate details of Your plan, Father. Use me however You see fit for Your glory. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear so I may be Your hands and feet today.

Holy Spirit, keep my heart soft and open. Break it for what breaks Yours. Help me to love even the least of these and keep reminding me that’s what I am…nothing more.

Thank You for letting me bask, Father. Thank You for allowing me to have moments where I see You today.

Lord, I’ll never get over You. You know that… For You know me

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You Know Me

Bethel Music

You have been
And You will be
You have seen
And You will see

You know when I rise and when I fall
When I come or go, You see it all
You hung the stars and You move the sea,
And still You know me

And nothing is hidden from Your sight
Wherever I go, You find me
And You know every detail of my life
And You are God and You don’t miss a thing

You know me
You memorize me

You know me…

How about you, friend? What is your prayer today? How can I pray for you this week? I’d love to hear.

Thanks for sharing your time with me.

Simply striving,


Prayer for our Leaders {On Voting Day}

Father, what an honor it is to live free.
Free from religious persecution.
Free from sin.
The enemy has no grip on me.
And neither does oppression.

May I never take that for granted.

Today, I get to exercise my right to vote.
It’s hard to comprehend how influential one vote is.
To believe my opinion matters.

But if I don’t vote, someone else votes for me.
And the only one I want to have that much control over me is You.

Lord, I know You hold the future.
I believe no matter the result, Your plan will prevail.
I realize in the great grip of grace, these details are minute.
Even still…

Father, make Your presence known to our leaders.
Ensure Your voice is heard among our nation.
Strengthen the sound of Your children.

Live among us, Lord.
Reside on Pennsylvania Ave.
Use those we assign for Your glory.

Take back what’s Yours.

Help us look beyond the partisans.
Give us Your vision to see these issues clearly.

May Your kingdom come on earth. Here as it is in heaven.
May Your will be done on earth. Here as it is in heaven.

Here I am, Lord.
Ready to fill in my ballot.
Lead the way…

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“To God’s elect…who have been chosen
according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,
through the sanctifying work of the Spirit,
to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with His blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”
I Peter 1:1-2

How about you, friend? How are you praying for our nation today? I’d love to hear.

Thanks for sharing your time with me.

Simply Striving,