Wednesday, January 4, 2017

78. Growing In Prayer – A New Year 2017

35 You ·protect me with your saving shield [ have given me the shield of your salvation/victory].  You support me with your right hand.  You have stooped to make [Your help makes] me great.  36 You ·give me a better way to live [broaden my path; [widen my steps beneath me], so ·I live as you want me to [my feet do not slip;  my ankles do not weaken].  –Psalm 18:35-36 (EXB)

We have begun a New Year….new beginnings….a new start so to speak.  New resolutions and most are broken if I know people.  As for us we do not make New Year resolutions …… because we usually break them…Comme ci, comme ├ža.

We have celebrated the birth of Christ Jesus.  All of our church services were great and beautiful.  We had a wonderful cantata by our choir.  We spent our New Year with a couple we dearly love….had dinner and played Train.  They went home early to miss all the “kooks” out on New Year’s Eve.  Doyle watched the New Year arrive alone while I snoozed it away.  As a whole, we had a good holiday season just loving our Lord, friends and each other.

I want to speak to all those who did not have a wonderful Christmas season and New Year.  As proof our Compass Prayer Wall tells the story of the hurting.  God’s Word has promises that sustain us through any worldly experience as in Romans 15:13, 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.   As Jack Hayford says that I have often quoted, “The Grace of God by the operational Power of the Holy Spirit ….. Power beyond what we could generate.  Our hope is in the eternal God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We do not give up the hope that is given to us each day….each day is new and carries the blessings of Christ Jesus in each new sun rise.  Even when the clouds cover the sun the sun rises each morning and brings light into our world.  As the scripture above states so well God is with us and He makes us great!  35 You ·protect me with your saving shield [ have given me the shield of your salvation/victory].  You support me with your right hand.  You have stooped to make [Your help makes] me great.  36 You ·give me a better way to live [broaden my path; [widen my steps beneath me], so ·I live as you want me to [my feet do not slip;  my ankles do not weaken].  –Psalm 18:35-36 (EXB)

How do I know?  In prayer I fall to my knees to “live as You (God) want me to [live] (my feet do not slip, my ankles do not weaken)”.

I have often said my earthly Daddy gave me the image of my Heavenly Father.  My Daddy was 6’4” tall and he took every life circumstance to teach me.  When he talked to me, he always came to my level which means he stooped or squatted Indian style.  Always the lesson he taught was to build my character….make me great.  Because of him, I can envision my Heavenly Father “stooping to make me great” for I am made, and so are you, in His image.  The love He feels for us when we suffer the earthly hurts is incomprehensible, but in His Word there is hope.  The sun rises each new day and He gives us the New Day with His protection in His salvation, broaden paths, widen steps beneath us and our steps do not slip to live in His light and His promises.  We find this relationship with God through prayer!


Friday, December 2, 2016

77. Growing In Prayer – According to Your Word……

21 Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.  –Joshua 2:21

38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1-38

We trust you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Ours was great and it is with thankfulness we acknowledge the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving ushers in the Christmas season as we begin the festivities of Christ’s birth.   We celebrated the first Sunday of Advent last Sunday; our service was especially rewarding.

We acknowledge with sorrowful hearts that these upcoming celebrations don’t always bring joy to all.  They have sorrow in life; to name a few:  losses, difficult situations and family disagreements, health and financial.

Jesus gave us hope in all things.  As I have mentioned my favorite life verse is Romans 8:28.

This morning as I was reading scripture one of those “light bulb moments” appeared.  Though we had read about Rehab, the prostitute, many times these words struck me. “According to your words, so be it”. (Joshua 2:21) They instantly brought to mind, Mary’s words, Mother of Jesus.  “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)    One woman, Rahab, was dubbed a harlot.  One woman was a virgin and considered beautifully pure. 

Each woman exhibited a profound faith in the One Living God….God Almighty, Lord of Lords.  Their faith in the promises given to them was a living hope for things better to come.  In an act of faith Rahab hid and helped the two Israelites escape the city.  The Israelites promised to save her family during the battle of Jericho.  Mary acted in faith when she was told she would bear God’s Son which He would lead us into possession of eternal life. 

Joshua testifies at the end of his life:  “…….not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you……”  Joshua 23:14.  We can have faith in God’s Word and His promises.  Let us tie the scarlet cord around our hearts reminding us God gives hope in our faith to follow Him.

All this to say there is hope and joy in Jesus Christ.  Regardless of what life brings there is a living hope in our faith of the One Who gave His life that we may live.

Glory, Hallelujah to the God above!  We celebrate this Season knowing we have a Savior who loves us beyond comprehension.   It is in prayer that we sustain and grow in an intimate, close relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord as the Holy Spirit prays to the Father.  (Romans 8:26)


This Christmas Season, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing (Faith moved to action), so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope”.  Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Growing In Prayer – Faith Acts

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  -- Ephesians 2:8-9 AND, John 17:22-23, 22 And the glory which You (God and Father) gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

The Electoral College has spoken.  The founding fathers established the Electoral College  in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.   We have a new President Elect and according to our democratic process the winner leads the United States of America.  The democratic process begins with all peoples standing behind him/her to become one Nation under God with liberty and justice for all.

We have a great Nation, good people and people come to this Nation to experience freedom to worship, live, and pursue happiness during their lifetime here on earth.  Hundreds of people stood on their faith and prayed for God’s choice to lead this country.  

We just finished a study in our Church, “What Christians Believe”.  It was a good study and we had a very good group of all ages.  One of the questions in the Class what Christians believe regarding faith was, “What is the relationship between faith and feelings?”  My short answer without explanation was:  Faith acts in believing; Feelings respond in fear.

We can both have faith given to us by God’s grace and move our faith to action believing in the promise of Jesus Christ in His prayer to be one in Him as He is one in the Father.  We can move our faith to action believing in the new leadership of our Nation.  We can stand with and support each leader in the promises they made to all people of this Nation.

We see what feelings responding in fear are.  Our large cities reverberate in feelings and emotions in what they consider loss, acting in fear and anger.  It is a paradox in that they act in chaos and destruction claiming the very freedom that brings honor and justice.  Those who feel fear, anger, and demonstrate their disillusionment move in a chaotic disruption and destruction to property and destroying their individual honor, dignity and character in their humanness to what they feel is their right.  What is right about evil?

We lift Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 for this Nation.
14-15 When I think of the wisdom and scope of his plan, I fall down on my knees and pray to the Father of all the great family of God—some of them already in heaven and some down here on earth— 16 that out of his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you the mighty inner strengthening of his Holy Spirit. 17 And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; 18-19 and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will be filled up with God himself.  20 Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. 21 May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ.

Pray Christians, Pray!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Growing In Prayer – Seek God and His Statutes

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!
They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways.  You have commanded us
to keep Your precepts diligently.  --Psalm 119:1-4 (NKJV)

Welllll…… the election process is coming to a close.  November 8 is the final day to vote for this 2016 presidential election.  It has been a rough ride this past year.  Words spoken I have never heard between candidates have smothered the dignity of our great Presidential Office of these United States.  And, if you have forgotten, it is OUR office.

Our Founder of Compass, Howard Dayton, expressed these words, “For my wife, Bev, and me, our first filter is this: Is the candidate committed to protecting the most vulnerable and helpless among us – the unborn? If the answer is no, we will not vote for them. Part of the reason we are so passionate about this as our first filter, is that we adopted both of our children as newborn babies, and three of our four grandchildren were also adopted as babies. We cannot imagine life without them and are so grateful that our children love Jesus and follow Him. God is all about life!”
My husband, Doyle and I have prayed for God’s person to fill this very important Presidential Office, as many of the Compass family across this Nation have prayed.  It is equally important to fill the House and Senate with those who will bow their knees and seek God’s direction.  This is a time that the Christians of this Nation stand in unity and be counted for God’s truth.  This Nation was founded on Christian beliefs and our Constitution was written by some of the most brilliant minds that have come together at one time in faith that this country would be free and devoted to equality and rights to life and the pursuit of happiness.

Our Nation is in the balance and it is time we all commit to pray for the divine hand of God to bring us together as in Acts 4:1-31  When Peter and John were told they could not speak the name of Jesus they went immediately to their companions in Christ Jesus and Prayed.  They prayed in one accord with praise and thanksgiving to the One Living God.  They quoted the words of King David:  ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things?  26 The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the Lord and against His Christ.’

Then Peter, John and their Christian companions prayed:  29 Now, Lord, look on their threats (the priest and Sadducees), and grant to Your servants (followers of Christ) that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.

I love this part of Acts 4.  31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.

I have always wanted to shake a building with prayer!!  Let all Christians join together and shake this Nation to its God given roots.   

John 8:12, When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”


God is life for all even for the most vulnerable and helpless among us.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

74. Growing In Prayer – Blessed Be the Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  –Matthew 5:9

We have been gone a while now, three months to be exact.  We will have to admit we have been in what writers call “a dry spell”.  Our last Blog if you have been visiting our site from time to time was on God’s wisdom.

Scripture tells us that the wisdom from God is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy. 

Our hearts have been hurting over the condition of our country.  My Women’s group has been studying Nehemiah 9:1-37 this month.  In verse sixteen it says, “But they (Israel) and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey Your commandments”.    That sounds so familiar to today’s events.  What is that old adage, “History repeats itself”, or something similar?  Are we today repeating History of old?  Are we being presumptuous and stiffing our necks.  In the Biblical sense stiffing our necks means "hard of neck"; “stubborn," "intractable," "not to be led."   Have we become a people of presumption and stiffing our necks? 

God made a covenant with Israel to give them a promise land.  In Nehemiah 9:25 it tells us, “And they captured fortified cities and a rich land, and took possession of houses full of all good things, cisterns already hewn, vineyards, olive orchards and fruit trees in abundance.  So they ate and were filled and became fat and delighted themselves in Your great goodness”.

BUT in Nehemiah 9:26, it says, “Nevertheless, they were disobedient and rebelled against You (God) and cast Your law behind their back and killed Your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to You, and they committed great blasphemies”.

America became the promise land to millions of people searching for freedom to worship, speak and live their lives in obedience to our mighty God.  America became great because of our Christian faith and that this faith was the very foundation of our beginnings…the good, honest, hard-working grass roots of this country.  Let us return to our roots and become the Nation we once were.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  Let us become the children of God making peace where there is chaos, where there are murders, bombings, disingenuous people and leaders of our Nation.  Let us stand in Godly unity and rebuild this Nation through our prayers and faithfulness to God’s wisdom.

Nehemiah 9:17 tells us, "But You are a God ready to forgive,......".  America is still the greatest Nation on this earth because of the faithful.  The Church is not a building; it is the people, the Body of Christ.  We have a forgiving God Who is mighty in power to return us to our roots.  Praise God!!  It happens through prayer, confession and obedience.

It tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

When we are in right relationship with our Mighty God and Father our Nation flourishes and only when we are in prayer does our relationship stay intimate.


Pray…..Pray…..Pray!!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

73. Growing In Prayer – Wisdom From Above

 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  –James 3:17

Scripture tells us that the wisdom from God is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy.  If life could be lived where everyone took this wisdom of God and became true and faithful in their effort to live in harmony, we as a Nation would know the peace that passes all understanding.

We have lived through the depression, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Never have we felt the need for prayer and God’s hand of intervention more.

The news these past months and weeks bring us prostrate before the mighty God of all creation.  What is happening to our World??  In San Bernardino, California, December 2, 2015, fourteen were killed by a man and woman terrorist.  June 12, 2016, Orlando, Florida, 49 people were killed by a terrorist.  Texas, July 7, 5 police officers killed.  July 14, 84 people were killed when a terrorist drove a 19-ton cargo truck into a crowd.   Nice, France, 18 people were injured some critically, by an ax wielding terrorist.

We could go on and on around the world the chaotic events that are happening and the death toll rises.  Guns are not our problem as is proven by the ax wielding terrorist and 19-ton cargo truck used as a weapon.

We fear it is the evil that lies in the heart of the one who perceives the killing.  Three Bible verses that speak of the heart:  Matthew 15:19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slanderJeremiah 17:9 ; The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?  Ephesians 4:18; They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, our Nation and the World desperately need our prayers.  Pray with us for the hearts of those who seek wickedness, evil and destruction because of the state of their hearts.

One time a bit ago, my sister-in-law told my Mother, “Oh, Nannie this is the 90’s”.  My Mother at that time was in her late 80s returned promptly, “Not one Word in my Bible has changed”.

So it is, Dear Ones, pray to the God of all Creation through the power of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus our Lord for those who are ignorant of God’s light and who choose to stay in darkness.  John 3:19; And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

Let us be the watchmen placed on the wall (Isaiah 62:6) and fill the gap with our prayers; never ceasing to the Glory of God our Father.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

72. Growing In Prayer – In God We Trust

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.  13 The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.  –Psalm 33:12-13

Yes, God looks and sees all the sons of men.  He looks at our heart and sees who we are as individuals, a Nation, and as a united people.  Are we of this world or are we the people of God in and through Christ Jesus? 

We believe in prayer and the power that is generated through the Holy Spirit to change from the heights of heaven what is here on earth.  II Chronicles 7:14 says:  “14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land

In 1900 Galveston, Texas people awoke to a beautiful day.  They went about their daily life as usual.  They ate breakfast, went to work, went shopping and talked with neighbors.  They lived in prosperity….thriving economy, third largest port in the nation and had no idea the tragic hurricane four that was lurking in the Gulf.  By the next morning a quarter of them would lose their lives and 90% would be left without roofs to sleep under.  The news came:  "Galveston is destroyed beyond its ability to recover."  - Army Quartermaster report to War Department

Recovery of Galveston Island was its finest hour.  During Ronald Regan’s term as President, he said, “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under”.

Do we sound like the voice of doom?  It is not our intention.  We are simple folks.  We grew in families standing strong in Christian faith and we were taught to pray.  God is in control of all things.  Psalm 111:10 tells us, “10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.  His praise endures forever”.

We have become a Nation divided, and if ever prayer was needed it is now.  I quote our dear friend, Boyd Bailey, Wisdom Hunters devotionals:  “God blesses a country that honors Him, but brings down a country that dishonors Him. It honors Him for His people to pray in earnest for righteousness to reign in religion, the workplace, the seat of government, and the home. It dishonors the Lord when we behave like His commands are suggestions and we marginalize His mandates. Countries founded on Christ are blessed if they continue with Christ”.

Our Nation is swaying between good and evil, between righteousness and unrighteousness.  The meaning of righteousness in the Greek language is “right relationship” with God our Father.    Broadly, the word suggests conformity to the revealed will of God in all respects.  “And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith..”   -- Genesis 15:6  

Let us pray for unity, oneness in Christ Jesus.