A Summer Prayer of Petition and Blessing adapted from Psalm 84

rain-on-a-sunny-day A Summer Prayer Expressing A Desire for God’s House

How beautiful are the places where You live, O Lord of all! Happy are those who live in Your house! Happy and thankful are those who find strength in You. You, Lord God, are my sun and my safe covering. You give favor and honor. You hold back nothing good from those who walk in the way that is right. O Lord of all, how happy are those who trust in You!

For surely a day in Your house is better than a thousand elsewhere.

Send Your fresh rain. Make it spring for me, O Lord of all, my King and my God.

My soul wants and even becomes weak wanting to be in Your house. My heart and my flesh sing for joy to You, the living God. O Lord God of all, hear my prayer and look upon the face of Your anointed one. I choose to be in Your presence above any worldly honor. God, protect me and show me Your favor for I desire to experience Your goodness today.

For a day in Your house is truly better than a thousand elsewhere.

A Summer Song of Worship and Praise adapted from Psalm 95

Jehovah-Kanna – Lord Jealous

 

A Song of Praise:  I must worship no other gods, but only Jehovah, for He is a God who claims absolute loyalty and exclusive devotion. Exodus 34:14 (TLB)  

With a thankful heart, I will sing loudly and joyfully to the Rock Who saved me. With delight, I will make a sound of joy to Him through song. For the Lord is a great God, and the great King above all gods. The deepest places of the earth are in His hands and the tops of the mountains belong to Him. The sea is His and His hands made the dry land. He made it all for my enjoyment.

For God is the Creator of all good things and I am in awe of His beautiful creations.

With a grateful heart, I bow down in worship. Daily I will humble myself, getting down on my knees before the Lord to worship the One who made me. For He is our God and we are the people of His field and the sheep of His hand.

If you hear His voice today, do not let your heart become hard.  Sing a joyous, thankful song to Him, the God of our salvation. For the Lord is a great God, and the great King above all gods   

A Summer Prayer of Petition and Blessing adapted from Psalms 67, 80, & 85

A Prayer for the Nation

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O Shepherd of Israel. The One Who sits on Your heavenly throne above the angels, let Your light shine!  Stir up Your power and come to save us!

O Lord, You showed favor to Your land. It has produced its fruit. You have forgiven the sins of Your people. You have covered all their sin.

O God of all, show us Your loving kindness and save us. Bring us back to life again so that Your people may be happy in You.

Your saving power is near those who fear You, so Your shining greatness may live in the land. Loving kindness and truth have met together. Peace and what is good and true have kissed each other. Truth comes up from the earth.  From heaven comes all goodness.

 

Yes, Lord, You will give what is good and our land will give its fruit. What is right and good will go before You and make a way for Your steps.

O God of all, I beg Your return. Look down from heaven and see us. Give us new life again and we will call on Your name.

Please bring us back to You. Make Your face shine upon us and grace us with Your presence that we may receive our salvation. Show Your loving kindness toward us and bring good into our lives once again. May Your way be known on the earth and Your saving power among all nations.

May the people praise You, O God. May the nations be glad and sing for joy. For You will be fair when You judge the people and rule the nations of the earth. May the people praise You.

O God of all, bring us back to You. Make Your face shine upon us and grant us our salvation so that we may have life again.

A Summer Song of Worship and Praise adapted from Psalm 100

 Jehovah – The Lord, God All-powerful – Exodus 6:2

Heavenly Father, You are my daily celebration. I will invite everyone to join me as I stand to my feet and shout with joy! Serving You, Lord, brings a smile to my face and the gift of laughter to my soul. And as I gladly serve You, I will sing songs of joy as I reflect upon the truth that You are God to all people. It is You, Lord, who made us, not us. We are Your people and the sheep of Your field.psalm 100

Each day, as I enter Your gates and come into Your holy place, I will praise You and give thanks. I will give honor to Your Holy name in everything I do.

God, You are so good to me. I am comforted in knowing that Your loving kindness lasts forever. You are faithful to me and to my family.

I give You all my praise because You are every joy, every triumph and every good thing in my life. You are Jehovah, the Lord, God all-powerful.

 

 

 

A Spring Song of Worship and Praise adapted from Psalm 112,113, 117 &118

Jehovah-Tsidkenu –  My Righteousness

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—I Corinthians 1:30

For this is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it. Praise God, everybody!  Applaud God!  His love has taken over our lives; God’s faithful ways are eternal. He is my God, and I will praise Him; He is my God, and I will exalt Him. I give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever. Hallelujah!Michelle Borquez Thornton 1

It is better to trust the Lord than to put our confidence in anything or anyone in this world.  The Lord is our strength and song, He has become our salvation. Truly the voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous. May the Lord open the gates of righteousness so we can go through them and praise Him.

For this is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it. Blessed be His name from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down, His name is to be praised. He is my God and I will praise Him; He is my God and I will exalt Him. Thanks be to the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever.

Blessed is the one who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands. Our children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in His house, and His righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, gracious, compassionate righteous one. Good will come to those who are generous, lend freely and conduct their affairs with justice. Surely they will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. The faithful will have no fear of bad news for their heart is secure. They will have no fear and, in the end, they will win.

For this is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it. He is my God and I will praise Him; He is my God and I will exalt Him. Thanks be to the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever.

PASSION: Lesson 17 supplement

Passion allows endeavors of life to be enjoyable, fun, and creative.

 

 

Whether we’re thinking of the career path we choose or volunteering and leisure time activities, it’s important that we follow our passions. When we think about what is needed to be successful in life and in our work, we usually think about characteristics like value, talent, ambition, intellect, discipline, and persistence. What many of us often fail to include in this recipe for success is passion. The passion we have, or don’t have, for the life we choose should not be underestimated. Sometimes this ingredient could make the biggest difference of all.

Mother Theresa said, “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, He will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life rather He will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?’”

True success is, or at least should be, primarily defined as an achievement of something desired. So, the most successful people are the ones who achieve the things they most desire. And what we desire the most is to be proud of what we do with our lives. I believe this is especially true when it comes to our work and our family. A truly successful person is one who is proud of the work she does and the care she gives to her family.

What I Mean by Passion

When I speak of passion, I don’t mean it in the romantic way. What I mean by passion is the powerful feeling of enthusiasm we all have inside of us. We are all enthusiastic and passionate about something, whether its finance, food or a favorite activity. That enthusiasm is very powerful. When we can combine it with our pursuits and our faith, we are setting ourselves up well for achieving true success.

Passion Is so Important

When we are enthusiastic and proud of the work we do, the better equipped we’ll be to overcome the many obstacles that will surely arise.  Also, the more enthusiasm we have, the more inclined we are to work harder at improving ourselves. This will allow us to continuously get better at every pursuit we are engaged in.

Where does the passion come from?

But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Galatians 5: 2

As a young child, I loved Jesus. It was simple. I was excited about the decision I made to invite Jesus Christ Lord into my life.  I could not wait to share this good news with my best friend. I wanted Sara, my childhood friend, to have the blessing of eternal life in heaven too. I wanted her to love and to accept Jesus into her heart also.  So it became my daily pursuit to livbest friends3e God’s way and to share the love of Jesus. And that same desire, passion continues still to this day.

Surprisingly this passion never changed. Oh! definitely the picture has changed with each new season: I am not swinging on a playground swing telling my friends about Jesus. I am not involved any more in the high school or college campus ministry sharing the truth of the gospel. I am not even that young mom raising her young sons in the faith and leading them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or being that teacher/instructor who wanted so desperately for my students to experience the abundance of a God-centered life. Those seasons have passed but in my present season the passion continues.  God has graciously brought me to a new space to share.  I simply love Jesus; so I write, counsel, mentor, lead, speak and encourage women to live simply, passionately, and intentionally for Jesus.

This passion has brought purpose and fulfillment in my life. It has not only enriched my personal life but brought wonderful enthusiasm to my career life.  I encourage you today to really seek the passion that God has placed in your heart and run to it.

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Promise

“He will give you the desires of your heart”

Blessing

“Be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”