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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A New Beginning

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go.  My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” - Abraham Lincoln

The LORD is near to all who call on Him, 
   to all who call on Him in truth.
- Psalm 145:18

Malice: “the intention or desire to do evil; ill will” - New Oxford American Dictionary

“Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name…” *  How often do we trust in the Lord’s prayer?  Is it enough?  Do we need to add to it?  Is it just a starting point?  I don’t know the answer.  “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” *  Certainly it’s enough for the Lord’s kingdom to come.  To right all the wrongs.  To assuage the needs of the poor.  “Give us this day our daily bread.” *  But in the meantime we still have needs.  Real needs that produce hunger and thirst, pain and sorrow.  Needs that can only be met by our Lord.  “And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” *  We have something to do as well.  We can’t go on hating.  We can’t go on with prejudice and malice in our hearts.  We can’t hold these grudges forever.  And so we need to forgive those who have wronged us.  Just like we need the forgiveness of our Heavenly Father.  We have to have the forgiveness of the Cross.  But still…  “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” *  Because righteousness is hard.  In fact it’s impossible.  We need an Almighty help to deliver us.  That’s what the Holy Spirit is for.  To dwell within us and give us a north by which our compass can act upon.  

And so it’s enough to simply rely on the words Jesus gave us to pray by.  It’s enough to ask God to meet our deepest needs and trust that He knows them better than we do.  It’s enough to have a faith in Him.  I’m not saying that every prayer should be the Lord’s prayer.  But its template is enough to harness all that we need.  In it a relationship is born.  In it a conversation is started.  In it all that we need is asked for and all that we need is promised.  However, something about it begs us in humility to say the last line.  “For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever, amen.” **  You won’t find those words in most modern translations of the Bible.  They’re implicit, implied, and obvious.  But they’re beautiful none-the-less.  

So if you’re tired of asking for the same old things.  If you’re weary of saying the same old lines.  If prayer has become stale.  Try beginning again with the prayer Jesus taught us to pray with.  It’s a new beginning every time.  

* Matthew 6:9-13
** The Lord’s Prayer Doxology

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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