May I always turn to God!

When I am tired,
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When the going is hard,
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When the night is dark,
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When it is a stormy day,
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When my tears are flowing;
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When the sun stops to shine,
Help me to turn to you,
O God;
When its laughter time;
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When its time to celebrate;
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When things are better,
Help me to turn to you
O God;
When things are worse,
Help me to turn to you
O God.
For everything
Whether good or bad,
Help me to turn to you.
I want to always turn to God;
May I always turn to God!

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A Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer. The United States Congress asks people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” Though praying should be an everyday occurrence in our homes, on this day, many faiths will take part in the annual event. Rev. Billy Graham initiated this day in 1952, so please join me in prayer.

Dear Lord,

Our Father in Heaven, we come together in humility, asking you to bring salvation to all those who are in prayer today.

Please guide our clergy, missionaries, and others blessed to spread Your Word. Comfort the souls with broken spirits and cast out the germs that try to infiltrate their hearts. Many walk our land with little or no faith, and they desperately need led to Your spiritual being before leaving this life.

Lord, lead us to the still waters and green ferns during this tumultuous time of upheavals around the world. We pray for the safety, and immeasurable responsibilities of our leader, President Donald Trump. Father, please endow him with Your wisdom and comforting arms. Speak to all the members of our congress and other political positions. Guide them to make better decisions based on the country’s needs and not their own. Help America to once again come together in unity.

Many families have suffered job losses and deaths because of COVID-19. Lord bless them with Your peace and reassure their souls. Keep us healthy and shield us from harm, Lord.

We pray, Father, for the churches in America to unify under Jesus Christ’s name. Help us see all religions in the cross’s light. We pray to be more humble, gentle, and patient with one another. Bless us, Lord, with the unity of the Holy Spirit through the bond of peace.

Lord, please be our shepherd! Jesus Christ is the Only Savior, and our only hope in this world.

Amen

An Eternal Flame

I wake in deep thought… dear God, save me as my life is riddled with missing parts. An eternal flame burns for my father whose life was cut short, fifty-five years ago today, by carelessness. Though I am a product of divorced parents, no one can take the place of your biological Father.

I think of all those special moments in life I wasn’t afforded the luxury of my father. We couldn’t build a model together, fly a kite, or throw a ball. He couldn’t teach me to hunt or fish. He never taught me to drive, yet it I became the chauffeur to his own loving mom and dad. My dad never experienced my graduation day, though I pray he looked down upon me from heaven. He didn’t meet my important first date. Late at night, I cried myself to sleep for the many times I missed his love.

The void I tried to fill was grander than a canyon. Nothing can fill the shoes left behind of my six-foot-two, father. This morning, an eternal flame still burns inside me, and I memorialize the father, I did without, in my entire life.

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Seeking God, I know it is He that connects the bridges of all the days of our lives. My time on earth is limited, too, as I look at my own son and ask God to watch over him. Someday, maybe, he will understand the meaning of picking up the phone and giving his dad a ring. Our moments are too short to waste on regrets.

I listen to the busy world as it is getting underway, but I feel the warmth from the Son shining down from heaven. It is God who has saved me in all my lonely days. Many children grow up in a happy home, and I, too, wish I could claim the same.

The sun is now covered by a swirling storm system. Still, an eternal flame for my father will forever endure whatever weather arrives today. I pray God grants me the moment I can stand by my Father again someday. I’ll give him a hug, he so richly deserves, for making me the son I became in his honor.

It was once said, “You can’t miss something you never had.” I strongly disagree! You can’t imagine what it’s like to walk a mile carrying your own father’s shoes. Yet here I am… throughout my life, without him here, beside me.

“God, my Father, I so pray Your holy hands will guide me all the rest of my weary days alone. Never lead me astray. I pray that not another child will experience the pain I’ve suffered and endured by the loss of my Father. Lord, let me be an example of Your love to other children who has had a parent pass to be with You. Hear my thoughts, on this day of memorial, and tell my father I said hello.”

I love you, Pop. May you rest in peace till the day we will walk in God’s light together.

House of Prayer

The bobbing little heads are so thankful to see me this morning. They’re grateful for the seed I throw their way. It is amazing they know it’s safe to fly out of the trees and eat, so long as I am there. Perhaps I am… a house of prayer for all my feathered fowl.

In my house of prayer, my humbled heart guides my conscience. I cannot list the blessed gifts God sent my wife and me in our short few years of marriage. But many people are not so fortunate…

Some families lost their finances, especially over the past few weeks. Others gambled their money, and even life savings, instead of reading the laws of God. In a Christian’s house of prayer, the Bible dictates this distinction:

Many abodes are filled with “prized possessions” from floor to ceiling. We can witness this sad condition on TV, such as “Hoarding: Buried Alive” and even “American Pickers.” Or, shoppers fill their carts with unnecessary items after each paycheck to fill a void in their heart. I must ask, “How can you love two Gods if you are a true Christian?” This ill-fated, psychological condition promotes money and the love of physical items. In this house of prayer, the Bible states:

We can easily find the standard salary of clergymen on the internet. It is far below the national average income. But some televangelists, who I call “false prophets,” steal from the poor to live in their dynasty. They build multi-million dollar lifestyles, believing they can buy into heaven’s gates. In their masonry house of prayer, the frigid winds blow through the cracks and crevices.

So, what kind of house of prayer is your residence? Is your home blessed, or does Satan appear to send signals of acceptable sin? If Jesus walked in your house today, would He feel the warmth of love and graciousness? Could He easily place His hands on your Bible?

Just like the little feeding birds, they eat only enough to fill their bodies. They, too, come to me for comfort. We should turn to God for life’s blessings. Share your bread, for it is His will you are supplied with His love, including the little birds that feed in your backyard.

I pray your life and home is a sanctuary, filled with God’s blessings and love. Be content with your basic needs being met and avoid materialism. It is only the flesh that yearns for the security of money. Our wealth belongs to God – and it’s a gift. Make Him first in your life. Only faith, prayer, and your walk in the light of God will bring you to His house of prayer.



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To every couple

To every couple,
Our best wishes, we send.
This month of February
Will bring you lots of sunshine, dear couple;
A multiplication of smiles;
Abundance of love;
And an increase
Of quality time for you;
May your relationship hit peak score!
May your finances move to excellence!
And may you handle
Your commitments
With ease!
Everywhere you go
Doors will open to you;
Put God at the center
Of your relationship,
And always pray as a couple;
What you ask God
As a couple,
Will be granted to you.
During these trying moments
That we are going through,
Angels will ever be by you,
In front of you,
Above you
And under your feet,
To guard and protect you
From all dangers.
Not even a single hair
On your head shall be touched.
You are children of God,
So loved by Him.
To God be the glory;
What you agree on earth,
As a couple,
Shall be accepted in heaven.
Shout “Amen!”
For so it shall.be.

Good morning all!

Good morning all!
As we start another day,
My heart is full of
Best wishes for you;
I wish that your day
Be as bright as bright
Can be;
Full of sunshine;
I know challenges
Cannot be absent,
But my wish,
Which also is my prayer,
Is that you find the wisdom,
Inner strength,
And stamina
To face and overcome
Every single challenge
On your way;
So that by the end
Of the day,
Smiles will fill your face.
This my wish;
This is my prayer
As we begin this lovely day
Of our Lord.
That you feel motivated;
Pumped up and energized.

Put God at the center of your life (song lyrics)

Put God at the center
Of your life,

And everything will
Work out for you.

Put God at the center
Of your life.

And everything will
Work out for you.

Put Faith at the Center
Of your life.

And everything will
Work out for you.

Earthly riches will
All pass away,

But the word of God
Will remain for ever.

Money, houses, cars will
All pass away,

But the word of God will remain for ever.

Put God at the center
Of your life

And everything will
Work out for you.

Waste not much time
Running after earthly treasures,

But spend your time
In search of God,

Put prayer at the center
Of your life,

And everything will
Work out for you.

Earthly riches will not
Take you to heaven,

Only the word of God will
Give you eternal life.

Put God at the center
Of your life,

And everything will work
Out for you.