The lord is my photographer

DSC_0293 copyThe lord is my photographer; He is all that I need.

He shows me the beauty of green meadows; and peaceful streams.

He renews my sight.

He guides me through every assignment, each photo bringing honor to his name.

Even when I photograph in the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are my light.

Your grace and mercy protect and comfort me.

You feed my soul as I capture memories of my friends and my enemies.

You honor me by framing my photos in my heart.

My camera bag overflows with blessings.

Surely I will purse God’s beauty all the days of my life,

and my work will dwell in God’s house forever.

PrayerPoints – Book Review

978-1-4964-0950-8There has been numerous times in my life where I have faced a situation where I wanted to pray , I needed to pray, but I didn’t know what to say.  If this sounds like you, and for many of us it does, this book can help.

PrayerPoints is beautifully designed to help with any specific need you may have.  No matter what season of life your going through PrayerPoints can guide you towards a closed relationship with God through prayer.

PrayerPoints – Praying God’s Promises At Your Point Of Need is a beautiful leather-like reference book that features almost 250 entries and addresses more than 170 topics we face on a regular basis from Abandonment to Wrong Choices.  Almost any need or problem that we may have is covered with at least one entry.  Some topics have several entries.  I love that the book is pocket size, perfect for my back pocket.

The verses reflect God’s promises to us in the circumstances we face and offer biblical based prayers that help us pray to God regarding the situation, based on God’s Word.

At the back of the book there is a Guide To Prayer Topics and a Scripture Index that breaks down the topics categorically based on Emotional, Physical, Relational and Spiritual needs.

Some of the topics that are addressed in this book are:

  • Emotional: Abandonment, Abuse, Addiction, Loneliness, Past Hurts, Tragedy
  • Physical: Cancer, Chronic Pain, Financial Need, Sleeplessness, Unemployment
  • Relational: Alienation from Family, Being Bullied, Conflict, Death, Grief
  • Spiritual: Emptiness, Guilt, Lost Feeling, Need For God, Shame

Each PrayerPoint entry is short, leaving ample time for additional prayer and reflection. The Bible verses are opened up to shine light on the promises in them. All through PrayerPoints an intimacy between the reader and God is developed with honest sincerity.

Once I started using PrayerPoints, I found this book indispensable, both in my personal prayer time and in private ministry time with others.

I highly recommend PrayerPoints. 5 out of 5 stars.

You can read an excerpt HERE                               PrayerPoints is available on Amazon.

I am blessed to have received a copy of this bible for free from Tyndale Publishers for review purposes.  I received no other compensation and the review is my own honest opinion of the book.

Have a blessed day, Jay

Faith Is No Faith If It Depends On Miracles

Lord, my faith is no faith at all if it depends on whether or not You perform a miracle for me or for someone I love. And yet I believe that miracles do happen. So I ask You to look with compassion on my prayer and to grant the desires of my heart. Whether Your answer is yes or no, now or later, I trust that You hear me, that You understand my distress, and that You will act with compassion.

Halfhearted Devotion

My Actions

While reading 2 Kings today I noticed that the story of all the kings included the statement, “And he did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, but”.  Notice the but?  The kings always seemed to have a halfhearted relationship with God.  Then along came Ahaz.  In 2 Kings 16:2-4 we see that Ahaz didn’t do anything pleasing in the sight of the Lord.

Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. He did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the lord his God, as his ancestor David had done. Instead, he followed the example of the kings of Israel, even sacrificing his own son in the fire. In this way, he followed the detestable practices of the pagan nations the lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites. He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the pagan shrines and on the hills and under every green tree.  2 Kings 16:2-4

Halfhearted relationships with God over the course of many generations can have an impact on later generations. Children can quickly see through the hypocrisy of halfhearted devotion and this may cause them to reject everything we stand for, especially the good things. The question is, when it comes to our relationship with God, what kind of example are we setting for our children?

Your Hope In The Storm

Christ’s last words in the sermon on the mount talk about the storms of life. The final four verses (Matthew 7:24-27) teach that these storms will be powerful and that they cannot be avoided.

So, the question is not can I avoid the storm, but how can I remain secure when the storm strikes. This much is certain, the storms will come.

Jesus is talking about more than physical dwellings. He is talking about your life. The same things – the rains, the rising streams, the winds will attack each house. Don’t be fooled. The security of the house rests not upon the elaborateness and beauty of its construction, but upon the solidness of its foundation.

In the Proverbs the wise are those who fear God. The foolish are those who live as if there is no God. The wise builder’s house does not fall in the storm. The house of the foolish builder will fall with a great crash.

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]