Below is a poem about a common question. What is prayer? This is more my attempt to worship with my heart and mind not to be a great poet, but I hope you find it helpful.
Is prayer, earnest moments of silence or sacrificial seconds of flounder
Is it the intensity of the pious or holy mystic wonder
Is prayer, the processing of the word or conversing in daily adventure
Is it bringing requests to an alter or regurgitation of the scripture
Is prayer the changing of God’s mind, is it worth it at all
Is it helping this life of mine or is it prosperity to be called
Is my prayer enjoying sweet divinity, is it from my weak and faint
Is it in Proper Trinity, is it in fellowship with the saints
Is my prayer aware of my dark, is it fitting to my morning
Is it sanctifying of the heart, in it thy kingdom come according
Is my prayer not my will but yours would, is it for sheep not of this fold
Is it enduring of sweating blood, putting to death of things I hold
Prayer, of first importance and epitomize
Prayer, is faith, in practice and exercise
Prayer, is dependent on our Prophet, Priest, and King
Prayer, even our bests, can never be justifying
Prayer, possible from Calvary
Prayer, groaning from the Guarantee
Prayer, modeled and commanded by the Triune
Prayer, to abide and not neglect Holy Commune
25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.
The sense of smell, obviously talking about pleasing scents. Not just great spring time smells of the baseball field, fresh cut lawn, flowers, etc but also I have heard that the sense of smell has the strongest power of senses to recall a memory. You can imagine how this can, through memory and even emotion, link us to smells from childhood places, loved ones, and some of our most special occasions.
In grace, there is no longer any ritual that needs to be offered to God that it may be accepted as a fragrant offering, but now we are to live a life from a new heart and spirit changed by the gospel, a worshipful life not only to God, but for the people around us a testimony to the gospel.
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.
Merrimac & North antique, bakery, and salon shop. It is a cool spot with vintage items, the best cookies, and great stylists and service but my favorite part about this store is that it is a place that adds to Mineral Wells downtown walking around area, or time for grabbing lunch and heading to “Merrimac” for dessert, or building on what could be a nice shopping area that other smaller downtown’s have. I like Merrimac & North and want some more places like it in Mineral Wells.
Put whipped cream in, on, or both to your coffee. Buy a $2 aerosol can of whipped cream, put it into your cup before pour, or pour and then top your coffee with it. Add some cinnamon or drizzle with chocolate syrup. We even found sugar free chocolate syrup, so coffee+whipped cream+sugar free chocolate syrup = OK on our diet. Plus its fun to do with wife and kids. Bonus suggestion, less coffee more cream for the kids, just enough to make them feel apart of what is going on.
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Thanks for reading 70 Resolutions. An experiment in blending my appreciation for real writers, like Jonathan Edwards and his resolutions, sharing what I am enjoying in life, and the greatest gift of all: the gospel.