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Stepping Out of the Boat

Dear Lord; Happy Tuesday Father!

Today Father, I’m Blessed to share an “Email to God” with You written by Kandi, from “Get Out of the Boat”.  Her posts always exude such an intimate connection with You Lord, so I was absolutely elated when she agreed to bring her prayers here today.

Good morning Father,

Well, at least it’s morning when I am writing this, very early morning, it is 1:00 a.m. right now, that seems to be the magic hour for You and I, I write so many of my blog posts this time of morning, when the world is still and silent.  I am thankful for these times when it is just quiet, when it is just us spending time together. It is this time of morning when I do not have to strain through the voices of the day to hear Yours.  So I sit here, fingers on the keyboard wondering what words are going to find their way onto the page.

A few years ago, I remember seeing the words “survival of the fittest” splashed across someone’s social network page.  I remember thinking how strong and confident the writer of those words probably thought they sounded, and all I could think to myself was how hopeless that was.  That was back in my infancy days when I first came to You, the days when getting on my knees before You seemed to exhaust my physical limits, when the tears flowed so freely it felt like I were shedding the three plus decades of my life that I spent without You, those four little words that in this world represent a sense of strength in ourselves, yet is void of any hope.  Yes, there is the hope of something better, there is the hope that the dreams and passions of our deceptive human hearts will come to fruition, and for some they will, but there is no hope in You, in death it will all become meaningless and left behind. Those whose hope rests squarely in arms of You Father, the One who gives meaning to our lives, begin to see a bigger picture, that there is a greater purpose beyond what we can see.  We know that You will never leave us or forsake us, You know the plans You have for us and that they are good, that You have gone before us, You have made a way, You have already made the our path straight, even when it looks so very crooked laid out at our feet, we know the only truest and purest form of hope is in You Father. We cling to You and Your promises,  because we know that only You can take the ash and mold it into something beautiful, we know only You can make something new again, when we hope in You, our lives and the meaning of them begin to look different, when we frame them in the hope of You.  There are places You want to take us that not even the strongest hands can touch because the greatest of human strength is like a pebble at the bottom of the ocean compared to Yours.  

Father, You have blessed us with so many great scriptures of hope in Your word, but it is this one from Isaiah 40:31 that You keep placing in my path, I think this is one of my favorite scriptures that describes what our hope in You looks like.

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength

they will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint” – Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Father, when I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior four and half years ago, I would have never imagined being in this place I am today, I never thought it possible, Father, I love You so much, I can’t imagine doing life without You, I can’t live without hope in You.

Amen… Thank you Kandi!

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  • Beautiful prayer Kandi. He created us, knows us, has plans for us and love us. Doing this life with Him is a beautiful adventure!

  • Kandi, once again, your words are beautiful. I love the idea (though not the time, LOL) of meeting with God early in the morning, before the “voices of the day” begin to compete with His.
    I’m so thankful the real hope I’ve found in Him. In God’s upside-down Kingdom, it’s not survival of the fittest, but survival of the ones who admit they are weak and run to Jesus Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today, and thank you, Phil, for allowing Kandi to speak here.
    Many blessings!

  • Thank you for asking me Phil, it was such honor that you would invite me to write for your blog.

    Blessings.

  • Kandi, your prayer touches my heart and makes my soul dance! Amen and thank you!

  • Phil,

    I thought I left a comment, I must of forgot to hit submit 🙂 thank you for asking me to do this, it was blessings to be asked.

  • “our lives and the meaning of them begin to look different, when we frame them in the hope of You”

    This is my favorite line. So true. When I read this, I get a flood of memories that differ each other: some that show befores and some that show afters… after He gets a hold of me.

    Again Kandi, I love your honesty. So glad this guest post brought me over to Phil’s place. I saw he was a follower and commenter on your blog, but I could never figure out where his stuff was! Lol! Glad to officially be here to meet you, Phil!

    Beautiful.

    <3 Kendra

  • BEAUTIFUL, Kandi. Love those verses in Isaiah as well. I can’t imagine doing life without the HOPE he gives us.

  • Kandi… wonderful to see you here. I also just love to read your heart 🙂 I know the quiet of the morning you’re talking about… where He speaks so clearly. This is so true… “Yes, there is the hope of something better, there is the hope that the dreams and passions of our deceptive human hearts will come to fruition, and for some they will, but there is no hope in You, in death it will all become meaningless and left behind.” That hope in Him is really all we have… without Him we’d have nothing. Those verses pick us up, strengthen us and remind us of that Hope that He gives to us. Blessings 🙂

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