All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You are my supply
My breath of life
And still more awesome than I know
You are my reward worth living for
And still more awesome than I know...
listen to Chris Tomlin's Enough

Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God. Psalm 68:34-35

The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings? In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him. O Lord God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you.Psalm 89:5-8

Go to God

Father God,
There is no doubt in my mind that You are the ultimate, supreme, living, only true God. There is no one above You. I cannot begin to comprehend all of You. Because I cannot fully understand all that You are, sometimes it is hard for me to fully understand all that I am in You.

Please continue to teach me how to think, how live, and how to love as a child of Yours.

adapted from Jan Merkel's prayer journal 2008

Who are You? Who am I? God, would you remind me of what is true?

God, because You are You -- I can choose to believe that You are more than ENOUGH for...

Good Shepherd

As you read the Bible you’ll find a variety of descriptions and metaphors for God.

One of the metaphors you’ll notice is that of “shepherd.” Most of us are familiar with Psalm 23 which begins with “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want….”

We’d love to invite you to think about God as your shepherd. Although it’s a stretch to imagine the full significance of this metaphor (since we suburbanites have little reference for sheep and shepherding) there is still much to be discovered about Who God is and how he relates to His sheep (oh I mean people).

There are two passages of scriptures we’d love to encourage you to read. Psalm 23 and John 10:1-18. As you read these two passages, what are you discovering about Who God is and how He thinks about you?

Meditate on this Verse

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me…

John 10:14

Go to God

Father God,
I am SO thankful that You are my Shepherd…leading and guiding me. You are all knowing and Your wisdom I cannot fathom so help me to hear Your voice at all times and know Your direction. Help me to not get impatient when You guide me to rest, and to trust that You are leading me to green pastures where I can be fed and nourished and my soul can be restored. Just as a shepherd is constantly on guard protecting his flock, help me to have a deep understanding that you are always on watch concerning all that is going on in my life…nothing goes unnoticed by You. Give me ears and a heart that only hears You. Let me rest in the confidence that You will not let me go astray.

Today, I will be confident that You will. . .

adapted from Jan Merkel's prayer journal 2008

We’d love to create a chorus of prayer as we finish the phrase above. Would you post some of our expressions of prayer to God?

Just click on the comments below and type in your prayer. (Not sure how to get started, directions can be found on the righthand side of the page toward the top under ADDING TO THE BLOG)

The Times Maybe Uncertain YET....

As the new year begins, we find many are facing economic crisis and if not crisis at least concern. It seems life as we know it is changing all around us. These are uncertain times. We don't know what will come to pass in the days and months ahead. YET... {I love that word}

YET adverb
inspite of everything
used to stress that it remains possible that something will happen or that you are still determined to do something despite present difficulties

{Here's what I know} God never changes. He is dependable, consistent, immovable, reliable, steadfast... He is CERTAIN.

Now faith is being sure of what we
hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

I don't know where you are on your journey with God, but I know God longs for you to know Him. Over the next several weeks, we are going to be blogging about the many attributes of God. We hope this is a great way to help in your pursuit of God.

We believe that as we focus our eyes on God and who He is, we'll be encouraged to live a life marked by faith and action.

I've asked Jan Merkel, our brand new Ministry Assistant to the Women of Grace, to help us develop our prayer life by focusing our attention by praying through the various attributes of God.

Keep checking back, we hope to post a couple times each week.

Looking forward to this leg of our journey together.


Getting the Picture One Frame at a Time

I hesitate when I begin talking about the different attributes of God. Why? Because every time I begin to look at one, I find that I have to look at another, and another, and another. You just can't pick and choose. You can't cut and paste those things you'll like and disregard those things you don't understand or aren't sure you like.

Think in terms of photography.

I have a few photographs of our visit to the Grand Canyon on January 1st, 2006. These pictures just don't do it justice. Let's admit it right now... a snapshot doesn't ever tell the full story. But, it does help us capture some of the essence and attributes of a place, person, or experience.

Together we are going to build a picture of God, one frame at a time as we consider attribute, after attribute, after attribute.

So, let's begin.

Rehearsing the attributes of God is a great way to allow us to be more aware of God's constant presence in our lives. As we pray and meditate on God, we will be reminded of Who we are in conversation with and we will find encouragement for our heart and mind as we come before Him.

Look at Revelation 21 verses 5-7. In these verses, we see a glimpse of the story of God's plan.

"It is finished! I am the Alpha and Omega--the beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children."

God is worthy of our praise and I believe when we give Him praise and honor something amazing and beyond this world happens.

God is worthy of our praise and I believe when we give Him praise and honor something amazing and beyond this realm happens.

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty-- the one who always was, who is, and who is to come." Revelation 4:8

What verses do you tend to go to when you think of offering God "honor and praise"?

Alpha and Omega

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end." Revelation 21:6

Father God,
You've always existed and You always will...I praise You because You are eternal and everlasting; Your presence always there. Today, I felt a deep sense that You were present with me when I was a child playing alone even though I was not aware of You at the time. It seems strange to have this early childhood memory, but what comfort and security this gives me because I know that even when it doesn't seem or feel like it, You are there. You are in all my moments...even when I am feeling alone and unsure like I do today.

Today, I will remember Your constant presence when . . .
Sometimes, I just pray my words in my head and other times when I am all alone at home I pray my words out loud. Other times I find it helpful to journal or write my prayers down. I'd encourage you to to journal along with me. What I find is when I write my prayers they seem to permeate my thinking throughout the day.

We'd love to hear your prayers. Would you be willing to share your prayers by posting them -- together we can enrich our understanding and encourage our longing for God. Plus, God loves to hear our prayers and praises!

I've given you my words... now it's your turn. Either begin by writing (a.k.a. praying) my words and then let your words flow from there... or read my words and then begin your prayer.

Enjoy your time with God.

Jan Merkel