Come Lord Jesus – A Prayer

Come Lord Jesus,
Come and reside in my heart.
Come and dine with your servant.

Behold I lay at your feet, holding on to your garment, waiting for a release of your power in my life.

I lay at your feet, humbled and with a contrite spirit, asking for your covering.
Come and cover your servant as Boaz covered Ruth.

Come Lord Jesus,
Come and cleanse me from my sin
Come and bless your servant.

For I am here awaiting your call.
Let the power of your Spirit be restored in my broken heart.
Let the joy of your salvation be evident on my lips.

Come Lord Jesus,
Come and reside in my heart.
Come and dine with your servant, for I am ready to break bread with you,
now and forever.

Amen
Mariana

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My Prayers are with you Aurora Colorado

We are a family that stays away from TV.  We have a TV but if it gets turned on, it’s usually to watch a movie on DVD or an old VHS movie.  

Yesterday when we were shopping at WholeFoods the gentleman in the meat area asked my husband if he had heard of the news about a shooting in Colorado.  My husband turned to me as I looked through the things in our cart.  I only half heard what he was asking and shrugged my shoulders and head as if to say no. 

The kids were carrying on asking: “Mommy can I have this, look mommy, look over here” so I really did not understand what he was asking me at first… 

“Shooting” I said to him, “no I did not know of anything like that.”  The gentleman in the meat area then went on to explain to us what happened. 

How tragic I thought to myself, my heart sank for moment.  But it was not until this morning as I was driving into work, amidst rain and slow traffic that it hit me.  I felt a deep pain in my heart and started to cry.  I kept thinking of the mother of the young man who is responsible for shooting and killing 12 people and injuring over 50 in Aurora Colorado. I thought about the dear parents who lost children and all of the people who lost someone or who are caring for someone who was injured the day of the shooting.  I thought about my own children, their sweet innocence and how I would feel if at this moment they were no longer here.  I cried even more. 

It’s a hard thing to grasp and understand.  So many questions remain unanswered about why this young man did what he did.  There are no words of consolation I can offer for those that have lost someone they love.  However, I can pray and will continue to pray for Gods healing balm to cover the broken hearted.  Brothers and sisters in Aurora Colorado, I don’t know who you are but know that you have a sister in Florida that is praying for you. 

I know how it feels to loose a loved one tragically and without warning.  It’s a crippling sensation in your gut that can leave you broken and angry. 

My prayer is that Gods peace which surpasses all human understanding would be with you and guard you.  My deepest condolences go out to those who have suffered through this tragic event.  I will continue to pray for you in the days to come. 

And for the rest of us who stand by and watch as this story unfolds, let us not forget for a moment that our life on this earth is like a vapor.  One moment its here and another moment it’s gone.  We know not the day when our clock will tick its last bit and we will be summoned home. 

News like this reminds me to stop majoring on the minors and truly live each day as God has planned for me, not wasting any time in selfish arguments and unimportant tasks.

Life in our physical bodies is God’s gift to us if we accept His redeeming love and salvation.  It’s life for our soul and a promise of his eternal love for us.  Let us not waist time on the foolishness of the world that surrounds us, let us instead seek to know God truly, understand His will for our life and commit to following Him so that through his Spirit and by His grace we can impact a hurting world that is desperate to know of His love.

The words from 2 survivors of this shooting sums this post up beautifully.

With a heavy heart for those who are now suffering,

Mariana

No Time for Prayer Today – Sorry God

Some days I just wake up in a rut.

I‘m exhausted from my midnight escapades of cooking and trying to put our little one to sleep before midnight.

Then to my utter frustration the alarm keeps making that annoying (going to throw you against the wall) noise and to top it off I realize that I have no clean clothes to put on for work.

Sigh and stumble as I get out of bed.  OUCH!!!!! The pointy end of my son’s toy just dug into my skin.  Try not to make noise as I get dressed in the dark as to not wake my husband and little one, quietly sleeping in bed.

I fumble through my closet pulling down clothes and I think to myself that I should have set my clothes out the night before, but something distracted me and I forgot to prepare them.

Ah yes, it was my daughter screaming because our little one “fights with fists” has taken a kitchen spatula and is swatting away at my daughter saying “haya haya, I got you.”  Yep, that’s exactly what happened, and so my thoughts were distracted and when I finally made it to my room I could not remember why I went there in the first place.  Hence, no clothes, no clean laundry for work.

I sit staring at my clothes in the dark and I think to my self, “I really hope these pants are black and not dark blue cause they won’t match what I am wearing.”  Okay, I manage to creep out of the room on my tippy toes looking out for sharp objects and misplaced toys.

I run down the hall, then quickly grab the bananas, frozen strawberries, spinach and kale for my daily organic green smoothie.  I run back down the hall to switch on the air conditioning so the entire house it not woken up from the thunderous noise my mighty Vitamix blender makes.  I then run back into the kitchen, the sound of the AC now muffling any loud noise, and on goes the switch for the blender.  I add in some coconut milk and water, and blendy blend.  Whew, 25 seconds and I have my self a green mustache.  Finally something fast and efficient.  I feel the rejuvenating greens energizing me as I take each sip.  Now if I can just find my other shoe that would be great.

I chug down my green smoothie only to realize that its way past the time and I have to leave now or be late.  I grab my bible as I swing out the door.  I say a quick prayer of protection over the family, grab the car keys and I am gone like the wind.

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So I know what you’re thinking.  What a crazy chic this Mariana is.  But I really think you’re more concerned about the green smoothie I made, wondering to your self how disgusting it is that I blended kale and spinach in with fruits.  That’s another topic but just for fun check out this article on green smoothies.

Whatever your reaction is to my little real life story above, I hope one thing pops out at you. 

Ding, ding, ding…..and the thing that pops out at least for me is that I did not have time with God at all in the morning before leaving.  Instead, I rushed through my crazy morning completely forgetting the author of it all, my Dad in heaven, the creator of the heavens and the earth.

And yet I have the audacity to get frustrated when my day is hard and I feel upset or frazzled.  But I know deep down inside that I have a void in my heart on those days I wake up and don’t communicate with my Father in Heaven.  I have a disconnect from His power and presence in my life; and if I keep it up long enough (without praying) I will fall into a deep spiritual hole.

Yet we are reminded in Ephesians chapter six that we are to be praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

But we let the little, insignificant things around us distract us from having communion with God and from allowing His Holy Spirit to descend upon us and equip us for His holy work.

When we don’t have quiet time with the Lord each day, it blinds our eyes to spiritual things and we walk in our own strength so we are prone to overreact, lose hope and handle things with impatience and irritability.  But when we pray and ask His Holy Spirit to come and reside with us, we are blessed as He examines our hearts and convicts us of our sin and then restores us to the Fathers love.  Prayer and alone time with God is essential to the life of every follower of Christ, so we must find the time to spend with Him.

Here are a few quotes from some of the Christian Celebrities of our past on the topic of prayer.
“Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.”~ R. A. Torrey

“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” ~ Corrie ten Boom

“You may as soon find a living man that does not breath, as a living Christian that does not pray.”  ~ Matthew Henry

“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”  ~ John Bunyan

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” ~ Oswald Chambers

Lots of Love!
Mariana

Words for a Friend

In dialoging with a friend who is going through a rather tough time I said the following and thought it was a great thing to share as God gave me His words to speak to my friend.  Sometimes we don’t know just how powerful our words are to others, be they words of peace and love or words of destruction and anger.  Be mindful each day of your words and of what things you allow into your heart.  Because as Jesus stated in Matthew, what you have inside abundantly is what will come out of your flapper (your mouth)!

Here is what I said to my friend:

“Trust God blindly and without question.  Let prayer become your new best friend and the bible your tutor.  Any and everything you go through, always bring it back to Christ in prayer and in reading of the scriptures.”

Hoping you will have a greater revelation of the love and purpose of Christ in your life!

Signing off – Mariana Ochoa

Jesus was accused, mistreated and hated – But how did He react?

In reflecting on Jesus I can only imagine all the stuff he had to deal with.  Every single day He was followed by multitudes of people.

Just think for a moment of them pulling at him, tearing at His clothes, calling out to Him, screaming at Him, trying to catch up with Him.  Imagine the complaints and arguments between the disciples.

What was His attitude though?

He chose an attitude of total abandonment to His Heavenly Father’s demands, nothing more.  God’s sole purpose in sending Jesus was to bridge the gap between mankind and God.  To establish a new covenant, a direct road for us to enter into His presence and be forgiven from our filth, be restored and be sent out to accomplish His will.

But it is important to note that Jesus never forces His way upon us. He is not like a thief that breaks into our home and holds us at gunpoint until we do what He says.  No my dear friends, He doesn’t force us into His will with brutality and scorn. With one prayer to the Father Jesus could have forced millions of people into submission. But we do not see this picture of Jesus.  Instead, He wants us to knock at the door of His heart. When we do that, He is there for us and will lovingly help us and forgive us when we seek him in true repentance. Are you knocking at His heart today?

When we knock He answers.  Which takes me to consider how Jesus handled things, how was His attitude?  From reading the bible, it is obvious to me that His attitude reflected complete submission to His Father’s will even as He carried out the difficult task of offering up His body as a living sacrifice.  Even though He was rejected, accused misinterpreted and spat on, His attitude never changed, it was an attitude of love and submission to His Fathers will.

It is amazing how many lessons we have to learn about Jesus but today, I reflected on His attitude and His love towards us.  I know that in my life; I have to repent daily as I don’t always exhibit His holy attitude.  The world and all its garbage sometimes takes a foothold on my heart and instead of acting out Jesus I act out junkBut God wants us to act out Jesus not junk.

Even when Jesus was bothered or correcting someone He did only as His Father had instructed Him.  His attitude was not selfish, demanding or prideful.  He acted only as God told Him because He knew exactly what the Father wanted him to do.
Why?

Well because He prayed daily and often had to leave the crowds, the noise and the craziness to sit silently at His Fathers feet for instruction.

How often do we sit at His feet?  How often are we lost in His presence, crying out to Him for forgiveness and direction?

We can’t expect to be like Jesus, to have His holy attitude if we don’t spend time with Him in prayer.

We will always have trouble in our life and difficult circumstances and people that test our very commitment to God, but we must always seek to obey His calling and adjust our attitude to His instruction.

This message is not an easy one to swallow, I know.

I am choking right now at God’s amazing revelation in my life. I know that it is not easy to be continually refined and cleansed from impurity.

The fire burns as we pass through it, but the finished piece shines like a golden vessel ready to be filled with the precious will of the Father.

How is your attitude today towards others? 
Do you believe that God has a purpose in every situation He brings your way? 
Do you need an attitude adjustment so you can start acting out Jesus instead of junk?

My prayer for us:

May we be dependent on the Lord as a nursing child depends on his mother.  May His words never depart from our heart and may the Glory of the Father be evident in our life today and forever!  ©

God Bless you! – Mariana