A Prayer at the 50,000 Milestone

Father God,

When I moved my blog to WordPress in September of ’06 I had no idea what you’d do with it.  I just knew I needed to share the things You and I talked about in the Quality Lab at GE with some who might want to read in.

We passed the 50,000 visitor mark this week, Lord, and I couldn’t help but notice and reflect a minute.

Thank you for Jack’s recommending WordPress when I was looking for a new home for my blog. Thanks for the WordPress team’s committment to making this free. Thanks for some excellent, tasteful, artsy templates that fit my style.

But most of all, God, thanks for You.

Your love compelled you to give Your only Son to die for us, and redeem us.  Your determined grace and mercy takes care of our sin completely, removing it as far as the East is from the West.  Your compassion You shed on us daily, and you expect us to share it with those we know.

I joke sometimes that you probably walked this earth before electriciy and technology so you wouldn’t have to deal with the frustration it can cause, but I’m so thankful Jesus came when He did, and that the invitation to receive eternal life is still open to all who believe.

Thank you for my wife – what a gift she is.
Thank you for the families that helped mold and shape us through the years, and encourage us as adults today.
Thank you for my/our children, and all you have in mind for them.

Thank you for Spring Creek Church, the home church I mention here on occasion.  For our friends and acquaintances there.
Thank you for the friends we have across America, from places you’ve let us serve through the years.

Thank you for never losing sight of me, even when I lost my way in the fog and nearly totalled all You were trying to do through me.  Thanks for your restorative work.  Thanks for mercy. Thanks for grace. Thanks for the opportunity, including this place, to share with people around the world, what You’re doing – and what You’d like to do.  Thanks in advance for our next assignment, whatever and wherever that may be.

Help me, Lord, to always – and I do mean ALways – lift You up here. Draw attention to You. Encourage the weary. Point people to You. Comfort the uncomfortable. And disquiet the complacent.

I Love You, Lord,


7 Replies to “A Prayer at the 50,000 Milestone”

  1. Jonell

    Phil,

    Okay, I’m teary eyed now. God is always working in our lives and we just have to trust that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. Thanks for sharing. That was beautifully written, and I know you meant every word of it.

    Thanks for wanting to follow God and His ways, and for pointing your youngest sister to do the same.

    Jonell

  2. SLW

    Thanks, Phil, for your meaningful, well written description of Who our Heavenly Father is for you and for each one who receives by faith the gift of salvation, made possible by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

    You probably already know of this song written by John W. Peterson:

    JESUS IS WALKING WITH ME

    I’ve been through the valley, I’ve been through the fire,
    I’ve walked through deep water, I’ve bowed in the mire;
    I’ve fought in the battle with courage all gone,
    But this is the reason I always go on:

    Chorus:
    Jesus is with me — my shepherd and Guide,
    All that I need He is there to provide;
    That makes the difference — this Friend by my side,
    Jesus is walking with me.

    I’ve known disappointment; I’ve suffered some loss;
    I’ve felt on my shoulder the weight of a cross;
    I’ve wept in the darkness and wished for the light,
    But somehow His presence gave songs in the night.

    I’ve laughed on the mountain, I’ve savored success,
    Rejoiced in my blessings — in more than in less;
    I’ve tasted the good life while praising His name,
    But sunshine or shadow, its always the same.

    Jesus is with me — my Shepherd and Guide,
    All that I need He is there to provide;
    That makes the difference — this Friend by my side,
    Jesus is walking with me.

    2 Corinthians 1:3,4
    “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
    Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

    And I must add:

    3 John 1:4
    “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

    Joyfully,
    Mom

  3. Phil

    Mom, I DO know the song “Jesus Is Walking With Me” Thank you for posting the words here.
    Interesting, isn’t it… they mean so much more this year than when I was 20, but He was no-less with me then than now, or now than then. Love that about His unchanging nature!

    I’ve thought many times through this current valley “I’m going to be able to relate very well to people I felt-for before, but now feel-WITH.” That may be part of what God is doing through all this, I don’t know. I just know I trust Him, even when it’s a matter of will to trust him.

    Thanks so much for your love and support through thick ‘n thin!
    Phil —

  4. Phil

    Jonell, Thanks for your kind words – you’re da’ best! 😀

    It’s probably a good thing we don’t know at twelve what the rest of life would bring – we’d try to stay kids forever!

    Phil —

  5. Phil

    Sol, I just came back from your site –
    EXCELLENT (go there, folks, if you haven’t already)

    I love your heart for the Lord, the clarity of the gospel, and your depth of content. Sweet find this morning… thanks for saying something here so I could “meet” you.

    Phil —

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