Keep Me

“Keep and protect me, O God, for in You I have placed my trust and found refuge.”           

Psalm 16:1 AMP

Often the person that I need protection from is me.

I am my own worst enemy and I bet you are your own worst enemy as well.

No one can be as hard on you as you can.

When you are caught in a cycle of self condemnation, cry out to God:

Jesus, keep me from me.

Keep me from getting wrapped up in myself and not seeing what is going on in the lives of those around me.

Keep me from being obsessed with myself.  Obsessed with what others think about me, how I look, how much I eat or don’t eat or whatever. 

Keep me from over-analyzing every single word of every conversation, what I should have said or should not have said. When I do this, I am missing what You are doing all around me. Help me to listen well and hear what others are really saying.

May this be the last moment today I think about myself. 

May my focus and energy be to worship and magnify You.

May my eyes be open to see what You are doing and how you want to use me there.

Help me to think more of others than myself. 

Help me to uncover every moment of joy you have prepared for me.

Keep me from me and hold me close to YOU today.

In Your Powerful Name, AMEN.

Keep Us

Friday

“Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.”    Matthew 6:12 MSG

Right with God, right with others.
Taking stock, taking responsibility.
Receiving grace, giving grace.
Living forgiven, living forgiving.
Everyday.
Jesus said to pray like this so that we could live like this.
Keep us, God, keep us.

The Me I Don’t Want to Be

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“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
Galations 5:16
Jesus, keep me from me.
 From the “me” that gets wrapped up in itself.
Keep me from over-analyzing every single word of every conversation trying to dissect what they might be thinking and how I should have responded differently.
This one thing alone will sap my energy to the point I am exhausted. This one thing keeps my attention on myself and I completely miss what You are doing all around me.
Keep me from being obsessed with myself.  Obsessed with how I look, how much I eat or don’t eat, what I wear, etc. By depending so much on the outward, I neglect filling up the inward with Your presence, power, grace, and love.
I just need a nudge from the enemy.  He doesn’t need to work that hard to send me down a path of self-distraction that I completely miss the joy of life’s little moments.
May this be the last moment I think about myself. May my focus and energy be to worship and magnify You. May my eyes be open to see what You are doing where I am and wholeheartedly celebrate it. May I uncover every moment of joy you have prepared for me.
May I walk in your purposes and every time I’m tempted to go down my familiar self-obsessed roads, give me a nudge to get me back on track.
Keep me from me and hold me close to YOU today.
In Jesus Name, AMEN.

The Me I Don’t Want to Be.

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“Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.”
Mathew 6:13 MSG
Jesus, keep me from me.
 From the “me” that gets wrapped up in itself.
Keep me from over-analyzing every single word of every conversation trying to dissect what they might be thinking and how I should have responded differently.
This one thing alone will sap my energy to the point I am exhausted. This one thing keeps my attention on myself and I completely miss what You are doing all around me.
Keep me from being obsessed with myself.  Obsessed with how I look, how much I eat or don’t eat, what I wear, etc. By depending so much on the outward, I neglect filling up the inward with Your presence, power, grace, and love.
I just need a nudge from the enemy.  He doesn’t need to work that hard to send me down a path of self-distraction that I completely miss the joy of life’s little moments.
May this be the last moment I think about myself. May my focus and energy be to worship and magnify You. May my eyes be open to see what You are doing where I am and wholeheartedly celebrate it. May I uncover every moment of joy you have prepared for me.
May I walk in your purposes and every time I’m tempted to go down my familiar self-obsessed roads, give me a nudge to get me back on track.
Keep me from me and hold me close to YOU today.
In Jesus Name, AMEN.