255 – He Must Prune Me
January 24, 1987
By God’s wonderful and bountiful grace, I was 1 ½ hours in prayer from 5-6:30am.
This seems crystal clear:
John 15:2 Every branch that does not bear fruit He takes away – anger, selfishness, egocentricity – and every branch that bears fruit He prunes it that it may bear more fruit,
I see that my ministry with children (in public school) bore fruit—but all of these succeeding years have been a pruning process to get me out of me and into Him so that MORE fruit can come to His glory and honor and use.
Although today he prunes my twigs with pain,
Yet doth his blood nourish and warm my root:
Tomorrow I shall put forth buds again
and clothe myself with fruit. -Christina Rosetti
249 – There is Payoff for Praying in Tongues
December 30, 1986
These verses blessed me:
v 16 But their eyes were PREVENTED from recognizing Him
v 31 And their eyes were OPENED and they recognized Him
v 45 Then He OPENED their minds to understand the scriptures.
God was in charge of what they perceived.
I believe I can pray and ask Him to let my eyes recognize Him and to let my mind understand the scriptures. I know I need inspiration and revelation.
It occurred to me this morning that after I had listened to the Gloria Copeland tapes and had begun praying in the Spirit in the early morning for an hour, one Saturday morning very early Carol K, an older woman in our church, called. She had never called me. She offered to give me a ride to the Ladies’ Meeting at church. I had been feeling hesitant about going, but had turned it over to God. But God had prepared me for her call because her name had come clearly to my mind a short time earlier.
THERE IS PAYOFF IN MAKING THE SACRIFICE TO DO DEVOTIONS REGULARLY AND LONG.
THERE IS PAYOFF IN PRAYING IN TONGUES FOR ONE HOUR IN THE MORNING.
OH GOD. LET YOUR SPIRIT RULE IN MY SPIRIT IN THIS SO I WILL DENY THE SLEEPY, LAZY, STRONG FLESH AND GET UP!
v 49 And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed in power from on high.
The promise was the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues.
208 – Glorious Times
September 20, 1986
Yesterday God called me apart!
I walked at noon toward the school but then turned and walked up the hill and into a field of waist-high wildflowers: yellow and purple. Bordering the field on one end were deciduous trees of every changing color. On my left, a quaint old red-brown farm house. I stood in the rain under my little blue Japanese umbrella and read Galatians in my Phillip’s pocket Bible. I had been needy, crying out to God. Through Galatians he reaffirmed:
* do not hold man’s approval in high regard—only God’s approval
*you are not under the law but under grace
* your righteousness is not of the law by your good deeds, but by faith in Jesus Christ
* walk in faith
It was a glorious time.
Dan wanted me to go to Elim to the prayer meeting. So I did. I’m often hesitant to go out on my own, especially driving the country roads at night.
As I drove on campus to the meeting, Tracey Belcastro had just pulled in. We walked together and sat together with her husband and interceded together and talked afterwards. She is a person I have been wanting to know. We have agreed to be prayer partners. God is gracious.
God lifted me through worship and then blessed me with a new release of my prayer language in intercessory prayer. He is so precious.
On Friday, God touched me in an interesting way: In my prayers before the home school meeting, feeling desperate for peace in place of anxiety, I felt a sensation on my head just back from my hairline moving from the right temple area, across to the left. Hmmmm. At the meeting I was freer to be me than I have been in ages—with no second thoughts or deep introspection. Praise Jesus.