Ephesians 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.

Dear perfect creator my God my King Abba Father.
Father, Today was something unexpected, and I could not see how you were in control; Were you? Did I miss your perfect will today? Am I still in your Grace? Why is Love so painful? How does Love always win out? Lord could you please give me peace, in this season of my life, which seems continually to dig up the old man. That old man who I left behind. Which I abandoned at the crossroads of my Son-Ship. That creature that I had become in this dark world. Is that him that I battle? Is it the thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy that is at work here? Am I falling apart, or are my broken pieces enough for you to shine your glory through? Am I good enough to be your Child? Will I just let everyone down again? Are you there? Do you really care? Are you near even when I am alone. Lord, please bring some kind of understanding out of the misunderstandings of my messy life. Father, today was hard, today was not easy. For the test of the day emptied my cup. Please fill me with your peace Lord. Please don’t let go. – Your Son Brandon Lien-

On days like this I am on guard to hold my tongue. When I bridle my thoughts and remain quiet you reveal yourself to me even more.  Why is it that we never seem to have the answers when we are too busy talking? Sometimes I forget what God has brought me out of until I see a version of the old man in someone else. God I know that you bring your Chosen elect out of darkness for your perfect will. Thank you Lord for not giving up on me in my darkness, give me your strength to help someone in theirs’.

Psalm 32:1 Blessed is the one whose transgression if forgiven, whose sin is covered.

-Brandon Lien