Monthly Archives: July 2014

Once it Was the Blessing

Bless me Lord

When I left college
with a cherished degree in Bible and theology,
I prayed,

BLESS ME! – I’m ready for you to use me.

I pray.
I know your Word.
I have surrendered my life – my talents and spiritual gifts to you.
I’m ready to be used to reach my world.
All I need is your special touch, your anointing.
BLESS ME and I’ll be on my way to do great works for You.


Father, I come,
with no merits of my own,
realizing so much more in me still needs changed.
Your work of preparation goes far deeper
than knowledge and anointing for service.

Keep opening your Word to me,
Keep filing away the edges that hurt others,
Keep peeling away wrong attitudes.
Keep filling me with your Spirit of Love.
Keep preparing me …to stand in your presence.


Martha Hawn VanCise©2014
*Albert Benjamin Simpson  (1843-1919)

Πνεῦμα (pneuma)

dandelion in wind

A breath of air has stirred
and moved over me
in a soft refreshing touch.
And now … it is gone.
I did not see it.
I don’t know where it originated,
or why it came,
or where it has gone.
It just came as a welcome and refreshing surprise
on this humid, sweltering morning.

 Πνεῦμα : movement of air; Holy Spirit

In an article titled “The Lord’s Surprise Visits,” Oswald Chambers said, “The element of surprise is always the note of the life of the Holy Ghost in us. We are born again by the great surprise—“  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. (John 3:8 NKJV)  “Men cannot tie up the wind, it blows where it lists; neither can the work of the Holy Spirit be tied up in logical methods. Jesus never comes where we expect Him …”

You breathe on our spirits
in unexpected moments.
We seldom understand why.
We just know that
when your Spirit comes
and gently passes over us
our anxieties loosen their grip
and often drift away.

Martha Hawn VanCise©2014




The Greatest Outlet of Power

Prayer is Greatest Power

According to S.D. Gordon in Quiet Talks on Prayer,* the outlets of Power are Being, Speaking, Doing, and Giving, but the greatest outlet of Power is Prayer. (See blogs 7/5/2014 & 7/12/2014)

Gordon writes, “The power of a life touches just one spot, but the touch is tremendous … yet its power is limited to one spot where it is being lived. Power through the lips depends wholly upon the life back of the lips…. Power through service may be great, and may be touching many spots, yet it is always less than that of a life. Power through money depends wholly upon the motive back of the money…. But the power loosened out through prayer … may touch not one spot but wherever in the whole round world you may choose to turn it.”

The outlets of “being, speaking, doing, and giving,” are limited by time and space. We can only be in one place at time. While technology enables us to be heard beyond our location, technology also allows listeners to turn us off or ignore us.

Prayer is the only power that can reach a son or daughter in a war zone in another hemisphere; prayer is the only power that cannot be turned off by friends who brush aside our efforts to lead them to Christ; prayer can heal bodies and minds and give hope when all medical help has been exhausted; prayer can supply daily needs when money has vanished.

Gordon said, “The greatest thing anyone can do for God and for man is to pray. It is not the only thing. But it is the chief thing…. The great people of the earth to-day are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean these people who take time and pray. They have not time. It must be taken from something else. This something else is important. Very important, and pressing, but still less important and less pressing than prayer.  There are people that put prayer first, and group the other items in life’s schedule around and after prayer. These are the people to-day who are doing the most for God.”

Martha Hawn VanCise©2014

Quiet Talks on Prayer by S.D. Gordon is now in public domain. You may download it  and many other great religious classics at