“Please post that on your blog,” my friend urged.
I had shared with her that I have walked for decades using the ABC’s as a discipline and focus in the mornings, while ironing Tom’s shirts or when engaged in other activities that are repetitious and quiet. . . i.e. dusting. This one practice surprises me daily and makes me aware that the Lord, indeed, is involved in the details of life.
I listen for a beginning phrase . . You are my . . . from A to Z. . . Anchor, Beloved, Comforter, Deliverer, Enabler, Fortress. . . or Barb, I have . . . appointed you, blessed you, called you, delivered you, examined you, freed you— from A to Z . Lord,you are my . . . answer, my beginning, my calmness, my delight, my quest, my song, from A to Z.
Today, Father, I simply walk in . . . then from A to Z. . . my focus is easier: an awareness of your presence, in the beauty of your creation, the comfort of your love, the delight of this day . . .
The beginning sentence always varies– then you might need a verb, a noun or adjective. One morning, I may use Create in me a/an __________________ heart, O Lord. Then from A to Z — an accepting heart, a believing heart, a faithful heart, a gentle heart, a yielded heart. Lord, you will . . . from A to Z . . . answer me, instruct me, never let me go, quiet me, restore me, validate me, watch over me . . .
The possibilities are limitless–as your Scripture vocabulary increases, so will your words of praise and affirmations. As you grow into a deeper understanding of who you are in Christ, words explode within you. As you know Him better, your words will reflect the truth of who He is.
Not only is this is a simple, safe exercise, it is a beautiful spontaneous blessing! And it works in any language. I usually let the words come easily; sometimes I struggle to find one that is unique for the situation of the day.
It is a great way to pray for others. From A to Z . . . when living in the international community in Vienna, it was easy to discover names for every letter. And so amazing to listen for those I should lift that particular morning.
Below you will find two completed lists from A to Z. Q, X,Y, or Z can be challenging. If a word doesn’t come quickly, I leave that letter, but continue with the alphabet so as to stay on focus. I have pages and pages of lists with these alphabets of praise and affirmation as I write them down when I return, or as I remember a new word I used that day.
I would love to hear how this blesses you. . .
Let’s go walking . . .
Because of Your love, I am . . .
Chosen –Ephesians 1:4
Guarded— Isaiah 26:3
An Heir— Galatians 3:29, Romans 8:17
Intricately made — Psalms 139: 13-14
Kept— Isaiah 42:6, Isaiah 43:4
Made in His image
One with You
Quiet in Your love— Zephaniah 3:17
Restored, renewed . . .
Set apart— Jeremiah 1:5
Woven together beautifully!
X-onerated! Yours Zealous
My Father and Lord, you are . . .
Because of everything
Involved in my life
The Only One
Quiet in your love
X-cellent Y the Zenith!