Living God’s Grace – Prayer

Here we are again.

Monday.

Yeah, Monday.

What a week my family has had!

I’ve been on my knees in prayer more this past week than in a very long time.

Not that I don’t try to as the Bible says “pray without ceasing.” You know, that little phrase tucked in to I Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Rejoice always,pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

And what about that “rejoice always’.

Sometimes that is hard to do on a Monday.

When you aren’t feeling your best.

abide-in-christWhen the worries of your life seem to mount with each passing moment.

And, “give thanks.”

How do you do that when someone you love is sick.

When a grandchild has a medical issue.

When a son has an important interview.

When dear friends (family really) are overwhelmed with the closing on a new home, the young child who is sick, the hurried pace of their young, busy lives.

When a husband feels like he’s never going to feel better.

But, that’s what I Thessalonians tells me to do.

So, I try.

I give thanks for the 400 kids who attended Vacation Bible School last week at our church and especially for the 42 who came to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

I rejoice that the son passed his interview with flying colors and moves on to the oral boards for the new position he so desperately wants and that would mean so much to his family. (Please, God?)

I give thanks for the prodigal who showed his love and who shared his time with the family who loves him.  (Luke 15:11-32)

I lift him up in prayer, like Hannah lifted Samuel, to the God who gave him to me. (I Samuel 1:10-11)

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There’s no one else in the world, but you!

And.

I pray.

For the man with whom I’ve shared my life these 30 years.

I pray that God will renew his strength (Isaiah 40:31).

I pray for patience for him but more importantly for me (Romans 12:12).

I pray continued blessings on our family as we seek to serve the Father who was and is and always will be. (Colossians 1:1-14)

Prayer.

The single most important tool the we as Christians have. And, the greatest gift of that prayer. The one who sits at the right hand of the father and intercedes. (Romans 8:34).

 

 

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Living God’s Grace – Peace

Nothing prepares a mama’s heart to help a son who holds a stranger as they die.

And, it doesn’t matter that he’s close to thirty than he is to three. Your mama’s heart cries with him as he agonizes over being the last person this soul ever saw.

He’s trained to deal with these situations. He knows his job well.

But.

That doesn’t prepare him for reality.

Or you for the tug on your heart because you know how much he hurts.

This precious boy who grew to be a giant teddy bear of a man wanting only to serve his community.

This peace officer giving peace.

Holding this man as he took his last breath.

I want to hold my boy. Tell him everything is going to be alright.

To reassure him that he did all he could.

That I’m proud of him.

And God is proud of him.

But, I know that words aren’t what he needs, so I pray.

I pray that peace will flood his soul.

That he will know God’s peace.

Hear his voice.

Feel the arms of angels wrapped around him.

And I send him this

You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,  Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!”  That’s right – he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards.  His huge outstretched arms protect you – under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Psalm 91:1-4.

Words of the psalmist. Words shared by his grandmother when he was a little boy and afraid of the dark.

Words of the Father for his little boy.

“You’re safe.”

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Grace for the Weekend – Believing

Even when the weeks are tough.

The news is hard.

The world is out of sorts.

Even then God is.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24

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May your Sunday be bathed in His mercy and grace. And, may His portion be your need.

Stressed-Less Liiving – After the Study

I went to Melissa’s website (melissataylor.org) this morning without even thinking about the fact that our study ended last week.625439_408667745895242_189186595_n

I panicked.

What was I going to do now???

How am I going to live this stressed-less living thing without the support of our group?

Then I recalled the verse from last week:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24.

And, I realized that I can do this.

Living stressed-less is God’s plan for me and He is still here. Right beside me. Waiting for me to sit at his feet like Mary and her his voice.

It’s not been easy though.

This is the week when my husband had his doctor’s appointment.

We went.

We know nothing.

The “C” word still lingers in our minds.

It hangs in the air between us.

Our hearts are troubled, but not broken.

As a friend just told me, “apparently God is not ready to give us an answer.” So, this is the time when I hit the reset button and trust him to have it all under control no matter my circumstances.

He alone knows what the future holds.

He alone controls the answer.

So, I decide.

No stress. I am sitting at his feet.

I am hearing his voice.

I am sharing my fears, my anxiety, my anger

with him.

Tracie’s book and Melissa’s study helped me to know that I can do this. My life doesn’t have to be stress filled but can be stressed less.

Even in the storm.

 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:35-41

My prayer is that my faith is strong enough for whatever my circumstance.

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