Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Some days seem so long, by 10:00am you ask yourself if it is ever going to end when in reality it is not about the day ending but prayer needs of friends, family, and many times complete strangers. My husband is guardian to his 93 yr old aunt, she fell and broke her neck, the paper work is being drawn up for hospice care. A dear friend is fighting for his life; his body is rejecting stem cells from a transplant, many things are going wrong with his body. My niece's newborn son is now in NICU due to arriving early. I am not any different than anyone else. You have very real prayer needs in your own life, too. None of us are immune, but thankfully many of us have found the answer in Scripture and through redemption in Jesus Christ. Sometimes we need to take a deep breath and remember we are not to carry these burdens alone. We need to pray, sometimes we need to ask others to pray with us and for us, and many times we need to be quiet. PS 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the ear... II Corinthians 4:4-9 tells us: But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. Phillipians 4:4-7 reminds us to pray: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Matthew 11:29 reminds us we are yoked with Jesus, we are not carry our burdens on our own. Jesus said, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
Monday, July 9, 2012
It seems strife and division are rampant in our country as we head toward November. In such times it can be especially hard to keep a Christ like attitude. As the elections draw near, it seems more Christians are calling politicians names and calling people who support them names as well. Where is Christ in that mind set? Christ loves everyone, so should we. Christians must stop the name calling and personal attacks, we must hit our knees in prayer for the blinding scales of deception to be removed from the deceived candidates and voters; we must pray for God's wisdom to be poured out on the candidates as well as the voters; we must pray for all candidates to be men and women of honour and integrity. So please, every time you feel compelled to call President Obama a name, or any other politician a name, please pray instead. Thank You Lord that we are your people which are called by Your Name, shall humble ourselves, and pray, and seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways: then You will hear from Heaven, and will forgive our sin, and will heal our land. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen