A Call to Prayer

 

I started to blog for several reasons.  I won’t list all of them right now, but we have already discussed one of the reasons – To become a better writer.  I also wanted to take advantage of the free opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Sure, there are a ton of websites that share scriptures and biblical teaching concerning the great commission.  However, I wanted to share how God reveals himself in the day-to-day lives of ordinary people like me.  In writing and sharing, I expected and looked forward to the opportunity to give… 

            I did not know what to expect in return.  Maybe I would receive a comment or two, but I did not expect to receive anything of significant value and certainly not right away.  I have been surprised by the way my heart has been stirred in these few short weeks of sharing with my friends.  I paid attention to my surroundings before, but now I am more aware.  When I am excited about blessings or become shaken by the harsh realities of life, I want to know: What God is saying? What he is doing? How is he revealing himself to us, and how should we respond?  I always want to respond by doing something…ANYTHING.  If I can, I should at least try to do something, right?  Are you following our book study? 

Here is the problem: Sometimes I don’t know what to do, or feel as if I can do nothing at all.  Both thoughts make me quite uneasy.  I can’t rescue all of the impoverish children from their slums, or the women that are trafficked all over the world from their pimps, or all of the American children that are stuck in the sometimes vicious foster care system (and I won’t address the travesty occurring in our public school system).  So I began to ask the Lord, “What can I do?” 

The response is a simple call to prayer. 

I can ask God to show his love and grace in these difficult situations.  I can trust that he will show me what to do, even if I am only responsible to pray.  For me, this has been the first hidden blessing of blogging.  Over the past couple years I have had a desire to enhance my commitment to prayer.  I pray daily, but sometimes get too distracted with the busyness of life to commit the necessary time that I feel prayer is due.  I was thinking that I needed to devote all of this time to prayer during my personal bible study or directly before bedtime.  This was a misconception on my part.  When the “allotted” time presented itself for prayer, some requests would sadly and accidently fall by the wayside.  We have extended the church bulletin and Sunday school requests to include our phone lines, email accounts, and who would have thought even Facebook, as regular mediums for prayer requests.  Prayer requests are constantly flowing in, and I do not want to miss the opportunities to pray. 

I wanted to avoid those “accidents” so I began to pray right away.  Read email – Pray.  End phone conversation – Pray.  Read the news – Pray.  Check Facebook – Pray.  Enter the bloggers world – Pray.  Check Twitter – DEFINITELY pray (Side note: Gaga has the most followers on there).  So I am paying more attention and praying more frequently, “Thank you, Blog!”  Thank you for joining me on this journey.  Let us pray, shall we…

Natasha’s Study: SDWSC Chapter 3

SDWSC Official Homepage http://www.sdwsc.com/

Scripture Reference: Gospel of John 12: 1-7, Matthew 26: 6-13, Mark 14: 3-9

Discussion Point 3: “She was a specific woman with a specific story who acted out of the particulars of her life” Elisa Morgan, page 19

My Declaration – I am a specific woman who acts out of the particulars of my life.  We will discuss those particulars in the weeks, months, and years that are ahead, but let’s focus on today (which was actually yesterday, but I’m posting today).  Today’s actions were specific to my being a Christian, a Mom, a Businesswoman, a Wife, a Sister-in-law, and a Writer.  You see, I can always evaluate the things that I could have done or did not do today, but the importance of today is about the things that I did do.  Today, I set aside time to focus on my relationship with Jesus; I took time to balance our family budget and compare prices at the grocery store; I took time to love and parent my daughter, and I took time to write you.  Those are the things that I did and the ways that I gave today.  There was nothing glamorous about my day, but I took what I had and did what I could.    

We all have the ability to do the same.  The wonderful thing about you is that there is nobody else like you anywhere.  You were created in God’s image (in his likeness, creating you actually pleased him) and there is a specific purpose for your uniqueness.  Every experience in your life, including every heartache and headache, every test and trial, every hardship, triumph or success is for a purpose.  All of the particulars in your life are to be used to express love and thanksgiving to God. 

Today, due to unforeseen circumstances, I am a woman who took a leave of absence from work.  This leave period has allowed me to spend the majority of the day at home and the freedom to give of myself in other ways.  Today, I was the woman who made another woman’s day because I threw on a dress and flip flops to go to the grocery store with uncombed hair and ashy limbs.  I know that she was thinking, “Thank God I don’t look as bad as that woman.”  That’s okay for today.  That was enough.  I did what I could.          

On a "Good Presentation" Day (the opposite of today)

Today, I have offered prayers, along with songs of praise and adoration to God.  I have offered myself as mother, offered spinach to my body as nourishment, offered a phone call to one family member and one friend, offered several phone calls to my husband, and this one note to you. 

That’s my story.  I like the stories at the end of each chapter.  For the men who read this blog regularly (and I have discovered that there are several of them), I particularly love the shoe shining story at the end of this chapter.  So, this book is also for you.

The third time is a charm.  I know that you are reading the book, because you have told me so.  I’m just looking for one comment this week.  Come on; don’t make me have a discussion by myself.

What do you have to offer today?

A Prayer for Honduras

 

I would like to feature a worldview topic every Monday.  The purpose is to increase awareness about opportunities for prayer, and to highlight mission work of those that are sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world.  I also want to feature people, ministries and organizations that are doing the same.

This week I am praying for the twelve members of my home church who are heading to Honduras on Thursday and will remain there until the end of the month.  The team will be partnering with local Christians to build a church, preach and teach about Jesus, minister to the children, and share their personal testimonies.

As the team members shared their hearts on last evening, I was overcome as I once again stared suffering in the face.  The team will neither have hot water nor air condition.  They will conclude their trip by serving meals to adults and children who live in the city dump and in the shacks along side the road.  The parents who live in this dump search the trash so that they can feed their families that day.

Lord,

I pray that you be with the disciples who are going to Honduras to share your message with others who do not know you.  I pray that when people see them, feel them, speak with them, and spend time with them, that they will see your light shining through those messengers that you have sent.  I pray that you will prepare the hearts of the ministry team and give them the strength and endurance for the difficult tasks ahead. 

 I pray that you prepare the hearts of the people so that they will receive and respond to what it is that they see and hear.  I pray for the children, that they will rise up to lead a crusade of Christ worshippers in spite of where they live. 

 I pray for the hearts of the American people.  There is so much that we take for granted in this country.  I pray that you help us to appreciate the daily grace and blessings that you have extended to us.  I thank you for running hot water.  I thank you for the air conditioning in my home when it is hot and heat when it is cold.  I thank you for the meals that you provide for my family and the opportunities that you have given us to live healthy lives.  Help us to always be mindful that we could have easily been born in another country where others only dream of coming to this land that is following with milk and honey.

 I pray that all of our lives will continually and forever be changed as a result of who are and what you have done to rescue us.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.    

 I look forward to sharing the reports from this team when they return.  In the meantime, please keep me posted of any points of interest for Monday’s Worldview discussions.

Please continue to pray for this team for the remainder of this month, and the people that they minister to from now until…

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