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Back To School Prayer

 

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1 Peter 5:7- Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.

Lord, as we send our kids off to school, we say today that we trust You. Ultimately, they are in Your hands. Calm our anxious thoughts; speak peace to our emotions. We surrender them into your care. Protect them and give them peace. Help them to be a friend to others and to make some new friendships. Help them to not feel overwhelmed with so much new information. Give them things throughout the day to bring them joy. Give them favor with their peers and all of their teachers. Help them to not get distracted and to be good listeners. May this be the best year yet- a year of growth, a year of strength, a year of learning to trust You more, and a year of surrendering fears and overcoming much.

We also pray for the teachers today. May you fill their hearts with joy and give them all that they need to start this new year. Instead of seeing a child as disruptive or a troublemaker, may you give them eyes to see each child how you see them, with compassion and grace. We pray that these teachers will feel appreciated, encouraged, and loved. We pray that You, Lord, would help them to connect to each student individually. Give them wisdom for each situation that they might encounter and give them patience.

Give the students and the teachers strength- praying that this truly would be the best year yet! We surrender our schedules, our plans, and our agendas, and say, Lord, have Your way. Help us all, students, teachers, and parents, to work together for one common goal. Help us all to communicate effectively and to have grace for one another, knowing that even though we all have different roles, we are working together to make this a great year.

You are good Lord, and we know that there’s nothing that will happen this year that You can’t handle. You are the One who calms our anxious hearts and gives us exactly what we need when we need it. We look to You to be our helper for this new school year. Every project, every homework assignment, every tough situation, every challenge- You’ve got this and we put our hope and our trust in You, and You alone. In Jesus name, Amen.

He will keep watch over our children and keep them from harm (paraphrased from Psalm 121:7).

The Lord protects and preserves them– they are counted among the blessed in the land– he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. Psalms 41:2

 

 

 

Getting A Grip By Loosening It

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I was sitting in the pews, feeling alone, yet surrounded by several hundred people. My life, up until that moment, was filled with pain and disappointment. I tried to do everything in my own strength, but found myself broken a little more each day.

But on this particular night I was given an invitation to surrender my heart and life to Jesus. I remember tears streaming down my face, my heart beating wildly, and I ran. I ran to the altar. I sobbed like a child, and I surrendered.

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I Surrender

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In today’s podcast I share about my crazy morning. I talk about the importance of starting your day right- in His Word. What it looks like to depend on His strength instead of trying to do things in our own strength. And when we are going through hard times, how that has the potential to lead us closer to God, not farther away, if we’ll let it.

1 Chronicles 16:11- Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

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The Struggle is Real (part 2)

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The Struggle is Real Part 2

He redeems our struggles. Sometimes we’re merely seeing things from a human perspective, but we need to ask God to help us to see things from His perspective. In our struggles, He not only is working on our own hearts, but will often use our struggles to help someone else.

John 16:33 (NCV)- “I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world.”

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Daily Bread

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“Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”—Deuteronomy 8:3

What would happen if we only ate once a week? We’d be starving of course. (Unless you are fasting- then you’d be starving but for a greater purpose). But realistically speaking, we need food to survive and give us strength- and we need it every day.

When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they began to grumble and complain because they were hungry. And the Lord sent manna from Heaven each day so that they would know the He is the one that would provide for them. What exactly was manna? Manna was a sweet gum or resin type of bread that God supernaturally sent from Heaven to feed His people.

Exodus 16:4a- Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.

Exodus 16:13-18 13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer (omer- used in the Bible as an ancient unit of volume for grains and dry commodities)  for each person you have in your tent.’” 17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.

The Lord specifically said in Exodus 16:4 to go out and gather enough for that day and in Exodus 16:19 He told them not to keep any of it until the morning. They listened about as well as a 3 year old in a candy store.

Exodus 16:19-2019 Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” 20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.

Didn’t they trust God?

John 6:32-33 32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.

We were made for spiritual food. Jesus is the bread from Heaven and we need to receive Him (His Word) just like the Israelites received the physical bread (manna). When I haven’t eaten in a while, I start to manifest symptoms. When I’m hungry my stomach starts to make terribly loud rumbly noises. And if it’s really been a while since my last meal I get light headed and shaky, and even a little cranky. And I go directly to the kitchen for food.

Food for Thought:

1)  Just like the Lord asked the Israelites specifically not to take manna for tomorrow, we also need to make sure we’re getting our spiritual food each day. I can’t rely on my time with the Lord over the past few years to carry me into today. I need fresh food. The old stuff starts to stink and rot. It needs to be spiritual manna for today- a fresh word. None of us can rely on last week’s sermon or that great time of Bible reading a few weeks ago or that wonderful prayer time we had a few months ago. He has something fresh and new for us each and every day. Otherwise, it just turns stale. There is a reason He refers to Himself as our daily bread.

2)  Our spirit manifests symptoms (hunger pains) just like our stomach. We need to listen to those spiritual hunger pains. I can’t tell you how many times I start to feel anxious and wonder what’s wrong or why I’m feeling off. Spiritual ‘hunger’ pains. When I’m quick to respond to my husband or kids in anger or frustration before even thinking twice- hunger pains. I have moments where I’m feeling unsure of myself or insecure- yep, hungry again. Need food… spiritual food. Because when I start to have these symptoms of being ‘hungry’, nothing else satisfies. I know when I haven’t eaten in a while. His Word is meant to fill us up today. And then tomorrow, repeat.

Today, may we be sensitive to those hunger pains and choose to feed ourselves with that that will truly fill us up and give us life. May we choose to follow that prayer in Matthew 6:11, “Father give us this day our daily bread…”

 The Word of God is the bread of life, the living water, that sustains and strengthens our spiritual life. The Word of God feeds that life, it nourishes that life. – Matthew 4:4

 

 

When the World Goes Crazy

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When the world goes crazy
There is still beauty all around
When the world goes crazy
There is still love to be found
When the world goes crazy
Through the dark I see the light
When the world goes crazy
I can always find You in my night
When the world goes crazy
It’s my raging heart you calm
When the world goes crazy
You sing to me Your Psalms
When the world goes crazy
My hand you hold and won’t let go
When the world goes crazy
I know You’re near to crush every foe

When the world goes crazy
And it all just breaks your heart
Pain and sickness, sorrow too
Every taste is tart
When the world goes crazy
And exhaustion fills your soul
Look to the One who made you
Who is still in control

Look up He says- your heart is safe
The safest place to be
When the world goes crazy
His heart is always home to me

 

He Will Lead You Through

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Are there moments when you feel like the waves are going to come crushing in against you? Like your angst filled heart just might burst? And you feel like your enemies are getting closer and closer… and this just might do you in… but God.

My two favorite words in the Bible… but God.

Need a story of hope in the midst of despair? Read Exodus 14:15-31. This is the story of Moses leading the Israelites through the wilderness. The word through means they won’t be there forever. Some of you are going through your own wilderness. And it feels like it’s taking so long to get to the other side. See what the Lord did then and just watch what He’ll do now.

The Lord will open up a path for you (v.21), He’ll confuse your enemies (v. 24), and everyone will know exactly what is happening- the Lord is fighting for you (v.25). And you will escape your enemies and make it safely to the other side (v.22). But know that your story is not just for you. It’s so that the people will see the mighty hand of the Lord and put their faith in Him (v.31).

Lord, we come before You, asking You to make a way when there seems to be no way. Thank You for Your Word, which is life and brings hope and healing. I know You are fighting for me, even when it’s quiet. Thank You that You’re bringing me through safely to the other side. Help me to walk through this, knowing that there’s not only something in it for me, but that you will use my story to ultimately bring You glory. Others will look and see Your mighty hand. I trust You. In Jesus name, amen.

Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)- When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

Protected Through the Fire

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You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance. Psalms 66:12

As a young child I often wondered why life was so hard. I never understood why my mom drank so much and why she was always so upset, or why she and my step-dad would constantly fight. I never understood why I had to go through so much.

I couldn’t even imagine that there was a God. I mean, how could there be? Surely, if there was a God, then countless little girls like myself would never have to endure such heart-ache, right? Wrong.

God found me. And something happened when God found me. He loved on me and restored me. He showed me that my life, in all of its brokenness, could be made beautiful. Imagine that.

But wait, I had to go through the fire. Reminds me of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Three guys completely devoted to the Lord, yet the Lord didn’t stop them from going into the fire, He delivered them out of the fire.

They wouldn’t worship King Nebuchadnezzar so he tied them up and threw them into the fiery furnace. And then he noticed something. Daniel 3:24-27 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

He had them go through it. Not because He’s a mean God, but to show His power, that you can actually go through the fire and not get burned. The fire in my life was years of growing up in a dysfunctional family. I made it out to the other side to let the world know God is powerful and can completely bring you out of whatever fire your walking through. And life still has its fires. We all go through stuff that feels like we’re going through the fire. Trust Him to bring you out unbound and unharmed.

What about you? Is the Lord having you walk through something right now that you’ve been asking Him to deliver you from? I promise you when you go through fire, you will come out changed. There are times when we have to go through something, even when we don’t understand it, for His greater purposes.

Lord, whatever fire we walk through, we only ask that you bring us out unbound and unharmed, that we would be able to tell everyone of your great power. We will trust you to bring us out of the fire and into that place of abundance. Amen.

Is. 43:2b- When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.