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Jesus, i pray that You would write Your message upon our hearts that we might speak life, hope, destiny and purpose into these young people
i pray that You would open their eyes to the reality of Your love and greatness, that they would find their greatest satisfaction in You. i pray that they would know who they are in You, what their giftings are and what You have called them to do and be. that they would be secure in purpose and confident in serving, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
i pray that we would have lots of fun and that you would build community amongst us, that we would create lifelong friendships and be open with one another, able to challenge honestly, encourage lavishly and walk through life together.
i pray we would learn well, that we would love Your Word and love Your presence. teach us new ways to communicate with You, to connect with You, to communicate with each other and to follow hard after Your ways and Kingdom.
*** as i’ve said i’m reading Holley Gerth’s book about being amazing already and so i’ve been following her blog – and love love love what she is sharing. resonating within me. this today went BOOM in my heart, gently, softly and with a yes claire.
The disciples seem to scoff. “What do you mean? There’s a crowd around you.” But Jesus insists, “I know that power has gone out from me.” A woman steps forward to confess that, yes, she touched Jesus and she has been healed.
When I’ve heard this story told, the focus has always been on the healing. Yet in recent weeks my heart keeps coming back to what happens just before…to what Jesus experienced when someone touched him.
Power went out from him.
When Jesus in you touches someone else in a meaningful way power goes out from you too. And that is why you need rest and to be recharged more than you realize. You might have a heartfelt conversation that encourages a friend. Or you could show tenderness with one of your children that requires an extra measure of grace. Perhaps you navigate through a difficult ethical situation at work and manage to make a difference. In all of those, God’s power has gone out from you.
Yet instead of realizing that we berate ourselves for feeling tired. We believe we should be able to do it all, all the time. That’s not the way we’re created. And when we live without recognizing that power is going out from us we wind up exhausted and burned out.
How have you been giving lately?
Where has God’s power been flowing out of your life to someone else?
What do you need to be recharged?
go along and read the whole post and let it touch your heart!
The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58:11
Lord, fill me with Yourself
fill me with Your passion for Your world
fill me with Your perspective for my life
fill me with wonder and joy, grace and wisdom
overflow overflow overflow
thank you for new fire, for revivedness
You are truly great, truly good
it is my delight to serve You, to know You, to love You
Instead of running FROM God we need to RUN to God.
For Jonah it was in the whale. It was in the Darkness where Jonah turns and finds God, where Jonah runs TO God.
Jonah prays: Jonah could of prayed on the dock, on the shore, even on the boat. But it took the whale experience to bring repentance and surrender.
Jonah encounters God. Jonah’s heart has turned. He was running form God and is now running to God. He acknowledges how bad the situation is. He cries out to God his only hope. He sees his salvation in suffering. He offers his voice and praises to God because that is all he has to give. “Salvation Belongs to the Lord!” It is in this dark place that Jonah finds the saving Grace of God.
This is an open invitation. You might be 3 steps out the door, 3 miles down the road, 3 days in the belly of a whale. But the invitation is there. Our God is compassionate and merciful.
What is your turning point? What is the turning point where you STOP running FROM God and start running TO God?
For some of us it is the storm and the whale that stops us in our tracks.
For some of us its one day we wake up and realize that our hearts are cold and we can’t remember the last time we had peace with God.
For some of us it’s when the wheels fall off our marriage, our finances, our health. When the anger overtakes us and we fall apart emotionally. When we feel like we’re drowning and that we’re at the end of our rope.
Let me tell you, you are never too far away from God. Jonah was in the belly of a whale. He had run as far as you could away from the will of God. He was a prophet – his job was to hear from God and he stuck his fingers in his ears and rebelled.
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: ‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you.” Jonah 2
BUT let’s look at it this way. Does your turning point need to be at the lowest when you’ve hit the wall?
Every day we have the opportunity to say YES to God.
Yes I will choose to forgive. Yes I will choose grace. Yes I will choose to hold that gossip in. Yes I will choose to be grateful. Yes I will choose to be salt and light.
You don’t need to run to turn.
And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Mark 1:16-18
Immediately the disciples followed Jesus. They turned from their old life to their new life.