Growth: My prayer for us for 2018

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My prayer for us is taken from Ephesians 3: 15-21.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen us with power through his Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And I pray that you & I, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know tIMG_1245his love that surpasses knowledge—that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!”  And, Lord, I also pray specifically for people, who like myself right now,  feel overcome by loneliness. It’s getting dark, my daughter is enjoying time to herself in her room. It’s just me & my computer.  I pray for all single parents and single people out there who spend a lot of time thinking of ways to fill in the empty spaces.  I pray that you will put it on the hearts of their church friends to reach out and spend time with them. I pray that more people will realize how important it is to live this life together so that none of us become convinced that we are walking this faith walk alone. In lonely times, I pray that you will grow our ability to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for us and that we are truly loved by our sisters and brothers in Christ. I pray that though we may be out of sight, we are not out of mind. May this be an amazing year of growth for us all as our faith grows stronger and as we grow in ways to show love & support to one another. I also pray, Lord, that you will continue to show me ways I can demonstrate your love. Amen.

 

 

 

Exhilarated

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A Time for Inspiration, Wonder & Freedom

In the third book of Ecclesiastes it reads, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to rebuild…” This photo of my daughter reminds me of this passage but then I add my own lines which would say, “A time to be inspired and a time to kneel down giving thanks for the glorious view set before me, a time to feel freedom in the purity of true beauty and a time to lift up & let go of the things that keep me from feeling freedom, a time to record the creations of a masterful artist and a time to be thankful for the things He devised to fill up our souls with adventure, a time for us to take in the scenic view and a time to say thank you, thank you, thank you for this place with the wind whipping through my hair, where I am awestruck, at peace & energized all at once.”