2020 – a time of coming together with unity of heart and purpose…a time of seeking God for clarity of vision and direction in our own lives and in the life of our churches and ministries. We are on mission together!!
I don’t know about you, but I can’t say that I always follow this exhortation from Paul in my life. I WANT to live a life worthy of the calling I have received. I WANT to be completely humble and gentle. I WANT to be patient toward others…especially toward others who may try my patience. And I WANT to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
I would say that most of us desire that kind of life. But, if you are like me, as soon as difficult circumstances arise… I find it difficult to get myself out of the way and live the life I am called to live.
I start to focus on everything I lack. I focus on my weaknesses. I judge my words and my actions and I come up short. Very short. It is during these times that I press into the Lord and open myself to receive what He so lovingly offers to us.
He gives us His strength for our weakness. He takes away our lack and gives us everything we need to go forward into our calling. He lifts us up when we fall and sets our feet on the right path. He walks beside us in our journey and is there with us in everything we face. Thank You, Lord!!
So! With the Lord’s help, I will continue to press into living a life worthy of the calling I have received. Will you join me?
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016
We had a powerful prayer time this morning! At one point I was in front of the group lifting up the churches in our area and I found myself praying for unity. I found out that another walker, who was bringing up the rear of the group, was praying the same thing – unity! We were far enough away from each other that we didn’t hear each other. Praying God’s heart- UNITY -for His people!!
I prayed this morning for God to give us another “divine appointment” and He did! As we were walking across from the hospital, I felt the nudge from the Lord to walk in the drop off area of the Emergency Room/ Hospital.
As we began to walk in that area, we saw a woman walking from the parking lot to the hospital. She had just dropped off her daughter at the Emergency Room. I was able to pray with her for her daughter’s healing. We serve a God of Opportunity! And He sets up the opportunities!! Hallelujah!!
Thank You, Jesus, for walking with us during this focused set-aside time!!
As I began to awaken this morning from a deep slumber, I felt this prayer rising up within me:
Give me Your eyes, Lord, that I may see.
Give me Your ears, Lord, that I may hear.
Give me Your mouth, Lord, that I may speak.
Give me Your hands, Lord, that I may do.
Give me Your feet, Lord, that I may go.
Give me Your heart, Lord, that I may love.
When I went to my Bible, I found that my spirit and heart were agreeing in prayer with what Jesus prayed for all believers:
May they all be one,
as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.
May they also be one in Us,
so the world may believe You sent Me.
I have given them the glory You have given Me.
May they be one as We are one.
I am in them and You are in Me.
May they be made completely one,
so the world may know You have sent Me
and have loved them as You have loved Me.
John 17:21-23 (HCSB)