He was with me while I served in church. Nudging me to see past the small talk share the burden of someone else and pray for them.
Then he showed up in the middle of my bedroom as I listened to a sermon that spoke straight to my situation and heart giving me hope to believe.
These particular ways are a little more subtle, but He still showed up and I am grateful for that.
I have only started this “tradition” if you will, last year but I definitely love it and see myself finding my one word theme for years to come.
This years theme is BELIEVE!
My life was shattered into a million pieces at the end of last year after accomplishing so many great things and now I need to begin to believe again… it’s as simple as that! As I believe my faith will begin to grow and my healing and restoration will come.
So what am I believing for? Everything!
I am believing for
- my marriage (I want to do a better job of putting William first)
- our finances both for me to have a good job and for us to pay down debt
- unity within my church as well as the growth of my church
- the role I play in my church; its time for me to get back in the game
- health that I can lose this weight
- continued healthy healing from the lost of Kiwi
But most of all I am going to BELIEVE in God’s sovereignty!! He knows exactly what He is doing and the loss of Kiwi did not catch Him by surprise although I am sure that He is crying right along with me! I am choosing to believe the word that I keep getting: “God makes all things new” and I am continuing to believe that His grace is sufficient!
So here’s to 2015!! Right now may not seem like much but the best is yet to come and I will believe!
Today is the first Thursday in May… which is also the National Day of Prayer it’s a wonderful time where people all over the nation come together to pray for our nation and cities. The focus is on the seven major areas of influence in our country (in no particular order) Government, Media, Education, Business, Church, Family and Military. Usually I go into the importance of each one but instead I am just going to encourage you all to get up and pray… even if it’s just you praying through these seven areas in whatever way God leads you to pray. If you only have 15 minutes take 15 minutes if you’re city is having a corporate gathering find it and attend… and if it’s just you and a friend that’s fine too; just pray. I had the wonderful opportunity to start my day this morning with praying for these areas and then attending a corporate gathering in my city of Clarksville, TN and it was so refreshing to see everyone coming together to lift our city up! There wasn’t any egos involved and the focus was Jesus moving in our city! What better reason to unite?!
Be Blessed and pray.
Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer and I had the honor of taking part in a community gathering in Clarksville, TN. It was so refreshing to see the community come together to take part in this special occasion and challenge each person to pray not just on that day but everyday! They had predetermined people from the community pray for each of the seven influences of power: military, media, business, family, government, church, and education as well as praise and worship and passages from the Bible.
It really was a great time of communion with brothers and sisters in Christ and with The Lord. My favorite part of the whole experience was seeing everyone come together to pray for our city and for our nation. There were pastors and business men and women, there were government officials and moms with preschoolers, young and old all together for a single purpose and it was magnificent to behold. Not to mention a great way to jump start anyone in a lifestyle of prayer! I’m glad I was able to participate and was reminded to pray everyday for my city and our nation.
What was your favorite part of National Day of Prayer?
The National Day of Prayer is coming up this Thursday May 2nd… it happens every year the first thursday in May to be exact and this year is no different. There are many different ways you can get involved to include day of prayer meetings around your town and even watching a simulcast. There are numerous ways to prepare for thursday some started last year, some started 50 days ago some started 21 days ago and some just start with preparing yourself with the points in order to effectively pray on Thursday.
I didn’t want to just write about The National Day of Prayer on Thursday instead I wanted to provide a couple of days notice so you all could gather the necessary information and participate even if it’s just going over the 7×7 prayers which are the 7 centers of power 7 days a week it sounds difficult but really can be done literally anywhere; in your car, while you’re in line, or right before you go to bed. I wrote about it in my prayer challenge a few months ago. For those of you who have no idea what the seven centers of power are, they are the most influential parts of our lives, military, government, education, business, media, church and family.
If you can even commit to pray through them now until the end of the week that would be a great start. Also check out the official website to find other great things you can look forward to on Thursday and how you can prepare for next years day of prayer now. I encourage you all to not let this day of prayer come and go without any action taken! Challenge yourself and pray…