I went to church this week. I am on the prayer team, but I still struggle to ask for prayer for myself or anything for that matter. But, this week I felt I needed to request prayer for my nephew’s healing and also for him and his family to come to know Jesus. They request prayers, but not really having a relationship with Him. I shared and cried with my church family. I was thanked for sharing this struggle and I just felt a lifting of my spirit. I needed to be surrounded by worship. The message was practical advice on relying and resting in my faith. Also about how you feel when you take your burdens to God in prayer. I am reading Worldview by Greg Laurie that reflects the message by my pastor. “gather with other believers, worship the Lord, get into the Word, have fellowship with one another, and just take this time to get spiritually recharged.”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Putting life into perspective with all its ups and downs seems pretty vivid to me right now. I left to celebrate our grandson’s 5th birthday. I was feeling pretty relieved as I got a call from my kidney doctor. I don’t know about you but I admit I tend to think when the call comes that it will be bad news. It was not. He didn’t find any blockages or masses in my kidneys. This means I can manage my stage 3 kidney disease and even reverse it a bit. On to bloodwork and surely some dietary changes. I am sure there are many others out there with worse medical issues than me, so I am here to remind myself to refocus on what is going right not on what is going wrong.
When I got word about my nephew I was already in Austin, Texas so not much I could do but pray. I needed to put my faith into practice by laying my prayers at the foot of the cross.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6).
Prayers for those dealing with medical, mental, or spiritual conflicts. May you find peace. May you rely on your faith that God loves us so much that Jesus died on the cross for us. Other religions require people to do, do, do; but Christianity says it is done. When Jesus cried out “It is finished!” from the cross. He meant to put your faith in Him in every aspect of your life today.
My blessed church sister sent me this song “No Fear” by Joni Lamb & The Daystar Singers & Band
In the middle of the battle
When the fight is on
When the burden's heavy
I am not alone
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