See & Pray / Word Filled Wednesday

  The Word He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.     And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy     and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8   The Prayer Lord, Why? Why is it so hard to walk humbly? It's much more comfortable to exert my own control rather than submit in humility to your will and your ways. I acknowledge that I can not do this on my own; I need you. It's my heart to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly, but all too often, if I'm honest, control and pride cloud my vision.  I ask Lord that you give me new eyes to see what YOU see around me. Help me Lord, to see what I normally miss. I truly want to be burdened for the things that burden you. I know that so much of what I focus my energy on is of no importance to you and I long to be more like you each day. I confess Lord that I am often callous to the needs of others and I ask, in all humility and submission for a heart like yours. Lord, help me to see simply that all you require is that I act justly, love mercy and walk humbly. ~amen   Share If you are joining us today & "Seeing & Praying"  THIS WORD, we'd love to encourage each other on the journey. Part of this experience is to share and see what the Lord reveals to each of us we come together in community to share the...

Remembering Roe v. Wade {Forty Years}

40 years ago, on January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States legalized abortion. Abortion continues to be a prominent social issue of our day. As Christian women, we pause today to pray. Recently I read that all of the pickets and protests render useless until we do what we know in our hearts to do. We must above all testify to the truth that life is precious. We must teach these truths to our children so that they rise up and become a generation who can stand for life, in all forms.  We must always, in all things, be preachers of a gospel of grace and love, for that was the only gospel of Jesus. Finally, we only can love well when we submit ourselves in prayer to the one and only author of life, praying for all of the lives affected by abortion. All of us are sinners. That is the most important fact to know about us – not who is prolife and who is prochoice. And Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). To give his life a ransom for many. To bear the wrath of God in our place. To become for us a righteousness that God would honor as the basis of our acceptance. ~ John Piper, January 21, 2001 We pray today for the unborn. We pray today for the women wrestling with unwanted pregnancy and those who saw/see abortion as the only way out. We pray today for adoptive parents. We pray in holy hope that love wins. Love always wins. He has shown you, O man,...

His Requirements

Generally, I'm not too fond of requirements, especially if I don't meet them. I can't tell you how many times in the past I considered applying for a job, but then looked at the requirements and realized I was underqualified. I had a similar problem with my desktop computer. In fact, one of the reasons I got my laptop is because none of the free spyware or anti-virus software would run on my old operating system. I didn't meet the system requirements, so I got a newer computer so mine could be safer. I have to admit that my not meeting the requirements this time was a positive (though somewhat expensive) situation for me. These requirements, whether they help or hinder us, are for our own good and benefit. If I had gotten hired at one of those jobs, I would have likely never gotten my work done well, and if I'd installed those "high-tech" programs on my "low tech" computer, they probably would not have worked, or might have totally messed up my computer. So, as much as I may not like requirements, I have to admit life would certainly be more difficult and confusing without them. Life is easier and more orderly and less haphazard because of these types of requirements–at least, when we follow them. Did you know that the Lord has requirements for His children? And they probably aren't what you're thinking. Some are found, not in the gospels–or even in the New Testament–but in the short prophetic book of Micah. Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of...