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#UTCOP – How We Can Pray When We are Weary

How We Can Pray When We are Weary

by Jen Cudmore

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The first half of this year, even though I prayed about all my commitments, I took on too much. Between working full time, writing a novel, keeping up on my blog, and writing blogs for 4 other sites, I struggled to take care of my home, husband, and children. To say the least, I was exhausted.

My only hope was to rely on the strength of my God.

The Bible says that we should not grow weary of doing good (Gal 6:9) and that His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor 12:9).

I was so overwhelmed, I wasn’t sure how I could carry on.

Here is a prayer I wrote for myself during that tough season.

“God, You said I could cast all my cares on you (1 Pet 5:7) because You do not grow weary – I can rely on You for strength. I cannot do this on my own, but You are able to keep me from falling (Jude v24). You will sustain me.

Help me not to fear or become dismayed, for You are my God & You will strengthen me. You uphold me with Your righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10). Remind me to lift my eyes up because my help comes from You, Maker of Heaven & Earth. You will not let my foot slip; You are ever vigilant. (Psalm 121:1-3)

Help me remember that my troubles are only for this moment & if I believe in faith & persevere, I will achieve an eternal glory. I don’t want to focus on the temporary things in life. Help me to fix my eyes on what is not seen because that is eternal. (2 Cor 4:17-18).

 “O God, Hear my prayer! I cry to You for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for You are my safe refuge…Let me live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings!” – Psalm 61:1-4

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Jen Cudmore

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Jen grew up on the Columbia River Gorge and currently lives in Alaska with her husband, two children, two boxers, and two cats. Her goal is to write novels that encourage women to look for positive qualities in a life partner, and to foster an environment of real romance, rather than fantasy, as they grow old with their spouse. For more, visit her website at http://www.jencudmore.com/. You can also find her on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Goodreads.

 

WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Shepherd

Wednesday’s Word – Shepherd

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I had many Words from God this week. It became hard to decide what to write on today. Then on Sunday, our first Sunday back in our hometown, our minister preached on two of my life changing Scriptures:

1. John 21:15-19, NLT:

In a conference many years ago this Scripture became my life’s focus.

“Feed my sheep.”

We each had a slip of paper left on our chairs while we were at break. I read my Scripture when I returned to my seat. It was as though God spoke to me that day – clearly. He didn’t have to say it three times. Once was enough.

2. 1 Peter 5:7, NIV:

“Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.”

This has become the name of my blog. I know that God cares for us. I have seen it in His promises, in His gifts, in the wonder of this world, in my family, my friends, the God-incidents each day.

Our minister compared our caring for each other like the saying: “It takes a village to raise a child”.

But he said:

“It takes a flock of sheep to raise a lamb.” (Tweet this)

Really this makes a lot of sense. We are God’s sheep and we need to care for one another and the little lambs among us. Sometimes I feel like a lamb; sometimes like a sheep; and sometimes like a shepherd.

How can we show love to one another? Our minister reminded me of Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages and how we can use these languages to reach everyone.

Words – I write every Wednesday about the Words of God. And I wrote at Family and Faith Matters about how words can affect our lives.

Quality time – I spend quality time with God every day. What I receive from Him I am able to pass on to others.

Gifts – Giving of our time and our money blesses us as much as others.

Service – I like to do many things to be of help to others.

Touch – Oh did I love those hugs I received this weekend on my return to my home church.

Let’s shepherd one another. Join the Wednesday’s Word Community.

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