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Sunday Stillness – Another look at REST – LINK

Sunday Stillness – Another look at REST

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As I have been working at finding time to spend with God another acronym came to me for REST. Are we sitting and thanking Him for all the little things in our lives? Do we look around and see the things we can be thankful for? Are we aware of our surroundings?

So I started another grateful journal. A friend of mine opened my eyes again to see that each moment of the day we can speak a prayer of thanks to Him Who watches over us.

Here are a few that came to me that day:

  • gentle breezes of summer for those hot summer days
  • fluffy white clouds that float in a blue sky (I even saw a little dog in one of the clouds)
  • all shades of green
  • my sweet dog sleeping on a pillow
  • a family who cares
  • a faithful husband who believes in the power of God
  • planting my own garden
  • a solid house (we are built on rock)

Check out all the Joy Dare posts about thankfulness.

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Today is Sunday Stillness.

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OUT-OF-THE-WAY PLACES

Where are your out-of-the-way places?

In The Message we read:

“Jesus instructed him, “Don’t talk about this all over town. Just quietly present your healed self to the priest, along with the offering ordered by Moses. Your cleansed and obedient life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done.” But the man couldn’t keep it to himself, and the word got out. Soon a large crowd of people had gathered to listen and be healed of their ailments. As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer” (Luke 5:14-16 The Message).

Do you get overwhelmed, feel like you are crowded in, have too many tasks in your in-box?

I used to feel this way – often.

Recently I have learned to ask God before committing myself to “one more thing”. Join me at my new blog A Better Way to see the rest of my post on how I try to cope with this situation.

But even when we get into a situation of “there is too much on my plate”, we have to remember what Jesus did. As often as possible Jesus withdrew – where? To out-of-the-way places. Personally, when my kids were small I found the bathroom a very safe retreat. I could ask God to hold it all together for me; bring me down to a calmer frame of mind; remind me what really was important.

Where is your out-of-the-way place? If you haven’t found one yet – try to think where you could go for that moment of respite; for the time to call out to God. It is better to be prepared because we know that time will come and if we have that spot chosen it will be easier to get there – quickly.

My Gratitude Journal for this week:

49. Praise and worship music that makes my heart soar
50. A walk around the lake
51. Sunshine skies
52. Inventors of medicine
53. Someone to mow the lawn (at home – my husband, in Arizona – someone else)
54. The sweet song of the birds singing in the morning
55. Naturopath doctors

Don’t forget to check the side panel to see all the countries I have prayed for this year. Join me in Prayers for the World.

Prayer:

Father, we know that Jesus went to quiet spots to pray. Help us to find our quiet spots now. Then when we need them we know were to go. Thank You for being there in the midst of the noise and in our quiet times. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN

GOD CAN HEAR OUR PRAYERS

God Can Hear Our Prayers (Part I)

Part Two – God Wants to Hear My Prayers (Part II)

Part Three – Why Pray? (Part III)

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How can we know that God can hear our prayers?

How can we know that God wants to hear our prayers?

How can we know that God can act on our prayers?

I have been mulling around these questions and hopefully will have answers over the next three Fridays.

Today – question one:

How can we know that God can hear our prayers?

Besides the fact that I just know He does, through my faith  – I have come up with several reasons from Scripture why we can know for sure that He does hear our prayers.

1. The belief in the all encompassing POWER of our God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I love this passage in Colossians:

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17 NIV).

Don’t you just love the phrase – By Him All things were created, and in Him all things hold together? That certainly solidifies it for me. There is POWER here.

2.  The majesty and immensity of our God of creation. After watching the video by Louie Giglio I held my breath.

“This is what God the LORD says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it”  (Isaiah 42:5).

Louie’s video shows the universe – to the ends of the universe and what we see when we get to the last picture – is outstanding, gluing all things together for me. God does HOLD ALL things together. We go to the ends of the universe and the Hubble telescope show us – a Cross.

Another video by Louie Giglio (for a quick check go 2:50 minutes in) talks about a cell adhesion molecule called Laminin.

Here is a diagram of the Laminin molecule.

Laminin is vital to making sure overall body structures hold together.

And it is in the shape of a Cross.

Christ does hold ALL things together.

These are two very important reasons why our God can:

  1. Wake me up during my night’s sleep whenever He chooses to call me to prayer, or to rethink my past day.
  2. Put people and incidents in my daily path – God-incidents.
  3. Make miracles happen.

His power is one reason why my prayers are important.

He can call me to pray; He can hear me when I pray; He can answer my prayers.

OUR GOD CAN

From my Gratitude Journal this week.

15. My soft blanket to snuggle with during my morning prayer time.

16. A friends’ email message.

17. Cooing of the doves

18. Three wonderful children

19. Three wonderful children-in-law

20. Four wonderful grandchildren

21. My Dad who taught me to stand tall

Prayer:

Father, Lord of the Universe, Maker of all creation, I am humbled to think You desire to communicate with me. Thank You for showing me Your power. Continue to guide me, grow me and help me to live a life worthy of Jesus. In His name. AMEN.

WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD?

What is going on in the world?

Are you up-to-date with your prayers for the world?

I watch our Canadian news station called The National every night so I can keep abreast with what is happening in our world. But I found the best resource for prayer is Operation World 21st Century.

Each day for a whole year you can read, and pray about a continent or country. Sometimes more than one day will be spent on that continent or country. Not only do you expand your knowledge of the world but you see how God works and what we can pray about.

In the Bible we read,

I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you (my emphasis), in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me (John 17:20-23, The Message).

Yes, we need to pray for the world – for God’s people. Check out Operation World website.

Last week I told you I planned to start a Gratitude Journal.

Here are my thanks for this week:

Thank you Lord for:

  1. Christ’s sacrifice for me
  2. The Bible
  3. My family – my ancestry and now
  4. God’s leading to find my husband, Wayne, almost 43 years ago
  5. My education, so I can read, write, think and talk
  6. My dog’s, Snowball, kisses
  7. My eyes to see – the beauty of the world and God

Prayer:

Lord, we are grateful for our lives. We pray for those who have not heard your message through Jesus. We pray that You continue to teach us how to pray – there are so many ways. In Jesus’ name. AMEN