Jul 17

PRAYING NAMES: Renee and Donald

Renee and Donald

I love that our names have meaning. And I love to pray for people to live the meaning of their names. Here are two more names of people I am praying for based on the meaning of their names.

Last month I prayed for one of our pastors and his wife: Brian and Maureen. This month I am praying for our other pastor and his wife.

Do you know someone named Don or Renee? Who do you know that you would like to pray for them in this way?

Renee: reborn

Heavenly Father, I pray Renee will live the meaning of her name. I pray she will always remember that she has been reborn in you; that her life became new when she turned to you and that she is now a new creation because of your love for her and her love for you. Amen.

Donald: world leader

Heavenly Father, I pray Donald will live the meaning of his name. I pray he will walk boldly in this world, led by you and leading others in your name. I pray others will look to him and see his example of faith in you and that his life will lead others to look for you and find you. I pray also that Donald will always keep first in his mind that you are our one true leader and ruler of our lives. Amen.

Jul 10

TEMPLE: The Pause that Refreshes

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When God gave me the focus word temple at the beginning of 2017, I knew He would be teaching me about the Holy Spirit who has taken residence in me and I knew He would be nudging me toward better health.

Since then, God has taught me a few lessons about the responsibility I have over the physical temples of other people in my life. I have also learned more about the spectacular temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon.

This month, God has taught me to pause. Last week, my husband completed six weeks of cancer treatments. We await life-long monitoring, more surgery and accompanying recovery and stress in the future.

But for now we are celebrating the pause, being reminded of many of the verses in the Book of Psalms. Although the exact definition of the word selah is not clearly known, when we read the word in Psalms, we are to pause and reflect.

Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory. Selah

(Psalm 24:10 NIV)

This month I exhale and breathe. Selah.

Selah is a pause amid praise. For me now, Selah is a time to praise God for whatever His plan is and for including us in it. It is time to thank Him for the health my husband (and I) both now enjoy and for the energy, strength and joy we can experience as we await the next step in God’s plan.

Selah. Thank you, Jesus.

Jul 03

CELEBRATING FREEDOM

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Tomorrow is Independence Day—which reminds me of Jesus.

 

  • Just as men and women fought and died to create a country where we could have freedom from an oppressive government, so did Jesus die on the cross to enable a way for us to live free from the stain of sin and the tyranny of rules.  Because of Jesus, we have true freedom.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2 NIV).

Throughout the history of our country, men and women have fought and died to preserve and protect the freedom we gained over 200 years ago in the War for Independence. They also fought and died to defend our right to worship the freedom we gained over 2000 years ago through Jesus.

 Tomorrow we fly our flags and celebrate the colors: red, white and blue.

  • In flag symbolism, red is the color of blood shed—both of American soldiers who died and Jesus whose blood provided an eternal sacrifice for us.

  • White symbolizes peace and purity. We people long for peace in our lives and in our country. Jesus encompassed both peace and purity by His life and teachings.

  • Blue symbolizes justice. Our country is based on law; our society seeks justice to pursue wisdom and harmony. Father God is the supreme Judge; Jesus is our mediator; the Holy Spirit is our counselor.

Tomorrow I’ll be celebrating the freedom I have in this country and the freedom I have because of Jesus. And I’ll be waving my flag and remembering Him.

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