Friday, August 30, 2013

On Every Pew

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more
 in knowledge and depth of insight.... Philippians 1:9(NIV)

I remember that Sunday so clearly.

I peered to my right and was struck by the reality that on five consecutive pews each held a person bearing a great burden that I was aware of. One, a broken marriage. Another, a mother facing a debilitating illness. The family with the wayward child. A cancer diagnosis. The other grieving a death.

And these were the ones I knew of. What about the other folks on those rows?

I daresay what I observed was only the tip of the iceberg.

It's so easy to glance around the room and see Sunday smiles and miss the heartache that lies beneath.

We all have it...a heartache. Perhaps a new wound. Maybe one that's been lodged there for years. It could be one trouble. It could be many.

I fear that I've been guilty of longing for what I saw as the perfect life of some, as well as judging what I assumed in others.

Lord, help us to see beyond the smiles. May our love...Your love in us...abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight. Fill us with Your mercy and compassion. Help us to always be a reflection of You to whomever crosses our paths...whether in a church pew or in line at the grocery store. May we see others with Your eyes...eyes that know what lies beneath. Father, minister to our wounds. Help us as we minister to each other. May we behave as "fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household," (Ephesians 2:19) loving as You would have us to love.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday Meditation~Convinced

For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us
from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

 Praying that you feel His closeness and the depth of His love today.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday Worship on Thursday~Give Me Faith

My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26

Yes, Lord, give us faith to trust what you say, that You're good and Your love is great! We surrender to You, knowing that in our weakness Your Spirit is the power within us. Be our portion today...tomorrow...forever.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hanging Out With My Friend!

Please join me over at Hester's Heart, where I'm guest posting for my sweet "preacher's wife friend" as she takes a little summer break. (Hester and I really only know each other via reading each others blogs, but God has linked our hearts as women of the Word, and women in ministry.) What an honor to give her an opportunity to rest and be refreshed. Hester is a fabulous Bible teacher with a heart for growing women according to God's Word. You'll want to become her friend and stop in to visit her often!! 

Praying sweet blessings for you!!