Through it all – it is well with my soul!
Psalm 62:5-8 (ESV): “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us”.
Let us be determined this week to:
Be still and know that we have a friend in Jesus. Regardless of the busyness and craziness of the world we live in, we can hold onto the truth that God is for us and with us; and that His timing is always perfect. During dry or difficult seasons, may we pause – even if for a few seconds – to experience the love and peace of God’s care and friendship. May we allow Him to refresh our souls and give us hope. And then may we encourage others – in love and kindness, and through friendship and fellowship – to always seek the Lord. Let’s inspire others to trust His perfect timing for answers; to not lose strength or hope; and to trust His wise counsel, love and goodness towards us.
Remember that it is not about us. Every victory and every loss adds up to knowing and trusting God more deeply in our hearts. This helps us to better understand God’s plan and purposes for our lives. We have a mission to go out and do the work that God has set before us. May we be a people found on our knees, quick to listen, slow to speak, and obedient to follow His instruction on how to love others. Let’s inspire and lead those around us well – working to help them grow, walking alongside them through the valleys and celebrating their mountain-top moments. Through it all… let us glorify our Heavenly Father in all we do.
Psalm 23 (NIV):“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the reminder about Your friendship. Thank You Lord for the knowledge that You are present. You say in Your Word that we should not fear, and that You are with us. We don’t have to be dismayed, for You are our God. You will strengthen us, You will help us. You will uphold us with Your righteous right hand. Therefore, I ask You Lord, to console our worried minds and to bring our hearts to rest. Lord, please give us the strength to trust the richness of being still with You. May we desire be drawn closer to You. I pray for those who are tired, hopeless or despondent; that You would lavish them with Your friendship and that You would revive them – body, mind and soul. Father soften our hearts to experience Your companionship – and to see and taste that You are truly good.
Lord, I don’t know how we are hindering Your work and I don’t know how we are choosing to be left behind. But, I pray Father, that we will choose to be obedient, that we will choose to follow the Holy Spirit. We thank You that You honour prayer, that You honour righteous living, that You see all things.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You so much for the accounts of heroes of the faith like Moses, that we can learn from today. Lord, we ask that as we serve You in our ministries – that we would continue to seek after You daily. We need You and what You’re doing! As leaders, I pray that we would be careful with what we share, how we share it, and where we share it… and with who we share it as well. As we lead others, I pray that we would be quick to listen, and slow to speak. May we be good question-askers out of care, concern and compassion; and may we speak truth. Open our hearts Lord, use Your Words to change and shape and transform our hearts as we give ourselves afresh to You today.
Father full of Grace and Mercy, I come before You today, and I want to thank You Lord for Your love and Your mercy upon us. Thank you for the valleys. Thank You for how You get us through the valleys. Thank You that we can rest in You through each valley, knowing that you will protect us. Lord, today we want to live by Your grace and Your mercy. We thank You Lord that we can flourish in You through the valley. When we get to that mountain top, we can rejoice as victorious overcomers in the Name of Jesus. So, we thank You for Your Word.
Oh, Lord Jesus, we praise You and thank You that as we come before You in prayer, You listen to our words. Beyond those words, Lord, You discern our hearts’ desires. We thank You that we can trust You to answer in Your timing, for Your purposes and for Your glory. Lord, may we remember, as we bring our petitions, that we are Your servants, You are not ours. We thank You that sometimes You change circumstances, and sometimes You change us. As we wait for Your answers, whether in ‘crock pot’ or ‘microwave’ fashion, we know that our faith and our endurance are being strengthened, so we might serve You with more faithfulness. Lord, grant us patience to wait for Your perfect answers, whether through Covid restrictions, or relationship healing, etc. Thank You for the great promise that You will strengthen us, as we wait upon You. We love You, Lord! In Jesus’ precious name. Amen and Amen!
(This WRAP is with great appreciation to Rianca, Jackie, Monica, Tarryn, Mary Lynn)