Prayers that won’t give up!

 Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them they should always pray and

never give up- Luke 18:1

 

At a certain point in life, we all have a limit.

For example, I have a “three call back” phone rule. If I call someone over three times and they don’t return my phone call, it’s likely I won’t call them back anymore. ( okay maybe four times, but who’s counting)

Have you ever had a friend who cancels consistently? It’s pretty hard to trust them to show up at future events.

It’s easy to transfer our human limits onto our relationship with God.

When we experience disappointments with human relationships, it’s easy to expect those same disappointments from our relationship with God.

In our limited minds, we can compare God to a friend who doesn’t call us back or show up when we make plans.

Jesus must have known this after being around his friends on earth. In Luke, he tells his disciples a parable to help them stop seeing God like a human.

In the parable of the persistent widow,  a unjust judge that finally gives into a request by a widow repetitively knocking on his door, insisting to be have her justice. He only gives in because she is pestering him but it’s not because he cares about her or about anyone but himself.

Jesus breaks the comparison trap with this verse:

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.

We are not just annoying people, we are God’s chosen ones….Let that sink in while hearing this –

As God’s chosen people we will receive justice and quickly!

As humans tempted to believe God doesn’t hear us, he does. He will defend our cause and bring about justice for those who love him.

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You are a chosen one of God! He hears you- He knows you-

He will send what you need even today as you trust him!

 

Todays prayer:

Lord, I will persist in prayer for _________________________. I will believe that you are listening and that you deeply understand my heart for this situation. Give me the grace to walk in confidence that you are at work on my behalf. You will bring justice to my cause and light to my path. You will not give the enemy of my soul the ultimate victory. You will victorious in your good and perfect plans for my life and the lives of those I love. 

in Jesus name-

amen-

 

 

 

 

 

You are not broken!

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My daughter Faith received a treasured gift in the Florida Keys this summer. Following a family visit to see dolphins, her big brother bought her a dolphin necklace. After a few times wearing her precious treasure, the tail broke off… Of all things! grrrrr! A dolphin without a tail is a pretty unlovely thing!

I was angry at first when I saw the broken treasure. Part of me knew that once loved charm was headed straight for the trash. My baby girl’s heart would be broken just like the little dolphin tail.

Faith held the little dolphin and then proclaimed, Look Mommy, it’s not broken, it looks like Winter!

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Winter is the world famous dolphin with no tail that survived against all odds. Faith learned about Winter through the movie Dolphin Tale seen over a year prior. Because of Winter’s story, Faith did not see broken-ness but a little dolphin that was was  broken-less.

What’s your story of broken-ness that might prove to the world they can become broken -less?

The broken pieces of your life can offer the missing peace to mend others who are hurting.

 

Here is an excerpt from Winter’s website!

Winter” is our most famous dolphin. You may have seen her featured on the NBC Today Show, CNN, BBC, or possibly the #1 box office hit Dolphin Tale, in theaters around the world. Winter was one of the most difficult strandings we have had at CMA. Her story is a bittersweet realization of the dangers these animals face as a result of human activity in the wild.

 

At only three months of age, Winter found herself wrapped tightly in a crab trap line and was unable to escape. She was rescued from Mosquito Lagoon (near Cape Canaveral) and transported to CMA to begin a long rehabilitation. Unfortunately, Winter lost her entire tail as well as two vertebrae a result of the serious injuries that she had sustained.

Although her story is intriguing, it is also very rare, as many dolphins unfortunately die in monofilament and crab trap lines. Despite the odds against survival, Winter’s energy and ability to adapt to her new physical form has surpassed the expectations of many experts. Winter has done amazingly well in the short time since her stranding. She has completely healed, adapted to a new swim pattern, and learned to eat fish on her own… about twelve pounds a day! She is growing quickly, and now weighs in at 230 pounds!

Just wanted you to know today- You are not broken!

The Bible reminds us of the beauty of weakness with this verse from 2 Corinthians 12:10-

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

Your struggles are a story in the making that God will use to inspire others as you press on and refuse to quit!

You could be the person that puts a smile on the face of someone else who will need to see their

broke-ness as broken-less!

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Reclaim Joy when you want to quit! Part 2

Don’t Quit! Part 2

Here is a fun way to reclaim some motivation through a simple picture on your phone. 

Repurposing Activity: grab your cell phone during any point of the day and take a picture of something God is trying to show you to encourage you about the future. Is it a gorgeous moment in nature, the face of a child or a symbol that only your heart understands? Look at that picture as a view of his heart to encourage you daily. When you are tempted to feel fear or discouragement, use that picture and remind yourself of the truth. You might even want to post it to facebook or pintrest with your thoughts to encourage someone else!

Ask God to give you a view of success in the future and not the mess-ups of today.

Here is the picture I use to remind myself that God will help me each step of the way. Even when I make a few slip-ups!

Psalms 37:23-24

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him. Though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

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The next morning, after I was feeling really discouraged, I woke up early to walk in our field behind the house. This was the view I was given by the one who raises the sun each morning. I was filled with joy as I grabbed my phone and captured the fog lifting over the glory of creation. My fears, my inadequacies, my confusion are like the fog that disappears with the rising of the Son . The light of Christ exposes my desire to quit and gives me hope for His power in my future. I am called for His purpose, not my plans. As I open my heart to His calling for my family and His provision for my time, I can do everything He calls me to do.

So, what did I do?

I ran back home and began to clean the kitchen with a smile on my face and a bottle of Clorox in my hands!

All day, when negative feelings would hit my heart, I took out my phone and looked at the beauty of this picture. Each time, God was whispering to my heart, don’t quit! I posted it to my facebook and another person commented that they really needed that encouragement too.

GOD will repurpose our fear with confidence as long as we

Don’t quit!