We had a full weekend that started with a Trivia Night for the women’s ministry on Friday and ended with catching up and much laughter with some friends last night at a Mexican restaurant because…while we don’t need an excuse to eat chips and salsa…Cinco de Mayo is a real thing here on the prairie.
Thrown into the mix was an attempt at a garage sale, multiple trips up north for ball games and a wonderful message from our pastor to youth and families, Heather (do yourself a big favor and listen to it here —> https://www.firstdecatur.org/messages/the9/ but make sure you have a pen and notebook handy because you will want to pause and jot notes!)
And it may not be up on the site yet, so be sure and catch Pastor Wayne’s sermon from last week while you wait <3
Today is stacked full to the brim, so for our time together I want to share a prayer I found in the journal pages part of this wonderful book.
The book was a gift from my dear sister-in-law Sonja at Easter 2003 and I recently rediscovered it to use for my prayers each morning.
Written by Rosemary Jensen, who was the director of BSF International for twenty years, it is broken down into 31 attributes to pray…just perfect to work through in a month.
This is a prayer I wrote in response to God’s attribute of “Glory” on January 6, 2008 and I hope it blesses you.
Based on this verse, words in parenthesis are my own summary of the previous verses:
All of this (“this” being any of the trials and sufferings that come in life, because of Christ’s work in us and our own death to sin so that we are raised to life with Christ) is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.2 Corinthians 4:15
My prayer response:
Heavenly Father – all the situations around me, involving me, affecting me – were designed/are designed for my benefit.
Not for my advantage –
but my benefit [archaic; an act of kindness. Something that promotes well-being; useful] …
so that the grace YOU have given me will flow through me to others (Rivers of Living Water) ——>
and this will cause them to thank You and bring glory to You.
It is NOT about me – it is ALL about You.
In Your name, do this work in me today <3Laura Reimer 1-6-2008 <3