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“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.”
As I was having my devotions today I began a study of the Proverbs 31 woman. I was struck with a heavy heart to begin praying for my daughters, and the special girls I love as daughters. I wanted to share my heart I hope you are blessed with these thoughts from Scripture as I was.
My Heavenly Father,
May my daughters grow to be excellent wives. Help them to understand that being excellent in Your eyes is greater than any riches. May my daughters live lives with true purpose. A life that has weight to it. Not a life that is filled with things that are empty or without purpose. But a life that is worth more than jewels. A life that will stand the test of eternity. May their lives be invested in the work of Christ and not in a life that will pass away with no value.
Lord I pray for the future spouses of my daughters. May they value my daughters because they value You. May they value the right things for a wife, not looks, or even personality, but may they value them for their excellence in the Lord. May their future spouse value my daughters because a good wife is better than riches. May my daughters and their future spouse grow to value marriage and purity as You do and that you would be glorified in their marriage and in their lives.
In this “pinterest” driven life I found this article very comforting, rebuking and exactly what I needed to hear. Take a minute as a mom and read.
As I get my heart ready for Prayer Meeting tonight I cannot get this song, “My Wordless Prayer” by Craig Courtney out of my head. I hope you allow the beauty of the words to reach deep into your soul and drive you to spend time in the throne room of God today during your quiet time and during your Prayer Meeting.
If you want to hear the song set to beautiful images please click on the link above.
My Wordless Prayer
My words lie still and lifeless as dust upon the sand, I can no longer voice one request or one demand. My cup of tears is empty, I can no longer cry, my lips have fallen silent, my prayer is but a sigh. Spirit, come and rest Your ear upon my heart, O come and hear my wordless prayer, my silent plea and take them far away from me. Take them from this ear of mine to the Father’s heart divine. Speak in tones unknown to man that God may hear and understand. My voice is weak from calling to You both night and day. How long will You be silent? Why do You turn away?
Spirit, come and rest Your ear upon my heart, O come and hear my wordless prayer, my silent plea and take them far away from me. Take them from this ear of mine to the Father’s heart divine. Speak in tones unknown to man that God may hear and understand.
When asked, “Who do you want to meet in heaven?” most people pick the famous people of the Bible for their first interview like, Moses, Mary, Daniel and David. But I think I will skip the long lines of Isaiah, Elijah, and Esther and go right for someone else. The first thing I will ask him is, “What’s your name?” since the Bible doesn’t tell us. The person I would pick is The Demon Possessed Man from Mark 5.
Last Friday my husband preached to our youth group from Mark 5 and I was struck with this thought, “What was it like experiencing a piece of Hell? And what was it like to have Jesus transform you into His Kingdom of light?” After I ask those two simple questions I want to sit down and listen to every word he says. I want to hear his amazement of what Christ did for him. I want to hear his story of salvation that made it possible for him to be in Heaven to worship Christ forever. After all, telling his story of salvation was what he did for years here on earth. Mark 5:20 “And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.” I am certain that in Heaven the amazement and the marvel from his story will be that much greater.
I want to share in the wonder of his salvation. I am looking forward to the day I get to hear this story in the first person from the man who was possessed by demons and now sings beside angels. I want to hear of his salvation and stand in awe, with him, of Jesus lover of the lost.
But I am thankful now for this story. I am thankful that Christ has put it in His word to show us His mercy. Mark 5:19 “. . . [Jesus] said to him, ‘Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’” I can stand in awe now, not only of God’s mercy on a man possessed by demons, but the mercy he has shown me. I may not be possessed by demons, but I was certainly a part of the Kingdom of Darkness and I am thankful to be transformed into the Kingdom of Light through my Savior Jesus Christ. This story is a reminder that we were all so close to Hell and were rescued. May I marvel at that truth every day on earth and rejoice in it for eternity in Heaven.
In contrast with the anniversary of Roe V Wade which celebrates death, below is a video celebrating life. A family who saw the “bigger picture”. They grew in their walk with the Lord and in joy as they enjoyed the time they had with a baby they knew would never live outside the womb.
This week I went to see “The Hobbit”. I can honestly say the only disappointment of the movie is that I have to be patient for two more movies to come out before I get to finish the story.
One line from the movie has stuck with me throughout the week.
“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” Gandalf
I love this quote. I was reading in my devotions today in 2 Kings 5 and it reminded me again of this quote. It is the story of Naaman coming to Elisha to be healed of Leprosy. When Naaman gets there he expects to see Elisha come out, but instead Elisha sends his servant to speak to Naaman and tells him to go dip seven times in the Jordan. Naaman gets angry and turns away stating, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hands over the place and cure the leper.” He wanted a big act of power, a miracle put on display where he would be the center focus.
Aren’t we the same. Praying and looking for big miracles, big shows of power. The idea where we speak and hundreds bow before the Lord, we sacrifice of ourselves and everyone looks at us in awe of what we can accomplish. But God doesn’t work that way does He. God wants to be put on display for His work. He wants our little acts of obedience. He wants us to go and wash ourselves in an insignificant place. He wants us to go into our closets in secret and spend time in private with the Lord doing our daily task of praying and reading God’s Word with no one watching. No one knowing. He wants our obedience when it doesn’t make sense. When it doesn’t seem significant. He wants our obedience to do the things that won’t get any credit. He wants our obedience so that sin will diminish. Not disappear in one wave of our hand as we recite lines and magic words, but he wants our sin to be washed away as we soak and dip our minds into the Word of God.
So I challenge myself and you who are reading, be obedient to the work God has called you to. There is no treasure to be found in big powerful productions of service, but in the plodding along of the Christian life. Obey God and the tasks He has called you to.