I've never found myself at a loss for words so often in prayer as I have over the last 18 months. I'm so grateful for the truth of Romans 8:26 - "We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans." So if you find yourself there too, I wanted to pray these words over you today. Pray them out loud. Pray them with your husband. Pray them with your kids. Change is not what will bring the comfort we crave - only God does that. let's pray and praise together: A Prayer When You Feel Overwhelmed God, it's too much. The world, the news, the pressure, the expectations, the division, the tension, the sadness, the fear, the blaming. God, just the awareness of more trouble and more needs than I could ever meet often leaves me feeling anxious, helpless and low. But praise Jesus, it's not too much for You. Nothing is too much for You. You are in full control. You see it all. You allow it all. All because You're working for Your glory and our good. And Your plan will never [...]
Confession: I don't read fiction often, but when I do, I read the last chapter first. I enjoy reading fiction - I really do! But because I don't get to read it as often in this season, if I don't like the ending, I don't waste my time with whole book. I've heard all of the reasons why I shouldn't: "That's cheating!" "That ruins the reading experience and the mystery of having to figure it out later!" But I personally find that I really enjoy paying attention to, appreciating and even looking for details that would be easy to miss if I didn't understand the significance of them. I'll show you what I mean. Look at the end of the recorded story of Paul's relationship with the leaders at Ephesus: "And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship." - Acts 20:37-38 Picture it. It's the grown men version of the same thing your kids did as toddlers when they grabbed on to your leg [...]
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