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Weekly Prayer: Abundance and Prosperity

“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” ” – Mark 12, 41-44

The message this Sunday at my church was about abundance versus scarcity. Mark 12, versus 41-44, describes generosity and abundance, in that the poor widow who had hardly had anything, gave her all to Jesus. Austine Cline wrote that this widow showed true discipleship – “being willing to give everything you have, even your livelihood, for the sake of God.”  She had true abundance – an abundant love and devotion to God.

Isn’t that how each of us should live?

We should live abundantly for God. Be prosperous according to God’s view, not in the eyes of today’s culture, where abundance is having money and material possessions. Abundance should be about being filled with love, joy, faith, devotion, and service to God. And having abundance according to God’s principles means sharing that love and joy and service to those in our community.

Dear God,

Thank you so much for all you have given me. I am so happy and grateful for the abundance I already have. You amaze me with your love, blessings and rewards we receive everyday without even asking or realizing what we are receiving.

Father, I give you my life and today surrender all my financial concerns to you. I already know that you have told me I do not need to worry or have fears about anything. You have already told us that you take care of everything and we just need to trust and have faith.

I only think of the positive now never looking at the past. I believe that my prosperity is here and I thank you for it now. I know that abundance in my life flows from you, Lord.

Father, thank you for all your great rewards! I will continue to work diligently and strive to do my best in all that I do.

Thank you God, Amen.

(modified from this prayer)

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Weekly Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy

With joy and praise and awe, we shall sing this song – a song that gives tribute to Our Father and His Holiness. Author Reginald Herber wrote this song when he was in India, surrounded by the worship of false gods, and he wanted to sing with joy about the holiness of only one true God, the Lord God Almighty!

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

Written by Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

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Seek in anticipation

“How to go forward, always seeking, always in anticipation? Always a little more and a little more, just a few steps farther, a few moments longer. Something new may have washed up on the tide, just over there or beyond that dune or around that point or just out of sight, waiting in the next curl of a wave. I desire to live my life this way, father, as Isabelle has. Not caged by the walls of fear, but in anticipation of the bridges to magnificence. Help me to find the way.” – Iola Anne in The Prayer Box, by Lisa Wingate

There’s always a moment in life where we fear what to do or how to deal with it. I know that when I’m faced with new things in my life, I am both excited and fearful. Sometimes I don’t know if I should put my foot forward or not.

Our faith, though, should be the number one  thing that keeps us strong and moving forward. God knows the way even when we may not, and we should seek in anticipation and patience for what God has planned for us next. Keep going forward, not with anxiety, but with eagerness and anticipation.

 

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Anyone can be susceptible to the blues

Even though most of us have never met Robin Williams, we are deeply saddened by his loss. He was a great man who made us laugh and feel good, and I was somewhat surprised to know that he was dealing with depression himself. When I feel blue, I look for happy thoughts, and thinking of Aladdin or Hook or Mrs Doubtfire gives me smiles. So it’s just tragic that he (and others like him) have felt so poor about their lives that they would end it. I guess anyone is susceptible to depression.

There are so many friends, family, and fans that love and care for him. Likewise, when there’s someone you know that’s dealing with depression, be there to support them and lift them up. Refer them to www.qprinstitute.com.

In tribute to Robin Williams, here’s some of his inspiring quotes:

“Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary!” - The Dead Poets Society
“Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” - Aladdin
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” - The Dead Poets Society
“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” - Good Will Hunting
“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” - Patch Adams
“All you have to do is think one happy thought, and you’ll fly like me.” - Hook
“Crying never helped anybody do anything, okay? You have a problem you face it like a man.” – Jumanji
“But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever.” – Mrs. Doubtfire

I hope he’s at peace now and bringing some laughs in heaven. He will be thoroughly missed.

Robin Williams, 7-21-1951 to 8-11-2014

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Weekly Prayer: Cast aside your anxiety and receive God’s peace

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

Dear Lord,

I need you now because I am full of stress and anxiety. Reading your Word brings comfort, as I ask you to come and take my heavy burdens. I take each burden, one by one, and lay them at your feet. Please carry them for me so that I don’t have to.

Replace them with your humble and gentle yoke so that I will find rest for my soul today. I receive your gift of peace of mind and heart. Thank you that I can lie down tonight in peace and sleep.

I know that you, Lord, will keep me safe. I am not afraid because you are always with me. Please keep me daily, Lord, in your perfect peace.

Amen. 

- Mary Fairchild

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Poem

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)

Worksmanship comes from the Greek word “poiema”, meaning poem.

What this mean?

Originally, when I think of workmanship, I think of it as a basic, serious meaning, that we must do God’s work and follow His will. He’s the boss.

But thinking about “poem”, it makes me see workmanship more beautifully. It has a softer, gentler feeling. God is the creator, creating works of beauty within us, writing our own unique poem, making beautiful stories in life. And though he is the boss, we are significant, we are personally known by God and taken care of.

No matter what, God is at work in your life, writing something beautiful, and unfolding your purpose. Like a poem that flows and moves, our lives are being transformed day by day.

Your life is a poem in God’s eyes!

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Success is finding love in what you do

“Success comes in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t come with money and it doesn’t come with fame. It comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success. When you have the ability to do what you love, love what you do and have the ability to impact people. That’s having a life of success. That’s what having a life of meaning is.” - Tim Tebow

It seems that throughout our lives, we are always trying to understand success. What success means to you could mean something different for me. But what your success and my success have in common is love. Isn’t love so vital for happiness in life? To succeed in life we need love. Love within our relationships, but also a love for what work we are doing and for what we are achieving.

Today, exactly 6 years ago, my sister and I graduated from college. That was one point of success for us – accomplishing a goal in our lives and seeking something new. We went out to work in the real world, hoping we would love what we’d do and be successful at it. Since those 6 years, I’ve learned lots and grown too… and I do realize that to be good at what you do, you need to love what you do. There were times when I both enjoyed my work and hated my work.

I know that not every job is “lovely” to do, and in that case, be content with the work that you do and work hard at it, putting as much love and care into your work as you can, and then find love and success in your home-life.

Sometimes it takes years and even our entire life figuring out what we love to do… but keep on working at it. That’s success in it’s own right, to work towards seeking love in your life.

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Weekly Hymn: Seek Ye First/Jesus Is The Answer

I love that this song is actually two lovely hymn songs sung together. The ladies at church sang one part while the men sang the other part. It was quite harmonious!

Seek Ye First:

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness;
And all these things shall be added unto you.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

Ask, and it shall be given unto you;
Seek, and you shall find.
Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

Man shall not live by bread alone,
But by every word
That proceeds out from the mouth of God.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!”

Jesus Is The Answer:

“Chorus: Jesus is the answer, for the world today,
Above Him there’s no other, Jesus is the way.

If you have some questions In the corners of your mind,
Traces of discouragement, The peace you cannot find,
Reflections of your past, Seem to face you everyday,
But this one thing I do know, That Jesus is the way.

Chorus
I know you’ve got mountains, That you think you cannot climb,
I know your skies are dark, You think the sun won’t shine,
But in case you don’t know, That the word of God is true,
Everything he’s promised, He will do it for you.

Chorus”

 

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Weekly Prayer: Bear good fruit

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” – Matthew 12:33

Just as a tree can bear good and bad fruit, so can each of us. In our lives, Lord, help us to produce good fruit:

May our thoughts be positive,
our actions be virtuous,
and our feelings for others be good and pure.

Jesus is our example to follow in every moment of our day, where we should give love, express joy, and have peace in all circumstances. Through you, Lord, we can live fruitful lives. Amen.

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Action for success

“‘Hope,’ he told her, ‘rarely enters into it. ‘Tis action moves the world. If ye mind nothing else I’ve taught ye of the game of chess, mind that: ye cannot leave your men to stand unmoving on the board and hope to win. A soldier must first step upon the battlefield if he does mean to cross it.’ ” - Susanna Kearsley, The Winter Sea

It’s important to have hope and motivation to achieve goals and tasks. But it’s the act itself and succeeding that’s the most important. It’s “action [that] moves the world”.

I think of when one supports a special cause, such as ending animal cruelty. We can’t just hope to end animal abuse; rather we must take action (and get out of our chairs!) to support the cause.

How does taking action relate in your life and in your successes? One thing that I need to actively achieve for my success is regularly exercise to keep fit. I can’t just stand by and hope for good health; I need to be constantly at work to maintain good health and fitness.

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Weekly Hymn: Hakuna Wakaita

I first heard this hymn in church service this past weekend, and I thought it was a fun, spiritual, and enjoyable song to share. I love experiencing and learning about new cultures, and this song made me feel a new sense of faith expressed through the African Zimbabwe culture. Praise God for all people and for giving us Jesus!

“Hakuna Wakaita Sa Jesu. Hakuna Wakaita Sa Ye-e. Hakuna Wakaita Sa Jesu. Haku-u Haku-u China. Ndamhanya-Mhanya Kwese-Kwese. Ndatenderera Kwese-Kwese. Nda Tsva-ka-Tsvaka Kwese-Kwese Haku-u Haku-u China

There’s no one, there’s no one like Jesus. There’s no one, there’s no one like Him. There’s no one there’s no one like Jesus. There’s no one there’s no one like Him! I run and run everywhere, I turn around everywhere, I search and search everywhere. There’s no one there’s no one like Him.”

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Weekly Prayer: God’s presence at any moment

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” – Genesis 28:15

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” – Revelation 3:20

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” – Matthew 5:8

“Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence.” – Psalm 140:13

“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” – Psalm 25:5

Lord God,

I come to you to seeking to focus on your peaceful presence. I know that no matter what time of day, you are with me.

No matter what I may be feeling, I can be assured that nothing else matters but your presence. At any moment, you are always with me.

Thank you!

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