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January 2016

10 Ways to Pray for Missionaries

missionary callingTo the churches back home, to those praying for those who have answered the call to go. You are vital, you are important. Your missionaries can not serve God fully where they are apart from your prayers.

So for those of you praying, here are ten things “we” need you to pray for.

  1. Pray that we will find our joy and our strength in the Lord. Some days are hard, others seem long, still other we wonder if we are making a difference and question what God is doing. This is when we need the joy of the Lord to be our strength, so that we can keep on keeping on.
  2. Pray against the stronghold of Satan in the land most are serving in. In many places around the world, the darkness can not only be seen, it can be felt. Pray that the Light of Christ will shine through those you have sent.
  3. Pray that God will cover us with the Spiritual Armor, protecting us against the schemes and traps of the enemy. In our short time in Central Asia we have experienced so much spiritual warfare. The enemy would like nothing more than to make us quit and go home. So we need your prayers to fight and stand strong against the wiles of the enemy.
  4. Pray that “whenever they open their mouths, words may be given them so that they will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel (Eph. 5:19).”
  5. Pray for God’s grace and that we will recognize it as sufficient.We have encountered a lot in the year and half we have spent in Nepal from earthquakes, to border blockades, to limited electricity and water. Yet, despite it all, God’s grace has proved sufficient.
  6. Pray for our marriages, sometimes, the stress of service causes a strain in our relationships. Pray that these relationships will grow and become strong rather than fall apart as the enemy would like.
  7. Pray for our children, unlike us, they did not feel the call to this land, and sometimes they struggle to find their place. Pray that they will find good friends, and that God will also be their best friend.
  8. Pray for the people we serve and the lost that fill the lands we live in. That God will open the eyes of the lost, revealing Himself to these who are walking and living in darkness.
  9. Pray for our ministries, that God will use the things we are involved in to build His Kingdom.
  10. Pray that God will help us to see the people we serve through His eyes and to love them as He loves them.

The list could go on and on, and the needs are in random order. Yet, I know that these are prayers our family needs as we serve Him. So, when the Lord brings those you have sent to mind, please pray these things for us.

We could not do it apart from you. Though we may be on the ground as His hands and feet. It is only through your time and our time spent on our knees that enables us to serve Him well.

And thank you in advance for lifting us up to the Lord. We praise and thank Him for you!

 

Thriving or Surviving

small thingsLet’s be honest, some days are hard. Some days whether back at home or in a far off land, it is all we can do to keep our heads above the water. All we can do to just get through.

This past year, as our family has sought to settle into life in a different country, and adjust to all that this brings. I have felt more often than not, that I was only surviving.

So I began to pray, and ask the Lord to help me not to just survive, but to thrive here. Prayed and asked that He would help me not to just get settled and to adjust, but to bloom here where He has planted us.

Then it happened, a good local friend wanted to encourage me one day. He had no clue what I had been praying, but said the exact words I’d been asking of God. He said, “You have not just survived here, but you have thrived.”

What a word of encouragement this was. How thankful I was that God had not only heard my prayer, but that He had sent someone along to let me know.

Living here, I’ve learned so many things. Yet, mostly I’m learning that God is in the here and now. I’m learning that today is the day the Lord has made, and that I am to rejoice and be glad in it. He’s teaching me that sufficient for the day are its troubles and thinking about tomorrow, won’t help.

He has taught me that to thrive, I have to depend upon Him. I have to rely upon His strength. I need to have my eyes trained on Him, and run hard this race He has placed before me. As I keep my gaze on the prize.

No matter where God has you in this world, He longs for us all not to just survive the day. He longs for us to thrive where He has us. But, we can not do this on our own. We need Him.

Living in a country prone for earthquakes, a country where closed borders have caused the country to dry up. A country where nothing is for certain, and everything takes longer.

It would be easy to just survive, and to be honest, there are certainly days when this is all I do. Yet, no matter where we are, no matter what God has called us to…. His grace is sufficient, His strength is perfect, and we can do far better than only making it through. We can thrive and bring glory unto Him.

I challenge you to pray and ask God to help you to thrive where He has you. It may be your home town. It may be far from loved ones. It could be in a foreign land. But wherever He has you… be all there.

Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith!!!

 

How To Choose Contentment Right Where You Are

How to choose contentment right where you are. If you are feeling discouraged and discontent in your current situation, come be encouraged to find Him in your daily life.

Source: How To Choose Contentment Right Where You Are

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