If you have lived with someone who has intense medical needs you know what it means to be on high alert. You have to sleep lightly, ready to come to their aid…
Or you need an organ transplant and you are on the list, waiting and, theoretically, ready…
Or you live near a creek or rover that routinely floods during the Spring rains and your house or animals are too close to the banks…
Or you live near the various wildfires, never knowing when the wind will shift and it will be your turn to evacuate…
Or there are layoffs in your company and the entire process is taking a year or more and you are waiting, not knowing, when or if that day will come…
Living on high alert is exhausting. We aren’t meant to be able to do it long term. When God tells us to rest, He means it. As our Creator, He knows how He made us.
Where, when, how, and how often do you rest?
When we sleep, we are more relaxed and our minds release the struggles of the day. Rest is so important for our bodies and our minds and our spirits.
Sometimes, the busyness of the day has fallen away, but the mind hasn’t unwound enough before sleep. There are times when rest is interrupted by a midnight prompting.
For me, a midnight prompting is a situation I need to pray for. I may not know any specific need for this person or situation. But I know God knows what they need, so I ask God to cover their needs and be with them during this time. I might follow up with them during the week to check in on them, but I don’t always. I probably should follow up more than I do, but life gets crazy and I get distracted.
Have you ever received a “midnight prompting” to pray for someone? Did you pray? Did you follow up?
Create the things you wish existed.
I saw that quote last summer and it caught my attention.
God creates us each with certain abilities and interests, and, as we grow up in life and in faith, we also develop ideas. These ideas about what we like and don’t like can help ignite our interests and, finally, our passions. Our life experiences, and how we respond to them, also help determine where we are headed.
What are you passionate about?
Sometimes passions can become obsessions, so take note of that. I definitely have gone overboard on a thing or two in my life. But, have you thanked God for your innate abilities and your interests? Have you ever asked Him why you have been designed the way you have been designed? Have you asked Him to show you how to best use this unique collection of your gifts, inclinations, and experiences in a way that honors Him? Your perspective, interest, and experience are unique!
You are here for a reason. It doesn’t have to be something the world considers big. But your presence matters. You matter. If you aren’t clear on your next move, ask God to give you the next step. The next right thing, as I have heard. Or even, simply, the next thing.
And then go do it!
While it is important for everyone to have their own relationship God, you may have noticed a few people in your life who are still thinking that idea over. They aren’t entirely sure about God, but they continue to check in with you. They might ask you to pray about something. They might seek your words of encouragement or advice. Or they might just like hanging out with you because you they sense something a little different in your countenance or approach to troubles in life.
Oftentimes, the first encounter unbelievers have with God is through believers God places in their path. That is you!
So, yes, pay attention to how you express yourself as well as make sure you are drawing your strength and perspective from the Father and through His Word. God uses these human connection points in so many ways. We need to be ready to be “interrupted” as well as be in community with others. We may never know exactly what God is up to, but we know it will be good things. So that new friend, new co-worker, or new person in your life? They may be there for you, they may be there for their own benefit and growth, but you can be sure that God is using your connection to work on something in them or in you!
God’s blessings on your day!
and hearts compelled to pray for those in our lives, especially those who are struggling. If we are shown a circumstance that might need action on our part, help us to step out and inquire in a loving way.
How can I help?
Forgive us when we see needs but don’t check in. It happens. Sometimes we miss the signs, but, other times, we sense are not in a position to help, or we are flat out unwilling. Give us the wisdom about when to gently ask, when to act, when to intercede, when to show up and help share the load.
All of those struggling with weather related issues. All around the world there are natural disasters that destroy lives and property. Be with those who have experienced that kind of loss — property, employment, health, and loved ones. Dealing with insurance companies is exhausting, but not having insurance creates other challenges.
Help us show Your love and provision as we step up to help our neighbor. Give us eyes to see the needs arounds us — in our community, state, and in our world. How can we better share our resources to lighten the burdens that other bear?
all the people in my life who are struggling with various difficulties:
my friend who recently had heart transplant surgery…
my friends whose daughter recently died from an accidental overdose…
my family members whose spouses both died within the last year…
my family members whose parents have recently died…
my friend who is struggling with serious depression and adjusting to medications…
my neighbor who had a cancerous kidney removed recently…
my friends who are struggling with finances and employment…
my friends dealing with the needs of aging parents…
my friends who have been struggling with heart issues and procedures and lack of energy…
my friend’s mother-in-law’s recent tumor scare…
and those who have not shared their struggles…
I don’t always sit well with those who are grieving. I think it is because I feel so much of their pain that I don’t know what to do with those feelings. However, just because I may not be a helpful presence, it doesn’t mean that these people and their struggles are not at the top of my mind and prayer list. I turn my deep feelings into prayers on behalf of those struggling. We all know people who are struggling with deep grief. How do you share that burden with your friends and family?
Today I am praying for all of the people I am related to by blood or law. It’s such a long list. I am not sure how often some of these folks pray — for themselves or others — because everyone is in a different place in their relationship with God and it is my privilege to pray for them! I love them each and so I pray for :
their relationship with God, May they grow in their knowledge of His love for them and their need for a Savior.
perseverance through trials
mental and emotional health
good relationships with the people they love and care about
their jobs and studies
I typically start with my husband, our children, and the grandchildren. Then I move on to my siblings and their spouses and their children. Then my husband’s siblings and spouses and children and grandchildren. Then the living aunts and uncles on both sides and then all the cousins and their families. Then I move onto the next round of second and third cousins on my side and then to those on Don’s side. I don’t necessarily list everyone’s names the further down the line I go because I actually don’t know or remember all the kids of all the cousins but I typically will say the head of the family and ask God to bless those who fall under that family line. Honestly, it all depends on the time I have that day. And it may not always be a formal prayer time. If they cross my mind during a day, I might just ask God to bless their day and their situation. Formal prayer time is great, but I would rather think of my day as one long conversation with God.
The birds are singing so sweetly this morning. The coffee tastes great. And I am thankful to be back home after a week of traveling for work.
Please be with all those who are running small, family businesses! From the day-to-day details to the big picture plan to the finances — t’s a lot to juggle, particularly in the last three years with all of the pandemic challenges.
Please grant Your wisdom in decisions and the energy and discernment about where the efforts should be invested. Help the people who are looking for particular goods and services find the businesses that match their needs. Help satisfied customers share their experiences so positive words are circulating and a good reputation grows stronger.
And, finally, help the business owners to be able to rest. The last several years has taken quite a bit of energy in trying to figure out what can work with supply chain and other restrictions. Thank you for always providing and paving the way!
Please be with those we know who are struggling with physical and mental illness. Please be with the doctors as they diagnose and treat. Please be with the patient as their bodies and minds respond to the medication and therapy and head towards healing. Please be with friends and family members who love and support and encourage the patient.
We ask for Your love and compassion to be poured out on those who are learning that their condition is incurable. May they find comfort in You and, if they don’t know You, may they be drawn to You. May we find ways to be of service to those who are walking this road in our circle.
Only You know the number of our days. May we have courage to share our faith in You when we are in a position to, entrusting those we love into Your care and continue to intercede for them even if their hearts are not ready to receive You. May we never grow weary of interceding for others. Give us eyes to see the needs of those around us.