In this week’s Free Lance-Star column, I shared about the importance of praying for our church leadership, especially our pastors on a regular basis.
Sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what to pray. I have found that the best thing to do in that situation is to pray God’s Word back to him.
Pray for Protection from Satan:
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
Lord, please protect my pastor from the attacks of the enemy. Enable him to be sober-minded and watchful against all the temptations and traps that Satan lays before him.
Pray for Protection from His Own Sinful Heart:
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:14-15)
Lord, please protect my pastor from the sin that tempts to destroy him. Keep his desires focused on the things of Your Kingdom and not the sins that lead to death.
For Deep Spiritual Encouragement:
For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. (Romans 1:11-12)
Lord, please encourage and strengthen my pastor as he dedicates his life to serving You and Your people. Allow him to see the fruits of his labor. Bring tangible gratitude, encouragement, and thanksgiving for his service into his life daily.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)
Lord, grant my pastor the wisdom to rightly handle the Word of God. Guide him as he prepares his sermons to the topics and passages we need to hear. Give him wisdom to provide sound counsel to those seeking help with their lives. Also grant him the wisdom he needs to lead the day-to-day aspects of the church.
For A Strong Marriage and Family:
Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church (1 Timothy 3:2-6)
Lord, protect my pastor’s marriage. Give him and his wife a deep spiritual connection and clarity of mutual purpose. Allow them to have sweet moments of romance that will strengthen their bond with one another. Draw his children towards you and protect them from the temptations of this world.
Charles Spurgeon, theologian and pastor, once said, “No one can do a truer kindness in this world than to pray for me.” I believe that is a sentiment shared by all pastors serving in our churches today.
In this week’s Saying Grace column in Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star newspaper, I shared how I came to the conclusion that it was God’s will for me to resign as Groups Director at River Club Church.
You can read that column by clicking here.
I also promised resources that you can use to further learn about how to know God’s will for you life. You will find those below.
8 Keys to Knowing God’s Will for Your Life – biblestudytools.com
Can I Know God’s Will – book by R.C. Sproul available for free at Amazon.com
How to Know God’s Will – book by Watchman Nee available for $1.50 at Amazon.com
So You Want to Know God’s Will – blog post by author Lisa Whittle
How has God revealed His will in your life? Do you have a story to share? I would love to hear from you.
In this week’s Free Lance-Star column (click here to read) I shared about the plague of human trafficking and modern day slavery.
As a mother of four little girls, it breaks my heart to think of any woman or child suffering the horrors of sex trafficking and slavery. The problem can seem like one that is too big for one person to do anything about, but when we join together to bring about awareness and to raise funds each little act can make a huge difference.
That is why I have committed to wearing a dress everyday during the month of December. Through this small act, I hope to raise awareness around this issue and to raise funds for International Justice Mission, an organization my husband and I have supported for years. Steve worked with them for two weeks in Bolivia over a decade ago, so I am confident that the funds raised will be going to a reputable group who will use the money wisely.
Will you support this effort? Either through making a donation or by joining my team and committing to wearing a dress everyday in December? One dress can truly make a difference when the woman wearing it has committed to changing the world.
You can make a donation through my personal Dressember Fundraising Page.
Want to join my team and commit to raising funds and awareness through wearing dresses in December? I would love to have you! Visit my Team Page for more information.
In this week’s Free Lance-Star column, I shared about the hilarious experience of moving my Grandmother into a senior citizens’ apartment building.
You can read that article here.
I am so blessed to still have my grandmother in my life and I am so thankful that I was able to give back to her in a very small way by helping her to move and to unpack. My grandmother has been a constant source of love and support. She has always been one of my greatest cheerleaders and biggest fans.
She stepped in to help raise me when my father left my mother. She made sure that I went to church every Sunday (and I have the perfect attendance Sunday School pins to prove it). We spent summers swimming in her pool and watching movies in her basement. We ate sun-ripened tomatoes on her back porch while watching old TV shows on her small black and white screen television.
Every Saturday was spent at the church where she served as secretary. The same church where both my mother and father and my husband and I were married. I would help her “run off the bulletins” on an old mimeograph machine––the original was typed on an old typewriter and was literally cut and pasted together.
June meant attending the church’s June Fair and November brought the Christmas Bazaar. I would help her and the other ladies prepare sweet confections to be sold.
I loved sitting on the old metal glider on her front porch while listening to her tell stories of younger years. Of how she worked in the Navy Yard in Portsmouth during the war. How she used to draw a line up the back of her legs with eyeliner so that it would look like she was wearing stockings. Of summers spent walking the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Most of all, I remember the love. The love she felt for not just myself, but everyone around her. I learned from her what it means to selflessly give to others. The world has been very blessed by Dolores Miller for almost ninety years. It is my prayer that God will continue to bless us with her love and life for many more to come.
This week’s Free Lance-Star column was a very difficult one to write. In it I recounted the difficult events that wreaked havoc in my life this past January. I have been hesitant to share this story publicly, in fear that it would cause this individual to make contact again.
I did not want to let him know the turmoil he caused. I was afraid he would think that he won. But I will not live my life in fear. I will allow God to shed His light on the things done in the darkness. The truth is, this individual did not win. God did. He won over 2,000 years ago when He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. My sins. This individual’s sins. He won when He conquered sin and death and rose from the grave to eternal life. He won when He offered that same gift to all those who would put their faith in and follow Him.
It is because of that grace that I am able to move forward in confidence. He tells us that He works all things for the good for those who love Him and have been called according to His purposes. That is why I have decided to share what happened to me and the lessons that I have learned. In the hopes that it will protect other children and families from the predators who lurk in the dark corners of the Internet.
Below you will find a link to an article that goes into great detail about the dangers of posting photos on-line. Be warned, some of the information included is graphic and disturbing. I share it though because I think it is one of the best descriptions of the depravity of these individuals. It also gives very detailed information of what types of photos not to post on-line.
Please, do whatever you can to protect yourself and your babies. Be smart. Be vigilant. But also pray for the predators and pedophiles. I cannot imagine the agony of living in darkness day in and day out. Pray that God’s love and light would break through and save them from sin and death. Pray for their victims. That God’s healing would make them whole again and that He would restore what was stolen.