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ON . . . INTERCESSORY . . . P R A Y – – I N G

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GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS.

All believers have the same assurance from God  as does Jeremiah:  Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.  [Jeremiah 33:3]

Our Father always gives us more than we ask [Ephesians 3:20], so when we appropriate this scripture from the book of Jeremiah, we learn that not only will God answer us, but he will show us great and mighty things,  “fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand)”  Amplified  in other words,  “I’ll tell you marvelous and wonderful things that you could never figure out on your own.”  Message  To use the vernacular,  He will blow  our minds!

Therefore, we must get ready to receive.

PRAY BEFORE YOU PRAY.

Get yourself in an attitude to receive answers and insight.  This means ridding your mind of preconceived answers and being open to God’s response – – whatever it is and however he communicates it.  Psalm 19:14 is a good prayer to pray be fore you pray:  Let the words  of  my mouth and the meditation of my heart  be acceptable in thy sight.  O Lord,   my  strength and my redeemer.  You want to pray the scripture, that is,    you  fashion your prayers so that you pray God’s Word back to him .  For he promises that  HIS  Word – – not  yours – – will accomplish what he sends it to do and not return to him void.  [Isaiah 55:11]

INTERCEDE FOR YOUR SELF,  F I R S T !

Search me O God,  and know my heart;

Try me, and know my thoughts;

And see if there be any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.  [Psalms 139:23-24]

NOW,  INTERCEDE FOR THE NEEDS OF OTHERS – – FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, ENEMIES – – AS THE HOLY SPIRIT PROMPTS YOU.

May the following list of needs and appropriate scriptural suggestions be useful to your intercession as you incorporate the scripture as a part of your prayer.  Also, insert, appropriately, the name of the person(s) for whom you are praying.

Here you go for starters!

SALVATION  – JOHN 3:16

For God so loved [ insert the person’s name:  your s or someone else’s ]  that he gave his only begotten son that  [not whosoever will, but the person’s name] may have everlasting life.

MERCY    –     PSALMS 119:38

Lord, I entreat your favor with my whole heart, be merciful to [name] according to your word.

FAITH     –     1 JOHN 5:14

And this is the confidence that  [name has] in Him, that, if [name] asks any thing according to His will, he hears.

SICKNESS     –     MATTHEW  8:17

He himself took [name] infirmities and bore [name] sickness.

LONELINESS     –     HEBREWS 13:5

I will never leave [name] nor forsake you.

AFRAID     –     PSALMS 56:3

When [name is] afraid, [name] will trust in Thee.

HUMILITY     –     MICAH 6:8

And what does the Lord require of  [name], but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with  [your] God?

LOVE     –     JOHN 15:9

(Jesus) As the Father loved me, I also have loved [name ]; abide in my love.

PRAISE     –    PSALMS 34:1

[NAME ] will bless the Lord at all times.  His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

END YOUR  SEASON OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER WITH THANKSGIVING!

PHILIPPIANS 4:6

With thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.

PRAY YOUR WAY THROUGH THE DAY!

WATCH FOR THE GREAT AND WONDERFUL THINGS

OUR FATHER WILL SHOW YOU!

 

S&S Call Encounter Notes: THE X – FACTOR

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At this time on our annual cultural calendar, we collectively—secular and Christian alike, — recognize a special season.  For secularists, it is Xmas, i.e.,   a satiating time of astute  commercialism,  hedonic consumerism and gormandizing consumption.

For  Christians, it is  Christmas, i.e.,  Christ – mass:  a designated  time for special worship service –“mass”—to focus upon Christ.    Christians see  great and constant reminders of  “Christ”  in the word  “Xmas” that  appear prominently in media. For Christians, the X, of course, represents Christ. The  “X”  was commonly used  an abbreviation for Christ  because it is the first letter of the Greek spelling of his name : Χριστός.  Repeated use by media of  “Xmas” re-enforces the representation.

Do you have someone in your life to whom you intimately refer by the first letter of his/her name?  Dee, Kay?  Jay-Z ?  This practice suggests an intimacy that soothingly coddles the friendship between you.  It is a direct line /short cut to intimacy with a friend/loved one.  Consider the following Christmas story as a memoir of such an intimacy.

Momma’s Last Christmas

Stricken by a major stroke seven months earlier, Momma lay motionless in her home hospital bed.  She was queenly resplendent in her turquoise silk bed jacket.  Only her mouth and eyes could communicate the strength of her eighty-year old soul.  Her eyes spoke to her nine  year- old granddaughter.  They said:

I love you.  I have lavished my love upon you since your first day on earth because I know I will not see you/ help you grow into the fine young woman that you will become.  That is why I have taught you precious lessons:  how to love your parents, how to love God and rely on him in every THING that happens to you.  Because God has shown me that you will handle money, I have taught you to be my  personal banker, and  had you depositing my social security checks—all by yourself.   The tellers know you and ,  despite your youth, they respect your serious, business-like demeanor.  I have taught you to respect and obey your parents—even though sometimes behind your back I pleaded/argued/threatened for their leniency.   Behind your back, mind you!    Yes, I have spoiled you—lovingly, as is the duty of all  conscientious  grandparents.  After all, I am spoiling you for two, since your granddaddy never got to hold you in his arms before he died.  I love you, baby girl.

Momma’s eyes spoke “Thank you” to her handsome son-in-law who quickly and dutifully responded to her every need—even before her last stroke.  His caring attentiveness made some people opine mistakenly.  “No,”  they said .  “She must be HIS mother because she sits in the FRONT seat beside him in the car.  No mother-in-law would have that honored seat while the wife sat in the back seat of the car.  No way!  She’s HIS mother, not the wife’s!”  Her eyes said to him:  You are such a good son.  I could not love you more if you were my natural son. I thank God for your presence in my waning years.  I am satisfied that you will protect/provide for my daughter and my granddaughter with your very own life.

Her eyes said to her dear daughter:  I don’t want to leave you, but my Father is just about ready for me to come home.  The glimpse I have of my new home is beautiful.  Soon I must go, and I will cheer you on your journey to meet me there.  We will be together again, never to part.  I will be leaving you very soon, but my love will remain and will sustain you for as long as you live.  What I have told you will not fade from your memory, and it will help you as you face the challenges of life.  I will always love you wherever I am, even when I go to be with my Father.

Momma’s last Christmas was filled with song.  Although her mouth could not speak to us, not even to her beloved granddaughter, she sang extemporaneously with a seemingly phantom choir.  Her voice was angelic:  liltingly loud.  “Come quickly, Momma’s singing!” someone would  say.  Members of her church family, whom she had mentored so spiritually, called intermittently hoping, requesting that the telephone be placed near her bed,   just to hear her singing.

One precious family memory is that of the St. James Church Christmas Carolers who came to her home to sing for her.  The family was used to going caroling with the group:  for shut-ins, at nursing homes, at designated locations in the community.  This time the carolers came to the family’s house, gathered outside Momma’s raised front bedroom window and serenaded her through the screen.  She heard them, and her eyes smiled as they sang familiar tunes.  A playlist of Momma’s favorite songs keeps the memory fresh.  Psalm 34 reflects Momma’s Testimony.

Hear her voice:

I bless God every chance I get;

my lungs expand with his praise.

I live and breathe God;

if  things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy.

join me in spreading the news,

together   let’s get the word out.

God met me more than halfway,

he freed me from my anxious fears.

Look at him; give him your warmest smile.

never   hide your feelings from him.

When I was desperate, I called out,

and God got me out of a tight spot.

God’s angel sets up a circle

of   protection around us while we pray.

Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see – –

how   good  God  is.

 Blessed are you who run to him.

Worship God if you want the best,

Worship opens doors to all his goodness.

Young lions on the prowl get hungry,

But God- seekers are full of God.

Come,   children,  listen closely;

I’ll give you a lesson in God-worship.

Who out there has a lust for life?

Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty?

Guard your tongue from profanity,

and  no more lying through your teeth.

Turn your back on sin; do something good.

Embrace peace – -don’t let it get away!

God keeps an eye on his friends,

his ears pick up every moan and groan.

God won’t put up with rebels;

he’ll  cull them from the pack.

Is anyone crying for help?  God is listening,

ready   to rescue you.

If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;

if  you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

Disciples so often get into trouble;

still,  God is there every time.

He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone;

not even a finger gets broken.

 The wicked commit slow suicide;

they waste their lives hating the good.

God pays for each slave’s freedom;

no one who runs to him loses out.

– – Message

 

S&S Call Encounter Notes: FRIENDS

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Who are your friends?  Do you actually like them?  Do you even love them sometimes?   The Bible says we should love them at all times.  [Proverbs 17:17]  You and I are friends;  we are a special kind of friends.  We are the kind of friends that Jesus talks about, those who keep his commandments.  [John15:14]  What is his basic commandment in this context:  that we love one another as he has loved us.  [John15:12]  Remember, he gave his life for us- -the ultimate sacrifice!  In fact, in Jesus says there is no greater love than this:  that a person would give up her life for her friend.  [John 15:13]   Loving as Jesus loved- -putting your life on the line for your friends – – is the best way to love.  Although this kind of love probably will  not demand your physical life, it may demand, at various inopportune times, your talent, your time , and your treasure.  Nevertheless,  friends are unselfish; they help each other.

A friend who is strong in a certain area helps her friend who is weak — in that same area– to bear her infirmities, her burdens.  [Romans 15:1]  More poignantly, a “strong” friend discerns when a “weak” friend needs some “coming alongside” strength.  There is nothing wrong with being especially discerning about the welfare of a friend.  Apostle Paul encourages friends, as we have opportunity, to do good to all persons, especially those who are of the household of faith.  [Galatians 6:10]  According to another version of the same scripture:  Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people who are closest to us in the community of faith.  [Message]  In my own words,  As we have opportunity, as it comes to our attention, let us care for/do good unto those who are our acquaintances, especially those who travel with us on this journey, those who are believers.  The Amplified   version says it best: 

So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do

good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable

to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and

advantage].  Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of

the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with

you, the believers].

As, friends, we are sometimes strong and sometimes weak, but we are not all strong or all weak at the same time.

From this background, may I solicit your personal intercession for some friends who are weak right now?  They are “going through some thing” and they need some “come alongside” strength.  I present to you these groups of our friends:

Group #1   –  A mother and father whose exhilarated happiness upon the

birth of their first child has been tempered by learning that

their infant son faces severe developmental issues

Group #2    –  A family concerned for a seasoned educator and local doyen

who lost her house and all of its contents because of a

kitchen fire.  She was unharmed, physically.

Group #3   –   Two young entrepreneurs, each of whom has stepped out on

her faith and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit to start

her own business

Group #4    –   Two friends, each working while waiting for God to move

definitively as they consider/make their career/life choices

Group #5    –   Three friends who are dealing with family issues regarding

the health and the death of treasured loved ones

Group #6    =   Friends who are dealing with addictions

[Addiction  –  any thing/ person/ activity that takes our

time,  attention, and talent away from the things of God]

Praise God for your intercession and his faithfulness!

As you walk with the Lord today,  be  a  friend !

S&S Call Encounter Notes: PRAYER

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Are you a pray-er?
Wonder Woman had her power stance.
Are you in a continuous posture of prayer? Try it! It’ll energize your life.

Prayer   is talking with  God;  it is not talking  to God.

Talking with God is a conversation that involves  two persons.

Talking with God involves two-way communication.

Talking with God involves speaking and hearing.

Talking with God involves saying what you have to say as well as

          hearing/listening to/responding to what God has to say.

Sample responses  –  listening, emotion [weeping, smiling], awe/sanctified silence, praise

                                       action [forgiving someone, feeding/responding to the needy,

                                       starting a movement]

Consider these excerpts from Unger’s Bible Dictionary:  Prayer is

  • “the heart’s converse with God”

  • “close communion with God”

  • “submission to the will of God”

Remember Luke 18:1    –     Wo/man ought to always pray, and not faint.  Then consider, further, these excerpts from  the definition in the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.  Prayer is

  • “dialogue between God and his people, especially his covenant people”

  • “dialogue is essential to prayer”

Prayer is often talking to God for/about yourself , your condition.  Whether you are burdened, carrying baggage or just weary,  God invites you to allow him to relieve you.    Listen to the Word:

             Cast all your anxiety upon him because he cares for you.      1 Peter 5:7  Message

Prayer is often talking to God for/about others, their condition. Scripture admonishes us that we, then [having gotten rid of our own impediments], that are strong, ought to bear the infirmities of the weak.   [Romans 15:1]  Now from your position of strength, advocate for your weaker sister or brother.   In this regard, two of our Encounter Call friends need your intercession.  Woman #1 is undergoing the health challenges surrounding major surgery.  Intercede / pray for her in the spirit of Isaiah 53:5  [ . . .  by his stripes we are healed].   Woman #2  is dealing with the death and funeral of the dearly precious matriarch of her family.  In the spirit of  2 Corinthians 1:3,  pray for her  and her family.

***Poem in Honor of A Sainted Believer Who Died in the Lord***

THE WORD OF MY HEART

Margy Rauls

When my  situation is so

That the words of my mouth can no longer flow,

When my life is ebbing away,

My heart—alone—will have something to say.

My heart—alone—will be able to articulate,

Express my desires, and communicate.

My heart will always say, “Jesus”—

And Jehovah Jireh will intercede,

Taking care of me and my every need.

My heart will always say, “Jesus”—

And Jehovah Shalom will bring peace to me,

Allaying my fears and setting me free.

My heart will always say “Jesus”—and

El Roi’s arms will hold me tight.

El Shaddai will nourish me throughout my night.

Jehovah Rophe will bring his healing power

And Jehovah Makeddesh will wash me in his sanctified shower.

My lips need not form a word,

As long as the Word of my heart is heard.  My Deliverer will set my affairs straight,

And my Shepherd—Jehovah Rohi—will guide me through the heavenly gate.

May God  lead you to someone  you can pray for as you journey!

S&S Encounter Notes: Meditations on P E A C E

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CONFERENCE CALL ENCOUNTER

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JESUS ,  THE PRINCE OF PEACE

He is our peace.  Ephesians 2:14

MEDITATIONS  on PEACE

JOHN 14:27  –   Peace I leave with you,

                             my peace I give unto you;

                             not as the world giveth, give I unto you.

                             Let not your heart be troubled,  neither let it be afraid.

Luke 1:78-79     . . . the dayspring from on high [Jesus Christ ] hath visited us,

                                  To give light unto them who sit in darkness

                                  and in the shadow  of death,

                                  to guide our feet in the way of peace.

Philippians 4:7    And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,

                              shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Romans 14:19    Let us, therefore, follow after the things which make for peace,

                             And things with which one may edify another.

MUSINGS  on  PEACE

Rudyard Kipling’s “If”

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

THE  PEACE PRAYER of ST. FRANCIS

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

THE SERENITY  [ PEACE ]  PRAYER

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.

 May  you  have  P E A C E  in  the  face  of  adversity  on  your  journey!

Notes from S&S Call Encounter #7

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A Time of Intercession

Father God, in the name of Jesus, I come boldly to your throne and seek your favor, grace and mercy for your daughters who love you and whom you have called according to your purpose and for your glory.  Empower me to encourage them, to speak life into their fledgling and flagging strides toward powerful maturity in your Word.  May they be strengthened in their innermost parts.  May they walk in the newness of their fresh resolve to think of your thoughts,  work in your ways and rely on your promises.  May they be all – -whomever and whatever, everything–you have called them to be.  I thank you for your faithfulness,  for the manifestation of your power with which you will invade their lives.
Let it be so:  Shine,   Father,   Shine!

Amen.

Praying the Word for you now and continually in the spirit of these scriptures:

against “stinking thinking” – –  2 Corinthians 10:3-5
      For though we walk in flesh, we do not war after the flesh
      (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through
      God for the pulling down of strongholds), casting down imaginations,
      and every high thing that exalts  itself against the knowledge of God,
      and bringing into captivity eery thought to the obedience of Christ.
for “right” thinking – – Philippians 4:8
      Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
      whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
      whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report;
      if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
      think on these things.

for confidence – – Philippians 4:6

       Be anxious for no – thing, but in every – thing,
       by prayer and supplication  with thanksgiving,
       let your requests be made known unto God.
       And the peace of God, which passes all understanding,
       shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
for stamina – –Galatians 6:9
       And let us not be weary in well-doing, for we shall reap,
       if we faint not.

for peace of mind – – Philippians 4:11, 19

        I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.
        But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory
by Christ Jesus.

Daughters of God,  Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might!

– – Ephesians 6: 10 

Notes from S&S Call Encounter #6

A BELIEVER’S CONFIDENCE
This morning when I rose, I didn’t have no doubts! [3X]

I know the will take care of me.

I know the Lord will provide for me.

I know the Lord will lead and guide me all the way.

                 SCRIPTURE FOCUS

I,  [insert your  name],  can do  [insert your thing(s)]   through Christ who strengthens me.    (See Philippians 4:13)

  AFFIRMATION from SCRIPTURE

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, to them who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 NKJV).

In other words, we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good  (The Message).  Believers are, therefore, more than conquerors through him that loved us (Romans 8:37).  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us; and if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.  (1 John 5:14-15)

                             APPLICATION of SCRIPTURE
If we believe that all the promises of God in Christ are Yea and Amen
(2 Corinthians 1:20), then we must apply the words of scripture to our particular circumstance.  We must speak the appropriate words that encourage ourselves to act boldly as did David at Ziklag (1 Samuel 30:6).  The Word instructs us who have faith in God to say aloud the promises we wish to appropriate.
Consider Mark 11:22-23 where Jesus, himself,  says:
                      Have faith in God.
                      For very truly I say unto you,
                      Whosoever shall say unto this mountain,
                      Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea;
                      and shall not doubt in his heart,
                      but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass,
                      he shall have whatever he says.
May the Holy Spirit  empower our mouths to speak his promises to ourselves and for the benefit of others.

S&S Call Encounter #5

Meditative Nugget: “The only place wherein fear can operate is the empty space
where faith should be.”
                                                  Today’s Topic  –  P R A I S E !

Psalm 146: 3-5 – Don’t put your life in the hands of experts who know nothing of
life, of salvation life.  Mere humans don’t have what it takes; when
they die, their projects die with them.  Instead get help from the
God of Jacob, put your hope in God and know real blessing!

                                                                          – -The Message

Matthew 6:33 – But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His

righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all
these things taken together will be given to you besides.

                                                                          – – Amplified Bible
Psalm 22:3 – But thou art holy, O thou who inhabitest the praise of Israel!
Some Praise Points  –  “the pulling of the Holy Spirit” Psalm134:1-14, esp. v. 7
                                 – “this preparation period, showing things I need to know
                                   about myself, my life, Him” John 14:26, 16:13c
                                – “validating of my professional process” Jeremiah 29:11-13
                                – “creation awesomeness,” “millions of intricacies,” “wow
                                   moments”  Psalm 8
                                – “unlimited chances to ‘get it right’ in big and small areas of
                                   life”  Romans 4:7
                                – “good health in old age” Psalm 91:14-16
                                – “maturing intimacy between God and me”
                                Philippians   3:13-14
The Goal –  Be like the formerly blind Bartimaeus:  Don’t let fear silence your holler!
                                    Luke 18:35-43  
Benediction  –  May you have a song of praise such as this in your heart and on
                        your lips:
                        I love you!  I love you!  I love you , Lord, today!
                        Because you care for me in such a special way
                        That’s why I praise you! I lift you up!  And I magnify your name!
                        That’s why my heart is filled with praise!
                                                          Hallelujah!

S&S Conference Call Encounter #4

Three Steps to Accessing Spiritual Liberty

Confession  -to self, Leviticus 5:5; to God, 1 John 1:9; to others, James 5:16

ForgivenessJames 1:9

Obedience  –  1 Peter 1:13-18

So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives.  Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing.  You didn’t know any better then, you do now.  As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life.  [see The MESSAGE Bible]

Praying for One Another

Request #1 – for parenting co-workers who seek to provide firm guidance [Proverbs 22:6, 15] for their disobedient, rebellious teenage son so that in the military academy he will acquire the discipline he needs

Requests #2 and #3 –  for her friend whose fiance was killed in a car accident that God will hear her groans [Romans 8:26] and that he will empower her to be closer than a sibling to her friend [Proverbs 18:24]
for herself in this period of transition, that she will make the right decision, being led in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake
Request #4 and #5 –  for all persons involved in the “schooling” process to have the promise of Proverbs 3:5-6 and the covering of Proverbs 1:33 for their safety in the face of school violence.
Stay lifted up!

Spirit & Serendipity Call Encounter #3

In My Ear  –“What pain, what LABOR to secure my soul from endless death.”
                                                  Hymn #170
               Father, I stretch my hands to thee, no other help I know;
               If thou withdraw thyself from me, Ah! whither shall I go?
               What did thine only Son endure before I drew my breath!
               What pain, what labor, to secure my soul from endless death!
                Author of faith, to thee I lift my weary, longing eyes;
                O let me now receive that gift, my soul without it dies!
 Segue  –  Freedom (from the power of sin; the ability to deny oneself in the interest

of pleasing  God and glorifying God) is free but not cheap.

In My Spirit  –  Scriptures for us to contemplate as we prepare to enjoy Labor Day

                The Scripture (Word of God) says:  God has given us all things richly
                to enjoy.  1 Timothy 6:17
                                                     and it also says
                 Lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge
                 Him, and He will direct your paths.    Proverbs 3:5-6
                                                     and it says
                 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these
                 things will be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33
Urgent Intercessory Prayer Requests
                 –for comfort for Woman #1 and her family during their bereavement over the death of her mother  [see 2 Corinthians 1:3-4]
                 –for Woman #2 physical, spiritual and intellectual fortitude as she bravely, simultaneously and successfully juggles the demands
                    of both continuing to work and of resuming her studies at New Brunswick Theological  Seminary  [see James 1:5-6]
           
God bless you each on your journey!