One of my friends presented an idea to form a group to study God’s word and pray for each other. She came up with this idea after nine long months during a worldwide pandemic. Previously, we met when we all lived in North Carolina. I have been studying the book of Hebrews with this same group of friends.
This memory reminds me that the choices we make have the potential to transform the future. Like the word in Isaiah 40:31 says,"But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Also, our love and hope can change those around us. Also, our love and hope can change those around us. Last, we should seek every opportunity to spread the love of Christ to those we meet along the way as we trust God like the words in Romans 15:13 (NIV): “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
This prayer only grew stronger. The next morning, we drove Griselda and the kids back to their “home”. This was the moment that wrecked me. The moment when I realized that poverty is more than a word. We journeyed down a winding dirt road, stones crackled under the tires as we approached an abandoned hospital, and sure enough, this was the place they called home. Windows busted out, they lived in the tiny vacant hospital rooms, with around 40 other family members and children. I opened the car door with little Kevin asleep in my arms and I looked down at his precious face and in that moment I knew something had to be done. I couldn’t live with myself knowing this beautiful, perfect child would be sleeping with bugs, and sharing a twin sized bed with his mom and sister.
Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days:” These days, especially with the pandemic and people staying away from each other socially, technology has become the way to keep connected. Because of my medical condition and low immune system, I am completing my bachelor’s online, attending church online, and communicating with my friends online. It may not be ideal, but I am making the most of every opportunity these days, like many of us.
It took about six years to write my book, Pursuing Prayer – Being Effective in a Busy World, but that was a lot due to life circumstances that kept getting in the way – you know, just some small stuff like a few medical issues and finding out I had an autoimmune disease, both my parents’ medical issues and deaths, my husband’s open-heart surgery (with complications), and a hurricane that resulted in a flood that required all our floors to be replaced. I guess the enemy does not like when we write about things like prayer!
My daughter and family load into the SUV to take my grandson to his Lacrosse game. Arriving at the field, we find a place to sit and watch the game. This sport is fast-paced like football and soccer. However, my knowledge is limited; I know players carry and pass a ball towards the goal with a stick. The stick has a net to scoop and throw the ball. The sport requires participants to move quickly to avoid opponents, plus they need great endurance.
I met Corey Stumne at a writer's critique group we both attend. I loved that he is unassuming, down-to-earth, and personable. When I discovered he was a pastor, I was delighted! He appeared to be the type of person who people could relate to despite his job title. In other words, his personality is inviting rather than off-putting. This is a highly desirable characteristic of a pastor. Corey is also a tennis coach, a husband, and a father to two small children. I'm pleased to introduce you to the author of: The Man called Messiah.
Initially, I was fixated on recognition and accolades from my leadership team. Recognition at the time was where I placed my value. However, doing my job for recognition gave me an empty feeling. One day, I wrote the following statement on a sticky note by my desk:Don’t do it for the recognition.
What is selflessness? According to Cambridge Dictionary, the definition of selflessness is this; “caring more about what other people need or want than about what you yourself need or want.”My prayer since I became a Christian has been “Lord Jesus, let them see You not me.”You see, I am single and live alone most of the year.The only person I need to be concerned with is—me.
When we look at examples like that of the Team USA athletes playing basketball, it takes everyone working together to get the best outcome possible for the team. Even if one is actually better than the other, it takes all players doing their part in their positions, to be successful.
In taking a closer look at basketball, there are five positions to be played during the game. However, despite someone being a good shooter doesn’t mean they should negate the other players and always take that shot.
Angel Murchison is also the founder of Healing Waters Women’s Ministry. It’s Angel’s desire to bring women all across this globe to the same healing waters she experienced, the healing waters of Jesus Christ. She believes God has a purpose and a plan for every life and prayer is vital to transforming our lives.