Don’t Forget To Pray

Start your day off right, and don’t forget to pray.

Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:6 NLT)

We seek His will by communicating with Him, through prayer. Much prayer, much power. Little prayer, little power. No prayer, no power. Be blessed and make it a great day!😎

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In Pursuit of Purpose

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Jeremiah 29:11
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (MSG)

Although God knows all things from the beginning, we don’t always understand what the future holds or how God is going to work things out for our good. Yet, the bible teaches us that He has it all in control and He knows what He is doing. I have no doubt of this fact. However, sometimes I wish I had a clue of how He’s going to do it or when He’s going to do it. He works in His own timing and sometimes it seems to take an extremely long time. Lord, teach us how to wait on You!

I recognize that each day is a blessing. I personally don’t want to waste one second of my 24 hour day procrastinating, or being afraid to step out of my comfort zone, or regretting my past. These are traps that paralyze us from moving forward and I refuse to get caught up in that. It is counter productive and will stifle you, if you let it. So, from this day forward, with God’s help and direction, I will make the rest of my life, the best of my life.

I refuse to allow the fear of failure, or the fear of success to hinder me. I will see every stumbling block that is placed before me, as a stepping stone, and use it to keep moving forward. It is my desire to fulfill God’s divine purpose for my life. What that actually entails, I am still discovering. I am in pursuit of purpose and walking by faith and not by sight. I will keep my eyes on the prize. I will remain focused, as I work to fulfill the dreams that God has placed in my heart. My steps are ordered by The Lord. I will make it all the way to my destiny. I will not faint or fall short. I’m all in and I’m going all the way, on this Christian journey. I will remain faithful to my calling, no matter what. – jacquelineswow

Our Daily Bread – 314th Day of the Year

Jeremiah 29:11-14

(11) I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.(12) When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. (13) When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, (14) I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed. God’s Decree. (The Message Bible)

Hope: The Story of Rizpah

In 2 Samuel 21:1-14, the story of Rizpah is presented. This is the story of a woman who is driven by an undying love for her two sons and the audacity of hope. Her sons had been killed and their bodies were left unburied. She was determined to guard the bodies of her two dead sons, no matter what the cost. She was bold enough to set up camp on a rock, located near her sons. She sat on that rock day and night; fanning away the birds by day and the animals by night. She seized the opportunity to be their hero.

She was determined to accomplish her purpose and destined to see this noble cause through, no matter how long it would take. She never spoke a word; she acted. She never complained about her circumstances; she acted. Her response was immediate. She didn’t have time to grieve. She didn’t have time to mourn. She didn’t have time to play the blame game or to find fault. She didn’t have time for a pity party.

She didn’t take the time to call her friends to seek their advice or counsel or to enlist their help. She was not a woman of means. In other words, she wasn’t affluent. She was once King Saul’s concubine (his girlfriend). But now, King Saul is dead. Who cares about this woman and her two sons? Who cares about her situation? Who is concerned about her predicament? She is in the middle of a personal crisis.

She is not a woman of influence. Maybe she used to be but not anymore. She had no power of authority but what she did have is HOPE. She was considered a nobody and no one cared what she was going through. Nobody cared what happened to her. Nobody cared how she was suffering. Nobody cared enough to help bear her burdens. Nobody cared…

She was in this thing all by herself. Have you ever had a Rizpah situation, where you felt like you were all alone? Have you ever been all by yourself, in a mess? I’ve been there. I can relate to Rizpah. I know what it’s like to try to work things out on my own, not realizing that God was waiting for me to let it go and to turn it over to Him.

For 5 months, Rizpah stood guard over her sons remains, watching over them day and night. Not once did anyone intervene to help her out. Not once did anyone step up and say, “Rizpah, I’ll take it from here” or “Rizpah, I’ll cover the day shift and you can cover the night shift”.I’m sure they all heard about it. I’m sure they were all talking about it. But, no one stepped in to do anything about it.

That is, until somebody told King David what Rizpah was doing. Then and only then did he remember that King Saul and his son Jonathan had not received a proper burial either. So, King David ordered that the 2 sons of Rizpah, the 5 sons of Michal and the bones of King Saul and Jonathan be buried. That is when Rizpah got what she was waiting and hoping and praying for; a decent burial for her sons. She received her heart’s desire.

God has not forgotten you. He will see you through. What dead situation are you dealing with? Just remember, anything dead ought to be buried and God is a very present help in the time of trouble. He may not come when you want Him, but He’s always on time.

Love and Blessings, Jacqueline