Thank you God for the things I’m rubbish at, and for making me aware of those things. Thanks that there is room for improvement, for continued strengthening and sanctification until the day that we meet face to face.
If you have brain cancer and you say that standing on your head for 20 minutes every morning makes you feel better, you may feel better, but you’ll still have brain cancer and you’ll probably die from it. But if you say that you have depression, and that standing on your head for 20 minutes every morning makes you feel better, then IT’S WORKED, because depression is an illness of how you feel. And if you better, then you are effectively not depressed any more!
Urgent prayer for Ukraine
Praying friends: Join me in praying for Ukraine tonight and over this week. We must petition to God that there be NO war, and no more escalation of its conflict with Russia. I praise God that His banner over Ukraine is LOVE.
"But Moses said to the people, "Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for your oppressors whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The LORD will fight for you and you need only be silent." "Exodus 14:13-14
One way we could think about prayer is that it is like taking back ground, reclaiming God’s territory in our lives. He gets crowded out by our circumstances. It is a battle - and prayer in the New Testament is often linked with the notion of fighting. Like Ephesians 6, at the very end of the armour of God, we are instructed to “pray on all occasions”…to pray right after putting on our armour. Do it every day, and reclaim the ground that might have been lost yesterday.
Today I’m thankful for beauty…it’s not always easy to find. It can be hidden, but search deep enough and you’ll find it. Somehow, having to search for things like that makes me appreciate them more.
Today I thank Jesus for the way he has made me, strengths and flaws alike. I also thank Him that who I am is not fixed or static, but fluid and flexible - by His Holy Spirit I can do or be anything He wills me to be.