Archives for March 2013

Prayer & Praise Monday – March 11, 2013

Happy Monday, Prayer Warriors!

My pastor shared this quote recently and I thought it was a great picture of prayer:

 “Prayer pulls the rope down below and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly; others give only an occasional jerk at the rope. But he who communicates with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously with all his might..”
– Charles Surgeon –

I know I’m often guilty of timidly pulling on the rope or yankly suddenly out of desperation. Let’s begin (AND END!) our week with a bold and continuous grasp on the bell…

We have some wonderful praises to share this week!

• I just heard from Lori, Jacob’s mom. We’ve been praying for Jacob for about 6 months now as he has endured round after round of chemotherapy to fight Hodgkin’s disease. Jacob has now completed the follow-up radiation therapy and is officially in remission! He is doing well and is preparing to return to high school in April. Praise God, the great Healer! Be sure to thank the Lord for this answer to prayer and continue praying for Jacob as he transitions back to school. He is very excited but I’m sure it will be a bit overwhelming, too! Pray that his body, that has been weakened through all this will be strong to resist all the nasty bugs at school and that he will have the endurance to keep up with a heavy school load.

• My sister-in-law, Shelley, also has a praise to share. We were praying last week for her family as they are very suddenly being dislodged from the home they’ve been renting the past few years. God is good and has provided a home already! They are excited about the new place in a great family neighborhood that is very close to dear friends and will actually give them more space for their newly-expanded family! Such a blessing! Please continue to pray for them over as they pack and transition. The move is less than two weeks away!

• Sonja has asked us to pray for her and her family. Her husband was laid off from his job very unexpectantly last week. He was excited to have already been given an interview for a new job at a new company today, but then found out that the person he was interviewing with was fired last Friday – as was this new company’s CEO! Lots of changes going on and lots of uncertainty. Pray that Sonja and her husband will rest in the fact that God is not surprised by any of this at all and that He is their provider, not the paycheck. Pray that her husband can quickly find new work and that the new job would even allow him to be home more and travel less.

• Kevin (my husband) has asked us to pray for him as he prepares for a big seminar he is conducting tomorrow at his school. Other schools in the surrounding area are sending representatives to Kevin’s school to observe and learn about their one-to-one iPad program in the Junior High. Pray that Kevin will have a voice (he is fighting a little bug!) and that all the information will be shared in a clear and engaging way. Pray that the day will bring glory to God and not to Kevin or his school.

• Finally, Throne of Grace will be at a local boutique tomorrow at Crossline Church in Laguna Hills, CA. (You can get more information HERE). We would LOVE your prayers for a successful boutique! Pray that God would lead every conversation we get to have with customers and that we would be an encouragement to those we meet. Pray we would have opportunities to share the Truth of God’s Word and that the Lord would bless our sales as well.

Have a great week everyone! Don’t forget to keep tugging on that bell…our Lord is ready to answer!

Blessings in Christ,molly

Don’t Miss the Small Stuff!

You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”??

The thought behind that is that we often get caught up in the minor details of life. We allow little annoyances or even worries about what might happen take center-stage in our hearts and minds and lose sight of the big picture. In a spiritual context, we let our eyes settle in on the temporary trappings of life and fail to trust the Lord who sees life from the perspective of eternity.

Sweating the small stuff frequently traps my heart. Whether it is an unplanned interruption to my schedule for the day or a child who spills a glass of milk for the umpteenth time…even the frustration of another round of colds or flu in the house…I mean, really, it’s all small stuff!

This week it occurred to me that the opposite saying is equally true.

 Don’t MISS the small stuff!

Just as we don’t want to dwell on the small frustrations of life in a fallen world, we also need to be wary of glossing over the small blessings of a God who cares!

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After church on Sunday, my daughter, Lucy, greeted me with a tiny stem of flowers. The whole bunch was no more than 2 inches tall! It was a scene that has been repeated countless times in Lucy’s short 5 years of life, and I was just about to respond as I usually do: a glance and smile in Lucy’s direction as I quickly thanked her and shoved the flower in my pocket, hoping I would remember to toss it in the trash before my pants ended up in the washing machine!

But in that little moment, God whispered to my heart. Someday she’ll stop picking flowers for you and you’ll miss it!

Someday she, like you, will rush past the flowers in her busyness. Someday she, like you, will know that the flowers, once picked, will whither and die in a matter of hours. She, like you, will deem flower-picking to be a pointless pastime.

Sniff! It was as bad as those old Hallmark card commercials from the 80’s. An instant tear appeared in my eye as I grabbed Lucy and gave her a giant squeeze and held her face in front of mine. I wanted to remember that moment! I wanted to appreciate the big heart behind that little flower.

Don’t miss the small stuff.

It’s nothing you haven’t heard before in one form or another. But we all need reminders. I’m thankful for my little reminder this week. Even if it is already wilted! This one has been spared from the washing machine!

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What little blessings have you been brushing past this week? Maybe it’s a sunset you’ve “seen before”? Maybe it’s a friend you’ve come to take for granted? Maybe it’s the pile of bills and receipts your spouse so faithfully manages to pay and keep an accounting for?

Leave us a comment and let us know what small blessing you aren’t going to miss this week!

 

By His Grace and for His Glory,molly

Crossline Boutique

Come see Throne of Grace next week! We’ll be at the Crossline Church Spring Boutique and if you are in the southern California area, we’d love to see you!

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