Prayer & Praise Monday – September 9, 2013

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Happy Monday, Prayer Warriors!

I’m getting this one in just under the wire! It’s almost Tuesday! 🙂

We have entered the “busy season” for Throne of Grace and for the Garibaldi family personally. The start of school, the start of a new ministry year with church and Bible study commitments, the start of boutique season…and a few family birthdays, house guests, and trips thrown in for good measure. Oh, yeah…and then there are the holidays looming close! (And judging by the aisles at the grocery store and department stores, they are coming faster every year!)

I kind of dread Fall, yet eagerly anticipate some of my favorite events of the year at the same time! The challenge lies in looking ahead enough to plan and prepare but yet not missing the joy of the moment because I’m overwhelmed by tomorrow…or next month!

So here’s my first prayer request – for myself and for all who find themselves easily consumed by the busy Fall season:

• Please pray that we will look to the Lord to number our days aright and seek His wisdom and blessing over our calendars and commitments. (Psalm 90:12) It is easy this time of year to bite off more than we can chew or try to “power through” on our own strength rather than depending on the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and accomplish the work the Lord has prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) Pray that we will allow Him to direct our steps day-by-day. (Proverbs 16:9) Lysa TerKeurst, of Proverbs 31 Ministries, often talks about the Lord being our daily portion. He gave the Israelites wandering in the desert enough manna for each day and did not allow them to collect any beyond the day’s portion. (see Exodus 16) He wanted them to live in dependence upon their Heavenly Father for their daily bread.

“Give us this day, our DAILY bread…”
(Luke 11:3)

He wants us to do the same!

A few more prayers and praises for this week:

• Please pray for our brother and sister in Christ, Melissa and Gus, and their two young boys. These dear friends are long-term missionaries in Leon, Spain. Melissa and Gus have been home on furlough in California for the past few months and will begin the return trip to Spain this Wednesday. You remember those cute canvas tags Deb made last month? Those were for Melissa! We are grateful for the time we shared with them this summer and have been so encouraged by the ways that God is equipping them and using them to reach the very unreached people of Spain. Pray for safe travels and a smooth transition back into ministry life. Pray for Melissa and Gus to see God’s hand of provision for every need!

• Let’s continue to pray for Karen as she serves for two more weeks in Tanzania. Karen is serving alongside her brother and sister-in-law and partnering with Hope of the Nations. You can read more about Karen’s mission trip on last week’s Prayer & Praise post HERE.

• Last but not least, I would love to have our prayer warriors join the Throne of Grace team in praying for those suffering through the pain of infertility. It has been heavy on my heart lately as we have sold 10 sets of prayer cards just in the past month in our line of products related to infertility and adoption! Those 10 sets sold represent 9 different customers reaching out to receive some encouragement and blessing from God’s Word. Let’s lift those hurting couples up to the Lord this week. Pray with me that their purchases will indeed be a source of blessing and hope and that they would be drawn closer to Christ as the source of all comfort. Pray that in the Lord’s will and perfect timing, He will open the wombs of these women for their good and for His glory!

Thanks, as always, for joining us before the Throne of Grace! It is wonderful to be able to offer this ministry of prayer and to know that we have faithful prayer warriors around the nation – and the world! – interceding with us.

May the Lord be your daily portion this week!

Blessings in Christ,molly

Orphan Care Night Recap

Last month I wrote about how adoption has been on my mind a lot lately…it still is.  No, we don’t have a referral yet, but we are still eagerly waiting on God’s timing to reveal who our next kiddo is.  China redid their computer system for their adoption program in May and they are still working out the kinks which has slowed things down.  They were able to release a list last week, but we weren’t matched.  A woman at church yesterday reminded me that God is never late…those words were so encouraging to me!

In the meantime, though, our church hosted an Orphan Care Night.  I must admit I was a little emotional about going at first.  On the way home from the morning service that day I confessed to my husband that I was disappointed that we didn’t have a referral yet and that I didn’t feel like going to the event later that evening.  I have learned to share these thoughts with my husband instead of hiding them.  He spoke words of encouragement and promised to pray for my heart to change…and it did!

When I arrived I actually did get emotional, but for a very different reason.  I saw dear girl friends all around who had gone through the adoption journey.  I was overwhelmed with the gift that these women have been to me!  They understand the process and get the emotions I feel.

I had Ray snap this pic of Lesily and me.  She has adopted 2 boys and has been such an amazing friend (waiting for #3!).  Love her!  (Totally random, but there is a guy carrying a table on his head in the background, hehe!)

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There was a market space set up for some small businesses and ministries that serve orphans.  Molly and her sister Emmy ran the Throne of Grace booth and Molly donated a portion of her sales that night to our church’s orphan care fund…so sweet!  (Molly graciously gave me the night off so I could enjoy the event.  Thanks, Molly!)

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I had to grab a pic of Joy and her daddy.  She was recently adopted from China and I adore her (can’t wait to meet her sister Linda who arrived home last week from China!).

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We all gathered in the sanctuary for the program portion of the evening.  One of our pastors, Matt, shared about our motivation for adopting and/or helping orphans.  He and his wife Brianne have been an amazing testimony to me of having a huge heart for orphans.  Love them too!

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Then several families from our church got up and shared about their different experiences with orphan care.  Each story was unique.  It is amazing to see how God is using families in our church to meet the needs of these little ones!

Here are Joy’s parents sharing their amazing story (you can read more about their journey HERE.

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Here our Senior Pastor and his wife shared about foster care:

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After the program, you could go back out to the marketplace and shop or talk to different ministries.  Compassion International was there and we finally signed up to sponsor a child (what took us so long?).  There was a silent auction as well and some of the bidding got intense!

The night was so amazing and I enjoyed it so much!  Our church was able to raise money for the orphan care fund which was awesome!  I am so thankful that God led us to this church body.  We have been so blessed to have such dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

As I write this, I am mourning the loss of our dear wonderful pastor and friend Rick Wilson.  He was our pastor for 13 years while we lived in Dayton, Ohio.  He died suddenly last Friday morning at the age of 52.  He leaves behind his beautiful wife and 4 children.  My heart aches for his family as well as my church family back at Grace Covenant Church.  We loved our time at GCC and this week California feels so very far away.  Rick and his wife Deb were instrumental in both Ray’s and my walk with Christ.  They loved us and challenged us.   Rick loved his wife Deb beyond words…every time he looked at her, his face revealed his total admiration for his bride.  I have so many sweet memories of Rick and I am so thankful to have known him.  He loved his flock and loved his Savior even more.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep…therefore, encourage one another with these words.
(I Thessalonians 4:13-14, 18 ESV)

Love,deb

Prayer & Praise Monday – July 8, 2013

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Good morning, Prayer Warriors!

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
(John 14:13-14 ESV)

This weekend I received a fabulous devotion in my Inbox from Proverbs 31 Ministries. It was written by Sharon Glasgow, who I’ve now determined, is a kindred spirit! Her devotion, entitled, ”Changing History through Prayer”, is a powerful reminder of the far-reaching effects of prayer.

In her short article, Sharon gives many examples of women who were faithful prayer warriors on behalf of their children, dedicating them daily to the Lord. These children grew to be adults who impacted their generation (and many generations after!) for Christ.

I highly encourage you to take 2 minutes to read it for yourself. You can find “Changing History through Prayer” HERE

Don’t you want your prayers to have that kind of impact for God’s kingdom? I do! Whether you have children of your own to pray for or not, the children of this generation need our prayers! Pick a child or two that you can be committed to praying for THIS WEEK!

Here are a few other ways you can join us in prayer this week:

• Pray for Troy! Her surgery to remove her brain tumor is today! Please pray that the Lord would guide the hands of the surgeon to get every bit of that tumor and not any bit more! Pray God would give Troy a successful surgery and complete healing. Pray that Troy would experience the peace and joy that only God can give through this whole process. Finally, pray that Troy would see God meeting all her practical needs during her recovery!

• As Deb shared recently here on the blog, she and her family are in the process of adopting from China. Please pray for Deb and her family through this process. Pray that the new system for adoptions in China will be up and running soon! No new referrals (matches with a waiting orphan) have been given since May 23rd and the new system was supposed to be up June 1st but has faced major delays!

• I would appreciate your prayers for my family as we will be traveling over the next two weeks to Colorado for a large family reunion. Around 35 family members from all around the country! This is only our second family vacation in 8 years so it is a BIG deal for us and very exciting! It’s also the first trip on an airplane for the kids – at least that they can remember! Please pray for safety as we travel by plane, train, car, and river raft! J Please pray also that we make the most of every opportunity God gives us on the trip – whether that is to explore the beauty of God’s creation, to dig a little deeper into one another’s hearts, or to share the love of Christ with others!

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July celebrations and had a safe and relaxing holiday! I’ll be back for Throne of Grace Thursday with my thoughts on worship!

By His Grace and for His Glory,molly