30 Oct Ephesians 6:10 (persistent growth)
Posted on Thursday 30 October, 2008
Welcome God every morning before your work by taking ~5 min to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which has snippets from Living Faith (livingfaith.com). All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10
Living Faith snippets: “We need the daily power of prayer to grow in and toward the light that is God. Prayer is not a power to remove obstacles to growth; prayer is a reliance on God that he will raise us to grow through obstacles.” by Fr. James Stephen Behrens, O.C.S.O.
Rich’s comments: A personal philosophy of mine has always been to move out of my comfort zone, because this is where I will grow the most and not become stagnant. This is how the military develops their officers, moving them every 3-4 years; just enough time to learn their job and have an impact before they are transplanted to a new and more challenging environment. I see our life as disciples of Christ in much the same way. God has placed us here to grow spiritually and to learn to love as He loves. God may not be responsible for the obstacles in our life, but they do have purpose in our spiritual growth as they remind us that we need our Father in Heaven. Lord, help me to be content in my discomforts, knowing that they help me to grow closer to you. Amen.
40 Days for Life campaign (24 Sep to 2 Nov): Campaigns in 179 cities in 47 states (24/7 for 40 days). Please sign up to pray an hour in front your local abortion mill.
Our Prayers: Abortion’s end, chastity, our enemies, our troops, natural disasters, depression/ despair, dementia, cancer cure, prisoners, leaders integrity, loss of loved ones, lack of faith, Rob (St. Patrick’s parish prayer list), Tina Castle (Jason Peter’s son)
* Wed night is pray with your family night…the family that prays together, stays together!
“As humans, we move naturally in the direction of our own comfort.
As [Disciples of Christ], we learn to move through pain toward areas of discomfort. Which, is often where God grows us.” by Chad Livingston, founder and author of COUGARS Daily
Through Christ Our Lord,
* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, thereby changing us & helping others. Wayne Watson lyrics, “When God’s people pray, there is hope reborn, there is sin forgiven, and miracles you can’t explain await!” ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead & see Him.’
* Defend the unborn:
‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer
1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might lie as you wish’ Blessed Mother Teresa. Prayer to End Abortion
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for non-believers (be a friend, make a friend, lead friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service.
Let’s joyfully live out the Good News and gladly tell others about it (Mark 16:15)!