06 Jul Matthew 9:20 (patient multitasking)
Posted on Monday 06 July, 2009
Let’s welcome God every morning by reflecting on this short Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which is based on Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
A woman suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. Matthew 9:20
Living Faith snippets: “Jesus had not yet finished speaking to the disciples of John when he is met with an urgent request to raise a young girl from the dead. As he gets up to leave, however, a woman presses him with another critical need. He stops, commends her faith and heals her chronic hemorrhages. I admit that I am not always patient when I am called from one task to another and yet another, but that is why I love this passage. Jesus was pulled in many directions. He was patient. I can be, too, with God’s grace.” by Rebecca Sande
Rich’s comments: I find that the more I volunteer my time and service to the Church, the more I am asked to volunteer my efforts for additional ministries. Like Jesus, I feel pulled in many directions, but I also feel blessed. The Holy Spirit is constantly bringing me new opportunities to meet and serve others. It is through serving others that I fulfill my natural desire to feel needed. In giving of myself, I am receiving much more in return.
Faith Challenge: Let’s challenge each other to joyfully live out the Good News.
* NEW: The next time someone asks for you to pray for them, have the patience to stop what you are doing and pray with them right away.
* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images
)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously
Truth (John 14:6
) to create social tension for exposing abortion’s unjust peace…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16
) and setting the unborn free!
Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas in footnote below.
* Prayer to end abortion
, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife
politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, addictions, Carla Neal (Jonathan Barlow, Margaret Solms
, Dan, Joe and Becky), Nana Suzie (prayer of thanksgiving
for each “good day” that JP experiences).
Faith Quote: “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” by Mother Teresa
Through Christ our Lord,
* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.’
* Fasting: Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).
* 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 live as you wish’ (Blessed Mother Teresa).
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for unbelievers (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 invite others to join our LIFE Group…Rich or Pat will gladly add them to the devotions distribution list (Mark 16:15)!