Numbers 11:11 (halve your sorrow, double your joy!)

03 Aug Numbers 11:11 (halve your sorrow, double your joy!)

Let’s welcome God this morning by reflecting on this short Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (, 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

“Why do you treat your servant so badly?” Moses asked the Lord. Numbers 11:11 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “Moses is so frustrated, carrying the burden of the Israelites on his shoulders alone! We may feel the same way sometimes, whether the burden is an unruly child, an aging parent or an unmotivated staff. God sends Moses the tribe’s seventy elders to share and lighten his burden. A Spanish proverb tells us, “Joy shared is doubled; sorrow shared is halved.” God sends us people to share our burdens too, but if our eyes are turned inward or looking at the ground, we will never see them.” by Heather Wilson

Faith Challenge: Let’s invite others to join the LIFE Group (~200 Christians).
* NEW: “Look around today to see whom God has sent you…either to halve your sorrow or double your joy.” by Heather Wilson

LIFE Group nuggets:
* Sr Francelle’s devotion, When the darkness comes: “This is one of the most thoughtful and meaningful pieces that I have read about “when darkness comes”…as it does to all of us at one time or another. THANK YOU.” Anonymous
* Lorena Myers: “I love being a part of this LIFE group. It has been a blessing to my life. I always love reading the quotes you guys put at the end. Having this online group is definitely an awesome idea. Peace.”

* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously share ProLife 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, LIFE Runners TC Marathon training (4 Oct), Carol Nesbitt (cousin Rob gravely ill with brain cancer)
* NEW: Maureen Rogers (redoing total knee replacement on August 11 because of infection)
* NEW: Pope Benedict (“That public opinion may be more aware of the problems of millions of displaced persons and refugees, and that concrete solutions may be found for their often tragic situation.”)

Faith Quote: “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.” by G.K. Chesterton

Through Christ our Lord,
Phil 4:13

* 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.

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