Welcome to the weekend!
Back to school and scheduled life is a season I often find chaotic, trying to juggle what needs to get done and where we need to be. It's a time that easily overwhelms. One practice I'm reminded of particularly when I start this juggling exercise again, is called 'the daily office.' Carving out a few moments throughout the day, to pray and reflect on truth from the Word to rest my mind and set my eyes on the Lord. I've been using "The Divine Hours" by Phyllis Tickle.
While I was at work this week, my midday reflection held this prayer:
"O Lord, my God, to you and your service I devote myself, body, soul and spirit. Fill my memory with your mighty works; enlighten my understanding with the light of your Holy Spirit; and may all the desires of my heart and will centre around what you would have me do. Make me an instrument of your salvation to the people entrusted to my care, and let me by my life and speaking set forth your true and living word. Be always with me in the carrying out the duties of my vocation; in praises heighten my love and gratitude; in speaking of You give me readiness of thought and expression; and grant that by the clearness and brightness of your holy Word, all the world may be drawn to your blessed kingdom. All this I ask for the sake of your Son my Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen."
May the Lord show you grace as you meet him, trust him and follow him in all your comings and goings today and for this weekend.
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From Trevin Wax on parenting practices that fuel sincere faith.
Here's another on parenting! From the Defend Young Minds blog, Amanda writes, "most commonly, sexual addiction starts with sexual exposure in some form combined with a lack of healthy emotional regulation or a safe person to emotionally process with." Find 2 practices we can, as parents implement today to help our children develop healthy coping skills.
From Dr Steve Brown at Arrow Leadership, "may this prayer bring you fresh focus and strength to live and lead different at a time when many are weary and discouraged."
“No American wants to stay in a country overrun with terrorists,” she yelled into her microphone. But there are indeed Americans who want to stay in Afghanistan...Why? Because they love God and they love Afghans." Let's continue to pray for the church there and for those who've counted the cost to serve.
"When we (and the Bible) describe someone as “faithful,” we’re almost never referring to how much faith that person possesses, but to how much faith others can place in that person."