Heavenly Father,

With our daughter getting married this Sunday, the final details are causing a flurry of activity. The bride and all her entourage have worked very hard to pour all their love into every part of this glorious day. Even the weather looks like it will cooperate. The threat of thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes is predicted to stop for a perfect day for an outdoor wedding set in a vineyard. Friends and family have been celebrating with showers, dinners and parties. Everyone knows these two love each other and are thrilled to see them join together as one. Marriage can happen without so much fanfare, but it is one of the most important occasions there is. Weddings are very important to You, Lord! You created man and woman to go together. Jesus’ first public miracle was at a wedding! Much points to the much anticipated marriage of the Lamb!

I recall all the years I prayed for our children to each end up with the perfect mate.  I knew You already knew who they would marry and that the lives of the still unknown soulmates, even as a child, would have an impact on who they would be as a spouse. Father, we are incredibly blessed to have seen Your hand in each of our children’s marriages. As we get ready to give this daughter away to a wonderful young man, both families are very aware what an incredible team they will be. They have already been there for one another and the road ahead will give them plenty of more opportunities to work together to face anything. From this moment on, they will be as one.

How exciting to see the bride and groom ready to make this life-long commitment of love. You lead us to believe there is far more that goes on in a wedding than just a legal ceremony. You tell us that it is, in fact, a mystery, a picture of Jesus and His Bride, the church. Lord, let me never forget that I am preparing every day to meet my beloved Jesus- to live with Him forever. He is coming back to get me. I want to be ready. I want my love to be fresh and deep and committed. I want to be found faithful to the One who gave His life for me; to the One who has prepared a place for me; to the One who truly loves me. Let us celebrate this Sunday in the love that joins these two…and let us each be ready when our Jesus comes to get us for the wedding of the Lamb!

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“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”  Revelation 19:6-8

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery- but I am talking about Christ and the church.”   Ephesians 5:31-32

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, Jesus has given His life for me. Help me be ready by…


Glorious Heavenly Father,

Today I am incredibly thankful for the still quiet time I can share with You. I recall how awkward I felt when first taking that purposeful time alone with You. I always knew You were somehow with me…all around me – powerful and magnificent yet in the background of my life. Then to stop everything to be still and quiet- to speak to You and to learn to listen…that was a whole new thing. What do you  say to the Lord of everything, the God who created all there is, the most powerful and glorious Being who knows all and sees all? Yet I knew Jesus had died so I could have direct contact with You. There was no way for me to truly share Your presence when sin ruled my life. Jesus’ blood cleaned me from the inside out so I can come to You anytime. With such a high price being paid for me to have that kind of relationship with You, I never want to take it for granted or neglect my time with You. So I started- and never have stopped- though there are certainly times I have been guilty of getting sidetracked from that time alone with You.

Lately, I’ve had a little more “still” time again due to my bad back. Seems like the times I’ve spent the most time with You are times when I had to have something physically slow me down. I can truly say I am grateful for those hurdles which resulted in reminders to spend more time with You. The more time I purposely take to enjoy Your presence- the more I can take that “still” time with me wherever I go.

It’s incredible that no matter what obstacles, challenges, darkness or issues that might try to overwhelm me, when I come to You and place it all before You…When I am still and focus on who You are…when I trust that You are more powerful and eternal that anything I could ever possibly face- my soul becomes still. In my time with You, I am bathed in Your peace, joy and love. You alone fulfill me. You alone restore me. You alone cover me with Your grace and mercy. You alone strengthen me in my weakness. You alone heal me. You alone give me Your insight and wisdom. You alone give me all I need to handle the day no matter what it looks like. That’s why I come to You to be still with You alone.

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“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you  and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

“You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence.”

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Prayer Peek & Prompt-

Most Holy Father God, show me how to be still so I can enjoy Your presence through Jesus Christ…

Heavenly Father,

I grew up in church. I was always surrounded by a larger group of family who loved me, prayed for me, taught me and encouraged me in my relationship with You. I recall many Sunday School teachers, pastors, and others who have had a big influence on my life. I got married in that same church and had children while there. My first husband’s funeral was there. Later, I married practically the only other single man in that church. We felt led to make a fresh new start in another church with our blended family where our kids grew up surrounded by a larger group of amazing Christians who had a big influence on them. Later, once again, You led us to yet another church where our by-then teenagers were greatly influenced by an amazing children’s pastor and youth pastor. Three of our sons married girls from that wonderful church. Three of our sons married girls from that church! Some of our kids started their Christian leadership roles at that beloved church.

Now, it’s just my husband and me and You have led us to yet another church where we can bless and be blessed. Today, we officially committed and joined my fourth “home church.” It is always so hard to leave one church family when they have had such a huge impact on our lives. Yet it is also exciting to see where You are leading us and how You have plans that perfectly blend us in this new home.  It is great to still have a part in the churches of our past where we are forever bonded with the brothers and sisters-in-Christ. It is thrilling to know what You are doing through churches our adult children go to, beloved friends at new church plants, churches we love in other countries…even churches we visit while on vacation.

Your church is alive and healthy. Some are large mega churches; others are small country churches. Some meet in homes; others in shopping centers; some in huts or schools or lovely buildings. Church is not the building but the beautiful perfectly imperfect people You have called to be Your Bride. I’ve had the honor to be a part of the Church as they worshipped in Ecuador in another language, as they served Joplin after it was devastated in a tornado, as they have walked and prayed for a whole neighborhood, as they have worshipped You with old hymns and loud new songs, as they have put on new roofs and fed the homeless…Lord, Your church is beautiful and stronger than ever! No wonder You love Your Church.

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“Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.”  1 Corinthians 14:12

“…and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”  Matthew 16:18

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ and let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”

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Prayer Prompt-

Heavenly Father, You have blessed me with Your Bride, the church by…