Wonderful Lord,

I am so sad. I know I let someone down (again). I forgot something that was important to a dear friend. I realize it rocked our friendship a bit…but my forgetfulness can never unglue the eternal bond we have in Jesus Christ. She and I both know that! I may let her down. Others may disappoint me. It is all a reminder that You are the only perfect Lord God Almighty. You alone are worthy to be praised and trusted. Even when we think You’ve let us down or forgotten about us, there will come a time when we realize that You knew exactly what You were doing and it was all out of Your pure and holy love for us. You, alone, know the perfect plans for each of us. You, alone can take our mistakes, poor choices and trials—and turn them into something glorious when we love and trust You.

I pray that this sweet friend, who I disappointed, discovered (again) that she can count on You when others fail her. I cannot give her what You can. I could never advise her like You are able to. You see so much more in her life than I ever could. I am just a simple little voice calling others to turn to eternal life with You through Your Son Jesus. I do not see the eternal picture of all that is needed in another’s life—but You do, Lord. I can offer counseling, advice, love, friendship and compassion… but I can never be a Savior, King, Lord and God. You, alone, love perfectly at all times. You never let us down though we often let You down.

So as sad as I am that I disappointed my beloved friend, or as sad as I am when others disappoint me—I am not! I can truly say that I am thankful for those times. It’s a reminder that You are God and we are not. Even those people here on earth that I love and respect are not. When I look to You as my only Savior, Lord and God, I discover in a new way who You are. I also realize who I am not. It also helps me love others, even when they let me down. All is well because You are the Great I AM! You never ever let us down. We can count on that—no matter what things look like!

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 “O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in You.”  Psalm 84:12

“Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils, of what account is he?”  Isaiah 2:22

Jesus said in John 14:1: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.”

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Prayer Prompt-

Heavenly Father, who am I trusting?

Heavenly Father,

Like millions of people today, I am both happy and sad that Billy Graham left this world to go home with You. Our world will miss Him.  It is incredible how You used one willing humble man to lead so many to an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ. I’ve been thinking how grateful I am for my own connections with him and his wife. Not only did several family members walk down a Billy Graham crusade aisle to begin their life with You through Jesus, but his wife Ruth was personally responsible for telling the editor of Decision magazine to publish my first series on marriage. I never met or spoke to her, but her encouragement kept me writing for You.

My husband and I volunteered like so many others at the last Mission OKC revival for three nights. (Again, one of my stories was published in the special OKC issue of Decision magazine handed out at Mission OKC.) It took two men to hold Billy up as they walked him to the podium. It was disheartening to see him so weak—until he sat down to speak. Then the power of the Holy Spirit took over! He seemed like the most powerful man alive as he once more led thousands to a new life through Jesus. But one instance surrounding that same revival spoke to me of the man Dr. Graham really is.

The day Mission OKC was to begin, a young man who was a good friend of my son had taken off work to go fishing at a city lake. He had been severely stressed by finances and his wife’s health and desperately needed a break. As he was fishing by himself when he noticed an old man slumped over on some rocks. He went to see if he could help. The old man lifted his head and smiled that Billy Graham smile and told him he was just fine but thanks for checking. He explained he always finds a solitary place to pray over a city before he preaches. Then he began to ask my son’s friend about his life. He ended up ministering to this burdened young man for almost two hours. Lord, I thank You for Billy Graham who was always ready and willing to lead people to Jesus whether it was one at a time or thousands at a time. I look forward to meeting him and his wife—after I fall into Your arms!

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Quote from Billy Graham: “One day you will hear that Billy Graham has died. Don’t believe it. On that day I will be more alive than I ever will be.”

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. O Lord, truly I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have freed me from my chains.”  Psalm 116:15-16

“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.’”   Revelation 14:13

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Prayer Prompt:

Lord God, help me answer Your call to come to You just as I am…

Heavenly Father,

I love it when a certain sis-in-Christ calls me up and asks me, “Are you sitting down?” I am continually amazed at how different she has become since I first met her. We don’t get to see each other as often because You have us in new places, but she always calls to share some new major thing You are doing in her life. I was blessed by her call again today. Some of her phone calls in the past have been heartbreaking, but she is a new creation in You, Lord. She always makes a big deal of thanking my husband and me for sticking with her (which is totally embarrassing because we know we really had nothing to do with who she is today.)

I first met her about 17 years ago. I prayed in front of the church I was at, asking you to let at least one woman see the banner I was hanging publicizing a “Ladies Night of Encouragement.” She showed up that night and said she was walking by. When she saw the banner, she said, “I really need some encouragement.” We sure have been through a lot together since then. I have seen her lose her husband, her children, her home, jobs, every single possession…even her grandkids. I have seen her make poor choices and amazing faith choices. Not only has she been an encouragement to me since then, but I started praying for many more than one when I hang a banner since then!   I have watched her walk more closely with You during all those seasons.  I have watched You reunite her with her birth family she was ripped apart from at a young age. There are so many stories to tell about how You have worked in her life. You have healed her from the inside out! She has become an amazing woman who reflects Your glory.

Today’s phone call was to tell me that the church she has been quietly serving in surprised her with “the woman of the year” award because of her great faithfulness. Even through the phone, I could see her shocked face! We both shared delicious laughter because we both know who that award really goes to! Lord, only You can take two such different wimpy women and make new creations out of each of them for Your beautiful kingdom. Thank You, Lord! We are still being made new creations in You!

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“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20

 

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’”  Revelation 21:5

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

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Prayer Prompt-

Lord, I want to give up this old life and become a new creation…

Heavenly Father,

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. It can be a very sweet occasion or very sad- depending on if one feels loved or not. Or if one is separated from the one they love. There are semblances of love everywhere—heart decorations, flowers be delivered, candy of all kinds, cards with lovely words, romantic dinners…There is a lot of pressure to give and receive some type of symbol of love on this particular day. When we don’t, the world can make us feel unloved or guilty that we didn’t deliver as expected.

Your love goes so far beyond all that, Lord. Love does not depend on a box of chocolates or even a kiss to be expressed. Love goes far above that. You have loved us since before we were ever thought of. In fact, You were the first One to think of us. You knit us together in our mothers’ wombs. You loved us when we were the most unlovable- when we were ugly to You, when we rebelled against You, when we were so caught up in ourselves that we failed to even look at You or acknowledge You, when we demand our own way. You love us with an everlasting love that serves us day and night. You are always waiting on us to turn to You and call Your name. You surround us with gifts of beauty and grace, hoping we will feel lavished in Your love. But we have our eyes on paper cards and cheap chocolate.

Father, help open my eyes to Your love that is so deep I will be forever discovering more of it! Your love is sacrificial, serving, unselfish, eternal, never-ending, indescribable, trustworthy, faithful, pure and holy. It is not dependent on how I act and think or on what I do. Yet the more I know Your love, the more I long to love You back. And the more I love You—the more I can truly love others no matter how they act or what they say or do.  Yes, love is in the air because You are love. Your love is the greatest gift to ever be given or received. I want to pass it on so I can have more!

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“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”  1 John 3:1

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Prayer Prompt-

Most loving Father, I want the love You give me through Jesus Christ…

Heavenly Father,

My husband had a fairly routine surgery last Friday. He’s doing well—back to work, though still recuperating. I thought I knew him well (and I’m sure I know him better than anyone else at this point). However, when the surgeon came out to the waiting room to show me results of the surgery, the photos from his laparoscopic surgery showed me parts of my hubby I had never seen before. I saw his insides…way down deep into the place his bones and organs reside.

My hubby and I are best friends. We do almost everything together. After twenty-two years of marriage and life together, we pretty much know what the other is going to say in different circumstances. We can talk about almost anything. We enjoy working together, playing together, eating together and worshipping together. We share this adventure of life with You, Lord. We truly know each other. But those photos made me realize that You know us better than anyone else ever could—no matter how close we think we are to someone.

Lord, You thought of us and made a one-of-a-kind spirit and knit all those sinews, bones, organs, DNA and muscles together to house a unique soul before we were even conceived in our mothers’ wombs. You know every tiny thought, secret, attitude which no one else sees—long before it is voiced or even brought to our attention. You KNOW us-with all our imperfections and sins—and You still love us! You love us enough to have Jesus die for us so we could be holy as He is—so we could be pure and able to live in Your presence forever and ever. Lord, search all parts of me and help me take out anything which hinders a life with You. Thank You for Your undeserved amazing forgiveness and grace. And though I can’t see You with my physical eyes, Lord, help me see more and more of who You really are!

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“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”   Hebrews 4:12-13

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139:23-24

“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”  Philippians 3:7-9

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Prayer Prompt-

Lord God, do You see Jesus in me?