A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

Hope in the middle of despair

posted by Linda G. Howard

I received from a friend who is actively involved within the mentally challenged community.  She has worked as a professional.  Her family is deeply involved in the professional community.  She is a volunteer with Special Gathering.  Currently, she is part of the management team for a US Congressman.  While this Word was specifically given to members of the mentally challenged community, these principles apply to every crisis in our lives.

Please feel free to pass the below along to people who will pray for people who are going through any crisis.

CRISIS PRAYER

If you believe God is sovereign, then every circumstance of your life including crisis is UNDER HIS CONTROL.

You know that God can eliminate a crisis or problem instantaneously.  If he hasn’t done that, then you need to be looking for more than just deliverance from it.

It takes real spiritual maturity to seek God for something other than deliverance in a crisis.

Do not ask for deliverance from the situation, but rather for BOLDNESS (not rescue) in face of this threat.

Set aside your desire for personal protection and fling yourself out before God as a vessel to be used in this crisis.

  • When faced with the lions’ den, if Daniel prayed simply for the crisis to disappear, the chance for God to be exalted before the King would disappear.
  • Daniel didn’t pray for the crisis to go way.  He prayed for God to do something miraculous through it.

SO WHAT DOES IT MEAN

  • Discern all that is at stake besides my comfort
  • You will find God exalting himself in every aspect of your life.
    • Jesus did this when he faced the cross.  He asked God for deliverance coupled with a prayer for submission.  His willingness to walk the path of God’s will and bring glory to His name came with a price.  JESUS DIED FOR US.

ASK FOR PRAYER

WE NEED THE BODY OF CHRIST TO PRAY FOR US; WE ARE IN CRISIS.

We won’t have the strength, except for the prayers of God’s people.

PRAY THIS WAY

  • I boldly submit to the work of God I cannot see.
  • I do not cut God short by praying for the easiest way out, but pray that God’s holy name will be glorified.
  • I yield to his ways even if it means that our deliverance is delayed.
  • I pray God gives  us strength (not deliverance) to carry out this difficult assignment.
  • I pray for Grace to prevail through the storm rather than to be rescued from it.
  • I ask for specific deliverance, but along with it, I ask God to resolve the crisis in a way that honors him and allows for the greatest display of his POWER, LOVE AND MERCY.
    • Jesus prayed for an end to the crisis (being crucified on the cross) that would exalt God the most.
  • Ask for God to be honored in how the conflict is handled.
  • Ask God to be glorified in our faith.
  • Pray for God to make Himself famous and show himself strong in this crisis.
  • Lord, do something miraculous here!

QUESTIONS FOR GOD

  1. God,  what are you trying to accomplish?
  2. God,  what are you wanting to do in me through this crisis?
  3. God,  how can your name be glorified here?

AMEN

Hiding in clear view

posted by Linda G. Howard


I have six locks on my door all in a row.  When I go out, I lock every other one.

I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.

~Comedian Elayne Boosler

Within the developmentally disabled community, there is a great need for health and safety instructions.  Special needs ministries are probably the only chapel services that must carry rubber gloves in our suit pockets.  Additionally, at all times, we have available information regarding medications and emergency numbers to call even though most of our members are legally competent adults.  We realize that we must be like Comedian Elayne Boosler and think of credible ways to keep our members safe.

My husband is much this way.  He began preparing for crises months and years ahead.  He wanted to be sure that his family was safe.  I must confess that I would let almost everything slide; but we have been ready for many emergencies because of his insistence.

When I came to work with Special Gathering, I was met with another Preparer in Richard Stimson, the founder and executive director of the ministy.  At times, I would verbally resist his constant preparation efforts.  Yet, I’d learned from my husband, that I am a bit of a Pollyanna to believe that safety measures are not needed.  Each time there has been a crisis within the ministry, we have been prepared and knew exactly the correct steps needed to maintain calm among our members and to insure that the needs of the people involved in the emergency were met.

Several years ago, The Special Gathering choir sang at a local church. I preached and all of our members attended the services for their missions Sunday services.  At the end of the service, the offering was taken.  The ushers came to the front of the church for a dedication prayer and to deliver the offering plates.  As the ushers stood at the altar table during the prayer, one of the church’s ushers had a seizure and she fell to the ground.  The church pastor and I were on the podium and we heard the thub when she fell but the pastor could not see who had fallen.

Without missing a minute, three of Special Gathering volunteers came to the front of the church.  They started timing the seizure.  After three minutes and before the service ended, one of  our volunteers called 911.  The seizure had not ended and our procedures dictate that the EMT’s should be called.   The service ended peacefully; and the pastor and I went to the door to greet the people of the church.  I stopped for a few seconds to insure that everything was all right with the seizuring woman and our volunteers.

After almost everyone had left the service, the pastor asked, “Is your member who had a seizure going to be all right?”

Puzzled, I said, “It was one of your members who had the seizure, not mine.”  Shocked, she rushed into the sanctuary to see who seizured.

Later, we laughed about how efficiently Special Gathering volunteers had taken charge of the situation.  “My members would not have known what to do, if you had not been here.”  Then she confessed, “Unfortunately, neither would I.”

Sometimes we hide behind a large tree, thinking that we can’t be touched.  The problem is that we don’t realize that we are hiding in plain view. Like Elayne Boosler, it might be wiser to buy six locks and use the alternating three.  Thereby, we insure that there would be a method to keep our homes and lives safe.

The Bible gives advice in preparing for every thing from marriage to missions work.  There is business and money advice.  Much of the Law gives common sense preparation rules for health and safety.  God spent thousands of years preparing the hearts of people for Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection.  It is always wise to take time to follow Biblical advice and prepare.

Are you prepared for crises in your life?  What additional preparations do your need to make?

A salute to Mom

posted by Linda G. Howard

Everybody needs their mother sometime.

Take time to pray

posted by Linda G. Howard

Coming together to pray all during the day has become important to Christians each year on the first Thursday of May which became the National Day of Prayer in 1988.  All over the nation and all through the day, men, women and children will stop today to pray alone, in small groups and large gatherings.

 

This is a time to seek God for the healing of our nation and our hearts.  Honorary Chair for the National Day of Prayer Task Force, Joni Tada wrote,

Let’s covenant afresh to pray for America and what goes on in our nation’s capital.  Because if you and I don’t cry out to God, then shame on us – the very monuments and memorials in Washington DC are crying out to God!  The tallest memorial in that city is already praising the greatness of God:  inscribed on the eastern face of the Washington Monument are these simple words carved in stone: Laus Deo.  It’s Latin and it literally means ‘Praise God!’

Whether morning, evening or night set aside a time today to pray for each other and for our nation.

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