8.11.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Answered Prayers

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• My husband is an incredibly methodical man who operates under the motto, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” He loves containers and organization. So you can imagine my surprise yesterday when he called me from the grocery store and told me he had lost his debit card. It is so not like him to misplace anything, much less something like a debit card!
He thought he must have left the card in his jeans when he had placed an order a few days earlier. We had laundry going so I quickly checked the washer and dryer—no card. He was waiting to buy some groceries so I hopped in the car and met him at the store with mine.
After I got home, I started retracing his steps. He had been in the basement when he placed the order. I looked underneath furniture, looked under cushions… Wayne came home and began his search. He looked through all the laundry again, under everything, and even walked the entire yard since he’d mowed too.
Collectively, we spent over an hour looking. Just as we were about to call the bank and report it lost, we decided to stop and pray.
We found the card within five minutes.
It was a reminder that God is just waiting for us to call on Him. He’s waiting for us to surrender to Him and let Him help us.
Philippians 4:6 ESV tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Whatever is going on in your life—take it to the Lord in prayer. He always answers. Sometimes “Yes.” Sometimes “No.” And my least favorite—sometimes “Wait.” But He always answers.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His willingness to help us when we call out to Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to keep prayer on your heart and mind in all things.

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8.3.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Shining

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Tomorrow, our church’s new pastor will lead our congregation in worship for the first (official) time.
It’s going to be an exciting day and it’s one we’ve all look forward to.
We know from his Call Sunday that he is a great preacher!
Many of us have also listened to past sermons that are available through podcasts.
And he’s got a true heart for Christ.
We are so happy to have him and his family at Ardmore Baptist Church!
As we’ve looked forward to having Tyler lead us, I’ve thought about how easy it is to assume that ministering and sharing God’s Word is the responsibility of the preacher.
But all Believers share in this.
When Jesus gave the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, He didn’t make any stipulations or give any acceptable excuses to NOT share His Good News.
He said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19 CSB).
Further, He told us in Matthew 5:14-16 CSB, “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
We lean on our pastors as spiritual leaders and guides, and while that is their job, we can’t leave it entirely up to them.
We are called to be the light, so we need to shine.
We need to let others see the love of Jesus in us and through us.
As the saying goes, “You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.”
Make sure you shine brightly enough so they can see the message.
Today, as you pray, thank God for our pastors and leaders!
Thank Him for entrusting them with the heart to share Jesus with others, including ourselves.
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide them, but to also guide you as you go about life.
MAsk Him to help you shine and radiate the love of Jesus so you will have many opportunities to tell others about Him.

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7.29.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: A Reminder From My Air Conditioner

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• There is nothing like a broken air conditioner to remind you that you are not as independent as you think you are.
I am sitting in my living room this morning, under a speeding fan with half the windows in the house open after a restless night of mugginess and heat.
Because in case you haven’t heard, North Carolina is really hot and humid in July.
I’m reminded that there are some things we take for granted until we can’t.
I don’t think much about my air conditioning unit until it stops working, but today—I realize I am deeply dependent on my A/C.
I don’t think much my tires until one is flat.
I don’t think much of my internet until I can’t connect.
These little things remind us that we are very dependent beings.
But that’s how God created us to be…
He made us to be dependent on Him.
Except the problem is, our sin and pride are excellent liars who convince us that we don’t need God.
After all, we all know those who never go to church, never read their Bible, but suddenly become prayer warriors when it comes down to something they want or need.
Unfortunately, I’ve been that person before.
All of us have in some form or another.
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
When we trust in God—both His way and His plan—we can experience the joy of utter dependence on Him.
We can depend on Him to be our everything.
Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
It’s not about physical wealth or material possessions, but our utter dependence on Him boils down to the salvation offered through the blood of Jesus Christ.
We can’t do life without Jesus.
We may muddy our way through it for a time but our independent ways will fail us eventually.
Only dependence on God will give true and everlasting security.
Today, as you pray, thank God for being the dependable, reliable, and trustworthy God that He is.
Ask the Holy Spirit to remove the self-reliant spirit that deceives you.
Ask Him to give you a spirit that recognizes your complete and total need for Jesus.


My Grace-Full Life: What Will Be Your Legacy?

My Grace-Full Life is a column featured monthly in Forsyth Family magazine.  In the August issue, “What Will Be Your Legacy?”
Fun fact for you:  August is national “What Will be Your legacy?” month.  It’s a pretty profound question.  Let’s start with the basics, so we can all be on the same page…what is a legacy?  While technically defined as “an inheritance,” the question more often than not makes us wonder how we will be remembered:  “What have we done (or what are we doing) that will make people remember us when we’re gone?”
This month, I want to talk about the characteristics of two women – Phoebe and Dorcas.  Phoebe and Dorcas both have a passing mention in the Bible, but despite the few words written about them, they have made a lasting impression.  A legacy that has endured for the better part of 2000 years.  
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