Praying with Expectation?

Acts 12:6-16

The testimony of Peter and his miraculous escape from prison is one of my favorites. But what really strikes me is how surprised those in Mary’s house who were praying for Peter were amazed to find him at the door. How many of our prayers do we pray not expecting God to answer?

Do you pray expecting God to answer?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Giving to Those in Need

But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene-walk!”

Acts 3:6 NASB

Yesterday I was approached to help someone with gas. This person had been helped before – and not too long ago – through our benevolence ministry. Being unable to accommodate the request I took what few dollars I had in my wallet and gave.

What I gave would satisfy for the moment but what if I had taken the time to share the gospel?

That person would have left with a much greater treasure in meeting Jesus or they might not ever return because they wouldn’t want to hear the message again.

God’s precious gospel changes lives. We are called to share it. We must be bold. We must be obedient.

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”

For additional boldness and obedience in the gospel read Acts 4 and 5.

Let’s make a difference.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Our Amazing Jesus

But Jesus made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed.
Mark 15:5 NASB

And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so the governor was quite amazed.
Matthew 27:14 NASB

I’m currently participating in a Bible study with a great group of women that is about opening our eyes to the wonder of God.

These two passages speak of Pilate and Herod both being amazed by Jesus and how He responded to untrue accusations against Him. They were amazed.

I am blessed to often being amazed at Jesus and His continued work in the world today. One particular time was this weekend.

Starting at the beginning. . . I bought some books for my five-year-old granddaughter about 2-3 weeks ago that I have in my kindle and she has a kindle too so Mom could read to her at home. Well my granddaughter’s kindle broke before the books were ever read. Remember that God’s timing is perfect.

This weekend my husband and I had a day of teaching “patience” to our granddaughter – which is not easy for a five-year-old – while having a day of fun and fellowship. That night I am reading one of the books I had purchased 2-3 weeks prior. The story of Esther. She had to be patient, waiting on God’s perfect timing to save her nation.

In God’s perfect timing this book was read to my granddaughter to build upon her day. Needless to say I was amazed!!

What an awesome God we have that He is interested in a five-year-old and answering the prayers of a grandmother as she prays for her granddaughter.

To God be the glory!

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

The Gravity of Prayer

Mark 14:32-42 tells of Jesus and His praying in the Garden of Gethsemane just prior to His crucifixion. He took three of His closest disciples with Him and said to them, “keep watch and pray”.

We don’t always know or grasp the magnitude of someone else’s pains or struggles. How often when asked to pray for or with them do we seriously take the time to pray? We often think that prayer for others is for their benefit but as we pray for them we are affected – able to see God’s intervention which could come through us in other ways beyond prayer. Prayer puts us in God’s perspective and will.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Creation reveals God

430am vs 830am this morning. I am usually looking at darkness this early in the morning but today God lit up His creation with snow. I love how the snow lights up the darkness especially at 430am.

For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

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. Matthew 5:16

We are God’s creation and knowing, walking daily with, being obedient to Him, our light will shine.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Worship

Because of his strength I will watch for You,
For God is my stronghold. Psalm 59:9


The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; Psalm 9:9

He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:2

My God in His lovingkindness will meet me; Psalm 59:10a


Worship is my happy place. Only in worship is my mind free from the cares of the world, of life. Only in worship is my soul truly at peace. Only in worship is real joy filling my heart. Only in worship can I find the strength to face each day, every situation with the right perspective. Only in worship am I fully in the presence of God.

Enter His presence today and be blessed.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Zechariah’s Story

Luke 1:5-23; 57-79

Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist

Imagine not being able to speak for 9 months (40 weeks) then you answer a question, “What is your son’s name?” You break from tradition by naming your son John which shakes up the whole countryside and then the gospel comes forth from your lips.

There is a message there. God is not a God of tradition but of salvation, renewal, mercy who has given us the privilege to serve Him without fear in holiness and rightousness in His presence all our days.

THAT IS WHAT JESUS DID FOR US! HALLELUJAH!!!!!

Did you catch that? It is a privilege to serve Him.

Thank God for the privilege to serve Him and then ask for opportunity to share the gospel.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon