Today Ken and Sheena hosted a family and friends wedding shower for Travis and Sarah. It was such a fun event. I think there were about 30 guests. The room held a simple elegance and so much love and warm wishes for this precious young couple. They are in for an extraordinary journey in this life of forever together. Please pray for them as they continue to learn to love each other in the shadow of God’s grace.
Prayer: Holy and loving LORD, giver of every good and perfect gift. Tomorrow we will begin the final journey into Jerusalem and to the Cross. You were celebrated outside the gates of Jerusalem and once inside those gates You did those final teachings, said good bye and suffered at the hands of Your accusers. LORD, let us humble ourselves under Your hand and remember that through Your powerful obedient will You were able to endure this horrible week and emerge victorious. Help us, Lord, through Your example of powerful obedience to endure when life experiences weigh us down and we want to quit or be tempted to take short cuts. Help us to remember to look to You when our weakness sets in just as You looked to the Father in Your moment of weakness and may we, too, emerge victorious. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
1 Peter 5: 6
“[God] gives more grace. Therefore he says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’…Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
James 4: 6, 10
When we are feeling weighed down by life experiences and circumstance it is easy to stand still or sit down and just do nothing. God requests each of us to humble ourselves under His mighty hand and give over the circumstances to Him. When we humbly submit ourselves over the sovereignty of our Creator then things seem to fall into place and bring the peace we need. Our energy is renewed because we have once again found our trust that God will lift us up and that feeling of being overwhelmed seems to be relieved in God’s good, perfectly appointed time. God is so good.
Take joy in the journey. Wear comfortable shoes, give thanks with a grateful heart and get some sleep. Love you all, Bruce, Gaylene, Geni, Travis and Sarah.
I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am only moved by what I believe and I believe God.