Personally Striving, Prayer

A Week of Wows

Good morning, Friends!

This week I have found out a number of things, good and challenging, that have made me say, “Wow!”  I’m not quite ready to share, but you all know me.  I will share soon.  Lol  Since I’m not sharing, you might be wondering why I’m writing at all.  Well, I just wanted to reflect on God’s love through it all.

 Although I know the importance I giving God the first moments of my day, I have not for quite some time.  Not consistently anyway.  Last week I downloaded the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ First 5 app. The app is free.  It is designed to help us give God the first 5 minutes of our day. You can set your morning alarm on the app. When you wake up to hit the alarm, the app is up and ready to read.  It is fantastic!  Fantastic!  The devotionals are quick, yet deeply poignant and inspiring.  I am inspired to pray and seek God as soon as I’m done reading.  I’m inspired to reflect on His word.  I am inspired to share about His goodness and grace!  I love it.

So, I say all that to say that God is awesome in His timing and preparation. This app came out just in time for me to have a prepared heart for all of the news that was coming my way.  Each morning I start from a place of peace. I start from a place of reflection. I start from a place of trust in Him. While it may not be easy to deal with certain situation, or digest information, it is certainly easier when I am resting in Him. This week I have had to say, “God, I trust You. I trust your plan for my life. I trust that no matter how I’m feeling, you will give me peace if I ask for it. I trust that no matter how confused I am by this life and the day to day, that you know all and see all.

And we know that God causes everything 
to work together for the good of those who love God and 
are called according to his purpose.
-Romans 8:28 NLT

Although I know I do not have enough strength to get me through this or that situation, “[Your] grace is sufficient for [me], for [your] power is made perfect in weakness” (II Corinthians 12:9 ESV).  So I will lean on you, tap into your strength Lord. 
Lately, instead of focusing on my troubles, I find myself praying for random people I see walking down the street, teachers and leaders I meet during professional learning sessions, and folks whose profile I scroll by on social media. I don’t do this to prove I’m better or more holy (no one knows I’m doing it), I do it to show God that I trust Him with my life.  If I pine over my problems then I obviously don’t trust that He is taking care of me.
My week of wows has turned into a week of pow pows through the power of prayer. As things begin to unfold and take shape. As God places His word on my heart I will share more in detail the wows of the week.  Until then, let’s keep each other lifted in prayer. Offer your situation/the enemy a pow pow of prayer!  🙂
Always Striving,
Joce
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