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Have you recently received devastating news? Do you know someone who is in crisis?
Perhaps you have a child in rebellion–who needs God and is wandering.
Maybe you have an elderly parent facing serious health problems.
Or possibly you just need a quick save from yelling at your child, losing your temper on your husband, or spewing forth pent up emotions all over your family.
Nehemiah received devastating news as he went about his business as the cheerful king’s cupbearer.
When he asked his friends, “What news from home?” They told him a sad, horrifying story of devastation and loss.
He was in a position to do something about it. After all, He served in the presence of the king on a daily basis.
Nehemiah’s first reaction to crisis
Did he run headlong to the king and ask for help? After all, the king was the most powerful person he knew, the one who could change everything!
Nope. He sat down, wept, mourned, fasted, and prayed to God for days.
He did not rush headlong willy-nilly asking God for what he wanted.
Nehemiah must have been a very patient (and wise) man.
He opened his prayer by praising God.
God, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, loyal to His covenant and faithful to those who love Him and obey His commands (vs5, The Message)
This was an emergency. Nehemiah had a giant problem on his hands, and the means by which to solve the problem. He needed to go talk to the king and get this ball on the roll.
But first he
We always have the option to send up a quick prayer right when we need it. Prayer is at our fingertips day and night, no matter what, God will hear–and help!
But there is something else needed in order to be prepared when someone is in crises.
It’s a foundational prayer life.
Nehemiah knew this was needed, so he stopped the presses right then and went to work, communing with His God.
Are we too busy to pray?
I’m sure Nehemiah had things to do that day. He may have been on his way to a cup polishing convention. Or perhaps he needed to look over his notes before teaching a class on how to hold cups properly for a government official. Nehemiah had a very important job – a cup bearer was nothing to sneeze at!
When we read stories in Scripture where people stop and pray, do we assume they had nothing else on the docket that day?
I mean really, who has just nothing to do?
I know what it’s like to have a list a mile long and very little time in which to accomplish it.
But we must remember Who we serve.
Glorifying God must be our ultimate goal! And raising our children to do the same is kingdom work!
Mom, take the time to fit in prayer. Remember the War Room movie? The hype and excitement has died down a bit, but the message is the same. God is powerful, and He hears our prayers.
For today, let’s remember to take the time to pray.
Even if it is cup polishing day!
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This week’s feature comes from a busy mom speaking on something every mom can relate to – finding alone time to recharge! Julie from Logger’s Wife shares 6 Real live ways to find time for yourself as a busy mom:
Trust me. I’m right there in the trenches with you. Not only do I need time to myself because I get worn out, I’m an introvert in that I recharge with quiet and alone time. I honestly cannot function without time to myself. I get seriously cranky (which is putting it nicely…) and blow small things out of proportion when I don’t get to recharge. So because I know that about myself, I find ways to get that time. If you are a busy mom as well, here are real life ways to get time for yourself. Read on to find out how Julie makes time for herself!
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Can’t control your temper?
In Count to Nine, moms discover a Scripturally sound, methodical approach for taming the temper. Ruthie Gray, mother of four and grandparent of two, gently guides frazzled mothers of all ages toward God’s Word, His view on anger, and the nine steps to overcoming wrath.
In this ebook, you will learn
*The surprising reasons behind your anger
*The mind-blowing truth of God’s view on anger
*One eye-opening tactic for changing your reactions
*How the staggering power of unbelief can keep you from change
*How to triumph through one key attitude adjustment
*How to gain victory over a life-long stronghold
*And much, much more!
The author, Ruthie Gray, transparently shares her own motherhood struggles, instantly connecting with moms through her “been there” approach. Moms will find victory, new hope, and support through this encouraging method of actionable Scripture verses and Scripture prayers.
Dear mom, isn’t it time for you to Count to Nine?