Thursday, July 18, 2013

praying for encouragement

I often listen to Graham Cooke because he speaks my language.

He's loving, he's kind, but he tells the truth--and most importantly--you can tell he hangs out with Jesus.

One thing I've heard him say more than once is "I pray for encouragment every single day" and I thought that was an interesting statement.

Makes sense. If God is our source and we depend on Him...then why not ask Him for the courage to keep going?

So I was praying on Sunday and reading scripture and I came across this one in the proverbs right away:

Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. (Proverbs 14:4 NLT)

That made me laugh right away. I just had a sense that I am just like that ox-- big animal--not dainty or fragile-- and knew that who I am is needed for this next coming harvest--and it's defnitely coming.

That cheered my heart.  God knows I don't always feel like I fit in--but he knows how to get through. Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor?

I have another friend who regularly asks God for presents. I think that's a cute one.  I guess if the way you feel loved is through receiving gifts, this would be important to ask God. Here's the thing, though:  God comes through every time for her!

God is good like that. When we call on His name, He answers.

Holy Spirit, bring the encouragement we need for this day to live in Your love and to do your will with a grateful heart.