What Does Our Future Hold

After two days of no WiFi or Internet, I am just now posting from Friday.  I have missed you, but I am back.  Thank you for your patience.

Isaiah 41:10

Do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Thought for the Day:   As we allow God to take control of our lives, rejoice in the Lord and keep saying “Rejoice!” 

Rejoice in the Lord, always, and again I say rejoice!  Today is the day the Lord hath made, let us Rejoice and be glad in it!  This week at our beloved Joyner’s Campmeeting, I have had to share on numerous occasions that I still do not have a teaching position as the school year is beginning.  I am amazed by the words of support and love I receive from every single person I come in contact with. As I share with them the many branches of possibilities that lie before me in my life right now and that I am just waiting to feel God’s clear voice telling me which branch to take, they become excited in watching God work in my life.  I listen to myself as I speak to them, and I actually hear the excitement in my voice as well.  Today, I look at my life and see the following possibilities:  teacher, writer, devotion writer, speaker and minister.  The first obvious branch is continuing my profession of teaching.  I love it and cherish every child I have taught in my 23 year teaching career.  The second branch is writer and devotion writer.  Throughout my life many have communicated with me that I should write about my experiences in life, especially how I came through the many times of grief.  I have done this so many times through my devotion writing, but have never written it as a story.  I love writing devotions as they come to me each morning because I truly never know what I am going to write about until I sit down at my computer in the morning.  I feel my fingers typing and know God is leading them to the writing for the day.  Yesterday, I shared with a dear friend that speaking has been in my thoughts for a long time, but I know in my heart that my personality would not allow me to stand in front of people to speak.  As she walked down the hall away from me, she yelled, “Motivational Speaker:  You could be the next Joyce Meyer!”  I called back, “Noooooo!”  The word, “Ministry” has popped into my mind over this past summer and it is a word that has never appeared before.  Oh, my, Ministry?  God, really?  I don’t think it is preaching ministry but I am learning over this summer to say, “God is in control of this because I have no control.”

So, where is God leading me?  I have no idea!  I rejoice today because I had one more pay check appear in our bank account this morning.  I rejoice because I have many, many people praying for me to get the perfect position somewhere in the midst of my many branches of possibilities. Teaching, writing, speaking, ministering…..who knows?  God knows and He is in control of this life and I know more every day that I am not in control.  Rejoice in the Lord, always, and again I say rejoice!  Today is the day the Lord hath made, let us Rejoice and be glad in it!

Prayer:  Thank you God, for being in control of our lives.  Who knows what our lives would be like without you.  You know our hearts, you know our past, you know our now, and you know our future.  Help us open our eyes and ears to follow Your calling for our lives.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  What Does our Future Hold?

 

 

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The Farmers of Joyner’s Campmeeting

James 5:7

Be patient, therefore, brethren until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain.

Thought for the Day: Be patient as we wait for the early and the late rain

Each summer, we attend a campmeeting. Each summer we greet friends and cousins, and we share many stories. One definite question that comes up every year is, “How are the crops?” And, one definite answer is, “We’ll see, waiting for some rain!” As we drive into the campmeeting, we pass many fields and farms. In those fields we see beans, corn, and other crops. On those farms, we see cows and other animals. We notice the land and make comments like, “It looks like they have had no rain”, or “Look, they had rain today!” When we gather for a meal and listen to the blessing, the words “please bring us rain” comes up often. When we enter into the Tabernacle for worship, again the prayer is about the weather. If it is a dry week, the pastor for the week will say or do something to show their concern for the farmers. If rain comes during the week, the pastor will jokingly “take credit” that their presence brought on the rain. They will offer prayers of thanks for the beautiful rain that has nourished the land.
Every year, these farmers plant their crops and wait for God to provide the rain for the crops to grow. They watch the weather and pray that if there is rain in the area that it will come to their farm. They see their animals on the farm and pray that enough rain will come to the land to provide the pastures with food and ponds with water. I don’t know of another profession where people are that dependent on God. The number one thing needed for their livelihood is rain that only God can provide. Each year these farmers show how much faith they have as they plant those seeds. Each year, they rejoice and praise God when He provides their needs. What an amazing example to us!

Prayer: God, thank you for the rain. Thank you for providing what we need when we need it. Lord, be with all those who wait for that rain today and help them see and witness Your mighty hand when the rains come. Amen.

Prayer Focus: Farmes

Mrs. Alice and Her Marimba

Philippians 4:8-9

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.
Thought for the Day: Learn to be an example of Christ’s love.

Last night was a special night at the Campmeeting we attend in West Tennessee. The worship included singing gospel hymns, wonderful prayers, a great choir from a local Baptist Church, a fantastic sermon (again), and a piano/marimba duet by our musicians. Throughout the worship service, I had foremost in my mind that this was the last campmeeting worship service this year for Mrs. Alice to play the marimba. Her daughter, sweet Patty, is about to have a baby so Mrs. Alice and her husband, Ed, were about to travel to California to be with her. The service was awesome and many gathered in the Tabernacle afterwards to share time and conversation with each other. There were hugs given, conversations, prayer time, and mainly a gathering. Then, there was movement in the chancel area that quickly drew my attention. A group of men were moving the marimba off the platform to load it into an awaiting truck. I found my heart sink for a moment and then tears began welling in my eyes. My first sight was the empty space and then my thoughts went to Mrs. Alice. That was when I truly realized that Alice, one of the most bubbly and happy examples of how to be a child of God, was leaving campmeeting. How I will miss her sweet spirit throughout the rest of the week. How I will pray for her travels to see her daughter and her new grandbaby!
As we go through life and remember all of the examples of Christ who live among us, many stand out as being faithful servants. There are those who can say prayers in such a way that brings those in a room into a moment of divine conversation with God. There are those who can preach and draw people to that special time of worship. There are those who can play musical instruments that make you close your eyes and feel God’s presence. Then there are those, as Alice, who smile and laugh in such a way that brings those nearby into a love that shines as brightly as a sunbeam. We are blessed to have these great examples of Christ. Today, I remember our great examples of Christ who are with us now and who have gone before, and I say “Thank you” to God for the wonderful gift He has given us through them.

Prayer: God, thank you for those dear examples you have placed in front of us to teach us how to live. There is a great cloud of witnesses who have lived before to bring us where we are in our Christian faith, and there are those who are with us today continuing to show us how to live. Help us be examples of You for others. We love you! Amen.

Prayer Focus: Living Examples of how to be Children of God

I Just Sat with My Friend and Cried

Matthew 22:37-39

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Thought for the Day:  Go, sit, and pray for a hurting friend today.

“The Church doesn’t know anything about getting into someone else’s business.”  As the pastor preached at Joyner’s Campmeeting last night, these words caught my attention.  As friends, we sometimes see someone suffering through grief, betrayal, disappointment, and pain but we don’t know what to do for them.  Many of us, I included, tend to pray for these friends in silence and not go to them in their time of need.  The pastor gave the example of Job’s friends who came and sat with him in silence for two weeks.  They didn’t know what to say so they just sat with him.  Another story was about a little girl.  Her mother waited for her to come home from school but she didn’t come until very late.  When she asked the little girl where she had been she said, “My friend’s doll was broken and I helped her fix it.”  The mother said, “You don’t know how to fix a broken doll, what did you do?”  “I just sat with her on the front porch and cried with her.”  Sometimes, it is not the words a “friend with a broken doll needs”, it is someone to be there – to cry with.

When my husband was killed in a car accident, I witnessed a group of people who just came.  They came to bring food, they came to sit and tell stories about him, they came to give me support and to tell me to call them if I needed anything, and they came to cry.  The bottom line is that they came.  One friend, Carolyn, came and stayed.  She didn’t stay overnight as she knew me so well that she knew I needed my alone time.  But, every day she came.  We ate together almost every evening and we laughed with each other.  During those times together, she let me cry and she cried with me.  In the sermon last night, “Behold, listen, take note, watch and don’t miss it…we tend to not pay attention to something right now.  Don’t miss the Kingdom of Heaven in your midst right now.”  My friend didn’t miss as she came to me. She was there “right now”.  I didn’t miss as she came to me.  I knew she was there “right now”.  Is there someone I need to be there for “right now”.  How will I do that today?

Prayer:  Lord, listen to Your children praying!  Thank you, God, for friends who come, just come, to sit and cry with us.  Help us see when there is a need at go to someone and “just sit on the front porch with them and cry.”  Help us show empathy to those we encounter “right now”.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Those Helping Someone in Need

 

Unexpected Messenger

Exodus 4:10-12

But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either heretofore or since thou hast spoken to thy servant; but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth?  Who makes him dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind?  Is it not I, the Lord.  Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

Thought for the Day:  God sends unexpected messengers

Almost two years ago, we had an experience of singing at a church and telling a little bit about the situation we were in where my husband was without a ministry position.  During that time of sharing, a precious friend of ours, who did not know until that service about our situation, was called by God to go to the altar to pray.  During her time there, she had a type of vision where she saw a hand reaching toward hers and heard a voice say, “Tell him to take my hand and I will lead him to the place he is to go.”  She knew it was a message to my husband from God.  She didn’t understand why God would choose her to deliver the message and didn’t want to talk to my husband about her vision.  It was just an odd thing for someone to go up to another person to do.  She shared with me recently about her embarrassment of coming to my husband in tears telling him that God shared with her that he was to reach out his hand to God and He would lead him to the place he was to go.   She added that she went home that afternoon and cried.  Later, when she found out that my husband had been offered a remarkable ministry position, she said she heard the words, “See, you needed to trust me.”  She said it was then that she understood what happened to her during that worship service.

During the last moments of our recent conversation she said she still didn’t understand why God chose to speak to her at the altar.  She had never been spoken to in that way before and was not one to do things like that.  It was then that these words came out of my mouth, “Well, when you read all of the stories in the Bible about God sending messengers to share His word, most of them felt the same way.  That was the reason my husband and I listened to her message.  Because it came from her and knowing this was not like her, we knew without a doubt that the message was from God.”  I continued sharing with her that those words she shared that day kept us going in a way.  My husband mentioned that “hand” often and felt that God was leading him toward his new calling.  And, we know now that taking that hand, the hand my husband knew about because of a wonderful unexpected messenger, led him to the place where God called.

Prayer:  God, thank you for sending messengers to us when we need to hear. Your words.  Through those people we hear clearly what You are calling us to do.  God, you have led many through the wilderness and the messengers you sent were the ones who gave Your instructions.  Thank you for sending those “unexpected” messengers.  Because of the unexpected, we knew their words were from You.  Help us listen to “Your voice” through them .  Amen.

Prayer Focus: God’s Messengers

 

Praying for Others

Galatians 6:7-10

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. 

Thought for the Day:  Pray for others before we pray for ourselves

Two weeks ago, I wrote about a friend of mine who is one of the most adventurous and wonderful mothers I know.  My friend, Amy, took off in a car pulling a camper to take her three boys on a trip to see the United States.  So far they have visited the Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Mesa Verde, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, The Grand Canyon, Death Valley at 129 degrees, and now they are in California.  What a great experience she has given those boys and wonderful memories for them to take through their lifetime!  Today, my reaction to her status on Facebook was, “They are now as far as they will be from home.”  Through these experiences, they have also had the hardships.  They have had car trouble, they have been rear-ended by an older gentleman (light damage), they have lived the last few days with way over 100 degree temperatures, and they are getting tired.  As I wrote over two weeks ago when their trip began, I admire my sweet friend for this gift she has given her boys and for the journey she has taken so many through her Facebook status.  I also asked for prayers for Amy and for her sweet boys.

Today’s Upper Room Devotional touched me in a special way because it is about a special way to reduce stress when we are feeling rushed or in a hurry.  The writer shared that during a very stressful day of errands, she was frustrated that she had to wait for someone in a store to pull an order.  As she waited, she began feeling overwhelmed thinking about her to-do list.  Then, she changed her thoughts and began praying for those in line behind her and for those walking around in the store.  As she prayed, she found herself feeling less stress and was okay when the store clerk came and told her she could not find her order.  With that peaceful feeling, she was able to accomplish the rest of her to-do list with little or no anxiety and stress.  Today, I am going to spend my time praying for those I observe along the way instead of stressing over the little things.  Today, I am going to say a lot of prayers for my friend, Amy, as she continues her trek across the country with those boys.

Prayer:  Father God, thank you for taking our stress and anxiety away as we pray.  Help us remember to pray for others before we pray for ourselves today.  Be with all of those traveling and with all who are going through their regular, normal routine.  Thank you.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Those Praying for Others

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Waiting Under the Clouds of Blessings

Isaiah 30:18

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you; therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.  For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

Thought for the Day:  Our wait will make our blessings doubly precious

I am thankful today for friends who reach out when they see a need.  I have had some tough days lately in realizing that school is beginning soon and I might not be a part of a school faculty.  Today, though, I rejoice that I have special friends who show Jesus to me, all in different ways.  One person, who is distinguished in education, asked me if I needed him to call anyone.  Another person shared personal words of her experiences of waiting.  She watched as school began year after year before finally finding the place she was supposed to be.  She also shared with me statements and scriptures of encouragement during times of waiting.  My “Mom”, Rita, called last night to check on me and reminded me to be thankful and rejoice for what God is doing in our lives.  My precious husband, who knows me better than anyone asked for prayers for me on Facebook.  Today, he said, “We have the prayers going for you today.”  I am thankful for all of these and their belief in me, and in their love, for it is strong.

Today, I quote again from my mother’s favorite devotional book, Streams in the Desert, that has wonderful words for anyone waiting today. “He does so (causes us to wait) because He is a wise gardener who ‘waits for the land to yield its valuable crop’ and is ‘patient…for the autumn and spring rains’ (James 5:7).  God knows He cannot gather the fruit until it is ripe, and He knows precisely when we are spiritually ready to receive blessings for our gain and His glory.  And waiting in the sunshine of His love is what will ripen our soul for His blessings.  Also, waiting under the clouds of trials is as important for they will ultimately produce showers of blessings.”  “Our time is in His hands, and He will quickly avenge those He has chosen, swiftly coming to our support without ever delaying even one hour too long. Andrew Murray)

Prayer:  Our Father, thank you for your provisions and for listening to our prayers.  You know our needs better than we, and you bring us answers in Your timely manner.  Help us leave our worries and anxieties to lay at your feet. Lord, hear our prayers.  Amen.

Prayer Focus: Those Waiting and Waiting

Walk on the Water

Matthew 14:29-33

So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

As I awoke yesterday and began my day, I found I was anxious about many things. I looked into how to continue insurance for dental and vision, and did not get an answer. Then, I called and left a message at a school to get my child registered and did not get a response. And finally, I tried to work with my child to help him with his words to begin school and he refused. I broke down in tears – even simple human requests were not being answered. After I shared an extra story on my blog about Peter walking on the water, faltering in fear, and then Jesus catching him saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt!?”, a dear friend wrote me the simple words, “You good girlfriend?”. I shared with her that I really wasn’t okay and that I was feeling as if Satan was trying to keep me from the faith I needed, and that my own heart was keeping me from keeping the faith. Here was my friend’s response: “Hang in there. So what if God wants you to take a break from teaching. That will be God’s decision, not the devil’s. Satan wants you to believe that if you don’t get called for a position it’s because you’re not living right. When we know, as children of God, that it only means that God has something else in mind for us. Don’t look at not working at the school as a defeat; look at it as an opportunity to walk in a different path with God. Baby, your walk with God is way too tight to give in to the devil. All Peter needed was for Jesus to reach out and touch him. Then he was back on track. Be Still and feel His Touch! Now pick your chin up and get to “Walking on that Water”.
Today, there is still fear in my heart as the bills will continue coming in whether I get a position or not. But, as I have said with my mouth, written with words, and have tried to feel in my heart, God has this. I shared my friend’s words with my husband last night and when he finished reading the words he screamed out, “Preach It, Girl!”, then said to me, “That is a true woman of faith – she loves you.” So, today, my friend’s words will be my words to live by. I will continue “Walking on that Water”. I will “try” to pick my chin up knowing and expecting God to do great things with my life.

Prayer: Father, thank you for sending friends in our time of need to share Your words with us. You know our needs and when we need assurance to “keep our chin up” when we do not feel those needs being answered in our time. Help us, Lord, to keep the faith knowing You will bring the answers to our prayers in Your time. Amen., save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Thought for the Day:  walk on the water to Jesus

As I awoke yesterday and began my day, I found I was anxious about many things. I looked into how to continue insurance for dental and vision, and did not get an answer. Then, I called and left a message at a school to get my child registered and did not get a response. And finally, I tried to work with my child to help him with his words to begin school and he refused. I broke down in tears – even simple human requests were not being answered. After I shared an extra story on my blog about Peter walking on the water, faltering in fear, and then Jesus catching him saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt!?”, a dear friend wrote me the simple words, “You good girlfriend?”. I shared with her that I really wasn’t okay and that I was feeling as if Satan was trying to keep me from the faith I needed, and that my own heart was keeping me from keeping the faith. Here was my friend’s response: “Hang in there. So what if God wants you to take a break from teaching. That will be God’s decision, not the devil’s. Satan wants you to believe that if you don’t get called for a position it’s because you’re not living right. When we know, as children of God, that it only means that God has something else in mind for us. Don’t look at not working at the school as a defeat; look at it as an opportunity to walk in a different path with God. Baby, your walk with God is way too tight to give in to the devil. All Peter needed was for Jesus to reach out and touch him. Then he was back on track. Be Still and feel His Touch! Now pick your chin up and get to “Walking on that Water”.
Today, there is still fear in my heart as the bills will continue coming in whether I get a position or not. But, as I have said with my mouth, written with words, and have tried to feel in my heart, God has this. I shared my friend’s words with my husband last night and when he finished reading the words he screamed out, “Preach It, Girl!”, then said to me, “That is a true woman of faith – she loves you.” So, today, my friend’s words will be my words to live by. I will continue “Walking on that Water”. I will “try” to pick my chin up knowing and expecting God to do great things with my life.

Prayer: Father, thank you for sending friends in our time of need to share Your words with us. You know our needs and when we need assurance to “keep our chin up” when we do not feel those needs being answered in our time. Help us, Lord, to keep the faith knowing You will bring the answers to our prayers in Your time. Amen.

Prayer Focus: Those Needing Assurance

Following Jesus

John 13:12-15

When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”

Thought for the Day:  Learn from Jesus’ example how to follow Him

My husband and I enjoyed listening to our oldest son as he read through and answered questions about his experience at WinShape Camp.  I was happy to hear him answer the questions such as “What was the most fun?” and “What surprised you the most about your day?” I knew from his answers of these two questions that he was having a good time and was experiencing excitement through the camp.  But more importantly than those questions, was how he talked about Jesus light and following Him.  He eloquently shared about the difference in darkness and light, and talked about following the Light of Jesus.  We talked about our life experiences and he listened to stories about us that he had not heard before.  He came back with examples of stories he had heard from our past where God was present.  Then he talked about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and why that was so important.  When asked when someone “washed our feet” or when we “washed someone else’s feet” we shared stories where we learned something about helping others and how others have helped us.   One of the stories I shared was the blog writing about when the boys showed empathy for the lady who had lost her dog.  My son said, “Mama, you need to share that story on the neighborhood page where you read that the little dog was lost.”  We talked more and I was simply amazed at how much my 12-year old son already understands about Jesus love for us and what we need to do to follow Him.

“I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  As I reflect on my sweet son as he shared this scripture, I thought back about his early fear of the dark.  As he shared last night about the light of Jesus, his fear seemed less and he seemed to truly understand about how Jesus’ light shines for all of us.  “…so He got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”  I was amazed that my son seems to truly understand the importance of this scripture and put it into today’s experience.  My husband talked about the importance of talking to everyone we meet, not just the ones we know.  I shared that he was really good at speaking to all.  I mentioned learning from “Mr. Bob” on my first mission trip in the Appalachian Mountains, to “mosey” in as we met the person we were scheduled to help.  I learned that their life stories are what can change us from the inside out.  Nathaniel took it all in and seemed to understand even more.  God has blessed all of us with this week of WinShape Camp because we have talked as a family about following Jesus.

Prayer:  Father God, thank you for giving our children the opportunities to learn more about Your love and following You.  You sent Your son into the world to show us how to love and follow, thank you for bringing people into our lives who teach us more about Jesus and following Him.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Learning how to Follow Jesus

 

The Lost Little Dog

1 Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you should be of one mind.  Sympathize with each other.  Love each other as brothers and sisters.  Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.

Thought for the Day:  Show tenderness to others

A few days ago, we saw on our neighborhood informational page that a precious little dog was missing in a community a few over.  The boys were bored, I was anxious, and my husband was needing some peace and quiet to do some work at home.  So, I asked the boys if they wanted to go drive around that neighborhood.  When we began driving slowly through the neighborhood, the boys and I looked around each house for some sign of a little white dog.  At one point, we drove by the house of the pet owner and stopped to meet her.  With tears in her eyes, she explained how the little dog had gotten spooked by a loud clap of thunder and bolted.  When the boys and I saw her tears and listened to her voice, our actions changed from a “quest” to find something lost to a “mission of love” as we felt her pain and tears.  When we first looked around, we glanced lightly at the yards in the area.  When we drove around after talking to her, we found ourselves truly searching the shrubs and plants.  I found that I didn’t want to give up but finally had to as we watched the time.  Throughout the night, I kept checking into the neighborhood page to see that she had not been found.  Even the next day, I prayed for that little dog and for her owner.  During mealtime, I heard the boys praying for the lady and her dog.  My heart melted each time I heard their prayers.  It was late the next day when I finally saw that she had been found and had been returned to that precious lady.  My heart leapt as I read the words, “We are so happy”, from the owner.  The next meal, my oldest son said a prayer of thanks that she had been found.

“We changed our thoughts from a quest to find something lost to a mission of love as we felt her pain and tears.”  I noticed a change in my boys when they met the sweet lady.  They truly felt empathy.  They both remembered losing our precious kitty before we moved and didn’t want anyone else to feel as they did when the cat was not found.  We had to move without him.  Even today, their occasional prayers include “Snuggles” praying he is okay.  God used the boys’ and my past experience of losing a pet to bring empathy of thoughts when we heard the words from that precious lady looking for her dog.  As we go through grief and pain, we grow in our sensitivity and empathy for others.

Prayer:  God, thank you for helping us know when someone is in need and for bringing those people into our lives.  As we go through each day, help us have empathy for others where we will understand better their situations.  Be with us today.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Those feeling empathy for others