Yesterday I was talking to my 2 younger daughters about the day they will get to go on a mission trip with just me - their own individual trip. They were listing all the places they would like to go and the things they would like to do on these trips! In just a few weeks I will be taking off for Peru with my oldest daughter, Emmajoy. We are extremely excited!!
I was explaining to the girls that unless things change I could not go on a trip every single year. I use all my "spekaing" money to fund these trips. It would probabaly take me another 2 or so years to raise enough money for another trip. The past year has been quite low as far as speaking opportunities - but I can see a direct corelations in my kids' activities increasing and God allowing me to not miss so much! Grace!!!
I then reminded the girls raising funds for a mission trip must be done through prayer, lots of prayer. I said, 'even as much as you don't like when I am gone over a weekend or for an evening some times, this is the way that I raise this money.' It was as if it clicked. It was like a light came on and they were able to be more receptive of one of the many reasons that mommy goes away.
2 Thes. 3:1 Pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored.
Lord, I pray more than anything that I bring your message to my appointments and not just something I think needs to be said. I pray through the power of the Holy Spirit Your message will resonate and penetrate the hearts of every listening ear and then those that are willing to share with those they comein contact with. I pray Jesus, you will increase my opportunites to spread Your message so that I can do those things like take my kids on a mission trip.
"The possibilities of prayer reach to all things." E. M. Bounds
Prayer, not even elaborate prayers, but just simply voicing dreams, longing, yearings, concerns, and yes, even worries - can make all the difference. I know You hear Lord, I know you act, I know you move - I must pray and believe.
It is not so much what I pray, but that I pray!!!
Father, remind me, fuel me, spur me, convict me - to pray!!!!! To talk with you!
Thank You for listening. May Your message spread rapidly and You be honored whether through me or my children!!