Y’all. When we left church last night, it was dark outside. I didn’t know what was going on. Normally, it’s still daylight & hotter than a firecracker. However, a sweet lady, that was walking out with me, knew exactly what it was.
She said, “The seasons are changing. The days are getting shorter.”
AND THIS HEAT. Surely, there’s an end in sight. (Happy dance inserted here). I know I have sweated more this year, than I have in a long time. And I don’t even hardly ever go outside. Ever.
I came across a wonderful devotional in Our Daily Bread. I wanted to share it with you.
What do you do with your worries? Do you turn them inward, or turn them upward?
When the brutal Assyrian King Sennacherib was preparing to destroy Jerusalem, he sent a message to King Hezekiah saying that Judah would be no different from all the other nations he had conquered. Hezekiah took this message to the temple in Jerusalem, and “spread it out before the Lord” (Isa. 37:14). He then prayed and asked for help from Almighty God.
Soon afterward Isaiah the prophet delivered this message to Hezekiah from the Lord: “Because you prayed about King Sennacherib of Assyria, the Lord has spoken” (Isa. 37:21-22 nlt). Scripture tells us that Hezekiah’s prayer was answered that very night. God intervened miraculously, conquering the enemy forces outside the city gates. The Assyrian army didn’t even “shoot an arrow” (v. 33). Sennacherib would leave Jerusalem, never to return.
Three words in God’s message to Hezekiah—“Because you prayed”—show us the best place to go with our worries. Because Hezekiah turned to God, He rescued him and his people. When we turn our worries into prayer, we discover that God is faithful in unexpected ways! —James Banks
Father, please help me to turn my worries into prayer. My problems are better in Your hands than in my own
Wow! If that’s not incentive to be in prayer, I don’t know what is. I have a prayer journal, that I write names in to pray for. I am thinking of revamping it to be more in depth with it. I am hoping it will make me more aware of people & situations. Y’all, I am so guilty of getting caught up with my problems & not thinking about what others are facing. Hopefully, this will be a good way to keep other’s needs fresh on my mind & heart. I will share this with you, when I put it together.
I hope everyone has had a great week so far. We had a nice Labor Day. My husband out did himself, again. He grilled ribs, fish, a pork butt, & bar-b-que bologna. Everyone was definitely full, when they left the house! Hope the rest of your week is just wonderful! Until next time, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.
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