Never Gets Old

This past Sunday one of our senior ladies was looking for me following her Bible Study class.  As Hazel walked towards me with the assistance of her walker I knew she had a prayer concern to share or a story of her family.  We’ve shared moments like these before.  But this time it was different, she had something exciting to share with me, something that had occurred before she arrived at church.

Hazel had the opportunity to share Jesus with someone.  As she shared her faith with this woman seeds were planted.  She shared scripture with a person who had no faith, in a loving manner.   The belief system of Hazel’s new friend was really non-existent.  That did not matter to Hazel.  It was evident to me that Hazel’s only concern was that her friend hear the gospel and know how salvation could be experienced.

Wow!  What an example Hazel is.  A ninety-five year old believer still living out her faith before others.  Obeying her Lord’s command to go and share.  The message never gets old.  A message that EVERY believer – no matter our age – needs to share with whomever God brings into our life.

Thanks Hazel ….  Thank You God for Hazel and her example.

“you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” Acts 1:8 

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Times of Prayer

I am learning more and more of the importance of prayer and value that one gains through this experience.  As 2014 began I made a commitment to spend greater amounts of my life in moments of prayer.  Prayer had become more of a routine, an add-on, a filler, even at times the last resort.   I knew that prayer was so much more than any of that, not to mention the great benefits that a believer gains from spending time in conversation with our Creator.

Well I’m into my second month and my prayer times are different.  Whether as a part of my Quiet Times each day, praying with another believer, in two-hour dedicated prayer times, praying while I’m driving, or all the other times, it has all been great!  Today in one of my prayer times I wrote a few thoughts and shared them with my Father.

“God, my second month of an afternoon of prayer.  There is so much to pray about – family, friends, church, …..  I’ve been “practicing” prayer for a long time, but I’ve never devoted such long periods to prayer.  They’ve always been short and to the point.  Now that I’m into my second month I’ve learned a few things about myself.

1. If you keep your eyes closed the whole time you are setting yourself up to be sleepy (especially if it is in the middle of the afternoon)!

2. I need to work from a list; helps me stay focused.

3. My prayer list is in a constant state of flux.  It’s growing.

4. I believer prayer is more critical than ever before.

5. I look forward to “marking off” things I’ve been praying for as God answers.

Earlier today I spent time praying with and praying for Alden and Andy.  It was one of the most rewarding times I’ve spent praying with these men.

God thank You for these times of prayer.  May my time with You in these environments continue to grow.    Joe”

“that you may love The Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to Him”  Deut. 30:20