Over the summer I’m hoping that things will slow down a bit since the girls are out of school and the summer semester at work is slow. Instead of being on social media or watching a lot of Netflix, I’d like to read more of the books that I purchased started reading and had to put down for one reason or another. Although the bible is the most important everyday reading in my life there are books that interest me in terms of helping or enhancing my relationship with the lord and increasing my prayer life. These 5 books focus on prayer and intercession and are an excellent partner to the Hidden In God Prayer Planner.
Here are the 5 books in my summer reading list:
The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies
Author: Kendrick, Stephen
Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer
Author: Shirer, Priscilla
His Princess: Love Letters from Your King
Author: Sheri Rose Shepherd
Possessing the Gates of the Enemy: A Training Manual for Militant Intercession
Rooms of Intercession: Entering into Passionate Prayer
Author: Brenda Dennie
I had a dream. In this dream I had a destination and I was traveling to the place with my pastor. We started off in a van with lots of windows and I could see that we were going through a neighborhood and there were houses on both sides. We would periodically stop and witness to people we saw. After riding for a short time we came to a street and the scene changed. The road became a steep hill and the weather became a frozen mess. Cars were empty but sliding by us straight down the hill because of the icy street. There was lots of snow and the road was slick and we had to abandon the van and climb the steep streets by foot. It was difficult but we eventually made it to the top and the scene changed again. This time there was a new neighborhood and the houses were made with jewels embedded into the structure. We walked and I admired the homes with the shining stones. My pastor, she and I had talked the whole way but when we reached the end of the street, I noticed that the neighborhood was quite familiar and that I could have taken a different way, a shorter way that would have gotten me to where I was a lot faster and without all of the difficulties.
Then I heard the Lord speak and he told me that he could have taken me that way but I needed to go the long difficult way for a reason. Those jewels in the houses had a meaning also in what his plan for me is. He spoke about the jewels but it slips my mind right now as this dream was a couple years ago. I tell you about the dream because in reading God’s word this morning one of the scriptures I landed on reminded me of it.
Deuteronomy 8:2 (KJV)
And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
It’s funny but in a couple months I will be forty.
For a few days now I have this overwhelming feeling that something is on the horizon. And when I read this passage of scripture and think back over my life just during these last 7 years when I gave my life back to God. I can truly say I thank Him for leading me through the wilderness. I may not even be out of it yet, but I know God does not make mistakes and he has already shown me that I needed to go through it. Some times the trials, tribulations and tests have knocked me flat to the ground but I did not give up on God. I have wanted to quit many times the things he has called me to, but I have not I have endured through his strength and courage. I have cried my way through many trials, prayed through unmeasurable tribulations, gone to Jesus with the thought of asking for an escape but hitting my knees knowing that I do not want an escape but the strength to just make it through. Why? Because I know that what God has on the other side of my praise, my tests, my worship, my tribulations, my wilderness…
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Shortly before his death, Carey said to a friend: “You have been saying much about Dr. Carey and his work. When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey’s Saviour.” – William Carey
What will they say about me when my time on this earth is gone. This is the thought that plagues me often in my walk with Christ. Will I have lived a life representative of Christ which will leave people speaking of my great Saviour or will there be whispers of my flaws and short comings? Truth is there may be a bit of both but my hope is that I will have lived, done or said something that will ultimately leave others speaking about the Saviour that I have loved and served.
In speaking I have learned that my experiences in this life are not about me. They are about learning in order to gain wisdom, growing in faith and giving back to someone in need. I have heard many times how can you relate to someone if you haven’t gone through what they are going through. The greatest example of that is when Jesus came in the form of flesh, suffered at the hands of men, and was hung on the cross for our (yours and mine) sins, failures, flaws and shortcomings.
For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. Hebrews 4:15 (AMP)
I believe in order to give with the right motive, compassion plays such a huge part. When I say give I don’t mean just monetary or materialistically, I mean giving back by praying for and with someone, helping to carry the burden of our brother/sister in Christ, fighting a spiritual war on behalf of a lost soul in order to draw them to Jesus, interceding for those we don’t even know, and loving them that spitefully use us. If we can do these things just as Jesus has done them and much more for us, and all in the name and strength of our Saviour, how then will others speak about us (you and me).
I pray that when they speak about me, they will say…There is one whom she loved an served, and He caused her to love others. He in turn showed us His love through her. And others will ask who is this one that you speak of. The answer: His name is Jesus. And what he has done for her, he has done for others and will do for you.