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Rescue the weak and needy.
Psalm 82:4
 
 
I have been reading about Anne Jackson, who is currently in India, on a mission to rescue the weak and needy.  On her blog, she tells this story about how God broke her heart to help children have hope.
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From Flowerdust.net

Her name is Anne.

In early 2008, she had it all. An amazing job working alongside two of the most respected and innovative pastors in the American church. She had a good salary, a cushy downtown apartment with red walls and hardwood floors. She had just purchased her adulthood dream car.

And sure, she was generous — at least in her own American way. She tithed to her church, gave above and beyond for new projects, and sponsored a Compassion child in Ethiopia. (The one who bought a sheep with the EXTRA money she and The Hubs sent).

Then in February, she touched poverty on a trip to Africa. She smelled it. For a week, no matter where she turned, it was there.

They had eyes of hope, but skin and bones for flesh.

They had dreams, but no clean water.

They were covered in potential, but they had no clean clothes.

And on this trip, something inside her broke. Sixteen months later, it’s never been fixed.

You may never touch the rough hand of a young, hungry child.

Or see a two week old dying in a crib in an orphanage in Kolkata.But it is my prayer for you that something will break.

You may never smell what raw sewer and smoke and smog smell like on a hellishly hot and humid day.

But it is my prayer for you that something will break.

read the rest here

 

 

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Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Psalm 82:3

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He hears

My heart is in anguish within me…
But I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.
Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and He hears my voice.
Psalm 55:4,16-17
 
 
~ God of Grace ~
Please help me.
Please heal me.
Sustain and uphold me.
Release me…
For You are powerful.
You care and You love me.
 
I proclaim Your love in the morning.
I proclaim Your faithfulness at night. 
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Prayer based on:
Psalm 30:10 – help
Psalm 30:2 – heal
Psalm 54:4 – sustain
Psalm 63:8 – uphold
Psalm 25:15 – release
Psalm 29:4 – power
Psalm 86:13 – love
Psalm 92:2 – proclaim
How gracious He will be when you cry for help! 
As soon as He hears, He will answer you.  Isaiah 30: 19
from my journal March 11, 2009

 

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Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us…?  Luke 24:32

 
Jesus still wants to talk to us today. 
Question of the day:
Am I listening?
 
from my journal January 20, 2005
 
A prayer from Teresa of Avila
Father of Holy Fire,
in all things that I do today,
however simple or great,
let me act out of reverence for You…
out of love and respect for others,
whom You call me to serve…. 
Let my greatest honor be this —
that others may hear me speak,
or watch my actions
and think more highly of You.
 
Majestic is Your Name, David Hazard and Teresa of Avila 

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His word is in my heart like a fire…
Jeremiah 20:9
 
 
My Dad has started writing poetry; I love it when people surprise me.  His favorite style of poetry is haiku, and he has written over 2,000 since August 2008.  I asked him to write about fire and he sent me these two poems.
 
I can go no other place
And find the abiding peace
In quiet He comes with fire
Lighting up my soul
 
Come be the fire inside me
Your presence is what I need
To make Your presence real here
This is my desire
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© Terry S. Smith
 
 

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overcome

“In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! 
I have overcome the world.” Jesus
John 16:33
 
There are things that Jesus is willing to do (see March 6, 2009 post) and things that Jesus is not willing to do.  Jesus is not willing to give us easy lives.  I find myself wanting an easy life — one free of pain and trouble.  My children also prefer to have an easy life.  They would rather play instead of work, but I know that this is not what they need.  In the same way, God uses the hard times in our lives to refine us. “Many will be purified, made spotless and refined…” (Daniel 12:10). I want to be one of the many that are refined. 
 
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you (1 Peter 4:12)  Though now for a little while, you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold — may be proven genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor…(1 Peter 1:6-7).

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