come set Your rule and reign in the hearts of everyone at the Professional Church Workers Conference of the Southeastern District. Be the Master of attitudes, the Master of conversations, the Master of actions, the Master of all we are. May there be more of You and less of self in all of our lives. Holy Spirit, invade us now. We need Your power to be a part of building Your kingdom here. Set Your Church on fire. May the darkness fear as we serve You with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, and with all of our strength. No force of hell can stop how Your beauty and grace changes hearts. Fill us with the love of Christ! We want to set Christ apart as Lord and seek Your kingdom first. We hunger and thirst for You, Lord God, King of the universe. We lay down our lives for Your cause, Your will to be done. Unveil our eyes and help us see You more clearly than ever before, Your desires, Your dreams for Your people. Build Your kingdom here, we pray, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Thinking these days about the care of women in ministry and those married to professional church workers. In preparing for a professional church workers conference, I have a heart for all women in ministry, and as the equipped saints, that is all inclusive. But, this upcoming event brings together the leaders, those trusted with equipping the priesthood of all believers. We spend alot of time comparing ourselves to each other, and perhaps backed into corners afraid to express our failings and discouraged hearts. How can we be the wind under the breath of the Holy Spirit as encouragers to each other?
Can sharing where we meet the Lord in prayer bring hope? Can new prayer tools reopen the gate to conversations waiting in the wings of our days? What happens in the holding of the hand of a fellow believer in prayer, steeped in intercession? Does one connection make a difference in how we live the day to day burden of ministry? How do we create safe havens for expressing the hills and valleys of our journey?
Fascinated by these verses in Galatians-in the Message
careful exploration of who you are
careful exploration of the work you have been given
sink yourself into what you have been given
don't be impressed with yourself
do your creative best with your own life
The Message (MSG)
4-5 Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Dear Heavenly Father, May we be the gateway encouragers to each other. May we seek your face as the audience of ONE. May the hope that we have in Jesus be the doorway into prayer conversations with you. May we continue to use prayer tools that give meaning to this journey and help us to see the writing of your design on each of our lives. In the name of Jesus. Amen.