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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

Bask in this prayer today, and make it your own.
Meditate on what this prayer really means for your life.

I know that for me,
It's Revolutionary.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wednesday Encouragement

It's mid week, the beginning of a new month. A fresh start for some, a burden for others. I thought we all could just use some encouragement though.

“That's why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn't stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I'd think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!" -Ephesians 1:18 MSG

There's people everywhere hearing about what you are doing, because you matter. People you never even would think of are praying for you. Like me. Like Jesus (John 17). Like Paul, right here, because his words are alive and mean the same today as they did then.

Bottom line: You aren't alone in Christ. We are a community, a kingdom, all serving and worshiping the same king.

Isn't that AWESOME!?

And we need to be praying for others. It's so refreshing to just sit back and thank God for other people in your life and who you don't even know, but may be in your life later on.

I want to get in a more consistent habit of praying for all of you, our readers. You guys rock! I don't know who all of you are but it's so encouraging to me that I pray you all are being encouraged as well.

Encouraging one another... it's all about this community idea.

And there is this huge blessing we have of being a follower of Christ... because he gives us 'ENDLESS energy and BOUNDLESS strength'. Be encouraged by that.


Those words have some pretty legit meaning.

He's inside, He's over, He's underneath, He's in between. He's got your back. Rest in that.

Have a great week everybody!