As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been focused on reciting the Serenity Prayer lately. In addition to the Serenity Prayer, I have also been praying the Lord’s Prayer and Terri’s prayer. All in all, it’s been a time for prayer. 2020 has reminded me that when life happens, and it will, pray. Maybe that’s been true for you also…
Prayer is a powerful tool and weapon that the Lord has provided us. During life’s difficulties, prayer is something you and I can rely on to talk to God and to tap into the Lord’s supernatural strength, supreme wisdom, and insightful guidance.
There are things that happen which are beyond my control. What do I do? Certainly, I must take action. But before I do, I have found it is worth pausing and spending some time in prayer because when I act without praying first, I usually do more harm than good.
One day at a time
One foot in front of the other
Focus on God
Don’t forget to breathe
This too shall pass
Be kind with your words
No one is guaranteed tomorrow
©2017 Terri Walker Bantau
Life is not meant to be an easy ride. We know that spiritual growth occurs through the trials and tribulations we experience. Like it or not, apart from pain and suffering, we seem to have a difficult time growing. When everything is going according to plan, we tend to turn to God far less than when we face challenges. Challenges build character, stamina, and steadfastness.
Perhaps, that is why God allows suffering.
Not because He wants us to hurt, but because suffering precedes glory, as it did in the case of Jesus, who was crucified on the cross for our benefit. I’ve been told before, while enduring a difficult trial, to remember God has something great in store for me. And, often, that has turned out to be true.
The pandemic continues, as does the social unrest, and the rioting in a number of major American cities. It pains me to see this great discord divide our nation. Like me, you may feel frustrated and helpless. But, remember, we are not. You and I can turn to God in prayer. He will provide us with peace, at least in our own spirit, if not in the world that surrounds us and at times overwhelms us.
The impact of the virus has reached our doorstep. My Mom, who is suppossed to be having hip surgery, has recently tested positive for the virus, thus delaying her surgery. In the process, Sweet T was exposed to the virus as well. So far, so good, as neither of them are showing any symptoms. Sweet T has tested negative, while Mom and three of her friends recently tested positive. Others are awaiting the results of their tests. Sweet T and I are self-quarantining, out of an abundance of caution. Not out of fear, but because we believe it is the right thing to do given what we know about the virus.
Like you, what we know about COVID seems to change daily, if not hourly. So…life has happened and we find ourselves turning to God in prayer. We need His comfort and His peace. We need His strength. We need His wisdom and guidance.
In the midst of it all, we know that God is good, all the time and that all the time, God is good!
May you and those you love be blessed and showered with God’s love and favor.