a thursday prayer (Brooke)

Last March I started praying—praying that God would give me a heart to choose stillness over busyness and worship over worry. And, I prayed that I would actually just pray instead of talking about praying.   I prayed that I would be prayerful for people & pray continually. It has been a journey that has really changed me.  I am very thankful–& still learning and growing.

One particular day last March I decided I wanted to start praying for myself and every girl that I had had the privilege of discipling since joining staff with Cru{10 years ago, ah!} and every girl that was and is involved in the Cru ministries here in Tidewater(many who I don’t even know). Since then I have prayed this prayer (almost) every Thursday. This prayer has become so dear to me and Thursday prayer mornings are a very favorite:
Jesus, I pray that every day you would remind us of the deep and unfailing love that you have for us. I pray that any doubts that we might have will be wiped away by your gentle and kind reminders of Your love.  I pray that we would know that nothing can separate us from your love. I pray we would be full of faith and listen well for Your Voice.  I pray that we wouldn’t live comfortable lives but would take risks for your glory.  I pray we wouldn’t settle but would serve and love boldly.  I pray that we would walk humbly with you, with eyes a w a k e & open to be ready to go, do and say what you might wants us to say today and everyday.  I pray that we would be women of prayer.  Trusting you for things big and small.  I pray we would see you moving and answering our prayers.  I pray that when you have us in seasons of waiting that we would wait well and wait with much joy.  I pray for the mountains that we might be facing right now- I pray that we would trust you with it- that we would realize that nothing is impossible with you! And, that you are in control of all things.  I pray that we would be women that depend on you and do nothing before seeking you.  I pray that we would be women of your Word.  I pray we would cling to your promises. I pray these promises would set us f r e e.  I pray against any lies that we might believe– I pray we would not give into the enemies timely words but would remember who YOU are God.  Guard our minds.  Please make us more aware of Your presence.  We need you each day Jesus to guide us.  We know you are good.  Help our hearts to be quick to remember you each day.  I pray that we would be bold with your love and surround ourselves with people that know You and people who don’t yet know You.  Let our lives count for You.  In Your name, Amen.
You have been prayed for today.  Happy Thursday. You are loved.  
–>There is a tab to the right where you can share specific prayer requests..  Every Tuesday afternoon all the staff girls are together for a prayer time.  We would love to be covering your requests in prayer.  
prayer changes things.  

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{Suffering, God’s Love, & C.S. Lewis} (Heather)

Reflections on John 13:1-17
This is the passage where Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. There were a few things I had never noticed before today though. In verse one it says,
“Now before the Feast of Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
I just thought that was incredibly beautiful. Jesus is getting ready to suffer excruciating physical and emotional pain, and knowing this fully He loved His disciples (and us) to the end. He didn’t retreat from them even though they would abandon Him and one would betray Him.

All of this made me think about marriage as well as some things I had been reading in one of my new favorite books, A Grief Observed. In this book, C.S. Lewis is dealing with the implications of personal suffering on his beliefs. If C.S. Lewis had known the hurt he would experience as he watched his wife suffer and die from cancer, would he still have walked that road? Even on a smaller scale, if I would’ve known how much I would be hurt in marriage or how much I would hurt my husband beforehand, would I have had the foresight to still choose it? Looking back now, I’m so grateful that I chose to walk through life with Ramsey; however, I’m sure there are things coming in my life that I would back away from if I knew the pain that would come with them—and I would miss out on so much if I did. I’m glad that I don’t know everything that is coming right now, but I’m floored that Jesus knew fully what was to come and He still loved me until the end.