Monday Minute–On and On… (Brooke)

Happy Monday. I pray the week ahead for you is filled with many moments of joy–joy in your walk with the Lord and joy in knowing you are deeply loved by God.

 Psalm 22:9a says “Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb…” Before your first day on Earth you were apart of Gods heart.  And long after you die His love continues.  On and On and On and On it goes. 

And know that nothing you do today. tomorrow. or last week. or last year can separate you from this Love.

The following scripture absolutely blows my mind.  It is just so good.  And truth I need to be reminded of each day.  Slowly read through it a few times even if it’s very familiar to you.  Write it out.  Memorize it.  Do whatever it takes to hide this scripture in your heart. 

  “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.  Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us form the love of God that is r e v e a l e d in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39

Bringing the Gospel Home (Brooke) & GIVEAWAY!!!

I wonder if you are already feeling a little weary & a little bummed and it’s only a few weeks into the summer.  You had all these hopes of being a LIGHT to your family(or friends)–of serving and praying and sharing and all you feel like you’ve done is sleep, watch Netflix, and go get froyo(those are excellent things btw!)  Don’t worry- each day brings new mercies and new opportunities to love your family. Don’t believe the lie that you have “already blown your witness” or “you have already missed too many opportunities” or “you have already been too unloving.”  You can make a plan today to reach your family with the hope of Christ—no matter how difficult you feel it is to love those closest to you and no matter how unloving you feel you have been.

You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that can not be hidden.  Matthew 5:14

I found this list here—it offers 10 ways to continue to be a light to your family while you are home–I think it was written with Christmas break in mind but all the principles still apply.

ALSO, today is a GIVEAWAY day and 2 *lucky* winners will receive a copy of the book “Bringing the Gospel Home” by Randy Newman.  It’s an excellent book about how to love and share the gospel with your family.  Here is what Randy Newman says, Whenever I have spoken about evangelism, the number one question I get asked is, “How do I witness to my family.” Often the question is posed with tears and anguish. So I decided to tackle this emotionally charged topic by focusing on the goodness of the gospel, the high priority of family, and the complexity of communication. My goal in writing this book is to offer people hope by pointing them to scripture and telling a variety of stories of others who have witnessed to family.”

Also, just for fun both winners will receive 8 cute note cards with envelopes, a role of washi tape, and a journal!

To enter to WIN:
1. comment below by Sunday(6/8) at 5 pm with your favorite fro-yo topping and your email address.   Winners will be picked at random on Sunday night & emailed with the happy news! 
2.You must be a college student that goes to school in the Tidewater area(ODU,CNU, W&M, VWC, TCC, TNCC) or Richmond, VA area to enter to win.
3. Thanks and LOVE! xoxo

The Monday Minute (Brooke)

There is just something about prayer. It’s different than almost anything else we do in this life. For some reason God uses our prayers to bring forth change in us-in our homes-in our friendships- in our neighborhoods & dorms-in our fears. And Satan trembles at the thought that we would pray. 

Prayer is such a gift from God.
& Prayer really changes things.

Slowly read these verses & answer, “What does this verse teach me about prayer? about yourself? about God?
“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6

“if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 
2 Chronicles 7:14

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  Matthew 5:44

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ…” Colossians 4:2-3a

God, remind us of the power of prayer.  I pray we would continue steadfastly in prayer and that we would be praying for things that are on Your heart. We love You, Amen.