Stay Awake Monday//A Dangerous Prayer//Brooke

I came across a prayer yesterday that stopped me in my tracks.   The prayer put words to so many things I want for my life,  for the staff women I work alongside, and for the student women that we serve. 
It’s a beautiful prayer- but it’s also a dangerous one.  It’s about surrender and less of me and more of Him.  It’s about loving things less and treasuring Christ more.  Ultimately it’s a prayer to not waste our time, our life.  
I’m praying this prayer for us today.  I’m also printing it and posting it in my office as a call to pray, remember, & live dangerously.
Will you pray it with me?
Dear God,
Please make us dangerous women.
May we be women who acknowledge our power to change, and grow, and be radically alive for God.
May we be healers of wounds and righters of wrongs.
May we weep with those who weep and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
May we cherish children, embrace the elderly, and empower the poor.
May we pray deeply and teach wisely.
May we be strong and gentle leaders.
May we sing songs of joy and talk down fear.
May we never hesitate to let passion push us, conviction compel us, and righteous anger energize us.
May we strike fear into all that is unjust and evil in the world.
May we dismantle abusive systems and silence lies with truth.
May we shine like stars in a darkened generation.
May we overflow with goodness in the name of God and by the power of Jesus.
And in that name and by that power, may we change the world.
Dear God, please make us dangerous women. Amen. [prayer written by Lynn Hybels]
God hears our prayers.  He is near and He cares.
Stay Awake.

Stay Awake Monday//Sweet Mercy//Brooke

I get so excited when it’s a new month, a new year, a new morning. There’s something about beginning again, turning the calendar page, starting over that I just can’t get enough of. And I think that’s one of the reasons why I’m obsessed with Lamentations 3:23:

“Great is His faithfulness, His mercies begin afresh each morning.”

each morning.
over and over.
for you.
for me.

Paul David Tripp in his devotional “New Morning Mercies” says: “The reality that on every morning brand-new mercy greets us is not the thing that grips our minds as we frenetically prepare for our day. When we lay our exhausted heads down at the end of the day for much-needed sleep, we often fail to look back on the many mercies that dripped from God’s hands onto our little lives.  We don’t often take time to sit and meditate on what our lives would’ve been like if the mercy of the Redeemer had not been written into our personal stories. Sadly, we all tend to be too mercy-forgetful.”

Celebrate this mercy today.
Be watchful for this mercy all around.
Extend this mercy to others.

We are loved by a rich in mercy God. There is so much to praise Him for.

Here’s to Monday!
Stay Awake.

Stay Awake Monday//Scripture to GO//Brooke

I love Psalm 1 for so many reasons.  Have you read it recently?  It’s PACKED with sweet promises, exhortation, & encouragement.  Today I want to focus on Psalm 1:2: “…but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates on it day and night.”

As you know meditating on Scripture is basically just thinking about it a lot—til it starts to change your mind, thoughts, actions! Praise God. One simple way to meditate is writing down a verse you want to think about more and carrying it with you for the rest of the day.  Let’s do this together this week. This is an area I really want to grow in so I am excited to focus on this all week.  So let’s keep it simple:  first thing each morning write down a verse on a note card.  Put it in  your pocket or tape it to your phone.  And as many moments as possible[waiting in line, walking to class, eating lunch…] read that verse-think about each word, pray it, picture it, sing it, repeat it, share it with a friend, enjoy it…

Today I’m going to meditate on Psalm 62:1-2 if you want to as well: Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.  Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress I will never be shaken.

I pray you will be filled with delight as you meditate on truth this week! God is good. Stay Awake.