Today I got up a few minutes later than yesterday, put on jeans and a jacket and turned on the coffee-maker. Thank goodness I dressed warmly today, because it was cold! I warmed up as I walked, and the sun warmed up the air. I walked the opposite direction around the school today, and saw a number of students out walking, riding bikes, loading onto a bus, and getting dropped off by their parents.
Since yesterday’s prayers focused on Thanksgiving, I decided to do the ACTS prayer model (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication). I think it was my Dad who taught me to pray using this acronym. So today I went back and began with Adoration.
Today I adored God for:
- His great power to do more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21)
- His creation of each student (and each of their parents) at our school
- The beauty of his creation
- Bringing us to California to lead youth ministry
- The leaders, committee, teachers, business-owners, and parents who long to share Jesus Christ with our teenagers
- His amazing forgiveness
- His redeeming love
- His heart for the lost
To be honest, today my heart was aching for the brokenness around us. We are at war, and Satan would love to see us fail. But we can take heart, because God has already overcome the world (John 16:33). The battle is already won. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) In God we have peace. To Him be the glory throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
I again ended my walk with a stop at our local coffee shop. I gave them some literature about our youth ministry, and asked them if we could hold a Club there. They were really excited about hosting our Club, so we exchanged numbers and information. When I was almost home, I met our next door neighbor on the sidewalk and we had a long conversation. It really is nice to get out and about before the kids are up in the morning!