Last night was our second Freshmen Football Spaghetti Dinner in the past month. After two days of preparation, and clean-up that lasted until 11pm, I just could not get myself out of bed this morning until 8am. Then we were off to Bible Study Fellowship shortly after 9am, while Brad walked to a nearby coffee shop to have breakfast with a student.
I hadn’t done any of my homework for class, but I knew that my kids (Naomi especially) would be heart-broken if we didn’t attend. I had a difficult time staying awake through the lecture, but it was good to gain further insights into the gospel of Matthew. This is the first time I’ve been able to get involved in a BSF class from the beginning, and I am really enjoying the opportunity to get to know some of the other women in my class. We represent a wide variety of ages, so I really enjoy learning from their wisdom and life experience. When I spend time with these other women, I feel stronger, and less alone, in my walk with Christ.
Needless to say, I didn’t get to walk and pray until late this afternoon. It was hot by the time I got out, but again it was fun to see the school at midday. I saw a dad catching for his teenage daughter as she pitched a softball to him. I saw kids walking and riding bikes, and baseball players in the batting cages. Today I prayed for all the Christians I know. In all of the Christian groups and outreaches we participate in, there is always the threat of division, isolation, and broken relationships. The enemy is always ready to steal, kill, and destroy the abundant life we believers have found in Jesus Christ (John 10:10). I prayed that our youth ministry team will be like a cord of three strands, able to help one another, and a firm defense against the enemy. Satan would love to see us divided, but together we are strong.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12