From the Ranch

From the Ranch

Sunday, August 9, 2015

It is Sunday Morning in Germany, and I am a Woman of Prayer

It is almost 6am this beautiful Sunday morning in Germany, and I woke up knowing that the Living God loves me, and that in Him I live and move and have my being.  I love Sundays, we have a wonderful church in Weisbaden, and I will go there this morning for Sunday School, the morning worship service, and a working lunch on the direction of our Sunday School.  This is an exciting time of growth, and I thank God as I think of the blessings of today that are mine through the church God led us to in Germany.  I am anxious to be on my way to church, it is a two hour trip for me.  It won't be as enjoyable as it would be if Randy were here, and traveling with me as I make my way.  Randy is out of town with his job, and his laughter, always happy heart, and sense of adventure concerning every minute of life, won't be directly at my side, but in my heart and mind as I go through the day.

As is my habit, this time of day is a time of prayer for me.  Always my beloved husband, his life, his work, his health, his safety, and his growth in his relationship with the Lord God is among my first petitions.  My daughters this morning all have needs, my oldest injured her arm while working out last week, and she and my awesome son-in-law John have moved to a new place, and there are challenges when a family moves.  My daughter Meredith has a new endeavor in her life.  She has always been an artist, all my daughters have.  That is an inheritance from my father's side of the family.  I love all things creative, and encouraged my children as they were growing up to let the creativity of their minds find outlets of expression.  Art is a communication form, and Merrie,  as we have always called he,r has found a new form of expressing the uniqueness of who she is.  I love the whimsical beauty of what she is creating, the rick jewel tone colors, and the design of each piece. I have been asking God's blessing on this new work as she has set up a wonderful online shop to sell her work.  My fearless daughter Beth is expecting her third child, his name is Luke, and there is a difficulty in the pregnancy, so prayers rise from my heart for her family, especially Luke.  Micah and Misty, my daughter-in-laws are young mothers, and I ask the Lord God to bless them both, draw them always to a deeper relationship with him, and to meet the needs of their lives.

 My twin sons John and Jared are in the prime of their lives.  I am praying for strength, wisdom, courage, and a deepening of the relationship with God made possible in Christ Jesus.  Their roles as fathers and husbands, I know must be first grounded and rooted in their love of God, and in a walk with Him.  I pray for each of my sons-in-law as well, Andrew, Amie's John, and for Robert and Jamie too.  My son Brian, whom God has called to the ministry always is in my prayers as he continues his education in Dallas, and my beautiful daughter Rebecca, and her life in Alabama with Andrew.

My grand-children are as the Bible says, are glory to my soul.  Proverbs 17:6 comes to my mind, "Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the pride of sons is their fathers."  I could never have imagined what my heart would feel about my grand-children... such love, such devotion, and today, as always, I have such a longing to see them all.  I miss them, and if I had my way, all of our children and their families would be required to live at the ranch with us, and I would see them all every day.  One day, Eternity will come, and my prayers turn to each of their relationships with the Lord God, and my role as mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother.  I ask the Lord God to make me all that I should be in each of those roles, that I know, stands as the greatest of my purpose in life.

Of course my role of wife to Randy is the call that is strongest upon my life, but I am a daughter too, and my own sweet parents whom I love more every day cross my mind and I ask for the needs of their lives to be met.  The richest blessings of my life came to me through them.  I have never seen them wander even an inch from their walk with the Lord God, and I know what a rare blessing know what a rare blessing that is, and I thank God for that gift.

Then I pray for those God brings to my heart in our church, what sweet and wonderful friends God has given us there.  I ask for God's blessing on our pastor, Nick Howard, his wife Susan, and their son who is back in the States living and working.  As Brother Nick opens the word of God this morning before our congregation, I ask for God's the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon him as he is used to bring God message to our congregation today.  The names and faces of those who have requested prayer among our church family come to my mind, and I lift those requests again to the Father as I look forward to hearing the witness of how God has met their needs this week.

My life is full like a basket overflowing, with blessings running over, and those around the world who live in difficult and trying times flood my mind and heart with earnest desire for relief from their suffering, and I ask the Father to be with them, to strengthen them, to encourage them, and to fill their minds with the knowledge and assurance that no matter what, He is with them, and will see them through.

My beautiful little Sunday School class, and the excitement and joy with which I look forward to meeting with each of them this morning fills my heart and I thank God for this honor and privilege.  I look forward to teaching them all week long.  Each of their faces, which are always smiling comes to my mind, and anticipation fills me.  I have the small gift which I have for the birthday of one of the little girls is ready in my back pack.  I recall each request for prayer from their children's hearts, and lift those petitions too.

I ask God to search my heart, show me anything that is displeasing there, that I can overcome and discard anything which stands between my Lord and I.  The calling of my own life, the work that I need to do to complete God's purpose for my life stands before me today in different tasks, appointments, and gatherings.  I ask God's direction and help for each moment of this day, that at its end I may be found to have used every minute according to God's will and purpose.

Now I must get ready, and make the trip.  God is good, and His love endures forever.  Prayer is the sweetest time of the day early on Sunday morning in Germany.  This song has always been a favorite of mine.