Women who faithfully pray still get sick. Life still disappoints. Children cause grief, husbands lose jobs or much worse, lose interest in marriage.
Yet these women still pray.
By praying, they know, “In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old” (Isaiah 63:9).
A Bleeding Heart Plant. Their name speaks pain, but the exquisite flowers are beautiful.
The God to whom we pray heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
An early evening sky over Lake Michigan inspiring praise.
God’s Spirit made the heavens beautiful . . . These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power (Job 26:13-14).
One yellow daffodil outside a brick building. Alone.
When you are alone, remember God has said: “I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).”
He is always there to hear your prayer.
Ferns, wilted hydrangeas and purple pansies. Like wildflowers we bloom and die. The wind blows and we are gone (Psalm 103:15-16).
Lord, teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).
Chalk art that reminded me to choose joy.
Find joy through prayer. “In God’s presence there is fullness of joy (from Psalm 16:11).”
Flowers flourishing in an unlikely place, because they’re soaking up water and sunshine.
Pray that people will thrive during lock down, though reading God’s Word and Christian books*. Jesus said, “The very words I have spoken are spirit and life (John 6:63).“
Good work continues in locked-down Chicago. The ultimate good work is prayer. “Prayer is the work. Ministry is the fruit.”*
Let’s remain faithful!
*Ben Patterson, Deepening Your Conversation with God.