November 21, 2016
Glorious Morning Princesses!
This week our face to face team will be off in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, however next week (11/28/16), we will be moving into Week 5 of Session 5, David, Seeking A Heart Like His. (=> Study Information).
Our online team will begin on November 22nd and notices have been sent out (promise not to send any spoiler alerts!). Happy Thanksgiving Princesses! Here we go...
1. The Power of Prayer, The Power of Gratitude...
How did you do on the Prayer challenge last week? To recap, last week we discussed prayer, specifically how David prayed. David not only prayed, but he cried aloud, poured out his complaints to God and confessed his need for God. He longed for God's presence.
In addition to David's prayers, he was also thankful and made no bones about thanking God. In many of the Psalms, you will find that David praised the Lord for who He was, what He had done and what He was doing in his life. Please read the following Psalm and after reading take a few moments to reflect on the instructions below.
Psalm 118- His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. 6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 7 The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
10 All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 12 They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 13 I was pushed hard,[a] so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. 15 Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, 16 the right hand of the Lord exalts, the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”
17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. 18 The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.[b] 23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord. 27 The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!
28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. 29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
1. Now, take a few moments to just clear your thoughts and take a deep. Read the following:
2. Quiet everything around you and think about the following statement...
THANK YOU LORD for ....(you fill in the blank)
As you think about this statement and thoughts, words and images come to mind, the following are some songs to celebrate and give God praise. Click on the link below...
2. The Prayer Challenge (part 2)...
In your prayer time this week, think about the statement above, "Thank you Lord for..." . Meet Him in prayer and have a conversation with an old, faithful and dearing friend.
Priscilla Shirer, Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer (2015) and The Armor of God (2015)
Prayer “empowers and ‘charges up’ every other piece so they can be used effectively against the enemy. Without prayer…your armor, cannot, will not, be infused with the power that only God’s-Spirit can give.”
Gracious Father, thank you for who you are. Holy Spirit move on me. It's all about you. In your mighty and holy name. Amen
Know that through the Holy Spirit you can:
do things you couldn't;feel things you didn't; andknow things you wouldn't.
For your praise and worship:
As listed above...
Our Next Study?- It's not to late to join us for Session 5, David- Seeking a Heart Like His. Please forward to a friend. See the link for registration details => David- Seeking a Heart Like His
Remember, each day is an opportunity for us to...
Lead, Serve and GO!
Each day we have an opportunity to be the light and salt God has called us to be to others. Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)