Tears filled my eyes as I read the verse beautifully written out for me: He is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17).
This gift from my sister is a timely reminder that God knew before we did that our daughter and her husband would be moving for a job. He will hold us together, even when we live miles apart.
He is before whatever is happening in your life. He can hold your family together, too.
We can trust Him. We can pray.
Jesus says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).”
Find rest through prayer as you learn from God.
She* wakes and welcomes the day with singing. When she tires of singing, she calls out, “Daddy!” who takes her from her crib so they can make breakfast together.
Their father/daughter relationship exemplifies how to begin each day with Father God:
*She is our 2 year old granddaughter, Talia.
Paul and Timothy were burdened beyond their strength, so they asked the church, “Help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted to us through the prayers of many (2 Corinthians 1:11).
We’re told that Paul taught about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance (Acts 28:31).
That’s what happens when people pray.
Jesus is powerful. Even the wind and sea obey Him (Mark 4:41).
Jesus is gentle. He took children in His arms and blessed them (from Mark 10:16).
Jesus is God. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14).
He is able and willing to answer prayer. If you ask me anything in My name, I will do it (John 14:14).
Our daughter-in-law was in the Middle East when she texted, “Please pray. I am sick. I keep throwing up and have no energy. Our plane leaves in 7 hours.” I was with my 4 year old granddaughter Emma that day, so we prayed together that the Lord would heal her.
When Aunt Kathy arrived home, I asked, “Are you well?”
She responded, “Yes, I am!”
As Emma grows, I will remind her often how God answered our prayers!
A group of men meet regularly at McDonalds. One man’s wife died, and he wondered if he would see her again.
Another man prayed for the perfect opportunity to give him the book, One Minute After You Die, by Erwin Lutzer.
God gave the perfect opportunity.