Sunday, February 19, 2012

Prayer This Week

Good Monday Morning! (oxymoron?)

Thank you for your prayers. We had a pretty solid week this past week, meeting up with some friends, making some new friends and sharing what God has placed on our hearts.

Here are 5 ways to pray this week.

1. We get sad a lot. I think it is still the whirlwind of where we've been combined with the complete unknown of where we are going (specifically with Chaia). Pray that we can really center in on the gift of each day and be determined every week to make meaningful memories with Chaia.

2. With that, Chaia is doing fairly well. She is stable and adorable...that is as good as it gets. So that sadness isn't related to new bad news...its just lingering. Chaia needs prayer for continuing to keep feeds down and thriving with unfortified breast milk. Pray Ezekiel 36:26 this week for all three of us.

3. Pray for the Management Team to passionately pursue their calling in leadership and accountability with the church plant in Columbus.

4. Pray for us to continue to boldly and gladly share what God is stirring as we have conversations with friends throughout this week.

5. Pray for us as we finish our time at Wadsworth UMC this coming Sunday. Pray for strength as this is absolutely bittersweet. We will be commissioned at all three services and then will be part of reception/farewell fundraiser for the Chaia Joy Thompson fund.

I am absolutely convinced that your bold persistence in prayer has direct correlation with God's work in Columbus and all over the world.

Please. Don't. Stop.


Joanne Sadlon said...

I am praying for all of these things for you, Shaina, and Chaia.

I usually think of this verse in times of stress or worry, hoping to find peace or just to feel betgie it all up to Jesus and to relax under His care.

Matthew 11:28 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

Today I noted the last phrase of the verse, "my burden is light", and it made me rethink. Surely, Jesus will bear your burden, but maybe this could mean that the burden you bear for Him will be light as well.

Anonymous said...

All 3 of you are in my every prayer and baby Chaia in my every thought...without ceasing I will pray for you! I will never stop praying for you. I have everyone I know praying for you and we will not stop!!!

Mama Karen said...

Ben and Shaina,
I felt this word for you today...penned many years ago by Civilla D. Martin in 1905 and it is so relevant today for all of us!

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
(Inspired from Matt. 10:29-31)

He's watching. He cares. His eye is on you. Rest in the comfort of that. Hugs!!

Nurse Nicole said...

Thinking and praying for all of you - love the posts, keep them coming.

Anonymous said...

Not stopping...

Bob & Kathy