Mission Devotional - September 5, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Flip This House

Opening Prayer: Unless the Eternal builds the house, those who labor to raise it will have worked for nothing. Unless the Eternal stands watch over the city, those who guard it have wasted their time. God provides for His own. It is pointless to get up early, work hard, and go to bed late anxiously laboring for food to eat; for God provides for those He loves, even while they are sleeping. (Psalm 127:1-2, The Voice)

Scripture: Psalm 127:1-2

Journal: How is God stripping you or taking you down to the studs these days? What good and beautiful thing do you think he is trying to do in this process?

Reflection:

flip this house

unless the Lord
builds the house
- Psalm 127:1

sometimes
in order to build
a more beautiful house
the old one must be
taken down to the studs

the soul is no different
god wants to do something
good and beautiful in us
but a little deconstruction
might need to be done first

so when it seems
we are being stripped to the bone
we can rest assured
it is not absence or spite
but thoughtful intention

a renewing
of his image within us
a restoration of glory
the hope of
what is to come

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Africa

Andy and Bev Warren serve with an MTW team that is involved in HIV/AIDS work and church planting through the Ethiopia Aids Care and Treatment (ACT) Project. The project targets slum communities in Addis Ababa which contain the neediest people in the community - large percentages of women with small children. In recent years, the project has served more than 500 AIDS-affected families, reaching more than 1,200 people. Pray today for the 56 HIV positive children begin reached by the project.

Safe Families for Children is an innovative collaboration between area churches, volunteers and child care professionals designed to support at-risk children and parents in need. Pray today for Janet Cockrum and her leadership for this ministry. For more information, contact Janet at jcockrum@bethany.org.

Closing Prayer: O God, Master Designer, Eternal Architect, Builder of all that is good and beautiful, do your work in me this day. Make in me - and of me - a home that is well-suited for yourself. Give me the confidence of knowing that whatever work you are doing in and through me, no matter how hard or uncomfortable, is producing a final result that is beyond my deepest hopes or wildest dreams. You build this house, O God. Amen.