NEW BEGININGS

BY; Pat Bellan

I kept seeing the phrase `new beginning'....

not anything unusual given that this is a new year. 

I want to recognize and embrace this new beginning. Would you join me in praying for an understanding of what that entails for us personally and for Lifespring corporately? 

Lord God, we submit all we have and all we are to You.  We also submit to You all we will be in 2019. Thank You that You have a plan and a purpose for our lives individually and for our families, and a plan and a purpose for Lifespring corporately. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear.

Holy Spirit, solidify our understanding of the foundation upon which we've built our lives -- Jesus Christ-- so that we cannot be moved; will not be shaken. Cause us to see You at work in and through the good and the bad times we will face this year.

Thank You for allowing us to be victorious in Jesus Christ as we remain steadfast in You;  as we continue to be washed by the water of the Word.

With all that is within us, we desire to bring You glory and see Your kingdom manifested in our spheres of influence as we allow Your light to shine through us. Thank You for entrusting us with this precious task. We purpose to look forward with great anticipation and joy. We pray all this in Jesus's mighty name

Happy New Year everyone!


PERSISTENCE

by Pat Bellan

I keep hearing the word 'persistence'.

If ever there was a time to be persistent in our faith, it is now! It seems as if wherever we turn,  the enemy is trying to wear us down....be it regarding our health,  our relationships, the state of our finances, even the condition of our country.

Definitions -

`Persistence: firm continuance in a course of action; the continued,  prolonged existence of something. 

Persistent people: having a goal or vision that motivates or drives them.'


We know the enemy is persistent. Does he know that we are too....even more persistent because of what's set before us, because of Who we serve?


Confession---sometimes I feel like giving up. But then....BUT THEN I'm reminded ---- by a persistent Holy Spirit, or a persistent friend who knows Him ---- of what the Truth is:  Gal. 6:9 'Let us not be weary in well-doing, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest.' That's a persistent person! That's us! Let's pray that it is ever so.....


Father, thank You that You called us into covenant with You; that whatever You've begun, You will see it through; that You've given us all we need to not only endure,  but prevail! After having done all, we will stand.


Jesus,  thank You for being our Perfect Example of how to keep our eyes on the prize, even if we feel weary and discouraged. You endured the Cross because of what was set before You. We will do the same, endure our own 'crosses', being ever mindful of our goal.....seeing You glorified in all things. 


Holy Spirit,  thank You for being our ever present Help in time of need; for being the Light in the darkness, our Teacher Who shows us the path back to faith, persistence,  hope, love...and even escape. We rely on Your unfailing love and Your wisdom.


What struggles do you have? Be persistent, brother and sister, for in the end, and even in the waiting,  we will see His persistent, reliable, enduring love,  carry us on wings of eagles where we will run but not get weary, walk and not be faint.


Let's continue in persistent,  faith-filled prayers for one another.