via Daily Prompt: Sympathy
I am at the close of this September day. My family and friends have been very kind to call to offer sympathy because this is my GirlMic’s date of birth. She died two years ago on September 1, 2015 and they have called to encourage me and share pictures of the beautiful life she lived for fifty one years. I know offering sympathy is one of those times in life where words are never enough so I share this family picture to offer my sympathy to the many people who will find themselves sitting on the front pew.
I visited Redemption Life Church because it is close to my home and I have known the Pastor and the Church family for many years. I was impressed with his Title and Text so it is my focus for my 100 words. I am a caregiver and I attend church based on how my husband needs care so I am blessed to have the opportunity to fellowship. The Title, “Paint The Town Red” and scripture from Joshua 6: 20-23 gave me insight on how God positions us to be in place for prayer and praise. We must be ready “when the trumpet sounds”
When I get with survivors and hear their awesome stories, there is a dignified and delightful atmosphere. I heard truth telling as I sat in the University of Memphis Holiday Inn listening to women and men discuss how their purpose was born out of their experiences in the cancer community. We received beautiful gifts at the end of this wonderful Komen Survivor luncheon. We were blessed and I am glad I was able to encourage and cheer these dignified survivors who shared their victories. One of the highlights was meeting my table mates and seeing the smiles.
I have to admit that I am distracted easily by how people react and respond in places where I find myself frequently. I have been praying for restoration and revival to start with my own soul and spirit. I was driving recently and asking the Lord to help me go in the right direction. I must say that I attended several churches in one weekend and when I looked at the prompt word lurch, the first word I thought of was church. I now pray daily for all connected churches , leaders and members to keep us free from church lurch.
Who are the people? These are the ones you watch very carefully as they are people with a sharp point and an agenda that causes distractions to the completion of what God has purposed. Sometimes they are people who use their power and entitlement to keep us from making progress. It is important that we pray for their evil to be exposed by God. We must continually protect our heart that causes us to become offended because we are in a spiritual war. This requires us to watch and pray. This is my midnight revelation and wisdom for day 21 of 40.
When I am in a creative zone for writing, I sometimes will write on pieces of paper and promise to bring these random thoughts into an organized page for publishing on platforms I use for blogging. I am convinced that my assignment is to encourage and support others every day. I have discovered that keeping the prompt at a 100 word maximum is a continuing struggle. My plan of operation is to organize today’s experiences and events into a spoken gratitude blessing. I have days when I do not get past my desire to organize and I operate only with prayer.
I watched a media presentation related to how we make decisions based on reactions of others. We sometime decide on our daily destinations according to how others feel about the place, time or person we are watching. This journal entry / 100 words come as I wait to travel because I have to be the one to determine the best route. I imagine that when I begin to watch how the Lord is turning things around, I will learn how to accept assignments related to my love, joy, peace, patience and faithfulness daily. What direction fits this devotional and my daily decisions?