REST IN MY PRESENCE WHEN you need refreshment. Resting is not necessarily idleness, as people often perceive it. When you relax in My company, you are demonstrating trust in Me. Trust is a rich word, laden with meaning and direction for your life. I want you to lean on, trust, and be confident in Me. When you lean on Me for support, I delight in your trusting confidence.
Many people turn away from Me when they are exhausted. They associate Me with duty and diligence, so they try to hide from My Presence when they need a break from work. How this saddens Me! As I spoke through My prophet Isaiah: In returning to Me and resting in Me you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. —PSALM 91:1
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. —PROVERBS 3:5 AMP
to Billy Roberts in the passing of his brother, Glenn
to Mary Lou Ellis and family in the passing of Sidney
to Evelyn Kinstley in the passing of her stepson, Billy
Ernest Easterling, been in and out of the hospital last week, home now
*Bessie Easterling, having vein surgery, (rescheduled for the fall)
*Becky Miller, bacterial infection, more antibiotics
*Kay Carroll, is at her son’s house recuperating.
*Hal Lott, clear pathology report.
*Shannon Owen, recuperating from heart valve surgery and atrial fibulation procedure.
Tyler Jackson, doing better and eating well.
*Betty Barber, house burned in November, repairs have finally begun.
*Betty Jones, doing better
*Buddy Parker, doing better, has been to church several times lately
Velma Stevens, moved to Peachtree Village, Brandon
*Billie Welch, getting shots in knee
* indicates these have been to church recently
Kyrous Brown, Lucretia Berry; Laverne Brooks; Doug Cutrer; Nona Ellzey; Gene Hartzog; Jean Johnson; Carolyn Moulds; Emmaline Ware
COOPER, KELLY Harmony Court (769-251-2098; 5411 I-55 North, Jackson, MS)
CREEKMORE, JEANETTE Willow Creek, Willow Creek Drive, Byram, 39272 (and her daughter
MARY LOU ELLIS, Peachtree Village Apt 45, 6100 Old Brandon Rd, Brandon 39042
FERRELL, NAOMI Community Place 116 Lake Vista Place room 409, Brandon, 30947
KING, JEAN, Lakeland Nursing Home, (601-982-5505), 3680 Lakeland Lane, Jackson, 39216
PENNINGTON, VIRGINIA Martha Coker Home-Patrick. 2041 Grand Ave, Yazoo City, MS 39194
POWELL, BAILEY Bedford's Alzheimer's Care Center, 208 Cahal Street, Hattiesburg 39401
STEVENS, VELMA Peachtree Village, Apt 44, 6100 Old Brandon Rd, Brandon, 39042
WILLIAMSON, BETTY Edgewood Health and Rehab (601-362-5394, 205 Parkway, Byram, MS 39272)
BALLARD, DABNEY, B 105 Riggs Manor (601-857-5011; 2300 Seven Springs Road, Raymond, MS 39154)
CLAY, CAROL, D16, The Home Place (7521 Old Canton Road, Madison, MS 39110)
MORRIS, PAM, moved to Plainview in Richland
RAINEY, WILMA, Ridgeland Place, 410 Orchard Park, Ridgeland, MS 39157
PONDER, BESS ICU Merit Health, Brandon, Covid 19, pneumonia
FELTEN, CELESTE Kenton Pointe Assisted Living, 1455 Kenton Pointe Way, Room 213, Maysville, KY 41056
MALONE, LINDA room 228, The Orchard (601-856-2205; 600 Pear Orchard Rd, Ridgeland, MS 39157)
GERTRUDE WILBOURNE, Edgewood Health
Bobby Joe Smith, Donnie's brother, Parkinson's; Dot Hutton, Pat Renegar's sister, fell, hit head, at home; Jason Barnett, Frances Breeden grandson; Audrey Renfro, Kathy Gillis relative; John Will Kahlbau, leukemia, Walter Gillis' cousin, praise the Lord for normal white blood count and normal platelet count; Abby Ades, Jeanette Davis’s granddaughter, Marfan Syndrome; Paul Slone, Del’s brother; Lauren Compere, Covid; Sue Wells, fell, broke hip, still cannot walk alone; Bobbie Hammond, sister-in-law of Lark and Sandra; Sister of Joy Ferrell; Family of Ryan Vaughn, friend of Kathy Gillis; Logan, grandson of Walter and Kathy Gillis, has Covid; Maggie Hartle's sister, Nancy; Mary Alday, fell hit her head, had 24 stitches, Kathy Gillis' mother; Janie Dukes, Kay Carroll's daughter
I pray that you cover my children. Give them the helmet of salvation to protect their minds against messages competing for their attention. Guard their hearts, Lord, from anger. depression, anxiety, loneliness, or anything that would make them feel unworthy of love. No weapon formed against them shall prosper. In Jesus' Name.
Keep your hedge of protection around them as they sleep, as they go to school, as they participate in extracurricular activities, as they get jobs. Let them fear nothing. Let no evil befall them. I know that I can't be around them every minute. I thank you, Father, God, for never leaving them. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Scripture instructs us to pray for all in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2), but how do we do that exactly? Here are several ways to pray for - our judges, police chiefs, educators, school board members, military officers, elected officials, and others who are serving our country in leadership.
1. That they be God-fearing and recognize that they are accountable to Him for each decision and act. Proverbs 9:10
2. That they be granted wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. James 1:5
3. That they be presented with the gospel and a loving Christian witness. Romans 10:14
4. That, if unsaved, that be drawn to a saving encounter with Christ; if born-again, that they be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. 1 Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 1:17-23
5. That they recognize their own inadequacy and pray and seek the will of God. Proverbs 3:5-8; Luke 11:9-13
6. That they be convicted of sin, transgression, and iniquity. Psalm 51:17; John 8:9
7. That they be given godly counsel and God-fearing advisors. Proverbs 24:6
8. That they be honest and faithful to their spouses and children. Malachi 2:15-16
9. That they value and regard the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christ. Psalm 19:7-11; John 8:31-32
10. That they be honest, possess godly integrity, and desire purity avoiding drunkenness, pornography and perversion. 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; Psalm 26; Proverbs 11:3
(We have seen God answer some of these prayers already. Sid)
1. As with Solomon, I ask God to give the Ukrainian leaders (and all leaders in these difficult times) wisdom from above (1 Kings3:5-12).
2. As with David, I ask God to show Himself as Ukraine faces their Goliath (1 Samuel 17). I am asking that the world will see "some trust in chariots, others trust in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God" (Psalm 20:7).
3. As with Gideon, I pray God will confuse the Russian army (like the Midianites) so they will turn on each other, become demoralized, flee and desert (Judges 7).
4. As with Hezekiah, I ask that "Sennacherib" will return in defeat to his homeland (2 Kings 19:32-37).
5. As with Moses, I pray the "chariots or tanks and all vehicles will get stuck in the mud, run out of gas and break down. Furthermore, may God so thwart the Russian army that their rockets, missiles and bombs malfunction and cause minimal damage (Exodus 14:21-29).
6. As with Elisha, I ask God to blind the enemies surrounding the cities, so they are rendered ineffective (2 Kings 6:11-23).
7. As with Daniel, I pray God will remove the leader(s) who mocks the Lord our God. I pray Vladimir Putin will fear and see the handwriting on the wall (Daniel 5).
8. As with Peter, I pray Baptist churches (and other churches and relief organizations) will feed the Ukrainian "sheep" in the name of Jesus. I pray the refugees who are flooding the neighboring countries seeking food, shelter, transportation, spiritual help and so forth will see Jesus in us (John 21:15-17).
9. As with all Christians, I pray we will be shown what each of us can do (individually and collectively) to help alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Ukraine (Matthew 25:35.
10. Finally, I pray Ukrainians, Russians and the entire world will be amazed at what God is doing, resulting in a worldwide revival and awakening as people repent and believe the good news of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41). There will be no lasting peace until the world acknowledges the Prince of Peace!
1. Pray for safe travel for those fleeing danger within Ukraine, for God's Presence to provide them with hope and assurance, for the churches providing refuge to have enough resources to meet the growing needs.
2. Pray humanitarian aid funds will reach their destination, be used wisely and accomplish God's purpose.
3. Pray for God's protection for Baptists and all Christians in Ukraine, for hope in suffering, for love toward their enemies and for the gospel to spread beyond borders.
4. Pray for God to provide churches in Ukraine and neighboring countries with an abundance of resources and opportunities to share the gospel as they receive refugees.
5. Pray for Baptist missionaries and others like them to be filled with God's spirit as they share the hope of the gospel and embody the sacrificial love of Christ.