Week Two: Provide
Day Eight: Gratitude in Your Hearts to God
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
—Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV—Bible Gateway.com)
I love this Scripture so much, because it really says it all. The day is finally here, our team is headed out to serve on the mission field this week. Our hearts are full today. We love these people, and we’re excited about what God is going to do. His plans are always larger than life. We’re just so grateful—grateful to our God, grateful for the body of Christ worldwide, grateful for the message of the Gospel that we can share.
It was just a few short weeks ago that cars filled a dirt leveled job site, and families stepped over mud and rocks to slide in between the metal studs of a building-in-progress. Forming a circle, everyone prayed and then grabbed a Sharpie to make their mark, sign their name, write a Scripture on the walls. I have to confess—I love writing Scripture! It was a really special day. One of the best things was helping the kids to do their part. My husband and I traced our children’s handprints on the kids room studs and let them each write their name. One little girl asked the worship leader to write the words to her favorite song. The chorus of that song is the thought I have for each one of you for today:
It’s Day One.
Pray for your team, pray for your individual team members, and then
let’s pray this whole prayer together:
“God we’re so thankful for who You are and what You are doing this week. Thank you that you provide health and strength for each day. The joy of the Lord is our strength. Thank you for Your wisdom and discernment as we serve the body of Christ this week. We are Your hands and feet, and all we do is give You glory, Lord. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.”