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Baba Note: Peace

Dear Father,

This weekend has been a challenging one. On Friday, we buried our mother. The scene was similar to how I imagined it would be: we were sitting on the front row and people came by to hug and give their condolences as we fought back tears enough to say, “thank you.” It was one of the most difficult times in my life, but I mostly felt at peace. It felt like only the peace You can give. It was tranquil and more powerful than the sadness of losing my mom. So Lord, I thank You. I thank You for your mercy and grace; I thank You for your peace that surpasses understanding; and I thank You for Your love that calms me and wipes away all of my tears.

Father, I pray that You will give my siblings and extended family that same peace. I pray that You will shroud them with your love and wisdom. I pray that You will reveal yourself to all of us even more as we continue on this journey. May we make the best of every day and continue to always look to You as our Father–our Baba in Heaven. Thank You father. I love you. Amen.

-Stephen

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I’m so thankful that God does not see us for our mistakes, but He sees us in our redempted state (brother and sisters in Christ) and expected end. He said, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
So, if you have strayed a bit from the Gospel, it’s time to turn around and face the father. He has been asking about you. He told me to tell you that He loves you and that He has never stopped loving you. In fact, He loves even more now.
In this world in which we live, we have to start all over again when we leave a place and have the grace to return, but this is not the case with our Father.  In His word, God says, “…Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”~ Zecharian 1:3. It’s that easy.
Stay blessed and don’t beat yourself up with the guilt of sin. Ask for forgiveness and return Him. Lean on Him who is your convering, comforter, and friend in time of need. He loves you. ~Peace
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Prayer for Wisdom

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

Father, today I pray for wisdom which you give freely through your Grace and unfailing love for us.  I pray for wisdom in handling my finances; I pray for wisdom in teaching; I pray for wisdom in my marriage;  most of all, I pray for wisdom in my walk with you.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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To Give and Forgive

Forgive me father.  After I leave the college for the afternoon, I sometime stop at the local café to get a cup of coffee.    Whenever I go, I see a young man, who seems fit and he seems to have his mind.  In other words, there seems to be no sign of mental illness.  Nevertheless, he hangs around the coffee shop and he asks for money.  I have given him money on occasion, and I have also witnessed to him about the goodness of Christ.  He began to speak of the religion he believes and questioned my belief in Christ as Lord and Savior.  I patiently explained to him my reason for the hope that is in me.  He shied away for a while but soon began to ask again for money.  After a while, his daily encounters and request for money became somewhat of a burden.  I began to feel as if I were paying a toll every time I saw him. 

This situation soon caused me to become resentful of this man; now, I will not give him any money.  I simply reply with “no.”  This doesn’t seem to bother him because there are others who will give.  However, this situation has caused me to look at self.  I like to think of myself as someone who is led by the Spirit, so I refuse to feel guilty.  However, I pray that God will continue to give me wisdom and continue to guide me in my thoughts and words.  I pray that I will approach others and treat them with the love of Christ — The love that God has poured inside of me.

Also, I pray for that brother – I pray that he also receives wisdom.  I pray that God will help him out of the limitations that seem to hold him captive and in poverty.  Finally, I pray that God will forgive me for judging him in my heart.  Again, Father, please forgive me.  I have no right to decide who should or shouldn’t ask for money.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen. 

Note:  I welcome any comments about your experiences with giving and how God taught you something through those experiences.  Enjoy your weekend.  Peace~

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Note to Baba

Prayer:

Father, in these last days, I pray that my character surpasses any favorable reputation with men.  I pray that my greatest moments and achievements are when few or only you can see.  If you choose to show me favor before men, I pray that you get all the honor and the glory.  May I decrease, so that you may increase.  In Jesus’ might Name.  Amen.

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Baba Note: Hope and Repentance

Dear Father,

To you I lift up my soul.  As one of your servants once told me, we [Believers] cannot walk [journey in Christ] alone.  We must encourage one another, but we should also reach out to one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11).  Father, I have, without thinking, attempted to do this walk alone many times, and I have failed.  I pray that I will cast all of my cares on You and trust in You fully.  I pray that I will pray in the good times and the bad.  I pray that I will worship You in the good and bad times.  I pray for your divine direction always that only you can give.  Most of all, I pray forgiveness of my sins of omission and commission – my sins in thought and deeds.  My repentance is a cry for your Holy presence that I long for all the day long. 

Father, I also pray that you will touch the eyes of those who read this message.  Open their eyes and mind to understanding and reveal yourself to them like never before.  May they “…grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” (Ephesians 3:18,19

In Jesus’ name, Amen.