It's Fast & Pray Friday! Let's hear from Brad Thuerbach today.
Father we pray for those without family in this time. We pray for those that feel that absence and ask that you would be close to them, help them to know you are near. You have them in Your perfect hands. Please take them under Your wing and protect them. Comfort them in a way only You can & surround them with people to help them find their way to You. Father draw near to them as they draw near. We also pray for foster families right now, that you continue advocating & providing for them. Thank you for Village of Hope and other ministries that reach out to those in need. You are moving in these situations.
Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of the orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.”
Psalm 68:5 “Father to the fatherless, defender of widows- this is God, whose dwelling is holy.”
FAMILY RESOURCES: At-Home Activities
-Hunt for loose change throughout your house. Once you have collected all of it, go to your local Safeway or nearby grocery store, and use the Coinstar machine. Donate the money to a ministry or someone that you think could use some help during this time. It may not be much but a little goes a long way! (You can also start a jar if you want to save up more, and donate it once you have more.)
-Do a prayerful exercise! This is a great way to stay connected to the Lord right now. Choose a workout that you feel comfortable with, and in the midst of it talk to the Lord. Thank Him for the ability to take care of the body that He has given you. Take it all in & be present with Him. (Psalm 139:2 & 139:4 “You know my thoughts even when I’m far away… You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.")
- Start a garden! This does not have to be super expensive, or excessive, you can start with just a few plants in a container! The best thing about this is that you get to tend to something, help it grow, and then eat the fruit or vegetables that you grow. This could be a fun project to do some research on.
1. How to start a vegetable garden (garden bed in backyard or front) https://youtu.be/1X6KvqPjk6I
2. 8 vegetables you can grow in an apartment, small space, etc. https://youtu.be/nRaJ3taB07k
FAST & PRAY:
We are continuing to fast & pray together on Fridays! Let's reflect on these verses together.
Isaiah 1:17-19 “Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. “Come now let's settle this,” says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them white as wool. If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat.”
Psalm 103:13 “The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.”
Luke 12:32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great great happiness to give you the kingdom.”