A Ministry of Dominion

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Matthew 20:20-28, Luke 6:31, Luke 22:24-27, Hebrews 6:10, Galatians 5:13, 1 Corinthians 10:23-33, 1 Peter 4:11

In light of each day’s reading, pause to reflect on the specific areas you long to see made new and how Jesus’s ministry calls us to join in that restoration. Let these shape your prayers today.

Jesus demonstrated the true posture of a reigning king in serving others and laying down His own rights and life. So we serve others, modeling His posture of dominion toward the promised end when God’s people will reign alongside Him. 

After you’ve read, spend some time in prayer about how reigning with God changes how you serve others. Comment/share with the community anything that stood out to you or encouraged you from the reading or your time in prayer.

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  1. Katherine Herrington says:

    A reminder that we should not seek to be loved for being the greatest but instead we should seek to love and serve!

  2. Bonnie A says:

    God help me to serve according to your will. Amen!

  3. McKennah Gow says:

    Knowing that we will reign with the King eliminates the need to drive for worldly power and thus allows us to the time and freedom to serve others.

  4. Karen Wilson says:

    It is lawful but it isn’t wise…. These words are so true. We have the freedom but is it wise to do certain things. Service to others should bring joy but what doesn’t it in so many situations?

  5. Afua Tobigah says:

    Ministry of dominion for a Christian means serving others ,and meeting their needs as directed by God . ,

  6. Brooklyn Vander Hill says:

    I have been thinking about service a lot lately as I have realized that I avoid giving my time and energy in that way. I recently moved on from a job in a Christian setting where my willingness to serve was greatly taken advantage of. I realized that I accidentally learned to step away from serving and caring for people in the way I should as a way of protecting myself from being too broken by it all! I am now in a healthy setting, doing the same kind of work, but I find myself still stepping away out of habit. Will you please pray I can find joy in serving and getting to know God’s children!

    1. Afua Tobigah says:

      Hi Brooklyn, I have said a prayer for you , that God will heal you from the hurt you experience when you were taken advantage of . I also pray He would rekindle a desire to serve . I pray He restores and gives you joy and bring the right opportunity to you . He loves you and knows what happened so He would. He gentle with you .

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  8. Wanda Woehlert says:

    We should serve others with love, just as God loves us.

  9. Erin K says:

    Really enjoying reading through these posts today. I felt perplexed by the title of today’s reading, A Ministry of Dominion, because everything Jesus modeled looks like the opposite of dominion. But then, the very last Scripture passage tells us all our acts of service lead to God being glorified through Jesus, and it’s his dominion we are working toward. So perhaps the dominion part is really about bringing God’s rule into a greater reality by our acts of service.

  10. Gayle Craik says:

    Dear Heavenly Father, keep giving me a serving heart & give me the physical ability to do just that. Amen. I finished my 3 weeks of treatment at Forsythe c center in Reno yesterday! Now I will get my personalized Greek vaccine shot (SOT) in a few months! I just know this is the answer & what a holy place it is with glory given to God as it is a spiritual center as well.

    1. alexandra shoemaker says:

      What a blessing!❤️

  11. Kelli Harrell says:

    This is my favorite scripture of the study so far. I am reminded of my nieces Christian HS graduation speech. Their theme for the year had been “Fight for the Towel” after Jesus washing of the servant’s feet. This image has stuck w me. I strive to keep a servant’s heart. I pray my words and actions stay in alignment w this goal.
    I’m also reminded of a conversation on a dr waiting room this week with my aunt where we discussed how wonderful it was to deal with kind people and what a difference it makes whether you are in McDonald’s drive thru or receiving chemo. I’m encouraged and inspired by acts of kindness great and small!! This is showing Gods love for our neighbor.

  12. Krystal Lorenzo says:

    For who is greater, the one who reclined at the table or the one who serves?

    I’m a yes person. Super passionate, multi-potentialite. A few years ago I felt the need to step way back and evaluate what was truly important. For me it would be easiest to fill my calendar to bursting with service and activity but I am learning to pause and wait for guidance before saying yes to committments, even good things such as service. I hope to continue growing in my discernment and to fond a healthier balance to be able to serve and rest. Serve and rest.

  13. Adrianne says:

    What stood out to me was Luke 6:31.

    Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.
    – Luke 6:31

    Loving our neighbors through love and treating them as we want to be treated. Teaching our neighbors, children, and friends how to be understanding and considerate to the people around us. I needed to hear this and will continue to need to be reminded of this lesson. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I know we learned this as children in school, but our Lord and Jesus remind us in scripture of the truth in loving our neighbors as ourselves. To provide care and empathy to our community. To be better people in the face of bad behavior.

  14. Tricia C says:

    MOLLY R I can so tell where you are coming from. My husband is pretty much the same way. I love him dearly, and I so long for our relationship to include the Lord so much more. I also quit drinking alcohol sometime ago, and I know he has difficulty with that at times. We used to go out to a local brewery and have a beer and then come home. But I felt the Lord calling me away from that.

    What I really gained from this is that we should not be a stumbling block to other believers. And that is where my not drinking alcohol really comes from. I just don’t feel like I can be a minister for the Lord when I am sitting in a restaurant in the small town that I live in and drinking a beer. How can I talk to about the Lord if I have alcohol on my breath? That’s just how I feel about things. I know many Christians who don’t think there is anything wrong with having a drink of alcohol here and there. I think it’s where the Lord leads you.
    When I read 1 Corinthians 10:23, 24 it pointed me back to 1 Corinthians 8:10-13. Basically, Christian freedom equals Christian responsibility. I need to remember that. I think we all do. If what we do or what we say is going to cause another to stumble in their walk with the Lord or cause them to not want the Lord, then we are wrong. 
    I guess I have rambled on long enough. I work the night shift, so this is my morning and I am getting ready to go to work. It is just about 5 PM in Pennsylvania.
    Have a blessed weekend Sisters. Do your best to get into a Bible teaching church this weekend.❤️

  15. Changed Life says:

    I pray to find balance in serving. Sometimes I do so grudgingly. Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see the true need in this world and give me the courage, patience, love, and energy to step forward and serve.

    Praying for all prayer requests and concerns. Have a lovely weekend ladies.

  16. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I’m praying that God would help me to truly serve others the way he has called me too. I think in our self-centered culture it’s easy for that to seep into our Christianity. Thankfully as a mom, there are many opportunities to serve others in my household. I just pray that I would do it with a grateful and joyful heart.

  17. Jennifer Anapol says:

    @Molly R- thank you so much for your vulnerability and just sharing what’s going on in your life with us. I’m just praying that God would help both you and your husband to grow closer to him and have a passion for doing his work. I also pray that both of you would be able to fast from alcohol to grow closer to the Lord. You are right marriage is really hard and it’s even harder when you’re not on the same page about important things. I pray that God would help both of you to be on the same page about the important, spiritual matters.

  18. Mercy says:

    @RHONDA J: just requested to join SRT shes on FB, pending your approval. Thank you so much for organizing this.

  19. Mercy says:

    Happy Friday shes. Some points I drew out from the scriptures of today:
    1. The way to greatness is through servanthood.
    2. Leaders eat last.
    3. To Love = To Serve
    4. Serve by God’s strength, not our own strength (1 Peter 4:11). This was critical for me to discern. Burn out is a big indicator. A lack of joy is a lack of strength (Nehemiah 8:10), may we evaluate our joy-odometer. Make sure our tank is full from the Father, when empty, pause to refill the joy. May we say no to the “unnecessaries” to make room for the best yes (something I remember from Lysa Terkeurst book, the best yes).

    @DANIELLE B: prayers for your family, mental strength and calmness and your dad’s upcoming surgery to go well.
    @MOLLY R: fresh fire for your husband, and grace to break the “old habit die hard”, may God’s grace snap the chain. Atomic Habits book by James Clear suggests to replace one habit with another, and make the new habit more attractive to do so we are more inclined to do. Highly recommend this book for more wisdom and action courses if you are interested.
    @KAREN ELIZABETH: successful heart surgery for young Kailand, strength for parents.
    @CEE GEE: thank you for “Remember: biblical love is the decision to compassionately, righteously, and sacrificially seek the well-being of another.” Love is indeed held in much higher standards by Jesus.
    @LINDA IN NC, @LYNN FROM AL, @GRAMSIESUE: thinking of you and prayers for God’s strength and good outcomes as you serve your husbands in sickness and hardships.
    @TARA B: how is your aunt in hospice? ❤️ prayers for her and your family.
    @SARAH D: recovery to good health, and patience & peace. May the Lord help you to clear the internal comparison with your friend which causes you hurt. Usually the delay of God is for your protection.
    @GWINETH52: always so blessed by your wisdom, prayers for good rest and grace to truly let go. Heart be light as a feather.
    @TINA: last but not least, loved another sweet story of yours. “life throws some real lemons” had me chuckle, hee hee.
    @KELLY (NEO) & @SEARCHING: ❤️
    Be blessed dear sisters.

  20. GramsieSue says:

    I am so blessed by you she’s!
    Praying for your husband Molly R. My husband has been a warm and cool Christian through the years. And in this journey we’re on, he sees his need for God more clearly. He’s a good man, has been a good provider for our family, and I know thought his hard work was what got us through. Now he sees that it was more God than him. Funny how our life circumstances change our perspectives.
    Taylor, Steve sees an OT, PT and Speech Therapist every MWF and we have grown so close to the therapists. So I appreciate all you do for your patients.
    Praying for Kailand and his medical team this morning.
    Hugs to all ❤️

  21. Michelle Patire says:

    The love God has for you *** lol

  22. Michelle Patire says:

    @Danielle B- God bless your heart to care and tend to your family. As the oldest daughter, I relate to this a lot (though, I have an older brother). I am glad to know the Lord is leading you to have healthy limits for yourself and be mindful of your weaknesses in even a natural strength. May the Lord be with you, Danielle, and give you peace and wisdom as you make daily decisions. I pray that you do not give “out of compulsion” or begrudgingly, but give when the Holy Spirit Himself gives you peace and prompts you. May you have eyes and ears to hear His loving instruction. God bless you and your family. Your prayers can do as much impact (if not more, sometimes!) than your physical care for your family. I am learning that, this season. Keep praying and trusting the Lord to be God over your family. ❤️ God bless you.

    @Sarah D- aw, that stinks, to not be well enough to meet your 5k goal, tomorrow. I pray you feel better and build up immunity while you continue to do your job. I pray you continue pursuing your goal at the pace of your health. May God strengthen you and comfort you. I also pray for your relationship with your roommate. I pray you remember the love you have for her and her love God has for you. I pray you don’t live in comparison, but that that God loves you both so much. That your stories don’t end here and that He is faithful to you both. Don’t lose sight of hope. I feel for you… We must hold tight to God’s love for us… May we trust and see His faithfulness. May He meet you and strengthen you with joy in your weaknesses. God bless you ❤️

    @Molly R- was meditating on Philippians 1:6 this morning for my family. Even when we don’t see the work being done, I am believing God is working on your husband, too. ❤️ hold tight and keep praying. God bless you and keep you.

    God bless all our silent She friends, too. ❤️ ;)

    Love to you all ❤️

  23. Molly R says:

    Friends, I have no idea why I feel such conviction to stand firm in what God called me to do: to give up my daily alcohol habit (not extreme, just a habit that I got into) as a call to fast for the heart and mind of my husband. And like I was afraid, it is causing some awkwardness. It’s hard to want to stick with it. It would be “easy” to just go back to the rut we had gotten ourselves into, but there was no life, and there certainly wasn’t any “moving forward in Jesus.” Like TINA pointed out in her testimony: my husband KNOWS God, but I wonder how truly and deeply he LOVES God. There is no fire in him.
    While on the surface he is such a good man, good provider, amazing father, he seems to just do it because it’s the right thing to do. Admirable, yes, but I don’t believe it is what God has for him, and us. He often scoffs when I say I “feel convicted” or “the Holy Spirit is pressing on me.” I believe he has a lot of resentment of being raised in the church and hearing a lot of the “jargon” but never truly seeing any change in those around him, and certainly holds some resentment to some perceived hypocrisy he sees in his own father, who served in the church for many years in Bible Studies and Men’s Ministry, but showed a different person when leading his own family and discipling his kids. Nothing crazy, but my husband’s expectations weren’t met and he lost some respect for him when it came to church. His father often pressures my husband to “find a church and get involved,” and it does the opposite. Of course there is much to this topic, but it gets heavier on my heart as time goes on. God has worked in our lives since being married in miraculous ways, but he seems to just see it as “something finally went right.” I can’t remember the last time he expressed wanting to seek God in decisions. I feel like I am rambling. Sorry. I love this man very much and so want to see him truly fall in love with his Savior. Marriage is hard. And when you’re not on the same page about one area, like our spiritual life and growth, it makes the other areas feel strained, like physical intimacy and even making decisions together. I know he feels overwhelmed with his responsibilities as the sole bread winner and the one that does all the work on the fixer upper. I just wish he would rely on God for direction, strength, purpose, and see the blessing in having a good job, and having our own home to work on. Work is so good, but when we’re relying on our strength, it can be exhausting.
    Galatians 5:13 stuck out to me today: “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
    Thanks for “listening.” I appreciate you all!

    1. Kim Mullins says:

      Molly praying for you to see some light through your burdens. You want to do the right thing. Sometimes we just can’t see what that is ….yet! Pray and wait

    2. Samantha S says:

      ❤️

  24. Traci Gendron says:

    TINA – I remember a client of mine that was of strong faith. She never pushed it on me. But I remember thinking I want what she has. Peace. Then some years later a different client invited me to their church. I went and that was the start. I had been raised in the catholic church, but walked away when I was an older teen. I’m so glad that God didn’t walk away. He was beside me through all those reckless years. Maybe someday, I will have that someone to pass a book of Psalms too.

    1 Corinthians 10:23 “Everything is permissible,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up. – Just because we can doesn’t mean we should!

    Luke 6:31 “Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.” – Good reminder on how to behave and treat others.

    1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. – God will provide to me the courage to speak out for Him. The right words at the right time. I just need to listen and follow.

  25. Cindy Hanna says:

    Sorry somehow posted before finishing. Perhaps that was for the best. Caring for my MIL required us moving into her home to take on full time care. At the same time I received word that my own mother needed surgery for a brain aneurysm (and my sister announced she was sending her to live with us)… my trust in someone close shattered and I had to rebuild that relationship. Much more happened and I struggled under the weight of all I was suddenly having to face. I cannot tell you all how much I regret that I did not always act in a loving manner during that time. I wish I could return to it and be the kind of servant Jesus would have wanted. Instead I failed miserably too many times too not become angry and bitter. After 10 years I have finally learned to forgive myself and move forward. Relationships were repaired…. I am at peace with my past failures and learned some lessons that have served me well in future difficulties. God was especially patient and forgiving. He has redeemed that time and I am grateful. As author Lysa Terkhust has said “God is good. God is good at being God” Amen

  26. Allison Bentley says:

    @Gwineth52 thanks for sharing your insight- going through something similar and thankful to God for your confession and honesty. @Danielle B praying for peace during this time and of course healing only God can provide @Karen Elizabeth praying for Kailand and your family- may Gods peace surround you all today and of course perfect healing for Kailand @Cee Gee thanks for sharing the football analogy- makes perfect sense (perhaps we can all share this story with someone at the Superbowl) @all the caregivers of this group (spouses, mamas, friends) praying the Gods strength continues to work in our “work” and the Glory of God is portrayed daily. How does reigning with God change how we serve others ? It gives me to freedom to step out with BOLDNESS- God is the power, I am just the vessel!

  27. Donna Wolcott says:

    May the works the Lord calls me to do, be to His glory and humbly by me. Traveling up to NH today to visit my son’s family. Will try to read comments later. Blessings sisters.❤️

  28. Cindy Hanna says:

    10 years ago over a 4 month span….I went through one of the most intense and difficult periods of my life. My MIL entered Hospice

  29. Erica Chiarelli says:

    I’m so thankful to serve and praise Jesus that He demonstrated His love in serving us. We see His examples and can follow. He is a God who was a Servant King…it’s so amazing in this day and age to us but it’s the counter-cultureof His Kingdom!

  30. Annie says:

    1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

    So powerful!

  31. Cheryl Blow says:

    We are called to serve not be served. Sometimes as believers we get caught up in the fact that we will reign with Christ but we need to take the mind of Christ to be a servant of all. We need to do everything we do for the glory of God. He will give us strength to do what He gives us to do v
    Praying for all of you!

  32. Mari V says:

    If its not beneficial or constructive I need to stray away from the temptation to seek my own selfish desires just to make myself look or feel good. I know my God sees and knows all and especially my heart. And sometimes I know I can be yucky. Yesterday 2 boys were disputing of who got to the line first (an everyday ordeal w/children). They are both sweet little guys, but I know who got to line first and I had the other one go to the back of the line. I could of been more gentle how I spoke to him, and I was embarrassed when I received the reminder of “my tone” which is something I have worked VERY hard since leaving my toxic environment and have improved (GOD gets ALL the glory) and when I mess up, I feel SO bad! I need to be OK with these reminders and be MORE mindful of my tone especially with this one particular little guy. I LOVE all these little ones! They are SO sweet and I don’t want to be the “mean” one.

    1. Kelli Harrell says:

      @Mari V. I am a retired elementary teacher and principal. Praying you will be patient with yourself as God teaches you to be patient with his kids and have the loving firmness they often need. You LOVE them by redirecting at times. It’s the same as God redirecting US. It might sting a bit, but it is for our GOOD!

  33. Christina Gray says:

    With the uncertainty of our current times, I have been caught up in the world, and I am admittedly concerned for my family. Focusing on serving others is such a good reminder of WHO not WHAT should be my focus.

  34. Kristin McG says:

    CEE GEE- I love that bit you shared from Tony Evans about the football player!

    My husband is doing the He version of this study. We were just discussing these words:
    FAITH, FLOURISH, SERVICE, DOMINION. When you look up these words in a dictionary these words are severely undermined, because their meaning in the Bible is so much bigger, so much more powerful. It’s not even so much a physical description. Anyways, just loving this past week so much! Sending prayers to all!

  35. Mia Faith says:

    He is my Rock and my Redeemer! Thank you, God for your grace and mercy.

  36. Laura Dianne says:

    For me, serving is not a problem. At least that is what I like to think. But truthfully, serving WITH HUMILITY is another story. If I’m honest, I like to be recognized for my service. God has really had to knock me over the head with that lesson. It completely goes against my human nature to serve without anyone noticing, to serve unto the Lord. It’s a lesson I’m still learning.

    I thought a lot about love yesterday and why I cringe sometimes when I hear people throw the word around. I really want to love Biblically. I’m asking God to really show me what that means and these verses really helped. Love and service go together, don’t they? And serving one another humbly, not putting myself and my needs above theirs, that is love, isn’t it?

    I value this verse from I Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

    As a PA girl, the big news today is that the groundhog predicted an early spring – haha!

  37. Adrienne says:

    He sees and knows how He wants us to serve. Let’s not worry about what we think we need to do, sweet sisters, and instead focus on just doing it. (This is a paraphrase of Nike’s slogan, of course.) We have some great, earthly, current examples from our caregiving sisters. But also remember how to be more like Mary (and less like Martha…. That is one of my biggest struggles! Sit at His feet today, my friends. I know you already are… you’re here!)

    Sarah D… I remember being sick a lot during my first year of teaching preschool. (I also had strep FOUR TIMES in my freshman year of college!) We are only a few months out from the end of the year. We’ll get there, and then next year will likely be a healthier year for you. (And then before you know it, you’ll have served at preschool for 20 years, like me!)

    And, KAREN ELIZABETH, please give us an update on Kailand as soon as you have one. Thank you.

  38. Searching says:

    KAREN ELIZABETH and DANIELLE B – praying for these medical needs!

    CEE GEE ❤️ thank you for what you shared this morning!

  39. Taylor says:

    I serve my patients every day in my job as an occupational therapist. This is a good reminder as I rise for another day of service. I’m also excited because my church is hosting Night to Shine special needs prom next Friday and I will be volunteering.

    Praying for you @Sarah D for restored health and joy in the waiting. Soooo much easier said than done. I’m here for you <3

    Lifting up the prayer requests! I pray everyone has a blessed weekend :)

  40. Searching says:

    My thoughts are rambling again this morning, it’s been one of those weeks. So many things coming mind this morning as I’m reading Scripture and comments, thinking about serving and interacting with others in a way that honors and glorifies the Lord. Praying and pondering this morning.

    MARI V – praying for you and your teacher. Loved what LAURA DIANNE said, so encouraging.

    GWINETH52 – thankful for resolution of the situation, and appreciate your confessional testimony. Very thought provoking, bringing to mind when I’ve been in those same positions – it all comes back to, it’s not me, it’s God.

    TINA ❤️ lovely testimony of following God’s lead and showing His love. Thank you!

    CHANGED LIFE – praying for physical renewal, relief from anxiety.

    TERESA DONLEY – good to see you! Praying with you for delay of any progression, for healing

    GAYLE CRAIK – praying for you and your husband

    KELLY (NEO) “so that God may be glorified” Amen.

    SARAH D – praying for your health, and for the Lord’s comfort and guidance in this time of life. It can be difficult to stay healthy around littles. I’m usually only around 1 or 2 at a time and it still seems like constant hand washing and sanitizing.

    LAURA DIANNE – the morphing (and distorting) of the definition of love. So much truth in what you wrote – we could have an all day conversation on this. Praying for clarity, wisdom and guidance for all of us as we face the worldview each day, putting on the armor.

  41. Danielle B says:

    Oh how timely. We found out earlier this week my dad will need major abdominal surgery to repair a significant hiatal hernia. I’m a typical oldest child who feels responsible and needs to be the one helping and fixing, but I’ve been working the last couple of years to break that mindset. I’m praying and trying to find how I’m supposed to serve my family in this season. My parents, my mom, specifically is trying to protect me from the responsibility mindset. Please pray with me that I serve as God would want me to in this season. It is also at the time of year where three years ago my mom was recovering from open heart surgery and in late February suffered a cardiac arrest that led to a second heart surgery. This has all our emotions running high and on edge.

  42. Cee Gee says:

    KAREN ELIZABETH – Oh my! Praying for Kailand, the medical team, your family and praying the surgery is successful and without any complications during recovery! ❤

  43. Cee Gee says:

    LINDA IN NC – How wonderful you get to spend the day with your daughter! Praying the break from your usual routine will feed and refuel your spirit and body. Enjoy! Please never hesitate to ask us for help through prayer! I am 2 hours away, but would love to help physically if I could. ❤

    Continued prayers for you, LYNNE from Alabama, GRAMIESUE, NANCY S, and other caregivers! Hugs to all of you. ❤

    SARAH D – Praying the sore throat turns out to be nothing and you get to complete that goal. Continued prayers for you and your desire for a relationship. ❤

  44. Lynne from Alabama says:

    Good morning, sweet SRT sisters!

    Linda in NC—Thank you for your prayers for me! That means so much as I know you are exhausted from your own caregiver duties. I pray for you daily as well. Parkinson’s along with dementia is a lot of caregiving! My mom had Parkinson’s. I hope you enjoy your time with your daughter today and get a little emotional/mental rest! ❤️

    Sarah D—I’m sorry you are having trouble staying well since you started teaching pre-K. Unfortunately I think that is a hazard of teaching little ones who are so up close and personal all the time. Start taking some vitamin supplements that will help boost your immune system. About your singleness, remember that It isn’t that God hasn’t answered your prayers it’s just that his answer is not yet. There’s a big difference in the two. I pray for all our single gals all the time. ❤️

    Teresa Donley—So happy to “see” you back with us! I’m sure that your diagnosis is so heartbreaking and hard to process. I pray that God will give you His peace and strength to keep on keeping on. ❤️

    Laura Dianne, Gwineth52, Mari V, Gayle Craik, Thebestisyettocome, Mercy, Heidi, and all other sisters—I am lifting up each of you and your specific needs to our gracious Heavenly Father. ❤️

    Have a blessed day! ❤️

  45. Karen Elizabeth says:

    Good morning, asking for prayers for a young man named Kailand, just 14 years old, who is heading into open heart surgery this morning at 7:30am EST. He is my husband’s cousin’s son. His first open heart surgery was when he was only a few days old and today will be his fourth. He has compromised immune system and he has been in the hospital since December 30, most of the time sedated and on a ventilator. Today’s surgery is risky and long. Please pray for him today. Thank you ❤️

  46. Jessica says:

    Such a great reminder of what it looks like to serve in faith, Tina. I love reading your words each morning! ❤️

  47. Cee Gee says:

    “He will not forget your work or the love you showed… ” Hebrews 6.

    Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where we doubt that ‘the good’ we are doing is making a difference. This verse encourages me to keep on doing good and not give up. After all it is for His glory, not mine and I should be ever mindful of that and not be offended.

    Jesus’ ‘posture of dominion’ was basically the opposite of the definition of dominion. Yes, God is Sovereign and in control, but unlike the earthly kings/rulers, Jesus did not dominate for personal exaltation. He wants and counsels us to follow His example in exercising dominion on this earth. I hope that makes sense!

    I will end with this somewhat humorous example from the CSB Tony Evans Study Bible – humorous, yet convicting!
    On Galatians 5:13, Dr. Evans said,
    “Spiritual freedom is not the absence of boundaries. Suppose a football player catches the ball and wants to play the game without restrictions. He proceeds to run out of bounds and into the stands to avoid being tackled. Eventually, he re-enters the stadium and crosses into the end zone from the opposite direction. He’s no longer playing football but creating chaos. Football can only be football when played within the boundaries of sidelines.

    So what does Christian freedom look like? Serving one another through love. Remember: biblical love is the decision to compassionately, righteously, and sacrificially seek the well-being of another. Since the Son of God served us through love, why would his disciples expect to do anything less?”

    Another outstanding week of learning and fellowship! Praying for each of you as we enter the weekend, that we find rest and renewal for our hearts, bodies, and spirits.

    GWINETH52 and others with insomnia- Prayers for sweet sleep! I was up before 5 today, too! ❤

    TINA – Love your testimony! That’s what it’s all about, sister!!! ❤

    SEARCHING – ❤

  48. Aimee D-R says:

    Father help me to remember that in weakness I am strong. That You order my steps and hold me in your righteous and victorious right hand. May the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be pleasing to you Lord my rock and redeemer. In Jesus name, Amen

    1. Julie Ganucheau says:

      ❤️

    2. Elizabeth Diaz says:

      That’s a good work.
      In my weakness…God you are my strength. So that you are glorified

  49. Linda in NC says:

    For those of us who are caregivers serving looks different from serving might looked to others. As Jesus needed time away from constant serving to rest and refresh so do we even for a few hours. Often we don’t know how to accomplish it or we struggle with asking for help. I’m thankful for each of your prayers and encouragement. The last two days I have been so weary and I’m not sure why.
    Lynn in Alabama my heart is heavy for you. I think of you often and lift you up to the Lord! All who are caregivers know the time will come when we are at that place also.
    My daughter, granddaughter and 2 of my great grandsons are in town for the weekend. Looking forward to a few hours of shopping with my daughter today.
    Much love and prayers for each of you❤

  50. Theresa Storie says:

    Amen! Praying for all of you and for opportunities to serve! Thank you Tina for sharing! Blessings sweet “shes”.

  51. Sarah D. says:

    Good morning ladies, praying for you all!
    Thankful for SRT. Would love your prayers today. I have been sick almost every month sick August since I’ve started being a pre-k teacher. I was good these past two weeks, but today I have a sore throat. I was planning to run a 5K tomorrow, that was one of my goals this year. I am really just upset. I am very tired of constantly being sick. I am still struggling with my roommate who is dating someone, and I wish it would come more easily for me to be happy for her. But it stings when she talks about hanging out with him. I just wish my prayer was also being answered like hers is. She is one of my last good friends that is single in the town I live in. Trying to learn how to be content while still having this desire. Thank you for your prayers.

    1. Kim Mullins says:

      So sorry Sarah! You’ve had it rough lately. But God is good and He has sthing for you! Waiting is hard!

  52. Ada McCloud says:

    I love serving people. At times I have been humbled and shown my faults and sins. I believe I need to look for ways to serve outside of my comfort zone.

  53. Kelly (NEO) says:

    “If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything.”

    This is how Jesus lived, showing us how to move under the influence of the Spirit.

    CHERRIE BREWER ❤️

    TAYLOR – good news about Logan!

    VICTORIA E – hope you and the family are back to full health

    TERESA DONLEY – thankful you checked in. I wonder if seeing a counselor or finding a supoort group would help you work through your diagnosis

    GAYLE CRAIK – so sorry for more troubles you and your husband are facing. ((Hug))

    MARI V – hoping your meeting went well. Praying for your relationship with the teacher.

    THEBESTISYETTOCOME – safe travels and good outcomes!

  54. Gwineth52 says:

    Good Morning Shes…especially Tina in her neck of England woods…”He is my strength & song”.

    Once more awake in the wee small hours of my neck of the woods.
    The sleepless nights revolving.
    Family dilemma resolved. Despite me. Truly, despite me. Where I was wrong. God made right. Where I doubted. God delivered. Where I fell short. God stood taller.
    As Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 10: Verses 23-24.
    “Everything is permissible,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up. No one is to seek his own good, but the good of the other person.”
    Back to the family dilemma. Where I felt anger. God saw arrogance. Where I sought power. God saw impoverishment. I did not do what was beneficial. I behaved badly. I did not build up. I tore down. I did not seek the good of the other person. I sought what I thought was mine.
    When everything that is, is His. Where everywhere you turn, He is there. Whatever life you have, He holds.
    So…as the expression goes, “ you made this bed, so lie in it”.
    Sweet slumber will yet return. Just not swift.
    I surrender all, as the other expression goes, “to the one who’s seen it all”.
    BIG thanks & even BIGGER hugs to all the Shes who prayed over me.
    Who wanted peace of mind for me. Who wanted rest for me. Who wanted fewer worries for me. And who believed in a better me, than what I’ve shown myself to be. I implore of you, please do not let the prayers end. They are needed, more than before. As Tina said…”My Hope is in Him”.

  55. Tina says:

    I saw this book of Psalms on the shelf in a book store, and I knew who I was going to buy it for!

    My prayer partner and best friend had been in hospital, doctors were a tad stumped as to What was wrong, her non believing husband beside himself.. Most days I would visit, and sit with her, praying, chatting, hopeful.
    She came home all better. When I delivered some meals to help them settle back home, her husband asked me. “What is it that keeps you both smiling, and hopeful, cos whatever it is, I want me some of that”
    I have tears at that memory. ❤

    He was the recipient of the book of Psalms.

    BUT GOD..

    Fast forward some 14 years, and life has thrown them some real lemons, but also in that time he has given his life to the Lord, served at church, and most importantly, he LOVES the Lord! ❤

    Luke 6:31.. Says, ‘Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them..’ If I were a non believer, I would want someone to help/guide/show me in actions, words or deeds who this God is that settled on them this Peace, this Grace, this Freedom, this HOPE.

    1 Peter 4:11 says, ‘if anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him be the glory and the power forever and ever..AMEN.

    Reaching out a hand, buying a book, sitting in long conversations about who God is to us. The good book promises that I/we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me/us.
    It was back then, and will always be, by and in His strength that I am who am, doing what I do for His glory.
    He is my strength and song. My hope is in Him.

    AMEN.

    A windy Friday morning here in my neck of the England woods, sending much love, hugs, and prayers for comfort, for grace, for healing, for compassion, for hope..
    I love you my dears.❤

    1. Stephanie Wilsey says:

      Beautiful, Tina! Thank you for these words of encouragement.