Monday, July 9, 2012

Prayer Encouragement: "Fill in the Blank" by SkyMom, Terrie Chevaillier

Fill in the Blank
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

I have been reminded of this verse so many times this week
that it will go up on the chalk board in the center of my house.
If I was not out of liquid chalk….it would be up there right now!
However, it is in my heart and the Spirit prompts me with it often.
A little something we tried this week to make this verse personal is 
a fill in the blank with YOUR NAME inserted where the scripture says love.
That little exercise has proven to take it to an VERY personal level when
read as Terrie is patient, Hunter is kind, Brooks does not envy, Terrie does not boast, Hunter is not proud….and on we go.
By the end of it, there is usually no room for defense.
Clearly, as we stated our names in place of love….we had failed to love each
other in our family with the fullness of how scripture defines love.
This summer, when the kids are home and there is more together time,
try this fill in the blank with 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7!

Let’s Pray God’s Word:
Dear Father, thank You that You are love.  Everything we need to love others well has been done on the cross.
Why is this truth easy to forget when emotions are high and strength seems low?
We desire to be moms that do not keep a record of wrongs.
We desire patience, and kindness, and selflessness.
Please do the work in our hearts first so then we can love our children
out of the overflow of Christ’s redemptive work in us.
This week, please help our family persevere to walk the talk.
We say we love You, each other, and others, however our actions 
fall short when a lot of togetherness comes into play.
Guide us as Sky Moms to live it out first and then talk it out second.
As we do, I pray that our children would
take this truth and our summer would be filled with love where
there could be potential for strife.

~Terrie Chevaillier

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