It’s that time of year again that I especially love, FALL! I don’t know if it is the changing leaves that bring so much beauty for their final exit before winter, the remembrance of riding behind a tractor on cool fall evenings for a Hayride, or the scents of cinnamon, pumpkin, and campfires that get my heart pumping with joy.
Spring, winter, and summer do not disappoint, but you only have to take a look around my home to see how much I love Fall! It’s also at this time I finally get used to saying the correct year we’re in without checking for only a few more months until we change again! Can anyone relate?
Remember planting bulbs? Now’s the time to do it unless you’re like me and wait until near the end of October because you find it easier to dig when the ground is hard from the frosty nights that have invariably begun already. Not! Yet again…can anyone else relate?!
Along with planting your bulbs comes the stashing away or covering of the precious patio/lounge furniture we so enjoyed on the summer evenings. This is a sad time for me because I do miss seeing the sun as much as we did in the summer, but I have to remember the changing seasons are why I wanted to come back to Illinois after traipsing around the world with my military husband with children in tow.
The word I don’t want you to miss though is covering. We do it when tucking our children and grandchildren to bed. We cover up our loved ones with an afghan when they have fallen asleep watching movies and we also do it with the plants that are dear to us by covering them with extra mulch and clippings to protect them during the fridged cold nights ahead.
The definition of covering I looked at was: 1. to lie on, over, or around something, especially to protect or conceal it.
2. Physical shelter or protection sought by people in danger.
Hoping you see the correlation here. This is definitely what we are called to do for our families, loved ones, and friends. God will cover, protect and nurture as we co-labor with Him thankfully through prayer.
So here are some favorite go-to verses that we can use to cover the ones we love and even the ones we have a hard time loving when the Lord so leads us:
Romans 8:11 NIV “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
John 10:4,5 NIV spoken by Jesus: “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
James 1:5 NIV “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Isaiah 40:29 NIV “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. “
Psalms 86:11 NIV “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Fear here means reverence and awe)
Mark 9:23 NIV Another one spoken by Jesus, ” ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” This one is a powerhouse!
Example of how to use scripture to pray: Father, God, I thank you for making us your children. (Psalms 82:6) and it is through my belief in your son, Jesus that has opened the door to everything you gave me through His sacrifice. I pray for my children and grandchildren to seek your ways. I pray for you to give them wisdom about every decision they have to make and that they call upon you as well.
Thank you for giving them the strength they need mentally, physically, and emotionally for every day. I pray that you guide them and strengthen them when they feel small, weary, or alone (Deut. 31:6, Isaiah 40:29.
Father, help them to know that it is through your son, Jesus that all things are possible. Nothing is impossible, or too big for you to handle.
IN JESUS’ NAME
Questions to Ponder:
Who do you find yourself praying for the most? If it’s just the “Us four and no more” category, try listening to other’s prayer needs. Make a list of them to use during your devotion time.
How can you get better at listening to others’ needs proactively? Sometimes it’s best to stop to pray right then and there. Don’t be scared of how it sounds, God is interested in what you say with your heart and not your head. The more you do it, the easier and more comfortable it will feel. I still get nervous praying for others, and I can count on one hand the times someone has told me, “No thank you”. Don’t let the enemy shut you up. Show someone God loves them by praying for them. They will thank you when we all get to heaven and can see the many acts of kindness done with a faithful heart.
What do you pray the most for yourself? Is there a way to address this through the eyes of faith linked with a scripture God has given? Strength and maturing are in the act of faithful waiting. Keep scriptures posted throughout your home to strengthen you.
Did you remember to put your armor on for the day? I am trying to remember to do this too right as I get into my car before driving off. Little postcards are great reminders! Then wait to see who God puts in your path!