Last Saturday, at the Sister 2 Sister Soiree, mother-daughter guest speakers, Danielle and Judymarie, admonished us to keep a healthy fear of the Lord and live clean lives that speak to the world of God’s holiness and grace. That message is what Evidence is all about! Thank you for that encouragement and reminder!
Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer, intended “for all peoples of faith to pray to the God of their understanding.” Evidence got to be part of a very special St. Charles Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, the stated purpose of which was to encourage morality and ethics in the lives of all people in positions of leadership. There were a lot of leaders, public servants, elected officials, and top executives in the crowd and we felt very humbled to be there singing.
The Honorable Patricia York has served as the Mayor of St. Charles for 12 years and she spoke of the power of prayer in her life. Revisiting monumental milestones throughout her recent years, she spoke of remembering God through the bond she had with her father and of thanking God for His creation every time she smells the spring lilacs.
The main speaker of the morning was Coach Brad Soderberg, Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at Lindenwood University. At first, I was worried I would be lost amidst all the sports lingo, but then his message turned into one I will not soon forget. I really can’t describe how powerfully he relayed God’s message of love. In short, he gave an analogy of how he would never cross a 10 story high I-beam for 10 million dollars, but he would in a heartbeat if his 4 year old son was up there. And yet, God’s love for us is even greater than that of a parent’s for their child!
What’s so cool is how God affirmed to me what He’s already been telling me in my spirit lately. I am not a “prayer warrior” as some believers are gifted to be, and though I believe strongly in the power of prayer and I experience God’s peace when I pray, it’s all too easy to tell someone I’ll pray for them and then forget later (especially when it’s a situation I am not a part of or if I don’t know the people involved). I’ve been trying to form a new habit: when someone asks me to pray about something, I lift it up right then and there. God’s Spirit has been keeping me in check about that for the last several weeks and He reminded me even more poignantly this week! What a wonderful, gentle Father we have—this is the God of our understanding and the God Evidence serves. I can’t wait to spend my day with Him!