What your City Needs

National Night Out

Tuesday night was National Night Out. Have you heard of it?

But first:

This last year of blogging was a year of prayer on the first Thursday of every month. I wrote a devotion designed to pray over your City.

This year is a year of action. Which means I am going to have to get busier. I have seen and heard of some local organizations I have been curious about; now is the time to step way outside of my comfort zone and investigate and invest time and investigate.

The first Thursday of the month is still designed to keep your City in prayer, but rather than a devotional when you stop and by, I will write about a ministry, a City staple, or an outreach that serves the community.

AND please share with us how you already are or are getting involved in your local City!

Back to National Night Out!

After twenty years of marriage, my husband and I finally started a weekly date night, so every Friday, we go out for coffee. It has expanded our ability to chat about everyday occurrences from the week, talk about our girls, and plan for upcoming house projects and family trips. The moments over coffee have been a boon to our relationship.

So, when we heard that our local city was hosting a National Night Out, we had to attend. Was it on a Friday? No. Did they serve coffee? No. The point was to do something together. Almost backing out due to being an introvert, I pressed through and attended –and I am glad I did.

The event was hosted at our local Fire and Police house. Yes, our town is so small, the two departments reside in the same building. But do not let the size mislead you.

What I learned at our City’s National Night Out

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Did you know about 80% of the calls the Fire Department goes on are medical? They are usually the first to show up at the location. We found out our town has a device called Lucas. It was SO cool. This medical device provides chest compression, also known as CPR, in place of a person! This mechanical/medical miracle is part of the first responder team.

I was in awe of how the Firemen talked about the tools they had for times of rescue and resuscitation. Their care and concern for our community and the surrounding Cities were evident.

Not every city or town has Lucas. Why? Take a look at Lucas for yourself. It is super cool!

Your local Fire Department might be in need of something other than Lucas. Do you know what it is? Who can you ask? #whatdoesyourlocalfdneed

The answer to the blog title: Y O U

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Praying for your City changes you.

My hope is that the prayer topics have changed the way you see your City. Love and concern for others in a natural path in the process of prayer. In order to pray, we have to lean in and hear the need, gain some inkling of an understanding of that need, and be in agreement that God is providing the answer.

We grow as we pray.

How do we grow from prayer? It opens our hearts and vision. We see that we may be an answer to prayer. We no longer primarily see our own lives in focus within our community but have expanded our view to see the community around our lives.

Prayer in Motion

Sometimes the prayer we pray creates the tailwind needed to tackle the issue ourselves.

God, thank you for the Fire Department; we are able to rest knowing they are a call away. We thank you for their families and all the training the men and women in our Fire Departments do. And thank you for those who fundraise and are there to provide support to them during and after fires. Amen

Until next week, keep Walking on Mustard Seeds,

Michele Marie Weisman

Do you have trouble making decisions? This will help.

We can stand confident in knowing that He is leading us.

“The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” (Proverbs 20:21 NLT)

“No two children are alike,” the adage says. My second child let me know early on that parenting her would be a completely different experience. I had to let go of the ideals I held about being a good mom. For instance, as a toddler, she would roam around and not obey my command, “Now, stand here for just a moment.” This could happen by the car in the parking lot, during a visit to the zoo, or at church in the large quad. I would turn my attention for just a second, and she was gone. I knew what I had to do, purchase a lead for my child. Yes, I needed to become a lead-carrying mom to preserve the life of my child. Pride and embarrassment had to go out the window. That was just a warm-up for things to come. A decade later, she walks around with blue, pink, and perhaps soon, red hair. Thankfully, I learned to ignore any gawking when we were in the lead stage, and she gets some lovely compliments on her hair.

God created us individually and will also guide our lives uniquely, within His perfect boundaries. I could not make sense of why a lead for a child was a good idea until I realized it was going to save her life.

When God leads us in a small detail for our day or in a major shift in life, we need not take stalk of what others think or might say. More importantly, we need to put aside any pre-decided ideas and go with God’s plan. Fear and worry will try to surface as we try something new and unknown. But God sees the end of the situation before we have taken the first step into it.

My youngest has taught me to not care what others think. When moments of doubt come, stand firm, knowing God designed me and approves of me.  

His word tells us that we can hear His direction for us. We can stand confident in knowing that He is leading us.

God, thank you for Your guidance and direction for every detail today.

Your Turn 🙂

What has been a turning point where you listened to God and not gone on with your own plans?

Bursting at the seams to tell you!

My submission to EGT Times has been accepted! I am so grateful and humbled that they have agreed to print my article in their bi-monthly magazine. It should be online and in print by the end of October. If you want to see what they are about, click here -> Elohim Gospel Ministries

Until next week, keep Walking on Mustard Seeds,

Michele Marie Weisman

PS. If this post blessed you, tell your friends! There is a new post every Thursday where, together, we are sowing seeds of faith. Thank you!

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Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Three qualities that help you and others, any day of the week.

The most inexpensive and resilient gift you can give is building someone up with a kind word.

My girls and I, in the mornings, are reading through the book of Proverbs. This is not an easy book to process as there are so many gems to dig into.

For example:

Commitment

“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” (Pr. 16:3 NLT)

Does this stir a desire to have little reminders around your home and work proclaiming, Do this for the Lord, so you keep your focus on him?

Keeping God’s way of doing things at the forefront of our thinking will bring good and right motives to all we do. And, naturally, God gets all the credit for success. Why? Doing things his way is what brought it to be.

Sensibility

“Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path.” (Pr. 15:21 NLT)

Have people accused you of being too boring or predictable? Perhaps you have thought this about yourself. Please take a deep breath because it has saved you from some wrong decisions. Sensible, according to the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary, means to have “good sense or sound reason.” Being sensible may feel like a lonely place, but you are in good company. Sound decisions are what create stability in our lives.

Encouragement

“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” (Pr. 12:25 NLT)

Oh, how I love this verse. It reminds me to stop thinking thoughts that bring worry. And to not bring questions or ideas that might worry someone else about their own life.

I love to encourage people. But, surprisingly, some people do not know how to receive encouragement. Maybe it comes across as fake, or they have heard more words tearing them down in life than building up.

The most inexpensive and resilient gift you can give is building someone up with a kind word.

Your turn!

Do you have a favorite Proverb you would like to share? I would love to read about it in the comments.

What’s buzzing at my keyboard?

An online ministry asked me to submit an article for their magazine. I am putting the finishing touches on the piece this week after some helpful critique.

I will let you know if/when it gets published!

Reminder

A great gift idea for Christmas, Inspire Christian Writers will be publishing a new anthology at the end of the year. A short story I wrote will appear in it. So be on the lookout! Inspire Anthology – Inspire Christian Writers (inspirewriters.com)

I have found the writing journey is filled with encouraging authors, editors, and creators. I am grateful to have found this community. As you travel the road God is leading you on, I do hope this blog encourages you, as I have been encouraged. If so, please consider sharing it with a friend! Thank you. : )

Until next week, keep Walking on Mustard Seeds,

Michele Marie Weisman

Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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How to leave your struggles behind.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me?” Tell the people to get moving!” (Exodus 14:15)

Wait, aren’t we suppose to call out to God for help in times of trouble?

God’s people were at the edge of the Red Sea, and the Pharoah’s army was nearing them.

The approaching army filled the Israelites with fear, panicked words, and inaction.

Their situation looked grim, although we have the advantage of knowing how the story ends: The Sea is divided, and they will safely pass through the water and get to the other side.

But first

The instructions came:

“Get moving!”

They had to take one step.

One move.

One action showed they trusted God more than the fear before them. A faith step away from the danger.

This month https://www.walkingonmustardseeds.com/two-or-three-for-your-city/ , we have been praying for those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol in your City. Maybe this has never been a battle for you. But we all struggle with something.

Food

TV/streaming shows

Organizing

Gossip/slander

Speeding

Shopping

There are many things that lead to the destruction of our time, money, or our bodies. We may never be in danger like the Israelites were, but we face our own battles every day.

Can we simply turn from the looming threat and “Get moving!”? Or is it too much of an ask?

This is the faith part. We turn, showing our trust in God to see us through to the next step.

Once they turned, God gave instructions for Moses to lift the staff that had gotten them out and through so very much.

Hasn’t God gotten you through much? He will get you through even more. He has not quit. He does not faint at what is before you. He is the Way.

God orchestrated a plan for Moses and the people, and he will do the same for you and me. E v e r y time.

We need not worry.

But we do worry. God is bigger than every obstacle and holds the solution for us.

One small step in the right direction is what he asks—or shouts. God has lit the way for each of us.

He has a “way” for us, and His provision will come when we “get moving.”

Back to the beginning, now that you know the Way away from your struggles don’t you want to share it?

You can! Share this post with a friend or a neighbor. I am sure they will appreciate it, and I thank you for it.

Father, I am sorry when I only see what frightens or tempts me. What foolishness. I knit my faith to you today, pulling my gaze away from what looms, walking toward your promises, hope, and freedom. Amen

A Celebration Continued!

I am so grateful for the support and encouragement I get from so many of you. A sweet friend and reader send me a note in the mail to congratulate me on one year of blogging. This note was so thoughtful, and all I can say is WOW! I am blessed beyond measure.

An Announcement

I have been asked to write an article for an online and in-print magazine. More to follow–once I know more. Would you keep me in prayer as I write the piece for them? Thank you so much!

Until next week, keep Walking on Mustard Seeds,

Michele Marie Weisman

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How do you appreciate teachers?

Devotional Review

Devotional Title

God’s Promises for the Teacher

Subtitle

God’s Promises

Author

Jack Countryman

Publishing info

Copyright 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson. Thomas nelson is a trademark of Thomas Nelson, Inc.

How I found this book or why I selected it

My family gifted God’s Promises for the Teacher to me a few years ago. I have homeschooled our children, and they thought this would be a sweet and fitting gift for me.

What did I love about it?

I did not feel qualified to read this book. Let’s be honest, as a homeschool mom, there are some stressors I do not have to contend with that traditional teachers do. I will leave you to identify what those might be.

Reading Jack Countryman’s devotional, I realized that if we homeschool or teach in a public, private, or charter school environment, the weight of the responsibility is the same. 

Until the year 2020, when most school-age kids were learning out of their homes, I saw myself as odd. Prior to that year, some would make unkind statements or give an equivalent look exposing their thought.

Having read this devotional before 2020, I was grateful for the peace and encouragement it lent me.

Countryman’s book is laid out simply, by topic. There are major topical divisions and topics under each.  Every topic has five to seven Bible verses to read, pertaining to the topical promise from God.

Very few of the pages have a quote from someone, known or unknown.

I love the simplicity and purity of sitting with God’s word, directed at a teacher’s heart.

What I didn’t like about it

I liked everything about God’s Promises for the Teacher. Especially that it was a gift from my family.

Who would want it?

Any teacher would appreciate the devotional.

This is such a good gift idea for your children’s teacher or if you know a homeschool parent. Walmart is currently selling it for around $5.00. Early Christmas purchase or something to keep in mind for teacher appreciation days.

Major plus, there is a page at the beginning for a personal not to the teacher. I love this! Who does not want to personalize a gift like this?

Who would not want it?

Someone who is not a teacher.

Did it bear fruit?

Yes! It brought me peace and comfort in my role as a teacher to my kids. And it can be read again and again.

Fun announcement!

In case you missed it, my guest blog post for Make Me Available, went live on Saturday. Click on this link to read it! Viewing Wildflowers – MAKEMEAVAILABLE

Question

Do you listen to Podcasts? If yes, what one is a favorite? Share in the comments.

Until next week, keep Walking on Mustard Seeds,

Michele Marie Weisman

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PS You may notice some slight changes to my website. I am tackling tech-savvy blogging one little step at a time.

Two or Three for Your City

Let’s pray for rescue from drug and alcohol addiction.

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. He said, “I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and Lord, you heard me!”
‭‭(Jonah‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬
)

I had a choice at the age of eighteen, continue on a dark path with alcohol, or take an abrupt turn onto a new path.

There are no simple addiction stories.

Living addicted to drugs or alcohol is never a simple story. There are many avenues that can lead people into this cycle. I will not cover all the circumstances that create this behavior but will mention a few.

Addiction in the home

Depression

PTSD

Peer pressure

Abuse

And more…

I could list statistics about the abuse of alcohol and drugs. The numbers are a little too depressing. I think I will save that for the actual Devotional.

The point of City prayer is to cry out to God on behalf of another. This is a scriptural and spiritual act.

Some addicted people don’t know they need help, don’t want help, have attempted again and again to get help or are kept from help.

Over three decades ago, I chose the new path.

Each new sober day was a battle to find something good while letting go of old habits and responses to life. Little by little, living became beautiful to me.

God, you rescued Jonah from the whale, and Jesus brought people back to life. We are pleading on behalf of all those addicted in our City to find the help, healing, forgiveness, and the strength needed to recover. Amen.

Next month we will pray for those affected by someone’s drinking or drug use.

Until next week, keep Walking on Mustard Seeds,

Michele Marie Weisman

PS All praise and glory go to Jesus Christ for my sobriety!

PSS Hey. Tomorrow, a company in England, CHRISTIAN FAITH BLOG – MAKEMEAVAILABLE , will post a piece I wrote for them. Will you help me help them? Please stop by their site as a “thank you” for hosting my writing.

You, my dear reader, have a few days to shop at a discount with Make Me Available, until the 4th of September. Use code: MICHELE10 Also, there are some gifted writers on their blog. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, pull up a chair, and be blessed!

Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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An Anniversary of choosing Peace over Fear

When I acted unhinged in my childhood, behaving too high and mighty in my words or actions, my parents stumbled that thinking.

They grounded the high-flying behavior.

Sent to my room, wings clipped, my focus eventually turned to want freedom and approval.

I was curious as to what the term ‘grounding’ came from. A google search reveals it may have roots in the term to ground an airplane.

Do adults need to be grounded too?

Grounded in God’s word.

“But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:33 NLT)

Proverbs, in part, tells of Wisdom trying to help us through wise instruction. Listening to her has the promise of peace.

Peace of:

Mind

Heart

Spirit

God instructs us to live by his wisdom so that we may live in peace.

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:27 NIV) If you want a richer understanding of this text, read Matthew 6:25-27.

No matter what is happening around you or to you, God promises you his peace. You have a deposit of peace within you, simply for living by His statutes.

Father, I get caught up in worries and situations that intimidate me. I forget that with you, I always have a guide. You go before me, beside me, and behind me, keeping me sealed up in your perfect love. Thank you.

Happy Anniversary!!!

Okay, yes, it is my blogging anniversary. I would not be able to celebrate it without you! This is official, one solid year of blogging.

There have been many weeks when fear stole my confidence, and I was worried about posting what I sketched together. But, I know God is asking and guiding me to write. So, in obedience, I will continue.

I am also continuing work on the Devotional about praying for your City. The first Thursday of the month is a sampling of guided prayer over your City.

I have enjoyed reviewing Devotionals each month and plan to continue them.

Thank you so much for visiting each week to connect and read my newest post. I appreciate you!

I would love to get the word out about the Devotional I am writing. I see that it can be a prayer movement, gathering people to pray for their individual Cities.

I need your help to do it. Please share my blog and City Devotionals with others.

I firmly believe our prayers can affect our City for the good of all the people in it.

Until next week, keep Walking on Mustard Seeds,

Michele Marie Weisman

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.comThe “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

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#TwoorThreeforyourCity

Mistakes by the Dozen

I once purchased organic eggs, dropping them on the blacktop between my cart and blue Jetta.

The other night, I served an undercooked roast at seven in the evening. Pasta anyone?

I lost my wedding band–that story requires more space and is perhaps TMI.

This week, I dropped my gluten-free flour mix onto the kitchen floor. It free floated behind closed cupboards and even the dishwasher door.

My list could go on, and yes, most of my mistakes are involving food. As the above list reveals, two out of four are food related—my poor husband. But as I toss around my past mistakes, I don’t want to choose ones that would bore you–or make me blush.

“Blush,” I say?

Some mistakes are from my clumsiness, my limbs betraying me with eggs or flour. But some of my mistakes are choices to go against God’s perfect laws for living.

Yes, I said laws. Like the law of gravity. The eggs fell, the flour fell, and one time I fell. That one ended in the emergency room–another story for another time.

When I dropped those eggs, they became a mix of broken shells, and yokes staring up at me from their opened carton.

Proverbs 24:16 tells us that we are to get back up after falling, again, and again.

The biggest mistake is not getting up.

If you faint in the day of adversity,
    your strength is small. (Proverbs 24:10 ESV)

Who wants us to stay down?

Satan does! He is the biggest lawbreaker of all. He wanted to be bigger and better than God. He holds our mistakes against us, ready to take aim at any time.

But God.

Did you notice in the verse that God says you and I have strength? The Word tells us our “strength” is small if we stumble in times of adversity.

Picture a bodybuilder. Are they going to faint at lifting a five-pound dumbbell for sixteen reps? No way! That would be silly.

This verse, telling me my strength is weak if I stumble when hard things come, has been a wake-up call for me. Depending on God in all things is a must, but hasn’t he prepared us for today?

I have needed this scriptural vegetable. How bout you?

We need scriptural vegetables.

You’ve got this. I’ve got this. We have a track record of depending on our Creator. He had brought us through much.

We are not like the shells holding in the egg, but like the bodybuilder who has seen many a day building upon our faith.

As for those reminders of your mistakes, we all have them; in God’s view, they are as far as the east is from the west. So let’s stop listening to the lies of Satan and listen to God’s loving truth.

God, thank you for the reminder that I do have strength. Situations can look too big to handle, but I have a long track record of walking by faith. Reveal to me when I am listening to the lies vs listening to what you have called me to. Amen.

Special Announcements!

To my readers, I am so grateful for you. Thank you for returning week after week to see what I have tapped at my keyboard. God has been good and always provided me with some inspiration to share with you.

I am thrilled to tell you two other locations you will be able to read more of my writing.

First is an anthology published by Inspire Christian Writers. They are an organization for writers, and they agreed to publish a short fiction piece I submitted to them. The release of the Anthology is December of 2022.

I just signed the contract today! Digitally, of course. : )

Second, I was asked by a company located in the United Kingdom to write a post for their blog. It is a lovely company that promotes being used by God, and in doing so, it benefits a couple of charities they support, all by selling Christian swag! Clothing that helps start a conversation about Jesus!

And, they have provided a discount code for my readers! If you want to be one of the first to hear more about them and get the discount code, drop me a note in the comments. I will email you the information. (The discount code is for a limited time.)

(I will let you know when my post goes live– very soon!)

Thank you for stopping by. : )

Until next week, keep Walking on Mustard Seeds,

Michele Marie Weisman

“Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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Using the alphabet to pray, August’s Devotional Review, and an announcement.

Two more posts till my first anniversary of weekly blogging!

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Devotional Title

“Pray A to Z” written by Amelia Rhodes.

Subtitle

A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community

How I found this book and why I selected it.

While attending my first writer’s workshop, I was told about Amelia Rhodes’s book. It was a recent release at the time, but the topic fell in line with what I was writing.

A book guiding people to pray for the people in their city.

I had to read what she wrote. One, to see if I was on the right path. Second, to see if I was writing something different enough from hers to be set apart. (Not the typical reason someone picks up a devotional or prayer book. But in the industry of writing, it is a must to know what others in your same subject have written.)

What did I love about it?

This book covers topics you would think of and more, to pray for any town, city, or suburb. The topics are relevant issues written with grit for the truth of what needs to be prayed.

As the title says, “A to Z,” she has five topics of prayer covered per letter. The first three topics are for praying over the people, and the second two are for praise and worship of God for all He is doing.

What didn’t I like about it?

Umm, I really like it.

Who would want it?

Pray A to Z is a great communal guide of prayer for those looking for something extra as they open/close their weekly bible studies, small group gatherings, or with friends who want to meet and add some prayer for their community to their connection time.

It is a great go-to for praying by topic over a situation in your community. Rhodes encourages readers to be brave and invite another to pray alongside them.

Who would not want it?

I feel this is geared toward women, but men will be delighted at how it addresses many relatable situations.

For someone who wants a rhythm built in, like the calendar dates, this would not be their jam.

Did it bear fruit?

Yes, it provides the wordI found it to be a great go-to prayer guide. So when I need help on what to pray for a topic, I can pick it up and be inspired.

Mum’s the word. LOL

Fun announcements! Plural!

I have TWO announcements–coming up! Mum’s the word—for now—sorry for the tease!

But here are a couple of photos to keep you wondering! Apparently, I am so excited about these I can not decide if they are surprises or announcements. LOL

Please do tell:

Dear Reader,

How are you liking the devotional/prayer book reviews? I plan to choose, more often, ones that fit the category of praying for our cities. Any feedback, please share in the comments!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Two more posts till my first anniversary of weekly blogging! I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have!

Until next week, keep Walking on Mustard Seeds,

Michele Marie Weisman

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Will you make a difference?

Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15 NLT)

This time of year, social media is filled with the first day of school photos.

Some parents are happy to have their kids go off to school for the day. Others will miss hanging out with them.

And then there are those who are starting college for the first time. (I can’t imagine the shift of emotions that will be!)

Are some kids nervous or afraid? Sure

Are some students excited? Yes.

It is fair to say it is a mix of emotions for all!

But, there are those that are caught in my heart, like a tense muscle that cannot relax.

In your city, there may be a family that is mourning the recent loss of their child.

Their child was supposed to move up a grade this year or move on to college or a trade school.

Heavy on my heart is the family of a student who died last school year. Do you know of any families who are weeping while other families are happy at the start of this school year?

We can pray for the cheerful families as well as the ones in mourning.

God, thank you for this scripture showing us how to support those we live among. Families who are happy need others to be happy with them. And those who have reason to weep need to know people care.

Please comfort the families who are missing their child, who is supposed to be joining the rest of the kids at school. May they feel your love wrapped around them tightly.

Thank you for the families celebrating this new year of learning, growing, and developing new skills. May they feel you cheering on their child’s new goals.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

update

I am coming up on one year of consistently blogging! T H A N K Y O U for stopping by this year. It has meant so much.

This week’s blog post is, of course, about City Prayer. Are you finding these posts helpful in praying over your city?

bonus

We have strength God expects us to use!

This week, I came across Proverbs 24 verse 10 in my ESV bible. It says, If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

Ouch! Too many times, I have backed down under pressure. I didn’t like that realization. Then I began to think of times I have been strong and moved forward despite difficulties.

Have you felt faint in adversity? It can sound like this, “I don’t want to adult today.” Yikes!

And sometimes, we need to take it easy when the hit comes–so we can pray, regroup, and step past, over, or through the adversity.

Let’s not faint today but use our strength, knowing it will make us stronger.

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Next week is usually the devotional review week. I will be reviewing a prayer book instead. I will let you know what it is today, in case you want to check it out early!

It is Pray A to Z, A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community by Amelia Rhodes.

Until next week, keep Walking on Mustard Seeds!

Michele Marie Weisman

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