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“Putting my Family in His Hands”
By Sandra Morgan

Over the years, I have definitely learned to put my family into God’s capable and loving hands. There have definitely been moments when I got in the way. I thought I knew what was best, only to cause myself and others unnecessary stress and pain. I have had my share of heartache. I experienced moments I didn’t like or didn’t understand—losing loved ones to tragedy or an early death, a child with a life altering diagnosis—opportunities to question what was happening in my world, to feel anger toward God.

I will never forget a moment that occurred nearly a year ago, a moment that forever altered my thinking. I came very close to losing something very precious, because I wasn’t giving the circumstances of my family to God. I was allowing fear to rule. In response to fear I frequently quote Psalm 56:3, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” I have learned to do things even when I’m afraid.

First Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” This scripture is so simple, but we make it difficult by allowing our own thinking to get in the way, allowing doubt and fear to rule. Casting here means “to throw.” We cannot expect God to just take our worries from us; we must give them to Him. He never stops caring. The “eth” in careth means He continually cares for us. He simply never stops loving and caring.

As ladies, we tend to be worriers. For instance, my youngest son was diagnosed with a spinal tumor when he was fourteen, and it has forever altered his life. He is now twenty and for the most part can handle his basic care; but his condition is deteriorating. I find myself worrying about who will care for him when his father and I are no longer here or when we are unable to assist him. Lately, I have felt the Lord impress Matthew 6:34 on my heart, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” I know this doesn’t excuse us from making plans and preparations for his future, but it does encourage me to place my faith in God and trust that He holds the future in His hands. His ability to care for my son is much greater than mine. He has a plan and a purpose for him that goes beyond what I can fathom.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

The only safe place to put my family is in the hands of God. With much prayer, we do all we can according to Scripture, doing our part to prepare them and allowing God’s peace to surround us.

Note: Sandra Morgan and her husband, Jeffrey, pastor Hope Center Church in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She is mom to four preachers and Gigi to two beautiful grands (with another on the way). She feels blessed beyond measure.

(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesprayerinternational@aol.com)

“Prayer for My Family”
by Elizabeth Turner

Before my husband and I were saved, we wondered if we should even have children, for we thought, “How can we raise children so that they will grow up to be good people?” Then we came
into the church, and we began to understand that the Bible contained all of the patterns needed to raise our future children well “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

Later, after hearing a minister’s wife teaching about child-rearing and describing how she prayed for each of her children outside their bedroom doors after they were asleep each night, I decided what I wanted to ask of the Lord for our future children and began praying for them every night. Here is what I prayed, inserting their names, after they were born.

Jesus, thank You for our Rebecca. Save her in heaven, Jesus. Whatever it takes, save her in heaven!

Jesus, give her some talents to use for Your glory, and make the way that she will use those talents only for Your glory.

Give my husband and me the wisdom to raise her in such a way that she will WANT to serve You, that she will be EAGER to serve You, and that she WILL serve You, Jesus, every day of her life.

Help her to see this old, wicked world as it really is without partaking of the world. Give her a disgust for sin, yet a compassion for the sinner. And let all that help her to greatly appreciate You, Jesus, Your Word, Your Spirit, Your Truth, Your people, and Your church.

If You would tarry long enough that she would marry, I pray that even now You are raising up that young man to serve You well. Help them both to know that no one else is right for them, but that they are right for each other, when the time is right. Jesus, give them the patience to wait for Your perfect time.

I pray that they will seek You in all things; that they will seek you as to when to marry and when to have children. And I pray that every child they have will be a tremendous blessing to their work for You, and not a hindrance. Help them always to work as a family for You. I pray that You will give each of them a ministry to work in for You. And, Jesus, give each of them the grit, the determination, the love, and the burden they need to give their all to working for You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Note: Elizabeth Turner and her husband served as UPCI missionaries for thirty-six years in both South Korea and the former Soviet Union and now teach at Indiana Bible College. She has found that praying for her children, and now grandchildren, has been effective, since all are saved and active in the church. Her son and his family are UPCI missionaries in Estonia and her daughter is deeply involved in the Bible Quizzing and Sunday school ministry.

(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesprayerinternational@aol.com)

“Hope in God: Learn How to Talk to Your Soul.”
by Sylvia Ferrin

Hope in God.
In the Book of Psalms, a verse is repeated almost verbatim three times: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (Psalm 42:5,11; 43:5).
We can sense the agony of the psalmist vividly expressing his inner turmoil. He described himself as being disquieted, which means to be in great commotion or tumult, to be in a rage, to be in an uproar, to be moved, to be loud, to be in a stir. Apparently he was not just a little upset or perturbed. He was quite upset! He was the complete opposite of calm.

Let’s face it. Sometimes life just does not go the way we want it to. Unexpected events come along that rock our world. We are left bereft of answers. We want the trial to end. We are in a state of emotional anguish. We experience what the psalmist experienced. We feel what he felt.

Talk to Your Soul

In the midst of our human frailty, in the midst of utter inner chaos, we have a glimmer of light. It is hope in God. No matter how dark our tunnel, that faint glimmer beckons to us. It calls to us. It draws us, slowly, out of the pit of despair. Maybe all is not lost, we think. Maybe, just maybe, tomorrow will be a brighter day.

The psalmist spoke to his soul. He told it, “Hope in God!”

Your soul is your will, your intellect, and your emotions. At times when we feel cast down, our soul seems weak and defenseless against life’s blows. But we need to talk to our souls.

“Hope in God, Soul!”

Antidote for Inner Turmoil

The Hebrew word for hope in these verses is yachal. Essentially it means to patiently wait, to trust. Lamentations 3:25–26 says, “The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”

The antidote for inner turmoil is: Hope in God. Believe in Him. Wait on Him. Trust Him. Notice that the psalmist did not say: “Hope in the economy. Hope in doctors. Hope in your family. Hope in people.” Don’t put your hope in the economy, your job, or your ability to make money. That could all crumble in an instant. Don’t put your ultimate hope in people. They can let you down.

Through all the ups and downs of life, our ultimate hope must be in God and God alone. In this way, we will not remain disquieted. Hope in God. This is the way to prevent inner turmoil from consuming our thoughts and damaging our spirits. To hope in God is the beautiful solution we have been looking for. When we hope in God, He rewards us by giving us inner calm that we can get from no other source.

“Hope in God, Soul!”
(Information from: Pure Ministry – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org)

Spotlighting: ABLE Ministry…
“The Responsibility of the Church” by Denise Wynn.

Disability statistics in America and worldwide tell us that one in six children have a developmental disability. More than a billion people are estimated to live with a form of disability. The most staggering statistic is that 80 percent of individuals with disabilities do not attend church.

We have a responsibility to change these numbers. Responsibility is the ability to respond. ABLE Ministry UPCI is the opportunity.

More than 50 million Americans have a disability that impacts their daily life. One of these special people is my son. Sean is profoundly affected by autism and epilepsy. He is 25 years old, developmentally delayed, and non-verbal. Sean depends on the constant care of others to meet every basic need.

When he was just a little boy, God told my husband and me that Sean would be the “voice of one crying in the wilderness… Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” But I wondered, “How? With what voice? My son does not speak!?”

In 2014 I wrote a book called, When God Says No, Finding the Faith to Accept God’s Will. This book is Sean’s voice, and the voice of those who, like him, have been called to serve the One who made them. The book captured the attention of our National Ladies Committee, and with their guidance, ABLE Ministry was born.

ABLE (Accept, Believe, Love, Embrace) individuals and families impacted by disability. ABLE has connected with families and churches who are creating a culture shift in the way we view disability ministry. Many of our children have been baptized, filled with the Holy Ghost, and are participating in church events for the first time. We have helped with Sunday School curriculum, and we host virtual support groups for ABLE moms.

God is not surprised by disability. God is completely aware of disability. In fact, it is He who formed us just as we are. He is intentional in all things. There are no mistakes.

“Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD?” (Exodus 4:11 NRSV)

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day
Psalm 139:13-16 MSG

ABLE is creating a church culture of acceptance of those with disability.
ABLE believes all of God’s children can serve Him with their gifts and abilities.
ABLE loves each individual exactly as he or she was created by God.
ABLE embraces everyone with, kindness, compassion, and care.

Denise Wynn is the Director of ABLE Ministry UPCI. She is a UPCI minister, an anointed speaker, writer and author of, When God Says No: Finding the Faith to Accept God’s Will. Denise and husband, Gary, serve as pastors of Solid Rock in New Jersey.
(Information from: Pure Ministry – UPCI Ladies Ministries – ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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