Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and have had a good week. Our garden here is full of snowdrops and daffodils. Have we got through the winter already perhaps?
There are times when the throwaway culture we live in gets frustrating. People start on projects but get distracted and take the easier option. Youths drop out of university courses because they see some other opportunity or because the workload is too much for them.
I see the same in sport. Cricket is one such sport, where a bowler tempts a nibble bowling one type of ball but then decides to go through their whole repertoire rather than persevering with that same – obviously dangerous – delivery. Hopes get quashed and people give up too easily.
It is the same with prayer. Prayer needs perseverance. I often tell the story of a ten year old parishioner. A young boy who prayed for a brother to be born so he’d have someone to play football with. He prayed and prayed for five years. Each night he knelt and prayed for that brother. Four sisters later, that brother arrived.
We can all learn a thing or two from that boy.
Have a great week ahead and be well. God Bless.
Father, we bless and thank You for a brand new day and for the fresh opportunities and challenges that this day will bring. Thank You that You mercies are new every morning and I pray that I will walk worthy of You today and be a faithful witness in thought, word and deed.. demonstrating a Christ-like attitude to all with whom I come in contact.
Keep me ever-focused on You Lord and keep my heart steadfastly trusting You for all my needs and necessities. Help me not to function in my own strength, but in the power of the Holy Spirit. May I stand firm in the truth of the gospel of grace and remain steadfastly looking to Jesus – trusting in Him to supply His sufficient strength for all occasions. Teach me all that You would have me to learn today and give me the courage and strength to press on toward the goal for the upward call in Christ Jesus.. so that I may win the heavenly prize ,which God, in Christ, is calling me to do – in Jesus name I pray,