Monday Motivation: Search For Peace Through Contentment Training

Monday Motivation: Search for Peace Through Contentment Training 

Every few months, I take a long drive in my car alone. I spend the first few hours speaking heartfelt prayers outloud to God. It is amazing therapy for my soul. God’s word says it’s good for us to be open before God Psalm 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”

I used to think I had to clean up my act before I went to God with my requests.

But God wants us to bring all the messes we’ve made to him, he has already planned how he will clean it up. He wants us to trust Him to make a message out of  our mess. Phil 4:12 reminds us “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

The way it works for me is: I begin by telling God how frustrated and upset I am feeling. It really helps to pour out my heart, share my feelings and release my pent-up emotions. A good cry goes a long way.

I ask God to increase my awareness of His presence with me. I listen in the depths of my spirit for God’s response. God brings helpful scriptures to my mind, which bathe my mind and heart in them. And then I praise Him, this lifts my spirits like nothing I’ve felt before. God is up to something new. Isaiah 43:18-19

Let’s pray, “Father, thank you for arranging messes in our lives to help us to be honest with you. Thank you for caring about our soul and wiring us to need you. In Jesus’ Name Amen.”

Worldwide Wednesday: P – Pray for Paraguay

Worldwide Wednesday: P – Pray for Paraguay

Pray Around the World!

Dear Friends, it’s that time. It is time to pray. Actually, it is always time to pray, isn’t it? As you know, during each week of the month of 2017, we are praying through the alphabet through the countries of the world.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

 I Timothy 2:1-2

Paraguay

Latin America

Landlocked nation between Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. The Paraguay River divides the more fertile and developed east from the scrub forests, marshes and ranches of the sparsely populated Gran Chaco.

Challenges for Prayer

The Roman Catholic Church has long dominated the spiritual and political life of Paraguay. Although it admirably opposes corruption and immorality, there is also much superstitious traditionalism, strong devotion to Mary and occult-related bondage to many pre-Christian deities and customs. These practices keep millions from liberty in the Lord Jesus and must be broken by prayer. The Church often actively opposes the work of evangelicals. Paraguay has never had a true spiritual awakening, and few of the Catholic Spanish-Guaraní majority have a living relationship with Christ.

http://www.operationworld.org/para

PRAYER POINTS

Pope Francis is greeted by and elderly woman during his visit to the Banado Norte neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Pope Francis began the last day of a weeklong South American tour with a stop in an Asuncion slum that borders the Paraguay river that frequently floods it and makes its dirt roads impassable pools of mud. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Pope Francis greets an elderly woman as he meets with people of Banado Norte, a poor neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-BANADO July 12, 2015.

POPE Francis has lauded the strength and religious fervour of Paraguayan women while visiting the country’s most important pilgrimage site. Thousands of his fellow Argentines joined hundreds of thousands of local faithful at the site to welcome Latin America’s first pope.

“Being here with you makes me feel at home,” Francis said in his homily. He then spoke affectionately about the women of this tiny, land-locked nation, praising them for rebuilding the country after a devastating war in the 1860s wiped out more than half the population, primarily men.

“Then and now, you found the strength not to let this land lose its bearings,” he said to wild cheers from the crowd.

“God bless your perseverance. God bless and encourage your faith.

SUMMARY

Often referred to as “Corazon de America” or “Heart of America,” Paraguay is a beautiful country of diverse landscapes and people in the center of South America.  The native Guarani language is widely spoken culturally, but Spanish is preferred in business and government. Most of the people of Paraguay live within 100 miles (160 km) of the capital city of Asuncion. After many generations of political turmoil and wars, Paraguay adopted a democratic system of government in 1992.  The recent government has been successful in implementing some reforms, but corruption in the public and private sectors, money laundering, and drug trafficking still exist. Paraguay is also the largest grower of cannabis in South America. Because of its location in the center of South America, Paraguay has become involved in the crime of larger surrounding countries like Brazil and Argentina. Economically, many of its people live below the poverty line.

http://prayercast.com/paraguay.html

 

Monday Motivation: Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day honor 2016

Don’t miss out on sharing with others this Prayer For Memorial Day. Please pray for the families of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom by giving their lives.

Encourage them to stand on God’s precious and magnificent promises. Grief can change us when we “lean into our personal grief.” This means to “grieve our own grief” and let our grief take us where it will. We can’t go around, over, under our grief, but we can put effort into moving through our grief. Won’t you stand with us? And the others who have lost loved ones?

Have a blessed day!

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“God heals the brokenhearted, he binds up their wounds.” —Psalm 34:18

“The day you die is better than the day you are born.” —Ecclesiastes 7:1

“The righteous pass away; the godly often die before their time. And no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For the godly who die will rest in peace.” —Isaiah 57:1–2

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” —John 14:2

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will pass away.” —Revelation 21:4

For encouragement and prayer for the grieving go to free resources at From Ashes to Beauty.

Friday Favorites: Who Is Your Boss?

Who Is Your Boss?

I remember a few years ago I overheard my preschool son tell his sister, my elementary aged daughter, “You are not the boss of me.” There was another time, this time, I was an employee.  The woman who was my supervisor preferred the staff, those of us who were her employees – NOT call her the “boss.” She had become our supervisor, not by applying for the job or by promotion, but by default. Since no one else was qualified to take her position, she was in charge of us – her employees. And she did not like being the boss. She thought by not allowing us to call her ‘the boss’ or the ‘one in charge,’ she would relate to us as peers rather than an authority figure.

We all have something or someone who is ‘the boss of us.’ We may not want to admit it but each of us has a master to whom we bow in submission. The wise person allows God to be their boss. For others, another person, a stronghold or habit might be their ruler. For years, I allowed nicotine, alcohol and other addictive substances to be my boss. These things determined the course of my life for many years. Others might allow food, spending, exercise, video games or any number of other things to trap them. God wants us to let Him be our ‘boss.’

“Have it Your Way” or “Be Your Own Boss” are bits of advice recommended by our culture to guarantee happiness. In reality, these stand-alone arrogances are guaranteed to satisfy.  In advertising, self-sufficiency and independence are used as synonyms for happiness. This is deception. And is not at all how God designed us to live. As believers, we must let God be our ‘boss.’ Dependence on God is not a sign of weakness. The only way to maximize our potential and enjoy our lives to their fullest extent is to live in harmony with our Creator. This happens when we are totally satisfied in our relationship with Him. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Essentially, submitting to God means we recognize God is the supreme master over all authorities, and we belong to Him. We can trust this sovereign Lord, described as Adonai, to direct our lives and guide our actions. The title, Adonai is translated Master, Lord, or Sovereign. To abide in the living God, Adonai, we must say yes to His lordship over our lives. We can trust His kind direction and abide in His peace as He guides our decisions.

Have you ever second-guessed a decision you’ve made? Of course, all of us have. Maybe you have thought it was the right thing to do at the time, but later on, when things didn’t work out as you had planned, you wanted to go back. I’ve done the same thing many times. This morning was one of those times. My mind was full of confusion and worry. These things clouded my thinking and my praise like a swarm of angry gnats trying to land in my hair. As is common when gnats swarm us, we beat the air over our heads in defense. Yet, the gnats remained. I had tried to use logic and reason to rid myself of confusion and worry. It didn’t work. In my time alone with God today, He reminded me, “Sheryl, release the decisions swirling in your anxious mind. I am your master.” Although I was unsettled, Adonai was asking me to submit to Him as my boss. He wanted me to trust his ultimate authority. When I chose to let go and trust God as my Adonai, to release the results to my Lord and Master, the swarm dissolved and was replaced with a sense of peace.

In addition to the illustration of who is our boss, another way to think about the concept of God as our master has to do with His role in our lives as a landlord. If you’ve ever rented a house, you remember what it was like to live by the landlord’s (the master’s) rules. You took good care of your rental, you asked permission before you painted the walls, and the landlord made the repairs. That’s the way it is when we submit our “temple,” our body, to Adonai.

Essentially, because of Jesus’ obedience on the cross, you and I have been “bought with a price.”  “Do you not know that your bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 We are not our own. God is a gracious landlord, who has given us boundaries for living. When we follow the Master’s rules and stay within His boundaries, we walk in His will and abide in His peace. Exalt and praise Adonai, our Sovereign Master, worthy of the highest honor and our total obedience.

Without allowing God to be our Adonai, and not inviting Him to inhabit the center of our lives, it’s hard to find joy in trying circumstances. Joy is not dependent on the absence of trials. It is contingent on the One whom we trust. We must believe God has our best interests in mind. We can show Him we trust Him when we submit to His plans. One way to show God you are wholeheartedly relying on Him is to pray continually. I Thess. 5:16-17 says, “Be joyful always, pray continually.” When we pray without ceasing, we invite His presence into every area of our lives. With His presence, besides peace and love, there is abundant joy. He promises never to leave or forsake us. Keep your mind on His word, letting it transform your mind.

Let’s pray this prayer of commitment from Psalm 119:10-12 “With my whole heart I have sought You, oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord! Teach me your statutes.” Thank you, Adonai; you are a trustworthy and loving Boss who only has my best in mind. Thank you for the opportunity to humbly bow in submission to you today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Sheryl Giesbrecht is a regular monthly blogger for Lead Like Jesus.

The blog appeared on the site below last week.

http://www.leadlikejesus.com/blog/who-your-boss

Worldwide Wednesday: O Pray for Oman

Pray Around the World!

Welcome to another issue of World Wide Wednesday – during the year of 2017, we are praying through the alphabet — once a week. So today we are landing on the letter “O” for Oman. I am so glad you are here. I am learning a lot about people groups and countries I would not have learned about except for this journey and God’s leading. It’s great to have your interest. Thanks for joining this #MissionTrip that requires #NoPassport. We just need to #CareThruPrayer. Thank you for your prayers!

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. Psalm 86: 6


Asia

Geography

Area: 309,500 sq km

A mountainous land on the southeast coast of Arabia and the strategic tip of the Musandam Peninsula that dominates the entrance to the Arabian/Persian Gulf.

Population: 2,905,114    Annual Growth: 2.10%

Capital: Muscat

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Answer to Prayer

Christians are growing in number. The large majority of converts actually come from expatriate workers and usually from non-Muslim backgrounds, but Omanis are also coming to faith in Christ.

Challenge for Prayer

The unreached. The entire Muslim majority remains a big challenge. Proselytism of Muslims is illegal, and

There are no known churches among the semi-nomadic Mahra or Jibbali of Dhofar, the Baluch of the eastern coasts, the rural population or the Swahili speakers.

Prayercast

PRAYER POINTS

Pray for a wide open door to the Gospel that would spread to neighboring closed nations.

Pray for the Gospel to infiltrate Omani culture, reaching the many who are still unreached.

Pray for opportunities and courage for Muslims to become disciples of Jesus Christ.

SUMMARY

Connecting the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf, the nation of Oman sits in a strategic position. Seas in the north and east and deserts in the west and south, though, have often led to isolation. With an economy heavily dependent on declining oil reserves, Oman has begun to focus increasingly on tourism. The diverse landscape of untouched coastlines, deserts, and mountains has become a unique destination for travelers. Spared of much militant Islamist violence, Oman enjoys significantly more personal freedom and political stability than the surrounding area.

In 1970 Qaboos bin Said Al-said overthrew his father, and he has since ruled as the sultan in this benevolent absolute monarchy. His modernization program and moderate foreign policy have opened Oman’s doors to the outside world and led to overall good relations in the Middle East. Over 25% of the population is expatriate, bringing many foreign influences to bear, but Oman still holds its Arab and Ibadi/Sunni Islamic identity, as it has since the days of Muhammad.

Due to the massive expatriate influence in Oman, people are free to practice varying faiths, and the government has even given land for places of worship. But, it remains illegal to share the Gospel with Muslims. Islam remains the state religion, claiming roughly 89% of the population. The nearly 3% that claim Christianity are predominantly part of the expatriate community.

There remains 77% of the Omani population that have yet to be reached with the Gospel. Numerous media strategies are being pursued through Christian radio, the internet, and mobile phones, and over 2,000 Omanis have the opportunity to hear about Christ each year while studying abroad.

http://prayercast.com/oman.html

What’s it like being a woman in Oman? I get asked this question a lot. Foreigners with very little knowledge of Oman tend to think we live isolated lives like women in Saudi Arabia simply because we’re next door neighbours. They couldn’t be more wrong!

Oman has taken significant measures to ensure women’s rights in most areas. Women in Oman can work, drive, vote, own property and hold office. We also have equal opportunities when it comes to education.

When I was working on my undergraduate degree here in Oman, more than half of the students enrolled at my university were females. For a town as conservative as Salalah, this was quite something.

However, like most women around the world we have our share of struggles. Having two female ministers and a handful of ambassadors doesn’t mean all Omani women are empowered. Many forms of discrimination still exist against women in Oman.

Drive into any village or small town outside the capital and observe how the women live. There is a lot to be done. First and foremost, women in rural areas need to know what their rights are.

The main issue we face in places like Dhofar is society’s attitude towards women. The majorities of men down south disapprove of working women and prefer their women to be at home where no other male can see them. Naturally, the glass ceiling is also a big issue for working women in the public and private sectors.

There are also some aspects of the law that discriminate against women in Oman especially when it comes to marriage, divorce and inheritance. They aren’t major issues but they matter a lot. I will save that argument for my next column.

Today I am focusing on the positive and paying tribute to all the incredible women in Oman who have helped shape this country and who continue to prove themselves on a daily basis. Happy Women’s Day!

Susan Mubarak is a Salalah-based HR professional in the private sector. She is an avid reader and writer, and enjoys photography and travelling

 http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Stories-Files/The-role-of-women#ixzz4hwVkW7NA

 

Friday Favorites: Sheryl’s From Ashes To Beauty May 2017 Newsletter

It’s May and things are ‘on the grow,’ including Sheryl’s teaching, training, coaching and counseling ministry. Our April event was a great evening of fun, food and fellowship. At “A Time To Grow” we hosted family, friends and ministry partners at Edwin and Kaye Camp’s Tractor Museum. The farm setting seemed like very fitting place to share how exciting growth is taking place in Sheryl’s ministry.

What a joy to share Sheryl’s 

families, workplaces, ministries and leadership.

(L to R) Bishop Andrew & Ann Marie Bills founders of The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network, hostess Kaye Camp, Robert & Christine Mc Duff, Sheryl & husband Jim Turner, Carol & Hank Wilcox enjoy the fun of “A Time To Grow.”

(L to R) Pastor Wendell & Lynda Vinson with Carlos & Amy Baldovinos and other friends fellowship at Sheryl’s event with a delicious catered meal by Salty’s Bar-B-Q.

 

 

 

 

…They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1 & 3

 

 

 

 

– Tami Bettingfield (L) and Cynthia Earnest are graduates of the women’s discipleship program and continue to walk in freedom in Christ.

Grace and Cor Koelewjn minister to children and leaders in Uganda. Sheryl is planning an August trip to assist with teaching and training in Tororo, Uganda. The focus of this trip will be Freed to Lead: Identity-based leadership.

 We can’t continue to grow without your partnership. I am praying for you. Would you pray?

Would you invest, plant and water with me so we can continue to grow?  Thank you so much, Sheryl

Don’t miss our “Unquenchable Faith with Carol Kent” event Monday, September 18, 2017 – Stay Tuned for Details!

 

 

 

Worldwide Wednesday: N – Pray for New Zealand

Pray Around the World!

Worldwide Wednesday: N – Pray for New Zealand

New Zealand

Aotearoa

If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.  – John 14:14

Welcome to Worldwide Wednesday: N – Pray for New Zealand – We are so excited to pray for another country that covers a couple of islands. I hope you can locate this on your world map, to help you get your bearings as we join our hearts to pray for the people of New Zealand.

Geography

Two mountainous main islands 1,600 km southeast of Australia.

Capital: Wellington

Official language: English, Maori. Samoan widely spoken

Largest Religion: Christian

Prayercast

Challenges for Prayer

Kiwi society is increasingly post-Christian and secular. Other religions are far less a threat to the Church than basic unbelief. The last 20 years have seen significant proportional decline among Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists and, to a lesser extent, Catholics. Those claiming to be non-religious increased from 1.1% in 1951 to 40.9% in 2010; at current rates of change,

Church attendance is also in decline. About 14% attend weekly; 40% of Kiwis attended church in the past but no longer do so.

Pray for:

  1. a) A further outpouring of the Spirit to renew those in churches and to draw in again those who have left. 24/7 prayer rooms and other prayer groups are multiplying throughout the country, indicating that God is indeed stirring the Church.

  2. b) Effective training and discipleship tools that enable all Christians, ministers and laity to connect meaningfully with the unchurched. New bridges to non-believers need to be built.

  3. c) New expressions of church that are dynamic, relational, relevant and culturally appropriate to both the Pakeha (Caucasian) majority and the many minorities.

  4. d) Wisdom for the Church as it comes under increasing pressure from the government to cooperate with other religions.

There are tensions in many denominations over a variety of issues, and cooperation among denominations has declined. Some tension exists among Pentecostal churches. The activity of some churches in politics is criticized by others. New Zealand Christian Network (formerly Vision Network) is a national body linking denominations and agencies that represent the majority of New Zealand’s Christians. Pray God’s wisdom for this group in what is a vital ministry for the health of the Church and its testimony to non-believers.

http://www.operationworld.org/newz

PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to humble an independent and secular people.

  • Pray for committed Christian leaders to be raised up from the Maori.

  • Pray for immigrant believers to be bold proclaimers of the faith.

SUMMARY

The unparalleled beauty of New Zealand’s snowcapped mountains and majestic lowland plains attracts tourists year-round as does the vibrant intersection of British and Maori cultures. A world-renowned destination for the nature enthusiast and cultural connoisseur alike, New Zealand is truly a traveler’s gem. Though tourism is a thriving industry in New Zealand, there is much more this nation’s story than trendy hotels and epic wilderness adventures.

The Polynesian Maori were New Zealand’s first inhabitants and settled as early as 800 A.D. Hunting and fishing people, the Maori sustained themselves with the rich natural resources the island provided.  These resources lured European explorers to the islands in the late 18th century.  In 1840, a treaty was signed between the United Kingdom and Maori chiefs, which granted Britain sovereignty over the island. Twenty years later, the UK established its first colony. Tension between the Maori and British settlers over land rights erupted in conflict and the eventual defeat of the Maori.  By the 1890’s, a constitutional government emerged, and in 1947 New Zealand became autonomous.

and has embarked on numerous international peacekeeping missions.

A young Maori woman (with the Pohutu Geyser behind), Te Puia (New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute), Rotorua, New Zealand

Since the 1960’s, New Zealand has seen dynamic growth among charismatic groups and many dynamic churches have emerged. But non-belief is increasingly prevalent.  In 1951 only 1% identified themselves as non-religious, but by 2010 that number grew to 41%! It is estimated that by 2020, Christianity will cease to be the majority religion and will be replaced by non-religious thought. A post-Christian nation, New Zealand faces growing secularism, which has infiltrated education and political policies. Prostitution, which was legalized in 2003, exemplifies the rapid moral decline facing this nation. The Church is in great need of unity amidst growing indifference.

http://prayercast.com/new-zealand.html 

Let’s Pray: “Father, thank you for your love and grace over the nation of New Zealand. We ask for you to strengthen the believers of New Zealand through Bible teaching missionaries. Send workers to help them establish strong local bodies who can bring peace and unity. We pray for healthy families lead by God-fearing fathers and Godly mothers who will love each other and honor each other as we see communities changed by the power of God. Thank you for building this mighty army in New Zealand. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Friday Favorites: All Hope Is Ours

All Hope Is Ours

All hope is ours. Really? Yes, that’s right. Because of our position in Christ,

Sometimes it’s kind of hard to believe isn’t it? Hope is a gift God want to give us. How can we find hope? We can begin by expecting it to come our  way. Hope begins to be revived when we ask God to replace our dread and fear with the gift of hope. Abiding in hope is confident expectation for God’s provision. He is our refuge, our joy, our deliverer, our help, our strength and our comfort. Why would we hope in medication or therapy or anything else before we hope in God?

Romans 15:13 says, “Now may the God of HOPE make you full of joy and peace through faith, so that all hope may be yours in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

As we let that verse sink in, we can accept the fact that

God is faithful and will provide for us. I have experienced this firsthand. I am a delivered drug addict. I was once a hopeless dope fiend and now I am a dopeless hope fiend. I don’t know where I would be without the light of hope in my life. Whether you live in a garbage heap or a palace, without the hope of Jesus, we have nothing to look forward to.

If in the midst of a storm at sea, a ship may drop anchor, when it does, it is secured by the huge 25 ton iron anchor that goes down deep. When strong and wild waves hit the boat, the rough waters won’t tip it over, it is safe and secure because the anchor has held it fast to the bottom of the sea. This is how hope works – it keeps the eternal part of us safe and secure in the storms of life. Our hope must be solidly in Christ, vibrantly connected to Him, we can endure and we are secure even in life’s fiercest storms. Hebrews 6:19 says “We who are holding on to the hope of God’s salvation promises have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

When I had cancer, I held onto God’s word by studying the names of God. God healed me from stage four cancer. When my husband was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident, I held onto hope by clinging onto His promises. God healed my broken heart so I could love again. If you want to know more about the names of God and how to stand on His promises, check out my teaching program – This weekend, I talk about Jehovah Jireh – My Provider on “Transformed Through Truth” with Sheryl Giesbrecht on www.HSBN.tv.

Let’s pray from Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Dear Lord, we ask for you to give us more hope. Help us not to let go of the hope you offer us. We want to receive all the hope you want to give us through the power of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for giving us handles of hope through your amazing character qualities, your promises and through deepening our faith. Help us to trust you and believe you more. Thank you, You never let go of us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

 

Worldwide Wednesday: M – Pray for Myanmar

Pray Around the World!

Worldwide Wednesday – M Pray for Myanmar (Burma)

Wow I can’t believe it’s been another week – thanks for joining us as we unite our hearts to pray around the world. I am so excited now to get to the letter “M” – I am learning a lot about countries I’ve not heard of. Today we pray for Myanmar. Never heard of it before today. But yes, I have heard of Burma. Let’s find out more. Here’s some information about the country, the geography and the people of Myanmar.

Thank you for your prayers!

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you as for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins.” Mark 11:24

Myanmar – Burma


Myanmar is a country in Southeast Asia, also known as Burma, its also called the Golden Land. With an area of 676,578 km² the country is almost twice the size of Germany or slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Texas.

Myanmar is bordered in north and northeast by China, in east by Laos and Thailand, in south by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal and in west by Bangladesh and India. With 5,881 m (19,295 ft) Mount Hkakabo Razi in Kachin state on the border tri-point with China and India is the highest elevation in Myanmar and Southeast Asia’s highest mountain. Main rivers are the Chindwin and the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) river. Basin and delta of the Irrawaddy River ringed by a horseshoe of high mountains that isolates the country from India, China and Thailand.

Myanmar has a population of 51.4 million people (2014 census). Largest city, former capital, and the economic center of Myanmar is Yangon, capital is since 2005 the planned city of Naypyidaw. Spoken languages are Burmese.

http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/myanmar.htm

Geography

Area: 676,577 sq km

Official language: Burmese    Languages: 116 All languages

Largest Religion: Buddhist

Prayercast

Answer to Prayer

Praise God for the refining of the Church, made possible by the desperation of persecution, poverty and isolation. Liberal groups have drawn closer to biblical truth, and lax believers are driven toward a more dynamic life of faith. Myanmar is a classic example of how suffering, while lamentable, serves to accomplish God’s purposes for His people.

Challenge for Prayer

The military regime seeks to destroy Christianity (which it calls “the C-virus”), yet faith keeps spreading. Christians are generally kept out of positions of power and influence. Military campaigns against Christian minorities are well publicized, and over 3,000 Christian villages have been burned out in the last 10 years. Churches are not given permission to register and are thereby considered illegal and subject to harassment. The expulsion of foreign Christian workers in 1966 left a young church to cope on its own with little mature leadership or infrastructure. Adversity, persecution and isolation have helped shape a resilient, enduring faith.

http://www.operationworld.org/myan

Indigenous Rohingya believers face harsh treatment. These people are internally displaced, which has created ethnic and religious tension. Myanmar also recently saw its first free and fair elections in 25 years, which saw a landslide win for the opposition under Aung San Suu Kyi. Most ethnic minority parties did not win seats in the new parliament, so it will likely include less Christians than before. During the campaign and elections, the Burmese army continued its attacks against ethnic minorities in Kachin and Shan State, even though a ceasefire agreement was signed. Christians are strongly affected by such attacks and the level of violence is high. Additionally, an organization of Buddhist radical monks (Ma Ba Tha) increased their campaigns against religious minorities and successfully helped introduce four laws for the “Protection of Race and Religion”, building insurmountable hurdles for conversions and religiously mixed marriages.

Dear Lord, Help us to know how to pray for the men, women, boys and girls of Myanmar. Thank you for your heart for people. Thank you for mobilizing Bible teachers, missionaries and others to serve you and share with this wonderful nation. We ask you to strengthen the local believers, the churches and other ministries as they reach out and share your amazing love. Thank you we know our prayers really do make a difference. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Motivation Monday: Mother Knows Best

Motivation Monday. Since this is Mother’s Day week, let’s add a bit of joy to the beginning of a busy week. Not sure about you, but I’ve got several phrases I tell myself that are the exact things my mother used to say when I was a little girl.”Look both ways before you cross the road.” “Be kind to your sister.” “Make your bed when you first get up.”

So let’s have some fun.

There was the mother of Samson who said,

#10. Sampson! Get your hand out of that lion. You don’t know where it’s been!

And then this one:

#9. David! I told you not to play in the house with that sling! Go practice your harp. We pay good money for those lessons!

#8. Of top ten sayings of Biblical mothers –

Abraham! Stop wandering around the countryside and get home for supper!

#7. Shadrach, Meshac and Abednego! Leave those clothes outside, you smell like a dirty ole furnace!

#6. Cain! Get off your brother! You’re going to kill him some day!

#5.

#4. Gideon! Have you been hiding in the wine press again? Look at your clothes!

#3. James and John! No more burping contests at the dinner table, please. People are going to call you sons of thunder!

#2. Judas! Have you been in my purse again?

#1. Jesus what do you think? You were born in a barn?

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“Her children arise and call her blessed; and her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:28