“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ…” Colossians 4:2-3
I’d like to tell you about the people that our Father has given our family. A new set of people that God has placed in our hearts came from (my daughter) Nichole’s Tutoring Tuesday Ministry. They are a family across the street with five kids (all precious girls) and many of their friends. I am known by them as Nichole’s mom; I’m quite sure that they don’t know my name because I am completely content with being called Nichole’s mom. I’m not sure how this got started. I’m old and I don’t remember, but these adorable kids come to our house almost every day, sometimes numerous times in a day, and ask for popsicles, and on the days that I am out of popsicles I give them sidewalk chalk. I try really hard to keep a stock of one or the other. After a while, Matt suggested that I have them help me with some things around the house. It was immensely exciting to me that before I had the opportunity to ask them if they would, they asked if they could help me! Unfortunately I was leaving so I had to ask that they come another time.
Since we moved into this house, I have been praying for the folks that live in our neighborhood. God has answered my prayer abundantly and I have gotten to know many of our neighbors but never many of the children. So, I was thrilled for these kids. Not only do many of my brothers and sisters from church know them through Tutoring Tuesday, but now our family has been given the opportunity to get to know them and their folks. I would appreciate your prayers in that the house that they live in is a rental and people come and go regularly. I cannot tell you how excited I am about the possibility of getting to know these kids and hopefully sharing the precious words of the gospel with them and perhaps even their folks.
So, all that to say, we know that spiritual warfare exists, so I plead with you to pray, with thanksgiving, for our family and neighbors, as well as our brothers and sisters and their neighbors, that our powerful God glorifies Himself in the lives of these precious folks and open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ. And also that He keep Satan from removing them and distracting our conversations, so that we may show them a picture of our awesome Savior’s love with the good works that we were called to do even before we existed.