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It's not about me

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Oh, Lord, This life is not about me. My pain is not about me. My relationships are not about me. My purpose is not about me. My success is not about me. My plans are not about me. Or at least, they shouldn't be. It's all about you working through me, changing me, changing the world. What an enormous task you've begun! I wonder why you use me at all. So when I sin-- when I misrepresent you-- when I disappoint myself-- when I hurt others-- when I give up-- when I hide-- when I don't believe-- it's all about me. Life is hard. Wisdom is difficult. I only have my own perspective. But I need yours. Sometimes your heart is hard to see because I can only see mine. I must lean into you, dig deeper, remove my blinders, open my soul to listen. You alone. Forgive me for listening to the voices around me instead of yours. Amen.

Serving our community with prayer and hard work

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Dear Lord, We are serving our community this week. You are reminding us of your great love and mercy so that we are not distracted by the world we want to see or ignorant of the world we don't want to see. May the condition of the buildings we fix, the lawns we weed, the materials we stock, the lives we uplift-- may it all glorify your name and reflect your love for the whole world. Let us be your hands and feet to our neighbors. Nothing is too hard, too awkward, too humbling, too uncomfortable to do that Jesus hasn't already experienced for me. Thank you for your love and grace toward me and your overflowing blessings. Help me reach out to others every day, not just on a missions week. In Jesus' precious name, Amen. We have different gifts,  according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,  then prophesy in accordance with your  ] faith;   if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;   if it is to encourag

A prayer for kids' camp

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Lord Jesus, You're having such an amazing week at camp watching your children love your children. The little ones, away from home for the first time, are making friends, trying foods, listening to lessons, playing new game, admiring teenagers, learning more about who you are. This week will change them forever. The teenagers, away from friends and parents, are taking care of children, applying sunscreen, wiping tables, counting heads, organizing activities, leading cheers, sacrificing themselves for little people. This week will change them forever. The adults, away from work and families, are organizing events, mentoring teenagers, hugging children, losing sleep, staying positive, teaching lessons, running games, investing in the future. This week will change them forever. I pray your blessing over all of them. Keep them safe, healthy, receptive, tender. You want to speak to each of them. You want to nudge them into the next phase of the

Thank you for fathers

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Dear Father in heaven, Thank you for creating fatherhood and for men who are courageous and sacrificial while they do it. Praise God for men that take on the challenge of fatherhood, who grow into it, adapt to it, love it. Thank you for my dad, even though I have no significant memories of him. Even though he died at 33, he left a legacy. He had already started building something that would last. He left big shoes to fill and a wife determined to fill them. Thank you for my mother. For their marriage. For their commitment to you. Thank you for all parents who love their children and raise them to be responsible, caring, giving, and God-honoring. You leave your legacy on all of us. What a tribute a good father is to you, the greatest of all fathers, the one and only. I praise and thank you for who you are. Amen.