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Dearest Sisters of Gratefulness,
Thank you for your prayers for the church where we will meet for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7th from 9:30 -11:30 AM. Since you began praying after our gathering in October I begin to sense that God was leading us to the Westside and then after the first of the year He showed me that it would be the Westside Fellowship, which use to meet in a school but about two years ago they moved to their new building on N. General Mc Mullen. In the front of the property a resource center for the community to get food, clothing and training, and the church is in the back of the property. They are so looking forward to our coming. I met with their prayer group and the ladies are excited about hosting us. The address is 321 N. General Mc Mullen across from Rosedale Park. If you want to go to City Hall after our gathering, It will be so easy to just take Commerce and go straight downtown.
Speaking of being grateful, God has been showing me how our trust in Him grows as we give Him thanks for His answers to our prayers. First there is a law of the harvest because the more we pray, the more answers we get and the more grateful we become. Praying continually isn’t just a good idea, it is a lifestyle that leads to greater faith and joyfulness.
A few weeks ago just before my discipleship class started I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Why don’t you start the class with thanking Your Father for His answers to you and your ladies’ prayers?” So we began, and the more we prayed, the more answers to prayer we thought of and before you knew it our faith was soaring. It just happened that the subject for class that day was God’s plan and our development, so you can figure out by now what the Holy Spirit’s teaching tool was for increasing our faith- gratefulness. When we finally lifted our heads to begin our lesson, we were all smiling, and our hearts that might have come in heavy were lifted.
From this outpouring of gratefulness and faith, we were reminded of the 10 lepers in Luke 17:11-19. Jesus healed all 10 of them, but only one came back, to give Him thanks. Verse 15 and 16 says, “Only one of them when he saw that He was healed, returned and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet giving Him thanks and he was a Samaritan( in other words he was a foreigner). Then Jesus speaks these stinging words, “Were there not 10 cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give God glory except this foreigner?” Not only does our thanksgiving give us joy and increase our faith, but it gives Jesus tremendous pleasure because He delights in seeing His Father glorified. Here is our big chance to participate in Jesus’ Heart Cry to give His Father the glory He deserves. Maybe it is time for us to take some time to catch up on our thanksgiving for all the answers to our prayers.
I pray that since last month’s email you have been praying about the school for which you would begin praying. How many times have we heard ourselves say, “The kids today are not like we were” ? Maybe that was because someone was praying for you and your teachers or maybe you wish there had been, because of what you had to go through in your growing up years. God is giving us a chance to restore the years that the locust are eating by intentional prayer for the school or schools near your home or church or that your kids or grandkids go to. If you want to learn more about this please contact me by simply replying to this email.
Let us delight Jesus and glorify our God by our thunderous applause of thanksgiving,
Mary Mize Hellums
Coordinator for City Wide Women's Prayer
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