What a fun night we had as we celebrated hope & healing and looked ahead to the future. Thank you to everyone who came out, donated, sponsored, and invited friends. Without each and every one of you we would not have been able to raise $16,410! Thank you for showing your commitment to women who have escaped exploitation. Your actions show them they are valued! Thank you to Jordan Furlan for the photographs.
August Prayer Verse
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior
I love that God is straight up with us in His word. He doesn't sugar coat reality saying come to Me and life will be a walk in the park, free from troubles. He actually tells us, "In this world you will have trouble but take heart, I have overcome the world". I love also that He speaks with authority into our lives. He is our Creator who formed us in our mother's womb. We are a living being, created on purpose because God designed us and called us into life, and then if we are believers, He called us into spiritual, eternal life by pouring His Holy Spirit into our hearts.
When (not if) we face deep, fiery troubles, He tells us not to fear because we belong to Him; He has redeemed our life from the pit. He called us by name; He knows us; He has redeemed us; we are His. There will be rivers of trouble but He will not let them drown us. We will walk through fiery circumstances but He will not let the fire burn us so as to set us ablaze. Why? Because He alone is the Lord our God, the Holy One of Israel, our Savior. Nothing can change who He is and who we are in Him. We are: chosen, called, created on purpose, formed according to His design, redeemed, belonging to our holy God forever, never alone in times of trouble or sorrow because God is always glad to be with us, saved by God's initiation and by His grace. Knowing all that, we really do not need to be afraid. If God is for us, who can be against us?
Thank you for Your everlasting love and Your promise to always be with us God. Thank you for redeeming us dear Savior, Father and Holy Spirit. May we live in the reality of Your promises of who You are and who we are in You.
Heavenly Father, Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for who You are and the wonderful truth that we belong to You. Please Father, help each precious resident at our Refuge home come to know Your deep love for them. Please give them the sure hope that You are with them on their journey of healing each step of the way. Your love will not let the waters sweep over them and will not let the fire set them ablaze. Please use our prayers offered up on their behalf to increase their capacity to persevere through the very hard work of healing. Give each Refuge resident hope and grace for them to understand that in You, they are a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come. In Jesus name, Amen.
Taken from our August Prayer Newsletter. If you would like to receive our monthly prayer needs please sign up here: Refuge For Women - Chicago Prayer Requests
God, may I pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. May I stay alert and be persistent in my prayers for all believers everywhere and for Refuge for Women Chicago.
From Ephesians 6:18
As followers of and believers in Jesus Christ as our Savior, the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. No longer spiritually dead, we are alive in Christ! By grace, at our new birth, the Holy Spirit came to dwell permanently within our hearts! We could sit and ponder that profound mystery and truth forever. Amazing!
Another amazing truth that is mind blowing is that Almighty God invites us, commands us really, to be a part of what He is doing in the world through the power of prayer. God is pleased to work through our prayers to bring about His plans. I don't want to miss a single opportunity God has for me to be part of the glorious work He is accomplishing. Lord lead me in prayer!
Your prayers offered today for Refuge for Women Chicago matter in eternity! God will use them to bless, to change, to heal, to give hope, to uphold, to open hearts, and be a part of all God is doing. So please, take a moment to quiet yourself, acknowledge God's presence with you, and ask Him to speak to your heart and help you pray in the Spirit for RFW-C. Then quietly listen for His Spirit within you to speak to your heart how to pray. Remember to thank the Holy Spirit who graciously helps us in our weakness in prayer when we do not know what we ought to pray, He intercedes on our behalf according to the will of God.
Stop, be quiet before God. Ask for God's help, Listen for His leading. Then Pray with the sweet knowing that He is using your prayers to bring about Kingdom work!
It is so encouraging to our residents, staff and volunteers to know you are praying for us. Thank you so much for your sacrifice of prayer. May God the Father richly bless each of you who prays for RFW-C this month in unexpected ways.
Grace and peace and love you each of you.
Prayer is the backbone of this ministry.
Heavenly Father, Thank you for including broken us in your work here on earth. Please Holy Spirit, lead us to pray in the Spirit for RFW-C. Father, how you would have us pray? Whether in words or groans or praises or in song, please guide each prayer we offer. Help us hear Your voice and follow Your leading in prayer. Don't let us miss Your opportunities to join you in Your Kingdom work. Father, please inspire our Refuge residents likewise be in prayer for one another.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Taken from our June Prayer Newsletter. If you would like to receive our monthly prayer needs please sign up here: Refuge For Women - Chicago Prayer Requests