December Prayer Verse and Devotional

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Devotional

I love this Psalm! I love David’s burst of uncontained gratitude and overwhelming love for God. God then uses David's worship to begin to satisfy David's spiritual thirst that God gave him.  Can't out give God.

David begins his Spirit led worship, “Oh God,You are my God”.  It’s not redundant. David is declaring to God that He alone is David's God.  Anything we seek more than God is functionally our god because we are devoted to that more than the Living God. Like... Comfort, Security, Knowledge, Wealth, Power, Independence, Love of another, the list goes on.  Father, examine our hearts to see if our devotion is going to another.  We want to say to You, “You are my God!”

Have you ever been really thirsty?  I remember once after coming out of a surgery being so thirsty, I thought I would die.  My only focus, body and mind, was water.  I picture David declaring a thirst like this for God where his very body yearns desperately to have God satisfy his deep soul thirst with His living water.

While David may have been in a literal desert when he wrote these words, this deep thirst is clearly a spiritual thirst.  David declares the land to be dry and weary.  Seeking to have our soul’s thirst quenched by the things of this world renders every place we are in, dry and weary.  “I’ll feel happy once I…”: get promoted, get married, get divorced, have children, lose weight, get a new job, move to ______, get a new house, get a new car, get my bills paid, get well – you fill in the blank.  These things can of course all be good and we can take joy in them as good gifts from God but they were never meant to bring lasting soul satisfaction.  David and the Holy Spirit give us the secret.  Seek God earnestly or seek Him with all your heart.  Part of that seeking is to prayerfully examine our hearts together with God asking Him to show us anything in our lives that has become an inordinate love.  He is gracious and merciful to forgive and longs to satisfy our deep thirst with Himself.  He alone gives living water.

Next time our hearts burst with uncontainable love for God, let’s share our joy in the Lord with another spreading the joy like David did.  God makes us thirsty so that we seek Him, knowing that only in abiding relationship with Him will we be soul satisfied.  Thank You Father, Son and Holy Spirit for making us thirsty for You, for revealing Yourself to us in Your Word and creation and giving us Your Holy Spirit so that we might worship you in Spirit and Truth and be satisfied.  We were made for You.


Prayer

Our Father in heaven, we worship Your holy name.  Please give grace for each precious resident to be able to declare to You that You are their God.  Father make them thirsty for You.  May Your kingdom work be done in each of their lives.  Give each resident and each staff member eyes to see all that You are doing at Refuge for Women – Chicago this month.  We thank you Lord. 
In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.


Taken from our December Prayer Newsletter.  If you would like to receive our monthly prayer needs please sign up here:  Refuge For Women - Chicago Prayer Requests


Welcome Our New Program Director Assistant and Administrator

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I love that Alexis and Donna are sitting under this sign in our prayer room.  These two sisters are blessed answers to prayer. They both have been with Refuge from early on…Alexis as a weekend staff member and Donna as Admin.  Refuge grew strong because of them!  Each of them wanted to grow in leadership and impact within Refuge and just a few months ago 2 positions opened up in our local site that excited both of them (and us for the ease of transition!)  Donna is now our Program Director Assistant, in the house working alongside Nina to bring safety, healing, stability and programming to our residents. Alexis is now our Administrative Assistant working alongside Karen to bring organization and leadership to our local site.  She also serves in the house once a week for program director assistant support. Please celebrate these ladies and this new season with us.