When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.
Author: Unknown Monk 1100 A.D.
Making changes is never easy, but good changes bear good fruit in our lives. Start small and start today in changing your world and then the world around you.
This week I would like to recommend a book that I have now read twice and already need to read again.
The Emotionally Healthy woman by Geri Scazzero
Although written for women this is a wonderful book for those who are spouses of a minister/pastor. Plenty to glean for all.
(We recently recommended a series of books for pastors and leaders by her husband Peter Scazzero. Well worth investing in.)
As you read, be prepared to have your own mindsets shaken. As you relish in her honesty you will find what it means to be at peace in who you are, and who you are in God as you serve him in ministry.
There are , in my opinion , many “twee ” books out there written about ministry. This one is honest and vulnerable and also wonderfully helpful in helping making healthy boundaries both in church life but more importantly in home and marriage life.
Be blessed in all that you do and in who you are to all those around you. Never forget that heaven cheers you on, even if at times it feels no-one else is! God loves you and is For you. Always.
A little bit about the author: Geri Scazzero knew there was something desperately wrong with her life. She felt like a single parent raising her four daughters alone. She finally told her husband “I quit” and left the thriving church he pastored, beginning a journey that transformed her and her marriage for the better.
The journey to emotional health begins by quitting. Geri quit being afraid of what others think. She quit lying. She quit denying her anger and sadness. She quit living someone else’s life. When you quit those things that are damaging to your soul or the souls of others, you are freed up to choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in love and lead to life.
This is a great book to invest in , you’ll be glad you did.
In an uncertain world- one thing remains true and never changing - that is The promises of God. They are not “maybe’s or “maybe not’s ” They are iron clad words of God for our good, edification, encouragement, protection , hope and spiritual strength.
So many people today are living with fear and uncertainties. Even those in ministry can slip into negative or fearful thinking so easily.
We need to take our thoughts captive, along with our senses and opinions and instead stand firmly and irrevocably on the Promises of God. This world will pass away, but His Word endures forever!
2 Corinthians 1:20 says the promises of God are “Yea” and “Amen”. “Yea” means “yes”. The promises of God are not “yes” then “no”. They’re not “I don’t know” or “Maybe so”. The promises of God are “Yes!” Will He save you? “Yes!” Will He heal you? “Yes!” Will He deliver you? “Yes!” Will He set you free? “Yes!” Will He supply your needs? “Yes!” The promises of God are “Yes” and the promises of God are “Amen.” Jesus said in Revelation 1:14 that He is the Amen, the faithful and true witness, and the beginning of the creation of God. Jesus is the Amen! Amen means “So be it.” Amen means “It’s already done.” The promises of God are “Yes.” The promises of God are “So be it.” The promises of God are “It’s already done.”
Here are some wonderful promises to mediate on today.
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
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.
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
THANK YOU for your faithfulness and obedience to God’s call, for your love for Him, His Word and His people - so we, as members of the local church, get fed and built up, encouraged, exhorted and envisioned. Although we can’t fully know what it looks like to walk in your shoes, we are called to encourage and support you, to love you and pray for you and that is the desire of our hearts! As a part of the small but dedicated and experienced prayer team of ESPS we are not unaware of the battle that rages—physical and spiritual in the lives of our church leaders and we want you to know that we are cheering you on and bringing you before God.
We realise it can take a lot to trust anyone with personal prayer requests but we assure you we would consider it a privilege to stand with you - whether you already have a team of intercessors or not, and as Donna has been at pains to communicate, every request is treated in strictest confidence.
Please let us know how we can specifically pray for you via the contact page.
Have a wonderful weekend!
With love and prayers
ESPS Prayer Team
The LORD bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you];
The LORD make His face shine upon you [with favour], And be gracious to you [surrounding you with loving-kindness];
The LORD lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval], And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].’
Num. 6:24-26 AMP