After a bad night of little sleep, I thoroughly enjoyed taking a short nap. I woke up rather groggy, and decided to see if my senior mom would like to take a walk together in the street since our sidewalks still have quite a bit of snow. Downstairs I discovered "great minds run along the same track" as she was nowhere to be found, which meant she'd gone out on her own. I spotted her tracks going left, so I went right. Huffing and puffing I walked quickly around the block, thinking I would meet her half way but never found her. It wasn't until I was almost all the way around that I finally totally woke up enough from my nap to realize I could call her. Duh me! That is why she has one of those great Jitterbug senior cell phones! Dialing her number, we were soon connected and laughed merrily. Turns out she had left, but got so cold she came right back for her heavier jacket, just as I must have walked out of her sight going the other direction. Somehow we never met, but thanks to the miracle of cell phone science, I didn't have to worry.
I thought about that later as I listened to a great sermon on Psalm 119, which to me is a combination of sharing with others about God, along with the writer's own prayers to God. In the sermon, the pastor talked about the importance of constant and continual prayer and shared several encouraging Bible verses from that passage, including:
- I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart. vs 7
- I cried with all my heart ; answer me, O LORD ! I will observe Your statutes. I cried to You; save me And I shall keep Your testimonies. I rise before dawn and cry for help ; I wait for Your words. vs 145-147
- Great are Your mercies, O LORD ; Revive me according to Your ordinances. vs 156
- Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous ordinances. vs. 164
- Let my cry come before You, O LORD ; Give me understanding according to Your word. Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word. Let my lips utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes. Let my tongue sing of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness. vs. 169-172
In fact, this whole psalm is wonderful for using as simple Scripture prayers. As you pray them, you have the assurance that you are praying God's will for you and those your are praying for!
Isn't it grand that the Holy God, Creator of the universe, loves us so much that He has given us the gift of prayer along with the Word of God to show us how to pray. Free and easy access to our Almighty Lord at any time, 24/7. There are never any busy signals. Never any dropped calls. And even if we go one way, when He is going another, we know all we have to do is holler out, and He will help us find our way back at any time. Talk about the best Valentine gift of love EVER! What a blessing for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, dealing with all the difficult issues of caring for the elderly parents in our family as well as babysitting grandchildren. We are in constant need of wisdom and guidance, especially when health crises occur, and He is right there, ready to give it to us as we pray. AWESOME!
For more encouraging Bible verses and delightful praise and worship music to encourage the heart of the Sandwich Generation everywhere, including you, be sure to visit Spiritual Sunday. 🙂
P.S. If you're feeling in the Valentine mood, but the Sandwich Generation issues are keeping you tied to home, SandwichINK has a Valentine Party blog round-up full of links to fun parties with lovely Valentine pretties to enjoy, along with even more blessings from the Word of God for you to read and listen to. 🙂 Happy Almost Valentine's Day! 🙂