God is so Good!

Thank you to my friends Donna and Wendy and the Forest Service for these great photos!

He gives rain on the earth,
And sends waters on the fields. Job 5:10
(NKJV)

In Montana we had a miracle these past few weeks.  For two months we had smoke and fires.  Then God sent rain and snow to put them out!  The next week He sent more rain and snow, just to make sure there weren’t any more hot spots.  God is so good!

Usually we have the bluest sky in all the world here in Montana.  It really is the Big Sky State, with a sky that for me stretches from the Beartooth Mountains to the Absarokas to the Crazies and beyond.  But on July 17, my parents came to visit and suddenly it was hazy. I remember, because we always want it to be beautiful for our family and visitors.  But the Crazy Mountains just weren’t as clear any more.

The smoke persisted for two months as over a million acres of Montana forests and ranch lands burned.  Firefighters worked nonstop to contain the flames.  High temperatures and drought conditions kept the blazes going. It seemed that every time there were storm clouds, we would get the lightning, not the rain, as if someone was praying Psalm 144:

Bow down Your heavens, O Lord, and come down;
Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Flash forth lightning and scatter them… Psalm 144:5 (NKJV)

The second week of September it was 90 degrees and a new fire broke out from a lightning strike at the north end of the Crazy Mountains.  From our house we could see the plume of smoke going up to the sky.  Friends’ husbands were going out to fight the flames.  People were posting on Facebook, “Pray for snow!”

And guess what, God sent rain and snow!!!  He really does answer prayers!  When the storm lifted we had blue skies again and snow covering our long-hidden Crazy Mountains.  The doxology was my prayer as I took in this beautiful sight, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below, praise Him above the heavenly host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!”

Alleluia!  Jesus answers prayers!  I bet our friends in the south affected by the hurricanes have awesome stories of  God’s goodness, too!

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Let’s praise Jesus for how He has provided for us, carried us through the storm, protected us and answered our prayers!

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior. 
Isaiah 43:2-3 (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

Every Perfect Gift

christmaspresent1 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)

With the coming of Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping, how good it is to remember that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights!  Let us thank Him for these marvelous gifts, and put aside all else.

Today I give you “Tea Time with James” to ring in the Thanksgiving and Advent season.  James is another book with incredible verses.  You may like to read James yourself and underline more verses for your prayer time. Take some time to sip TEA with Jesus, thanking Him for His gifts, and sharing your joys, sorrows, sins, and celebrations.  Use these verses as conversation starters for your prayers. Be blessed, My TEA CUPP friend…

T is for Thanksgiving

 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights... James 1:17 (NKJV)

E is for Exalting

…the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)

A is for Admitting

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10 (NKJV)

C is for Call 

 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 (NKJV)

U is for Understanding

Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. James 4:14 (NKJV)

P is for Promises

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you... James 4:8 (NKJV)

P is for Petitions

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP:  May your prayers be effective and fervent and avail much for God’s kingdom today!  Happy Thanksgiving and Advent season!

 

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

 

Blessings over the Fence

SheepAt midnight I will rise to give thanks to You,
Because of Your righteous judgments.  Psalm 119:62 NKJV

Do you ever have trouble sleeping at night?  Perhaps you went right to sleep when your head hit the pillow, but you find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night?

That happens to me often, especially when our baby cries.  At first I am too sleepy to get out of bed, but once up, I’m wide awake and thinking about so many things.  How can I get back to sleep?

Long ago it was suggested that people imagine sheep, counting them leaping over a fence.  Such an activity would seem to put a person back to sleep, but our minds tend to wander, just as sheep stray away.

Perhaps God has us awake in the middle of the night for another reason:  To Pray!  Somewhere in the world is a friend who needs our prayers.  When I lie awake at night, I pray for the names on my prayer list that God brings to mind.  It’s okay that I may never know how these prayers have blessed others.

But this verse above from Psalm 119 gives me another idea for midnight prayers.  How about using these dark hours as an opportunity to give thanks to Jesus for His many blessings?  Instead of counting sheep by number, I can name each sheep as a blessing:  Family, food, home, work, friends, etc.  As the sheep jump the fence in my imagination, I lift up prayers of thanks to God for each blessing.  Before I’ve hit the 10th blessing, I am often fast asleep.

Today’s TEA CUPP:  The next time you are wide awake at night, I hope you’ll try this, too.  Count your blessings instead of counting sheep.

Clip Art Illustration of a Numbered Sheep Jumping Over a FenceMy eyes are awake through the night watches,
That I may meditate on Your word.  Psalm 119:148 NKJV

New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Our Sweet Blessing is One

   Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.   James 1:17 (NKJV)

Every day we thank the Lord for our sweet blessing, Joel Kent.  And today he celebrates his first birthday!  Oh, the joy this precious gift brings to our family!

Thank you, Jesus, for hearing our prayers for a baby and sending us little Joel. We love him so much!  Happy Birthday, Joel Kent!

If you missed it last year, here are some quick links to the story of our miracle baby…

http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/2011/11/my-sweet-baby-blessing-at-45/

http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/2011/11/worth-every-drop-of-blood/

http://www.myteacuppprayers.org/2012/06/why-joel/

New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

 

Thanks: To the One Who Is and Who Was

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Praying God’s Word.

Here’s another verse to help us share our THANKS with the Lord today:

 “We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty,
   the One who is and who was,
because You have taken Your great power
   and have begun to reign.”  Revelation 11:17 (NIV)

New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica

Thanks: For the Kingdom!

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Praying God’s Word.

Here’s a verse to help us share our THANKS with the Lord today:  

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful…  Hebrews 12:28  (NIV)

New International Version (NIV)Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica