And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)
This week I pause from my summer running devotions to celebrate two athletes being united in Holy Matrimony. Our oldest son, Jacob, – runner, soccer player, snowboarder – is marrying his beautiful bride, Kelly, – runner, soccer player, swimmer. These two are both hard-workers, goal-setters, and champions of perseverance. But most of all, they share hearts for the Lord.
Their love for Jesus is what makes Jacob and Kelly a great team. Already in their engagement they’ve prayerfully given all their plans to the Lord as COVID-19 shut down our nation. They consulted God’s play-book, the Bible, and set aside their plans for His plans (Proverbs 16:9). Their dream of a wedding of 200 by the beach in June became a July party of 25 in the churchyard. Yet as God pared down Gideon’s army to do His miracles (Judges 7), He has orchestrated this union to be the humble wedding of a former CRU missionary and his lovely lady. And Jesus will be there just as He was for the wedding in Cana so long ago (John 2).
Thank you for joining us in prayer for dear Jacob and Kelly, their wedding on July 11, 2020, and their lifetime together serving Jesus wherever He calls and leads them.
We love you, Jacob and Kelly!!!! Jesus loves you!!!! God bless and keep you always!!!
Love, Mom. x0x0x0x
Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him… “May God Almighty bless you, And make you fruitful and multiply you, That you may be an assembly of peoples.” Genesis 28:1-3 (NKJV)
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.Genesis 2:24 (NKJV)
Butseek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
But I am poor and needy; Yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.Psalm 40:17 (NKJV)
I love it when one verse says it all. Memorize this verse, Psalm 40:17, and you will have a prayer on your lips whenever you need it!
But I am poor and needy... this is UNDERSTANDING our story, we are poor and needy. Without Jesus we have nothing. He provides everything we need, food, clothing, family, shelter, salvation… We can spend time THANKING the Lord for His many blessings. It can also be a time for ADMITTING our sins. We are poor because of our sins and desperately need a Savior, Jesus, to rescue us.
Yet the Lord thinks upon me... let us claim this wonderful PROMISE! The Lord is thinking about you! He is thinking about me. He never stops thinking about us. Imagine that, here we are, lost in our troubles, yet God , the Creator of the whole universe is thinking about us. Wow!
You are my help and my deliverer… here again we can claim God’s PROMISE to help us and deliver us from whatever we are facing. And we join the voices through eternity, EXALTING our God, our Helper, our Deliverer.
Do not delay, O my God... and finally, the plea from one who depends on God for all her needs. Do not delay, O my God. I pour out my PETITIONS before you. Hear the cry of my heart. Take care of all my loved ones, my neighbors, all my troubles, our nation and world today. Do not delay, O my God.
Today’s TEA CUPP: Write Psalm 40:17 in your prayer journal today and every day this week. Memorize it. Pray it as you are driving or washing dishes or working in the garden or taking a shower. Use this one verse to cry out to the Lord.
But I am poor and needy; Yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.Psalm 40:17 (NKJV)
…Let us continue to go and pray before the Lord…Zechariah 8:21 (NJKV)
“Well, I’m sure praying!” exclaimed Kennedy, when she learned her baby brother would be delivered by C-section.
Kennedy’s mommy had been in labor since the wee morning hours, trying to deliver her almost eleven-pound baby brother. Now it was supper time and he wasn’t coming out. The doctors decided to do a C-section to safely deliver little Robin. Kennedy, who is well-acquainted with doctor procedures from her continuing battle with cancer, wanted to know what that meant.
As simply as we could, her two grandmas explained the doctors would cut open her mommy’s tummy to get out the baby. Some children might wonder why they don’t just do that in the first place. But Kennedy’s reply was, “Well, I’m sure praying!”
Kennedy’s response sent both grandmas to tears, thinking of all the times friends and family have said the same to Kennedy over the past few months. So many people are praying for this sweet four-year-old with T-cell lymphoma, and many have told her, “Well, I’m sure praying.” We are so thankful for those prayers as Kennedy’s battle rages on.
What started as a cough in January turned out to be a tumor engulfing her entire chest cavity, pressing on her heart and lungs. January 30, 2020 was the last normal day for Kennedy as she went to preschool. When her mommy (my daughter Kallie) came to pick her up, Kennedy was just sitting at the top of the playground, not moving. Kallie made an appointment with the doctor for the next day. At the doctor office they sent Kennedy directly to the emergency room, thinking she had pneumonia. The ER doctors called Milwaukee Children’s Hospital which sent an ambulance to transport Kennedy. There, Kennedy’s cancer was diagnosed. On February 1, 2020, she began chemo and steroids to wipe out the tumor.
With great joy we celebrated the tumor was gone after the first month. But because doctors don’t know if every cancer cell is gone from her body, they must continue treatments. Past studies have shown that continuing treatments gives a 90% survival rate. So Kennedy continues high doses of chemo for six months, and then monthly chemo for two additional years.
The first month of powerful steroids and chemo left Kennedy almost life-less, with no muscles like a newborn baby. Slowly she regained the use of her neck, arms, and upper body, making playtime on the sofa a favorite activity. In recent weeks, she has learned to crawl and scoot herself backwards up the stairs. We pray that soon Kennedy will be walking and running again.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.Acts 3:6 (NKJV)
The chemo has also wrecked havoc on Kennedy’s tummy, making her unable to eat very much. She is so thin, please pray for her to eat and gain weight again. These first six months of the strong chemo are the worst for her. Kennedy also gets blood, platelets and fluids often, as her little body fights the chemo and disease.
Another night at dinner, Kennedy’s daddy invited her to say the prayer. My children never wanted to pray out loud when they were that young, but brave little Kennedy jumped at the opportunity and began her prayer, “Dear Lord Jesus..thank you for Joel taking care of my pet toads and thank you for my physical therapy… Once again the grandmas were in tears as a little girl called on the name of the Lord Jesus and gave Him thanks for little things.
…Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13 (NKJV)
And so I claim this promise for precious Kennedy. May Jesus save and heal her completely! Thank you for continuing to pray for our little granddaughter.
Today’s TEA CUPP: Who in your life needs prayers? Have you told them, “Well, I’m sure praying?” Then remember to lift them up often to the Lord Jesus. He will hear your every prayer.
Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you… 1 Samuel 12:23 (NKJV)
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
…My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.Isaiah 56:7
Dear TEA CUPP Ladies,
In honor of Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I want to invite you to to share my new book, Mom’s TEA CUPP Prayers.This devotional will make a beautiful gift for every mom, grandma, sister, daughter, aunt or friend.
What will you find when you open the pages of Mom’s TEA CUPP Prayers? You will discover a 77-day devotional that takes moms gracefully into a daily TEA time with Jesus. Every Sunday you will meet a new Bible mom who will introduce you to another part of prayer. And during the week you will again be encouraged to read your Bible and pray for your family, as I share stories God has given me, including our miracle baby Joel and many anecdotes from his young life.
Mom’s TEA CUPP Prayers is an invitation to moms everywhere to sit down each day with Jesus, a Bible, and your favorite morning mug. A mom who spends time with Jesus in prayer will honor the Father, glorify the Son, and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, impact her husband, children, neighborhood, community, and world. Mom’s TEA CUPP Prayers calls another generation of moms to the foot of the cross.
If you’d like to give this as a gift this Mother’s Day, just put a note in a card to your loved one that it’s on the way. Then, place an order at Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Xulon. Or, even better, for a signed-copy, contact me and I will be delighted to mail one for you.
Thank you so much for sharing in my ministry and helping me to invite ladies everywhere to share a CUPP of TEA with Jesus each day.
Happy Mother’s Day! God bless you!
Love, Jennifer Grace
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)
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.Philippians 2:8 (NKJV)
Does it seem to you that every year Easter becomes even more meaningful than the previous year? Every year there is another loved one in heaven, every year there is another reason to hope because a loved one is sick, every year the world gets to be less like our home and we long for that heavenly home Jesus is preparing.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.1 Peter 1:3 (NKJV)
One of my favorite ways to begin my quiet time with Jesus, along with reading a devotion, is to read an old hymn. Awhile ago I came across two great old hymns. Check out these wonderful lyrics:
May I be willing, Lord to bear daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share, Thou hast borne all for me.
Lest I forget Gethsemane; lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary!
(Hussey, King of My Life, 1921)
As we all struggle with the current world situation, with cancer, with coronavirus, with loss of loved ones, let us remember the Cross and all Jesus bore for us there. This Holy Week remember that Jesus still bears our sins and carries our burdens. And we can rest in the shadow of His Cross.
I take, O cross, thy shadow For my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by, to know no gain nor loss,
My sinful self my only shame, My glory all the cross. Amen.
(Clephane, My Glory all the Cross, 1872)
Today’s TEA CUPP: As you prepare your heart for Easter, ponder the old hymns that remind you of Jesus sacrifice on the Cross. Then praise His Name with Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Wesley, 1739)
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.Galatians 6:14 (NKJV)
…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. Mark 16:18 (NKJV)
When our granddaughter Kennedy Grace was suddenly diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoma cancer, all my heart longed to do was to get to her and her family as quickly as I could. I had just been reading in the Old Testament about Moses anointing his brother Aaron as a priest (Ex. 29:21) and knew I needed to anoint our granddaughter with oil, too.
My friend Anna told us once how she anoints her kids with oil whenever they get sick. A sore throat – oil. A cold – oil. A tummy ache – oil. Though I pray over my children when they are ill, I hadn’t tried anointing them with oil. Yet God calls us in James 5:14 to be anointed with oil if we are sick.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14
Having never done this before, I asked another great praying friend, Shannon, what kind of oil she uses. Shannon said she uses olive oil with a little essential oil in it. The only essential oil I had in my house was frankincense. I mentioned this to Shannon and she said that was just the one she had in mind for our granddaughter.
So, off I went to Wisconsin, armed with my little Rubbermaid container of olive oil and my bottle of frankincense. When I got to Kennedy’s hospital room, it was full of people and Kennedy wanted nothing to do with my oil since she had been poked and prodded by so many doctors. Yet one time when she was distracted, I dipped my finger in the oil and put it on her forehead in the sign of the cross. I also anointed the doorposts and lintel of her hospital room. At the end of our visit, I brought the oil to Kennedy’s house and anointed the doorposts and lintels of her house and Kennedy’s forehead once again, as I prayed for her complete healing in Jesus’ Name.
We are still awaiting that complete healing. Though Kennedy has been given the great news of No Evidence of Disease (NED) after her first month, she still has to continue treatment for two years so it doesn’t return, and she is still unable to walk from the medicine. Each day is a victory as we are given another day of life, another day to praise Jesus, another day of chemo, another day closer to full remission, another day nearer to running and playing like other little girls again.
“Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the Lord, “And I will heal him.”Isaiah 57:19 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Are you sick? Is someone you know sick? Call the elders of your church or go yourself and anoint your dear one with oil in Jesus’ Name. It could be just the healing touch that is needed.
…and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.Luke 4:40 (NKJV)
And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses…Exodus 12:7 (NKJV)
Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you…Exodus 12:13 (NKJV)
…And as many as touched Him were made well. Mark 6:56 (NKJV)
As our world is turned upside down by coronavirus, what our world needs, what our nation needs, what our granddaughter needs, what I need…is a CUPP of Healing TEA! Today I share with you verses you can pray as you pour out your heart to the Lord for our nation and world and your family and friends. Prayer and Jesus are the answers to all we need.
T is for Thanksgiving
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.Luke 17:15-16 (NKJV)
E is for Exalting
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.Jeremiah 17:14 (NKJV)
A is for Admitting
And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,but that the works of God should be revealed in him.John 9:2-3 (NKJV)
C is for Calling
Take heed in an outbreak of leprosy, that you carefully observe and do according to all that the priests, the Levites, shall teach you; just as I commanded them, so you shall be careful to do.Deuteronomy 24:8 (NKJV)
U is for Understanding
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.Matthew 9:35 (NKJV)
P is for Promises
But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings…Malachi 4:2 (NKJV)
P is for Petitions
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.Psalm 6:2 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: I’ve been needing this Healing TEA a lot lately. Perhaps you would like a CUPP, too? Pour your favorite morning mug, open your Bible and prayer journal, use these verses to pour your heart out to Jesus in prayer. What are your favorite healing verses?
…And by His stripes we are healed.Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
…Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the Lord, “And I will heal him.”Isaiah 57:19 (NKJV)
Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the Lord, “And I will heal him.”Isaiah 58:8 (NKJV)
And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma...Genesis 8:21 (NKJV)
How is the aroma of your tea? Does your tea smell pleasing? As you sit at your table, holding your warm mug on a chilly morning, does the steam from your favorite tea blend rise up and bring joy to your senses?
Have you ever thought about our prayers smelling good to God? Like children to a pan of chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven, God comes running at the scent of our delicious prayers and it brings Him great joy!
...He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you.Isaiah 30:19 (NKJV)
Noah knew how much God loved sincere prayers because he walked with God. No sooner did Noah and his family step off the ark (after more than a year on board!), did they set up an altar with a fire, preparing burnt sacrifices to God. And when God smelled the aroma of Noah’s offering, it was then that He promised to never curse the ground or flood the whole world again. God promised there will always be seedtime and harvest for as long as the earth remains (Gen. 8:22).
Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:1 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Read the entire story of Noah’s sweet aroma in Genesis 8 today. Let your prayers be a sweet aroma to Jesus. What other offerings can you give the Lord that will smell wonderful?
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:2 (NKJV)
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.2 Corinthians 2:14-15 (NKJV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begottenSon, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.John 3:16 (NKJV)
Merry Christmas, dear TEA friends! Today I have the gift of promises from God’s Word for you. These promises all come from the Christmas story in our Bibles. Consider each promise a present for you to unwrap today and always. No matter what your circumstances, you can claim these as your very own…
For with God nothing will be impossible.Luke 1:37 (NKJV)
…your prayer is heard…Luke 1:13 (NKJV)
…He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. Luke1:15-16 (NKJV)
He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.Luke 1:17 (NKJV)
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:30 (NKJV)
And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.Luke 1:33 (NKJV)
Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.Luke 1:45 (NKJV)
…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.John 10:10 (NKJV)
And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.Luke 1:14 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Pour a pot of these precious Christmas promises today. Pick your favorite and write it in your prayer journal, on a note card on your bathroom mirror, or in a Christmas card to a friend. Claim this promise to carry you into the new year. Tell Jesus all about it in your quiet time with Him today. Merry Christmas, dear TEA friend!
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15-16
One of my favorite thanks devotions from my first book, My TEA CUPP Prayers, comes from the story of the ten lepers in Luke 17. The lepers were shunned members of society, ones who must have desired more than anything else to be healed and welcomed back into the community. The ten lepers had just been hollering at Jesus, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
Jesus told them to go to the priests, and as they were going they were cleansed. But only one remembered to come back and praise God and give Jesus thanks. So Jesus answered and said,
“Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?”Luke 17:17
Don’t you think Jesus still asks that today? Where are the other nine?WHERE ARE THE OTHER NINE? For what have you prayed recently that God heard and answered your prayers? Was it a safe trip home? Was it a check in the mail? Was it healing for a loved one? What blessings has He sent our way before we even asked? Oh, let us run back to Him and throw ourselves at Jesus’ feet and give Him thanks!
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.Psalm 107:1 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Remember, the first “T” in TEA CUPP is for Thanksgiving. Read the story of the ten lepers again in Luke 17:11-19. Have you forgotten to thank Jesus for anything? Ask Jesus to open your eyes to any overlooked blessings. Tell Jesus THANK YOU today!
What are some things I’m especially thankful for this year? Jesus, God’s Word, my family, miraculous healing, a new grandbaby on the way, strength to run a marathon, publishing my second book, Mom’s TEA CUPP Prayers, and for you, my dear TEA CUPP friend. Thank you for reading my devotions and accepting Jesus’ invitation to have TEA with Him each day.
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)