Good morning Jesus, Lover of my soul. I start my day in that complete assurance of your love for me.
“While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue rulerʼs house saying, “Your daughter has died. Why trouble the teacher any longer?” But Jesus, paying no attention to what was said, told the synagogue ruler, “Do not be afraid; just believe.”…. When he entered he said to them, “Why are you distressed and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” And they began making fun of him. But he put them all outside and he took the childʼs father and mother and his own companions and went into the room where the child was. Then, gently taking the child by the hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up.” The girl got up at once and began to walk around ... They were completely astonished at this. “ (Mark 5:35-42)
My heart and mind this morning is on our youth. Our teenage sons and daughters who are growing up in raw and unfiltered exposure to the world through the unlimited access to social media. Teenagers, who because of the proliferation of divorce, the break down of the family and the re-defining of family lack the safe place to be loved, mentored and guided through these experiences. Teenagers, who because of societies perversion of what is “success” have egotistical and narcissistic role models to follow. Teenagers, who the ruler of the world is subversively whispering into their parents, teachers, and pastors ears, “Your daughter is dead.” V.35.
Over our teenage youth I cry out, Lord have mercy! Christ have mercy! Lord have mercy! I pray the Holy Spirit will surround them and protect and empower them. I pray that through men and women in love with Jesus, and direct revelation form the Father in prayer, they will experience Jesus taking them by the hand, bring them back to life, and get up and walk, run, and lead a renewal in our churches. communities and families.
“Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” After he took the children in his arms, he placed his hands on them and blessed them.” (Mark 10:14-16)
My ODC family, I pray today you will seek out a teenager who needs the love and guidance of a mentor who is in love with and guided by Jesus. You may be 80, and they may be 16, however both of you will be richly blessed by the time you spend together. Pray over this today. Please pray the same for me. God bless you my friends!!!
My daughter Milan and I will be leaving this afternoon to serve this weekend on a Chrysalis weekend. This Chrysalis is a weekend spiritual retreat for teenage girls ages 15-20. Through prayer, mentoring, and discussions these girls will experience Jesus and discover/re-discover their identity in him and their calling as daughters of the King of Kings. We will not return home until late Monday evening so it will be Tuesday before I post another blog.
Please pray daily by name over these teenage girls attending this weekend.
2. Hannah W
5. Taylor C.
6. Taylor L.
15. Hannah L
Please pray over, Milan, myself, and the staff as we listen. love, and lead these girls to Christ. Milan and I are both giving 20 minute talks in which we share our testimonies. We both would appreciate if you stopped and said a prayer during our times.
Milan: 9:00pm Saturday night
Gary: 11:00am Monday morning.
Gary Liederbach-Lead Planter
One Direction Community.
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