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The first response to any crisis is prayer; urgent and honest prayer. Before we turn to money managers and governments, let’s turn to the Maker of the Universe.

Max Lucado

You Have Our Attention, Lord
A prayer by Max Lucado – October 2008

Our friends lost their house
The co-worker lost her job
The couple next door lost their retirement
It seems that everyone is losing their footing
This scares us. This bailout with billions.
These rumblings of depression.
These headlines: ominous, thunderous –
“Going Broke!” “Going Down!” “Going Under!” “What’s Next?”
What is next?
We’re listening. And we’re admitting: You were right.
You told us this would happen.
You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money.
Greed will break your heart, You warned.
Money will love you and leave you.
Don’t put your hope in riches that are so uncertain.
You were right. Money is a fickle lover and we just got dumped.
We were wrong to spend what we didn’t have.
Wrong to neglect prayer and ignore the poor.
Wrong to think we ever earned a dime. We didn’t. You gave it. And now, tell us Father, are You taking it?
We’re listening. And we’re praying.
Could you make something good out of this mess?
Of course You can. You always have.
You led slaves out of slavery,
Built temples out of ruins,
Turned stormy waves into a glassy pond and water into sweet wine.
This disorder awaits your order. So do we.
Through Christ,

God will always give what is right to His people who cry to Him night and day, and He will not be slow to answer them. (Luke 18:7 NCV)

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“Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change” Ramsay Clark

It can be tempting to use a turbulent period in life, such as a divorce, loss of a job or death of a loved one, as an excuse to avoid making positive changes. But instead of thinking of this difficult episode as a cause to withdraw and retrench, why not think of this as a time to stretch your limits?

This is exactly what “Elizabeth” did. Married at 16 and divorced at 31, she moved to a new town and was unsure of herself alone and in a new setting. Instead of retreating into herself and staying home, she took up rock climbling. There were times when she felt the sport was too risky and difficult, but by persevering she gainded confidence in herself. This self-confidence in her physical capabilities carried over to her role as a single parent. She realized that if she could climb a mountain, she could do other things that she once thought impossible.

Just as athletic tests of skill and endurance can teach you that it’s indeed possible to move beyond your physical limitations, so can other things that make you get out of your comfort zone. You may not think you could ever speak in front of a group of people, but you want to. Go for it! If you have to, take a class on public speaking. What about singing or meeting new friends (for some people this is difficult)? Put yourself in situations where you have to speak to someone you don’t know. 🙂 The realization that you have conquered can spur you to make other changes. Don’t allow anxiety and discouragement to prevent you from taking advantage of this special period in your life. By embracing turbulence and using it to take responsible, life-enhancing risks, a situation that looks difficult can be transformed into a benefit.

Remember that personal or professional turmoil can be an opportunity to take a bold step in a new direction!

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I just got home from the Orthopedist.  This was my two week check up for my broken arm.  After the radiologist took the xray she asked if I wanted to see them and I said yes.  I asked her where the break was and she said, “You know, I can’t tell.  You will have to ask the doctor about this.” In my mind I’m saying “Hallelujah”!  The doctor came in and as we were looking at the xray he asked, “When did this happen, again?” and I said, “Two weeks ago, yesterday”.  He said, “Are you sure?”  I said, “Yes sir, I’m quite sure”.  We chuckled and he said, “Well, this has healed up very nicely”. In my mind I am shouting “Hallelujah” again.   Then he had me do a couple of exercises with my hands and arms and said “that’s amazing that you can turn your right hand like that after only two weeks.  This is healing very nicely.”  I told this part first because it is so fresh on my mind since I just left his office. 

Now let me tell you what happened yesterday in our services.  First of all when my husband got to the church for Sunday School he said he had a real urgency for the church to pray.  He called the teenage and college and career classes into the sanctuary and they joined the Bible Class and we had a prayer meeting.  WOW!!!  Toward the end of that hour a spirit of praise and worship came in and replaced the spirit of prayer and travail that had been on the church and we began to worship. I cannot explain the power that was in the place as we worshipped the Lord.  At one point my husband began to dance before the Lord and my son linked arms with him and the two of them danced.  I went and joined in on the other side of my husband and we three danced together for awhile.  All of a sudden I felt as if little bolts of electricity were going through my body and arm.  I knew the Lord had touched me.  I took my sling off and began to twirl it above my head as I danced before the Lord.  God healed me as I prayed and worshipped Him.  He is such an awesome God.  I have had no pain since then.  Thank you Jesus!  God has healed me at different times in my life but nothing quite as sudden as this.  The Lord healed me of allergies when I was 9 years old and He also healed me of planter warts on my feet when I was a teenager and I never had to have surgery and they have never come back.  God Is So Good!  Thank God for His healing power.  YES!  He is still performing miracles today! 

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