Sunday, January 20, 2008

Spiritual Perspective

Over the last 12-13 years one couple has been a major influence in our lives. Quietly, Doug and Nan Smith have invested Spiritual pearls into our hearts. They have nurtured, encouraged, and loved us in ways we could never repay. Last night we got to sit and share dinner with them in their new home. They recently sold the Minnie Pearl mansion where they had lived for 8 years or so and bought the home next door--simplifying a bit. It fit them perfectly.

They are prayerful people. I have seen them seek the Lord and wait on Him many times. He has shown His glory through them.

Nehemiah was a man of prayer too. This morning we studied the prayer in chapter one. Nehemiah faced his reality, recognized God for who He is, recognized how God saw him and confessed his sins, took hold of the promise of God, and asked in faith for what he needed. It is a great model of prayer.

The story of Nehemiah is about renewal and God's movement. It's a tremendous reminder to us right now.


simonsays said...

Hmmmm, I think I know where you went to church today. My friend came over for lunch and was quite struck by the Nehemiah sermon as well!



wstaple said...

That's wild, I just read the first chapter of Nehemiah last night. Isn't it amazing how you can feel led to read something and it applies to your "right-then-and-there" life?