I received this email today from wonderful Rose Marie Miller. How important it is for those in ministry, those who constantly endeavour to refresh other people’s souls, not to forget to preach the Gospel to themselves, and nourish their own souls!
“I have gone through a long time of spiritual dryness.
But then something strange happened.
We have a prayer time on Thursday morning at our Asha shop, and after praying, I called my friend Priya and asked if I could pray for her. She was nervous, agitated, fearful, and not even sure she wanted to see me. But she came. We went to her house and I opened Psalm 139 to her. God spoke to her heart, and for someone who has isolated herself from the Christian community, the Word brought her life. She returned.
Then I shared the same Psalm with Balvinder who is still grieving the loss of her son–actually weighed down by the sorrow. When she read it, her face changed and peace filled her heart.
Yesterday Saroj and I spent the day together. She too is burdened by family cares. I had her read the first part of Psalm 139 to me. English is still a problem. I called this a.m. and had her read it to me again. She said she especially liked vs. 17 “How precious are your thoughts, O God, how vast is the sum of them.”
I saw burdens lifted–a lighter step in the midst of trials, a willingness to endure and persevere.
Then the lights went on for me. “If it helped them, it should help me.”
This a.m., I turned to Psalm 139, and what caught my heart, was the verse that helped Saroj, “How precious are your thoughts O God how vast is the sum of them.”
I began to list His thoughts to me. Peace returned; the Spirit met me.
You prayed; God answered. I write this often, but your prayers are my lifeline to God’s favor and blessings.”