This picture was taken last summer during a sunrise prayer and praise time with these two sweet girls. I’m not much of a beach person but I love the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and of course the majesty of God’s amazing creation. It was the perfect morning to head out before the sun woke up and take these two precious girls who are running after Jesus to the ocean to share a time of prayer and devotion as God breathed life into another blessed day for us.
The beach was quite occupied for that early morning hour, but it was still quiet and unrushed. We set our towels down, snapped a few pictures of the sun beginning to peak over the ocean and then spent some time in worship and praise of our God in all His splendor and majesty. As we sat down on our beach towels to open God’s Word we noticed a young man standing in front of the water with arms outstretched in praise. How beautiful to see another soul praising our God!
A little bit later this same young man came over and, in all humility, shared with us how it moved him to see us out there praising God and felt led to come and encourage us in Christ and pray with us. He was in town for business training and desired to come to the ocean and worship God at sunrise but almost gave up on the idea because it was so early. He had called his girlfriend on the phone to share the experience and said he was blessed to see other believers there in worship as well. So together, we bowed in prayer, hand in hand, to lift high the name of Jesus and encourage one another to continue living life in Christ and stand in unity as we seek HIM. I asked his name, Timothy, and thanked him for his prayers and encouraged him as well as he left to stay strong in Christ.
What a blessed morning! In a world that seems to be moving further and further away from Christ and each other, God encouraged our hearts with another brother in the Lord. Let's do the same!
Today is a new day to give God praise! Yes, I know it is Monday and that can be a harder-than-normal day to handle. But if you are reading this, than you are alive and God has a purpose and plan for your life THIS day. Wherever you are, whatever your schedule holds today…give God praise and worship Him in all you do. You never know who is watching your life and who will need encouragement in Christ. Today, let’s commit to sharing with the world the greatest news of all…Jesus, and let’s encourage our brothers and sisters in the Lord!
To God be the glory, great things HE has done!
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
“So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.”
2 Timothy 1:8a (NLT)
“Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.”
Psalm 145:3 (NLT)