"I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me."
Thanks for praying with us
Today, we discussed Psalm 3. At a relatively stressful time for many of us, when sleep can be tricky, it was good to read how David — during darker distress than any of us have experienced — found a refuge in God that allowed him to sleep trustingly. Even while friends were abandoning him and questioning God's faithfulness, and enemies were in pursuit of him, David's trust in God yielded invaluable fruit. His circumstances were dark, but his heart and mind were free.
How can you disconnect your trust in God from circumstances, so that no matter what happens, you'll find your refuge in him?
What does it mean that God sustains us? How should that knowledge change the way we live?
You can read the whole Psalm at the bottom of this email.
Here are Wheatstone's requests and praises for this week:
Financial burdens - The longer we wait for God to resolve our financial crunch, the tougher they become to manage. He knows how to provide for our financial needs. Please pray that he acts quickly!
Grant Writing - Pray that God would give us favor with the foundations we approach.
Monthly Givers - Pray that God would increase monthly giving to cover all Wheatstone's recurring expenses by the end of 2016.
Gathering - Praise God for a wonderful time of discussion and prayer with alumni families. And pray for next month's retreat, where we'll practice cultivating gratitude for all God has done this year.
Torrey Academy Students Exploration - Pray for Peter as he leads Torrey Academy students through a viewing of The Tree of Life this Saturday.
Parents Small Group Guide - Pray for Peter as he finishes writing the curriculum that will form the foundation for Academy Families small groups. The curriculum is called "Peace That Passes Understanding."
Prayer Communities - Pray that God would bless both The Academy Alumni and Academy Families Prayer offerings, and give Veronica wisdom as she figures out how to get them functioning in a maximally spiritually helpful way.
This Week's Psalm
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
O LORD, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
Arise, O LORD!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the LORD;
your blessing be on your people! Selah