Dear Friends and Family:
As November draws to a close, we have so much to be grateful for.
Having Thanksgiving in Boston with our son, daughter-in-law and new grand daughter was delightful! Being able to visit my mother who is recovering well from a broken hip and seeing her smiling, settling in back at our house, seeing old friends and making new friends.
But I wonder if you are experiencing the battles and seemingly unending difficulties that we are? It’s almost becoming funny, that the moment we solve one huge problem and feel we can relax-BOOM!- another one hits.
And they all seek to distract us from the things that really ARE important. Like prayer, worship, fellowship with God.
This is our back garden – can you see the little deer? There’s a family of them that live back there by the cross. In a way, our succeeding in all the recent battles secures the safety of their home. I think that is the way of intercessory prayer, too. People willingly taking up the battle in prayer wins
peace for many others who are unaware of what it costs. We are praying with a couple of icons these days -like this detail of Saint Anthony, the father of monasticism.
He was a great intercessor for his time and withstood many temptations and assaults from the demons. In 2 Chronicles 5:13 when Solomon completed the House of the Lord, and brought the Ark of the covenant in, it was the duty of of the trumpeters and singers to praise the Lord saying “For He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” I think this is the task – no matter how awful the onslaught is, to sing praise that God is good, He is always good, and His steadfast love endures forever. When the people praised God with those words, the Glory of the Lord came down and filled the temple.
We are the Temple and what could be better than being filled with the Presence of the Lord? This photo is from the blessing of the icons and the iconographers’ hands at Saint Nicholas’ Church where I teach, in Cohoes last month. It was a joy and honor to be there.
We are planning for a January start for a house Church in our home in Philmont, a small discipleship group, and Michael will be doing some Bible teaching. We plan to be praying and asking to see if God is calling us to start a Global Awakening satellite school of ministry in this area in September.
Back in Bristol, we are so encouraged by all the prayer efforts that are happening there. It seems that people are uniting across the denominations to pray together – outside and inside churches. Dec 1 there is a UK wide prayer on the streets which some of our friends in Bristol are participating in, and John Mulinde’s World Trumpet Mission is having a strong prayer presence too. There are many more prayer events and we are really thrilled to hear about each one, and we pray together with each one.
We are also seeing a very powerful presence of the Lord in some of the prayer meetings at St. Michael’s Church in Colonie and experienced being held on the floor by His Presence. We have both started prayer walking on the streets and find it a way to hear God’s heartbeat for the village. There was recently a death in this community which has shaken the village as it happened so quickly and it has opened up opportunities for us to pray for people. It has also revealed a strong masonic presence in the village. The words keep coming to my mind as we discern what God is doing here from a prayer session in June, “Build an Ark, in Philmont. A place of my powerful presence.” So we ask for your prayers for this that we would build God’s ark here, it so desperately needs it.
I prayed for a lady in the drug store in Boston the other day for her broken wrist, she literally said before I started to pray for her, ‘I wish someone would come along and bless me and get rid of all these demons attacking me.’ God had it all planned for me to be there. We always need to remember God has so much more for us than we can possibly imagine and when it seems to be so dark we need to hold on to God with all our heart, for He is really all there is and His love endures forever.
We hope you have a Happy Christmas with the true blessings of the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ our savior, born so humbly yet full of so much power in each of our lives today.
PS We REALLY want and need your prayers!!! It makes a huge difference!! And we will continue to pray for you too! Love, Christine and Michael.
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We praise God for all He does in and through you and your willing hearts! May He continue to bless you body, mind, and spirit.
Wow. Christine and Michael so good and encouraging to read all your news. Love your photos too. Yes it does feel ongoingly like a battle and I agree that prayer is the key. Fiona is going to be doing a monthly house of prayer, or already is- and yes there is so much going on and so many needs. May we all know God’s continuing love, goodness and amazing power to transform.
with love and best wishes for a beautiful Christmas as you enjoy family life again
Nathalie and Mike
Hi Christine and Michael:
Great to hear from you as always. I couldn’t agree more that Praise, Adoration and Thanksgiving are the best spiritual weapons that we have. Declaring God’s Goodness always helps refocus my perspective, especially in the midst of trials.
Thanks, Deb. Still praying for you and Bill!
Great blog. Best wishes