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October 28, 2022

Joseph's master took him and put him in prison...But...the Lord was with him...and gave him success in whatever he did. (Genesis 39: 20-21,23)

When God allows us to go to prison because of our service to Him   it is nearly the most blessed place in the world that we could be, because He goes with us.  Joseph seems to have known this truth.  He did not sulk, become discouraged and rebellious,  or engage in self-pity by thinking "everything was against him."  If he had done so, the prison warden would never have trusted him.

May we remember that if self-pity is allowed to set in, we will never be used by God again until it is totally removed.  Joseph simply placed everything in joyful trust upon the Lord, and as a result, the prison warden placed everything into Joseph's care.

Lord Jesus, when the prison door closes behind me, keep me trusting in You with complete and overflowing joy.  Give Your work through me great success, and even in prison make me "free indeed" (John 8:36) 

Streams in the Desert
 
There are many times in my life where I have had the gates close on my cell and I have had to trust God to do it all.  Sometimes in illness, sometimes in finances, and even sometimes in the impossible He has managed to use each and every circumstance to bring glory to himself and make a believer out of me.  Those times when I can't take another step are the times, I see Him the most.  (Especially in hindsight LOL)

     Funny story...  Once when I was running a Christian bookstore and raising 8 kids, I got a phone call at 11:00 PM about my new and difficult teenage daughter.  UGH!  I was so tired I just wanted to cry, and I told God, "It's too late and I'm too tired to deal with this tonight."  He said, "Good, then you won't get in my way."  I went into her room, and we had the breakthrough talk that I never could have come up with on my own.  I think of that often.  God uses us in our weakness.

Measure your life by loss and not by gain,
Not by the wine drunk but by the wine poured forth. 
For love's strength is found in love's sacrifice,
And he who suffers most has most to give.


   Lord, thank you.   Help us, Lord, to come together in prayer, all of us tired and weak but through you we are strong.  Take our prayers for the students and faculty of Faith and answer them in the way only you can.  When we don't know what to pray, Lord, we trust you to work all the better with the hidden things we can't see.  Again, we ask that every student be saved and learn to walk closely with you.  Thank you again and again, Amen
We want you to know that you are an important part of the Faith Family! As grandparents, you act as a source of encouragement, support, wisdom, and unconditional love for our students. It is our desire to encourage you and connect with you further through this prayer ministry. These weekly emails will be written by a couple who have been faithful members of this school for decades, Jim and Sue Venters. We hope that through this brief devotional and shared prayers, the grandparents of FCS students will form a community in Christ, joining together in the shepherding of our beloved children and grandchildren. 
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