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        (04/13/2000) Bed of roses
hello prayer warriors

1. prayer note: bed of roses

[Romans 5:3,4]
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope. (NIV)

I recently heard a message by Dr. John Lim. He said
that God is the one who invented maths: subtraction,
addition, division and multiplication.

The human body has to go through the process of
elimination for it to remain healthy and grow. The
human cell needs to divide and multiply so that your
body can grow and repair itself. To grow in Christ and
in character, there also needs to be a healthy process
of us going through the elimination process or
division process. What happens when the human body
cannot eliminate properly? The toxic will build up and
we will die.

Sometimes we go through difficult times in which we
feel that we are giving up something, or that part of
our lives are destroyed because of things beyond our
control. God is still in control and He allows us to
go through the process. God is interested in our
character and there are many scriptures in the bible
talking about us presenting ourselves mature in
Christ. When we go through suffering, we need to
persevere which will in turn build character and in
turn build hope.

That was what happened to Joseph. He went through the
growing up process at very rapid speed when his
brothers sold him to be a slave and he went from one
betrayal to another, when his boss' wife blamed him
for something that he did not do and he was imprisoned
[Genesis 39]. He could chose to persevere, which he
did, or he could chose to be bitter and not grow up,
which was what happened to Absalom, David's son [2
Samuel 18

Let us let the processes that God allow us to go
through in our lives BUILD us up to persevere, to
develop character and to have this hope. Life may not
be a bed of roses, but everyday we are maturing in
character in Christ and we receive His hope and His
enabling grace for a better today and a better

2. New prayer requests
i. Leading my fiancee closer to God -- Pauline
God is Good. God is Great. My fiance Glyn is opening
to the Lord's Love, but still needs encouragement, and
support. I invited him to attend our Easter worship,
and he accepted with enthusiasm; he even asked why I
didn't invite him last year!

After much discussion, he is glad and respects that I
am strong in faith. He is in agreement that after our
marriage, our family should be raised in an active
Christian home.

Please pray for Glyn in his journey to God -- he still
needs your prayers. And please pray for me -- that I
can assist and support his journey, that I will have
the wisdom and knowledge to answer his questions, and
that I will have the strength to endure this journey
with him.

3. Continue to pray for:
i. Pray for healing -- tillyotoole
I have a boyfriend who is a quadraplegic. His name is
Dartanier Patton. He was injured in a diving accident.
He wasn't saved at the time, but now is. We are
believing the Lord for total and complete healing.
Please join us in praying for this. We stay in the
word and know that healing is always God's will. We
stand and hold fast to his promises. He has improved
slowly over time, but has a long way to go. He
receives therapy now but never did before. We know
that God is faithful.
Also, I am his sole provider and sometimes this gets
to be too much. He can't really do anything for
himself. I have to do a lot of physical lifting as
well as manage the household and tend to him . Please
pray for strength, mentally and physically for me. We
will endure until the end.

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In Christ,
Thursday, April 13, 2000 1:59:38 PM   waihun
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