God, wake us up!

I have to tell you a story about a girl whom I have the pleasure of helping at work. She is regularly struggling with her health and is often in and out of the hospital. However, her faith always remains firm and she is very faithful to the Sunday services…until recently. I had not seen her in a few weeks (which is very rare). I had tried to get a hold of her and had even knocked on her door to no avail.

This past Sunday I encouraged the volunteers to pray with me and simply ask God to work on the hearts of our residents. The service starts at 2 pm, and we began praying at 1:45 (you will see the relevance if you keep reading). We literally asked God to “wake up any residents who are sleeping and call them in.”

Towards the end of our prayer time, the girl rolled up in her wheel chair to pray with us. She then said this: “It was the weirdest thing, I was asleep and woke up suddenly at 1:45! I started to think about how much church I have been missing and realized that I haven’t even read my Bible or prayed lately. I realized that I had to come to church.”

Friends, James 5 tells us that “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Ask God to wake you up today and recognize what He is calling you to do, for whom He is calling you to intercede, and where He wants you to go!

A different kind of blog:

Have you ever bought a book online because it looked really good in the advertisement (or a friend recommended it) only to find that you were immensely disappointed? Long past are the days when we physically walk into a bookstore and look at all they have to offer. It is only in doing this that we can pick up the book and flip through it. We can look at other books that are beside it and be reminded of other options that we would not have typed into our internet browser. Going to a physical store allows us to get advice from sales people; people that have read the books and know authors similar to the ones we like.  I am writing today to tell you all that the times where we could smell the new book scent and hear the crinkling of pages as they are turned are not gone! 

Anyone in the Calgary area should never again make a misinformed purchase of a Christian resource. I want you all to check out Better Books and Bibles on 636 16th Ave NW. It is a new and used Christian bookstore which proudly states they are “for the growing Christian.” They have been in business since February 2012 (they bought all of the used books from Pilgrim Books, if you remember that store). Dawn is the manager and she and I have started a great working relationship. She is always very quick to help me when I need any purchase to bless the volunteers or clients whom I serve with at The Mustard Seed. Whenever I do a special event for our residents, she has helped with everything from special orders (both large and small) to gift cards to those new and used, hard-to-find books, as well as DVDs and books on CD. They proudly specialize in servicing every age group from kids to teens to students and seniors, as well as everyone in between. They even have Bible studies there!

However, my favorite reason for giving them my business is that they are committed to promoting local authors! As such, I will be doing my first, official book signing and information session at their store on October 14th from noon to 3pm. Please check it out if at all possible BUT DON’T DO IT JUST FOR ME. Please check out their website: https://www.betterbooksandbibles.com but, most importantly, WALK INTO the store some time. If you are not in this area, please support your local Christian bookstore. We need these businesses to keep our local communities thriving for Jesus!