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#PRAY127 04.06.20

This morning I read probably one of my favorite Psalms as I came across it in my daily reading. Psalm 139. Broken into three parts, the first section speaks of God’s omniscience (vs. 1-6), the second section speaks of His omnipresence (vs. 7-12), and the third section talks of His omnipotence (vs. 13-16).  

It’s one of my favorites because it plainly speaks to the grandeur, majesty, and power of God. There is no room for misinterpretation. 

  • He knows it all (He’s omniscient).
  • He’s everywhere at the same time (He’s omnipresent).
  • There’s nothing He can’t do (He’s omnipotent). 

​Since last Wednesday, Man Up Tampa Bay has been delivering meals to foster families all around the Bay area.

Between a generous donor and a willingness on the part of PDQ to extend a nice discount, at the time of this #PRAY127 email we have delivered 5750 chicken strips to 110 foster families who have a combined 443 children in their homes! The gratitude expressed from these families has been overwhelming.  

We ask every family on the phone and in person if there’s something we can be praying for, and the common thread we’re hearing is a simple but resonating word: sanity. During these strange and unpredictable times, there is a plea to remain strong in mind when circumstances seem to encourage anything but. 

I don’t know what was going on in David’s life when God inspired him to write Psalm 139. At times it seems like there are more questions than answers when it comes to knowing the mind of God. But I have lived long enough now and experienced the faithfulness of God enough times in my life that I have come to accept Psalm 139 as unfettered reality: He’s in complete and total control. 

Because I know that I know that I know God is in control, I know He can give me peace in the storm. And if He can give me peace, He can give anyone peace. In fact, isn’t that what Jesus promised? 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”– John 14:27

So today, as you think about this week’s #PRAY127 request, will you pray for peace to abound to foster parents?

  • Specifically, that you would pray for those families who Man Up serves in Tampa Bay and in SW Missouri. 
  • Generally, for foster parents all over the world who have answered the James 1:27 call and may be struggling with frustration, a short temper, a lack of empathy, or any other emotion that comes with parenting a child of trauma. 

Thank you again for your partnership in praying this #PRAY127 prayer! May you continue to hold on to Him during these strange and unprecedented times. 

Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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