Good morning blogverse. This morning I'm in Philadelphia and it is sunny and a warm 70 degrees. How nice for the town to welcome me in such a temperate way.
For the next five days I will be taking part in the Youth Ministry Institute at Princeton Seminary. This weekend is the beginning of a two-year masters level certificate program. I'm so excited as to what I will learn and experience in the next few days, and a little nervous too. My family is great and supportive of all this, but I will miss them so much in the next week.
So in line with a prayer exercise what my friend Marlaena used when on her last mission team trip, I'd like to ask you to pray for me and my family in a specific manner over the next few days. This is a great opportunity, and I want to make the most of it. I know your prayer support will assist me in that goal greatly!
So here's the outline:
Saturday April 24:
Pray for Tara's heart. As today she will meet many new people and her cohort members, pray for God to give her eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to respond to all that God will reveal to them this week. And pray that God shapes and forms her attitudes, actions and words.
Sunday April 25:
Pray for Tara's home church as they take this day to lead Sunday school & worship.
Monday April 26:
Pray for Tara and her family's emotions. Pray for those with whom they will come into contact. Pray that they may give and receive the love of Jesus. Pray for unity and peace among the new cohort members.
Tuesday April 27:
Pray for mental focus and energy for Tara as she continues to study and take intensive classes.Pray for discernment as she reflects upon all that God is revealing.
Wednesday April 28:
Pray for the physical strength of Tara and her family. As her family shares extra duties in her absence, may they find support with each other. Pray for Tara as she transitions from student life and begins to think about the trip home.
Thursday April 29:
Pray for Tara and family generally, trusting that God knows all that is going on in their hearts, their minds, their souls, their bodies. Pray for Tara, Ian, Heather and Nigel specifically and what God is speaking into their life through this experience. Pray for Tara as she flies home at 5pm and arrives in Buffalo at 11pm. Pray for Ian as he drives to Buffalo to pick her up. Pray God give them traveling mercies as they make the way home together late Thursday night.
Friday April 30:
Pray for Tara and her family as they are reunited and have some time to share and rest before the return to work and ministry schedules on Sunday. Pray for Tara as she works to implement what she has learned and continues to learn with the Princeton YMI Cohort.
Thank you for your prayers and support during this time. I find it a little funny that me, a woman from a small town in western Ny, is having this opportunity to learn and grow! It is one more step in the adventure that God is leading. Please let me know if you have any specific prayer requests this week. You can leave them in the comment section and I will pray for you too!