Yesterday the PRAYER CALL was amazing!  I tell you there is nothing like "not knowing" people but all crying out the the same LORD!  It was powerful.  I cried many times.  Thank God for mute!  I would tell you all about it, but it wouldn't do it justice.  Hearing those that are my bloggy sisters was the best part.  Just the heart of familiar momma's crying out to God!  The unfamiliar voices blessed me just as much.  Male and female. Crying out for justice. 
Here is the latest update from Amy:  Progress & Thanks 
and I wanted to share this devotion today.  It meant so much to me and made me really think about COST!

February 8, 2010
The Cost of Sanctification
May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely . . . —1 Thessalonians 5:23
When we pray, asking God to sanctify us, are we prepared to measure up to what that really means? We take the word sanctification much too lightly. Are we prepared to pay the cost of sanctification? The cost will be a deep restriction of all our earthly concerns, and an extensive cultivation of all our godly concerns. Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view. It means to secure and to keep all the strength of our body, soul, and spirit for God’s purpose alone. Are we really prepared for God to perform in us everything for which He separated us? And after He has done His work, are we then prepared to separate ourselves to God just as Jesus did? "For their sakes I sanctify Myself . . ." ( John 17:19 ). The reason some of us have not entered into the experience of sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of sanctification from God’s perspective. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the nature that controlled Him will control us. Are we really prepared for what that will cost? It will cost absolutely everything in us which is not of God.

Are we prepared to be caught up into the full meaning of Paul’s prayer in this verse? Are we prepared to say, "Lord, make me, a sinner saved by grace, as holy as You can"? Jesus prayed that we might be one with Him, just as He is one with the Father (see John 17:21-23 ). The resounding evidence of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life is the unmistakable family likeness to Jesus Christ, and the freedom from everything which is not like Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s work in us?


 This made me reflect on the families adopting from Uganda that I know are effected. I think overwhelmingly as I read the blog I feel that this is the case.  They are willing to do whatever for God's purpose. 

What about me?




Andrea said...

Hope you have a wonderful week.
Blessings, andrea

Sande said...

'Humble yourselves and pray'. Yesterday was profound.

Folk were there to ask our Daddy for change, to be the hands and feet that interupt lies with Hiz truth, to humble ourselves enough to know that we can't be unattatch to the 'vine', to our Father and invertervene with His power.

And it was hightened because of our anonminity. There was no room for any individual platform; only for Hiz body to come as one voice and when two or three are present, He is there in the midst...

...don't know about others but I believe where His presence is, not much remains broken.

Janet said...


I am mentoring my sister in law. She is in need of help, now. She is willing to let God change her His way. I basically told her the same thing but... not so... deep!

We will not attain (sp?) perfection in this life. We should ALWAYS be striving to be like Him. Less of me, more of Him.

Beautiful! (Mess)


James 1:27 Family said...

Thank you, Jen. I know God heard all of our prayers. We don't know what His plans are but we know that His plans are for good. Thank you for supporting us through prayers and amazing words of encouragement. Sarah is a child of so many, not only us. She has so many "mothers" and so many "fathers" and one Amazing Father who loves her best.

Much love in Jesus,

Deborah Ann said...

The prayer time sounds amazing! Sorry I missed it. What a great way to come together in Jesus name and lift up all the needs.

Thanks too, for this word on sanctification. I really need to chew on this for a while...

Deborah Ann said...

Got sumpin' for you at my blog!