Uganda Prayer Guide: Day 5 - March 31, 2017

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All In Prayer Booklet: Week 4 - Friday

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Week 4 (Friday)
Praying For God’s Power

Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,”\

As you pray, please pray for Austin Elementary and other opportunities in Grand Prairie:
·   Staff (salvation, spiritual influence, family health, emotional stability)
·   Students (salvation, education, family dynamics)
·   Parents (salvation, family involvement, grace and wisdom)
·   Judgment House outreach
·   More opportunities to bless the city
“Father, I believe You are loving, compassionate, powerful, and glorious enough to soften hearts and inspire change. Your grace and mercy are enough to bring repentance and revival. We pray for the filling of Your Spirit in our lives that we may participate in Your mighty work. Use us powerfully in the city of Grand Prairie. Help us to believe in Your power. Help us to trust in your heart.” 

Uganda Prayer Guide: Day 4 - March 30, 2017

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All In Prayer Booklet: Week 4 - Thursday

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Week 4 (Thursday)
Praying For God’s Power

Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.”

As you pray, please pray for our allies in the effort to reach our world:
·   MANNA Worldwide
·   Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Prairie
·   Lifeline Shelter for Families
·   Foreign Missionaries
·   Iglesia Bautista La Esperanza in Irving

“Father, I believe You are loving, compassionate, powerful, and glorious enough to soften hearts and inspire change. Your grace and mercy are enough to bring repentance and revival. We pray for the filling of Your Spirit in our lives that we may participate in Your mighty work. Use us powerfully in the city of Grand Prairie. Help us to believe in Your power. Help us to trust in your heart.” 

Uganda Prayer Guide: Day 3 - March 29, 2017

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All In Prayer Booklet: Week 4 - Wednesday

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Week 4 (Wednesday)
Praying For God’s Power

2 Corinthians 4:4 “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

As you pray, please pray for the lost in our city:
·   Opportunity to engage in relationships with unbelievers in Grand Prairie
·   That You would use their pain as an open window for the Gospel
·   Conviction and repentance
·   For the unsaved to see Your glory
·   Thank You for the power of the Gospel 
“Father, I believe You are loving, compassionate, powerful, and glorious enough to soften hearts and inspire change. Your grace and mercy are enough to bring repentance and revival. We pray for the filling of Your Spirit in our lives that we may participate in Your mighty work. Use us powerfully in the city of Grand Prairie. Help us to believe in Your power. Help us to trust in your heart.” 

Romania Missions Part 1 by Steph & Chris Watkins

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Chris and Stephanie Watkins began attending Calvary Baptist Church in April 2016 and reside in Grand Prairie, TX with their daughter, Ema.  The Watkins volunteer to teach regularly in the Boulevard (4 years old through kindergarten) area of Kid City.  They like to spend time outside in their community garden, camping, and spending time with friends playing games or watching movies.


In the spring of 2003, Chris was taking his first missions classes in seminary.  After each class he would be so excited about a new place we could go. He was onboard for missions and eager to launch.  He was not held back that he was in his first year of seminary out of four total.  Looking back, I believe this is when God first started cultivating Chris’ heart for missions. Mine on the other hand took some time. I probably told him “you’re crazy” more than a few times. Missions didn’t really “fit in” with what I thought our plans for our family should look like. I have a good friend from high school who was a missions major.  She planned to go into full-time overseas missions. I thought, “That’s awesome for her” and truly did see her excelling in the field, but I still didn’t think missions were for me.  After college, my friend moved to Romania and that’s when we started to hear about the country from a more personal side.  We visited in the fall of 2004 and fell in love with the people, culture, and country. I believe God used this trip to plant the seeds of missions in my heart.  Chris and I were both still in school so it wasn’t time just yet.

When we visited Romania in 2004 to say it was eye opening would be an understatement. There’s something about actually seeing with your eyes, smelling with your nose (yes smelling), holding with your arms, and hearing the sounds around you. There were street children everywhere; begging for food, money, candy - anything to fill their stomachs or hand off to their parents. If they weren’t begging, they were winding between you pick-pocketing to see what surprises they could find. Children were everywhere. I vividly remember going to dinner at a Romanian pizza parlor (not really similar to our pizza). The restaurant was covered with huge windows and our group was seated right near one. Throughout our entire meal there was a little blond boy just staring at us. Literally staring; big eyes peering at us as we ate. It was heartbreaking and also a good food suppressant! That little one went to bed with a full pizza belly that night. There was a noticeable difference between the Romanian street children and the Roma (or Gypsy) children on the street. The Romanian kiddos would instantly pocket the money or eat the food you gave them or they “found.” The Roma children would immediately take whatever you handed them to an adult that was peering nearby. In 2004, children and babies who were abandoned were left in the hospital until they were three. As long as their parents came to “visit” them once a year they could not be “abandoned/orphaned” and their parents would still be entitled to the money the government gives the families until the child is three. After three they went into orphanages. I should mention that adoption to The States, Americans, was closed at this time. Romanian babies that were abandoned were quickly adopted by other Romanians.  Roma babies on the other hand were not. We were not allowed to enter an orphanage while we were there.

Being in a third world country can sometimes challenge what you thought you believed. The churches in Romania are much more charismatic then what you would find in most churches in America. Taking away money and niceties can strip people down to the bare. People see blessings so much easier than Americans tend to. God is all they have.  Romania’s national religion is Greek Orthodox; yes, it is a religion. While we were in the city we visited a few churches (buildings). These churches literally have gold all over them. They are beautiful! They have huge paintings, beautiful stained glass work, gardens, old beautiful wooden pews, the d├ęcor was amazing. We heard stories of people hiding in their homes as the priests were knocking on their doors, because the priests would make these visits and the members were required to pay them. The church in Romania appears to be all about money. They do not believe in helping the people, and were mostly looking after themselves. The church is stuck in much legalism and even more in traditions. The Roma had their own church, but again it was very much about money. The prosperity message was mostly taught from the pulpit. Which pew you sat in in church depended on your “sins” and if the pastor had deemed you forgiven or not. The ones in front were doing good, the ones in the back not so well. The cool thing is we met missionaries from all over, obviously a few from all over The States, but also from The Netherlands, Sweden and England. God IS working through His church- His people.

In 2005-06 my friend started a foundation in Romania, specifically working with the Roma.  She asked us to sit on the board and being board members gave us an inside look at what was going on with Romanian laws, politics, needs and culture.  

It wasn’t until September 2011 that God opened the doors for us to go back to Romania again.  By 2011, Romania had just started a “foster care” system. Back in 2007, Romania had become part of the European Union. One of the stipulations of the EU was for Romania to “clean up” the street children problem. We saw some children out but not nearly as many. The hospitals were “cleaning out” the children which meant dumping many of them at last known addresses they had for their families. Some even with people who happened to be living at the last known address and had no relation or idea who the child was. Those who didn’t get “dumped” or left and went into the foster care program and problems too. The main problem being Romanians (Eastern Europeans) do not think highly of the Roma. So these children were not being treated with the most love or respect that should be. We spent most of our time in the little village of Tinca where the ministry we were board members of was placed. We were able to spend a lot of time with the children of the center, their families and others in the Roma village.

Chris and I felt the NEED to do something; to listen and to act.  If we’re being completely honest, there was a HUGE fear of fundraising of that magnitude, which kept us from leaping sooner than we did. We would constantly talk about the people, and the need, and being there, but felt completely stuck. We were there for ten days and leaving was one of the hardest things we did. God had burdened both our hearts for the needs there and finally fundraising was starting to look not so hard.  Summer of 2011 was a season of much thought and prayer for us.  We were feeling a heavy burden for the needy but were not sure where God wanted us. We came up with two options: (1) move to West Dallas, share Jesus, and help in one of the poorest areas of our city or (2) move to Salt Lake where Chris had been offered a job in one of the heaviest populated Mormon areas. Taking the job in Salt Lake meant we would have to fundraise for his salary. Then, sitting on the plane in September of 2011 heading back to the States, God threw another idea in the mix.

This idea was the one that burdened our hearts for many years, but we never thought the doors would open; becoming missionaries to the Roma. We struggled a bit with “are we pushing God?”, “does He really want us there”, or “are we following our own hearts desires?” We prayed, asked our community to pray, and finally in December of 2011 we both felt at peace as we sent out our first round of fundraising letters with a date of leaving for Romania in January 2013 - almost nine years after our first visit and 11 years after Chris’ missions class! 

Fundraising is a full-time job. Chris and I both worked stressful full-time jobs where overtime was the norm. Yet, the money kept coming in. We would talk about Romania and someone would come up and hand us a $500 check or write to us and make a $10 monthly commitment. God basically did all the fundraising. For Chris and I this felt like confirmation from Him letting us know Romania was where He wanted us.

Chris and I left the States on January 3, 2013 and arrived in Budapest, Hungary on the 5th. Budapest is the closest airport to Tinca, Romania; the place we would call home. We had arranged for a driver for the additional four to five hours it would take us to get there. Our first three months we lived in the team home, “Katartizo”, a six bedroom home that my friend’s ministry turned into a location teams could stay when they came on trips. In March, we moved into our permanent home which backed up to the Roma Village. Tinca, the “town” we lived in, was too small to be declared a town or city, it was a village. We had two main streets with one stop sign. We frequently walked from one side to the other several times a day, which was just at a mile. This was the norm for most villages in the area and the nearest “big” city was a drive of 45 minutes. In Tinca, the two main streets and right off of those were where the Romanians lived. Romania is still a country of segregation when it comes to the Roma. The Roma had their own section, which basically backed up to the Romanian part of the village.

Tinca had the biggest Roma population in our county. Roma, are nomadic by nature; they go where they can find food or money until they are kicked out or get bored and want to move on. As you drive through Romania, you see a few mud brick or falling down wooden shacks here and there. You see a lot of covered horse drawn carts as they are traveling, although not rare to see a Romanian in a horse and buggy too. What this means is for Tinca to have a Roma village of 3,000 was huge!  Plus, that’s only the 3,000 that were “documented”.  Tinca was also a village  human traffickers would frequent because a Gypsy gone missing is really not a big deal to them. The Roma village did not have running water, kitchens, or outhouses. Basically they were one room, falling down, critter infested huts. There was a constant stream of liquid running down the sides of the Roma dirt streets. In the winter as you walked in the Roma village you just kept telling yourself “it’s just mud, it’s just mud” knowing full well what you were stepping in. Between the Roma village and the livestock you can only imagine the smell; Romania’s distinct scent will forever be engraved in our noses. Our home, which mercifully did have indoor plumbing and a kitchen, backed up to the Roma Village. We walked in almost every night and spent time with our Roma families. We were also the first people they went to when they needed something.

In the next edition, we’ll share a more candid view of what daily life for the Roma looked like and how living out the Great Commission affected not just the Roma, but us as well.

Ready for Romania Missions Part 2 by Steph & Chris Watkins?  Click here!

Uganda Prayer Guide: Day 2 - March 28, 2017

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All In Prayer Booklet: Week 4 - Tuesday

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Week 4 (Tuesday)
Praying For God’s Power

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”

As you pray, please pray for Satan’s strongholds to come down:
·   Freedom where there is addiction
·   Boldness where there is fear
·   Strength where there is weakness
·   Victory where there is a defeated spirit
·   Passion where there is depression
 “Father, I believe You are loving, compassionate, powerful, and glorious enough to soften hearts and inspire change. Your grace and mercy are enough to bring repentance and revival. We pray for the filling of Your Spirit in our lives that we may participate in Your mighty work. Use us powerfully in the city of Grand Prairie. Help us to believe in Your power. Help us to trust in your heart.” 

Uganda Prayer Guide: Day 1 - March 27, 2017

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All In Prayer Booklet: Week 4 - Monday

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Week 4 (Monday)
Praying For God’s Power

Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”

As you pray, please pray for the filling of the Holy Spirit:
·   Submission to the Lordship of Christ
·   A fresh experience of God’s goodness and glory
·   Supernatural boldness from the Holy Spirit for witnessing
·   Discernment to know where the Lord is working in hearts and lives
·    Renewed joy and passion for Christ and His people
·   Revival and renewal

“Father, I believe You are loving, compassionate, powerful, and glorious enough to soften hearts and inspire change. Your grace and mercy are enough to bring repentance and revival. We pray for the filling of Your Spirit in our lives that we may participate in Your mighty work. Use us powerfully in the city of Grand Prairie. Help us to believe in Your power. Help us to trust in your heart.” 

Uganda Pastors Training Trip Prayer Guide & Thank You

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All In Prayer Booklet: Week 4 - Sunday

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Week 4 (Sunday)
Praying For God’s Power

Joshua 1:2-3 “…now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you…”

The book of Joshua is the story of God’s chosen people being led to take ground from their enemies in the Promised Land. This story has many applications for our New Testament church.
·         Jesus Christ is our Joshua. “Jesus” is actually the common Greek form of the Hebrew name “Joshua.”
·         The Church is Christ’s army. 2 Timothy 2:3-4 “Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”
·         We Have an Enemy. Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
·         This Enemy Has Territory. 2 Timothy 2:25-26 “Correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
·         We Are To Invade This Enemy’s Territory. Matt. 28:18-19 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. God ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…”

This week we pray for boldness, clarity, and fruitfulness in our Gospel outreach to the city of Grand Prairie.

“The combination of powerful truth wrapped in self-sacrificing love is what God uses to transform people.”
-Paul David Tripp

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 3 - Saturday

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Week 3 (Saturday)
Praying For Our City

Philippians 4:6-7 “…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Today, we encourage you to pray for tomorrow’s worship and whatever else the Holy Spirit puts in your heart.
“Lord, thank you that You are sovereign over all. Thank you for the freedoms we enjoy in this beautiful country. I believe that our leaders’ hearts are in Your hand. I believe You will use them as Your instruments. I ask that You would grant them wisdom as they serve this country. Be glorified, for our city, nation, and world are Yours.”

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 3 - Friday

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Week 3 (Friday)
Praying For Our City

Ephesians 6:24 “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.”

As you pray, please pray for these specific requests:
·         Gospel preaching churches in Grand Prairie
·         Christian non-profit organizations
·         Race relations
·         God’s shalom in our city and families 
“Lord, thank you that You are sovereign over all. Thank you for the freedoms we enjoy in this beautiful country. I believe that our leaders’ hearts are in Your hand. I believe You will use them as Your instruments. I ask that You would grant them wisdom as they serve this country. Be glorified, for our city, nation, and world are Yours.”

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 3 - Thursday

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Week 3 (Thursday)

Praying For Our City

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

As you pray please pray for these specific requests:
·         Steve Dye- Police Departments Chief
·         Grand Prairie Police Department
·         Police Officers and families
·         Robert Fite- Fire Department Chief
·         Fire Fighters and families

“Lord, thank you that You are sovereign over all. Thank you for the freedoms we enjoy in this beautiful country. I believe that our leaders’ hearts are in Your hand. I believe You will use them as Your instruments. I ask that You would grant them wisdom as they serve this country. Be glorified, for our city, nation, and world are Yours.”

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 3 - Wednesday

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Week 3 (Wednesday)
Praying For Our City

Psalm 127:3 “Children are a heritage from the Lord…”

As you pray please pray for these specific requests:
·         Betsy DeVos- U.S. Secretary of Education
·         School board of Grand Prairie
·         Susan Simpson Hull- Grand Prairie Superintendent
·         Grand Prairie Public Schools’ faculty and families
·         Grand Prairie Private Schools’ faculty and families
“Lord, thank you that You are sovereign over all. Thank you for the freedoms we enjoy in this beautiful country. I believe that our leaders’ hearts are in Your hand. I believe You will use them as Your instruments. I ask that You would grant them wisdom as they serve this country. Be glorified, for our city, nation, and world are Yours.”

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 3 - Tuesday

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Week 3 (Tuesday)
Praying For Our City

Romans 13:1 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”

As you pray, please pray for these specific requests:
·         Ron Jensen- Mayor
·         Tom Hart- City Manager
·         City Council
·         Government Staff

“Lord, thank you that You are sovereign over all. Thank you for the freedoms we enjoy in this beautiful country. I believe that our leaders’ hearts are in Your hand. I believe You will use them as Your instruments. I ask that You would grant them wisdom as they serve this country. Be glorified, for our city, nation, and world are Yours.”


All In Prayer Booklet: Week 3 - Monday

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Week 3 (Monday)
Praying For Our City

I Timothy 2:1-2 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

As you pray please pray for these specific requests:
·         President Trump and his administration
·         Lawmakers and court system
·         Governor Abbott
·         Elected representatives
·         Military and their families

“Lord, thank you that You are sovereign over all. Thank you for the freedoms we enjoy in this beautiful country. I believe that our leaders’ hearts are in Your hand. I believe You will use them as Your instruments. I ask that You would grant them wisdom as they serve this country. Be glorified, for our city, nation, and world are Yours.”


All In Prayer Booklet: Week 3 - Sunday

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Week 3 (Sunday)
Praying For Our City

Jeremiah 29:4-7  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

Here in Jeremiah 29 we find the Jewish people in Babylon- having been deported there by King Nebuchadnezzar and his conquering armies. Some people were pressuring them to assimilate; to fully absorb themselves into Babylonian culture. Others were pressuring them to segregate; to avoid any investment in Babylon at all costs. But God had a different command.
God said, “I want you to make lives in Babylon. Serve it, bless it, seek its welfare. I also want you to retain your unique identity as my people in the city. I want you to be in the city but not of the city.” But what did He mean by verse 7? “And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.”
The Hebrew word, “Peace” (shalom) literally means, ‘Welfare, completeness, health, prosperity, rest, harmony, wholeness, tranquility, fullness. Flourishing in every single aspect of life: physical spiritual, mental, emotional.’
When we seek the shalom of the city in which God places us, we too receive shalom. 82 years ago, God sovereignly planted a church in Grand Prairie, TX. This week we pray for the people, leaders, institutions, and future of our city. How can we best seek its peace?
“If we have not paid our dues by years of making positive contributions to culture, we simply do not have the cultural clout to pontificate about cultural crisis. Unless we start serving our cities, they’re not going to listen to us. The days of going door to door and expecting people to listen to us because we have some sense of morality are over.” –Tim Keller

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 2 - Saturday

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Week 2 (Saturday)
Praying For Wisdom

Proverbs 3:13-18 “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

Today, we encourage you to listen to the Holy Spirit and pray as you are led.

“God, I believe that Your ways are infinitely higher than my ways and Your thoughts are infinitely higher than my thoughts. So I am asking for Your wisdom. I want to trade in the faulty wisdom of this world for the perfect wisdom from You. Lead Calvary Baptist Church according to the direction of Your choosing, and give us the humility to accept whatever that might be. Show us Your will and give us Your wisdom.”

All In Prayer Booklet: Week 2 - Friday

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Week 2 (Friday)
Praying For Wisdom

I Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad w

As you pray please pray for these specific requests:
·         Give me wisdom to view my problems as opportunities
·         Give me wisdom to learn from my pain
·         Give me wisdom not to withdraw from community in seasons of trial
·         Give me wisdom not to run, fight, or medicate when I’m suffering
·         Give me wisdom to share the insights I’ve gained through suffering
·         Thank you for counting me worthy to share in Christ’s suffering 

“God, I believe that Your ways are infinitely higher than my ways and Your thoughts are infinitely higher than my thoughts. So I am asking for Your wisdom. I want to trade in the faulty wisdom of this world for the perfect wisdom from You. Lead Calvary Baptist Church according to the direction of Your choosing, and give us the humility to accept whatever that might be. Show us Your will and give us Your wisdom.”