Wear Your Pink Tutu!

Matthew 18 3

I had the opportunity to hear Carol Kuyendall tell the story of three-year-old Gracie floating into a room full of adults in her pink tutu at a Hearts At Home conference many years ago. Thousands of moms sat in the auditorium listening to Carol talk about the importance of having a childlike heart and not allowing self-consciousness keep us from being whom God created us to be. Several minutes after Carol completed her inspirational talk, she came back out on stage in her pink tutu receiving a long round of applause from the moms. I will never forget that moment because it was then I truly realized that the message is more important than the messenger. That day was a starting point for me as I determined to move away from self-consciousness and make decisions with self-confidence. I also know that was one of the key moments where I said to myself, “I want to do that! I want to inspire women!”

What is your pink tutu? What is it that you are supposed to be doing but you are afraid of what others think? Maybe it’s taking a college class when the other students are your kids’ ages. Maybe it’s taking an exercise class, but you’re worried about how you look. Trust me, I have taken a zumba class and everyone is too busy looking at the instructor’s feet to care about you. Maybe it a new haircut, but you have always worn your hair a particular way. Maybe it is teaching a Sunday School class, but you have not been in a classroom setting in years. What ever it is, talk to God, and see if the Holy Spirit is prompting you to stretch yourself, to move in a new direction, or to do something totally different.
I love what Carol wrote in the devotional. She said, “I don’t want to let self-consciousness grow bigger than self-confidence, so I vow to trust that where I am and who I am is delightful in God’s eyes.” So true!

One trap I found myself in is to compare my pink tutu with others’ pink tutus or to want to wear someone else’s ballerina outfit because she wears it so well. Won’t work. No one else’s pink tutu will fit me or you. God has created each of us uniquely. We must wear the pink tutu designed for us. Be inspired and be influenced by others’ self-confidence and creativity, but wear your own pink tutu.

So wear your pink tutu and have a beautiful dance as you journey through life growing in self-confidence. You NEVER know whom you may inspire.

Praying Part 4- Praying for our World Seven Prayers for our World

1 Timothy 2 1

Today is the final part in a four part series on prayer. We will be lifting up our world in prayer. Each day has a short prayer that you can pray for the world along with the Biblical reference. This is a list to get you started. Please add other requests that you have asked of God regarding the world in the comments below so we can add to our list.
Monday

O Father, please guide and direct our President, his advisors, the Congress, the Supreme Court, and other world leaders as they make decisions.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Tuesday

I pray, O Lord, about the media and its influence on the world. May its influence be a positive impact on the world.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Wednesday

Lord God, I lift up the Christian ministries around the world. May each continue to do your work, praying for your help and enjoying the blessings of serving you.

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:23-24

Thursday

Lord, I pray for people who face war, poverty famine, persecution, and natural disasters. Meet their needs, O Lord. Tug at my heart when there is something I can do to help.

Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. Proverbs 21:13

Friday

O Lord my God, thank you for our military men and women who fight against the wicked. Keep them safe as they work and fight to keep us safe.

The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion. Psalm 11:5

Saturday

God, I lift up Christians around the world. May they remember the greatest commandments and live them out.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39

Sunday

Father God, I pray for the missionaries around the world. Encourage them in the ministry.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4

Praying Part 3- Praying for our Communities Seven Prayers for our Communities

Philippians 4 6 2

Today is the third part in a four part series on prayer. We will be lifting up our communities in prayer. Next week, we will be praying for our world. Each day has a short prayer that you can pray for your community along with the Biblical reference. This is a list to get you started. Please add other requests that you have asked of God regarding community needs in the comments below so we can add to our list. Blessings to you as you pray on behalf of your corner of the world.

Monday

Mighty God, I pray that children grow academically and socially in a safe learning environment.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

Tuesday

God, I pray that church members would be burdened to pray for one another, their communities, and the world.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

Wednesday

Father, I pray for church programs that assist the youth, the elderly, the hungry, and needy. May the workers have strength to continue blessing those in need.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38

Thursday

Lord, keep our communities safe, and may we be known for caring for one another. Thank you for the men and women who keep us safe.

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Friday

Heavenly Father, bless the families in my community. May spouses love one another and children be cherished.

Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is the Lord. Psalm 144:15

Saturday

Faithful Father, help us show the love of Jesus to our neighbors.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. 1 John 4:7-8

Sunday

Gracious God, I lift up the pastors in my community as they share the Good News with their congregations.

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. Ephesians 6:19

Praying-Part 2-Praying for our Families Seven Prayers for our Families

James 5 16

Today is the second part in a four part series on prayer. Next week we will be lifting up our communities in prayer, and the following week, we will be praying for our world. Each day has a short prayer that you can pray for a family member or members along with the Biblical reference. This is a list to get you started. Please add other requests that you have asked of God regarding a family member in the comments below so we can add to our list. Blessings to you as you pray on behalf of your family.

Monday

Merciful Father, I lift up marriages and pray that husbands and wives would love and respect each other.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Tuesday

Lord, please protect my family, guarding their paths.

For he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones. Proverbs 2:8

Wednesday

Most High God, I pray my children obey their parents.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 6:1

Thursday

Father God, I lift up my family members who are sick and ask that you will heal them completely.

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. James 5:14-15

Friday

I pray for parents, Lord, that we would have strength in the midst of our busy schedules and that You would infuse us with your strength.

But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

Saturday

Lord, may all of my family members, both immediate and extended, have love for one another.

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-9

Sunday

Sovereign Lord, I pray that my children will know you as their Savior.

From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15