Patti: To the sisters June 4

Dear sisters,

     I pray that the Lord will transform your hearts, minds, and souls to be like Christ, and that your strength would prove to be as strong as your spiritual maturity in Him.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

     One thing I would encourage you in is to read your Bibles, or have someone read the Bible to you every day.  Read more than one chapter, read more than two chapters.  When you read, think about the details by asking yourselves questions of who, what, where, when, why, and how the Scriptures are written for us.  Write down the answers to these on paper to keep what is there, how to apply it to our lives, along with a prayer from your heart to the Lord.

     Always give the Lord Jesus Christ and His Father first place in your life (Genesis 1:1a; Rom. 11:36).  Some day your own desires will cause you to wake up and sing a song of praise to Him (Psalm 108:1-4), pray (Colossians 4:2-6), read (Ephesians 3:4), and study (2 Timothy 2:15); then pray again (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  I am sure that your day will be full of loving service to our (yours and mine) God and Savior (1 Timothy 5:10). 

     You will be thinking of others as more important than yourself (Philippians 2:1-5). So your life will be a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-3) acceptable to our God.  This is my prayer for you; please pray for me also, that I may preach the gospel boldly, gently, and clearly to others here and to live as Christ lived also.

     Do not visit each other to talk about unnecessary things, to gossip, or be idle (1 Timothy 5:13, 14).  When you visit, encourage each other (Hebrews 10:24,25,36) to know the Lord, hear His voice (understand the word of God), and follow Him.  He is our example, and He has given us many examples of godly women in the Scriptures (Sarah, Ruth, Esther, Mary, Martha…). 

     Trust in Him and His word (Proverbs 3:5, 6).  Do not listen to or follow any other teachings or ideas (Luke 14:26).  That is why we must study the word of God to show ourselves approved to God. No one’s desires or ideas should be more important than the Lord’s.

     Love,

     Iya