Good morning.

There is a wonderful and significant prayer that American children from days gone by used to learn:

“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep…”

The Scriptures suggest there are guardian angels who intervene in our daily lives from a mandate by God to watch over us:

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them (Ps 34:7).

Jesus also acknowledges this reality:

“See that you do not despise any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven *their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” Ma 18:10

*note: their angels

I hope this reminder encourages you today. Further, if the angels have heavenly assignments here on earth, then we may assume this is how God has set things up: there are unique daily opportunities only given to us by God.

Here is where I find the lion’s share of my living with a lack of awareness. The assignment I receive in the middle of my mundane, and everyday schedule is the most difficult one. Going on a mission trip to Spain in May, I can say that I’m more aware of what’s going on around me. Thinking about it, I’m also more dialed into what the Spirit is doing. This is primarily because I’m there on God’s dime so I feel that He ought to receive my very best in terms of time and attention given to being on His mission. Still, this is a “false” reality! God desires for me to walk with this kind of alertness moment by moment, day by day. I also noticed the Israel prayer that many of you at the church engaged in on Friday evenings (for me) was a time of dialing in to the Kingdom.

God’s first plan is for us to be able to hear and respond to His voice. Think of the angels.

I’m excited to be with you later this week on Sunday when Miranda and the team will facilitate our worship time. I will continue on the Empowered Sermon Series. Hope to see you there.

Be blessed and be a blessing!