Rejoice in the Lord always. I’ll say it again, rejoice! Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4-8).

Lord, we are excited to have Phyllis, Karen and Sharon join us for the retreat. Father, as with all of us, I’m sure that they each have anxiety over different issues. We ask that they experience the power of thankfulness and praise. May they feel it filter down into their deepest fears and worries. Father God, we pray for each of these women who have college-bound young adults; may these students develop healthy relationships and have godly people come alongside them. Comfort them when homesick and help them develop their identity and learn about life in a “foreign” culture (although it is their parents’ “home” culture), while being expected to fit right in. Guide their thoughts, decisions, and may they experience Your truth as their own. And if they choose to go the opposite direction, we ask for Your mercy and protection while wooing them back to You, and for incredible wisdom and comfort for the parents. We also bring before Your throne those “MKs” (missionary kids) who are done with their schooling (or quit) and are not sure what to do next with their lives. We pray that they will be given a sense of direction and belonging that is clearly from You. Lord, this transition can cause rebellion, deep depression and/or abandonment issues. The distance from parents can accentuate these problems, and the parent can feel tremendous guilt over their child’s distress. Pour out your Spirit of comfort, healing, truth and wisdom! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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