Give Thanks


We are facing many political, financial, and social battles as we pray and fast. Notice what Daniel did when he was persecuted for his faith. His political enemies had a civil law passed prohibiting him from praying. Did he quit? “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home...he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God” (Dan. 6:10, NKJV). Because Daniel knew that God had answered his prayers in the past, he gave thanks. Isn’t it hard to thank God for problems and barriers in our life? But the example of Daniel teaches us to continue giving thanks even as we face difficulties.


Be thankful for your fellow workers rather than yelling at them. Be thankful for your children rather than criticizing them. And how about being thankful for our great nation and those who rule over us? We should be thankful that we don’t live under a dictator, nor do we despair with no hope, with no reason to live. Today, thank God for what food you have, for the clothes on your body, and for whatever shelter you have. Thank God for family, friends, and the nation in which you live. Thank God for every possession you own, but most of all thank God for all He has done through the death of Jesus Christ for you. When you do that, you are ready to pray and intercede for yourself and others.


My Time to Pray


Lord, thank You for my family and those who love and help me.

Lord, thank You for my church and all it does to teach and proclaim Your Word.

Lord, thank You for all Christ has done for me in salvation. Thank You for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.






“And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)


Congratulations! We have embarked on our final week of the 21-Day Daniel Fast!! Two down, one to go! As you finish your second week, My Prayer is for you to stay motivated and focused. Keep Praying and Trusting in God for the strength you need to fulfill your commitment. He is doing a great work in you and preparing you for victory. As you approach this final week, Remember the Lord has called you to this 21 Day Daniel Fast and He will sustain you. Continue to do whatever you need to spend Focused Prayer Time with God. Adjust your schedule and don’t allow yourself to become distracted. This race is far too important!


Try this nutritional entrée as you journey to a healthier life! Keep the skins on the potatoes to get additional vitamins and nutrients.


Roasted Rosemary Potatoes:


10-12 small red skin or sweet potatoes, cut in half

½ cup diced sweet onion

3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Pinch of Himalayan salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or rosemary seasoning

2 cloves minced garlic

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)

1 roll of parchment paper


Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large bowl, toss all ingredients except the parsley until potatoes are lightly coated with olive oil mix. Place potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven and gently toss, turning the potatoes over as needed. Bake for another 25 minutes or until potatoes are golden and tender. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and Enjoy!!


Serving Through Grace,


Revs. Drs. Richard & Ellen McEachern