Tuesday, 17 January 2017
My Morning Routine,You Ask
What I do is this; when I first sit down at my computer, I open up Alpha Canada's database and pull up the report on Alpha courses registered in Alberta for 2017. If there are more than there were the previous day, (and this time of year, the beginning of a new Alpha term there usually are), I export them to Excel, organize them, remove any that don't really count (eg. some marked, 'test', and any mistakenly registered - so far, one in Long Beach CA, one in England and one in Chicago. How they got registered in Alberta, I have no idea!) and start scrolling down the list.
As of this morning, halfway through January, there are 119 courses registered in the Province, from Fort McMurray to Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie to Banff; big cities and small villages all in between.
The records show the city, the organizing church and the administrator's name. As I scroll, I pray a short prayer for each one. My prayers are prayers of thanks, for a course in a church I have called on and given my, 'spiel,' thankful to see them going ahead. Some prayers are prayers of blessing, that God would bless that particular Alpha, empower their team and bring many guests from their community. I have been doing this every day and it is a real blessing, to me, covering basically the whole Province with prayer in this way.
All in all, I find this a very encouraging way to start my morning. That's about the first half-hour. I'll not bore you at this time with the remaining seven and a half.