If you missed a week, or if you forgot a reference, we've got you covered!
We enjoyed our first GATHER prayer group this morning, and we hope you'll join us next week! No worries if you were busy this morning or simply forgot! Each week is another chance to gather. This optional Zoom meeting takes place from 7:45 - 8:00 every Wednesday, and it's a safe place for Mid South employee partners to gather together and cast our cares, worries, and needs on the Lord. It's our time to praise Him for the miracles we see every day and the many blessings we have.
We hope you'll join us next week! Feel free to send any prayer requests or needs you have or know of to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to wrap one another in love and support, now and always.
This week’s prayer requests were: Kayla’s McInnis’ son, Kolby - gastrointestinal issues; Penny Lewis’s friend, Lisa - battling cancer; Cynthia Evans’ friend, Connie - battling cancer
Thanks to all who joined in on this rainy morning! Today, we were led by JR, who raised the question, “How do we ask for something in the name of the Son?” He cited John 14: 13-14 as our starting point. James 4: 1-8 is an example of how NOT to ask - if you’re governed by your own passions, if you ask with impure intentions, or if you’re only asking based off of what your own eyes can see. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-8 is an example of how we should ask for requests and how we should live our lives as Christians.
Prayer Requests: our Mid South family as we face this week with lots of COVID and tough decisions to make regarding the holidays; Charlean Williams as she continues to heal from surgery; safe travels during inclement weather in many areas; our facilities, specifically our VA hoes, who have been hit hard with COVID. PRAISE - for our Mid South family, our jobs, our livelihood, and the privilege to gather in prayer together.
Lee Catherine shared an article from Proverbs 31 ministries about our weak, non-dominant hand. God using our talents for His glory is a given, but as believers, we know He makes even our weakest link strong to glorify Him. (2 Corinthians 12:9) He has grace for where we come up short; He makes a legacy out of what we thought was lacking.
Prayer Requests: friend of Steven Cole - Paul Breazeale and family as his brother, Truitt, battles COVID-19
Thanks to all who tuned in to this morning’s GATHER prayer meeting! I shared a lesson on how Jesus is our daily bread - our sustenance and truly everything we need. The devotion had even more to it than that, so I wanted to link it here https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2020/10/22/the-one-we-really-need-today
Prayer requests: Karen Cole and her mom - both recovering from surgery; Shelly Aaron and her husband Mike - Mike’s having surgery; Annie Gomila and all of our traveling therapists, RCDs, etc - traveling mercies and protection; Thomas Fuller and his wife, Mary Jordan Fuller - Mary Jordan had surgery this week
Praise: Theresa Fortenberry is back with us after surgery!
Thanks to all who joined in on today's GATHER meeting! This week, Lee Catherine shared Philippians 4:13 and her conviction of making the verse about HER agenda instead of Christ's. Through Christ's strength, we have the power to accomplish His will for us - it's about his agenda, plan, and path - not ours. Clinton Mayes also added his thoughts, sharing that when you get weak or weary, Christians can draw on God's power by turning the situation over to Christ. He used the illustration of comic book character and superhero, Green Lantern. When Green Lantern is out of strength, he taps into his power source by touching his rings to the lamp.
Prayer Requests: Lynn Lea's friend who passed away this weekend - family, friends, and loved ones; Cynthia Evans' friend who passed away suddenly this weekend - family, friends, and loved ones
JR shared several encouraging reminders from God's Word about how we are to serve. Colossians 3: 17 and 23-24 as well as Romans 12:14 and Matthew 20:25-28 all remind us how to be good servants as Christians. We must do our best to serve with zeal and passion. Our goal is always to bring glory to God and to serve Him first. If we serve Him first, it makes it easier to bless others. As Christians, our daily battle is to overcome evil with good.
Prayer requests: Shelly's mom, Kim's dad
We shared a beautiful time of prayer and devotion this morning with Mark Buckley, who shared on abiding with Jesus. He lifted up our requests in prayer and shared several beautiful scriptures that I just wanted to list here in case some of you were driving or didn’t have a chance to make note of them!
John 15: 7-8 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
John 14:13-14 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
And my personal favorite: 1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Charlean Williams - surgery taking place today! Amy Nichols - wisdom teeth removal on Friday; Stephanie Wheatcroft, daughter, and grandchildren as grandkids have tonsils removed; Jessica Huckaby - friends, family, and patients battling illness at this time; Karen Cole - recovering from knee replacement; Clinton Mayes - passing of uncle on 11/11 and his family
Thanks to all who joined in on today's GATHER meeting! This week, Lee Catherine shared Lamentations 3:21-23. In a time as crazy as our last year has been, it's easy to lose sight of promises our God has made. He is faithful. We have hope. He never fails. We cannot be consumed by any loss, pain, or sorrow. His mercies are new every day. We talked about the hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness" and how all we need will be provided. We're thanking God for all He has provided to us in 2020, and we pray blessings over our coming year!
This morning, JR shared a series of verses about understanding and seeing the goodness of God. We have all fallen, made mistakes, and made the wrong choice. But because our God is good, He made the ultimate sacrifice, pardoning our sins. Psalm 145:17, Psalm 7:11, and Proverbs 17:15 all speak to the righteousness of God. Romans 3:20-26 depicts the truth we know - God made a way for the guilty.
Friends recovering from surgery, friends in hospital due to COVID, friends suffering from lost loved ones, friends encountering new leadership and management at work. Praying for our country as we make big decisions. Praying for our frontline workers and legislators.
Mark shared Matthew 18:20 and Hebrews 10:24-25, reminding us that our reassurance, our peace in life, is not fleeting. It can only be found in a relationship with the Father. We should be anxious for nothing and remember that He has overcome. We receive His power - it fills us up and coats our lives, even in hard times. 1 John 5:4 & 1 John 4:4 are also encouragement to believers.
Prayer Requests: friend of Cynthia with cancer, Penny's dad with cancer treatments, JR's son seeing specialists
Who Leads GATHER?
Lee Catherine Collins
Lee Catherine is the Marketing & Graphic Design Associate for Mid South Rehab Services, Inc. She started working for Mid South days after graduation from Ole Miss. She met the Lord in her first grade classroom, and she is extremely thankful to have a mission field and ministry through Mid South.
Mark Buckley, DPT
Mark Buckley, DPT is the VP of Clinical Operations at Mid South Rehab Services, Inc. Mark has been with Mid South for 10 years, and he takes every opportunity to share his love for Jesus with the Mid South family and anyone he encounters.
J. R. Burnett, DPT
J. R. Burnett, DPT is the Regional Clinical Director for Mid South's North MS Region. J. R. has been employed with Mid South for over 6 years and has served in every capacity of leadership throughout our company. J. R. is always ready to share his love for Jesus with others, especially with his Mid South family.
Steven Cole, President & CEO
Steven Cole is the President and CEO of Mid South Rehab Services, Inc. His steadfast beliefs in his Christian faith led him to imagine a company-wide prayer and devotional group, which allowed us to create GATHER. Steven gives all glory to God for the company's success, and he strives to live his life and direct his company according to his faith.