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The Angel One

AngelOrnamentThis little angel is an ornament that we made for my sisters wedding. She loves seashells and beachy things. So for her wedding, we got together with the family and made centerpieces in glass bowls with sand, shells, & candles. Then, we sat and made a shell angel for each one. 
My sister & I have always had a chaotic relationship. We are both very strong and opinionated. We both say stuff that is sometimes hurtful – albeit unintentional. In the end, we have always come back together stronger each time, & thankfully, more mature. We have shared quite the journey together and I’m glad that she is a part of my life. She pushes me to strive for better and to continue to move on when things seem hopeless. I will always cherish the memory of preparing for her wedding with the family and the friendship that has bonded us together for life. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect & complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
We have met our trials and have become more steadfast each time. In the end, we shall lack nothing.


Ornament Stories

I do love getting out the ornaments each year. Every ornament on my tree holds a memory or has a story. Many are handmade. As I open them up and set them around the tree, I remember each person who has made an impact in our lives. I am thankful that God brought each one into our lives.
 ChristmasTree

guilt

This past weekend, guilt was my best friend. we snuggled up together & gathered my thoughts & figured out the amazing ways that i could feel poorly about every decision that i made. we talked about things that i might say, things, i did say, things i might do, things i might not, we decided that there was guilt to be had in everything. guilt made sure that i knew he was my ONLY friend & reassured me that others would not be close or ever want to be.
Guilt is a very selfish friend.

Allowing this friend into my life makes me miserable, but more importantly, he makes everyone else miserable, chases everyone away, causes arguments, alienates family and friends, and a host of other self-destructive issues that come along with his friendship.

Sometimes i wonder if guilt is a better friend because i allow him more access than the God that i love so much. Guilt makes sure that i know how little we deserve a relationship with the God who created us. Guilt makes sure to keep me alone so that others don’t try to pull me out of his closeness. Guilt makes sure that the only friends that are allowed in are self-loathing, hate, pity, and regret.

Like little minions, they surround the mind. Taunting. Laughing. Reveling in the brokenness of it all.

The only solution, the only way to fight this battle, is to turn to the One. Take the help that He offers. Take up the armour that He offers freely and FIGHT. Actively speak the words of life. Demand that guilt return to the pit from which he arose and take back the battlefield. Quit making guilt comfortable and demand that he leave the property. He will keep trying to return, so this battle will take a lifetime. But the One who battles with you and for you will never lose strength, never lose heart, never lose faith, never lose hope. He is the One who comes to break the chains that bind your mind and tear down the walls of steel and brick to free you from hate, sin, regret and give you hope & life more abundantly.

Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled. ~Hebrews 12:12-15

Today i pray for those whose minds are riddled with guilt, who are plagued by regret, & those that cannot break free on their own. i pray that God would free their minds and release their burdens and give them life and light in the battle. i pray they would have the strength to put on the whole armor and to speak the words out loud in their own lives and in the lives of others.


unfailing

Psalm 13:1-2
How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?

today, we agonize with the many that we know and the many that we don’t, who are going thru financial crisis. So many are hurting. So many are losing their jobs, their homes, their livelihood. So many are scared. Fear creeps in thru the cracks and the crevices. Worry breaks down the doors and bursts thru the windows.

BUT GOD
we will remember the past
we will remember His faithfulness
we will remember His provision

13:3 Look on me and answer, Oh Lord my God

He is a God who does not forget those whom He has created. He is a God who wraps His arms around those who are His. He is a God who provides, who loves, who carries our burdens and gives us hope, purpose, life. we cry out HOW LONG… how long will i wrestle with my thoughts… how long will i have sorrow in my heart… how long…

13:5-6
BUT i trust in YOUR unfailing love
my heart rejoices in YOUR salvation
i will sing to the Lord for HE HAS BEEN GOOD to me…

today i pray that You would clear the minds of the weary and exhausted ones. i pray You would give new hope, fresh thoughts, and freedom from fear. i pray You would give answers and help and be a tangible presence in each one of our lives, Lord. we know that only You can rescue us from the depths of our mind and only You are able to refresh our day. only You, Lord, can make something from nothing and deliverance from hopelessness. we plead and plead for You to deliver us from this agony today and give us joy and peace and life from the depths of Your unfailing love…


strength

“Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied to Job…”

This is when we need to be most diligent in our words, but not Eliphaz. He begins by chastising: “Will you be patient and let me say a word? For who could keep from speaking out?” We are weak as humans and when we see suffering, we get angry. Sometimes lashing out at the folks who we are trying to help, encourage, or lift up. But I love Eliphaz’ next words. I heard them as if I was hearing them for the first time this past week, as if God Himself was trying to reach out and prepare me for the road ahead:

“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.”

Such sweeter words spoken and i’m sure were a bright spot of sunshine to Job in his unfathomable grief. But then another chastisement: “But now, when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverences for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?”  Yep. That’s where we are. It is so easy to encourage others in their grief. So easy to encourage others in their strife. So easy to encourage others in their distress. So easy to help them out of trouble. But when we are struck down and feeling lost, alone, and hopeless, it is almost impossible to remember our own faith, the past victories that God has walked us through, the success that we have enjoyed, the faithfulness of God

I know that Eliphaz and the other friends of Job did not accurately portray God, but they did accurately portray us as humans here on the earth. We are quick to help others and slow to remember that God helps us. We know that everyone cannot do it on their own, but think that we must. So, although Eliphaz’ words were not intelligent or helpful to Job, God used them to remind me that we need to remember His faithfulness in the past as we walk the rough and rocky path ahead. He is with us always and He does know the beginning from the end.

The words of Job have never rung clearer than they do today. we have watched and grieved as others lost jobs, but now we know the fear intimately.

Today i prayed for peace and strength as we walk down the path fearing the unknown. i pray that God would guide us and light our way. i pray that He would give us glimmers of hope and shine thru the darkness in these rough days. i thank Him for His provision, for His love, for His direction, for His comfort, for His people that surround us each day. i prayed for all the ones walking tougher roads that we cannot understand and do not know. i pray for the roads to be made smooth this day, that the rocks would be moved, and that they would have a few more easy steps than they have in the past. i pray for prayers to be answered today! for God to be glorified today! for His love to be so evident today that we could not imagine life without it! Thank you, Lord, for Your everlasting love that we could never understand.


friend

today i am praying for my friend. as i sat down to study, read, pray, and organize my crazy day into bite size pieces, i grabbed a pen. it’s a small thing, but my friend gave it to me. she always gets the best pens! i don’t know how she does it, but anytime i admire one, she will get me one for myself. so when i use this awesome pen for studying, i always think of her.

my friend is an amazing mom, a great friend, and the mother hen of my church. we all have one of those. the one who thinks of everyone else. the one who does behind the scenes that you appreciate but don’t even realize. when you show up and there is coffee already made, a special treat waiting, a hug or a prayer when you aren’t up to par, paper and ink for the printer when you were just about out, and a pen that just works when you need it to.

my friend has arrived at the next chapter of her life. her babies are all graduated high school, going to college, or living on their own. she is there. that spot. the one we aren’t sure about, but will all hit at some point. the time in our life when the babies are adults and making their own decisions – some we rejoice with, some we raise our eyebrows at, some we just hold on tight and pray for – but we’ve all been there as the kid and we will all be there as the adult.

today i pray for my friend and all the other mommies that are hitting that spot, that time of transition in all our lives. today i pray that others would find ways to appreciate those mommies where they are and love on them. i pray that each of their children would bless them in an abundant way that blindsides them with a heart overflowing with love. i pray that they are blessed beyond their imagination. i pray that, as their children make their way in the world, they remember what they have been taught and come back to include her in their decisions and lives. i pray today that God surrounds them with a confidence of the road ahead and a new light on their path.

Psalm 4:6-8

Many say, “Oh, that we might see some good!”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord.
You have put more joy and rejoicing in my heart than they know when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.


jump

Joining with LisaJo Baker for FMF today. Today’s word is jump.

Want to know how Five Minute Friday got started? Checkout the back story over here.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt: “Jump” with no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.
Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.
Jump
right in
right where you are

All that keeps running thru my head with this word is the 1980’s song. I am new to this idea of writing. It has never been one that i was labeled as “good at”. English was a class that i struggled at. i loved books, but was never good enough at what teachers expected to have it be my “best subject” or even a subject that didn’t take effort. Last year, i jumped right in, was inspired to write a little note. Thinking about all the people that need prayer every day, wanting to begin the process of tearing down the pride associated with praying, and wanting to learn more about the different areas of popular website developing, here is where i landed.

i am learning to jump right in where i am each day. Some days are harder than others. Life gets busy. There are so many things in this world to pray for, so many people in our lives that are struggling.

So today, i am jumping right in, before life lays a smack down on the day… Today i am praying for each one of you. i pray that you will have the energy to jump right in where you are, to lay aside what didn’t get done yesterday and just embrace today. i pray that you will feel joy and peace and love and friendship in the most unlikely places. i pray for each one of you on this beautiful Friday morning.

I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

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