you are so loved

All hearts REJOICE!!

Oh my sweetness!! Do you know how lucky we are??  We are CRAZY LUCKY!!  WE PERSONALLY KNOW OUR RISEN KING!!! Not only do we know Him but He loves us so deeply!! He is just waiting for us to desire intensely, that spiritual connection with Him.  HE wants to be our everything!!  He wants to bless us abundantly!! Read His words:

“I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing.” ~Ezekiel 34:26

Oh my beautiful friend, I pray that God will shower down upon you today in His perfect abundance, His joy, His peace and His unending love.  May your day be filled with the strength and power of our extraordinary and marvelous God.  You are so precious to Him.  Every breath you take may it fill your heart with more of the love Christ has for YOU!!  He has broken your chains!! He has set you free!! He loves you more than you will ever be able to comprehend with the most pure and powerful love!!  I pray you will feel that love fill your soul today, so much that it overflows into every single aspect of your life!! Be blessed my friend, you are so loved!!

Amen

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How Would I Pray?

I am guilty.
I admit it.

I love to pray, but there are times when I feel dry in my prayer life.

Days, sometimes weeks, that I feel like my prayers are just repetitious and the feeling behind them is flat. I still want the things I am praying for!! I just, don’t seem to have the power behind the prayer initiative anymore. It seems like nothing is getting done.  No matter how hard I pray, situations are still yucky and hard. The people I am praying for, or even myself, are still hurting or lost.   I know that God hears my prayers..just, sometimes…I think I get discouraged. I am waiting for the answer to my prayers my way and in my timing, but God ALWAYS has a better plan. I am just the pouting little daughter who then needs to remember that and suck it up!! God’s timing is always perfect!! Every time I look back at things, its true! God answers every prayer perfectly.

So what if today is the last day I can pray?

Every single morning that could be the truth.

I am not promised tomorrow.

So what if, today, is the last day I can pray? How would I pray?

Surface value: Lord Bless our country, for we are lost. Help the homeless. Help the needy, the orphans, the widows, the broken, the church…

Extended Church: Lord bless our children’s ministry, they have so much on their plate and they do such wonderful things for the children in our congregation. Please help them follow the path you have set for them. Lord bless my Pastors. May they be filled with the Holy Spirit as they write their sermons to help lead our congregation. I lift up our worship team to You Lord. They are fabulous! May they sing for Your glory and lead our church in joyful worship of you at this evenings service….

Friends: Lord, ___ needs you so much today. I pray for her strength and healing as she is fighting so hard in this trial that is before her. Give her strength and discernment as she battles the enemy on this journey. May she shine so vibrantly for You!! May others know how incredible You are by her actions Lord.  I also lift ____ up to you as this internal battle he is on is such a challenge for him. May he find strength in You today as he fights. May his armor be strong in the word. May his family and his faith become stronger in You as he goes through out this day fighting his demons. Lord, I lift him up to You now. May he be a strong man of God.  Lord Jesus, I also bring ___ & ____ to Your feet. They are so lost and need You so much. May something I do or say bring them closer to knowing You. May they turn from their fleshly, worldly ways and devote themselves to loving and worshiping You….

Family: My children’s future husbands and wife, Lord I lift them up to You. May they be blessed. May they get closer to You every day. May their parents be inspired by You and lead them on the path that will help them become the young men and woman You have created them to be. May I train up my children to be a blessing to them as well.  Lord, give them discernment in matters of this world. May they know the path You have for them and follow it. I pray that the word will be tatted into their innermost being. When they are in conflict or battles may Your word come to them clearly. May they hear the Holy Spirit directing their path and may they follow. Lord I ask for divine covering over my children. May they be encased in a “Jesus bubble”. May You always be their first thought and may they be able to deflect the negative arrows shot at them by the enemy because they are so in love with YOU…

Husband: I am so blessed Lord. You have given me the most fabulous husband. He is honest and true. He is the stability I need in this crazy world. He keeps me centered and gives me the opportunity to serve You often. He loves that I love You so much and encourages that. Lord I pray I am that and more for him too. I pray that I am the wife he needs me to be. Lord make me his helper. Help me submit to him in everything.  May I respect him in all he does and may I give him peace of mind.  May I be a reflection of love for You to him. Lord I ask you bless him in his workplace. May he shine for You and may others their know You through his actions and words.  Protect him on his travels Lord. Not only from others on the roads but also from the world that is out there seeking to destroy him and our marriage. May our marriage continue to be blessed. May we always put You first. May we grow together, stronger because of our love for You.  We love You Lord…

Myself: Lord fill me with the Holy Spirit. Less of me and more of You. Let me listen to the direction You are pointing me and may my hands and words be only of You.

Amazing.

When you feel this could be the last prayer,all of a sudden it seems like there is so much in your soul to say :)

I am full.

My heart is singing with praise for my King.

I will worship You all day my Savior.

Thank You for loving me.

One Thing I Truly Love

 

phone2 005 I love seeing my children pray.

That is such a precious gift.

I was waiting for my daughter to finish helping in Children’s Ministry and they had a tough night.

I love that they all just got together and prayed.

So beautiful!

It made my heart sing,

and still does!

Precious giving women and girls, gathered together, serving others so that they can hear the Word of the Lord from our incredible Pastor, and as tired as they were, found time to honor our Savior together. Thankful that they could serve so that others could worship.

Yes, I love this.

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Blessings to you all!!

Conversation About Our Children…

As Christian mothers we worry about if we have the word of God instilled in their lives.

Many of my friends truly worry about their teens salvation. It is in us to worry, even though the Bible tells us not to, and we worry well! Recently a friend was confiding that she is so worried that her oldest did not get enough of the Word poured into him as a little guy. She, like even myself, figured that church did a good enough job and I have so many other things to do! How could I possibly add Bible studies for my little one into my day? (They were in public school then.) We both have younger ones now that we just deeply pour Jesus into them daily!! We can see the difference in how situations are handled by the kids. Granted all kids are different, but the younger ones call out to the Lord quicker than the older ones. I will only judge myself on this and it is all my fault. Yet I was not at a place in my life where I knew just how important that is. I am changing that for my grand children’s futures though!

Let me get back to the confiding of a friend. She is so worried as to how her child, now young adult, will turn out. She is so scared and self condemning about the lack of God centered living that her most precious gift, she feels, should be achieving daily. She was so distraught. She broke my heart with all the pain she was sharing. She blamed herself for all of this. I have felt that pain myself. So I shared with her what the Spirit shared with me.

God has a plan for our children.

They were sent here for a specific reason.

We do not know what that reason is.

They each have a special gift just for that reason.

Sometimes they need to fall a little. Look at some of our great pastors now. They were rascals! Look into the pasts of Greg Laurie, Jack Hibbs and Billy Graham! Billy Graham actually said he would never be a pastor!! Ha ha ha!! He is one of the greatest Pastor’s of my lifetime!! What about the men in the Bible? Saul was pretty darn bad. He tortured Christians. He ended up changing his name to Paul, was one of Jesus 12 apostles, converted thousands to Christianity and wrote more books of the New Testament than anyone else!

God can make anything good.

I was that kiddo too, the one my friend is worried about.  I knew the Lord, but I was not walking with Him. I had my own agenda…with the world. I made bad choices and fell flat on my face. I am not worthy to call Jesus my Savior. Yet still, He took me when I was ready to accept His friendship and love, and He used all my imperfections to mold me into the woman, wife, mother, teacher and friend I am today. Without all the bumps and dings I have given myself along the way I may not appreciate the beauty of watching others give their hearts to the Lord.  When they do, my heart fills with joy for them! Truly it does!! I get all teary eyed as I am so blessed to be witness of their divine moment of accepting or re-establishing that commitment with Jesus. It is a precious moment.

Looking back, I see how God turned my hurt-filled  past into something useable for good.  I can connect with so many people on so many different levels now on how life was before Jesus was my main focus.

  He is my Savior, not my accessory.

He has done great things with me and again I say, I am so unworthy of the blessing of Him.

If He would do that for me…

He will work miracles with our kids!!!

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We need to pray for our kids.

Pray daily.

Pray for them to see in us, things that will help them become amazing young men and women of God, without them even realizing it.

Maybe our child will be the light that guides another to the Lord.

Maybe our child will be an incredible husband or wife that shines for the Lord, inspiring others to be the same.

Maybe our child will be like Pastor Saeed, doing the work of the Lord in scarey country’s that want to torture and kill all Christians.

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I just pray that the little light, or the big one, that is Jesus planted in their hearts will engulf their souls.

May Jesus be used through my children and may the Holy Spirit work through me to mold them in the way He needs them to be.

Have a blessed day friend!

Daily Prayer

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got this from “God Bless You” on facebook

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I pray something similar to this every day.

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Fill me with the Holy Spirit Lord.

Let me hear Your words so that I may go out and do the things You want me to do, help those You want me to help and say what You need me to say.

Let me be a vessel for You.

I am Yours Lord.

I am Yours.

I just loved this and wanted to share.

Have a blessed day!!

Comfort

In the soft glow of the girls bedroom night light, I go in to bless my children while they sleep.

I pray over them words of love, encouragement, safety and grace.

My little one has her blanket scrunched up at the bottom of her bed. It is a mini mountain of softness down there. Since there is a chill in the room, I cautiously tug  up her bedding to cover her in soft warmth. As I cocoon her in for continued slumber, her eyes drowsily open and search for me in their slumber. It is obvious that there is uneasiness in her awakening. She searches for me with her tired eyes.

I am right there.

I am kneeling at the side of her bed.  I place my hand on her back and tell her,

“I love you”.

She nods her little sleepy head and leans back into her dreams.

I stay there with  my hand on her back and pray.

Thank you God for these moments.

I want to always have comfort in you, the same way that my daughter felt the unease of the moment and was in such comfort from a simple whisper filled with truth. I want my husband to always feel that comfort. I want my children to feel that comfort. I want my friends, church, pastor, EVERYONE to always feel that comfort.

The Holy Spirit is that whisper. Your words Father, into my heart.

Comfort that has no boundaries.

A continued “I love you. You are Mine. I am here with you” from the Lord is precious to me…my comfort.

What a blessing to know how much you are loved. To know that someone is there watching over you. To know that you mean something to someone, no matter what you have done, you are important. You are worthy.

A small sleepy child in my house knows this.

I pray that your heart is filled with the knowledge that someone incredibly awesome feels that way about you too.

God loves us all that much.

My heart is open to you Lord.  Please continue to bless me with that comfort.

Prayer Journal…

I keep a prayer journal.

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It is something I only started doing maybe a year ago.

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It is actually really neat!

I am such an advocate for them now.

I have always been the type that as soon as you ask me to pray for you I will.

I read through my facebook and see who needs prayer and pray for them right then on the spot.

If I run into you at a park day I will pray with you either right then and there or as soon as I get to my car with the kids.

One reason is that I don’t want to forget. I don’t want to put it off and then realize that I should have prayed for a surgery that someone was about to go into an hour ago and that now it is over by 6 hours.

Ugh.

So I pray right away first :)

Next comes my prayer journal.

I actually sit down and pray as the words I am writing are going down on the paper.

I have been so blessed doing this.

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Some prayers I have heard answers as I was writing them. Those are such a blessing to me. I know that the other person may have something they are working on and that now I might have a better direction to pray for them. I realize to that the person needs to find the answers themselves but it is nice to be able to be sending them more Godly encouragement on their journey.

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I love praying for pregnant mothers too! The little heart beating in the womb, so close to God. I pray for health for both, amazing bonding and times of preparation to be blessed.  This is a special time I believe for mothers to grow with God. How can you not feel His amazing love and power with such a young and innocent little life clinging to you for 40 weeks? As a mother you are part of a miracle, what a blessing that is!!

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I have been so privileged to pray for some with broken hearts to see that God had such an amazing plan already set up for them. Often the plan was thousands of times more wonderful than we as simple humans could have ever conceived ourselves!!

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Then there are still the hearts I have put in my journal  that just seem stuck in their heartbreak.

Their lesson obviously is more.

Praying they find their path.

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I journal for the lost in my family.

Wow there are so many that feel just because they hold a bible, know what one is or have read it that they are saved.

I pray that they find the Lord in their hearts and the fire of knowing Him consumes them.

That is one of my biggest journal entries!

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The biggest blessing to the journal is that with all my prayers written down, I can go back and see how many prayers have been answered. Prayers sometimes I forgot about or prayers that I prayed one way and the outcome was outrageously better!!

Small prayers of comfort to large life changing prayers I have been so blessed to be a part of  changing peoples lives!

What an honor!

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Recently I had sent out a post to friends saying that I was starting a new prayer journal and that if there was anything anyone would like me to pray for them they could message me and I would add them to my journal.

I was so touched by how many of my friends sent me messages with requests for prayers for themselves and their family situations.

It took me hours to get most of them in there!!

Love it!!

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Now, because I have actually had a few friends ask me how a prayer journal works I thought I might jot down  a little about how mine works… for me.   I am not quite sure how other people do their journals but this is what I do… I write out my prayers in a journal adding everyone’s requests plus my own. Then as I do my morning prayers I go through my journal list and pray specifically for each request I have in there. Then every few days I write them out again and as the Spirit leads I add to each request and that His will be done. When I find that the prayers are being answered one way or another I give thanks and ask then for additional guidance for the person in that situation. I guess I just do it as traditional journaling…just in prayer.

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If this is something you do, then you are such a blessing to others, truly.

If not, do not feel pressure to start.

This is just something I, and probably others feel called to do.

It helps me focus my prayers in a physical way too.

Finally, if this was something you were curious about, I hope I gave just a bit of a glimpse as to how prayer journals have blessed me.

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Have the most blessed day friend!

How do you pray?

Question seems simple doesn’t it?

How do you pray?

Seriously though, how do YOU pray?

As I was talking to the Lord this morning, I found myself asking Him if I was praying the right way.

Not that I had asked for something in prayer and had not felt I had an answer, no that is not what I mean.

I was asking, if the way I pray is correct.

Hmmm?

Now when I was little I had 2 prayers that I prayed at night.

1. Now I lay me down to sleep

2. The Lord’s prayer

That was my choice.

Now I admit, while my children are young they have a similar choice at night but I encourage them as they get older to expand with it. I ask them to add things that they really want to talk to God about. I try to as they get older give them a few days to say their prayers alone to get those needed, personal prayers in there to really start their own personal connection with God. This is not to say that we don’t still pray daily together and before meals. At night as they are about to drift off I just want them to be comfortable with speaking to God.

This means that I personally pray like I am speaking to my Heavenly Father.

No I don’t grab some chips, sit down on the couch and chit chat with The Big Guy.

I mean I hit my knees and speak my heart.

I give thanks.

I repent.

I ask.

I petition.

I give thanks again and end.

I speak with respect but I just put it out there.

“Lord, yesterday was so trying for me. I know I lost my cool and that was wrong. I was hurting that someone could be so cruel to me but I had no right to just be a grump to my family because of it. I feel terrible. I heard the Holy Spirit trying to calm me and I thank you for sending the calming. I am sorry if I disappointed you. It was such a hard day. Please help me to be better for it today.”

Now I know that the Lord has given us prayers in the Bible to pray.

One of my favorites is in John 17:21 (NIV)

…Father, just as you are in me and I am in you, May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Yes, I know those are Jesus’ words, but I would love the world to know God by my actions.

What a beautiful prayer.

See Jesus just spoke plainly to His Father.

No set up repetition prayer that is always the same.

No thought involved or emotions evoked in those prayers. To me, those are like tying your shoes, just something you do with no thought just reaction.

 I could be wrong though.

The Bible says this in Matthew 6: 9-15 (NIV)

“This, then, is how you should pray:
” ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
For if you forgive men when they sin against you,

your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive men their sins,

your Father will not forgive your sins.”

So maybe I am wrong.

Maybe I am supposed to just say prayers that are written out.

Yet my heart says no.

Those are great for the days I feel empty, tired, uninspired yet still want to worship my Heavenly Father.

Going back to the Bible, The book of John is filled with words of Jesus just speaking plainly to God.

John 17:1-5 (KJV)

“1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

 2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

 3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

 4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

 5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

Now I do not place myself anywhere near being equal to Jesus, for that is impossible, but I do try to follow what He does.

If He prays in a way of speaking His heart to God, He is my prime example and I should follow in those ways correct?

I kneel when I pray.

I know in the Bible there are many ways people prayed.

“For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. Come, everyone, and clap your hands for joy! Shout to God with joyful praise! Psalm 47:1

“The Levites stood and praised the Lord with a loud shout” 2 Chronicles 20:19

“So wherever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy” 1 Timothy 2:8

“There he told them, ‘Pray that you will not be overcome by temptation.’ He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed” Luke 22:40-41

So many ways to honor and praise Him.

I just want to do it right for He is my Lord and Savior.


I plan on continuing to pray with my heart to the Lord daily.

Just wondering if others do the same.