Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Prayer From A Friend

Dear Lord, I thank You for this day, I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God.. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you.
I ask now for Your forgiveness. Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You. Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things. Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over.
And give the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits.
  I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak... Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately.  I pray for those that don't believe..
  But I thank you that I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters   and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace , love and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met. I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.
I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees it.
  Just repeat this phrase and see how God moves!!
God I love you and I need you, come into my heart, please.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Importance of Prayer by Kathleen McGill

Prayer is to intercede or make petition to God.  Webster's Dictionary defines intercede as to intervene on behalf of another and Webster defines petition as to make a request to someone for something to be done. Keeping in mind the three words, "prayer, intercede and petition", I submit the following bible verses.

The first about Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech.  Because Abraham was afraid of Abimelech, he gave Sarah to him explaining that she was his sister instead of his wife.  As a result of Abraham's lie, God made all the women in Abimelech's household barren.  Gen. 20: 17-18 tells the prayer of Abraham concerning the situation after he was caught in the lie.  "Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and all the women of the household so they could have children.  For the Lord had stricken all their women with infertility as a warning to Abimelech for having taken Abraham's wife."  After Abraham admitted his wrongdoing, repented and then prayed a prayer of  intercession for Abimelech. 

The 2nd verse is Matt. 6:5-7:  Jesus is speaking, "And now about prayer, When you pray don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on the streets and synagogues where everyone can see them.  I tell you this is all the reward they will get.  But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in Heaven secretly.  And the Father who knows all secrets, will reward you."  

Jesus warns us about praying to be seen and heard.  It is alright to petition for yourself and especially other with prayers of  intercession.  The Father wants us to know what a private matter prayer is between Him and us.

Rom. 8:26 says "And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress.  For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray.  But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.  And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Holy Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will."

Do you notice how all of the Godhead is involved in our prayers?  The importance of prayer in our life is perhaps the most powerful gift God has given us and one that we can share with others.  If there is nothing else we can give, we can always give prayer.  Prayers of intercession and petition for others and ourselves.

Today, I leave you with this:  Phil. 4:6:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Keeping Up

Here it is November 24, Thanksgiving 2011, already.  In fact, the day is almost over.  We deviated from the traditional turkey dinner this year.  Instead, a green bean casserole with fresher ingredients, pork chops, apple dressing, and cornish hens were served.  Along with an experiment for dessert, cherry jello and chocolate  pudding pie, all were stuffed and satisfied  .  There were only three of us: my oldest son and my third son and me.  I'm not sure what is going on with the other two. Since my goal has been not to let negative thoughts into my mind, it's better I don't think about it.  Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed, but it is what it is.

I've decided to visit my mother and sister in Southern California in early December.  I miss them and we can have a great visit.  My mom and I laugh a lot when we get together.  Since my dad passed away earlier this year, I don't really know what to say.  However, just listening to her is good.  She misses having the conversations with daddy.  They did talk a lot.  Near the end, he slept a lot and wasn't always "with us."  I'll miss seeing him.  The house won't feel the same.  They were married 67 years. 

I asked God to give me a sign.  At least I think I did.  I don't like to do that, but I didn't want to think about daddy being somewhere else except with the Lord.  Not too long after that, and when I had forgotten about the request, I received some books from my sister for my birthday.   She attached a note to one of them stating that as she read about "hearing music", "it got to her."  She stated that daddy was hearing music a couple of days before he died.  It caused me to get emotional and cry even though I had not yet read the book.  The Holy Spirit reaches you at unexpected times and in unexpected ways often.  That is one of those times.  I knew God gave me "a sign" that daddy is with Him.

I often think my prayers are not heard, even though I know they are.  The bible tells me they are, but sometimes I want to give up because the answers seem so long in coming.  It is hard to wait on the Lord, isn't it?  On Sunday, this coming Sunday, when our worship ministry, the H.S. Movers, leads the church service for a nursing home, one of the other members and I will be sharing a message on the importance of prayer.  I will certainly share what I just shared with you along with other answers to prayer and its sustaining power.

I will leave you with this word from the Lord:

2 Cor. 5:8-We are confident and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Is This A Test

Is this a test?  I am feeling dejected, rejected and unloved right now.  The trip I was planning keeps getting postponed for one reason or another.  Now, it is off completely.  Good side is that it saves me money.  Money that I can put into my emergency fund, or save for a new bed.  Or send to my grandchild.  Lots of good uses.  The disappointment was almost too much to bear today.  I wanted so badly to see my family in So Cal.

I spent the day cleaning out closets, rooms and anything I could get my hands on, until my energy ran out.

My lesson for today:  It is NOT all about me.  It IS  all about the Lord.  Frankly, I couldn't make it without Him.

Phil. 4: 6:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Blessings For You and For Me

The worship team, H.S. Movers, led the worship at the Jesus Christ Fellowship this morning.  What a blessing.  The Holy Spirit was present and ran the meeting.  The pastor's wife called us "melodious."  When we practice, it seems we don't do so well, but when the Holy Spirit takes over and we are ministering to others, it sounds so good.  All credit to God.

Deut. 10:21:  He is your praise. He is your God. who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Why Do I Call Myself a Chipped Cup?

I fall off the shelf frequently, God picks me up and puts me back on the shelf, and I fall off again and again.  In future posts, I will blog about my finances, my marriages, my "religious" experiences, my family and society in general.  Right now I have experienced another "chipped cup" experience and should deal with it, but I get weary.  Depressed?  Yes, yes, yes and yes, but

Phil 3:14:
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Women's Advance

Women's Advance has been around for several years.  The reason for the name:  (it is really a women's retreat)  We are not retreating:  we are advancing to introduce Jesus Christ to women in Northern California.

  I can't believe it is time for another one.  This year Jerrianne Eisley is the speaker.  I have seen her speak before in Willets, California. 

So many women were driving to attend the Willets Advance that there is now a second advance in Kelseyville, California.  What a blessing for women in Lake and surrounding counties.  There are always a lot of attendees.  Always something to be learned about our walk with Jesus Christ.

I am hoping that one day soon this blog will be noticed.  I want to introduce women to Christ and share with those who already know Him. I have truly been blessed. 

Last year after the Advance, I decided to write five blessingsI received every day on this blog.  I dropped the ball.  So I will start over again.  Jesus Christ is a God of many chances, do overs, he just loves us so much.

And I love Him.  He is my all in all.
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