Monday Motivation: The POWER of Prayer

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At certain times in our lives we’re bound to feel helpless.  Whether it’s over a personal tragedy, or mourning with the nation, it’s that feeling of  “there must be something more I can do”.  We want to help where we can, give what we’re able to, and display sincere support to those who need it most.  Our hearts desire is there, but what happens if we don’t have the means and opportunity to make the impact we hoped for?  The circumstances may be complex, but the answer is simple, really.  Before, during, and after these types of situations, we must always turn to God in prayer.

James 5:16 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

16 Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

Did you know that there is TREMENDOUS power available through prayer?  This is because The One we pray to is almighty in EVERY WAY!!! In the natural and earthly realm we may recognize certain limitations and that our hands may be tied, but in the spiritual realm we have all that we ask for if we line it up with the Word of God!

1 John 5:14-15 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                          

14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. 15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.

 I get the frustration and discouragement that comes with this perceived notion of helplessness.  I really do.  But I encourage us to relish in the promises of our Lord and Savior and the fact that we get to have face time with Jesus!!

Hebrews 4:16 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                            

16 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

Amen and Amen!!!  God has direct knowledge of all we long to do for others, and what we’d like to happen for ourselves.  So don’t be shy, talk to your Heavenly Father.  In coping with burden, frustration, sadness, and anger, go to Him with confidence!  Do you believe that He hears you?  If so, then before you let your shoulders droop and your mouth turn into a pout, remember that if prayer is ”all” that’s left it’s more than enough!!!  For this I thank Him, and I pray that we all take a moment to do the same! 🙂

Mark 11:24 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                

24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].

Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                      

6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

John 15:7 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

7 If  you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

John 14:13-14 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                           

13 And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son. 14 [Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am].

HAVE YOU PRAYED TODAY?

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Daily Prompt: Dear Mom

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Mom and I, age 7

Dearest Mommy Lady,

I know you saw the letter I wrote to Alexandra, and now here’s one for you. I didn’t plan on going on a letter-writing campaign this week, lol, but I finally saw a writing challenge I couldn’t resist.  I’m supposed to be telling you something I’ve never been able to, but considering our excellent communication, I wasn’t quite sure what that might be. 🙂 My immediate thought was to tell you again how much I love you, and that I’m truly beginning to understand your loving intent behind so many of your mommy ways.  This is nothing I haven’t said to you before, but in light of today’s tragedy, I wanted to be sure you knew it.  As I think of all the hearts that were left broken after such a senseless act, I thank God that I’ve had 31 wonderful years with you.  We’ve certainly bumped heads and worked each others nerves, but as this picture shows, we are much more alike than either one of us might care to admit. 😉  I KNOW I am blessed to have a mother like you, but that’s not all I really wanted to say.

Years ago, you and my dad divorced.  No one was more shocked than Chris and I to discover that our “perfect” family wasn’t so wonderfully happy, and drama-free after all.  We all faced pain, struggles, and hard times, but even in the midst of turmoil you both truly kept us first.  I don’t just mean with the material things, but in keeping watch over the delicate minds of your children.  I never heard you curse my father out or make him the villain.  You never told me horror stories of how he ruined your life, and you never filled our heads with lies.  Thank you, thank you, and thank you for that.  I know that despite your Wonder Woman façade, WonderWomanV5it was very hard on you, but you refused to let it tear our family apart.  I remember adults questioning me, because they couldn’t understand how you and Dad could still get along so well.  Thinking about it now I realize how innappropriate some people were, but what mattered is that your continued friendship gave your kids the confidence to know that we always had both our parents in our corner

A little over 3 years ago you took that friendship to another level.  You became the caregiver for my cancer-stricken daddy, and invited him to live with you and Kenny in his final weeks.  This, your ex-husband, was now the man whose doctors appointments you attended, and whose bandages you changed.  When he was at his weakest, you and D2 (please let him know that my love and appreciation for him is fully included in this letter too) did all that you could to make him comfortable.  Your home was now his once again, and in his final days I never worried about him being lonely or afraid.

Ok, now I’m crying, but it’s important for you to know that you and my stepdad showed me one of the greatest examples of unconditional love I have ever witnessed.  Maybe everyone didn’t understand.  Maybe their own pettiness in handling such circumstances wouldn’t allow them to see the brilliance of what God was doing, and you know what? That’s fine with me.  I got the message loud and clear.  Mommy, you’re one-of-a-kind.  I joke about your Vulcan tendencies, Spock_vulcan-salutebut the strength I’ve witnessed in you has shaped me in many ways.

I could go on and on, but I guess I’ve said all this for one very important reason.  Thank you for taking such great care of your long-time friend, and the man that meant the most to me in the whole world.  I want you to know that this girl’s heart will never, ever forget.

Love you always,

Me

9 Months, Too Soon

My dearest Alexandra,

I decided to write you a letter every 3 months, and I’m stunned that’s it’s already time for another one.  You, baby girl, are an active, hilarious, healthy, and joy-filled 9 month old today, and I can’t believe it!  Seriously.  Weren’t you just born?  Weren’t you just in my belly?  How is it that you’re now crawling faster than the speed of light, and eating everything in sight with your 6 teeth?!
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You’re pulling yourself up and cruising along anything you can put your hands on.  It may be the couch, your toys, or even mommy and daddy’s legs, but you’ve certainly made it clear that you’re on the move!  Wow, in 3 months you’ll be a year, and as much as I don’t want to think about that yet, I can’t help it.  My little princess is growing fast, and there’s no slowing you down…

Well, the last few months have had some serious highlights.  You squeal with delight everytime your dad and I embrace, and it’s the sweetest thing. While the experts say it’s too early to tell, the way you favor your left hand gives me hope that you’ll be like your Grandpa John and I. For the record, lefties rule! 😉 You seem to spend the majority of your time in your booster seat, eating, eating, and eating some more. image

You like some interesting combinations like cottage cheese and applesauce (that’s your dad), and you get gruuumpy when we don’t feed you fast enough (ok, that’s all me hee,hee,hee).  You even hum to let us know you’re enjoying the feast! We’re enjoying communicating with you using baby sign language, and your responsiveness and awareness fascinates me.  You’re brilliant in my eyes, and I’m getting used to the sound of “mama, mama” and “dada, dada” coming from your tiny mouth.

You took your first plane ride a few weeks ago, and just as I suspected, you’re a natural when it comes to traveling.
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Nothing seems to phase you as long as mommy’s in your sights (separation anxiety is REAL, lol), and your favorite toy is still anything that makes a crinkly-sounding noise.  You’re finally big enough for me to carry on my hip, and  you love to bounce, dance and swing in my arms.  Your laugh is hysterical, and I don’t even mind when you crack up as you squeeze and pinch my stomach.  I know you’re only trying to keep me motivitated, and what a sweetheart you are for doing just that! 🙂  But that’s not all I think about as you lay across my tummy, and have your fun .  I think about the fact that my womb was once your home, and how much has changed since then.

Sometimes I simply sit back and wonder how you do it.  You captivate my attention and it’s hard for my mind to go back to that time before you were in my life.  I was happy, and felt whole, but never could I have imagined how greatly you would change me.  You’re my darling, my sweetie, my honeybun, and I pray that every day I can show you the immense love I have for you in my heart.

Sweet dreams, and mommy loves you…always!

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My poor sleepy baby, but I had to get a picture of her finally wearing her 1st pair of shoes!! xoxo

Monday Motivation: Our Very Best Friend

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I have the most wonderful friends.  They’re loyal, caring, kind and sincere, and express their love in tremendous ways.  They keep my secrets and correct me when I’m wrong, and my life is better with them in it.  Yet, as much as I cherish them I know they can not be there for me every second of every day.  They have their own lives and families, and I can’t always call on them for my issues or problems. 

So what’s a girl to do when she needs to talk, but her husband’s at work and her girlfriends are all unavailable?  What are we to do when we feel lonely and dejected, lost or discouraged?  Who do we call on when we’re frustrated and confused, and uncertain of who (or what) to trust?  Whose opinion can we always rely on, and whose guidance will always lead us in the right direction?  In our darkest of hours and our brightest of joys, there is one name we can always call upon:  JESUS! 

He is our very best friend, and the lover of our soulsWe can go to Him for any and everything, without hesitation!!!  Oh what a friend we have in Jesus!!  He is always faithful, always constant, and always on time.  He knows us intimately and loves us unconditionally.  Our relationship with Him is the most critical one in our lives, and we should build on it constantly.  I pray that you feel enveloped by His goodness every single day, and realize the depths of God’s love for you!  There will never be another friend like Him…

John 15:13-16 (NKJV)

13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

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BE BLESSED!!!

Weekly Image of Life: Happy Holidays (Jesus is the Reason!!)

I love the holiday season!  The parties, delicious food, songs of the season, Christmas cards, decorations, giving, family fun and most of all, celebrating the birth of JESUS!!!

Please remember the real reason for rejoicing this season, and I hope you like our Christmas tree!! 🙂

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The star is my favorite part. It used to be my dad’s and it still shines brightly!

Luke 2:1-20 (NKJV)

Christ Born of Mary

2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Glory in the Highest

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

HAVE A VERY, MERRY, CHRISTMAS!!!

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