Anyone who is having troubles should pray. ... When a believing person prays, great things happen. -James 5:13,16 NCV


* No matter what your circumstances may be, you can find Joy in My Presence.   On some days, Joy is generous strewn along your life-path, glistening in the sunlight.  On days like that, being content is as simple as breathing the next breath or taking the next step.  Other days are overcast and gloomy; you feel the strain of the journey, which seems endless.  Dull gray rocks greet your gaze and cause your feet to ache.  Yet Joy is still attainable.  Search for it as for hidden treasure.

Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and
made him glad with the joy of your presence.
Psalm 21:6

Dear Heavenly Father, giver of life and joy.  I pray today that I will have the same deep love for You whether I'm walking in sunlight, or trying to climb over rocks and boulders.  I will enjoy Your presence in the sunlight, and search for You in the dreary times like hidden treasure.  You have promised to be with me and keep me in ALL PLACES.  I love You.   Amen

*This passage is taken from the Devotional "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young.  Oct. 22.


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What Matters to God

Isaiah 65:24 (NLT)
     I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!

Thank you Father for your promise to answer our prayers and your pleasure in doing so. Thank you that we are encouraged to come to you in prayer embolden by Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

We know Father that you care for us and are totally aware of the things that concern us. I am reminded of the Song Audrey Meier wrote: “It Matters to Him About You.”

Although God has millions of souls to see about
Although the sun, the moon, the stars are in his care
How wonderful to know wherever you may go
He can be reached just by a whispered prayer.

It matters to him about you
Your heartaches your sorrow he shares
Regardless of what you may do
He wants you He loves you, he cares
Oh yes, it matters to him about you
Believe it because it is true
Cling to his hand, He'll understand
For it matters to Him about you.

Father we gladly accept the comfort and assurance of 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Thank you Father that we matter to you.

With deepest love and appreciation.


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Prayer to be patience and even-tempered


Here I am facing a new day. I know that without yielding to your calmness and contentment, I will succumb to frustration and irritation.

I seek your help today.

Make me more aware of my emotions and my attitudes. Remind me that I have control over the attitudes that I choose to present to the world.

Remind me that I can learn to overcome every challenging situation today by putting on the shoes of peace and displaying an even temper.

Remind me to show kindness.

Give me more ability to receive your love and give it away to others today.*

Help me to work hard and do my best. But help me to care more about loving others than I care about getting tasks done.

Lord, I want to grow spiritually this day. I want to be more Christ-like tonight when I go to bed than when I got up this morning.

Today I will focus on developing the fruit of the spirit instead of pleasing myself.

Today I will thank you, Lord, for leading me toward love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Today I will praise you, Lord, and I will celebrate your love for me.

In Jesus' name I pray,


Copyright © 2012 Beth McLendon of

*Quote from Jack Frost of Shiloh Place Ministries - "God, help me to receive your love and give it away."

Scripture: Galatians 5:22

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The Thankful Heart

Remember what the Holy One has done, and give him thanks! [Psalm 30:4 GNT]

There is something healing about the giving of thanks. We acknowledge God's goodness when we give thanks to him in the midst of struggle and pain. We seemingly reach back to times of divine blessings when we remember what God has done in our lives. Such memories can be an anchor in the storm.

I can relate to times of pain when all I had was a memory of the goodness of God. There is something about a memory that can cause me to be thankful. When my parents passed on my memories of them caused me to be thankful for their lives. I think that it is helpful to give thanks to God in hard times.

The issue, I believe, is whether we follow the loud dictates of our head and ignore the small voice of our speaking heart. Our minds are somewhat rational and have difficulty giving thanks to God when it does not make sense to do it. Yet the heart has a different perspective because it has a different memory.

We remember what you have done in our lives Lord. And we give thanks.

For your presence in good times and bad. We give thanks.

For the people that you have placed in our lives. We give thanks.

For the ways that you work all things together for our good. We give thanks.

Fof the gift of your Son. Our hearts are filled with Thanksgiving.


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Vision of God's Love


Help us to catch a clearer vision of Your love for us. Even in the difficult times. Especially in the difficult times. Let us see beyond the present moment. Let us see Your love for us at the the cross. Let us embrace that love and live in the light of it.

In Jesus' Name,

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 Dear Lord, Thank you for those who serve You in ministry with us.  For those who have stood by our side in the good and bad times.  Have held us up in prayer, and encouraged us continually.  

Thank you especially today for Jim and Ann Weaver, who stood with Don as his assistant and Jim who made the praise team so meaningful with his writing and playing of wonderful worship songs.

For Ministry and Friendship I give you thanks.  To God be the Glory, with out You, there would be not ministry.   I love you.  Amen.


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A Day Well lived

Proverbs 2:6 (ESV)
    For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

Father, each day of life contains its own journey into the unknown. A path that may be similar to others yet unique in that it is yet to be traveled. So for this day’s journey and the uncertainties it holds, I pray for your wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

Wisdom to discern the best choices, knowledge to inform me of the appropriate options and understanding to have the insight into what will please you most.

I realize that my choices not only affect me but also those I love, respect and cherish.  So, at the end of this day, may my life be an honor to You and a blessing to those it touches. May others benefit from the mercy I have received, then it be a day well lived in life's journey. 
I pray this in the Name of Your beloved Son and my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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