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

just pray...

"And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the LORD will 
raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven"
(James 5:15)




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Father, we pray for those who have been affected by Hurricane Isaac. Watch over those who have lost their homes, and provide for them. Bless those still in its path. Protect them and provide for them. Amen

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Fervent Prayer

Help our prayers today dear Lord reflect the reality that we are loved and forgiven.
Cause the hope of eternal healing to arise in our hearts as we pray for each other.
Embolden us with the confidence of righteousness when we approach your throne.
Let the power of the Holy Spirit fall on us teaching how and what to pray today.

In the name of Jesus. Amen

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God's Great Faithfulness

Lamentations 3:22-24 (NLT)
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
    therefore, I will hope in him!”
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 We are visiting our daughter and sil in Brookings OR. What a beautiful place to showcase God's Creation.

Today, Lord, I'm so thankful for the safety you give us while traveling. Today I pray for everyone on the road traveling back home from vacations. Guide and protect and on this Sunday while folks are on the road....give a sense of your love and protection. Thank you for your traveling guardian angels. We love you.  Amen.



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Help our Words

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. -Psalm 19:14


Let grace fall from our lips today Lord.
Cause encouragement to flow from our hearts to others.
May our words be ones that refresh and comfort.
Help our words bring your grace to the hearer.

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anyone among you sick?


"Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? 
Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let
them call the elders of the church to pray over them
and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person 
well. The Lord will raise them up. If they have
 sinned, they will be forgiven"

(James 5:13-15)

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Thank you sweet Lord for the power of prayer. Thank you that you hear our petitions and that you care for the things that trouble us. You tend to our wounds and our hurts with the sweetness of your healing spirit. And for that we are so grateful. Thank you for the ability to lift our voices to you. We are so thankful that when we offer a prayer in faith, your Word says we can experience healing. You are so worthy of all our praise and all our honor and all glory goes to you. 

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Prayer for the Week

From Scot McKnight

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Worship is the lifestyle of a grateful heart.  To worship is to respond, to respond to a Lover who always loves and always draws near.  What is my response to the One who has given all?  I can only bow before Him every day ~
I bow my knees.
I bow my words.
I bow my attitude.
I bow my work.
I bow my times of waiting.
I bow my pain.
I bow my will.
I bow ONLY to HIM.

Lord help me to daily to bow in these ways.  I love you.  Amen


I'm reading a book by Linda Dillow, called "Satisfy My Thirsty Soul."  This is an excerpt from it.







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To the Potter of our Souls



Have your way with us Lord.
Pour the waters of your word on our hearts.
Grab hold of our very beings.
Work the difficult experiences of our lives for good.
Mold us into the image of Christ.
To you belong all glory and praise.

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Prayer for the School Year

Father, bless the students who are beginning another school year. Give them wisdom and strength as they learn. Bless the teachers as they instruct and as they serve as examples to their students. Bless the parents as they let their children go, whether for the first year of preschool or the final year of college. Amen

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Game On for Kelli

Kelli is One of the first friends I made in the Blogosphere. She is shortly joining her husband overseas to support him as he serves America in the military. This thirty something young believer has had many devastating health trials as of late. Many times I have cried in prayer for her. Please join me in praying for Kelli as you read what she has shared lately ...

Yesterday: Praying friends, I would so appreciate your prayers today. This rheumatic disease is really ravaging me. The pain is tremendous in my spine and pelvis, and it's now messing with my hands, and rib cage too. I've got so much to do before I leave in a few days, and 18 hours of flying ahead, which will be... challenging with these pain levels. Any and all prayers are welcome.

Last Weekend: I've dreaded posting this, because they aren't the results we wanted, and I know you've all been praying so much for me. I don't want you to be discouraged!

So, the not so good news first: all my scans came back positive. The disease the doctors feared I might have has indeed set in, and is wrapping my Sacroiliac joints and pelvis.

Now for the good news, and as I see it, there's a long list:

1.) We've caught it early. We are going to hit it very, very hard with drugs and try to drive it into remission.

2.) If I hadn't gone blind, I wouldn't have had these tests, and wouldn't have discovered this disease was silently eating away my future. I would have assumed it was just pain from my past spine surgery and not been checked out until it was too late to do anything. Thank God for blindness at the right time :P

3.) My eye specialist noticed a slight improvement in my eye today, and believes my body is fighting back, despite everything. He believes there is still hope to see the vision improve.

4.) One of the top experts in rheumatic disease in the Middle East has his office five minutes away from the apartment Dennis just contracted in our deployment country.

5.) My eye specialist provided me a list of not one, but four specialists with his same credentials, most US-trained, who have offices in our deployment country.

6.) All of us have some kind of ticking time bomb in our bodies. We'll all die of something. For some it may be heart disease, for others cancer, or liver disease, or whatever. Most people get hit with their time bomb when they're in their fifties or sixties and don't have as much energy to fight. But I have the luxury of attacking my disease NOW, when I'm young. And you better believe I am going to put up one H-E-double-holy-sticks fight against this thing. This disease has been attacking me, but it doesn't know the meaning of the word siege. It will :D

Anyway, thank you all, so much for your prayers. Now we know. Now I fight. Game on.

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we know He hears

When we lift up our voices in prayer to our very mighty and powerful God, we should do so with eager expectancy. We know that our God hears our every petition. He hears our cry and he cares. We can have the sweet assurance that nothing we are going through goes unnoticed by our Lord. He cares about the smallest details of our lives and those things that matter to us matter to Him even more. So whenever we hit our faces in prayer, we can be certain that He already knows what we are going through and that He is just waiting for us to voice it to Him so He can begin ministering to our hearts and souls. 

We may not always get the answer that our flesh desires, but we always get the answer that will lead to the greatest glory in our lives. God is faithful and we can trust and believe that the answer to our prayers will always be what is best for us. 

So lift your voice to God and expect that He will begin a mighty work in your life. 

"I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me"
(Psalm 120:1)

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"I lift up  my eyes to the mountains - where does my help
come from? My help comes from the LORD, the
Maker of Heaven and earth"
(Psalm 121:1-2)



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