Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

a prayer for perspective

 

What You declare God, will happen. You accomplish Your purposes in Your perfect ways and timing. Thank you, Lord, for being faithful and trustworthy, so I can believe and know that Your ways are best and Your timing is perfect.

Give me Your perspective and peace, use even my sinful choice for Your glory. I will trust You with my unanswered questions and my trials; I will trust Your purpose is prevailing in my story.

"As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth
    and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower
    and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
(Isaiah 55:10-11)

Amen


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Remembering Mom


Remembering Mom

This Christmas Cactus Flower is one of my mothers that Wanda ad I have preserved since her passing 30 years ago. It is a sentimental reminder of remembering her and the wonderful mother she was to me, mother in law to Wanda and grandmother to our children. Mom was noble in her character, a lady in her conduct, faithful to her family, industrious in her work, committed to her faith in God and a blessing to all her life touched. Years of missing her has not diminished my memory. love, respect and value of her. And it is with joyful expectation I look forward to the reunion with my Mom in heaven.

Thank You heavenly Father for the gift of my mother, the grace manifested in her life and the love she always supported me with. Thank you that she was not only precious to me but her life and death were precious to You. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15 (KJV)

Thank You Father for blessed memories and a glorious future. In Jesus wonderful Name. Amen.



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for hurting people

For all those who have fallen victim to hatred and inhumanity, for those loved ones who are left behind to mourn, for the souls of those whose hearts are cold, Lord, hear our prayer.

For the children who are being born into this world of conflict and violence, for women and mothers who suffer needlessly, Lord, hear our prayer.

For all those who have been forced into unemployment, who long to return to work, for all those who struggle to support their families, Lord, hear our prayer.

For the children who cry in their beds at night and wonder "what have I done?" For the mothers and fathers who must try to explain the unexplainable, Lord, hear our prayer.

For the redemption of souls of both victim and perpetrator, for those who commit themselves to the forgiveness of sins, Lord, hear our prayer.

Amen
- Author Unknown

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a vision for justice

Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:

  • a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
  • a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
  • a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
  • a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.

Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen
- Author Unknown

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Open our Eyes


Holy Spirit, breathe on us that we may see TRUTH!

Show us the TRUTH concealed in Your WORD.  The TRUTH of who You are. 

Reveal Yourself to us and ILLUMINATE our minds and hearts!

Open our eyes to the WONDER of Your PRESENCE.

Touch us so we can see...

“Open my eyes so that I may behold wonderful things from Your law.” (Psalm 119:18)

Amen
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a prayer for surrender



Father,

When you asked Moses, "What is that in your hand?" and then asked him to throw down his rod, you are reminding me of something I've missed before. That you often call us to surrender the thing we've relied on for so long to make us comfortable.

You used the everyday objects such as the jars of oil in 2 Kings 4 and the handkerchiefs and aprons in Acts 19 to do miraculous things! You use the resources You've given - and they are often right in front of us - to do Your work.

 Yet I need to set it down.

Lord, may I recognize and surrender the resources You have given you and use them to carry out Your will. Let the dry bones inside me come to life, let my heart of stone be replaced with a heart of flesh. May I see the thing I'm holding onto dearly as something to lay down.

 May I learn to get out of the boat so that You can teach me to walk on the water.


Amen
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SEIZE THE DAY




"One good deed is worth more than a thousand brilliant theories.  Don't wait for greater opportunities or for a different kind of work.  Just do the things you find to do day by day. . . 

Do it promptly.  Do not waste your life thinking about what you intend to do tomorrow.  No one ever served God by doing things tomorrow.  If we honor Christ and are blessed. it is with the things we do today."   ~~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)


Heavelnly Father...help us to seize the day.  Love and serve You as if it were our last day on this earth.  Help us to seize the moment to share the gospel, say a kind word, lend a helping hand.  May our good deeds demonstrate our deep love and affection for You, because we bear the name of Christ.  I love You.  Amen.





Amen
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No Plan B



"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men 
by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 (NIV)

John 14:6 (NIV) 
"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'

Acts 13:38 (NIV) 
"Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you."

Father, you have no plan B for our salvation. Your plan and purpose is that thought faith in your Son, Jesus, we can accept the salvation that is freely offered in Him. Thank you Father for your Plan A and for the forgiveness of our sins through the suffering, sacrifice, death and resurrection of Jesus. And thank you for reminding us: "I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name." 1 John 2:12 (NIV)

In Jesus Name we give You praise. Amen.


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to take pleasure in our work

Lord, as we go to our work this day,
help us to take pleasure therein.

Show us clearly what our duty is,
help us to be faithful in doing it.

May all we do be well done, fit for thine eye to see.

Give us enthusiasm to attempt, patience to perform.

When we cannot love our work, may we think of it as thy task, and make what is unlovely beautiful through loving service, for thy name’s sake.

Amen
-prayer of George Dawson (1821-76)

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increase your influence in our lives

"He must increase, but I must decrease." -John 3:30

Father we ask you to increase your influence in our lives. Help us to factor you in to every decision. Help us to know your presence and love each day. And speak to us of ways that we can bless and help the people that you have put in our lives.

Amen
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A time of rest


LORD, today I lift up all who are weary and burdened. I pray that You will grant them REST. A time where they can pull away from all that is causing them chaos and confusion and they can turn to You for a REFRESHING of their spirit and sweet RENEWAL to their soul.

Relieve them of their burden. Enable them to lay some things down at Your feet. Empower them to turn all that is causing their weariness over to You. 

We thank you LORD that you carry our burdens for us and that You provide the REST that we so desperately need.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily  burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)



Amen
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Christ, the Good Shepherd

O God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd of your people: Grant that, when we hear his voice, we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.
Book of Common Prayer 

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THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE



Ephesians 1:4-7  "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.  In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will -- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves."

Oh Lord, we cannot fully understand your great love for us.  That before the creation of the world, we were in your thoughts and plans.  Your desire was to make us holy and blameless in your sight, to adopt us, to give us freely all the riches, grace and mercies of heaven.  We will never comprehend this marvelous reality until we see you face to face.  But while we live our our lives on this earch, help us to seek you face, live in Your Word, and show forth this wonderful mystery in our lives.  I love You.  Amen.

 

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