Anyone who is having troubles should pray. ... When a believing person prays, great things happen.

"Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!

For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?

Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again?

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever and ever.  Amen

Romans 11:33-36



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A Prayer of Thanks

Dear Father,
September has been a month of many emotions, some leaving me feeling raw and vulnerable, and others making this time of year a little bit sweeter. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of my earthy father's parting this life three years ago. It was so hard to have him leave us, but we knew he was going to be with You and that made the parting easier. It's true that our sorrow is not without hope. And this year we have someone new to be thankful for, a sweet baby boy whose middle name comes from his great grandpa. As his grandpa struggled to leave us three years ago, this little one fought to arrive. He is here now, healthy and thriving once again, a sweet gift from the Father in Heaven. The tears of September this year are sweet.

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prayer - it is everything

"Be careful for nothing; but in everything
by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made
known to God"
(Philippians 4:6)

"And the peace of God, which passeth
all understanding, shall keep your hearts
and minds through Christ Jesus"
(Philippians 4:7)

Prayer is everything. It is our lifeline. It is the way we communicate with our Lord. It is our healing and our comfort. It is our peace. It is our life.

When we fall on our faces in humility before our Sovereign Lord, we enter into the Holy of Holies and into His Presence. We enter into the sacredness of one-on-one communication with our Savior. 

Prayer is the beginning of our growth. It is the progression of our growth and it is the ending of our spiritual growth. Prayer is everything.


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Change of Season

Father, thank you for the change of season from summer to autumn. Thank you for the beauty of the leaves as they change color, for the smells of wood fires, for the tastes of the different foods, and for the coolness of the days. As life comes out of the decay and death we see in nature, we rejoice in knowing that you bring life and restoration to us.  Amen

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Deuteronomy 28:1,2,13,14

"If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on the earth.  All thee blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you  obey your God.  ...The Lord will make you the head, not the tail if you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top , never at the bottom.  Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them."

Dear Heavenly Father, how You yearn to bless Your people.  You pour You grace upon us when we humble ourselves before You: grace upon grace to meet our every need: victory, destiny, dignity, sanity, prosperity and spiritual vitality in response to Your loving-kindness we grateful offer our loving obedience.  Oh God help us to do this.  Amen;

America ~ wake up...there is time if we will do what you requested of your people in the Old Testament....humble ourselves, and follow your commands..put YOU first in our life and in our Nation.


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Prayer for Refugees

My friend Danny is ministering to refugees in Syria and emailed me this image of refugees in Turkey. Please join me in this (UN Refugee Agency) prayer for Danny and those he is ministering to.

Compassionate God, make your loving presence felt to refugees, torn from home, family and everything familiar. Warm, especially, the hearts of the young, the old, and the most vulnerable among them. Help them know that you accompany them as you accompanied Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their exile to Egypt. Lead refugees to a new home and a new hope, as you led the Holy Family to their new home in Nazareth. Open our hearts to receive them as our sisters and brothers in whose face we see your son, Jesus.


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O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you, 
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Benedict of Nursia

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A personal expression of Psalm 23 is written by Linda Dillow in her book "Calm my Anxious Heart".

The Lord is my peace. I shall not live in anxiety. He puts me under his wing of comfort and calms my spirit within me. He takes all my anxieties on Himself and helps me to focus on Him. Yes, though I walk through a time of grave uncertainties and fierce anxieties, I will not fret ~~ for You are my peace. Your Word and Your presence calm me now. You hold my uncertainties in the palm of your hand. You soothe my anxious mind ~~ You smooth my wrinkled brow. Surely serenity and trust in You shall fill me all the days of my life. And I shall keep my mind stayed on you forever.
This is my prayer today with all the unrest all over the World.  Will you join me?


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Praying Psalm 23

You are my shepherd Lord.. you meet all of my needs.

Thank you for meeting my all of my physical needs.. I do not want for food, drink and shelter.. or for anything.

I praise you that my need for rest is met in you Lord.. that you lead me in ways that are healthy for my soul.

Who is like you Lord? No one else can restore my soul when it suffers and lead me in healthy and righteous ways.

I am confident in you Lord.. I will fear no evil.. you have been with me in my darkest valleys.. you have comforted me when my soul was in dark anguish.

My heart is overwhelmed by your provision for me.. you protect me in dangerous places.. your Spirit anoints me giving me wisdom and blessing.

The glass is not half empty or half full - my cup overflows with your love!!

And of this I am confident - goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life..and I will live with you forever.


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Nothing too hard for our God

I am so thankful that our God can do anything. There is nothing too hard for Him. There is no problem too hard. No sickness too much. No mountain too high and no valley too deep. Wherever we are in our journey, He is there. Walking right beside us and holding our hands. Cradling us in His arms and allowing us to feel His presence. He is so good.

Our God is faithful. In all things. His Word is true and we can hold tight to it and we can know that there is NOTHING too hard for our God. Praise you Jesus!

"Ah LORD God! Behold, thou hast made the heaven
and the earth by thy great power and stretched out
arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee"
(Jeremiah 32:17)


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Father, we are thankful for your grace and mercy. You have set your love on us and made us your children. We fear no condemnation because you have set us free from the power of sin and guilt. Your heart is good to us, and we can trust that everything you do is for our good. Amen

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Dear Lord, Thank you so very much for answered prayers... For the healing touch you put on my brother Hal, and his wonderful recovery.  For the calm and peace you have given Sue and Dave waiting for an important decision on his health issues.  For Pastor Jon, who will be back in the pulpit today, sharing God's Word.  You are awesome, you are faithful, you are such a prayer answering God.  How we love and adore You.  Amen


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Labor Day Prayer

Father, those of us who have jobs thank you for your provision. We pray for those who are without work. Provide for them as they look for employment, and guide them to a job that uses their talents and brings them fulfillment. Amen

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Three personal prayers I'm sharing so you can lift these dear people up in your prayers too.

Dear Lord, thank you so much for bringing my brother, Hal, through a difficult surgery.  Thank you that all the infected areas have been successfully removed.  Lord thank you that he is out of ICU and on the way a full recovery.  Lord, if the pathology shows cancer, please let the chemo be speedy and complete.  You are such a gracious God, and your mercy endures forever.

Lord, I being before you our dear friends Sue and Dave as he awaits treatment for a blockage.  You know everything about Dave's body and I know you are already working on this problem and the remedy.  Thank you for doctors that have the wisdom and knowledge to take care of these kinds of blockages.  Be with Sue, and calm her heart as she awaits the plans for Dave.

Heavenly Father, I pray for our Pastor Jon who has been down in his back for several weeks, and unable to get relief from the pain.  Thank you for the tests he is undergoing, and Lord I pray for results that will bring him comfort and relief from the pain, and bring You glory.  Thank you that my dearest, Pastor Don will be able to fill in for him tomorrow, and bring a message of Your love and serve Communion.

For all this we give thanks in the name of names, Jesus Christ the Holy One.  We love and adore You.  Amen

* The picture is a stained glass window in a little church we visited in Yreka, CA on our trip to see my brother.

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