Summer Devotional: 2 Thessalonians 1:11

Image result for painting of scrubbing floors2 Thessalonians 1:11:  “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”

There is a purpose is what you do.  Even when the drudgery seems unbearable and all you want to do is quit.  Don’t.  Pray instead.  Ask God to show you His purpose.  His calling.  His will for your work.

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Pithy Prayer June 26th, 2018

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Dear Father, you have blessed me with so many wonderful blessings. I thank you for each and every one of them. At the same time, I do long to be brought into your presence in glory as your child. The pain and heartache of the world, the fragility of my body, and my frustration with my own vulnerability to sin keep me longing for the day that your Son returns in glory. Until that day help me as I try to be your holy child.

Forgive me, Heavenly Father, for the times that I have lost my sense of urgency to live for Jesus. Use the Holy Spirit within me to arouse my passions to serve him with my eyes wide open and heart set on heavenly things. I know you can, and will do more than I ask or imagine, but please, awaken me to dream great dreams and imagine great things for your glory.

Thank you, Father, for giving me a window to your heart through the life and ministry of Jesus. Please bless me as I seek to know you better by knowing, understanding, and following Jesus more passionately.

Please bless my family with insight and illumination about You and Your glory. Please reveal yourself to them as You did with me.

Amen.

Pithy Prayer June 19th, 2018

Image result for morning sunriseThank you, Father, that my life and my future are in your hands. Forgive me for the times that my plans are too full of myself and not consciously dependent upon you. Thank you for rescuing me from the messes I have made because of my failed plans built around my own foolish arrogance. I gladly place my life, and my future in submission to your will and plans.

Forgive me dear God, for letting my passion for your Kingdom and your character get push to the side. Awaken me each morning with a sense of passion for your work and your will for that day.  Father, I want to be a passionate seeker.  Please make me restless for your Kingdom as my home.

It amazes me, Heavenly Father, that you let me approach you, the Almighty and Holy God. I am humbled by your promise to be at work in my life. Forgive me for the times that I have been so full of myself that I have not acknowledged your presence and grace. Make me more aware of your providential care and your daily presence in me through your Spirit. Open my eyes and heart, dear Lord, that I may know you more fully.

Amen.

Pithy Prayer June 14th, 2018

Fear Thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.Image result for victory battle good versus evil

O God you are my God, and I long to bring you honor and glory. Please stir my courage to live victoriously and passionately for you. I trust that as I display your character and live for your glory that you will strengthen and uphold me by your mighty presence within me and by your arm of grace around me. In you, I have placed my hope. Search me O God, I know that my heart is not always pure and my ways are far from perfect.

Search me O God, for I need your purifying presence. Search me, O God, for I want you to set the course and destination of my life.

Give me faith , O Lord, during the times I am weary, discouraged and beaten down. Inspire me to trust in your great promises. Please give me courage, O Lord, when my faith wavers. Help me obey your word no matter how challenging it may seem or how discouraged I feel.

Amen.

What to Expect This Summer…

Hey all!

BSF is over and for many of us that means the accumulation of dust on our Bibles begins!

Hence, I’ve been brainstorming what I can do to keep you and me in the Word (short of a full-blown Bible study as I need a break too!).

Here’s what to expect:

I will continue my devotionals on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.  Like last year, these will be short and to the point, meant to be read and digested in a couple of minutes, leaving time for personal prayer and application on your life and circumstances.

My poetry contributor extraordinare, Lissette Trahan, has agreed to share short prayers with us that she has collected over many, many years.  These will appear on Tuesday and Thursday.  For those of you who struggle to know what to pray (I know I do!), I am praying these will give you a starting point!

Saturday will continue to be inspiring quotes on my heart at the moment.

Prayer requests will be on hiatus until the Fall but if you have something, please email it to me (atozmom.wordpress@gmail.com).  If I get enough response, I will post these once a month or so depending on volume.

Book reviews will appear as I get them done and when I find those worthy of recommending.

Finally, I am asking that you please pray about donating to my blog (the donation button is in the sidebar to the right).  I am only working part-time and would like to continue to do so in order to devote time to this forum, which I feel is an important endeavor and calling, and my other writings.  If you’ve been helped this year by my studies and if you’re led to give and are able, please consider doing so.  I would be eternally grateful.  If not, no worries!  I still love you all!!!

God bless, and I hope you have a fun, warm, and God-led summer!

Last Prayer Requests for the Summer!!

Hey all!

This will be my last prayer request post for the summer so if something is on your heart either now or long term, please share!  Either post in the comment section below or email them to me at atozmom.wordpress@gmail.com

I’m wishing you a fun-filled summer and many blessings!

Prayer Requests for Week of April 22nd, 2018

Hey all!

As always, please leave your prayer requests in the comment section below or email them to me at atozmom.wordpress@gmail.com and I’ll get them up asap.

Prayer requests for my husband for advancement in his profession and for me to find a career.

Have a blessed and amazing week ahead!