Prayer Requests for Week of February 11th, 2018

Hey all!

Please leave prayer requests and updates.  You can email them to me at atozmom.wordpress@gmail.com or post them in the comments below.  I love praying for you all and firmly believe in the power of prayer.

Mine:  I am running for a local election where I live.  I would like prayer in this endeavor.  I also am trying to decide my work future as well.  And I’m going through a low period so pray for that as well.  My husband is also looking for more job opportunities and would like prayer for promotions soon.  He also is really struggling with what God wants him to do for the rest of his life.  He would like prayer for direction to hear God in his life.

God bless and Have an Amazing Week ahead!

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Prayer Requests for Week of February 4th, 2018

Hey all!

Please leave prayer requests and updates.  You can email them to me at atozmom.wordpress@gmail.com or post them in the comments below.  I love praying for you all and firmly believe in the power of prayer.

Mine:  I am running for a local election where I live.  I would like prayer in this endeavor.  I also am trying to decide my work future as well.  My husband is also looking for more job opportunities and would like prayer for promotions soon.  He also is really struggling with what God wants him to do for the rest of his life.  He would like prayer for direction to hear God in his life.

God bless and Have an Amazing Week ahead!

Prayer

PRAYER

Knock and I will answer
Seek and you will find
Why does it seem harder
To talk to you sometimes

Then I stop to examine
What have I done today
Have I committed any sin
Getting in the way

The only time I find it hard
Is when I move away
Make sure I stay on guard
Please help me Lord to stay

I know words do not matter
You see right through my heart
You know what I am about to say
Even before I start

I thank You God for listening
Praying day or night

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENTS

For me prayer is talking and listening to God.
It is a response to God inviting me to spend time with Him.
He wants to have a relationship and prayer
helps develop my relationship with Him.

What I yearn and long for in this life is having
that relationship with Him.
I can go to Him with problems, with confessions,
with my gratitude. He will never tire
of hearing from me,
He loves me and knows me by name.

Praying isn’t always easy. When I have sinned
and not confessed it seems like my prayers are futile.
But it isn’t that God is not there, not listening.

In the Bible it says
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”

I was seeking when I felt His presence.
Seeking is a way of praying.
God knows what I need or what I am going to say.

I wasn’t eloquent, I just cried out wanting to know Him.

Psalm 18:6
In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears

What’s Wrong with Self-Help Books?

Our BSF lecture last week insinuated there was something wrong with self-help books.  I immediately bristled.

As some of you know, I’m working on myself, trying to grow and fix some of “me”, smooth out the rough edges and I have chosen to do this through God’s word, prayer, and books.  Most of these books are self-help books.

The argument was made, “People look to themselves rather than God when they read these books.”  I think this is a valid argument if you do indeed rely on self-help books only instead of God.

But self-help books combined with God is a powerful tool.  I read books and I get ah-ha moments.

God speaks through people.  People write books (like myself).  And I believe God helps me write and He uses me to convey His message.  So why wouldn’t He help others?  Why wouldn’t God give us the gift of books through others to know Him better?  It sounds a lot like what the Bible is, doesn’t it?  Others words inspired by God and a chronicle of Jesus’s life–words written down so we can know Him.

Most of the books I read have God as a critical component in it.  It’s psychological advice accompanied by a strong message of faith and prayer.  It’s powerful.  It gives you ideas you normally wouldn’t see (I haven’t studied psychology) so you can become more like Jesus.

I believe God knows just what to put in my hands at just the right time.  Besides His word, books that teach life lessons that you can apply are powerful.  They challenge me to think, to analyze, to delve into my past, to see things through others’ eyes, to see me through others’ eyes.  They tell me things people would never tell me.

I agree self-reliance can lead to a powerful fall.  But I see nothing wrong with the desire to improve yourself and looking at other places in addition to the Bible and prayer.

Your thoughts?

Prayer of the Day

Romans 5:3-5  “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

So, through our suffering we have hope that love will be poured into our hearts.

My 2-Year Old Stutters

This started about a week ago, very gradually.  Now, it’s full-blown.  Mainly on the vowel sounds.

I was worried so I googled it and it said this is normal for boys around his age who are learning to talk.  I breathed a huge sigh of relief and determined to mention it to my doctor at my annual exam in a week.

Still, a Mama worries; that’s part of my job.  So, I listen attentively to him.  Give him the time he needs to finish his thought and repeat it back to him.

He seems to be much improved.  My ASK for the week at BSF was to pray for his stuttering to be temporary so I’m hopeful.

I will try to exercise patience and gentleness (fruits of the spirit I’m determined to work on) with him.

Is This All God Has In Mind For Me?

It’s hard to keep your goals and future plans in mind when you get bogged down in the details of everyday life.  I have to constantly remind myself that God has more than this in mind for me and if I pray everyday and ask Him for His guidance, then small steps will achieve big results.

Now, I try to keep in mind that all things are possible.  I can do this.  I can achieve my life’s purpose.  I can and I will.

My daughters have the horrible habit of saying, “I can’t.”  Well, starting today, that will be banned in this house.  It has driven me nuts for a while now so today I’m taking action.  No more limiting beliefs.  Good things can and will happen.  God can do anything so why not in my life?

Every day is a challenge and I try my best.  Some days I succeed.  Some days I don’t.  Nevertheless, I keep going never looking behind at where I’ve gone but only in the now and future.