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My Wish For You

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This is a repost from a few years ago--and of course it is not the first Sunday of Advent but I did enjoy going back and reading about the "decorating" and what happened--it really put my day in perspective--smile!





Today is the first Sunday of Advent--a time to look forward to the coming of the Messiah, to dwell upon His richness versus our poverty, his righteousness against the backdrop of our sin, his wholeness in comparison to our fractured hearts-- His peace surrounding our fretting.

My prayer for you and me during this holiday season is that we would remain stress free, that decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, and buying would just be a casual by-product of an otherwise "meaningful, take time to stop and rest and enjoy your family more than ever" kind of holiday.

I have always been kinda "over the top" as far as wanting each room decorated--nothing fancy or expensive--just wanted to do it for the kids and grandkids--and that is okay--unless I…

Update on Jeff

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In my last post I told you that Jeff, our son, would be having heart surgery on Tuesday of this week.

Surgery was a great success--5 bypasses--diabetes has presented some problems with his numbers not being as good as they should but those are leveling out and things are looking so much better.

The tests they ran after the heart attack a week ago Tuesday indicated a massive heart attack.

After going in for surgery, the heart surgeon said there was minimal damage to the heart-- We are thanking God for a miracle! 

Thank you so much to all of you who have held us in prayer and love.

We can never express our appreciation completely.

Even though I haven't done it justice the last few weeks, I am still praying for the peace of Jerusalem and pray that you will join me.

Once again, thank you ever so much and God richly bless you and yours.

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Praying for the Generations

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These are our three sons, from left, Michael, Jeff and Chris--also one of our grandsons, Kendall -- Our latest grandson had not been born when this picture was taken-- I will feature him soon--
Jeff will be having heart surgery tomorrow morning-- It would mean so much to us if you kept him in your prayers. Thank you so much!
Every Monday here on the blog we pray for the precious ones--
THE PRECIOUS ONES: The precious ones include my children, my grandchildren, all descendants who come after me, all my grandparents descendants now living or yet to be born, my husband, siblings, in laws.

And you, dear reader and all those who are precious to you. God bless you as you pray here. 



W here can I go from your Spirit?

 Where can I flee from your presence?

 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

 if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me …

Need Your Prayers

God is so faithful!

Just wanted to apologize for missing a couple of Wednesdays with the prayer for Jerusalem.

 Hopefully, I will get started back on that next Wednesday. In the meantime, we can still be praying for the Peace of Jerusalem, all of Israel and the world. Jesus is the only answer to our problems.

I also wanted to ask for your prayers.

Our oldest son, Jeff, endured a heart attack while coaching a basketball game on Tuesday night of this week.  He made it through the game and my husband took him to the emergency room right after the game ended.

He is scheduled to have triple bypass surgery tomorrow or maybe as late as Monday.  He was on blood thinners and they have to get this medicine out of his system before surgery so that his blood will clot normally.

God is lifting us up and giving us a peace and a calm that surpasses what our minds can understand.

Thank you for your prayers and I will update here in a day or so.

UPDATE:  I just got word that Jeff's surgery has…

Prayer for the Precious Ones

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THE PRECIOUS ONES: The precious ones include my children, my grandchildren, all descendants who come after me, all my grandparents descendants now living or yet to be born, my husband, siblings, in laws.

And you, dear reader and all those who are precious to you. God bless you as you pray here. 

 From Psalm 78

6 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children,

 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.

 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.


From Psalm 80

Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

Our Prayer:

Oh God, we love you and thank you so much for this beautiful Monday that You have given us.

We worship You and give You all praise. 

You see the precious ones--those our hearts are so burdened for.

W…

Pray for Peace

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It is amazing to me how fast the weeks are passing. Our lives are made up of moments that turn in to minutes, hours and days.

It is my desire to have a life that counts in the prayer department.

 Every Wednesday here on the blog we take the opportunity to pray for Jerusalem and all of Israel.  I usually add one other country that I have a burden for.  So today we will also be praying for Germany.


Father,

We come before you today to ask your blessings on Jerusalem and all of Israel.

We pray that in the days ahead you will burden our hearts more and more for Israel and teach us how to pray.

In your Word we are told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and we know that you are peace--the only true peace comes from you--

We pray that you would protect Israel from those who would want to destroy her, who would want this country wiped from the face of the map.

When her enemies stretch forth their bows, may their arrows fall short--Psalm 58:7b

And not only that, Lord, but we pray that her ene…

Circle of Strength

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The following is an entry from my journal of 2001. While praying for my family tonight, I went back to reread some of my old journal entries. I hope these excerpts bless you and gives you hope and strength for whatever your family may be facing at the present.

Oh God, what do you desire for my family today? That they may be one, that they glorify you--that they have peace? You said, "My peace I leave with you." Grant us Your Peace.

Father, I thank you that you have blessed our family with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.

I pray that all of our homes will be built with skillful and godly wisdom--that by Your understanding each couple will establish their home on a sound and good foundation and that by Your knowledge all the chambers will be filled with rare and priceless treasure.

Our homes are securely built on the Rock--revelation knowledge of Your Word, Jesus is our cornerstone. Jesus is Lord of each household. Jesus is our Lord--spirit, soul, and body.

Whatever ma…

Praying for the Generations

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Every Monday here on the blog we pray for our descendants, those who have come and will come after us. What a privilege, what a responsibility.

These are the precious names I will call today--the descendants of my parents and my husband's parents--

Larry, Jeff, Kim, Kailey, Josh, Kendall

Michael, Traci, Katelyn, Caroline, Kennedy

Chris, Andrea, Ashton, Noelle, James

Mary Jane and Mike

Lindsay, David, Colby, Dawson, Lilly, Dax

Phillip, Jacob

John David, Addison, MacKenzie

Johnny and Gay

Jay, Valera, Turner, Peyton

Jud, April, Aimsley, Cooper, Abby, Jud

Mike, Betty Kai

Mika Beth, Matt, Addison, Turner Grace, Sophie

Mary Kate, Mike, Cooper, Hadley

Kyle, Becki, Annie Kate, Drew


 Heavenly Father, It is our desire to be faithful to pray for our children and grandchildren and all those to come after us in our lineage. It is also our desire to be diligent to talk to them about you--to talk of your unfailing love and promises, to let them see the ways you work in our own lives--to make …

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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Every Wednesday here on the blog we pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

I capitalized Peace because Jesus is Peace.  He is the answer to all the problems in the middle east and elsewhere.

I pray that people in Israel will turn to Him in growing numbers as well as people all over the world.

I especially have one other country on my heart today and that is Japan.  Every time the readership in a certain country goes higher than normal, it touches my heart and gives rise to the responsibility and privilege I have to pray for the precious people of that country.

Heavenly Father,  Our hearts are filled with thoughts and prayers for our brothers and sisters in Israel and Japan--also for those who do not know you and are not members of this great family of God by trusting in your only Son, Jesus Christ.  Lord, I pray today that You will make Yourself known to them--show Yourself mighty and strong and the answer to every one of their needs. May Your Holy Spirit move upon those nations and natio…

Praying for the Generations

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Praying for our descendants is such a wonderful privilege.  So today I am praying for all of them and for all of my parents' descendants.  Through the day today I will name each of them by name--the ones who have been born--God knows the names of the others yet to come.

I will pray that each one comes to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  A very intimate relationship with the Creator of the Universe is what I desire for them and what I know God desires for them.  There is a whole chapter about this in John 17.

When I was going through my fall pictures for a photograph to use today, the one above reminded me of our three sons--Jeffrey, Michael, and Christopher.


Since our three have already grown to 15 including our daughters-in-law and our grandson-in-law, it won't be too many more years before our heritage will look like the picture above and our lineage won't fit on one sheet of paper.

Wow!  Praying for a host, a multitude in one prayer is quite an awes…

Jesus' Prayer for People Everywhere & Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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'Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.
 My prayer is not for them alone.
I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me.
May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
Portions of Jesus' prayer from John 17
 When I first started this blog, I remem…

Praying for the Generations

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Praying for kids, grandkids and kiddos to come to God is such a great privilege and responsibility.

I do remind God frequently of my desire for all of my descendants to come to know Him in a very personal way, but I am really starting to look forward to Mondays when I know I will be praying with others and we will be joining together in corporate prayer (I was very redundant in that sentence but I'm not gonna change it because.......) and corporate prayer is so very wonderful and effective.  Where two or three are gathered together in His Name..........

I painted three angels recently that this our lovely granddaughter, Katelyn,  took to college with her to decorate her apartment with.  She has twinkle lights hanging over them and it looks so sweet.


And this is Kately and me when she was just a few months old--



 Heavenly Father, It is our desire to be faithful to pray for our children and grandchildren and all those to come after us in our lineage. It is also our desire to be …

Political Science 101 and What's Happening In Our Yard Today

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Iam not an expert in politics--in fact, very far from it.  However, I don't think it takes an elite intellectual to know that our country is veering further and further from what we were founded on--namely the principles of God.

God has blessed us so tremendously and now we are leaving Him out--


If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14



This verse seems to tell us that the state of our land depends upon the condition of the heart of the people of God.

What we need to do

humble oursleves
pray
seek His face
turn from our wicked ways


What God says He will do

hear from heaven
forgive our sin
and heal our land


This has to begin at the grass roots level--right in our own backyard, or front yard, our very own turf wherever that may be.

We must earnestly pray.

We must seek His face.  What do you think it means to …

Too Preachy? and Late Random Acts of Poetry Day

It's a beautiful sunshiny day here in Arkansas but a wee bit hot--we are supposed to get to almost 90 today and I am wishing for a nip in the air.

In a couple of weeks we should be having some cooler days--will look forward to those.

I hope your day and your weather are wonderful wherever you are.  When we are in the presence of God all of that is really just superficial however.

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Yesterday I mentioned "too preachy"--and I wanted to explain my position on this.

Some years ago when I first started my blog and was wanting to help disciple those who would read it, I started doing research about writing magazine articles for Christian mags.

You must remember I am old and from the "old school" so to speak but I was somewhat disappointed when I kept coming upon information that stated we shouldn't be "too preachy" in our writings.


I kept going back in my mind to those early days of marriage when I had just changed denominations. I had a w…

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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While driving through a neighborhood the other day, I did a double take when I saw these gorgeous flowers spilling over a mailbox and out into the street.

Even though I love this photo, it doesn't begin to do the flowers justice.

What is it they say about Autumn?--the year's last most beautiful smile--something like that--anyway these made me smile and made me drive in a loop to come back so I could stop and take a picture.

Speaking of seasons--I am in a season of transition in my life and I wish I was dealing with it better.  For those of you who don't know--I am 71--albeit in many ways a very young 71 as far as thinking etc.-- and have just come through my second total knee replacement.

That part of my body is healing pretty nicely although total recovery can take up to a year and I am never unaware that I have a big piece of metal and plastic in my leg.

My other adjustments include a bad back and joints trying to deal with advancing arthritis.  To put it mildly, I am…

Praying for the Generations

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Wow! It has been almost two months since my surgery. I never dreamed it would take me this long to get back to posting regularly but I hope that is what will happen very, very soon.

 I am especially thinking about the victims' families of the college shooting in Oregon this past week. My heart bleeds for those who lost family members and those who were severely injured whose lives will never be the same.

None of us have the promise of tomorrow.  And so it is with heavy heart that I am drawn back to "praying for the generations."

We know only that we have today to pray for them.


For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you,and in the day of salvation I helped you."I tell you, now is the time of God's favor,now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 


And so it is Father, that we come to you today, while we still have the opportunity, while the generations behind us still have the opportunity to choose YOU and we ask that you would start even TODAY,…

My Hiding Place

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Surely He is our only Hiding Place. In these days of uncertainty, global unrest, and crimes against God and humanity that some seem to be turning a deaf ear to--God is our only Hope.




You are my hiding place  You protect me from trouble  and surround me with songs of deliverance Psalm 32:7

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Search Me

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Search me, God, and know my heart;
 test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
 and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23, 24




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I Wore A Garland Yesterday

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Yesterday was my birthday and it was such a gift. I had the best day I've had in many weeks--physically, emotionally, spiritually and every other way.

I know as Christians that we are supposed to walk by faith and not by sight but it seems I had not been walking in my faith as I should have.  The rigors of all the aspects of rehab plus the pain had begun to take a toll PLUS I went long weeks without sleeping and sleep deprivation is a killer.

However, yesterday could not have been more beautiful.  I wore a garland--a garland of love, best wishes, cards, texts (especially from grandchildren), phone calls, Facebook greetings and I shared it with my aunt, my daughter-in-law, my sister, my sister-in-law,  a first cousin, my niece and her two beautiful children (Lilly and Dax) and two out of three of my sons--I talked by phone with the other one and his precious family.


Here is one of the flowers I wore yesterday--my beautiful great niece, Lilly Jane!



I am loaded down with garlands-…

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem IV and Afghanistan

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It has been several weeks since I posted about praying for the peace of Jerusalem but today is the day we start back on our quest to pray for Israel and one other nation each Wednesday.

Today as I thought about the readers of this blog from other countries, my heart stopped at Afghanistan.


Heavenly Father, Our hearts are filled with thoughts and prayers for our brothers and sisters in Israel and Afghanistan--also for those who do not know you and are not members of this great family of God by trusting in your only Son, Jesus Christ. Lord, I pray today that You will make Yourself known to them--show Yourself mighty and strong and the answer to every one of their needs.  May Your Holy Spirit move upon those nations and cause people in great numbers to turn to you. Oh God, our hearts go out to the refugees all across Europe and we pray Your love, peace, protection and provision for them.  May many come to You during this time of extreme hardship. We always pray in Jesus' Name for…

Recovery and Blessings to be Counted

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Ihave missed you and missed being in this spot where we raise our voices in prayer together.

As most of you know, I had total knee replacement surgery on August 11.  I have had good days and bad days--highs and lows--ups and downs--victories and defeats.

One of the good things is--the range of motion in my knee is better than my last knee surgery.

I painted for the first time since surgery three or four days ago--the sunflower picture above is the first one.

I have really disappointed myself during this recovery in many ways--being jealous and envious of those who are able to do all the things that I am not able to do--the enemy comes in and tries to make me feel sorry for myself--

of almost every person and activity I notice------------the knees are working-------and mine aren't!

Do I notice that the eyes are working and mine are also?

Do I notice that the ears are working and mine are too?

Do I notice a thousand different parts of the human body that are functioning properly …

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem III and Vietnam

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Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is such a great privilege as well as our Christian responsibility.

 We are reminded several times in the Bible to pray in this way.  One of them is found in Psalm 122:6.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
I am grateful for the privilege of continuing what I hope to be a long tradition here on my blog--the faithful prayers from God's children lifted to Him for the peace of Jerusalem.

I also wanted to include one other country each week to pray for--This week my heart is especially connected to Vietnam.





Father,

We come before you today to ask your blessings on Jerusalem and all of Israel.

We pray that in the days ahead you will burden our hearts more and more for Israel and teach us how to pray.

In your Word we are told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and we know that you are peace--the only true peace comes from you--

We pray that you would protect Israel from those who would want to destroy her, who would want t…

Praying for the Generations II

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The photo above shows three generations of our family.  I am to the left, then my grandson-in-law, Josh who is Kailey's husband (Kailey is not pictured), my daughter-in-law, Traci, who is a breast cancer survivor (remember, you prayed for her last year), and her daughter and my granddaughter, Katelyn.

Last night we had the great pleasure of hearing our granddaughter give her testimony about her mission adventures in New York City for a month and in Asia for a month this summer.

As I sat and listened to her, tears rolled down my cheeks as I recalled the many prayers I have prayed over the years that my lineage would take the gospel to the nations.*  How faithful God is to answer our prayers when we do not pray amiss.  James 4:3

It is my desire to not waste my prayers by asking amiss. And I admit it is easy to get caught up in prayers of selfishness--

5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.6 These commandments that I give you to…