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A Public Prayer

13 Sep

Wow, I just noticed it’s been almost 6 months since my last blog post. I’ll blame it on the fact that I have an almost 7 month old.  See what I did there?  I totally deflected responsibility.  I’m fully anticipating all 3 of my daughters spending tons of money in therapy later and everything will be my fault, its OK, I accept this.  So while I still can, I’ll blame my lack of blogmenship on them.

Now, to my actual blog…

I love music.  80s love ballads and 90s boy bands are my absolute favorite.  I have 10 Pandora stations; I never listen to just one station though, it’s always on shuffle (unless I’m running, then it’s only my Spice Girls station.)  No matter the genre, Jesus Culture, Bethel and Elevation Worship is on every one of them, so pretty much every other song is one of those bands.  Jesus Culture comes on so much that whenever my husband hears them he says “all day everyday.”

Last week at church we sang this song.  Here As In Heaven by Elevation.  Do yourself a favor and listen to it.  Now listen to it again. I can’t sing this song without busting out into prayer, I hope this song inspires you to pray too.

The atmosphere is changing now
For the spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the spirit of the Lord is here

Overflow in this place
Fill our hearts with your love
Your love surrounds us
You’re the reason we came
To encounter your love
Your love surrounds us

Spirit of God fall fresh on us
We need your presence
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
Here as in heaven

A miracle can happen now
For the spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the spirit of the Lord is here

Jesus, thank you so much for your love.  Thank you that you love me.  Thank you that we don’t have to clean ourselves up to come to you.  Thank you that you wait for us with open arms.  That you see us and know us.  That you make us better.  Thank you that you walk with us.  That you aren’t a statue on the wall but you’re alive right now and walking amongst us.  Thank you that your blood was shed for me, that I’m forgiven.  Thank you that the devil has to flee at your name.  Thank you that you are the one true God and that all names bow before you.  Thank you for turning heartbreak to joy and ugly to beautiful. That you come in and do what only you can do.  Thank you that through you, we are victorious.  That chains are broken and we can get to the other side. Amen.

Kisses From Katie and James

9 Jan

So it’s now 2013.  This isn’t a blog post to reflect on 2012 or to give you a list of things I want to, but most likely won’t, accomplish in 2103.

On Dec 31, 2010 at midnight I prayed “God use me more this year than last.”  Dude…..did I mean it?  With all my heart.  Did I have a clue how He was gonna do it?  Heck no!  Did He?  Yes!!!  Is He done yet? No.

This past New Year’s prayer was a paraphrase of Psalm 37:4 which says “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will grant you the desires of your heart.”  I want the desires of my heart to be the desires of God and if what’s in my heart isn’t of God, I want Him to remove that desire.  If you get the signifigance of this, please pray for me. lol

I’m currently reading Kisses from Katie and the book of James at the same time.  These 2 books totally go hand and hand; I didn’t plan on reading them simultaneously  it just happened.  Katie, the girl giving the kisses, is from Tennessee who decided to take a risk, open up her life and follow God.  To make a very long, amazing and crazy story short, she ended up moving to Uganda to teach elementary kids.  She now runs a non-profit organization called Amazima Ministries, teaches and feeds hundreds of kids daily and is currently adopting 14 young girls.

The book of James is written by James, Jesus’ brother.  I love the book of James.  I think I love it so much because I can actually understand what it says.  The majority of the New Testament is written by Paul and he’s too freaking smart for me.  I read his stuff and I’m like “ummm….what??”  James doesn’t do that to me.  I read it and I’m like “Oh, I get it, you’re talking on my level….crap, I’m totally not doing what I should be.”  To some of you, that doesn’t sound like a good reaction.  Why would I want to read something that reminds me I’m failing?  Well because self awareness leads to conviction and conviction leads to change.

Here are the 3 things that have slapped my face over the last two weeks.  I hope they speak to you and convict you like they have me…procede with caution:

– Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  – James 1:27

– Anyone then who knows the good he ought to do, and doesn’t do it, sins.  – James 4:16

– Now that I know, I am responsible.  – Katie Davis, Kisses From Katie

Straight up the Bible tells us to take care of orphans.  There are 146 million starving kids in the world and 2.1 billion people that claim to be Christians.  With 2.1 billion Christians there is no reason for 146 millions kids to be starving or for 16 thousand to die everyday due to starvation.

I live less than a mile from an orphanage; I drive past it twice a day.  There is no reason why I shouldn’t help.  There is a need.  I know it exists and now that I know, I am responsible.  I have a meeting there this Friday to take a tour and to learn about what they do and how we can help.

This year I challenge to step outside of yourself and see how you can positively effect those around you.

Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…welcome to my brain.

More Than A Prayer

5 Mar

At church today Pastor Ray said something. After he said it I looked at B and said “oh, that’s good.”  Would you like to know what he said?  Here it comes…are you ready?  He said “instead of telling someone “I’ll pray for you” why don’t you be the answer to the prayer.”  Good huh??  Who’s face is being slapped right now? Don’t feel bad, God slaps me on a regular basis. lol

How often do we tell people “I’ll pray for you,” pray for them once and then forget about it?  I’ll be honest, I do it all the time.  I tell them I’ll pray with the full intention of actually remembering to pray for them on a regular basis.  I have a family member who’s mom is going through chemo and gets treatments every third Friday.  I have an alarm set in my phone to go off every third Friday morning so I’ll remember to pray for her.

I fully believe in the power of prayer.  I know it works, I’ve seen it work but do I say I’ll pray for someone because it is the easy way out?  I’m not downplaying prayer at all but sometimes I think I say “I’ll pray for you” to get me off the hook and I don’t have to physically DO anything.  I say my prayer so I can check it off my list, feel good about myself and then I move on.

We have some friends that needed some financial help.  They didn’t ask us for money but we knew their situation.  I was literally praying “God, move in somebody’s heart so they’ll send them some money in the mail”  And immediately I heard God and felt it in my heart.  He said to me “You have money, you help them.”  To this I actually replied, to God, “Yeah well Dave Ramsey said that’s an emergency account and I’m not supposed to touch the money in that account.”  I seriously told God that.  Reading it now it sounds really stupid and I’m thankful God didn’t go Old Testament and smite me right then and there.  He’s patient and He was like let’s try this again…you do it.

Ouch!  I just wanted to do my “Christian duty” and pray and let someone else do the hard work; not me.

Did Jesus die on the cross so I woud pray and then NOT do anything?  No, no my friend, He did not.  We are called to be His hands and feet.  We are called to do the work.  We are called to love others and put them first.  Chris Tomlin wrote the Foreword for Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love.  He said to sacrifice your own comfort and welfare for another may look like madness in a safe and undisturbed world.

Jesus was radical.  His methods were not not conventional.  He hung out with prostitues, drunkards and tax collectors.  (Sounds like a party to me!)  He touched the unclean and leprous people.

Maybe instead of praying for God to show me something I need to start praying for God to open my eyes.

Love each other deeply, honor others more than yourself.  Romans 12:10

Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…welcome to my brain.