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An Easter Prayer

faith inspiration Apr 04, 2021

I dare you to pray this aloud...

An Easter Prayer

Jesus my Lord, you defeated death and the grave! 

I reflect on your amazing grace and rejoice in your salvation.

Shine your light in me, through me, over me.

Remind me as a believer in Christ that I have your Resurrection Power fueling my daily life.

Lord, help me to live in the gladness and grace of Easter Sunday everyday, proclaiming your good news to everyone in my path.

May I reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

Thanks be to you God, for your indescribable gift! To you be glory and honor, on this Resurrection Day, and forever.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Praying you and your family have a blessed Easter!

 

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Got 'Nuff Prayer?

faith inspiration Mar 27, 2021

Have you ever wondered why you should persevere in prayer?

  • To persuade God to overcome his reluctance?
  • But what if we know it is God's will?

Dutch Sheets shared an insightful message on this a few days ago that has me extra excited about the power of prayer and why we must persevere.

Dutch shared that "just as invisible elements of our natural world can be measured, such as oxygen or carbon dioxide, there are unseen spiritual substances, as well, which are no less real and exist in varying degrees or measures."

This is important when we realize the truth that God has made a decision to work on earth through humans.

In the Bible we see stories that demonstrate times when something was God's idea, God's timing, and God's will. Yet it took persevering prayer to accomplish it.

"I realized that when perseverance in prayer was necessary, it wasn’t to persuade God or overcome His reluctance. It was to release more of His power," said Dutch.

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Calling All Mama Bears

faith Mar 06, 2021

Calling all mama bears! 

Can we agree that we've never seen a time like this? We might think that our battle is with people or a political party or other things we can see, but let me remind us that  God's word says our battle is in the unseen:

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12 NIV

Every struggle plaguing us is a battle between darkness and light, death and life.

Death, you say?

  • the death of over a million innocent & defenseless lives every year through abortion
  • the death of many through a virus
  • the death of a government run by the people and for the people
  • the death of the nuclear family as designed by God
  • the death of children's God-given destinies as they are tricked into believing they are not what God created them to be
  • the death of children's God-given destinies through sex...
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Do You Feel Like Quitting?

 

Do you ever just feel like giving up?

You have hopes, but keep hitting roadblocks...

it's just too hard?

I had that day a few months back and God sent me a message at just the right time --

It came out through my printer!

Please allow me to share the story with you through this video.

It encouraged me, and I hope it will also encourage you.

Comment and let me know that you are choosing to NOT quit.

If you have a friend who is ready to quit, please share this post with her.

Blessings, my friend!

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Praying in Unity Starting on Ash Wednesday

faith Feb 17, 2021

I think most agree at this point we find ourselves in that God is our only hope.

This past year we have seen everything else crumble around us. It's time to, in unity, lift up our eyes to the One who can help us.

Would you like to join me and thousands of others on a 40-day prayer journey?

WayMakers for years has been publishing a 40-day prayer guide leading up to Easter that includes prayers of biblical hope.

Every year I look forward to praying through it, knowing the powerful prayers will be mixed with people from all around the world. It's so exciting!

So, order your copy today and let's get started. 

For yourself:

Get the Seek God for the City 2021 eBook here. (Or you can also order a paper copy of the book there.)

For your kids:

With specially-written prayers from the same Bible verses, the Children’s Guide to Seek God for the City 2021 helps families pray together and empowers kids to learn how to pray for their community. Get the no-cost,...

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A Scripture for You

faith Feb 13, 2021

Happy Valentines Day!

I made this printable 1 John 3:18 scripture -- download it, print it off, and post it in your home. If you have a 4x6 frame on hand, this will fit into it perfectly.

I pray will be a blessing to you and your family.

Helping moms move from frazzled to fun moms drives me every day.

I strive to inspire moms to turn their eyes up to the Lord, and take practical steps in their homes to make things more sane so they have more space to love Him and their family.

Download this gift, then share this post with a friend so the scripture can bless her family, too. 

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Happy Heart Day in Honor of Baby Dottie

in my life Feb 06, 2021

Dottie was not even a week old and she was in the biggest fight of her life...a fight for life.

We were all praying, including Kathy, who showed up at prayer group with some of the cutest little shoes. They were for Dottie. 

"Every girl's gotta have red shoes," Kathy said. "Especially when your name is Dorothy."

Baby Dorothy, "Dottie", was born 21 months ago to our niece Caitlin and husband Brad. An ultrasound had shown that the heart might be irregular, but they had no idea until she was born that she had only half a heart, and a very rare and serious version of it.

 God's provision was unreal: the best surgeon in the world for this type of surgery served at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital Children's Heart Center, right there in Houston. Parents from all over the world bring their children to this surgeon because he is the only one that offers this surgery.

Dottie had to fight through two lengthy open heart surgeries within the first two months -- the...

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3 Fun and Thrifty Valentines DIY's

home organization Jan 31, 2021

Want some fun and thrifty DIY ideas for Valentines Day?

1. Make a custom heart-shaped puzzle - This 8-piece puzzle is super cost effective at only $1.50. Directions:

    1. Print a favorite picture of you and your sweetie onto matte photo paper in a 5x7 size.
    2. Snap the jigsaw pieces together and lay them on top of your photo, then trace around the puzzle's perimeter with a pencil. Cut out the resulting heart shape.
    3. Turn the photo and all the puzzle pieces facedown. Position the bottommost puzzle piece along the corresponding part of the back of the photo. Trace closely around the puzzle piece with a pencil, then remove. Repeat with the remaining puzzle pieces.
    4. Using small scissors, carefully cut out each jigsaw shape from your photo with scissors. Use an acid-free glue stick to mount each cutout, face up, to its matching puzzle piece, also face up. Decorate an envelope or small box to package them in.

2. Coffee filter heart wreath - This is simple, but has many...

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Aslan is on the Move

faith inspiration Jan 20, 2021
 

“They say Aslan is on the move— perhaps has already landed.” Yes, I do believe He has.

In July, as I took long walks in the Eleven Mile Canyon while my husband fly fished, I spent hours in prayer. I rarely encountered people, so it worked really well to just go ahead and talk out loud to God.

Over and over again I heard out of my mouth “Roar, Lion of Judah” and I imagined that great lion Aslan, from the Chronicles of Narnia series, standing boldly up on the high cliffs.

When I came home and told a friend about all the “Roar, Lion of Judah” proclamations, she asked what that meant. I told her I was not exactly sure.

All of 2020 I had my phone screen saver set to a Lion and Lamb in the clouds picture, and I had been reflecting much on Jesus, the Lion of Judah.

I was captured years before by the lion Aslan, the central figure of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the other Chronicles of Narnia books.

He shows up in chapter twelve as...

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Our God is Marching On

faith Jan 16, 2021
Reflecting this morning on God, the great Ancient of Days, and thankful that our country was founded in covenant with Him. He is sitting on His Throne today as He has across all the ages.
 
I've listened to The Battle Hymn of the Republic, by Julia Ward Howe, a lot in the last few days. I didn't really ever know what, in the first verse, "He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored" meant. According to what I read in the dictionary, I take this to mean He is trampling out a season of time of unjust or oppressive situation or action, or policy that may inflame desire for vengeance.
 
People of God, may we with great diligence continuously unite our hearts in prayer that God's will be accomplished in our country, that we will be "a city on a hill" to shine to the world, as John Winthrop declared.
 
May we watch in great faith and expectation for God to accomplish His will. Our God is marching on.
 
Mine eyes have seen the...
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