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POWER!

We all possess the potential to use a power that is so seriously awesome…I’m amazed at how it truly works DAILY.  DAILY!!! 

I hope you too can use it and see it work.  It will work. Maybe not instantly, but it will work.  

POWER!!!

     

 

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Without Him

Do you ever feel things just aren’t right?

You ask yourself, “What am I doing wrong?”

Maybe you go through your day thinking you are forgetting something?

Perhaps nothing is going the way you expected it to?

I think we all have those moments.  This life throws so many crazy things at us like a monkey at the zoo!  (you know what they throw)  We wake up with aches and pains we didn’t have a few days ago.  Our loved ones pass away.  We have devastating news or circumstances.  We just feel blah today.  How do we do it?

I just got on my knees and prayed for two separate families who have lost such a vital part of their family structure this week.  I know they feel like the air has been sucked right out of their lungs.  They are in such pain, it truly is heartbreaking for everyone who knows them even just a little bit.

On my knees, I thanked God for the awesome things that will come out of these tragedies.  I heard those words come out of my mouth and then found myself surprised at it.  What did I just say?  Then into my brain came….Awesome things can come out of pain when eyes turn to Jesus. There was the answer.  JESUS is the answer!

Then I also asked God to show them Him in all of this, because they can’t do it RIGHT without Him.  Nothing can be done RIGHT without him.  You can think it’s all good and be satisfied, but you are missing out on the endless possibilities that are available when you do not lean on your own understanding, but fully put your trust in HIM.  Let me repeat this, NOTHING can be done RIGHT without HIM.

God just showed me things in my prayer that I needed to remember.  I need to keep remembering and I pray that these two families can as well especially right now.  That is what I’m praying for the most.

GOD is Awesome.  There is nothing impossible when He is in the mix.

Do you feel like things just aren’t right?

Wonder what you are doing wrong?

Forgetting something?

Life just not turning out the way you expected it?

Are you WITHOUT HIM?

Please let Elvis explain it in his rendition of WITHOUT HIM:

Anxious

PHILIPPIANS 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

I get anxious about things.  I don’t call it worry, but that is what it is sometimes.  I’m not saying I’m a “worrier” (is that how you spell that?), but I do concern myself with things that really aren’t necessary at times.

This week I have a lot of things ahead of me that need to be done and I’m praying that everything goes smoothly.  I know there are much crazier things going on in this world than the things in front of me, but I ALSO KNOW that Philippians 4:6 says IN EVERYTHING… meaning God cares about all of it!

I can take anything to HIM…BIG or small.  I take absolute comfort in that.  I feel at peace knowing that He cares and wants me to ask Him for help.  He is there for me and I can speak to Him.  I thank Him and praise Him for it all!

He knows my fears.  He knows my concerns.  He knows what I have to do.  He knows how it will turn out.  I thank Him in advance for all of the things He is doing and will do with all the stuff that needs to be done this week.  I love that I can count it all already as blessings!  I’m confident in HIM.  He is my confidence.

Thank You God for this verse, for allowing me to take my cares to you and for giving me the assurance that YOU WILL BE WITH ME through it all!  Amen.

Unspoken

There are so many people out there with secrets, with torment and pain.  We go on knowing that what we are doing is wrong.  Believe me, I know this, because I’m one of those.  I’m certain you are too.  You have something you haven’t told others about yourself or there is something that you do that you know you shouldn’t.  You try not to, but it happens. Sometimes we may do it and not even realize it until it’s out there–like a lion released from it’s cage!  I could start listing specific things, but I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  WE ALL SIN.

Most of us judge our sins by others’ sins.  We tend to think our sin is better or “cleaner” than someone else’s sin so it’s not so bad.  Some of our sins are culturally accepted so what’s really bad about it?  We think such sins are just “ok.”  It’s not.  It’s still dark, ugly and of the devil.  Anything that is “of the devil” is NOT ok.  Still, we don’t think that way… we don’t see the sin for what it truly is and keep on doing it, not concerned with what it may be doing to ourselves or to those around us.

What is it doing to your TESTIMONY?

I have an unspoken prayer request for someone I know who needs God’s strength to overcome sin.  We all need that.  We all need to pray for each other.  We need GOD’s strength to get satan off our back and to pull away from all the sins that plague us.

Prayer is power!  We are blessed with this power in the present world …helping us prepare for the world of reward promised to us by the blood of JESUS!

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

PRAY ANYWAY

How wonderful an honor it is to me when people ask me to pray for them!  The more specific they can get about exactly what to pray for, the more I love to do it.  Not to say I won’t say a general prayer by any means…  I just think praying for someone especially when they ask you to is an awesome power God has given us.  No matter what circumstance, prayer is power.

What about those ones you know need GOD?

These are the ones you know  NEEEEEEED PRAYERS.  

You know that they seriously need to leave chaos behind and seek some peace in their life.  You see it by their attitude and their fruit.  Their fruit is rotten, stinky and full of worms.  Ew.  They are flippant and rude to others.  Their attitudes are sour, their disposition down and for the most part, they are just down right mean.  

What about THOSE?  

They are not asking you to pray.  

They couldn’t care less whether you utter their name to God or not.  

It’s doubtful they even believe in the ALMIGHTY, SOUL SAVING, ALIVE AND AMAZING GOD!   Whaaaaaaaat?  

Get this…THEY MAY EVEN HATE YOU FOR PRAYING FOR THEM!  ***superGASP!***

I admit that praying for these people is harder than the ones who ask earnestly for you to lift them up in prayer.  It’s harder to want peace for these people, because most of the time they have this cloud of negativity surrounding them that harbors and creates the very opposite of peace.  Most of the time, it messes your happy, positive cloud.   To me, I see their cloud as a call.  It’s a call that they need something.  They need some action…some intervention!  They need prayers.  BAD.   So, whether they like it, want it or hate that I’m doing it… I’m gonna…

PRAY ANYWAY. 

 

 

Who were YOU praying for?

This question hit me right between the eyes yesterday.

Let me start with GROCERY SHOPPING. I detest it, but yesterday, as my youngest and I were planning on going together, we came up with this plan to BUST OUT IN DANCE to “Gangham Style” in the middle of shopping. He was actually very excited about doing this and I am up for ANYTHING that will make grocery shopping less funky. So, it transpired. We zoomed through the shopping, giggling and dancing. It was FUN. I had fun grocery shopping. That is a sentence I thought I’d NEVER EVER write. Ever.

Then it was time to check out. (dun dun duuuuuunnnn…) The man behind the register had a permanent frown on his face. He was sour. I only assumed he hated his job. Perhaps he is not a morning person and it was before 10 a.m. I continued to guess why he didn’t own a smile. Then I started to pray. I started to pray that he smiled or showed some semblance of happiness. Nothing. I prayed and prayed. He said about five words to us. No words of happiness, only words of necessity like speaking the total to me. When I left Walmart, filled the car with all of our goods and began to drive over to our next stop, I said something to my son about wishing everyone loved their work. I mentioned that our checker was visibly unhappy. My child says, “He might of just been having a bad day.” That somehow helped me smile about the encounter, but it also made me realize that my child has a heart for others.

I admit, I didn’t think a lot about Mr. Grocery Cashier Man after that until this morning when his face popped into my head while praying. I talked to God about him and was just going through the list of reasons again–why he might not have been happy. I also thought about how I prayed for him while I was standing there un-admiring his scowl. God said: WHO WERE YOU PRAYING FOR? Were you praying for that man or for you? Were you selfishly asking to see a smile on a man’s face who apparently couldn’t give it or were you seriously praying for that man. Was I praying for WHATEVER reason, circumstance, struggle, battle he was going through? OR was I just so wanting to see a smile, I was asking or perhaps even demanding God do it right then– without any sincerity, compassion or caring? Looking back, meditating on that question and knowing why God asked it of me, I KNOW, I was praying for me! I had such a great experience shopping (for a change)that I didn’t want some sour-faced cashier to break my stride. HOW SELFISH! Prayer is such a powerful thing, but I was using it all wrong!

I still have no idea why cashier man was sad or maybe if he even was? I just know that no matter what is going on with him, I should have been praying for him. I should always sincerely and wholeheartedly pray for others. I don’t want to be selfish in my prayers. I want my prayers to point to others hurts, needs and even wants. If it is in God’s will, I know He will grant it. I thank Him for that! I thank Him for the power of prayer!!! AND I sure hope I can ALWAYS use that power the way I’m supposed to.

I choose to be happy.

There are times in life where sadness overwhelms you.

Things happen… life is a bit chaotic or even uncertain.

Uncertainty seems to make us all uneasy and a bit crazy.  Ok, a lot crazy.

THINK ABOUT IT THOUGH: Life changes all the time.  Why aren’t we ready for it?  We don’t properly prepare ourselves for it.  Do we even know how?  Who knows?  I can’t answer those questions.  They might as well be statements.

I do know, that instead of crying for days or griping about the situation, I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY.  Is it easy?  Not really.  At times, it’s so hard it makes the heart hurt, but still, I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY.   I might get sad and even cry some, but I still gotta choose to be happy.  It might take talking myself into or setting my mind on other things like sunshine and sprinkles.  It ESPECIALLY takes PRAYING A TON.

Whatever tactic needs to be taken in order to do it…I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY.

No matter the situation or circumstance…

I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY.

 

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