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Intercessor

Intercessor: a person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayer.

I heard this word used last night.  A sweet person told me she is an intercessor.  I’ve met intercessors before and I know what intercessory prayer is, but I had never really thought of those people that pray for us being called that specific word.  It is beautiful to me.

An intercessor stands up for us.  They call on God for us.  Wow.   That is just wow.

I mention a lady from our church many times who lived until she was 95 and was always praying.  She was a mighty intercessor!  I strive to be more like the example this wonderful lady was for me.  I thank God for putting Mrs. Pearson in my life to show me what a real God gal is.  She was amazing and lived her life for our Lord.

Once again, I thank God for putting other people in my path that are great examples.  This sweet lady that used this “intercessor” word is yet another one.   I met Mrs. Anne through a mutual friend and each time I’ve been blessed to see her, I have always felt the Spirit of God on her.  She amazes me with her prayer life.  She shares her miracle stories and makes me smile.  She is a blessing!  And an intercessor!

Oh God, please allow me to become more and more of an intercessor for those who need me to all on God for them.  And thank You again, Lord, for giving me examples of these type of people.  I am in awe of how You use Your people.  I praise You for that especially today!  Amen!

Peace, I love peace!

First let me say, I know nothing can be as huge as the sending of God’s only son to us as a great sacrifice and the pouring out of grace.  This was the most precious blessing we could ever receive.

I am reminded over and over that our JESUS LIVES!

I am absolutely overwhelmed by the blessings God showers down.

TODAY I got to see the power of HIS word.  I got to see prayers work almost as soon as they were voiced.  I got to see HIM at work.  It was an overwhelming feeling to know that God did that just for me.  My blessings today were many things, but the best gift was that of peace today.

I love peace.  I’m overwhelmed by the fact that He allowed peace to flow abundantly in my life today.  I just had to type it down!  I know, there are no details.  Just know, PEACE was what happened.

Peace, I love peace!

Am I?

We all have questions. Some more than others.  I’m not a big question asker.  I’m not inherently nosey. I am not a good investigator. 

But I do have this question I ask myself daily. Sometimes I ask it numerous times a day. I’m usually not a person who worries, but I admit, I do get concerned about this question.  I believe that if you are a Christian as well, you will relate to this question. You have probably uttered this question under your breath, in the corners of your mind or even blurted it out in prayer.  

“Am I doing enough to show others JESUS?”

I don’t think any of us are ever truly hitting our full sharing Jesus potential. So maybe my question should be, 

“Am I trying as hard as I can to share You, Jesus?”

Some days don’t seem as full of effort as others do to me.  At times, I feel like I’m walking the way I’m supposed to, but then I trip up.  I am so grateful we can be in constant contact with the Lord. Prayer is power and helps me feel the confidence I know I can always have in the Lord.  My crazy mind gets all tangled up with things of this world, though and I know I fail at sharing JESUS through my speech and actions. 

Lord, please remind me constantly that I need to walk the walk and talk the talk.  Jesus did so much for all of us and I never want to be one of those who deny His grace. I want to be clothed in it and shine so brightly that others know without a doubt I have Jesus is in my heart.  I pray that my question can always be answered with a YES. YES I AM.  In His precious name, amen.  

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:

ONLY GOD can do stuff like that!

I was asked to pray for a specific thing by a friend the other day.  I got down on my knees and asked God to help her, give her calm and to provide whatever He can to make her at peace with the situation.  Little, and let me stress LITTLE did I know that what He would provide would be bigger and better than anything I could imagine.

My friend Tammy who I’ve written about on here before is a Christian motivational speaker.  She had been asked to speak at a funeral of a very dear friend–one of those “inner-circle” friends.  This friend had battled cancer and had planned on Tammy and the other friends in their circle to help with arrangements.

The prayer I prayed for Tammy was calling to God about somehow making it possible for her to speak at that funeral even though she was previously booked to speak out of town.  There were just a handful of people who knew about this dilemma and we were all praying.  There is no way the prayer warriors could see what was coming.  And there is no way any of us can explain it or rationalize it… we can only be in awe of what happened…

Here’s the message I received from Tammy about the solution:

A man contacted me today. He has a private jet. His wife has cancer. He has hired a pilot to fly me to Abilene in his private jet as soon as funeral is over. Only God can do stuff like that. Only God can make the impossible possible. It will only be me and the pilot on the plane. He said to me….no charge. Just keep helping people.  …

It’s exactly what she said: ONLY GOD can do…THAT!

This man listened to God, because that is WHO told him to offer his help.  This is not a person for his own glory …this is a man who wants to see GOD glorified by doing great things.  Wow.

“Wow,” is what I just keep saying over and over about this.  I was honored to be able to pray for this situation and humbled by the amazingness, total awesomeness that came together.  My puny little brain could never imagine… a private jet!?!

This is GOD showing up and there is nothing else you can say to explain this.  ONLY GOD CAN DO STUFF LIKE THAT!

Just try and tell me there’s no God…  HA!  Not buyin’ it.  There is a GOD and HE is awesome… and He has more plans and solutions than we could ever imagine.  Awesome.

ONLY GOD can do stuff like that!

Leaving with a song Tammy shared with me that she said she kept singing… (it’s so true!)

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.”

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.

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