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we don’t pray

Hello blog readers.. I didn’t intend to write what I’m about to write.. Honestly, I never thought about it in this way before today…

This evening I prayed for things regarding our nation, and world. For the past few months, I’ve committed to praying more – -for others, for myself, for strangers, for whoever/whatever God places on my heart. As I prayed tonight, the Holy Spirit interceded, and totally grieved my spirit.

In the middle of my prayer, my heart became grieved — as if it were broken. I sobbed and wept and asked God to forgive us. We have turned away from Him- and it hurts His heart. I wrote down some things that the Holy Spirit interceded on behalf of:

We don’t pray. We only pray when we want something. We only pray for people we know, and not for people we don’t know. We only pray for government leaders when we fear how it might affect us. We don’t consult God, and ask Him for His wisdom. We consult ourselves. We rely on ourselves, and not God. We rely on our own counsel. We rely on our money. We rely on our relationships. We rely on our image to sustain us. We have forgotten about the covenant God made with us. A covenant is an agreement. He promised to make a people for Himself, and He has kept His word. You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure. He is faithful to His covenant. We are unfaithful. We have given our hearts to things of the world. We cry out to Him only when we need Him. We blame Him for our problems. We mistreat Him. We don’t invest in relationship with Him. He deserves better than we offer Him. We don’t know Him like we could.

He’s the same God who sent His only Son to die for us.  He’s the same God who called Abraham His friend. He’s the same God who brought life from the dead womb of Sarah. He’s the same God who Moses relied on for miracles. He’s the same miracle-working God who David served. He’s the same God who defeats giants. He’s the same God who fights our battles – and gives us victory. He is the same now as He was before He laid the foundation of the earth.

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

We are Gomer – the wife of Hosea, to Him. We prostitute our hearts before Him. We turn away from Him every chance we get. We cheat on Him with other gods, with things of the world.. We idolize people! We idolize money, and possessions. We covet the things that others possess. We put many things before Him. And then, we ask Him to help us. We don’t live for Him, but we look for His blessing. We ignore Him — until we need Him for something.

Imagine how we hurt the heart of God. Jesus endured the cross for us, and we still pain Him. We still pierce Him. We don’t even acknowledge God. We live our lives for us, not Him.  Father forgive us. Please Father, forgive us.

Holy Spirit, give us no more than we can bear – but burden our hearts so that we become a prayerful people. Do whatever needs to be done Father, to make us pray. We need revival Father. We need this. I want this for us, and for YOU. I want you to be loved by your people. I want Your heart to be filled with love from your people. ALL of your people — not one be left out. You are Love. All I have is my heart, and I give it to you. We are sinners who have fallen short. Take our hearts, and clean them up. Turn us into a people who pray.

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 will heal their land. 2 chronicles 7:14

If you said it, I believe it. I believe 2 chronicles 7:14. Turn us into a people who prays with our families, and in private, and in public. You cannot lie, and if you could, you wouldn’t — because you are good and righteous.

Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

Giving with intent

 

Hello blog readers, I’d like to take a moment to share something that I believe will bless your life.

The Holy Spirit spoke very specifically to my heart today about giving. There’s a particular kind of giving that we as believers should keep close to our heart. God wants our giving to have purpose.

When giving (specifically when tithing), be intentional. It shouldn’t be a ritualistic thing we do. If we aren’t careful, it’s easy to put something in the offering plate because that’s just what people do on Sunday. That is unintentional giving. The condition of the heart is what matters to God.

Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.

Our heartfelt intention to advance the gospel is what’s important. That’s why we sew into ministry work! We give out of obedience to God — to advance the gospel to people and communities nearby and around the world.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 2 Corinthians 9:12-13

We shouldn’t limit our giving to the local church we attend. God touched my heart today after I watched an online sermon (for the 3rd time because it blessed my spirit so much). Even though I’ve given my tithes, it would be selfish of me to indulge on this spiritual meal for days, and not sew into the ministry if I’m able to give. The goal is to advance the gospel. The goal is for the good news to reach the entire world. I’m so thankful He opened my heart to sew, so that others can continue to be blessed through the works of that ministry.

If the Holy Spirit convicts your heart about giving, be joyful. He’s preparing you to receive something much greater than you could ever give yourself! Pray for God to prepare your heart so that your giving is intentional according to God’s will. The enemy will attack you with feelings of financial doubt & worry (can I afford to give?), and immediate return (selfish motive) because the last things the devil wants to see are heavenly blessings poured into your life.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

** Also, giving extends beyond our tithes. The giving of your time is valuable to God. Giving God your time is very beneficial to you, and others. Your alone time with Him is when He pours into your spirit. He shares wisdom and love that deepens your relationship with Him. He expects us then, to share with others what He has shared with us. Alone time with God can be given in many ways. These are some ways I like to spend alone time with God:

  1. Prayer
  2. Reading His Word (and listening to the Audio Bible app)
  3. Reading scripture-based material (Right now I’m reading “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves)
  4. Listening to worship music, and singing to God (Pandora is good if you aren’t sure what song to play.. Pray for God to allow what you need to hear to play. It works! Type in a gospel artists name, and it will switch up the songs within the same genre)
  5. Watching online sermons (Some of my favorites are from Pastor Joanne Rosario Condrey, and Joseph Prince)
  6. Writing / journaling – I have a personal journal that I write ‘letters’ to God in (praises, petitions, emotions… I also look to Him every time I write a blog. When I write here, I consider it time spent for and with Him)
  7. Coloring! I have an adult coloring book called “Coloring the Psalms”. Coloring the detailed templates over a period of days is a good way to meditate on the scripture. 

And, praying is an act of giving. We advance God’s Kingdom when we pray for others!

1Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

I pray that this blog has blessed you, and that we all be intentional givers who sew into God’s Kingdom!

In case you’re interested, this is the video I’ve watched several times this week that has blessed my spirit:

My Goodness!

Hello blog readers. I’d like to take some time to praise God for His goodness, and share what I’ve learned.

I spoke my heart to God, and He heard me. I thank Him for his ear, and His heart for me. He heard a sinner’s prayer. He heard me before I asked, and worked on my behalf. Who can do that, but God? What an awesome Father.

Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

I am experiencing the answered prayers today that were petitioned years ago…some were even forgotten. I spoke my heart to God, and He remembered.

Psalm 105:8-9 He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.

What I’ve learned is this: The answer to every prayer you or I could ever make is Jesus.

 

Pray for a relationship with Him. He will hear, and remember. He will answer you because He loves you.

James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

I thank my Savior for the salvation of my soul. He is my superhero. I thank the Lord for our growing relationship. I thank Him for choosing not to remember my sins. I thank Him for filling voids in my heart. I thank Him for transforming me, and giving me a new identity in Him. He changed my attitude. He gave me a new spirit, and a heart that loves to worship Him.

Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

He gave me His name, and gave me permission to use it to fight spiritual battles. Hallelujah. His name is above all names — everything on earth and heaven must bow to His name — and He loved me enough to give me permission to use it. Who else can give us that kind of authority in their name? My Goodness! There is nothing He hasn’t provided for us!

Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

What I’ve learned is this: Anything I set to accomplish in my own ability and strength will fail.

I can’t forgive apart from Him. My spirit can’t be strengthened apart from Him.  I can’t be set free from the sins that had me bound apart from Him. He is an awesome wonder-working God.

I can’t pray for my enemies apart from Him. I can’t be humble apart from Him. I can’t access my rightful heavenly inheritance while I’m on earth apart from Him. I can’t be anointed apart from Him. I can’t be holy apart from Him. I can’t make wise decisions apart from Him.

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Pray for a relationship with Him. He will hear, and remember. He will answer you because He loves you.

Time doesn’t heal all things. Jesus heals all things in time. A broken heart would never mend if there wasn’t a God who loves you. The enemy would never allow it to heal because his mission is to destroy you. It’s God alone who mends broken hearts.

Psalm 147:3  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

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You want effective change?

Hello blog readers. I had a conversation tonight after prayer service at my church that I want to share. I believe it will bless someone.

One of my sister’s in Christ asked me for advice in how to effectively share the gospel to a particular person. The person she wants to share with is a co-worker, and a Jehovah’s Witness. The reason she asked me for advice is because I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness until my teenage years. Although I stopped going to the Kingdom Hall, I carried many of the beliefs that I was taught with me for the majority of my life. Ultimately, the only One who can undo and correct a lifetime of teaching is the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

In my earlier years, I wouldn’t have believed that I had a heart of stone. Because of what I was taught, I rejected the gospel of Christ dying, and rising up to purchase a place in heaven for me. My heart was stone, and I was unaware. I’m in awe of what God did to my heart. He kept His word.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

You want effective change? Never underestimate the power of prayer. It’s the most powerful tool we have as believers.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Pray for others to come to know Christ in an intimate way. Pray for them to experience the goodness of having a relationship with God. Prayer isn’t just about yourself. God wants us to pray for others.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

If you don’t know how to have an intimate relationship with God, I strongly encourage you to cultivate a prayer life. The more you pray, the more He will become real to you. God loves when we come to Him in prayer just to talk. He loves when we come to Him in prayer to give Him honor and praise. God expects us to come to Him in prayer when we need things, because He is a Provider and a loving Father.  And, He loves when we pray for others to come to know Him. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.

If there are family members or friends in your life that you want to know Christ, and they aren’t seemingly interested — your job is to pray for them.  Love them, and trust God to open hearts in His timing.

Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

TIMING

“Be still, and know…”

Hello blog readers.

Tonight, I wanted to be alone. I wanted some alone time to pray. It’s one horrific story after another rocking this nation. People are mourning, outraged, shocked, and terrified. I wanted to go somewhere to pray where no one would hear me, or see me if I cried. So I got in the shower.

I prayed in the shower for a while, asking for some pretty big things… Peace and protection for every single person in the latest city under attack…. Destroy the spirit of fear, revenge, hate in their atmosphere. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:12) That’s a job only God can handle.

While I’m in my place of prayer, my son – who I thought was asleep-  yells through the door, “Mom!!!!!!” It startled me. I asked what’s wrong? .. and he says in a near-panic voice, “My ear!!! Something is shocking my ear!”

I answered, “I don’t understand. What do you mean? Is something poking you in your ear that might be sticking out of the mattress?”  He said, “Noooo mom, my ear… something is sticking me!!!” The troubling of his voice concerned me, so from the shower, I wrapped the shower curtain around me and stuck my head out and told him to come so I could look. He pointed at the tiniest speck of a pimple on the outer part of his ear. There was a tiny white dot, where a pimple was forming. I told him, “Son, it looks like a pimple is forming in that spot. It will probably tingle a little or be a little sore, but it will be ok.” He was satisfied with my answer, and went back to bed.

As soon as he left, the Holy Spirit helped me understand something.  My son called on me for something that was of huge concern to him. To me, it was a small pimple. He was uncomfortable, and came to me for help. I was in the middle of intimate prayer, in the shower. My initial instinct wasn’t to say, I’m busy, or wait until I come out of the shower. I immediately called him to me. I was concerned about what troubled him. This isn’t to pat myself on the back, because any other day I would have told him to wait. I have a rule with him. Don’t bother me when I’m worshiping (unless you want to worship too) or praying — unless it’s an emergency. But tonight was different. From my perspective, his dilemma was something I knew would be healed in a short amount of time. And if need be, I’ll give whatever treatment in my power to that pimple until he’s comfortable.

If we wouldn’t hesitate to tend to the needs of our children, even in the smallest knicks and bruises — how much more would God tend to our broken and terrified hearts? He actually invites us to throw our burdens on Him.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Nothing is too big for Him. The only thing he cannot do is lie.

It’s never a bad time to approach Him in prayer. He’s never too busy. There is never an inappropriate time to pray. You’re His child, and He cares for you. You’re never an inconvenience. Talk to Him. Tell Him your worries, and concerns.. and trust Him to work on your behalf. His thoughts are Higher than our thoughts and His timing is Perfect. So don’t think He has to answer you in “your” way or “your” timing. His decision is always the right decision. We’re not promised a pain-free life. We’re promised Him, and He gives strength to get through every situation that Satan hopes will crush us.

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Nothing in this world can, or ever will, catch Him by surprise. The enemy is a liar. He comes only to kill, steal, and destroy. The enemy hopes and deeply desires to kill, steal, and destroy our faith in God’s promises — and he will do anything to convince us that God has left us.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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“if my people…”

Hello blog readers.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

My heart goes out today for the many people hurting around the world. I encourage you to give all your worries and cares to God, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Day after day tragedy strikes somewhere. Within the recent days and weeks there has been a rash of tragedies. More teenagers have died in my area because of gun violence this year than the last 4 years combined. Everyday, the news top stories are horrific. 215 killed in Baghdad terror attack. Terrorist shoots up an Orlando nightclub. Suicide bomber in Istanbul airport. Officer involved shootings across the U.S. That’s just a snippet of the violence from 2016. Many are crushed in spirit.

Pslam 37:7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

2 Timothy 3:1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.

But there is hope.

2 Chronicles 7:14 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 will heal their land.

That’s a wonderful promise. When tragedy strikes, many ask “What will be done? What can be done?”

People of God, Let us all humble ourselves, pray and seek his face, and turn from our wicked ways. If we do this, He will heal our land… because He cannot lie.

Hebrews 6:18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.

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Your Prayer Isn’t Forgotten

Hello blog readers! Have you ever prayed a prayer, and felt like God never answered it?

If the answer is yes, I believe this article will help you understand why you haven’t seen your prayer come to pass.

If you follow this blog, you know that I recently started a garden. I never thought twice about gardening. I woke up one day, and had a strong desire to have a garden. I knew God placed the desire in me, and I’m so thankful. I get so much joy from it. I’m growing herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees at the moment. (lots of fruit trees from seed)

A few days ago, I saw a post on Facebook from Victoria Osteen about prayer.

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After I read her post, I was reminded again why God wants me to have a garden. By giving me a garden, He’s given me a visual that can strengthen my faith spiritually.

I can physically see the progress of a seed growing roots, to sprouting a stem, to growing leaves. It takes time! My trees are only a month old, and are nowhere near bearing fruit. But because I can physically see them growing, I know fruit is on the way!

God wants me to have that kind of assurance about the spiritual seeds I’ve planted!

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

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Watching trees grow from seed helps me understand that just because I haven’t seen a certain prayer answered, that doesn’t mean it will be unanswered or forgotten. Fruit trees take years before they bear fruit! That doesn’t mean it will take God years to answer every prayer. But I have to be willing to wait on Him… no matter how long it takes.

Water your spiritual seeds (prayers) with faith..and God will make them grow in His perfect timing.

If there’s something you’ve been waiting on God for, never lose faith in Him.

1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

I encouraged someone recently to plant a lemon seed. You can do the same thing. Water it, nurture it, and watch it grow over time. It will help you understand that although you may want lemons now, it takes time for a fruit-bearing tree to mature. It doesn’t go from seed to fruit overnight. And, when you think of the prayers you’ve prayed, look at the physical tree that you planted and remind yourself that a harvest takes time.  As Victoria posted, be patient and you will inherit God’s promise!

Hebrews 6:11-12 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

 

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(I suggest growing lemon trees because they grow easily in the part of the U.S. where I live. You can plant whatever tree grows well in your area)

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PS –  I learned a few things from Victoria Osteen’s post, including the importance of not being ashamed or afraid to share the gospel. The Holy Spirit reminded me of things, and revealed things to me about my own spiritual journey through her post!

As Christians, we are the body of Christ, which means we need one another to be fully functioning. And, we need each other for encouragement. I’m thankful for those who openly share the word of God. It’s refreshing to see light in a world full of darkness.  We have to do our part. How can we expect God to convict the hearts of the lost if they never hear His Word? Ministry is something every child of God has been instructed to do.

I pray this blog blesses you, and encourages you to share the good news with someone…anyone!

Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

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