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Friday, July 31, 2009

I Almost Forgot To Pack The Most Important Thing!

Readying myself to head for the Jersey Shore for a couple of days. Packing my bags, making sure I don't forget anything. Taking great care folding my clothes, and double checking that I've remembered the camera, a book, the GPS, the cellphone and charger, toll $, suntan lotion and the like. My mind has been busy and focused on this task, the preparations, and the beautiful prize that awaits me in a couple of hours, when I am finally sitting in the warm sand watching the waves roll in. Somewhere in the middle of all theses preparations, Jesus popped in my head. His name and face were there. A gentle reminder. I stopped my scurrying around and thought for a moment. I've forgotten surely the most important thing. I forgot to invite my best friend.

If only I would take as much time and care in preparing for my eternal destination. Checking and double checking, taking care to remember why I am able to go there in the first place. Jesus should be the first thing in my mind every day in all circumstances, but I so often get swept away in mundane temporal things and useless details of this world, that I have forgotten Him.

Lord, please forgive me. I want you to be first in my life. I want to focus on preparing for my trip home to You. I am sorry for sometimes forgetting you and letting the things of this world get in the way. I don't need material things to follow You Lord. When You called Your disciples, You asked them to leave behind what they were doing to come follow You. So Lord Jesus, before I go any further I want to invite You along. I want to thank You for Your friendship, and for making my eternal destination possible. I love You with all my heart, help me to extend this love to others that I meet today. Come along with me Jesus, I can't wait to share You with everyone I meet while we're away. Jesus, in Your name I pray, Amen

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Where Now Lord?

Sometimes I wonder in which direction the Lord is leading. There are so many things I want to accomplish while here on this earth, but are they the things God wants for me? I don't want to waste my time and efforts on temporal things. Our time here is short and there is so much work to do. I wish that God would make His path for me clear with signs and arrows and all. but I guess if He made it that easy I wouldn't seek Him earnestly, I wouldn't have to listen for His voice as hard; and our time together would be cut short. The thing I want to most accomplish while I'm here is to daily become more and more like Jesus in the way I speak, act, and love; bringing glory and honor to God the Father, lifting Him up and making Him famous, so that every ear that hears and eye that sees will never be able to mistake Him or His voice. I want to help gather sheep to His flock, help build his kingdom.

Lord Jesus, what can I do to serve You? Please direct my path. Fill me with Your Spirit till it's over flowing, use my life for Your purposes, in whatever capacity that may be. Conform my will to your plans for me, and may your wisdom help me to discern Your plan from my own. More of Thee and less of me. In the power of Your Name Mighty Lord I pray...Amen

Steven's Mom

Matthew 11: 28,29--28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

I'm running to you Jesus, today has been so hard and heart breaking. My son, Steven, the third of my 4 sons, has been battling mental illness for about 5 yrs. He's been hospitalized 5 times and today will be the 6th. Today Steven got upset over the fact that his father asked him to leave an I pod that didn't belong to him here at home, while Steven went to work. He and his dad went back and forth and Steven finally gave it to his dad. This episode upset Steven so much that he went into his rage mode, pacing, swearing, kicking things, talking to himself, going in and out the door and the like. The last time he stormed out, my youngest son ran in and said"mom, Steve just dumped Gasoline all over himself and took off running down the street threatening to kill himself. My mommy adrenaline immediately kicked into high gear and I ran out after him while calling 911 and explaining the situation. The dispatcher said she would dispatch our local police dept to look for him. That made me feel a little better because they all know Steven. They have dealt with him many times over the years. As I was looking around the neighborhood, I asked Gods protection over him and thanked God for loving Steven, problems and all. I had an idea that since Steven was supposed to be at work soon that perhaps he made his way there. I called his boss. His boss said" Hey, what's going on? I just saw Steven walking in the opposite direction as work and I stopped him to ask where he was going, and Steve started cursing at me saying he was going to kill himself. as I was trying to get him to come into my truck, the Police pulled up behind him and picked him up. So when I heard this I said thank you God for taking care of my boy. I am now waiting to hear where they took him and since he is 18, in this country he is considered an adult, so my rights are limited due to these privacy acts.

My Dear Jesus, I am so tired, I am so weary, I am so sad, and I NEED YOU. I am running straight into your arms. Hold me tight, help me cope, and give me the wisdom and renewed strength and patience to be the best mom for Steven. Help me to love him as You love him and and see him as You see him. I'm ready for the rest you offer Lord Jesus. Let me learn from You, and find comfort in You, as You restore my soul. Thank You! In your name, Jesus I pray.



My Son

Her little boy runs in...
"Mom I skinned my knee
I was riding my bike
and I fell in the street."
Mom scoops him up
Wipes away his tears.
She gets a bandage
and calms his fears.
She fixes him up
and gives him a kiss
She sends him back out
to his world of carefree bliss.
As she watches him go
She says a little prayer
"Lord please protect him
Keep him safe in your care."
A little while later
to school he goes
He's excited to learn
And shows off what he knows.
As time passes by
some changes take place
the kids become cruel
Anger comes to his face.
Her sweet little angel
seems misunderstood
no friends to be found
He doesn't react as he should.
Mom once again
sends up her request
"Watch over my son Lord,
As he's put to the test."
He seems unafraid
and likes lots of attention
will do almost anything
Which creates lots of tension.
Engaging in danger
Impulsive behaviors
Mom takes to her knees
Her faith never wavers.
Her boy is now grown
he's made it this far
It's been a long road
His youth bears the scar.
When he was young
Her worries were small
Now that He's older
She worries bout all
Crying out loud
to her Savior and Lord
She knows He loves her son
More than she ever could.
"Please shelter my child, Lord
under Your wing
I can no longer watch over him
in anything.
He's going his own way
Please draw him near
He may not want to listen Lord
Place Your words in his ear."
She gives back to God
Her great precious treasure
And trusts God's provision
To the greatest of measure.
She thanks God each day
for the gift of her son
Yes, there's been many challenges
But she's prayed through each one.
So far God's been faithful
to take care of His own
Who better than Him
till He brings her son home.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Calling All Ambassadors Of Christ

"So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!' (2 Corinthians 5:20, NLT)
WE ARE CHRIST"S AMBASSADORS! WOW! What an honor that Christ called US...you and me... and entrusted us with spreading His message of salvation and love! We are to speak FOR Him...What an Awesome gift this is! It is a great responsibility then, to listen for Gods call upon our lives. We are all given gifts in which to use to get His message out...May we use these gifts to Make Him famous, glorify His name, and build His kingdom! We all have our part in the body of Christ. May we each exercise our part and keep it working to its fullest potential. When we see a part of the body growing weary, may we take the time to minister to it so it can continue to function in its true capacity! Let us be body builders...growing strong in the ways of The Lord! Being an Ambassador for Christ means that we are His representatives. People need to see Jesus when they look at us. I want to be a true follower of Jesus, so that I can do my best for Him. I love You Jesus!

Dear Lord ...I want to pray for the strengthening and unification of the members of Your body...May we listen for Your call upon our lives and use the gifts You have given us, for the purposes they were intended. May we use the body to spread Your message to everyone we meet, and be willing to go with confidence where You lead. There are no useless members of the body, each part plays an important role and works together for good when it is focused on You. Help us to exercise Your body, through learning Your word, speaking Your truth, and showing Your love to others as we call them back to You! Build our faith Lord with Your strength, as we love, worship ,and praise You. I ask in Your Name Sweet Jesus…Amen

Monday, July 27, 2009

There's A Hole In My Sidewalk

This is one of my favourite poems symbolizing our journey through life, it’s titled “There’s a Hole in my Sidewalk“, by Portia Nelson


Chapter 1.
I walk down the street.There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.I fall in.I am lost…I am helpless.It isn’t my fault.It takes forever to find a way out.


Chapter 2.
I walk down the same street.There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.I pretend I don’t see it.I fall in again.I cant believe I am in this same place.But it isn’t my fault.It still takes a long time to get out.


Chapter 3.
I walk down the same street.There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.I see it is there.I still fall in… its a habit.But, my eyes are open.I know where I am.It is my fault.I get out immediately.


Chapter 4.
I walk down the same street.There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.I walk around it.


Chapter 5.
I walk down another street.



The hole in my sidewalk is depression. I have fallen into it so many times. The older I get, the wiser I am getting. Falling in repeatedly, I have learned to take measures to avoid the hole, realizing it is my responsibility to take care. Now when I see the signs of depression ahead, if I'm not cautious, I still fall into it; but it doesn't take me as long to climb out now. I know the hole. I've learned the way out. I don't like being there, so I am able to climb out quicker. When I am really careful, I can see the depression, I take steps to avoid it, and I pass right by; but eventually, I pray, I will never have to go down that same road again. Life is a journey, there's lots of falling and getting back up. What are the holes in your sidewalk?



Dear Jesus, I thankyou that when I fall in those holes in my sidewalk, that you are always there with me. Your arm is never too short to reach me. I am grateful for Your patience each time I fall. I thankyou for celebrating with me when I finally climb out, and for lighting my way so I might not fall again. Lord, bless the person who wrote this poem, it has been an inspiration to many. I pray my life will bring honor and glory to Your name. Forever loving You Dear Jesus, Amen.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hide And Seek

I'm drawing a blank today. I can't think of anything to write. Some days the words flow from my mind to my fingertips like butter on a steaming hot piece of corn on the cob; and other days they seem to hide in the recesses of my mind, reminding me of a game of hide and seek. I know they are there but I have to search and search until I find them.

Ah Ha! I think I've hit on something! Isn't this sometimes how it is with our relationship with God? There are times when we can talk easily with Him; pouring out our hopes and dreams, our joys and sorrows, our praise and adoration, and can share, listen and receive quite easily. Then comes the flip side. We're stuck, the words don't flow. We withdraw, hide, and avoid by filling our time with activity. I find that in those stuck times is when there's something wrong. I've missed the mark, I've sinned, and I'm filled with so much shame and guilt that they literally wrap themselves around my relationship with God, like a securely wrapped package ready to mail but was lost and never made it to the post office. Left to my own devices, I would stay lost and hidden. I am thankful though, that we have a God that knows us. He values us and like a pirate on a treasure hunt, will stop at nothing till He finds us. He unwraps the paper that is keeping us bound and tosses it away. He leads us out of our hiding place, inviting us to sit with Him once again.

We may feel stuck and lost, blocked and utterly hopeless; but just as God seeks to find us to release us from our shame and guilt, we search our minds for our hidden words until we find them, never giving up. Our words and writing express who we are and we are valuable treasures to our God, who wants us to express our thoughts through them.

Lord, I thank you for the privilege of relationship with you. That You will never allow me to go missing. That when I'm stuck You seek me till I'm found, and that You value and treasure me. Thank you for the gift of being able to express myself through words and for planting ideas in my mind to write about. May my words glorify You always. I love You Lord! Amen

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mood Lifters For Depression

Here are some suggestions to lift your mood, the only thing you need to have these ideas work is the desire not to be depressed. Then use your will(it will be a battle) to carry it out. Even if your only commit to 15 minutes a day. This won't nessecarily cure your depression but they are helpful in taking your mind off of it for a while.



1. Go for a walk somewhere pretty

2. Call a friend to walk with you.

3. Sing your favorite praise songs to the Lord

4. Write down all the things you have to be thankful for.

5. Organize a drawer or a room.

6. Buy yourself something nice.(even if you don't want to!)

7. Buy something for someone else.

8. Do something nice for someone else.(open a door, run an errand, do some chores etc.)

9. Thank and praise God for the things you wrote.

10.Go to a worship service at your church.

11.Read your Bible.

12.Give someone a hug.

13.Smile at someone.

14.Think of a time you weren't depressed or a nice memory.

15.Call your kids.

16.Watch a funny movie or show.

17.Go for a bike ride.

18.Treat yourself to your favorite food.

19.Go to the library or a book store and find a good book.

20.Visit an elderly person.

Amazing Grace

I've been battling depression for as long as I can remember, it's been a silent battle up until a couple years ago. I began writing my feelings and the things God has revealed to me in this time. The wonderful thing is, that when we put our trust in God, He provides the grace we need for the trials we are faced with. I wrote this passage a while back describing a little bit of what course He's taken me through. I have a long way to go, but I am confident that when I choose to trust my God, He is faithful to provide that amazing grace to see me through.

Slammed again...back against the wall...trapped like a rat in a cage...call out for help...nobody hears...get down on my knees to pray...Oh God come quick there's little time left...fear gnawing away at my heart...worry and stress have led to duress and I can't pull myself from the dark. Experienced calm just before the storm struck...thought pain was receding inside...oh was i fooled by the lull in my mood...all the joy within me has died...thought through these days I was rising above...trusting in You, thought I broke free in love... but I've fallen from the force of the shove...over the edge i stumble and fall...hopes dashed on the rocks below...crumpled and shattered the pieces are lost in gusts of the wind as it blows...How will you find me Lord...blown all around? tossed like a ship in the sea...A part of me here a part of me there...its a puzzling mystery...You gather the pieces into your hands and look at me, wounded and broken. A smile on your face, You speak out Your grace, healed the instant Your words have been spoken...Can this be real? that Your calling me back to the life You've given to me? What shall I think? What does it reveal... about what You feel for me? The truth is You love me. The truth is You care...Its when I forget this, that my life meets despair. So in Your great mercy You make me aware that the enemy's doing more than his share to get me to falter in my steps, so beware. The warning's been given as I stand once again in Your Holy presence, repentance at hand. Forgive me Lord Jesus for my lack of faith, in you and your power, for hiding my face...For doubting your wisdom and strength for the race. You've set me aright after many a fall and I give thanks for Your patience, understanding and call. Its You I can count on...there is nothing else. So many pitfalls and strongholds in self. May I look to You always, for the peace You will bring. Singing honor and Glory, all praise to my King. You've lifted my spirits... on Your wings I take flight, with You as my pilot I will soar through the night.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

100 Reasons To Thank And Praise The Lord!

Sometimes when I am feeling sad, depressed or overwhelmed with life, it helps me to sit down and write out all that I have to be thankful for. It gets my mind off of me and on the bigger picture. Gods plan, providence and provision. A grateful heart is a wonderful weapon against depression. This is not an all inclusive list...please feel free to add the things you are thankful for! God Bless!...Mary


1. He died so we can live.
2. He made the earth.
3. He made the animals.
4. He created us.
5. He knows us.
6. He loves us.
7. He wants whats best for us.
8. He gave us authority over the earth.
9. He gave us authority over the animals.
10.We can talk to Him any time.
11.We can count on Him.
12.He calls us His children.
13.We are heirs to His kingdom.
14.He's prepared a place in Heaven for us.
15.He walks with us through trials.
16.He gave us His word as a guide.
17.He gave us His word to know Him better.
18.He is perfect.
19.He is three in one, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
20.He sent His son to take our sin.
21.Praise Him for friends.
22.Praise Him for family.
23.Praise Him for fellow believers.
24.He gives us breath each day.
25.Rainbows
26.Faith
27.Rain
28.Sunshine
29.Snow
30.Praise Him for seasons.
31.Seasons of the year
32.Seasons in our lives.
32.Music
33.Dancing
34.Times of worship.
35.Talents
36.Marriage
37.the oceans waves
38.Sea Shells
39.A good book.
40.Poetry
41.Riding a bicycle
42.A beautiful sunrise.
43.A beautiful sunset.
44.The stars
45.A full moon.
46.A hug
47.A gentle kiss
48.Good deeds.
49.Uniqueness and individuality
50.Fresh air
51.Shopping
52.Colors
53.Green grass
54.Blue sky
55.White puffy clouds
56.Fishing
57.Flowers
58.He wants to dwell in us.
59.He wants to share His wisdom.
60.Simplicity
61.Technology
62.Picnics
63.Vacations
64.Family dinners
65.Children
66.For living in a country free to worship Him.
67.Holding hands
68.A long walk.
69.Our health.
70.Our trials, because He uses them to shape us more like Him.
71.Pets
72.The generosity of others.
73.Times of relaxing.
74.Celebrations
75.Giving us gifts and talents.
76.Opportunities to use our gifts and talents.
77.Education
78.Home cooking
79.Sunday church
80.Pastors
81.Teachers
82.Loving parents
83.Loving grandparents
84.The Lord's day(day of rest)
85.Jesus birth.
86.Jesus resurrection.
87.Jesus willingness to do His Fathers will.
88.Jesus time on earth.
89.Jesus example.
90.The Holy Spirit in our lives
91.For the birth of a child.
92.When a believer goes home.
93.For shelter.
94.For transportation.
95.For artists
96.For strength.
97.For forgiveness.
98.For second chances
99.Learning through mistakes.
100.For His complete AWESOMENESS!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hi All,

I just added an awesome video introducing "Emotional Freedom Technique"(EFT), founded by Gary Craig.

The video can explain the technique better than I can, but I want to share it because I have seen great results with it. The concept is gaining emotional freedom and also freedom from physical pain by tapping the acupressure meridian points in the body. The web site at the end of the video is very informative as well, and provides a free manual to get started. It's free, it's easy, and it works! so if you're having any kind of problems in your life; why not give it a try?

Let me know what you discover, I'd love to hear back from you! Here's to freedom!

To view the video, scroll down to the bottom of this blog and click the EFT video icon.
God Bless!

Rainbows

A friend of mine wrote a poem about Rainbows. It got me thinking. God first placed the rainbow as a promise to Noah after the great flood, that He would never destroy the earth in that manner again(Genesis 9:13) God himself said" every time I place a rainbow in the sky it will be a reminder of that covenant."

Where I live, every time it rains and the sun peeks through those clouds, I can see a big beautiful rainbow(sometimes a double one) when I look out my picture window or stand in my front yard. How symbolic that is, that the rainbow(Gods promise) comes when the sun (God/hope) peeks through the storm clouds(our trials). What a creative God we have!

Lord, I thank You for the symbolism that a rainbow represents and for the fact that You have thought of every detail, have set them in place and rejoice when we, Your children discover them. I praise You and Love You. Lord, I pray that we remember the promises set forth in Your word, run to Your first, instead of as a last resort, and lay our trials at Your feet. Lord, I want to run through those rainbows...right into Your strong and loving arms! In Jesus name...Amen

Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer Days

As I sit in front of this keyboard and ponder what to write, my mind goes to summer days of long ago. Lying in the grass, looking up at the blue sky, swirled with white. Wondering what it might be like to be free. Wondering...always wondering. I cherished those moments...when my mind could float away. Settling down in the grass, feeling the small green stems gently tickling my back and arms, an occasional ant crawling across my leg, the simplicity of the moment captured in time in my mind. Closing my eyes, I could feel the warmth of the afternoon sun penatrating deep into my very soul. Almost as if God's strong but tender hands were lovingly surrounding my heart with His protection. The gentle breeze of His whisper assured me He was there. In these moments I felt part of creation, like I belonged. To anyone walking by, I was a happy little girl pining away a summer day. To me it was heaven. I was welcomed and I was loved by the hug of the grass and the touch of my God. Looking back, it was those moments that saved me. God kept a little piece of my heart and blew hope into it. Thank You Lord for knowing me and loving me even when no one else would.

Our Deepest Fear

I read this poem by Marianne Williamson this morning and it really made me think. We are sometimes our own worst road block to living life to our fullest potential. For me It's fear of failure, if I become the best me I can be I am sure to fail and disappoint so its more comfortable for me to settle for mediocracy. The only problem is, is that there is always this little nagging voice inside that knows I can do better. It's as if I am being pulled like a tug-o-war one side is fear and the other is freedom. Why is it so difficult to let go of our fear and let freedom win.
God wants only the best for us. He takes us through valleys, and deserts sometimes to get us there but He does it to show us that in Him there is nothing to fear.
I hope you enjoy the poem and it's message helps you on your journey to be the best you you can be, for the Glory of God!


OUR DEEPEST FEAR
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that iswithin us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciouslygive other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

(Marianne Williamson)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Book Review: Daisy Chain by Mary E. DeMuth

I just finished reading an excellent book. If you want to lose yourself in a story of family dysfunction, hidden secrets, sweet friendship, and Gods redemptive power, Daisy Chain is a must read. I was taken in from the very first chapter. Each character became real to me as their role was so intricately woven into the story line. I felt like I knew each one of them intimately till the end of the book. this is the first book in a trilogy and I can hardly wait till book #2 comes out.



Author, Mary E. DeMuth has a true gift for story telling in such a way that God's light and love shines through, capturing your attention from beginning to end. I will think about this book long after I've finished reading! Bravo Mary!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Vacation

I recently spent a few days at the beach. A quiet little sea shore town called Brigantine, located in New Jersey. Invited by friends of ours, my friend Liz and I set out on an excursion to see the glory of the ocean. A place I've loved ever since I first caught sight of it at the age of 8.
There's just something about the rhythmic rolling of the waves lapping the shore line, that memorizes me. As we drove onto the island of Brigantine, the smell of salt water and sea life permeated the air we breathed. The familiar sound of gulls calling in the distance and the sand edged roadside, rose my senses to high alert. Awaiting with eager excitement, that first glimpse of the vast and mighty expanse of ocean laid before me; my eyes longed and strained to see it's beauty. To me there are few better moments in life.

Liz and I found the house where we were to stay. It was a small and very homey place with a big, open front porch. The perfect place for reading and talking to God first thing in the morning and last thing before I would go to sleep at night. Our house was a block from the beach, we placed our things in the room we were going to share. Bunk beds set at one end of the room and a desk at the other. I conceded to take the top bunk, as Liz is 10 years my senior. I thought I'd be kind and save her from climbing up and down the skinny white metal ladder located at the far end of the bed.

We didn't want to take the time to unpack, so we both found our swimsuits and beach bags. We changed and headed straight for the beach. The day was hot and the breeze light. Setting up our chairs and blanket, we settled in for our afternoon on the sand. Book in hand and the sun blazing on my back I sat and thanked the Lord for our safe travels and the magnificence of His creation.

By the ocean is where I feel closest to God. I feel His touch in the wind, hear His voice in the sea gulls cry, see His power in the crashing waves, taste His presence in the salt that infiltrates water, sand, and sky; and smell His aroma in the sea life, wafting through the air. God envelopes me in the shore's awesome landscape, warm sand between my toes, and a gentle breeze caressing my face as if Gods own hand were tenderly brushing my cheeks. For me, there is no greater place to be. Thank You Lord for your gift of the sea.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I'm Beach Bound!!! I've been asking Jesus to meet me there, in the rising sun and the grains of warm sand under my feet, the broken shells and the ever loyal waves that lap the shore in their consistent lulling rhythm; where I can marvel and wonder at the beauty of Our Lord...

Seeking refuge at the seashore! Grains of sand, seashells whole and broken. Waves lapping the sandy beach. Gods magnificence spoken!



Psalm 145:5 - They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pray With Hope, Expectation, and Confidence

Philemon 1:22- And one thing more:"Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers."

2 Corinthians 1:10b-11 “On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”

The apostle Paul was in prison, he wrote many letters while in chains. As I was reading Paul's letter to Philemon, verse 22 caught my attention. It was almost as if God himself was tapping me on the shoulder, saying "Hey Mary, I want you to pay attention to this." Whoa! It's not every day I get messages from my God that are that loud and clear, so I figured I'd better pay attention to these seemingly simple words. "Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you(Philemon, Apphia, Archippus, and the church that meets in their home) in answer to your prayers." (parenthesis mine) I want to share what God has shown me:



About prayer...Paul asks his friends to pray for his release, then he tells them to prepare a room for him, he has full confidence in the hope that their prayers will be answered at some point. As Christians, so many times we offer up prayers, we know God's always ready to listen, we know we're supposed to pray without ceasing, we often pray with out even thinking about what were praying for. I think that God is pointing out that if we pray with an attitude of indifference or obligation, without really believing that what we're asking of God will really happen, we are cheating ourselves and more importantly God. God loves to answer prayer(not necessarily how we think He should, but in a way that builds His kingdom and brings glory to His name.) He's telling us in this simple verse with what kind of attitude we are to pray. When we send up our requests to our Creator we are to do it with an attitude of hope and expectation.



Paul was shackled in chains in a filthy prison , he had been there for a long time, there was no talk of his release, he had no idea from day to day what kind of torture he would endure, or how much longer he would be there, and what was worse, I'm sure no one told him any hopeful information. To the world's eyes his situation seemed hopeless, he was doomed. But Paul, being a faithful follower of Jesus Christ knew differently and he conveyed it in his letters time and time again. His hope was in Jesus and he expected great things to come from his own prayers and the prayers of others, Paul knew the importance of sharing the trials he was going through and getting other faithful involved in the praying process, i believe this is important for 2 reasons: One, the more people praying to God about a specific thing the less likely Satan will be able to sneak his way in; and Two, because the more people praying, the more who will be blessed by the outcome of the prayer. We were made to lift each other up in prayer and encouragement, spurring each other on to run the race and reach the goal of our eternal life with Jesus. God wants us to hope and expect that what we pray about will happen. That's what faith is all about. God loves the opportunity to answer His faithful. So the next time you sit down with the Lord and send up your requests or share things with Him, do it knowing without a doubt that He is not only hearing you, He is waiting for that perfect opportunity to answer, so that His kingdom and name will receive the most benefit. We play such an important role in helping God grow His kingdom just by our prayers...imagine that!...Think of a time in your own life when God answered your prayers or the prayers of others and how people were blessed by it. And i challenge all who read this to pray with the hope of expectation of believing your prayer will be answered in one way or another according to the will of God.





3 key components to praying with confidence: Pray with Holy Reverence, Pray for God's will to be done, Hope and believe that God will answer prayer.