We meet once a week and hardly ever get through more than 3 chapters. We take turns reading. We interrupt each other when we have questions. We do not use in depth concordances. We just read God’s Word, the Bible. We started at the first of the book, Genesis and we are reading in order till we finish Revelation. About ½ hour before quitting time, we go to prayer. I must say it is one of the most fulfilling studies I have ever done. Nobody is translating for us. No one is telling us what the Word should mean. We just let God speak to us, and we love it.
Don’t you just want someone to care a little bit about you? Don’t you want to vent just a smidge? I know I do.
Today I am not writing anything but simply asking you to tell me how you are.
Get it out of your system and you will feel better.
And I am not going to share it anywhere, but I will pray for you! Hugs.
Brenda J Wood- author & speaker
Loving the Enemy
by T. L. Wiens -originally on the site-Under The Cover Of Prayer
My son was being bullied to the point that he was ready to take a gun to school. I’d become a fixture at the school trying to get it to stop. Nothing was working. It was at this point that I turned to prayer.
I had prayed about this issue but now things had reached a point where my son couldn’t cope and no one was listening. The desperation factor had me on my knees weeping. And God answered. “Love this young man that is hurting your son and write the story I give you.”
I wrote the story and God showed me a new way to find Him. A plan was laid out for our family as to how to deal with this bullying situation. My son and I started a prayer vigil for this young man and his family. As we continued to do battle in prayer and letting God work on our hearts, the hatred melted into compassion.
By the end of that school year, the bully asked my son to be his friend and he came to me for help with the situation.
God is amazing! He hears our prayers and He answers. In this case, I know He saved the lives of two boys.
Just when you think God forgot you….He shows up all over again. This is today’s devoitonal in my book Heartfelt:366 Devotions for Common Sense Living. Still true today.
Philippians 4:19–my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (AMP).
Down to their last 15 dollars, she prayed, “God, I am taking this last 15 dollars to have mother’s ring sized to fit me. It will be a covenant between you and me, God that things are going to get better.
She did that and things did begin to get better.
When I heard the speaker that day, my heart cried out, “Oh God! I wish I had a ring as a covenant between you and me that things were going to get better!” When I remembered that not every one meets God in the same way, I quickly apologized. “Lord, forgive me. I don’t need a ring, but God! I need a covenant with you that things are going to get better.” The meeting ended and I forgot about my prayer.
Five days later, my husband came home from work, got down on one knee and said, “Will you marry me?” I thought he’d lost it! We had been married over 30 years! He held out a wedding ring of 14-carat pink gold that he found in his job at the local recycling plant. It fit me exactly. And then I remembered my prayer.
Thomas-like, we crave something tangible to remind us that God is always near, making decisions that are right for us. Why is it that He understands and fills our hearts with just the right response?
Prayer: Amazing and wonderful God, thanks for meeting us in such personal and private ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
You brought food. You cut our grass. You shaved Ron because he couldn’t do it himself (and because I only do legs.) You covered for me at work.
You left sweet messages on the phone. “Don’t worry about calling back. Just wanted to tell you that we love you.” You sent cards with encouraging Bible verses. You helped me lift and turn Ron so that he would be a bit more comfortable.
You picked up perscriptions, and shopped for essentials. You brought flowers to cheer us. You delivered all kinds of medical equipment to make Ron’s last days more bearable.
You brought your guitars and sang us songs of joy and comfort.
You lowered the flag in our yard to half-mast.
You visited and shared funny stories. You encouraged us. You prayed with us and for us.
“What is that you have in your hand, ” asks God?
And you answered him with your talents of giving, baking, writing , thoughtness, encouragement and more.
You gave us time. The things you did let me spend every minute with Ron. I didn’t have to cook or think about house upkeep or shopping trips. You were Jesus with skin. You didn’t just talk the talk, you walked the walk.
You cared about us more than you cared about yourself. You took the gift God gave you and you gave it to us.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways? For us, they are beyond measure.
Brenda J Wood
Did you ever have one of those days when it seems like God slept in or went to visit the neighbours instead of being available for your devotional time?
Or has God seemingly left you in all your pain and tribulation? Does it feel like He set you afloat in your own boat and He is not asleep in the bow?
I’ve been there too. But then I decided to believe God. God is who He says He is and He says He never will leave or forsake you (or me!)
Let’s stop relying on our feelings and head directly into our faith…
You can find my prayer–Showing Up on this Prayables .com site.
Brenda J. Wood
I had the opportunity to participate on the Prayables Blogtalk Radio program today. I read my prayer–Choose Life and shared how Ron’s illness brought me to that place.
I was thankful to appear on air with so many wise people. You can find Rabbi Yossi at his web site- http:revealingthesoul.com. Prayables.com is well worth the read. Sign on for your daily prayer. It will show up on your screen first thing every day.
You can tune in and hear it by clicking on the site below…
Brenda J. Wood
Or pretend once more
Today’s Devotional Yellow Sprinkle Prayers
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray continually. (NIV)
Our four-year-old granddaughter knows what she likes, and today, it’s yellow. She boldly wears a dazzlingly bright yellow short set and chooses mustard for her sandwich. She scribbles only with buttercup-coloured crayons and grins mightily as we journey past a field of golden sunflowers.
Our special day together passes in a sunny yellow haze. Soon we will spend a few minutes together at the local coffee shop. I will have my coffee and Kaia will have her vanilla donut with sprinkles. Why am I surprised to hear her request for yellow sprinkles?
Oh, oh! The sprinkles are never yellow and Kaia is four. I mean, today of all days, she is really four. She is not fond of refused requests. Oh, oh!
“Please, Lord,” I said aloud. “Will you please give Kaia yellow sprinkles today?” And we went in, to a place no grandma wants to go — a place that could spell meltdown for both of us.
And in that never-before-yellow-sprinkle coffee shop, stood a rack of vanilla donuts… with yellow sprinkles.
“Ah,” said Miss Kaia, smiling joyfully, “God gave me yellow sprinkles.”
I slowly sipped my coffee, grateful, of course, for yellow sprinkles, but also regretting the many other times when I could have prayed and didn’t.
What would happen if we really took advantage of God’s advice and prayed without ceasing?
Prayer: Lord, help us to trust You with yellow sprinkles, those prayers that seem too insignificant to mention. Amen.
This is my first article for the blog..
Our new guest blogger today is Brenda Wood. Welcome Brenda.
Hurry Up, God
by Brenda J. Wood
This afternoon, hubby and I plan on watching the John Wayne movie we taped late last night. We don’t do midnight anymore.
VCRs and DVDs allow us to set our own schedule and view favourites at our leisure.
Thanks to the fast-forward button, we skip all the commercials. That means we get right to the action.
Unfortunately we sometimes expect fast-forward answers to prayer too.
We petition God with our needs, wants and desires and expect an immediate answer.
“Hurry up, God.” we moan.——-
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