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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Conversation with Pat Johns




As promised yesterday, here is something VERY special...  my hubby's interview with his mom we showed on Mother's Day at CCA.


If you missed any of the prayers we prayed at the end of service, you can click here to read them.  They are all very powerful and very moving!!


And I pray that today you are as moved by this interview as we were on Mother's Day!!













Monday, May 21, 2012

Prayer for Moms ~ Part 5

Last week I began posting the prayers from our Mother’s Day service at CCA.  If you missed any of the prayers thus far, they are listed below. You can click here to read all about what made our Mother’s Day service so special.


And tomorrow I will have something VERY special from that day for you!!  So don't forget to stop back by.

Single Mother’s Prayer

Stepmother’s Prayer

Grandmother Raising Grandkids Prayer

Mothers with a Strained Relationship with her kids Prayer


Today I want to leave you with our last two prayers.  First, a prayer for moms who have lost a child.

Father, 



Thank you for giving these moms’ who have lost a child the strength and courage to come to church on Mother’s Day. That deep sorrow that comes from being separated from a child is so enormous… but YOU understand our pain. What a comfort it is to know that You understand and have been with us through it all. 


Thank you Father that even though our stories have deep grief… that is not the end of our stories. Your word says that You will take our mourning and clothe us with joy, that You will give us a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning and praise instead of despair.
Lord, gird these moms with strength, comfort and joy. Place in them a hope for the future that can only come from You.

In Jesus Name
   
Second, a prayer for ladies still holding the promise of children in their hearts but not yet in their arms.  



Oh Lord we come before you today with thanksgiving; we give you all the praise for you are the creator of life and the giver of all good things.  We thank you that you knew us in our mothers' wombs and that we were beautifully and wonderfully made. We thank you that we were created in your image and likeness and that you have a plan and purpose for our lives.


Lord we ask in the name of your son Jesus for life everlasting for all of these women and their families. Lord you said where one person was saved, their whole household would be saved and right now we stand in the gap for those who believe this in Christ Jesus. We ask in His name not only for salvation for them and their families but for the life-giving breath you might have for their unborn. Oh Lord we call forth your good will and ask for those babies you would have planned for each family. We ask for that love through which your will might be revealed. We ask for conception and the creation of life, for in you is light and there is no darkness at all.


We come against infertility in the name of Jesus and anything that would hamper your plans for this world. Forgive us of all our sins and anything that would separate us from your love. Protect us with peace when things are not going our way, and remind us that all things are ultimately in your hands. Help us to understand your timing Lord, that we might prepare a way for you even in the desert. Cause us to expect rain in the drought.


We rest in you Lord, and know that your will is perfect. Your way is higher than our way and your thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Lord your word says that we were created a little lower than the angels, and we thank you for the trust you have placed in us as parents and future parents. I pray for protection over all our families and call forth those who are pregnant with expectancy, Father, that in their spirit they might be still and know that you are God. 

We thank you for the gift of children and for entrusting us with your most precious possession of all. Help us to be good, Godly parents to our children and to have the courage to raise them according to your good and perfect Word. Let us prepare our vessels for bountiful blessings and harness our minds in advance with prayers in to give you the glory for new life, new birth, and new spirits in you Father God. 

We praise you and we thank you, in Jesus' name.

Thank you Melanie and Heidi for your prayers for these ladies.










Friday, May 18, 2012

Prayer for Moms ~ Part 4



This week I am posting the prayers from our Mother’s Day service at CCA.  If you missed any of the prayers thus far, they are listed below. You can click here to read all about what made our Mother’s Day service so special.




Mothers with a Strained Relationship with her Kids Prayer:

Lord, our Father, 

We stand before you, we thank you for blessing us with children. Lord, I ask you to shine your light on these ladies.  Lord you already know the struggles involving our children; you hear the spoken as well as the unspoken prayers each day. Lord, please give us the strength we need to be the positive influence and loving mothers we want to be. 

Lord we ask you to wrap your arms around our children that are far from us and keep them safe.  Lord, we ask for strength, both physically and emotionally, we ask you to open our minds and touch the hearts of all involved, and if there are closed doors, that they are opened. I ask you make a way where there seems to be none. 

Lord we each ask for your guidance and wisdom to say and do the right things when given the opportunity. Lord we know you can change bad situations into good situations. Give us each peace that passes all understanding and may we each feel the strength that comes from resting in you. 

Lord, lift us up as if we were on the wings of angels. Remind us each day you are with us and you will not fail us. Father I plead for each of these mothers, that they may be strengthened, comforted and restored by the reminder of your unconditional love. 

Father, give them serenity, give them peace, give them hope so they never give up as you have never given up on us, your children. Help us begin to mend our broken fences and heal our broken hearts with our children who may have gone astray. 

Lord, please bring us together as we are meant to be and may the love that binds us only grow stronger as we fulfill the destiny you have laid out for us.  

I ask this in Jesus name, Amen.

Thank you Robyn for your prayers for mothers who have strained relationships with the children they love so much.















Thursday, May 17, 2012

Prayer's for Moms ~ Part 3



This week I am posting the prayers from our Mother’s Day service at CCA.  If you missed any of the prayers thus far, they are listed below. You can click here to read all about what made our Mother’s Day service so special.



Grandmother Raising her Grandkids Prayer:

I thank you Lord for each and every one of the children that you have brought across my path. I thank you Father that you have given me wonderful kids of my own, and that you allowed me the privilege of raising my granddaughter.  I pray today for myself and all other grandmothers.

We are in a unique set of circumstances that thankfully, you have been aware of all along.  I never expected to be parenting for so many years, but you have given me strength. You gave me words of comfort for my granddaughter, you gave me wisdom for her parents. I'm so grateful. 

I thank you Father for giving me the opportunity to keep You in her life.  To show your love and give her a choice to build a relationship with Jesus,,. to know that You were the One to depend on when all else fails.

Today I come to you on behalf of other Moms and myself, I ask you to continue to strengthen our physical bodies and give us wisdom in all situations.  Help us to overcome the guilt we feel, because we think we have failed the first time around.

Help us to deal with their heartbreak because we aren't the mom. Help us to deal with our heartbreak, because we can't ease theirs. Help our grandchildren understand that they are perfect just the way they are, and we are so glad they are in our lives. Help us today Lord to keep our families together and at peace. 

We want to continually pour our love into their lives, so they know your love... know how to love…  and can break the cycle of dependence on anything but you

Last, help us to continually put your word before them, so they have direction for every tomorrow. 

We receive it now in the mighty name of Jesus.

Amen

Thank you Jan for your prayer for Grandmothers.









Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Prayers for Moms ~ Day 2


This week I am posting the prayers from our Mother’s Day service at CCA.  If you missed yesterday’s prayer and what we did during our service that was so special, click here to read all about it.

A Prayer for Stepmothers:

Father

    I come before you today on behalf of these mothers. Very few relationships can be more difficult to cultivate then those between a stepchild and a stepparent.

    Some may find the path smooth and without many obstacles, however for most, the path is full of challenges. As conflicts and struggles arise, give them supernatural wisdom to do and say things that will bring understanding and peace to the home. To not allow feelings of anger and resentment take root in their hearts. To not react but be prayerfully deliberate in developing healthy relationships. Give them assurance that the righteous deeds sown will bring a harvest of blessings. May they not be moved by the temporary, but have their eyes fixed upon the goal. Give them unwavering optimism and joy during this journey.

    Feelings of inadequacies can compound the issues and leave these mothers, at times, feeling hopeless. Help them to relinquish any misconceptions and remind them that you are the God of abundance and can meet any need they have as the relationship grows into maturity. Bring to their remembrance that they can come to the throne of grace with confidence and receive grace and mercy in time of need as we are told in Hebrews.

    Let them not diminish their role in the godly upbringing of their step children. A mother’s influence can be a powerful force in shaping the young lives before them. It is not by accident that they are given this opportunity but by divine design. For they are commissioned to help bring these children up in the way that they should go so that when they are old they will not depart and bring delight to their families.

    Above all, I pray these mothers are motivated by love and not by fear. For you have not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. Let them be courageous in their love. To love as if their hearts will not be broken. To love as Christ would love. For we love because he first loved us. Lead them by the Holy Spirit as they purposefully work to cultivate a bond like no other.

I thank you Father that you hear us when we pray,

Amen

Thank you Amy for your prayer for Stepmothers.



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Prayers for Mothers


CCA’s Mother’s Day service was quite unique this year.

A couple weeks ago my husband interviewed his mom in our home.  It was a powerful time as he asked her 5 questions about being a woman, wife, and mom. We showed the 18 minute video of that interview Sunday and followed it up with a very special time of prayer.

I asked all the women in the church (or in our case, cafeteria) to come forward and had 6 ladies pray some very special and specific prayers over the ladies.

Mother’s Day is suppose to be a happy mom-honoring day, but for many ladies it is a day that reminds them…

...I’m raising my kids alone

...I’m struggling to be a good step-mom

...Heck, I’m struggling to just be a mom

...I not only raised my kids, but now I am raising my grandkids too

...I have a very difficult and strained relationship with my kids

...I have lost a child and won't get to see them again until heaven

...I am still waiting for the precious promise of children

So I had 6 ladies who know first hand the reality of each of these situations to pray for the ladies who stood before us.

For the next few days, with their permission, I am posting their beautiful prayers.

I pray they bless and encourage you as it did the ladies of CCA on Sunday.

A prayer for Single Mothers:

Lord I am coming to you today to pray for our single mothers.  Lord give them strength, peace and understanding that although the ground life has given us to sow may be unlevel and rocky, you will provide us with guidance, love and much mercy. We will sow the seeds that form our children's lives in the right season with rich soil to flourish. We will change the landscape of their lives.

You know the plans you have for us. Plans to prosper us and not harm us. I thank you Lord that that is not a wish but your written promise in Jeremiah 29.

You will give us strength to endure so much alone but give us the wisdom to accept the help you send us also. Help us in the days of darkness to praise your name and not be afraid. Because Lord with you in our lives none of us are Fatherless.

Lord remind us daily to follow your instruction in Proverbs 22:6. Direct your children onto the right path and when they are older they will not leave it.

Lord I thank you and praise you that although I am at the end of my journey in the daily task of nurturing my children and now begin the task of mentoring them as young adults, I will continue to guide them in Your ways. That they will ask you to guide their paths. That they will prosper and have peace.

In Jesus name,
Amen

Thank you Carol for your prayer for Single Mothers.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

All I Need

In staff meeting today my hubs asked us to share what God has been doing in us and teaching us during the first part of 2012.


We all shared varied things. All were good. All were moving. Mine, moved me to tears.


Life is hard...


Work is hard...


Wifehood is hard...


Motherhood is hard...


Friendships are hard...


Not all the time, but most of the time.


So my answer to Mark's question was this...


This year I have learned, again, that I don't need more time in the day, I don't need more leaders or volunteers in the church, I don't need more skill...


I need more God.


While reading our verses in our chronological reading today God gave me a gentle reminder.


And I pray this verse, that we have all read or heard quoted so many times before, would land fresh on you today as it did me.


The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need 
Psalm 23:1


Praying sweet blessings for you,

Friday, May 4, 2012

Fathers Knows Best


1 Chronicles 26:1 thru 28:21

If you are just joining in, we are reading through the One Year Chronological Bible.  I invite you to read along with us! More info can be found here.

David is nearing the end of his life and is getting everything in order for the building of the house where the Ark of the Covenant will reside.

He gives Solomon all the plans for the temple along with some fatherly advice that we all can use.

1 Chronicles 28:9-10

And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately...

David did not just instruct him to read about God, find out all he can about God, he told him to get to know God... intimately.  To know someone intimately you have to spend time with them.  So in essence, David is encouraging his son to take time to cultivate his relationship with God.

Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind...   

David learned the lesson of having a divided heart and wondering mind.  He lived with the repercussions most of his life and is trying to spare his son of the same fate.  And David knows not just any ole heart will do. 

It has to be a whole heart.

For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought...

My husband and I have said to each other many times, You think I can read your mind? when we expect the other one to do what we want without any verbal instruction.  We usually laugh when we realize we expected one another to have godlike powers.

But God does have Godlike powers and can read our minds.  We can never pull a fast one on Him and He knows our every intention for every action.  He knows whether or not we are making our own plans or listening for His. 

After many bad plans David knew God's were best.  Father always knows best.

If you seek Him, you will find Him...

David was a man after God's own heart.  What I love about him is that he sought God when he was doing what was right and sought him even harder when he had done something very wrong.

He knew no matter what, when he sought God he was going to find God.  I love that God does not play hide and seek with us.  But, He will wait for us to draw near first, in our good times and especially in our bad times.

But if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever...

David witnessed firsthand with Saul what happens when you turn away from God... death and destruction.

Spiritual living does not come naturally, sin does.

Oh the things David would do differently if only he had a chance.  If Solomon will take these words of wisdom, hide them in is heart, maybe he won't have the same regrets as his father.

Or will he?

We’ll have to stay tuned to see.

I pray today that we will take the words David spoke to his son and let them guide our every move.

A life with no regrets, that's a life for all who seek God with a whole, undivided heart and willing mind.