Tuesday, January 24, 2012

just saying --

PRAISE YOU Jesus.......YOU are the BEST friend....
Thanks for cell group this eve...riding there....riding back....
Thanks for answered prayer.
Thanks for being able to pray for others.
Thanks for the teaching.
Thanks for the WORD...
Just Thanks.  Amen.

Just saying - these past two days have been days of revelation....wow Lord....I am humbled.  amen.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Day #40..... Prayer for my Secret Sister....

Today was Day #40.....God gave me this prayer/psalm  at a very specific time in my past and it so ministered.  So, I will share this prayer today for you my Secret Sister.  

God does wonderful things..... please read this like you are speaking directly to God.

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Psalm 40

The Message (MSG)

Psalm 40

A David Psalm
Dear Lord,  

 1-3 I waited and waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened.
   He lifted me out of the ditch,
      pulled me from deep mud.
   He stood me up on a solid rock
      to make sure I wouldn't slip.
   He taught me how to sing the latest God-song,
      a praise-song to our God.
   More and more people are seeing this:
      they enter the mystery,
      abandoning themselves to God.

 4-5 Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God,
      turn your backs on the world's "sure thing,"
      ignore what the world worships;
   The world's a huge stockpile
      of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
   Nothing and no one
      comes close to you!
   I start talking about you, telling what I know,
      and quickly run out of words.
   Neither numbers nor words
      account for you.

 6 Doing something for you, bringing something to you—
      that's not what you're after.
   Being religious, acting pious—
      that's not what you're asking for.
   You've opened my ears
      so I can listen.

 7-8 So I answered, "I'm coming.
      I read in your letter what you wrote about me,
   And I'm coming to the party
      you're throwing for me."
   That's when God's Word entered my life,
      became part of my very being.

 9-10 I've preached you to the whole congregation,
      I've kept back nothing, God—you know that.
   I didn't keep the news of your ways
      a secret, didn't keep it to myself.
   I told it all, how dependable you are, how thorough.
      I didn't hold back pieces of love and truth
   For myself alone. I told it all,
      let the congregation know the whole story.

 11-12 Now God, don't hold out on me,
      don't hold back your passion.
   Your love and truth
      are all that keeps me together.
   When troubles ganged up on me,
      a mob of sins past counting,
   I was so swamped by guilt
      I couldn't see my way clear.
   More guilt in my heart than hair on my head,
      so heavy the guilt that my heart gave out.

 13-15 Soften up, God, and intervene;
      hurry and get me some help,
   So those who are trying to kidnap my soul
      will be embarrassed and lose face,
   So anyone who gets a kick out of making me miserable
      will be heckled and disgraced,
   So those who pray for my ruin
      will be booed and jeered without mercy.

 16-17 But all who are hunting for you—
      oh, let them sing and be happy.
   Let those who know what you're all about
      tell the world you're great and not quitting.
   And me? I'm a mess. I'm nothing and have nothing:
      make something of me.
   You can do it; you've got what it takes—
      but God, don't put it off.

Amen......   Is it so crazy at times how HIS word is just perfect.  But then again -- that is God..  right...   That is God!  

We are planted...in HIM.
HE knows all....HE sees all and HE knows the end..... 

I loved the verse at the end that says, let all those who are hunting for you ....let them sing and be happy.....Let them tell the world you are great -- Lord, you are great.  

I considered this task a privilege.... I will continue to pray for you, my Secret Sister  but I may not post each day.   However, I want you to know that if you need to talk....or need prayer for something specific..I will listen and pray.  I promise not to disappear but continue to be open to the Holy Spirit and speak, pray, and minister when HE tells me to.  
You are such a precious daughter of the King...HE loves you so much.  These 40 days were the beginning of your healing...total healing...I can't wait to see WHAT HE is going to do next in your life.  Hang on......God is in control!   

- Michelle 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday Day #37, Saturday #38 Lord...

Lord, you prompted me on Friday to give my Secret Sister a great big hug.....I did.  I was reminded that we all need to be touched...to be hugged.  I remember some study that stated married couples spent about like 4-7 min a day touching...compared to what we give a baby....sort of seemed like there was a missing link.  I know when I get a hug  and physical touch, I am warm inside and feel love.  There are so many Lord that do not feel loved.  YOU love us all, but YOU can't physically hug us here..or can you?  I mean,  YOU use others...to express and speak to us.  Lord,  that simple hug...knowing she is being loved, I believe that was the prayer for the day.

Today is Saturday, Day #38....You know I have thought most of the day as to 'what' I was to post and pray about, but here again, I believe it is just to share and remind her ..she is so dearly loved.  So loved.  Yesterday a devotional really hit me, it spoke about how we come to you and make our requests and yet, we should just come to you and soak up your presence  and that should be enough.  The 'things' that we pray for...come 2nd.  However, today's scripture reminded me, we just NEED to ask!   Lord, as I wrap up these 40 days of focused prayer, show me what is next for my beautiful sweet sister.  I know I will continue to pray for her...I know and believe she is changed because she sought you and wanted the healing to begin...I will believe that a miracle will happen.  If I don't see it right away -- that is OK...YOUR timing is perfect.  Some people get healed in an instant..others needs time, it is a process, but it is YOUR process and I trust that now.  I pray Lord, that tonight, as she lays her head down, she will stop and reflect about how much she is loved.  Loved.  I pray she feels that.

Lord, tomorrow is Sunday....tomorrow is our day to come together and celebrate you.  Lord, be with us in our service, minister, meet...Lord, for the prayers that will be petitioned tomorrow -- may they come with open hearts and ready to really let you come in and minister and heal.  Lord, I thank you.

Praise You Lord.  I probably won't even share a link for this prayer to FB..and trust that IF my secret sister is seeking - she will find the prayer posted.

She is loved...by you the most, but her husband also loves her.  He enjoys her, Lord, again I pray he sees a different person and that he wants that..a person filled with you.. a person that finds joy in her circumstance.  Lord,  bless my sweet sister this eve.   Lord, if there is any unforgiveness within her heart...may she see it clearly and seek you so that the blessing will flow.   Amen.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday, Day #36....

Dear Lord, ......................................................

today is for you Sweet Secret Sister, I will pray today...But I believe God wants you to write yourself a prayer today... maybe...not sure.  I will come back to this post later after some time with HIM.

I think HE wants to remind you - HE is the goal of all your searching.....


Day 35... Prayer

This was my daily devotional from Sarah Young and her book Jesus calling -- this is perfect for Day #35

Dear Beloved, I am leading you along the high road but there are descents as well as ascents.  In the distance you see snow-covered peaks glistening in brilliant sunlight.  Your longing to reach those peaks is good, but you must not take shortcuts.  Your assignment is to follow Me, allowing Me to direct your path.  Let the heights beckon you onward but stay close to Me. Learn to trust Me when things go 'wrong'. disruptions to your routine highlight your dependence on Me.  Trusting acceptance of trails brings blessings that far outweigh them all.  I have lovingly planned every inch of that way.  Trust does not falter when the path becomes rocky and steep. Breath deep draughts of My Presence, and hold tightly to My hand. Together we can make it.  - Jesus

I prayed yesterday for many.  But last night....the Enemy REALLY tried to get into my brain and jump start past hurts and I wanted to revert back to old habits....but I didn't.  I really trusted.  I read this devotional yesterday and thought - hugh....I did not know what would transpire last night...but as I reflect this am...I know I trusted and you know what....my fear...my worry -- was NOTHING...and HE rewarded me BIG time... with only 'stuff' that we could of known....Jesus and I ...us...

Thank you Lord.

You prompted me to post early today...this was yesterday's reflection but it was needed.
I am listening to you.

This is to bless someone, I pray it was exactly what my Secret Sister needed.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The NEXT prayer.....Day #34...

Psalm 34

The Message (MSG)

** First of all, I just MUST say...God is good and ALL the time.  Today I was blessed in so many ways..stupid ways..but secret ways...and I got to share a few with the people around me and the rest I just have to leave in my memory....but over and over again, HE just blessed my socks off. 

Want to know a crazy blessing?   For the past 3 years...about...I have been like GLUED to Beth Moore's blog.  Well, maybe not 3 total years.  But, I would seek it, read, and live on every post.  Many of my peers and friends would attest to getting 'cards' with her advice and references to her posts.  It was like I NEEDED her guidance...but in reality.. I needed God's.  Anyway, slowly I began to wean my self off of her ... and I soaked in and obsessed over my next counselor and buddy -- a dear woman named Carlie ...and then it was another lady....Linda....and then it was....see my pattern......I kept reaching and striving for words  - human affirmation, but what I needed and craved the MOST was HIS affirmation.  Slowly HE began to show me that HE used these women and others  -- yes, there are a dozen more -- to speak to me and as I began to seek God more, things just really began to fall into place. 

You see, that really is or was my problem... I did not trust and really seek HIM.  Of course many things happened...but...it really was because God was getting my attention.  HE has it.  I love HIM.  And I get so blessed when just the simple knowledge that ...yes, Beth Moore sold her house this past year and moved too ..well, it just made me LAUGH....it was sort of like, 'hey....michelle,  see, I moved Beth too...change is good'....Does that make sense?  Maybe not.. but.....

I really asked God 'what' I was to write about and pray about for today -- Day #34.. and HE reminded me of Psm. 34..actually, it was sort of an afterthought...but I remembered that Psm. 34 would bring comfort on the nights that were just too hard.    And I am sure that I will read that Psalm again..over and over....as, I have stated before..life stinks and the Enemy will continue to throw crud...it is kind of nice to know, God wins and perhaps the next time the crud comes a flinging....I won't let it get me too sad or in a snit..but I will know that I know..God will win. 

My Pastor says,  people are usually,  either...coming out of  a season, going into a season. ..or just in between.....I believe and have said it...I am sort of IN the middle of a season...I am not where I was, but I am not where I am going either...and right now...I am just blessed and humbled for the continued blessings HE gives. 

I want to encourage everyone around me...don't give up! 

I am posting Psm. 34 for my Secret Sister....  I pray she will read it and personalize it...for herself. 
I believe as we are now on Day #34...we have six more days until Day #40 and I am believing for a great change, or miracle, or something.....I know God is at work.  I believe this is a turning point in her life and in the life of her family....God is going to do a great work..in her..in them...in all of us....we just need to be ready to accept it!  Amen. 
Psalm 34

1 I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise.

2 I live and breathe God;

if things aren't going well, hear this and be happy:

3 Join me in spreading the news;

together let's get the word out.

4 God met me more than halfway,

he freed me from my anxious fears.

5 Look at him; give him your warmest smile.

Never hide your feelings from him.

6 When I was desperate, I called out,

and God got me out of a tight spot.

7 God's angel sets up a circle

of protection around us while we pray.

8 Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—

how good God is.

Blessed are you who run to him.

9 Worship God if you want the best;

worship opens doors to all his goodness.

10 Young lions on the prowl get hungry,

but God-seekers are full of God.

11 Come, children, listen closely;

I'll give you a lesson in God worship.

12 Who out there has a lust for life?

Can't wait each day to come upon beauty?

13 Guard your tongue from profanity,

and no more lying through your teeth.

14 Turn your back on sin; do something good.

Embrace peace—don't let it get away!

15 God keeps an eye on his friends,

his ears pick up every moan and groan.

16 God won't put up with rebels;

he'll cull them from the pack.

17 Is anyone crying for help? God is listening,

ready to rescue you.

18 If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there;

if you're kicked in the gut, he'll help you catch your breath.

19 Disciples so often get into trouble;

still, God is there every time.

20 He's your bodyguard, shielding every bone;

not even a finger gets broken.

21 The wicked commit slow suicide;

they waste their lives hating the good.

22 God pays for each slave's freedom;

no one who runs to him loses out.

Amen...didn't this Psalm bless you so.  I remember someone stated.....David who wrote many of the Psalms..dealt with many sufferings and sadness...and he was not exactly a perfect man.  However,  God used him and loved him...if DAvid had not suffered and did what he did...we would not have the Psalms that bring great joy and comfort when needed.   So, I am thankful for David's trials..and his failures...

I am thankful for my past, as it has molded me and shaped me into who I am.  And when I say that... I am speaking of my own past...not the past of my husband..... not the past of my parents...not the past of 'what' may of been done to me....but me...MY past...MY own sin, placed Jesus on that Cross.. for that I am sinner and am so thankful that HE died for me. 

When we really humble ourselves...we can't throw the first stone...I couldn't.. I won't....there are so many hurting people and families... my prayer is that they will see Jesus in me and want what I have ..want what I believe in...may this prayer help in that - we must show mercy, we must be Jesus to others.  God wins.  Amen. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday, Day #33 -- HE will break open the skies!

Lord, as I rode into work today the sunrise was so spectacular and it opened my eyes.  And Lord, I saw a similar sky as I drove home...in the beginning of the sunset.

  Lord, YOU  blessed a song, "HE'll break open the skies....and save those that cry out HIS  name".  I thought of that, over and over and sang that song in my head today....YOU do break open the skies....YOUR word says that YOU don't want anyone to perish......I am just amazed that YOU love us that much.  And you love us over and over 24/7..... I remember back in February when I had a vision of you, on that horse and you bent down and scooped me up...and placed me on the horse in front of you.  That scooping motion was so real. I could see and and feel it. And then, YOU gave me another vision of that BRIGHT yellow light - YOUR light.  I remember it being so clear and yet so bright that I wanted to look away but I didn't.  And it only lasted a few seconds, but there was such a peace and warmth with it.  Then later in the summer, when I listened to and read the story about Todd Burpo's son...it just all came together and I really believed that I had been privileged enough to experience that yellow - YOUR light and then  that warmth.  It is a vision and a feeling that I will never forget.  I don't share that with too many as some may not believe it is true - but I do.  I used to think all that sort of stuff was just 'freakish' but now, YOU power and how you work is such a mystery and YOU make real things happen.  I see you Lord, as the warrior on the horse, coming in to rescue me.  

I remember back in July of 2009, as I was doing a bible study how YOU seemed to jump out of the DVD and speak to me because I had this bracelet on....and the verse was " I have engraved your name on the palm of my hand ".  The circumstance, the event, the DVD, and well -- it just was like YOU were directly there and telling me.  I know that  I know, you continue to delight me and help my faith get stronger and stronger.   That sunrise this am, that sunset was just another reminder of YOUR power and YOUR love for us.

Lord, I am praying today for my Secret Sister and her life.  Lord, we are at Day #33.  I consider it a great privilege to pray on her behalf...I want her to experience YOU like I have.  I don't want her to experience any great sadness or hurt ...but I can attest - YOU bring beauty out of ashes and sometimes the blessings come through tears.   Lord, I pray that as she awakes each day, she will see a sunrise and know YOU are there.  I pray she will have a divine Encounter  with YOU Lord, and I also pray that her healing, her life, and her family are being blessed.  Lord, I pray for a total healing for her.  

Lord, I pray she would dream tonight and have a vision that would increase her faith and give her great hope.  Lord, YOU are in this...YOU inspire these prayers, may they not only give her hope but may she really believe that YOU will heal her as YOU break open the skies ....and she would see you in a new and real way. Amen.

Day #32

Dear Lord,  today is YOUR day.  Lord today is Sunday.  Lord, YOU show me continually how much you love me by doing such simple things.  Today YOU provided a new solution to a situation in our lives.  Quite frankly, I want to shout EXACTLY what you did ..as this was/is just a GOD thing but it must remain a big private for a time.  However,  YOU clearly showed me, that YOU give the or YOU answer the secret prayers of our hearts.  Sometimes it is just a thought ..but all of a sudden I am aware that it was a secret prayer..a secret prayer that was only special to me...and YET it was so special.  And YOU did it.  Which just reminds me - YOU know what is best.  YOU are the best friend and daddy a girl could want.  Lord,  I pray that my sweet sister could experience this.  I wish many of my friends would also experience this...they can, I know it if they truly seek you with everything and watch for you to speak.  Lord, I believe you are healing her as I type...Lord, that her secret prayers are answered and she would feel such a joy. Amen.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day #31 -- Saturday -

Dear Lord, today is a day of driving for me....Lord, time with you...time to think of you...time to reflect and time to pray...

My simple prayer is heal her Lord, let this 40 days of prayer be real to her.  Amen.

To my Secret Sister ..YOU are deeply loved.  Amen.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Day #30 - TGIF

OH Lord,     UP is such a beautiful movie.  It has a great story of a man who is just trying hard to get over the loss of his wife and the dreams they shared and this little boy comes into his life and turns everything around.  And then he goes -- up --.  This movie makes me laugh, cry, and think.  Lord, how you use the arts to teach us so many illustrations of how much you Love us. 

Lord, today many people are making plans for the weekend, the work week has ended...
Lord, today many are celebrating this or that....
Lord, today many are looking forward to sleeping in....and Lord, many are also hurting. 

Lord, I pray for those right now, who don't think TGIF is a good thing.  Lord, when we remember that this life is tempory it is perhaps easier to deal with stuff....but when people are hurting and in the middle of pain it does not seem like the problem will be temporary. 

Lord, this prayer is for my secret sister.  There is pain in her life right now, hurting, and worry but perhaps tonight, she will  really allow your loving arms to envelope her and she will have a big smile and know that TGIF really means Thank God it's Forever - covered by YOU....amen. 

I heard this mentioned - 'I know God wins, I read the end of the book'.  However, I know that when something is really hurting...our own human flesh seems to tell us that YOU may lose.  Now saying that, praying that, and typing it out now seems rather silly, but I remember.  I remember thinking and feeling that YOU may lose - as that is all I could see.  Thank you Lord for using people around me to remind me to be encouraged .  Thank you for Proverbs 31.25 that says, she is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.  Lord, thank you for Beth Moore's quote saying:  God  you never allow or appoint a fire unless YOU can bring beauty of the the ashes.   And Lord, thank you for reminding me what it says in Eph 4.24...put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 

Lord, I praise you, I know that you are healing and changing the heart and mind of my sweet secret sister.  Lord, I praise you and love you and thank you for reminding me that it is Friday ....and thank YOU Lord that 'Sunday' is coming.  Lord, thank you for answered prayer. 
Lord, as I close, I hold my sweet sister before you, you know exactly what transpired in her life this week and what will happen this weekend, may she gain true victory and true freedom.  May she see you in a way she has never really seen you before.  And Lord, I know you are working in her life, I saw the smile on her face today...it was a big smile.  Thank you Lord.  Amen. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day #29 - Secret Sister Prayer - Flo / A teacher's prayer

Flo...the bobble head...
Wouldn't it be great to be just like Flo for a bit....??  

We would just smile, nod, and not have to worry about anything as our head was made of ...plastic....and it would be empty? 

My Secret Sister shares my profession...teaching....and I have a few other dear sweet colleagues that I am thinking of tonight and this post /prayer is for them as well. 

Lord, I want to be like Flo...this plastic doll that sits upon my shelf right now.  She smiles, she has no cares and she has no worries.  She only has to smile and look all pretty.  Lord, only YOU can make me look pretty.  Lord, I want to look pretty for YOU...I want your light to shine OUT of me that others may see it. 

Lord, I pray this eve for my Secret Sister and the other wonderful woman I know who teach, I hold them up in prayer.  Lord, FCAT is around the corner,  reports cards will be coming out, and we approach the 1/2 way mark.  Lord, many of us TAKE on our students and make them ours for the 180 days we get them.  Lord, that is HARD when we see more and more, how some of them are not being read too, not being listened to, and not being shown a love for YOU.  Lord, ONLY YOU can change that.  Lord, I ask on behalf of my Secret Sister and all of the teachers I know - do a wonderful work through us.  Do something grand, may our lives reflect YOU and one day, those students will want what we have.  Lord, help us to keep our tempers in check, help us to remember the parents we have ARE sending us their best, and help us to have empathy for everyone within our room.  Lord, I thank you for the opportunity  to touch lives of  others.  Lord, I know the law says to keep church and state separate but may my life and the lives of the women I share this profession with,  shine with you that our students notice.  Lord, I ask a blessing upon each and every one of those kids...here, there, and wherever.  Lord, I also say a special prayer for my own daughter who is going to be starting her practicum soon.  It may only be one day a week, but she will be touching lives, may YOU shine through her as well. 
Now Lord, we thank you- for this opportunity, amen.

PS Lord,  I really don't want to be Flo, I enjoy being able to think and make choices and decide to share you when I want.  And Lord, when I smile, YOU are one of the many reasons...that I smile and thank you for the other reasons why I smile too.  Lord,  may my Secret Sister...each time she sees Flo on TV or a Progressive commercial -- think of this post and know, she is doing  YOUR work. Bless us --in our 'public' schools.  Amen.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wednesday, Prayer #28 ..the DOT...

Department of Transportation or Decide, opposition, and train...
  Hello -- today is Day 27....of 40 days of prayer that I  started for one particular beautiful woman that God brought to me and HE made it very clear to me that I was to spend the next 40 days in prayer for her and to encourage her.  
I am posting this on Tuesday..for Wednesday -- tomorrow or Wednesday, is Day #28!  Wow.

I posted a blog or entry called the SANDY factor..that sort of explains why I am doing this as well.  At a very special time, God used total strangers  and dear old and new friends,  and one particular women to speak to me.

 She was a stranger.  The Secret Sister I am praying for is somewhat of a stranger.  I have known her for many years but I don't routinely call her to chat, nor do we spend time together...I would consider her very special though and I love her in Christ with a special love..that only God could of orchestrated.

But God has clearly made it possible for me to pray for her and encourage her so each day, as I remember her in prayer, I also try and post a prayer or something that God is teaching or reminding me of.

I want to preface this....I am NOT perfect and I am humbled that I am able to do this...but I also believe that these prayers that I post are not only for my Secret Sister..they are for me...they act as therapy a bit for me...they keep me focused as I said in an earlier post..in the middle of the pea patch and  I also believe these prayers can benefit anyone else looking for encouragement.  One of the things I found when I felt very hopeless was that God used Face book and many different blogs and posts to encourage me and show me HOW much HE loved me.  And I posted scripture and stuff..which I thought would be uplifting as well...and I was blessed when someone would tell me - thanks michelle, I needed that!    The Enemy did not like this..but who cares, I hate him anyway!

Ok - I digressed...or just updated a few who read this...my photo is of the back of Brendan's helmet...it is what I saw mostly on my first Harley ride...the back of his head.  I kept looking at that sticker.  It stands for the fact that his helmet is DOT approved -- Department of Transportation...God helped me think of something else...

Decide.....opposition...and then train......

Decide -- Prov. 3: 5-6...Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  

Opposition --  John 8.44 says Satan is a liar and the father of all lies....

Train--Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of yourmind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

No matter what the circumstance.   we make choices and decisions...  there will always be opposition and then to continue...we have to train ourselves into new habits or patterns and we have to train our minds to focus on the present and not the past....

My past is my past.  I am no saint and a GINORMOUS  sinner, I am.  People may look at others and think they are 'worse' than I, but God does not level sin.  The scripture is -- we have all sinned  and come short..  I DO not want anyone to bring my past up to me...and it is my past, my choices and my sin.  I am not any better than this or that person, and as a sinner - I knew, I know, I could never throw the first stone.  And with that revelation, it becomes much easier to forgive...well, it becomes easy to choose to forgive because  it is commanded.  It is a hard task, and it takes time, sometimes it is a daily thing..but, I know that I am forgiven and I am most grateful and humbled by that ..so I want to extend that to the people around me.  That is easier when I train myself....to live with Christ right there..with God in the center of my pea patch...and with the knowledge that I am a new creation.

I think every time I see a DOT sticker --   I will remember my first real ride on the back of Brendan's Harley ....I was in heaven, having great fun, but it was one of the windiest...days and when I tried to turn my head to the left or right, the opposition was SO great...keeping my head, directly behind his, under the protection of his body...I felt safe.  How cool of God to give me that illustration...HOW cool of God...HE is so cool....anyway.

Now to my prayer for my Secret sister...Lord,  tomorrow is Day #28....I will be praying tomorrow, but here is the posted prayer for her -- Lord, I pray that her decisions are for you..for her healing. Lord, I pray that she will have little or NO opposition and I bind the enemy and send it away from her and Lord, I pray that she will seek you with all of her might and rely on you and refocus. Lord, I know you are going to do a healing in her life...her family....her thoughts and she is going to experience you in a whole new way.  Lord, I want her to be able to say..."thank You ..for that woman who would not give up and encouraged me"  and Lord, that she will one day, encourage another because her faith is stronger because someone told her she could be healed, she prayed and believed and waited on you. Lord, only YOU can do that.  THAT would be a great miracle to me..for me...for her.  However, I know that I know, YOU have plans that are even better than what my mind can fathom...and for that, I can't wait.  Lord, a year ago, it looked pretty bleak in my life, it looked like there were going to be major changes and new consequences to learn to live with but I was ready  and prepared because of YOUR word and your people who prayed for me to trust you...and yet, you did a great and glorious work and totally changed what I 'thought'....YOU are so cool Lord,  I pray that my Secret Sister can experience this too.   I know she can as YOU put the stars in heaven and named them all..YOU can do this. Amen.  

Tuesday, Secret Sister Prayer # 27

2 Time 1.7
"God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control".

Oh, Lord..... thank you for yesterday and the therapy where YOU confirmed many thoughts and feelings through our counselor but thank you for letting it be for me.  Lord,  YOU know I want YOU to shine at all times, but I am a work in progress and I need help too.  Thank you for another healing in certain areas and personal parts that only YOU and I know needed healing.  And now Lord, help me to live in that healing and not allow the Enemy to steal my joy.  Lord, you are an amazing Father......tremendous.

Lord, you did not give me a spirit that makes me afraid ....that is the Enemy.  Lord, the counselor asked me to begin to work on this fear of some things that are still invading my head.  Lord, I love my parents and have NO regrets of how I was raised but wow..how our childhood does effect how we look at things, how we think, and how we feel.  But, Lord, YOU knew that.  Thank you.  Lord, help me now, as I said to live without that fear.  Lord, with this will come a feeling of power and self-control.  Lord, hold my tongue when it needs to be held, have me speak when I need to speak and help me begin this 'dance' of communication with my husband that our counselor speaks about.  But Lord, I also want that 'dance' with the ladies you bring into my path, with the young women who ask things of me...and with my children.  Lord, I want to  be led by you and be so full of you..that you lead out always.  Always.

Lord, this is one of the praises...that I have sisters that love ya, and this prayer could be for any of my friends and sisters as well...that is the beauty of prayer Lord,  may THOSE that need this, read it and be blessed.  Amen.  
And Lord, thank you -- for making this next part of the therapy so very clear.  So now Lord, as I think and ponder about my Secret Sister....Lord, I pray that as each day comes, she will have a clear direction as to what to do to seek her healing.  Yesterday Lord, I asked that if she needed professional therapy, that she would seek it.  Lord, I know you can work through anything.  You even work through a Harley bike and you do wonders.  I stand amazed at 'what' YOU have pulled together in just the past two months.  But, I can be happy and know you are healing cause I am seeing many good things...Lord, that she will be seeing many good things and that it will increase her faith.  Lord, that she is not afraid and if she is, that she would seek you.  Lord, I pray she would not have a spirit of fear but of power as she seeks you and seeks total healing.  I know Lord, you will heal her.  I know you are faithful and good all the time.  I know you are a tremendous God and  I pray for my Secret Sister today...and her husband, and her kids, and her job..may each part of her life change  ......and let her sit in 'my place' in one year and go whoa....Oh Lord, I am so blessed.  Bless her today.

Lord, I also remember a sweet lady's husband today, healing from a stroke,  Lord, touch. I also remember a sweet lady who is grieving...comfort.....and I have may more requests...that you know of, I lay them at your feet.  Lord, I trust you.  And I will end with some praises.....Lord, I praise you for my church and its family.  Lord, I praise you for answered prayer, for the smile on my face, for my sweet friends I have and for the love I have been shown - daily - since..I was born.  Lord, for healing.  Lord I praise you for loving me enough to wait -- 44 years until I finally understood that I loved you -- first.  Period.  Lord, thanks.  Amen.

Monday, Day #26

Lord,  today you have me going to therapy....seeking help....I want to be the BEST I can be for YOU.  Please watch over every moment...and now for my Secret Sister......Lord, she is in the process of healing and seeking YOU for everything, but if therapy is needed for her healing  - provide it.  Make it clear to her as she seeks YOU and your help.  Don't let our pride get in the way, we humbly ask.  Amen.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday, Day #25 ..the pea patch....

Today, Dr. Gaulden spoke about 2 Samuel 23 and Shammach  and what he did.  Did you know his name means  desolate?  Can you imagine naming your child desolate?  There is power is words....and you name a child desolate?  Anyway, he was about to be attacked by the Philistines...did I spell that right?  And he made a decision, to take a stand and stand there, right in the middle of his lentils..or pea patch and believe that the Lord would be with him...and he defeated his enemy and the Lord did a great work.....

This am, the Enemy really tired to remind me of his lies...He tried to tell me that I had NO right to pray for others......that I was not worthy of that.  No way.  Jesus died for me.  Jesus gave me all authority to pray for others.  Jesus intercedes for me and whomever I pray for.  So, in the instant he began to lie, I did what I do best....I took a stand and declared that I have the right and authority to cast the enemy out.  I did.

Then about 20 min. later, Dr. Gaulden began his message and told us about Shammach.  Confirmation.  Wow.  I just love it when God does that....gives me the confirmation SO FAST that I can't doubt.    This really touched me today....it really did.  I think it is my new catch phrase...I am taking a stand in the pea patch...and the Lord will wrought a victory!  

HE wins.    I was feeling pretty 'smart'...and full of Christ. Well, humbled, that HE loves me THIS much...some lessons that so time to learn.  But, HE knew that.

So, now is day #25.  I asked God what to pray today for my Secret Sister...and I believe HE just wanted me to share my revelation of today....

Lord, I am taking a stand..and standing in the pea patch with my Secret Sister...I believe she will be healed,  I believe her family will see a new creation in Christ.  I believe she can have total peace in her head, her heart, and her body.  Lord,  YOU are a gracious and loving Father, she is missing her own father and Lord, I pray that she will find great comfort in knowing that he, her father, is with Jesus himself this evening.  Lord, I pray and know that her healing is taking place, but the enemy will continue to taunt her and make her doubt, I cast out that doubt this evening in your name.  Lord, there are other women that I can mention right now...that are struggling to take a stand..Lord, I pray they would be like Shammach, even when it seems so desolate, I pray they will seek you.  Amen.