Category: Prayer

Trust in the Storm

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap and
protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Psalm 91:1-4 (New Living Translation)

 

Storm Front on Eve of Good Friday 5 Jim Crotty via Compfight

I never expected to face so many storms and difficult circumstances during the year of Sabbath that I am certain God asked me to take.

These words from Psalm 91 have been my companion for the past few months. I had to remind myself again and again: God is in control. His timing is best, no matter what my world in me and around me looks like.

I wrote in my journal more than ever, and I kept repeating one phrase more than anything else: God, I trust You!

I trust You when doctor’s and specialist appointments are moved and then moved again. I trust You in this time of waiting.

I trust You when a job situation disappoints and there is patience and diplomacy required.

I trust You when I make mistakes and a trusting relationship has to be rebuilt.

I trust You when what I thought was the right decision does not turn out the way I thought it would. I trust You to be in this situation with me because of your promise.

I trust You when I have so many questions and no or little answers.

I trust You when the storm slows down just enough for you to create a beautiful rainbow. You remind me of your promise, God, and I’m encouraged to stay the course.

I trust You, God, because I find rest in the your shadow. When the heat of the day seems unbearable your shadow provides much needed reprieve.

I trust You with my ‘not enough’ and watch you transform it into just right portion of what I need every day.

I trust You alone to be my refuge, my place of safety where I can be honest and vulnerable knowing I am loved and accepted.

Your faithful promises are my armor and protection. You can be trusted to keep your promises.

You are my God, and I trust you.

 

Today I am joining Suzie Eller in #livefreeThursday

 

 

When You’re Desperate for a Sign #livefreeThursday

As a single parent decision making has been one of my biggest struggles. Especially when I know a decision will have consequences for years to come.

My father and one of my brothers had chosen a car for me when we returned to Canada. It was a small car, perfect for the 4 of us. My brother had negotiated the price, I only had to bring my cheque book, pay for it and drive it home.

Six years later my car met up not with one, but with two deer on the highway. I was devastated when the insurance appraiser called with the news that the car had to be written off, they would only pay out a few thousand for it. How was I supposed to buy a reliable car with this small amount of money?

I had about two weeks to make a decision. Should I risk it and buy an old car? What if it needed repairs or broke down, how would I pay for it? Or should I risk it and buy a new car? A car loan would mean payments for the next five years. It would I be very tight financially for these five years.

I prayed for a sign. I wanted a sign. I was desperate for a sign.

But there was no sign. I took the first step and researched and read many reviews on cars. I took another step and visited a car dealership. I prayed like mad those days and nights. I wanted someone else to make this decision for me. But there was no one to do it for me. This time I had to make the decision. I signed the purchase papers and the car loan documents. A few days later I came to pick up my car. I was shaking and nauseous when I received the car keys.

It started to rain as I drove off the dealership’s parking lot. I stopped for gas before heading home. I paid for the gas and returned to the car. All of a sudden the sky broke open, the rain stopped and the biggest double rainbow appeared!

God answered my prayers! He gave me a sign. A sign of His promise.

12 “And I seal this promise with this sign: 13 I have placed my rainbow in the clouds as a sign of my promise until the end of time, to you and to all the earth. 14 When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will be seen in the clouds, 15 and I will remember my promise to you and to every being, that never again will the floods come and destroy all life. 16-17 For I will see the rainbow in the cloud and remember my eternal promise to every living being on the earth.” Genesis 9:12-17 The Living Bible

I couldn’t start the car. I sat and wept. I knew without a shadow of a doubt God was with me. We would be ok financially. He would provide all we needed. And He really did.

God sealed His promise to Noah with the sign of a rainbow. Every time I see a rainbow I am reminded of God’s faithfulness.

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10:23 New Living Translation

 

 

Heal Me!

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Reading through Max Lucado’s book “Before Amen” I came to chapter Five: Heal Me.

This one is very close to my heart. I’ve read it many times since.

“Heal me,” is a prayer I have prayed more than any other.

“Adam and Eve had a falling out with God and a falling out with each other. Nature fell out of whack, and the human body out of balance. The Fall was exactly that: a fall from wholeness. Sin opened the door, and sickness walked in.”  (page 49, “Before Amen”)

 

Heal me! Is that an unreasonable prayer? Read more

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The year I turned 40, things changed. One sickness chased another. I’ve been diagnosed with several chronic diseases. Most of them are what I call “invisible diseases.” It’s hard to explain Ménière’s disease or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Interestingly enough, on days I feel the worst I get the most compliments on how good I look. Read more

Monday’s Prayer

My Prayer for this Christmas Season

Light Sharon Drummond via Compfight

 

Father God,

You showed Your love for me by sending Your one and only Son, Jesus Christ. You fulfilled prophecies, and You kept Your promise. You always keep Your promises. How could I ever doubt that?

I got distracted and drifted off course during this season. Forgive me!

I don’t ever want to forget the sacrifice You paid for saving me. Oh how I thank You!

Looking toward this Christmas I have mixed feelings. I don’t want to mess up. I’m praying for patience, for much love and understanding towards every person that crosses my path whether it’s at my job, while shopping, and especially while driving…

I pray for harmony when family gathers. I pray to speak only words that build up, and not words that tear down.

And this Christmas season I pray for a grateful heart.

Eucharisteo!

  1. to be grateful, feel thankful
  2. give thanks

May I always remember the good things You have done in my life, and specifically this past year. You have showered me with blessings beyond anything I could have thought or imagined!

I do give thanks! Eucharisteo!

Thank You for being there when it got difficult and hard. Thank You for supplying strength and providing peace! In particular I thank You, Father God, for HOPE!

Christmas: Jesus Christ – the source of all hope!

I do give thanks! Eucharisteo!

In Jesus’ redeeming name I pray,

Amen and Amen

 

 

Monday’s Prayer

Some days I’m amazed at how God works. How He shows His love and faithfulness to us in the midst of a mess.

Yesterday was such a day.

We are in the middle of kitchen renovations. It’s been three weeks without a kitchen. We were able to use the fridge and stove, as well as some small electrical appliances. But this past week the mess in our house just got to all of us.

One after another started experiencing cold systems. We were supposed to paint the kitchen before Friday. On Friday the new flooring would come in. But because all of us were feeling sick it just didn’t happen.

On Friday night my daughter helped me paint two walls before the kitchen cabinets would come in on Saturday morning. It was so humid the paint didn’t dry properly. And so this paint job turned out horribly wrong.

It was kind of the culmination of many frustrations that came to a peek on Saturday. Late that night we realized we didn’t have a slice of bread in the house, the stove was unavailable to cook breakfast, there was no room to connect the coffeemaker anywhere and on and on it went.

I went to bed frustrated and discouraged. But Sunday morning came, and with it came a ray of hope.

We decided to go out for breakfast. After some back and forth discussions on where to go we decided on Stella’s on Sherbrook. On our way we passed the Westminster church. Jokingly I said to the girls, “I wonder what time their service is? Why don’t we visit this church after breakfast?”

In the end we did. And that is where Jesus showed up for me. Take a look at the Scripture that was read:

Matt 11-28-30

This Scripture encouraged me and helped me see my circumstances in a different light. Jesus saw everything last week. He knew about the frustrations, the sickness, the fatigue… He wanted to show me His love. That’s what yesterday’s Sunday morning was to me. An embrace and encouragement.

And so I am going into this week with Jesus’ words resonating in my head and in my thoughts. Here is today’s prayer:

Lord Jesus,

thank you for the invitation to come as I am, weary and carrying heavy burdens. Thank you for your promise to give me rest.

You are offering to teach me because You are humble and gentle at heart. I trust You, and I love you, Jesus.

Thank you for the rest you provide for my soul.

Thank you that I’m not alone in my circumstances.

Thank you for Your offer to team up in this yoke. And because I’m teamed up with You, Jesus, Your yoke is easy to bear and the burden I receive from You is light.

Thank you for showing me Your love. Thank you for Your encouragement.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

 

 

Monday’s Prayer

praying hands

Father God,

thank you for the weekend.

Thank you for strength and health to look after my grandson.

Thank you for the gift of a grandson.

 

Father God,

I thank you for this new day and a new week.

I confess that I’m overwhelmed when I look at my to-do list.

There are tasks on it I’m not very good at.

Some of them I will have to do for the first time.

It makes me nervous just thinking about it.

I’m afraid to start.

God, I need You help, Your guidance.

I pray that fear will not keep me from doing what needs to be done.

I pray that whenever fear wants to stop me I still press on and finish the tasks.

Your Word reminds me not to fear, You are with me. Thank you!

 

Father God,

You know the outcome of this week.

You see the end from the beginning.

I pray that I would follow your leading.

Thank you, God, for knowing You are with me.

Thank you for the promises You’ve given me.

And thank you for past experiences of Your faithfulness that give me courage to step out and tackle whatever comes my way this week.

 

“Let all that I am praise the LORD;

With my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.

Let all that I am praise the LORD;

May I never forget the good things He does for me.

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.

He redeems me from death and

crowns me with love and tender mercies.

He fills my life with good things.

My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!”

See Psalm 103:1-5

 

 

 

Monday’s Prayer

Why am I here? Danny Mualim via Compfight

Psalm 42

 

As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?

I want to drink God, deep draughts of God.

I’m thirsty for God-alive.

I wonder, “Will I ever make it—
arrive and drink in God’s presence?”
I am on a diet of tears—
tears for breakfast, tears for supper.
All day long people knock at my door,
Pestering, “Where is this God of yours?”

 My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be.

These are the things I go over and over,
emptying out the pockets of my life.
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
amid the sound of a great celebration!

 Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?

Why are you crying the blues?

Fix my eyes on God—soon I will be praising again.

I will put my hope in God!
He puts a smile on my face.
He is my Savior and my God.

Now I am deeply discouraged,

My soul is in the dumps.
But I will remember you—

I rehearse everything I know of you,
From Jordan depths to Hermon heights,
including Mount Mizar.
Chaos calls to chaos,
to the tune of whitewater rapids.
Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers
crash and crush me.

Then God promises to love me all day,
sing songs all through the night!
My life is God’s prayer.


But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
and through each night I sing his songs,
praying to God who gives me life.

 “O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?”

Sometimes I ask God, my rock-solid God,
“Why did you let me down?
Why am I walking around in tears, harassed by enemies?”
They’re out for the kill, these tormentors with their obscenities,
Taunting day after day, “Where is this God of yours?”

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?

Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?

Fix my eyes on God—
soon I’ll be praising again.

I will put my hope in God!
He puts a smile on my face.
He is my Savior and my God.

 

 

Psalm 42 (New Living Translation)

Psalm 42 (The Message)

 

 

What Happens When “the Hurt and the Healer” Collide?

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The news of the sudden death of one of our church members dominated the discussions yesterday. It overshadowed the worship service and the congregational meeting that followed.

Social media has been a great venue, especially for friends, to exchange memories and pay tribute to this 38 year old young man. The sadness is overwhelming. And I am only someone looking in from the outside…

In the midst of life we are forced to pause and think about death, about the end of our own lives.

King David paused and faced these questions as well.

He prayed in Psalm 39:

“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is.

You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.

We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you

Hear my prayer, O LORD! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest – a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me.”

Psalm 39:4-7, 12

 

King David is putting things in perspective. He is making it clear where his priorities lie. We, too, have to come to the point where we acknowledge:

“My only hope is in you.”

Whatever I’m facing here, it’s temporary. I am God’s “guest -a traveler passing through.” Though the pain might be overwhelming, and questions are right there, front and center, we can know, we will see this young man again. His testimony of faith is expressed in many comments.

As I was reading a tribute a friend had written, I came across this song by Mercy Me. I think it is a beautiful picture of what happens when “The Hurt and the Healer” collide. Please click on the link and listen to the song.

The Hurt and the Healer

This is my Monday’s Prayer today for all who are grieving the loss of this special young man:

“Jesus, come and break our fears,

wake our hearts and take our tears,

find Your glory even here when the hurt and the Healer collide.”*

Father God, may your presence,

your love and your peace comfort all who mourn.

Give us all hope, a hope that overpowers the pain.

“I pray that God, the source of hope,

will fill you completely with joy and peace, because you trust in Him.”**

I pray for this confident hope to flow from those who believe in You, God.

In Jesus name I pray, Amen

 

* From the lyrics “The Hurt and the Healer” by Mercy Me

** Romans 15:13