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Oh, this day! I will rejoice …


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Day 8 …

Oh! This day!

Thank you, Lord, through it all I did not lose my peace. Today I lived by faith. I stepped out in faith, in the face of fear. I pray(ed) in faith. Thank you, Lord, for this faith you gave me. Thank you, for the widow to go to you first. To seek out godly people for prayer, for amazing friends with amazing prayer skills.

Lord, I look up … To You, where my help comes from. I know where my Help is … It is in You, alone.

You alone know what I need in all of today’s circumstances. I trust all to you, and I surrender all to you..

Oh, this day, Lord. I rejoiced in praise and am glad in it.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. In all thanksgiving. Amen.

Thanks for reading my loyal friends. You’re in my prayers, always. May God bless you.

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A Prayer of Gratitude


GratitudeDay 7 – Catch up.

When you wake each morning to the new day are you grateful?

Even in the turmoil of those not so great days do you find something to be thankful for?

I know … this is not always an easy thing to do. I found that it’s a discipline. A purposeful lifestyle.

I cannot count how many times, in the past, that I’ve wanted to strangle that loving, good hearted person who reminded me to count my blessings in times of trial! Even today, sometimes, I find that I feel a twinge of that familiar frustration even as I remind myself to be grateful in the face of troubles!

But God!

Yes … I have found in my life, that being thankful has not only taken the sting out of troubled situations and heartache, but it has also allowed God’s favor to work in my favor!

An example.
Several years ago, in the early days of my Christian walk, I had a car accident. Technically my fault. As I pulled into a Wawa on my way to work I heard a thought in my head. “Everyone has to have a front parking space near the door.” As I pulled around there were plenty of spots to park across the way … but there, shining in the sun was an open spot, right next to a new, green pick up that had pulled in ahead of me. I took it! I drove directly into the spot and was immediately blinded by the sun … the gentleman in the truck swung his door open and I hit it! As I hit it … not seeing anything, I, for no real reason, began to chant “Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.” over and over, out loud.

Well the scene continued in the vain of a car accident. While I prayed and thanked God that the man had not swung his legs out when I pulled in, the police were called and insurance was exchanged and reports were filled out. I was spent at the end. Nervous and fearful, but praying.

Fast forward to the end … This accident did not garner me a ticket. I was not sued. It didn’t show up on my insurance. NOTHING!

That was God. That’s what being thankful to God, even in our simple day to day lives garners us!

The Favor of God.

Even when bad things happen, we are blessed with a God solution! Amen.

I may have said this already, and I might say it again, and again. I pray God’s Word back to Him. In the Old Testament Moses regularly reminded God what He had said and promised. This is essentially the same thing. Praying God’s Word insures the we are praying according to God’s Word.

We cannot go wrong that way! It works EVERY time!

So right now I pray … My prayer of Gratitude today.

Father, I thank You for this day you have made. I will purposely rejoice and be happy in this day.

I rejoice always, and pray continually, giving You thanks in all circumstances; for this is Your will for me, God, in Christ Jesus. I will not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, I will present my requests to You, God. I thank You for Your peace, God, which transcends all understanding, that it guards my heart and my mind, in Christ Jesus. Thanks be to You, God! For You give me the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Help me to thank You God, as I ought, and rightly so, because my faith is growing more and more, and the all the love I have for others is increasing. I Give thanks to You, Lord, for You are good; and Your love endures forever. I will let the peace of Christ rule in my heart, since as a member of one body I am called to peace. And I will be thankful. I will devote myself to prayer, being watchful and thankful. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

The Scriptures below are all in the prayer above.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Philippians 4:6-7
1 Corinthians 14:57
2 Thessalonians 1:3
1 Chronicles 16:34
Colossians 3:15
Colossians 4:2

Thanks for dropping by to read! You’re always in my prayers. God bless you.

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Prayer Day 6 … Catching Up.


Day 6

Hello my Dear and Faithful Readers,

As you can see I’m attempting quick little catch ups, as my life is spinning away at the speed of light here! Plus, I did make the decision to participate in the 31 Day Writing Challenge on October 3rd! Crazy, right!

Anyway … this and the next two will be short but direct prayer! I hope you are blessed and enjoy. God bless you!

God's Peace

God’s Peace

Philippians 4: 4-7

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

What most of us seek in our day to day life is a semblance of peace. But why seek the appearance of something when we could have the actual thing?

The Word, here in Philippians 4, gives us clear instruction to attain TRUE Peace … the peace of God.

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Lord,

We know you are near. Nearer to us than anyone could ever imagine they could get! You live not only among us, but in us. And for that Lord, I am continually grateful. You not only walk beside us, You reside within our very being. Such a wonderful miracle when realized. Lord I thank You today for this intimacy and ask You that all may enjoy thins intimacy with You. I thank You that Your peace is attainable because we acknowledge You within us and trust our lives to You alone. Lord, teach them, teach me, that this intimacy is what guards our hearts and mind. That to truly attain this day to day relationship with You is as simple as opening Your Word and allowing it to live and breath within us. I honor and praise You for all You are. For Your love and patience with us. And I thank You Lord, from the depths of my being that I am able at this moment to share Your peace with You. Such comfort it is to this sorrowful heart of mine. Just the warmth of Your heart beating within mine brings me a joy even as I sorrow. I pray that everyone may feel this, may benefit from Your peace even in the turmoil of this life. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Thank you again, sweet reading friends, for stopping by to my humble little blog here. You’re always in my prayers. God bless.

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Loved …


Day 5

Loved

I wanted to express something that I have a hard time putting words to.

My husband died just short of 6 months ago. And as a young widow, (I’m 50, and still find the feel of the word widow strange in my mouth somehow), I am so blessed to have this feeling at this time.

Like I said, the love of my life, my life partner, the man that I KNOW God made for me passed away. And in all of the pain and sorrow and numbness this one thing has not changed, in all of the tornado of change that has encompassed my life these last several months.

I can still FEEL the love of my husband!

A good friend said to me yesterday, she drug me out of my vortex of depression for lunch, she said …
“What you and Don had was enviable.” And she went on to say the she wasn’t sure if she and her husband had what Don and I had. Right now I am praying that she come to this place in her relationship.

She expressed further that everyone who knew Don and I, as a couple, knew that we were ONE.

See it’s God thing. We lived our live, as best we could, according to God’s plan for us.

God has a plan for us … all of us. And when we enter into this plan of His … people see it. And we feel it, even after it seems to have ended … See God’s plan for us NEVER ends.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 Amplified Bible 

God Set Eternity in the Heart of Man
11 He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.

He has set eternity in the heart of every man. A desire for the divine in all areas of their lives!
And that’s what I believe I am feeling!

I can sit quietly and still feel the depths and fullness of my husbands love. That love did not go to the grave with My Love … as My Love is not in that grave, as Jesus is not in that tomb … He is in eternity with Father God.

This fullness of love I feel is how I know exactly where my Donald is and what he is doing.

Not once have I wondered about that. Not once have I felt the loss of Don’s love for me. Not once have I wondered if I’ll ever be loved again.

I think I honestly worried about that loss of love more when he was alive and I believed that somehow he’d leave like everyone else had.

So in light of this writing challenge theme I chose … Prayer … let me pray.

Lord,

May each of your children, today, feel this amazing fullness of love that You’ve provided for all us. May each of us recognize that desire for the divine that You’ve put in our hearts and help us to pursue that divine, help us to pursue You, without distraction. I thank You for this Love that You have for us!

Lord, I honor and praise You today, and everyday, for this amazing Love you have for me. That You would gift me with the continuing Love of my sweet, beloved husband.

Lord, I know that You know my heart, but I must acknowledge that I am in awe of Your caring and loving protection of me and my heart at this time of my life, and I ask that You continually extend that Love to all of Your children. I pray that they come to such an intimate relationship with You that they are able to feel just what I feel at this moment. I pray that they have a revelation knowledge of Your Love.

Touch each and everyone of them Lord. Soothe their every sorrow, as You have and continue to soothe me. You alone are worthy of my praise Lord. May my every word, action and breath glorify You, Lord.

In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Thanks for stopping by to read my quick little 31 day catch up posts. Short but sweet and from my heart. You’re in my prayers. God bless you.

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