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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.


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


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.


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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Prayer … Just an example …

Day 4

God gave us an example of prayer … remember, it’s an example!

Matthew 6:9-13New King (NKJV)

9 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven, (Addressing God in His sovereignty.)PrayerHabakkuk
Hallowed be Your name. (Praising and acknowledging His name and His Holiness.)
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven. (Acknowledging Him for His hand to move in our lives.)

11 Give us this day our daily bread.(Acknowledging Him as our provision.)
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors. (Asking for forgiveness as we promise to extend the same to all.) 
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one. (Acknowledging Him as our protector.)
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen (Giving Him the Honor and Glory for all things!)

This prayer outlines how we should pray, when we pray continually. We should be acknowledging, honoring and glorifying God in all or our prayers.

This said … this is God template for prayer. All prayer is personally ours, individually. The way I pray is different from the way you pray; and that’s perfectly fine. God built each of us differently and He knows us personally. So there is no ONE way to pray.

I have several prayer books … The one I use regularly is …


However, I use these as templates … they were originally someone else’s personal prayers according to God Word. So they make researching the scriptures for God’s will in my prayer life ultra easy. But I rarely pray the prayers directly from this, or any other prayer book, because my needs, while similar are vastly different from what the people who wrote the prayers in the books for themselves at the time of their need.

I encourage you to find examples that fully acknowledge, honor and glorify God in prayer to help you to pray more effectively in your life!


I thank You for the examples of Godly prayer You have provided for us! I pray I (we) always remember to give you the proper Glory and Honor and Acknowledgement in all of our prayers. And I thank You from the depths of my heart for all of Your faithful and loving answers to prayer. Let us always remember that You always hear us, always answer us and never forsake us.

In  Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Thank you, my reader friends! You’re in may prayers. God bless you!


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Prayer … The Final and Necessary Piece of the Armor of God.

* Reader FYI: I’m about to do a whole lot of Catch Up here for the 31 Day Write Challenge. I have 5 day to catch up with … and God gave me at least 3 of those days worth of Prayers! God is good.

Day 3 ~ The FULL Armor of God!

The Armor of God and Prayer

The Armor of God and Prayer

The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

We’ve been taught for years to “put on” the Full Armor of God … and we followed the silly teaching of acting out this process. Distracting us from what “putting on” truly means.

The “putting on” of the Armor of God means to apply each piece of the Armor to our lives. And in all of those teachings in the Faith movement of God verse 18 was not given as much attention as it needed.

To honestly apply the Armor of God to our live we MUST pray. It is presented in scripture as an indispensable spiritual exercise of a well-prepared Christian. As we put on the whole Armor of God we must remain prayerful.

“Paul is essentially saying, ‘Now look, you have the whole armor of God, but don’t forget to call upon God who promises you the provision of His strength and armor. He who gives you the weapons can also teach you how to use them effectively to overcome all the wiles of the enemy.” ~ Pastor V. Netzel, Bayshore Fellowship, NJ

Prayer is our connection to ask and receive from God the special divine help we will need in our spiritual battles and day to day lives.

As Christians we can become complacent about the necessity of prayer. Especially those of us who enjoy frequently answered prayers! We believers must avoid slipping into spiritual egotism, a place prayer cannot thrive.

I look at it this way. Our prayers are our everyday communication with God the Father. Seriously, I just have talks, conversations with God, and I regularly see His hand on my life and in my circumstances. Thankfully I have not come to a place where I am so full or proud of my standing with God that I don’t feel as though I must prayer.

In fact I continue to be in such awe of the power of my (our ) prayers that I continue praying with joy.

Prayer is our encouragement … particularly when we pray the Truth of the Word of God! It keeps our spiritual weapons and armor well maintained. Prayer binds it all together. It strengthens the believer and guides him in his day to day and especially in times of struggle.

It is the open line of communication with our commanding officer as soldiers in the army of God! It is our call to our Father God for security and comfort. It is our personal talks with Daddy in our day to day.

Prayer is the answer to all our needs and the way we personally honor and glorify our Father Creator.

So …

Father, right now I give You all the honor and glory that comes from my life. My successes and victories are Yours, a gift of Your love to me. I thank You for that, always.

Father today I pray that all of us, as your children and soldiers, learn how to properly apply Your armor to our day to day lives, not just in times of crisis. I thank You that we have this ability through You Son, Jesus. And that through Your Holy Spirit we will be guided in the proper application of Your armor and that we complete and secure it with continual prayer for the battle, the day to day and for one another.

Lord, I pray that each one who reads this be given revelation knowledge of Your Armor and that they begin to pray continually. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

Thanks for dropping by and reading my faithful friends! You are in my prayers. God bless


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Prayer Changes Lives ….

Day 2

Prayer changes lives. My life is proof of that, literally.

This challenge will, hopefully, change the course of my grieving process. Which after 5 months I have found I need it to end. There’s a quote from a U2 song … it goes something like:

” There is no end to grief. There is no end to Love.”

These are so true.

So anyway I have gathered my tools for this 31 Day Prayer Challenge of mine …


I literally began my walk with the Lord 13 years ago … (Just an interesting and just realized side note – my husband and I married after 13 years together. This year we were married 13 years; and he died in our 13th year of marriage … and now my solitary walk with God began 13 years after my husband I first got saved. I’m sensing a theme.) We will have to wait and see what God is doing with all those 13s!

So the little prayer book is my husbands and when I opened it he had the page marked on “The Home” chapter. So I will begin there …


I thank you today that my home, my family, is established on your word; the utmost of sound and good foundation. Through godly wisdom my home is securely built. Jesus is the Lord of this house . Whatever our task Lord we roll all of works upon you, I commit and trust them wholly to you. I thank you that you cause my thoughts to become agreeable to your will and so my plans shall be established and succeed.

Lord, you alone are my sufficiency. You are my husband and my supply. The Lord of my life; spirit, soul and body. I surrender all to you. I entrust it all to your protection and care.

As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Dear readers, I try to prayer scripture always. I do this because God is bound by His Word and always honors it. Therefore when we pray His word we can be certain that we are honestly praying His will for our lives and situations. His Word is the perfect prayers for our day to day lives. There is no situation that we encounter in our lives that is not covered in the Love and Wisdom of God’s Word.

During this challenge I hope to help you become active in God’s Word in prayer. For me, I’ve found it to be the only way for me to get out of my own way in my prayer life. =)

Meaning I cannot manipulate God’s Word. To pray it I must study it for it to manifest in my life. And like I said in the very beginning of this post … Prayer changes lives … it has markedly changed mine.

Thank for stopping by and reading! You are in my prayers. God bless.

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Prayer Changes Everything

Hope & Joy

Hope & Joy

Day 1

I’ve decided to join the 31 Day Writing Challenge. I haven’t written since July … that’s an incredibly long time, and I’ve come to the realization that I need to motivate myself. Last year at this time I used this challenge to motivate me and it worked for a bit … and then life got harder.

So here I am again. Challenging myself to get back to a “new” normal. This new normal is fraught with challenge and a need to remain motivated. So here I go … motivating my self to live my new life.

These last five months have been a challenge all their own. Never before tread territory for me. And

frankly I’m still at a loss … so I pray. I’ve always prayed. Now I pray continually. Sometimes my only conversation in a whole day is my conversation with God. And I’m grateful to have that, because only God can assist me in this my new normal – alone.  So my 31 Day Write Challenge is to Pray. I have started a prayer journal … this will just be where I journal for the next 31 days.

31 Days of Prayer

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Today I’m going to share a photo I took a few years ago and edited … I have A LOT of photos that I’ve dedicated to prayer. I hope to share some of them with you here in the next few days. In fact, today, my Day 1 in the challenge is actually 4 days late … So I have some catching up to do. But I do this challenge only to challenge myself to be faithful to this call on my life to write. So I will catch up as the motivation of this self challenge allows me …

To accept the things I cannot change.

To accept the things I cannot change.

This prayer, though not mine, is perfect to begin this challenge. There is much in my life these days that I long to change, but cannot. And I don’t seem to have the courage at the moment to change my life in accordance with those things I have no control over. Essentially sometimes I am stuck.

I know, am wise to, the difference between which is unchangeable and those things I can change.


I thank You tonight for Your peace. That peace that is beyond my human understanding. I thank You that I know that I cannot change those things that have happened because change is a God thing. I thank You that I am wise in the knowledge of You and know that I control nothing. Everything in my life is Yours and is of Your plan. I trust that Father, I really do and You know my heart. I leave this up to You and look for Your guidance in this day to day challenge to live. I wake in the morning Lord and seek Your voice. I thank You for the day, whether or not I want to face that day and I push forward, because Your desire for me is to live abundantly. As I finish this prayer Lord I ask that I come to this new life of mine and find the joy and the peace in the aloneness. That I find the me that You intended as I move forward on Your path for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

*Please understand dear readers when I say “alone” I don’t mean that I am alone or forsaken by God. I do to even mean that I am alone in regard to you, my friends (either face to face or online friends). What I do mean is that my life is now a solitary one. My sweet husband has gone home to be with the Lord and I am comforted to know exactly where he is and what he is doing and I am now alone, living my life solitary.

Until next time … thanks for reading sweet friends. God bless.