Month: August 2008

Need Washing?

 

My friend Marie sent me this cute story today.  I don’t know who the original author is, but it is so simple and sweet in it’s message. (i added the video above and a few pictures of people in the rain, click play then go below and read the story) I will warn you ahead of time, you may want to have a few tissues in hand as you read it, I know I did.  Take care and God bless you,

Briggie ^i^

 

 

NEED WASHING??

imageA little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.  It was pouring outside.  The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout.  We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. image I am always mesmerized by rainfall.  I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world.  Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, ‘Mom let’s run through the rain,’ she said . ‘What?’ Mom asked.  ‘Lets run through the rain!’ She repeated.  ‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.image

This young child waited about another minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain’ , ‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.  ‘No, we won’t, Mom.  That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.  This morning ?When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?  ‘Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!’image

The entire crowd stopped dead silent.  I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain.  We all stood silently.  No one came or left in the next few minutes.  Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.  Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly.  Some might even ignore what was said.  But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life.  A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

‘Honey, you are absolutely right. image Let’s run through the rain.  If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing,’ Mom said.  Then off they ran.  We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles.  They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case.  They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.   And yes, I did.  I ran.  I got wet.  I needed washing.

image Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health.  But no one can ever take away your precious memories… So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday.  To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.image

I HOPE YOU STILL TAKE THE TIME TO RUN imageTHROUGH THE RAIN.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them. Take time to live, keep in touch with your friends, you never know when you’ll need each other — and don’t forget to run in the rain !

Praise Report!!!

Okay, so by now, most of you know that God answered our prayers to approve Ian’s college loan, and that He did not answer my prayer to get the job I interviewed for last Wednesday.

You also know that my update from Monday was filled with sorrow and hurt but all the while I knew the Holy Spirit was telling me that God is in control.

I received so much encouragement via email, phone and comments here on my blog, and I am so very truly thankful for everyone that has kept me and my family in their prayers. 

I wanted to let you know that Yes, God is in control, He always has a plan, and when He closes one door, He opens another, we must remain hopeful and have faith in Him.

When I woke up on Tuesday, I decided that I had cried and mourned enough and I needed to continue searching for a job.  As I was searching the web, I received a phone call from a company I applied to (days before I applied for the other job I didn’t get) and they were interested in interviewing me, was I still interested in the position…Uhm, let me think for a moment…YES!!! (even though I wasn’t sure what position this one was for, where it was or what the company did, because I had literally applied to about 50 jobs online in the past few weeks).

She told me the starting salary (which granted is half what I made with my former employer – but most likely it’s also half the amount of stress and half the travel time and since right now I’m not bringing in anything, half sounds just fine to me!)

She told me they would be meeting with several other applicants over the next 2 weeks and gave me some options for interview dates, I picked today, this way it wouldn’t be too early, and not to far into the process either.

I have to be honest, I wasn’t too excited and didn’t want to get my hopes up, so I didn’t tell anyone aside from my husband, kids and my mom.  I almost didn’t go because I was not able to get to sleep last night (the menopause is raring it’s ugly head again) and a headache that started yesterday was gaining momentum.  I hemmed and hawed and tossed the idea of rescheduling, or not even calling them, but all the while I felt something urging me to get up, have my coffee and get my butt in the shower.

So, I got ready, got my paperwork together and headed out the door with a ‘oh well, what have I got to loose’ attitude.  When I pulled up to the building, I felt as though I didn’t stand a chance, this place just seemed too cutting edge and the fact that I’d been out of the loop for a few years made me feel as though I was wasting their time, but through the doors I went.

After introducing myself to the receptionist, I was given what looked like 10 sheets of paper to fill in.  This, and the fact that I noticed a few other “visitors” that had been there the past few days that were there for interviews set my nerves to high alert.  I started filling in the paperwork, made stupid errors, like putting information on the wrong line – duh – and then as I finished page 2, noticed the other papers were not for me, but for other applicants.  Great, just great, now I know this isn’t going to go well and figured if nothing else, at least I was up early and dressed!

I met one of the managers, great guy, very nice, easy going and I felt like I made a good impression on him.  (before I forget, let me interject here – if you use Monster or Yahoo or any other online job search, make sure your profile is up to date and correct.  it appears mine was from 2006, and said I was looking for a position as a Supervisor/Manager which I while I was back then, I’m not right now, so this probably explains why I probably haven’t gotten any return phone calls!!!)  Well, I guess I did make a good impression, because he wanted me to meet his director and she too was so nice, easy going, up front, business savvy and smart and I really enjoyed talking with her.  I felt like we connected and she said I should be hearing from them sometime next week.

I left feeling much better than when I arrived and I could see myself working there.  It’s such a nice building, everyone seemed so friendly and happy to be there.

Well, I drove home thinking if I get it great, if not, no problem – except for the traffic because their office is just a few blocks from the NJ Turnpike which gets a ton of traffic.  I called my hubby and told him it went good and I should know in a few days, then when I got home, I told my sons about the interview.  About 20 minutes after I got home, the phone rang, my son picked it up and handed it to me.  I asked who it was and saw on the caller ID it was the company.  Oh my gosh…could it be??  So soon??  Oh yes it could, they offered me the job and wanted to know if I needed a few days to consider the offer!!!  Hmmm, uhmmm, how about NO I don’t need time to think it over and YES I want the job!  Their next question, when can I start?  My answer, what time do you want me there I’m only 15 minutes away!! 

I start Tuesday!  Can you believe it?  I can!  PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSING FLOW!  He had His plan all along, I let my plans get in the way.  Granted, I won’t be able to walk to this job, but even with traffic it was only a 15 minute ride, and this place is so much bigger and there is room for advancement and the benefits are excellent (at least the ones I know about so far) and I’m just so excited – can you tell?

How awesome is God?  This is where the song, “sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers” starts playing in my head, followed by, “God is in control”, along with some, “yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord” and  rounded out with “our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above, with Wisdom, Power and Love, our God is an awesome God!!!!!!!!!”

So, I said all this to say, for those of you out there who are saying, “when God, when?”, know that He does hear you and has a plan for you.  It is in His time.  On Monday, I did not want to hear these words, even though I heard them in my spirit.  It’s okay to cry out to God, to tell Him how you feel and let yourself mourn for a bit.  It’s important to remember that while you are crying and mourning that He is in control and to submit your will to His.  He will give you beauty for ashes, and joy for your tears (Isaiah 61:3).

Stay encouraged, reach out to friends and fellow believers and grab the hem of His garment and don’t let go!

Father, Master of the Universe, Creator of all things seen and unseen, I humbly thank You and praise You for blessing me with this new job.  I thank You for blessing Ian with his college loan so he can continue his education.  You have blessed me and my family in so many other ways this past week and for so many years, no words could ever express my joy and thanks.  Help me Lord to seek You first and to remain hopeful and stand in faith that no matter what I see, what I hear or think, You and You alone are in control, have my best interests at heart and want to bless me.  Lord, help those who cry out to You and bless them according to Your will and riches in heaven, in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

Urgent Prayer Request For Orissa India





 

Imagine how you would feel if a mob broke into your home, raped your wife and daughters, tried to kill you and then burned your house down-all because you are a Christian. That’s exactly what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Orissa, India, right now. Read the latest update on the continuing volatile situation here.

Dear friend, I have seen a lot of violence against Christians in my more than 30 years of sharing the Gospel with the people of Asia. I have even been on the receiving end of some of those attacks. But the events in Orissa are by far the most orchestrated and horrifying atrocities I have ever witnessed. Please join me in praying for these persecuted brothers and sisters in their time of great suffering.

Yours for the unreached,
K.P. Yohannan
K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President




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A Message From Joel Osteen

So, I’m sitting here going through my email and come across today’s inspiration message from Joel Osteen.  I know that this message was meant for me and what I a going through right now in my job search.  My heart is crying, but my head keeps reminding me that God is in control, He has something for me, His desire is to bless me and in His time it will all come to pass. 

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Without Wavering

Today’s Scripture

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJ).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

God knew there would be times when we would be tempted to waver in our confession of hope. Maybe you are believing for something and you’re starting to think, “Is this really for me? Will this really ever happen?” If that’s you today, remember, He who promised is faithful! And His faithfulness doesn’t depend on your ability to figure it all out. His faithfulness doesn’t depend on the plans we can make or the scenarios we can come up with; He’s faithfulness depends on His Word which never changes! Declare His Word and hold on to your confession of hope today. Be confident that God can make a way when there seems to be no way. Even when your mind may waver, don’t allow your confession to waver. Declare that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Declare that He Who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it. Remember, there is power in your words and power when your words are in agreement with His Word. As you hold on to your confession of hope, you’ll see His faithfulness, and you’ll move forward into victory in every area of your life. 

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. I choose to guard my confession, and I will declare hope in Your Word. I trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf and thank You for victory in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

( I am always more than happy to pray for anyone that reaches out to me via email, or leaving a comment on my site, and you can also click HERE to ask Joel Osteen and his prayer team pray for your needs as well.)

A Message From VOM

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Pastor Bike and Anna

Pastor Bike standing with Anna, an orphaned Christian girl also persecuted by the Chinese government.

Pastor Bike, as he is affectionately known, is considered to be one of the most outspoken evangelists in China. He is a bold believer willing to cross borders, hand out Christian literature and Bibles, share Christ with those under age 18 and lead thousands to Christ. All these actions are considered “illegal” in communist China.

On August 6, just two days before the Olympics began, Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan was arrested, along with his wife and a coworker.

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Why We Love Children

I received this via email from my dear sister in Christ Betty who thought it would brighten my day, and make me smile.  Well it did all that and more so I’m sharing it with you, enjoy.

1) NUDITY   I was driving with my three young children one warm summer
evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my
5-year-old shout from the back seat, ‘Mom, that lady isn’t wearing a
seat belt!’

2) OPINIONS    On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his
teacher a note from his mother. The note read, ‘The opinions expressed
by this child are not necessarily those of his parents.’

3) KETCHUP    A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the
jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old
daughter to answer the phone. ‘Mommy can’t come to the phone to talk to you right now. She’s hitting the bottle.’

4) MORE NUDITY     A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself
in the women’s locker room.  When he was spotted, the room burst into
shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little
boy watched in amazement and then asked, ‘What’s the matter, haven’t
you ever seen a little boy before?’

5) POLICE # 1   While taking a routine vandalism report at an
elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years
old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, ‘Are you a cop?
Yes,’ I answered and continued writing the report. My mother said if I
ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?’ ‘Yes, that’s
right,’ I told her. ‘Well, then,’ she said as she extended her foot
toward me, ‘would you please tie my shoe?’

6) POLICE # 2    It was the end of the day when I parked my police van
in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner,
Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. ‘Is that a
dog you got back there?’ he asked. ‘It sure is,’ I replied puzzled.
The boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he
said, ‘What’d he do?’

7) ELDERLY     While working for an organization that delivers lunches
to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my
afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various
appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs.
One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a
glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she
merely turned and whispered, ‘The tooth fairy will never believe this!’

8) DEATH    While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church,
our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar
wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead
robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured
a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the
disposal of the deceased. The minister’s son was chosen to say the
appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of
what he thought his father always said: ‘Glory be unto the Faaather,
and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.’ (I want this line
used at my funeral!)

9) SCHOOL   A little girl had just finished her first week of school.
‘I’m just wasting my time,’ she said to her mother. ‘I can’t read, I
can’t write, and they won’t let me talk!’

10) BIBLE    A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was
fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something
fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What
he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.
‘Mama, look what I found,’ the boy called out. ‘What have you got
there, dear?’  With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered,
‘I think it’s Adam’s underwear!’

Prayer Request for Kiarah

Dear prayer partners, my friend Rita from Florida has asked us to put Kiarah Bowley on our prayer lists.

Kiarah is a sweet little 8 year old living here in New Jersey.  She is in need of surgery to remove one of her kidneys due to cancer.  As my dear friend Doris said to me in her email today, it is hard enough for an adult to undergo this kind of surgery, let alone a small child.  Her grandmother, who lives in Florida and is friends with Rita is flying up so she can be with her family during their time of need.

I can only imagine what Kiarah and her family must be feeling right now, so I pray that the peace that only God can bring fall upon them all right now, in the mighty name of Jesus, Yeshua Ha’ Mashiach.

Father God, Master and Creator of the Universe, please look upon your daughter Kiarah and her family.  Send Your angels of mercy and peace to stand guard over Kiarah and those who will be caring for her.  I pray that if it be Your will, that she be healed and not need surgery, and if You want to heal her through surgery, let Your hands guide those of the surgeons as they operate on her.  In the name of Jesus, we bind every germ, disease, cancer and illness that is invading her body.  Your blood flows through her bringing life, restoration and healing to each cell and organ and tissue in her being.  I pray for a quick and painless recovery for her and ask that You send The Holy Spirit to minister and bring comfort to Kiarah and her family.  Precious Jesus, hold her in Your loving arms and shelter her.  I ask all these things in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

Urgent Prayer Request – Update Part 2

Well, I gave you an update on Saturday as to our prayer request for God to approve the school loan for Ian, now it’s time to let you know how I made out…

Today is Monday and I promised to update you on my prayer request for God to bless me with the job I interviewed for on Wednesday and I received word today that they decided to hire someone else.

I learned about this via email a few hours ago, and I was not able until now, to share this news with you.  I was/am so terribly disappointed and my heart was/is so full of sorrow, even though my head kept/keeps telling me that God is in control.  Actually, it is all I hear in my mind, the words to the song by Twila Paris keep playing in a constant loop, “God is control”, over and over and over again.  This however is a good thing, it gets my focus off me and onto Him.

I let myself cry and cry hard for a few minutes to mourn the loss of a job that I wanted so badly, need so badly.  I questioned God and told Him how I feel,  and even with all my groaning, told Him that I know no matter how I felt, I knew He was with me, wants the best for me and has something better in mind for me.

Part of me is sad, because it seems as though for all my years of hard work with my former employer, and for all the knowledge and skills I have to offer, no one out there recognizes what a great addition to their company I would be.  I have sent my resume out hundreds of times over the past year with barely a nibble, each time telling myself that God has something better for me.

I am also trying my best not to get into a spirit of worry and fear over our finances which continue to sink us deeper and deeper into debt and getting a job would help tremendously in this area, not to mention all the other ways it would benefit us.

Please continue to keep me in prayer, I need God’s grace and mercy to keep me from shutting everything out, turning inward and from falling into a “woe is me” sand-trap.

Thank you all so very very much for your words of encouragement, your prayers and your friendship.  May God richly bless you and open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing overflowing to those around you.

Briggie ^i^

Urgent Prayer Request – Update

This past Wednesday, I reached out to you in prayer for myself (will have news on Monday) and for Ian, a close friend of my son Jarrett, and a young man who is like a son to my husband and I.

I asked you to pray and ask God to blind the loan officers to our poor credit rating as we co-signed his school loan and we just learned that God answered our prayers.

As each day passed and we did not hear any word on the outcome, my thoughts would wander and I had to constantly remind myself that God had it under control and it would be according to His will if the loan was approved or not.  I was so overcome with emotion that tears streamed down my face as I listened to the voicemail from Ian thanking us for helping him and how much he appreciated our support.  My thoughts went immediately to God thanking Him because I knew that if it were up to man, we would face defeat.   

All praise, honor, glory and blessing be unto God, Master of the Universe, Creator of all things seen and unseen, who sits upon the throne and reigns over all the earth.  I thank each of you for your prayers and pray that God blesses you according to His riches and Glory in heaven.

THERE IS POWER IN PRAYER THROUGH YESHUAH HA’ MASHIACH!!!!

A Message from Joel Osteen

I am a few days behind in my email messages so today as I was going through my inbox I came across my Joel Osteen inspiration of the day and knew this one had to make it to my blog, and I’ll explain why:

The other day, I was at the automotive store because I needed new wiper blades when a man on a bike said “hello” to me then proceeded to turn around and stop right in front of me.  He began to make idle conversation starting with, “don’t I know you from somewhere”, to which my first reaction was I don’t think so, but given that my memory is pretty bad, I simply said, “perhaps from when I worked here in town”.  He then began to tell me of his day and ended by asking if I could spare $2.00 so he could get the bus back home. 

Well, honestly, these days money is tight and $2.00 is a loaf of bread and a dozen eggs, and how could I be sure he wasn’t trying to get a few dollars to head to the liquor store?  I pondered what he was asking for what seemed like minutes, but was really just seconds and something inside me said to offer the money to the man.  I’ve learned that when you feel the Holy Spirit urging you to do something, you just go with it, and besides, it didn’t matter what he needed the money for, my heart was in the right place and I knew God would honor it.

Later that evening, I checked my email and saw that a job I applied for offered me an interview for a job just minutes from my home, office work – so no standing all day, Monday – Friday 830-500 and one weekend a month.  I was so excited because I have submitted my resume and applied for so many jobs without even a whisper for many months now and have just stood in faith that God was in control and He would open the door when He was ready.  (just an fyi – I had the interview today and will know the outcome on Monday, so keep me in prayer!)

Now, I’m not saying that everytime you hand out a few dollars to someone you get instant rewards, and I’m not saying that this interview is a done deal and the job is mine – although I have already told God that if it be His will, I am most ready and willing.  I am saying that God will bless you, for whatsoever you do for the least of His brothers, you do also unto Him. (matt 25:34, 40)

Take care, enjoy the message below and may God bless you,

Briggie ^i^

Fulfilling the Law of Christ

Today’s Scripture

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2 NIV).

Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria

It pleases God when we live in peace and unity; when we love and serve others and put their needs above our own. The bible says we are fulfilling the law of Christ when we carry each other’s burdens, when we pray for them and when we are supportive in their time of need. There are many ways to reach out to people and help carry their burdens. Just by giving an encouraging word or smile, you can help lighten the load for someone. When you pray and intercede for others in their day of difficulty, you are helping carry their burdens. Maybe there are other ways to help the people around you. Maybe you can pay for someone’s groceries, or give someone cash at the gas pump. Anytime you help others and reach out to them, it’s as if you are directly lending a hand to God.

Remember, in God’s kingdom what you sow, you shall reap. When you help others, God promises to repay you. He’ll make sure that people reach out to you in your time of need as well so that you can live in victory and blessing all the days of your life. 

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, I want to fulfill Your law of love by serving and helping others. Show me how to be a blessing to the people around me so that I can help carry their burdens. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

Prayer Request For Mary Zamal

Dear friends and prayer warriors, please add Mary to your prayer lists.  She has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and is currently undergoing Chemo treatments.

I am told by Doris that she is a beautiful person who always has a kind word for everyone and makes people smile.  Let us stand in agreement that God will restore her health so that she can continue to have an impact on everyone she meets.

Father, Master of the Universe and Creator of all that is seen and unseen, we place Mary at your feet and ask that you place Your hands of healing upon her.  In the mighty name of Jesus, Jehovah Rophe, Your Son, we declare that all disease, virus, cancer, germ and sickness be removed from her body and that her Pancreas is healed to perfection.  You told us that whatsoever we bind on earth is bound in heaven so we bind the enemy and cast it out of her body and into the pit of flames for all eternity.  We thank You for all You have done and will continue to do for Mary and bless Your mighty name, amen.

Urgent Prayer Request

Dear friends, I am reaching out to God and to you in prayer.  First, I give God praise for all He has done and continues to do for us.

You may know that I lost my job of 15 years due to personal illness and because of my doctors delay I lost my long term disability benefits.  I did not apply for unemployment as I was hoping to return to work and I did not apply for SSDI because I thought I would return to work and when I knew I would not return, I applied for SSDI, however, because I stopped taking my medications after my surgery, I lost my SSDI case because it gave the appearance of wellness…  God is seeing us through each day, and while we have lost our savings, amassed huge amounts of credit card debt and had to enter a debt reduction program, He still sees us through.  He has given us victory over my husbands Colon Cancer and Lymphoma as well as my Bariatric Surgery.  He has seen to it that our youngest son has been able to continue college without the need for additional loans.  Our oldest son moved back home which caused our expenses to increase and God has provided!

Last November, just a few months after my surgery, I took a part time job in retail.  The physical demands took their toll as they scheduled me as full time and I was not able to stay on my feet 6-8 hours a day.  I had to resign after 2 weeks and have not been able to find work since.  I have applied to literally 100’s of jobs in various fields with not a single call back.  If I did not have faith that God was in control, I would be in deep depression.  Well, today I applied for a job just minutes from my home, and it’s Monday – Friday, 830-500, in an office environment.  I sent my resume via email, and went about my day not really giving it any thought – I didn’t think I would get a response, but this evening, I checked me email and they want to interview me this Thursday.  I am getting excited and nervous but mostly excited.

I really think getting back to work will not only help us financially, it will help me physically and mentally and emotionally and spiritually.

Please pray that God’s will be done and that whatever the outcome, I have peace about it.

I also need your prayers for one of my son’s best friends.  He has no real family to speak of and he is in need of a loan to continue college.  He asked us to cosign his student loan and we hesitated because our credit score has suffered greatly since I lost my job but my husband said to go ahead and co-sign.  We did the application online and he was not approved, but he was not denied either.  It said they needed to review it further and would give him a reply in 1 business day, which will probably be the end of business Wednesday, or first thing Thursday morning.

I know God can close doors no man can open, as well as open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing our minds cannot conceive.  I am asking God to blind the loan officers to our faulty credit and approve this loan so Ian can continue college as well as for peace about the whole situation.

Thank you for letting me ramble on and for your prayers and faithfulness.  I count myself as blessed to have such good friends and prayer warriors.

May the peace that only He can bring be with you and your loved ones and may He grant you the desires of your heart, in the precious name of His Son, Jesus, Yeshua Ha’ Mashiach.

-briggie ^i^

Relax and Focus Your Heart

I received this from my dear friend Doris and wanted to share it with you.  It only takes a few minutes, but will have a lasting effect.

 

Relax your mind and humble your heart to focus on Christ. Allow God to be the only person on your mind while you read this prayer. If we can take the time to read long jokes, stories, etc., we should give the same respect to this prayer. Friends, who pray together, stay together.  And remember, there is power in prayer!
 
Dear Lord, I thank you for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I’m blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.

Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness.

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God’s eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive the forgiveness of God.

And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus’ example — to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It’s the best response when I’m pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can’t pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will.

Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those who are lost and can’t find their way.

I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don’t know You intimately. I pray for those who will not take the time to share this with others. I pray for those who don’t believe. But I thank you that I believe.

I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for your peace, your love and your joy in their homes, and that all of their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly.

This is my prayer.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Request For Bob

My dear friend Doris is asking us to pray for her brother Bob who only has 1 remaining kidney and is having severe problems.

For several months now, Bob’s Creatine levels in his kidney have been very high and there are kidney stones and blockage in his kidney.  His kidney is only functioning at 18% and it is causing him to have high blood pressure as well.

He needs to have a procedure called a Kidney Arteriogram and this is a very serious procedure with risks and there is a strong chance he will need to go on dialysis with or without the procedure.

He is having an Echo Cardiogram today and they may also need to have a Stint inserted in his kidney tomorrow.

Please lift Bob, his family and his doctors up before the Lord.

Lord God, Jehovah Rophe, Master of the Universe, we come before You today in the name of Your Only Son, and ask that you place Your hands of healing upon Bob.  We ask you to dissolve any kidney stones and blockage to relieve any pressure on his heart and kidneys.  We bind any disease, illness, germ or sickness in his body and declare the blood of Jesus flows through him restoring his kidney function to 100%.  Place Your angels around Bob, his family and those treating him and let Your perfect peace fall upon them, in the precious name of Jesus, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, amen.

Prayer Update – Shorty

A few months ago I posted a prayer request for Shorty in Illinois, and I am posting an update today.

Shorty had surgery and is recuperating.  He needs to undergo treatment for Prostate Cancer and they are now determining what course of action to take so please continue to lift him and his family up in prayer before the Lord.

Father, Master of the Universe, Creator of all that is seen and unseen, we come before You today to give You thanks and praise for watching over Shorty and his doctors during his surgery.  We ask that you continue to heal him and give him strength as he begins treatment to finally remove and cleanse any signs of cancer in his body.  We believe the blood of Jesus flows through him wiping out any germ, disease, or illness and that it brings life and health to all of his organs, tissues and blood cells in the precious name of Jesus, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, Amen.

Let’s Not Forget

 

Did you know that the anniversary for World War II D-Day was June 6th?  It was only 68 years ago and we have people in this world who have no idea what the war was about or why we fought in it.  Maybe this will help…

 

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