Prayer and Fasting 3/12

In Prayer

O Lord, in prayer I launch far out into the eternal world, and on that broad ocean my soul triumphs over all evils on the shores of mortality. Time, with its gay amusements and cruel disappointments never appears so inconsiderate as then.

In prayer I see myself as nothing; I find my heart going after Thee with intensity, and long with vehement thirst to live to Thee. Blessed be the strong gales of the Spirit that speed me on my way to the New Jerusalem.

In prayer all things here below vanish, and nothing seems important but holiness of heart and the salvation of others.

In prayer all my worldly cares, fears, anxieties disappear, and are of as little significance as a puff of wind.

In prayer my soul inwardly exults with lively thoughts at what Thou art doing for Thy church, and I long that Thou shouldest get Thyself a great name from sinners returning to Zion.

In prayer I am lifted above the frowns and flatteries of life, and taste heavenly joys; entering into the eternal world I can give myself to Thee with all my heart, to be Thine for ever.

In prayer I can place all my concerns in Thy hands, to be entirely at Thy disposal, having no will or interest of my own.

In prayer I can intercede for my friends, ministers, sinners, the church, Thy kingdom to come, with greatest freedom, ardent hopes, as a son to his father, as a lover to the beloved.

Help me to be all prayer and never to cease praying. ~Valley of Vision


Power of the mind?

How much power of mind do we have? I think we have more power over our minds than we realize.

Are we at the mercy of random thoughts and feelings? I am discovering that we are not controlled by the many thoughts and feelings that flood us throughout the day.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. ~Philippians 4:8

This verse alone lets us know that we can choose what or even what not to think about. In 2 Corinthians 10:5 Paul reminds fellow believers to take every thought captive.

Does this mean we will never have a bad thought? a depressing thought? Absolutely not!

What this does teach us is that God have given us some power to take control of those thoughts and stomp on them…to toss them out with the trash.

He warns us to guard our hearts. I believe this would go hand in hand with taking control of our thoughts, especially considering how women tend to feel what we think pretty deeply.

I know first hand how difficult it is to take those pesky thoughts captive…it may take only seconds to change your thoughts…or days…or even several months to gain control…but it is possible.

The key is to keep trying and not give up. That was really easy to type…it is VERY difficult to do…I know it is…it is painful…and it drains everything out of you…I know…but it is possible and it is well worth the fight.

I wish it was a one time battle, but it is not…it is a life long battle….and not one that gets easier with practice…but you know what? It is one that makes the victories sweeter than anything this side of heaven.

You are not alone…there are many True believers who fight these battles…

Two good friends of mine share from their experiences here
More Than Coping

and here
Digital Fellowship

If you need prayer or someone to talk to…you can find it here or at either of the two links above.


Doing what is right before God

My daughter was tested in her faith over the past few weeks…

She was required to take a Sex Ed class at the college she is attending…what seemed to be a class based on cultural differences soon became something she was not morally comfortable doing. The homework assignment was to pick from a list of topics provided by the professor. Following assignments were to read a corresponding book, watch a corresponding movie, and visit a place that corresponded…all of which were picked by the professor.

She carefully looked over the list, choosing a topic that was within bounds of what she believes. The professor held her after class to try to pressure her into picking a topic of his choosing to ‘get her out of her comfort zone’…one that was not so ‘boring’.

She dropped the class…it will delay her graduating, as she will have to take another class to make up the credit hours…

Along the same kind of lines I just heard about Kirk Cameron…and how they are making him out to be a hater…because he did not hold the company line…he spoke what he believed, and that of Biblical truth about the damage of homosexuality.

We need more Christians like the two above…who take a stand for what is morally right…and not go along quietly. Who live the way they believe.


Prayer and Fasting 3/5/12

Refuge

O Lord, Whose power is infinite and wisdom infallible,
order things that they may neither hinder, nor discourage me,
nor prove obstacles to the progress of Thy cause.

Stand between me and all strife, that no evil befall,
no sin corrupt my gifts, zeal, attainments.

May I follow duty and not any foolish device of my own.

Permit me not to labour at work which Thou wilt not bless,
that I may serve thee without disgrace or debt.

Let me dwell in Thy most secret place under thy shadow,
where is safe impenetrable protection from the arrow that flieth by day,
the pestilence that walketh in darkness,
the strife of tongues, the malice of ill-will,
the hurt of unkind talk, the snares of company,
the perils of youth, the temptations of middle life,
the moumings of old age, the fear of death.

I am entirely dependent upon Thee for support, counsel, consolation.

Uphold me by Thy free Spirit, and may I not think it enough to be preserved from falling,
but may I always go forward, always abounding in the work Thou givest me to do.

Strengthen me by Thy Spirit in my inner self for every purpose of my Christian life.

All my jewels I give to the shadow of the safety that is in Thee—my name anew in Christ, my body, soul, talents, character, my success, spouse, children, friends, work, my present, my future, my end. Take them, they are Thine, and I am thine, now and for ever.

~Valley of Vision


Quilts

A quilt I made for myself

Left: made from my grandpa’s shirt pockets
Center: in progress
Right: Friendship Quilt made by my grandmother, her friends and family before she was married

T-shirt quilt I am in the process of making for my daughter’s friend


Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God. ~Micah 6:8

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Definition of MERCY
1
a : compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power; also : lenient or compassionate treatment b : imprisonment rather than death imposed as penalty for first-degree murder
2
a : a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion b : a fortunate circumstance
3
: compassionate treatment of those in distress
— mercy adjective
— at the mercy of
: wholly in the power of : with no way to protect oneself against
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Definition of JUST
1
a : having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason : reasonable b archaic : faithful to an original c : conforming to a standard of correctness : proper
2
a (1) : acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good : righteous
(2) : being what is merited : deserved b : legally correct : lawful
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He has told you, O man, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God?


Prayer and fasting 2/20-2/27

Eternal Father, it is amazing love, that Thou hast sent Thy Son to suffer in my stead, that Thou hast added the Spirit to teach, comfort, guide, that Thou hast allowed the ministry of angels to wall me round; all heaven subserves the welfare of a poor worm. Permit Thy unseen servants to be ever active on my behalf, and to rejoice when grace expands in me. Suffer them never to rest until my conflict is over, and I stand victorious on salvation’s shore.

Grant that my proneness to evil, deadness to good, resistance to Thy Spirit’s motions, may never provoke Thee to abandon me. May my hard heart awake Thy pity, not Thy wrath, And if the enemy gets an advantage through my corruption, let it be seen that heaven is mightier than hell, that those for me are greater than those against me. Arise to my help in richness of covenant blessings, keep me feeding in the pastures of Thy strengthening Word, searching Scripture to find Thee there.

If my waywardness is visited with a scourge, enable me to receive correction meekly, to bless the reproving hand, to discern the motive of rebuke, to respond promptly, and do the first work. Let all Thy fatherly dealings make me a partaker of Thy holiness. Grant that in every fall I may sink lower on my knees, and that when I rise it may be to loftier heights of devotion. May my every cross be sanctified, every loss be gain, every denial a spiritual advantage, every dark day a light of the Holy Spirit, every night of trial a song.

~Valley of Vision


Making Progress

I am making progress. WooHoo!!!

Everyday, I am still gathering bags and boxes of items to donate, cleaning, organizing and decluttering. I am getting rid of those books I purchased but did not like enough to read more than once, the shoes from a friend that were a bit too large, the plastic food containers that are worn out, clothing that has ‘shrunk’ or has not yet come back into fashion. Why did I keep them? Why was saving them?

Why do I hold on to any of the junk in my life? Fear? habit? Whatever the reason, I am done…I am pressing forward to fix it.

Everyday, I am working diligently to take every thought captive. I am getting rid of bad attitudes, stinking thinking, and self loathing. I am learning to believing about myself the things that are true…and learning to reject the lies about me that the enemy has been able to get me to digest day after day and year after year.

I am learning to let go of people….people whom I thought were sincere in their profession of love, friendship, but who’s actions showed otherwise. Letting go of those who want my friendship as long as they are in need, but when I am in need pull away of disappear. Letting go of those who want to only take, and take and take…

I am learning that I can still be me, still give without being stepped on, without being taken from.

I am learning. I am growing. I am stronger.


Prayer and Fasting – 2/13/12

Living By Prayer

O God of the open ear,

Teach me to live by prayer as well as by providence,
for myself, soul, body, children, family, church;

Give me a heart frameable to thy will;
so I might live in prayer,
and honor thee,
being kept from evil, known and unknown.

Help me to see the sin that accompanies all I do,
and the good I can distill from everything.

Let me know that the work of prayer is to bring my will to thine,
and that without this it is folly to pray;

When I try to bring thy will to mine it is to command Christ,
to be above him, and wiser than he;
this is my sin and pride.

I can only succeed when I pray
according to thy precept and promise,
and to be done with as it pleases thee,
according to thy sovereign will.

When thou commandest me to pray for pardon, peace, brokenness,
it is because thou wilt give me the thing promised,
for Thy glory, as well as for my good.

Help me not only to desire small things
but with holy boldness to desire great things
for thy people, for myself,
that they and I might live to show thy glory.

Teach me that it is wisdom for me to pray for all I have,
out of love, willingly, not of necessity;

that I may come to thee at any time,
to lay open my needs acceptably to thee;

that my great sin lies in my not keeping the savour of thy ways;
that the remembrance of this truth is one way to the sense of Thy presence;

that there is no wrath like the wrath of being governed
by my own lusts for my own ends.

~Valley of Vision


Buildling up steam

Still moving along at getting my house back in order. I have gotten three more bags of trash out and two more bag of donation items. Washed down three book cases and dusted each book that resides in them. That is only half of the book cases that are in the living room…There are 8 more in the basement.

Along with the decluttering, I am doing spring cleaning and trying to keep on top of regular housework so I don’t fall farther behind. <—- I have to remind myself of that so I don't get discouraged at my progress. LOL

Found some treasures along the way…a wooden box full of coins…Will talk them to the bank tomorrow…That was a fun find. I also found my Honorable discharge pin from the Navy…It was not in my jewelry box the last time I cleaned it out and I thought it was lost for good.

Not only am I cleaning up the house but trying to get other areas 'cleaned up' as well. I have been trying to eat better and am putting steps into place to save money. I know I need to work on strengthening my body though exercise…I will do it…I will.

I feel I am in a good place right now…emotionally…I am feeling content, relaxed and calm…most of the time. That is a huge improvement, one that I am extremely thankful for. I feel that I am stronger now and think that I have begun to get a bit of weatherproofing on my back–you know, enabling things to 'roll off'.;)