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    Tuesday
    Nov182014

    What Prayer Is Not. What Prayer Is.

    "Peace in the Midst of the Storm" by Jack Dawson jackdawson.com (look for hidden images) Based on 1 John 4:4

    What Prayer is Not:

    1. Me convincing God to see things my way.
    2. Me pushing hard enough until God finally gives me what I want.
    3. The last resort.
    4. Passive Inactivity.

    Prayer is:

    1. Spending time learning God’s character.
    2. God turning up the heat so poison rises to the surface.
    3. Laying life’s strife at His feet so none of it is on His throne.
    4. Driving me out of my mind and into His.
    5. Willing surrender.
    6. Work.
    7. Warfare.
    8. The moments of the day that set life’s course.
    9. Speaking God’s Kingdom, God’s will & God’s life as God directs.
    10. Being still & knowing He is God.
    11. Mind-boggling.
    12. Transforming.
    13. Unfathomable.
    14. The Greatest Adventure.
    15. Never Wasted Time.
    16. The only place to go in this world where you can drink of something so refreshing & fulfilling.
    17. Gazing at Jesus until I reflect Him.

    Child of the One True King, wife to the best man alive, mom to four VERY unique human beings & author of two bestsellers:

    The Fall

    One Night With a Rock Star

    with more on the way.

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    Monday
    Nov102014

    Get Rid of the High Places

    30/30 Prayer: Day 4

    Get rid of the high places.

    In the records of the kings of Israel in the Bible, there would come along a king who served God. If he really meant business, he would even get rid of the “high places” of worship. What were those? High places were where the people would go to pray to other gods. They were the secret places of idolatry.

    This morning, God put His loving finger of one of those in my life.

    I like being healthy. I like looking healthy. Those are good things, right? Yes, they’re good but they can also be idols if I feel like junk when I’m not on top of my game.

    What makes me worthy? Health? Vitality? Youthfulness? Strong healthy teeth & fresh breath?

    Honoring the body as God’s temple is one thing but depending on the body to define worthiness is just plain skewed.

    I can usually avoid thinking I’m out of line on this issue until there’s a challenge. Sickness, injury, a few extra pounds, and self-worth takes a nose dive.

    Depressing situation or opportunity? Time to choose.

    God, please tear down this high place of idolizing health and looks to define self-worth and even usefulness to You. Thank You for revealing a place in my life where I rely on me rather than You. I choose to kick self off that throne and worship only You, precious Father. Not because you’re selfish, but rather because You desire only freedom and joy and to keep my feet firmly planted on solid rock that cannot be shaken. You are the only foundation that never fails.

    In Jesus’ holy name I pray, Amen.


    Child of the One True King, wife to the best man alive, mom to four VERY unique human beings & author of two bestsellers:

    The Fall

    One Night With a Rock Star

    with more on the way.

     

    Please join the 30/30 Prayer Challenge

    Sunday
    Nov092014

    The Great Exchange

    30/30 Prayer Challenge: Day 3

    I stumble out of bed. Fatigue and nagging pain scream this is silly, that my time, especially in such a helpless state, would be better spent asleep. Yes I’m weak. Yes, I’m needy. Yes, I’m aware there’s no good in me to face the day. My need is raw and vital. There is nowhere else to go. No one else has the words of life. No one else Is life.

    Already I’m grateful. Grateful for the pain? Yes, because it leaves no doubt where strength lies. It leaves no doubt that without Christ, I am an empty shell. With Him filling this broken, leaky vessel, life has meaning, I have hope even in the pain. I am useful because I yield myself to His loving hands. Not my will but thine be done. Not my kingdom, all for Yours. Please take my nothingness. Thank You for giving me Your faultless, loving, powerful life in place of mine. I give everything—all of me, all I have, every breath, every desire, every failing, every love—this thimble-full of substance—and find that the Almighty God gives me, in return, all of Himself. Life for death. Hope for despair. Strength for weakness. Selfless love for self-centeredness. Peace for strife.

    I’d call that a great exchange.


    Child of the One True King, wife to the best man alive, mom to four VERY unique human beings & author of two bestsellers:

    The Fall

    One Night With a Rock Star

    with more on the way.

    Saturday
    Nov082014

    Holy Is His Name

    From: Images for Holiness: http://alturl.com/kx8e8Holy.

    That description can only apply to One.

    God is Holy. There is not even a shadow of a hint of sin or fear or despair or sickness or bitterness or unforgiveness in Him.

    Not. One. Drop.

    Therefore, the more we immerse ourselves in Him, the more we call on His name and grapple with the fact He is Good, He is Love, He is the author of all life and all that makes life worth living; the more we allow the wrong conceptions about Him to melt away in His scalding love, the more His character and personality and Holiness overtake us. Immersed in His transformational presence, all fear, wrong desires, bondage, hatred and every other horrible thing that infects our minds, bodies and world—cannot stand. Like the walls of Jericho, as we show up day by day and march around the strongholds Satan has erected in our path, there comes a day those walls have to crash.

    But our job is not to determine how many days. Our job is to stand faithful in the knowledge He is Good, He is Holy, His love never fails—and He has never been, never is, and never will be anything but Holy.

    No other entity or god or thing we could worship could ever be described with that word--Holy.

    Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty. The whole earth is filled with His glory.

    Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was, and is, and is to come.


    Child of the One True King, wife to the best man alive, mom to four VERY unique human beings & author of two bestsellers:

    The Fall

    One Night With a Rock Star

    with more on the way.


    Thursday
    Nov062014

    The 30/30 Prayer Challenge

     

    Prayer can be an intimidating thing. It's also just difficult to wrap our heads around the fact the God of all the universe loves to spend time with us. There are so many hang-ups that can block our way.

    Here's a novel thought borrowed from Nike: Just Do It!

    1. Commit to a regular time with your Heavenly Father.

    2. Show up.

    3. Repeat Every Day.

    One method of Prayer to get started

    Here's the challenge:

    1. Commit to spending at least 30 minutes a day for the next 30 days in prayer.

    2. Report to the Facebook Page: 30/30 Prayer every day to encourage, give prayer requests, ask for encouragement, etc. Whatever helps you in the journey, that's what we're here for.

    3. Invite friends you think would want to join the 30/30 Challenge.

    Prayer Challenge begins November 7 and ends December 7.

    Together, we'll see what God will do.

    Joining 30/30 Prayer isn't mandatory, of course. Prayer is an anytime/anywhere thing. 30/30 Prayer is to help us all make Prayer part of our daily routine and see what God can do when we aim at the center of His heart together.

    Besides, Prayer is Never wasted time.