Today’s Prayer: Gratefulness

Blessings everyone! Happy Thursday. I encourage you to enjoy every moment God gives you.  Sometimes we are so excited about the weekend or a holiday that we forget to give thanks for the blessings we experience every day. Remember to give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – Ephesians 5:20

Father in the name of Jesus, we give you thanks! Today and always, we will give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus. Lord, we are grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and we offer to you an acceptable worship, with reverence and awe…Amen.

You are a good God; our provider, counselor and friend. Lord, we will praise your name with a song! We will magnify you with thanksgiving. Hallelujah!

Lord, we are grateful that you sent your son Jesus Christ. It is by your grace we have been saved through faith. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! Today and always we say thank you.

In Jesus name…Amen.

Scriptures

Ephesians 5:20
I Thessalonians 5:18
Hebrews 12:28
Psalm 69:30
Ephesians 2:8
II Corinthians 9:15

 

Today’s Prayer: Self-Control

Good morning beautiful people of God! Jesus LOVES YOU!

Father in the name of Jesus, thank you for your presence. Where would we be without it?  As the second month of the new year comes to an end, we ask that you help us to walk in self-control. Help us to control our thoughts and actions, so we may finish the race you have set before us.

Father, each day we are bombarded with negative thoughts that attempt to infiltrate our hearts. As we face the daily temptation to act on those thoughts, remind us that you have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-control. Thank you Lord for the power, to change our thoughts, you said we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us, so we know we have self-control because your divine power has granted us all things that pertain to life and godliness; and that includes self-control.

Help us to value the importance of prayer and spending time in your word, as doing those things lead to self-control. Help us to walk in the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Father, we know the end of all things is at hand, therefore, help us to walk in self-control and be sober minded.

Lord, we thank you for your grace; for it brings salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, as we wait for our blessed hope which is you.

We thank you for answering our prayer in Jesus Name…Amen.

Have a WONDERFUL day!

  1. II Timothy 4:7
  2. II Timothy 1:7
  3. Philippians 4:13
  4. II Peter 1:3
  5. Galatians 5:22-23
  6. 1 Peter 4:7
  7. Titus 2:11-14

Today’s Prayer: Love

Father, in the name of Jesus, thank you for another week in the land of the living. We are grateful for your love towards us.

On this Valentine’s Day, we thank you for being the inventor of love. You love us so much, that you gave your only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

On a day like today it is easy for us to love those we love, but God we ask that you help us to love our enemies and do good. Help us to obey your commandment and love one another as you have loved us.

With all we do, help us to do it in love; because without love, we are nothing.

Lord, thank you for this wonderful day. In Jesus name…Amen.

Scriptures
John 3:16
Luke 6:35
John 15:12
I Corinthians 16:14
I Corinthians 13:2

 

 

Today’s Prayer: Peace

Good morning beautiful people of God!

Father in the name of Jesus, thank you for another day! We bless your wonderful name.

Lord with each passing day, remind us to keep our minds on you. Your word tells us you will keep us in perfect peace as we keep our minds on you, because we trust you. As we face tribulation in a fallen world, help us to set our mind on the Spirit because it is life and peace. We ask that your peace rule in our hearts, and we thank you in advance that YOU have overcome the world, which means we already have the victory in Christ Jesus.

As we go about our weekend, we submit ourselves to you. And when the enemy attempts to rob us of our peace help us to resist him because he will flee from us.

Thank you for being the Lord of peace. In Jesus name…Amen

Isaiah 26:3
John 16:33
Romans 8:6
Colossians 3:15
2 Thessalonians 3:16
James 4:7

 

Seek, Wait, Receive and Repeat

Hello everyone. I hope you are well and enjoying your long weekend.

Last Monday was my 13th wedding anniversary! My husband and I enjoyed our time together. We didn’t do a lot, but what we did was meaningful to us. What a blessed day. I am grateful to God for ordaining our marriage before the foundation of the world. Praise the Lord.

We are twenty-one days into the new year. There have been triumphs and challenges and through it all, I have been praising God. It has been my desire to grow in my walk with Christ as well as live the life he has given me. To be more like Him in every aspect of my life. I am learning to continually seek him first in all things big and small.

Jeremiah 29:11“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (NIV).

In July, I will turn forty. I am looking forward to it. I have been making all kinds of plans for the things I desire to do. While making my plans, I was reminded to keep God at the forefront of everything. God wants me to have an abundant life, but he also wants me to keep him first.

Matthew 6:33 – “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you” (KJV).

We must learn to take the scripture literally. We have to consistently seek God’s kingdom first so the things we desire can be added unto us, not the other way around.

I was recently reminded of this lesson a couple of weeks ago. In 2017 my family and I moved from Philadelphia to Georgia. One of the first visits we wanted to make was to the Georgia Aquarium. I heard such great things about it and could not wait to take my family. When I began planning it (I LOVE planning things), I looked online to get an idea of the pricing and boy was I shocked! For a family of five, the tickets including parking was about $170! Well…we just could not do that. My finances had drastically changed as a result of our move. I was no longer working, and my husband was the primary breadwinner. In my prayer time, I expressed my feelings to God and asked if he could open the door for my family to visit the aquarium. Six months went by and I could not find a coupon or discount code anywhere. All the while, my children were asking when we would go, and all I said was, “When the time is right.”

It was now 2019 and we still had not visited the aquarium. We visited other great places in Georgia, but not the aquarium. During the first week of January, my husband was out and about in Atlanta, and came across a group that was advertising a festival. The festival would take place the entire weekend and it included tickets to…you guessed it, Georgia State Aquarium.

For two adults and up to four children the tickets were a GRAND total of $54!! When I read the flyer, I lifted my hands in praise to God, because I knew this was the answer to my prayer. Not only did we get the tickets for $54, but we did not have to pay for the other sights within the aquarium that range from $25 pp to $75 pp. We did everything and it was FREE!!

On January 13th, the day before my wedding anniversary we visited the aquarium and had a wonderful time and a great family outing. I know it may seem small, but it was not small to me. God answered my prayer specifically and gave me more than what I asked for.

This is why we seek God in everything. He has perfect timing and he knows what’s best in all things. We must be careful not to go about life making our own plans while leaving God out. Sure, I could have saved up the $170, but look at what I would have missed out on if I had my own plan. My God gave me something better, and that is exactly what he wanted all along. This is why I trust him. He sees the end from the beginning. He knew, before I prayed, there would be a blessing bigger than what I requested.

There have been times God has answered my prayers immediately. And there are prayers I’ve been praying since I was ten years old that I am waiting to manifest. No matter how long, I will trust the process and continually seek his kingdom first. The longer the wait the bigger the blessing.

As children of God, we must remember God has our very best interest in heart. However, to get God’s best, there is a waiting process. The waiting process involves God working on our heart so we can be ready for the blessing.

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (NLT).

With all the places I desire to go and things I desire to do, I am going to seek Him first. He knows the way that I take. He knows what’s best for me. I trusted Him with my life this far and I plan on going all the way.

Will you trust Him with the plans for your life?

Blessings.

Please enjoy the video below. It was pretty cool!

 

 

Photo by JOHN TOWNER on Unsplash

Resolutions No…Living Yes

Hi there. Happy New Year! I hope you are still celebrating. Praise God for another year to be in the land of the living. I enjoyed my New Year’s. I spent most of my time being with my family while watching A LOT of movies!

One of the movies I watched was called, Me Before You. It was FANTASTIC and I believe confirmed my post, which I wrote over three weeks ago. Sidebar, it is so important to understand the timing of God in everything. 😊

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I learned years ago that most resolutions fail. There is nothing wrong with setting goals, but resolutions, no thanks!

As each year passes, my greatest desire is to continuously deepen my relationship with Christ. I want to please the Lord by being the best Christian, wife, mother, and friend he created me to be; by his grace. My other desire is to enjoy my life. To enjoy the one life God has given me. I know that seems like a given, but for many years, I did not know I could enjoy my life.

I had a difficult upbringing filled with a lot of pain and sorrow. For a long time, I believed my life was destined to be full of pain and nothing more. At one time, I believed the lies of the enemy and thought my life would always be full of defeat. As I grew in Christ and began my healing process, I learned he wanted more for my life. I learned he wants me to have an abundant life and he wanted me to enjoy it.

John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (KJV).

Ecclesiastes 2:24 – “There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God” (KJV).

When I learned God wanted me to have a joyful and abundant life, my mindset changed, and I began to desire much more. There are so many things I have not done, all because I believed I could not do them, but now…

I want to visit Japan, go horseback riding, go ice skating, stay at an eight-star resort and order room service (with my hubby). Go to my first concert EVER! I want to see my favorite Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. I want to go to the Opera, go camping (in a cabin, not the woods). I desire to go on an African safari, and the list truly goes on and on 😊.

I probably won’t be able to do all these things this year! I still have young children. But I have placed my prayer requests before God, and I have faith that at the right time, he will give me the desires of my heart according to his will.

Now, please hear me. God is not a genie. We don’t just go to him when we want something. Our primary goal should be to glorify God always. But God enjoys seeing his children blessed and prosperous. And he wants us to come to him about EVERYTHING.

I’ve been through so much in my life, and know I will face additional circumstances, because that’s life. But regardless of the obstacles I will face, God still wants me (AND YOU) to have an abundant life.

Do you have any desires, dreams or long-terms goals? I am sure you do! Tell God about it. He already knows what is in your heart. God desires to give us what we want according to his will. All we have to do is ask.

I John 5:14-15 – “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him” (KJV).

Psalm 20:4 – “May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed” (NLT).

You only get one life, it is your responsibility to live it as fully as possible.” –
From the movie Me Before You. I think you should watch the movie, it was in my opinion, beautiful and funny too.

 

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Today’s Prayer

Father in the name of Jesus, we can’t say thank you enough. You have allowed us to see another year. We are grateful.

Lord, we as begin the New Year, help us to BE the church and not just attend it. Help us to stay focused on why we’re here, and that is to fulfill the GREAT COMMISSION. Help us to remember, it is not just about your blessings, but the souls of your people.

As the body of Christ, help us to obey your commandment by “Loving one another as you have loved us; because if we do not have love, we are nothing”. Lord cause us to “Consider others before thinking of ourselves”. For your word tells us there is “No greater love than when we lay down our life for our friends.”

Let our heart’s desire be to please you more. We love and thank you for your bountiful blessings. In Jesus Name…Amen.

Scriptures:
Matthew 28:17-20
John 15:12-13
Philippians 2:3-4