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Monday, July 19, 2021

Pray for Marriages (A Safe Refuge)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

 

The thing about storms is while they can be brutal, they don’t last, yet their effects can range from mild to devastating. The same holds true in marriages.  

 

The goal is to weather the storms not just in marriage, but in life, for those also have an impact on one’s marriage.  As always, we turn to our Lord in prayer, that he may guide us, shield us, and heal us. 

 

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shade of the Almighty, say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.” Psalms 91:1-2

 

Let me dwell in your tent forever, take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Psalms 61:5

 

Choose a married couple to pray for this week.  Pray that no matter the storms that arise, they may find a peaceful refuge in Him.

 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet

 

Safe advice. Pass it on! 


Monday, July 12, 2021

Pray for Marriages (In the Silence)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

 

In our everyday lives we can so easily fall into everyday busyness.  Yet it is in the silence and calm that we feel the presence of God.  In is in the turning off of everything, that we can hear the still, small voice of our Creator.  

 

I encourage you to enter into God’s peace, God’s presence, and His desire to lead you, if only you will listen. 

 

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

 

In the quiet, pray on behalf of marriages, and never lose hope.

 

The LORD will fight for you; you have only to keep still.

 

Lord, hear the prayers of your faithful, and be their forever guide. 

 

Our help is in the name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.  Psalm 124:8

 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet

 

Prayer is the gift that keeps on giving. Pass it on!


Friday, July 9, 2021

Pray for Families (Summer Sojourns)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

 

Summer is in full swing and I pray that your families will be richly blessed! Whether you take off on mini-weekenders or longer sojourns, now is the time to reconnect with your loved ones.  Turn off all media, eat, love, play, and PRAY!

 

Who doesn’t find joy in food?  Make sure you are dining together as a family, for the table is a place to build camaraderie.  Don’t forget to begin your meal with a blessing, as it may be the only prayer some family members pray! 

 

A feast is made for merriment and wine gives joy to the living. 

Ecclesiastes 10:19

 

Does anyone every complain of too much love?  Express what you love about each family member, praying that you will see them as God sees them, His beloved masterpieces

 

Pleasing words are a honeycomb, sweet to the taste and invigorating to the bones. Proverbs 16:24

 

Engage in a fun activity be it a walk, hike, or good card game. Who has time to worry or argue when engaged in play? Exercise helps elevate endorphins, and when you feel good, don’t you want to praise God?

 

The LORD has done great things for us; Oh, how happy we were! 

Psalms 126:3

 

Pray together and pray for the needs of each member of your family.  Then take some quiet time t­­­o pray, not forgetting to pray for your prayer warrior family as well.  

 

When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Matthew 6:6

 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet

 

A summer attitude brings about gratitude! Pass it on!

 

Monday, July 5, 2021

Pray for Marriages (Encircled in Prayer)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

 

Wouldn’t it be great to have a community you could share your marital joys and struggles with?  A community that would pray for you?  One where you can celebrate and commiserate?  

 

Why are you downcast, my soul; why do you groan within me? Wait for God, for I shall again praise him, my savior and my God.  Psalm 42:6

 

Well, you do have that here, you just don’t have to ask for prayers, because God knows you need them and we’ve got you covered. What, you have an awesome and blessed marriage? We pray for you too, because through you, engaged couples see what good looks like, and those who are struggling, have hope. Many do take note, and we celebrate you in our hearts. We are a circle of prayer that never ends, because the need never does. 

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

 

We are not a secret society, which is why it is important you pass this on!  We need MORE prayer warriors!  Don’t be shy in sharing.  Whether someone prays only once or prays twice a week for marriage and family, we are grateful, because each and every prayer has value.  I’ll never forget how years ago I shared the early struggles my husband and I had in our marriage and how the Lord entered in.  A most unlikely person came up and shared how she needed to hear that!  Here I thought she had a great marriage.  She did not.  Many suffer quietly, some loudly.  Prayer is so very powerful. While the Lord may or may not save your marriage, He will bring you peace. Have faith.  


Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

 

Everyone is invited to pray. Everyone’s journey began in a family. Everyone, even if they aren’t married, knows a couple that needs prayer. Let’s expand this prayer circle and let others reap the benefits!  It’s a small sacrifice for a big reward! 

 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet

 

You are loved and cherished. Share this knowledge with one who doesn’t know! Pass it on!  


Friday, July 2, 2021

Pray for Families (Seeking Protection)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

 

Satan is the great deceiver. He works by instilling doubt and creating division in relationships and families. He succeeded with the very first couple. Thousands of years later, his tricks haven’t changed.  Have we gotten any wiser though?  

 

Did God really tell you not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?  Genesis 3:1

 

You’ve heard the Evil One whisper to you too:

 

Did God really tell you not to

Tell a lie? Your parents wouldn’t really want to know anyway!

Have an affair? You deserve to be happy, don’t you?

View porn? What harm could that do?

Gossip about others? How can you not with friends like yours?!

Go to a fortune teller? He just doesn’t want you to know the future!

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(Name the sin you struggle with the most)

 

Or, did God really tell you to

Remain chaste before marriage? Isn’t that old fashioned?

Be open to children? Shouldn’t you decide when you want them and contracept accordingly?

Protect life? But isn’t it your personal decision?

Be totally honest with your spouse? They wouldn’t understand!

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 (Name what you have trouble refraining from)

 

Our struggle with sin is a battle Satan wants us to lose, because he wants us with him through eternity. Jesus won the battle, but it’s still our choice. Christ gave us the tools* to resist Satan, but we have to agree to use them!! 

 

Let us pray the powerful St. Michael Prayer for ourselves and our family members, that each may resist temptations from the Father of Lies. 

 

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen.

 

In you, LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue and deliver me; listen to me and save me!  Psalms 71:1-2

 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet

 

Prayer is the best sword you can wield! Pass it on!

 

*(Prayer, fasting, and the sacraments, especially Reconciliation and the Eucharist)


Monday, June 28, 2021

Pray for Marriages (L.O.V.E.)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

 

This reminder is arriving a little late as an unexpected heat wave without air-conditioning fried my brain!  But there is one reminder that I’m giving you about your marital vocation that is easy to remember.

 

Live

Out your 

Vocation

Everyday

 

You must have a firm resolve to love as Jesus loves.

 

Pray every day

Reflect on what derails you

Ask the Lord for direction

Yield to God

 

Living out your vocation is only possible with prayer. 

 

I call with all my heart, O LORD; answer me that I may keep your statutes. Psalms 119:145

 

The message is simple.  Pray and love daily, never forgetting to extend your love and prayers to others.

 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet

 

Love and prayer. Pass it on!

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 25, 2021

Pray for Families (Bearing Fruit)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

 

What a delight to have grown children come for a visit! I always marvel in their growth, their individual uniqueness, and their perspective on us parents!   I always brace myself when they arrive though, because they have no problem helping me see all my flaws, idiosyncrasies, and what makes me, me.  In other words, they keep me very humble, (as I fight the urge to be defensive!) 

 

Subsequent introspection helps us see how we unintentionally offend, wound, or perhaps annoy others.  Why can’t they be a little more patient with us?  Then we reflect on how the Lord unconditionally loves us just the way we are, and are moved to be more compassionate toward others, especially those who get on our nerves too (for example, adult children).

 

If only we could consistently be more Christ-like in our words and deeds, especially around family! 

 

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23

 

Come Holy Spirit.  Fill the hearts of the faithful and all those who call out to you!  Help us to bear abundant fruit, so that we may share that fruit with others. Help us to introduce your kingdom here on earth by being a daily reflection of you in all that we say and do. In doing so, may we spread the Gospel to our families and through them, out into this hurting world, Amen.

 

I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me. Philippians 4:13

 

Jesus, we trust in you!

 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Janet

 

Share the fruit!  Pass it on!