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Monday, April 29, 2013

Pray for Marriages (Love Renewed)

Marriage, the Simple Truth

We fell in love.  We got engaged.
Invitations we did send!
We just assumed we’d always feel
The way that we felt then.

A wedding, honeymoon, and house
Were high upon our list,
We checked each box and filled that house,
And thought our life was bliss.

But soon we had some hills to climb,
Slipped into valleys too,
Resentment came and love was crushed,
Each spouse said, “Must be you!!”

We pondered different exit plans
Consulting with the best.
What happened to this life we planned,
Our comfy little nest?

Just when I thought all hope was lost
I fell upon my knees,
And pleaded with the God I knew,
Then grace was poured on me.

His flame of love transformed our hearts,
Our commitment we renewed
“Conform our will to yours dear Lord,
For we do trust in You!

An unknown peace now entered in,
A joy now filled our hearts,
Each hill we climbed, each challenge faced,
No longer pushed apart.

His light illumines us each day,
We often make amends,
For stubborn as we often are,
We know we each must bend.

We learned a wedding’s just one day
But marriage is for life,
So take the helm our dear, sweet Lord,
In you there is no strife!

M.A.R.R.I.A.G.E.:  Making Amends Repeatedly, Resting In A God Eternal

“Behold, I make all things new.”  Rev 21:5

Keep praying prayer warriors!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Share hope.  Pass it on! 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Pray for Families (Help a Lost Soul)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Let us humbly pray for our families. 

Lord, when we lose our way and find nothing but dead ends, shepherd us back to You.

Lord, when we are seduced by the Prince of Lies, plant the Truth back in our hearts, and illuminate our darkness.

Lord, when we turn our backs to You, help us see that without Life, we are walking toward death. 

“I am the way and the truth and the life.”  John 14:6

Lord, bring us back to Life!!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Help a lost soul find their way back to Him.  Keep praying.  Pass it on. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pray for Marriages (The Ripple Effect)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Do you ever wonder if your prayers have any effect, especially when you see so many marriages crumbling?  It is easy to become discouraged, but the question is how many more marriages would end in divorce you weren't praying?  Consider your prayers as pebbles tossed in the water; the splash is small but the ripples go out farther than ever imagined. Who might be depending on your prayers today? Can you raise your voice in prayer one more time? Can you ask one more person to pray as well? Can you tell someone who is struggling in their marriage that you are praying for them and provide them a ripple of hope? 

But God did hear and listened to my voice in prayer. Blessed be God, who did not reject my prayer and refuse his mercy. Psalm 66:19-20

Jesus, I trust in You!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Create a ripple.  Pass it on! 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Pray for Families (Healing words)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Words can be so powerful.  Can you think of a time where kind, loving words lifted you up?  What about the times venomous words threw you down, cut you like a knife, or pierced your heart? 

How do you choose to use your words? 

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

Consider how powerful is it to be on the receiving end when someone stops what they are doing, looks you in the eye and says: 

I’m so sorry that I hurt you.
I forgive you. 
I was wrong.  Please forgive me.
I don’t tell you often enough, but I love you. 
I appreciate all you do for me. 
You did an amazing job today, I am so proud of you.
I am blessed to have you in my life.

Words have the power to heal or hurt.   As your prayer for families, spend not only the day, but the entire weekend affirming each family member with loving, healing words.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

I love you, appreciate you, and I am blessed by you!  Pass it on! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Pray for Marriages (Transformation)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

I was inspired to write a prayer for marriages. 

Holy Spirit, be the light unto our path.

Come, transform us with your grace. 

Come, illumine our minds so we may see our offenses against each other and against You.

Come, cleanse us and make us vessels of your love, that we may share with our spouses the tenderness that is You.

Come, be the love that unites us into a more perfect marital union.

Come, bless our marriage and all marriages, that your light might shine from us.

Come, empower us to go into the world to represent the hope, joy, and love that is You.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely;
In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Share a prayer for marriages.  Pass it on!