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Monday, November 11, 2019

Pray for Marriages (The Battle Within)

Veterans Day

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

As we pray for marriages, let’s pray a double portion for our veterans. They show us how to serve one another out of love for the greater good, a beautiful analogy of Christ serving the Church. They sacrifice time with their spouse and family, so that all of us may know freedom and peace. They often put themselves in personal danger, for love of country, which is love for each and every person regardless of race, gender, or creed.  They protect others, hoping their friends and family will protect and support their spouse left behind to carry the weight.

Tell me, LORD, have I not served you for their good? Have I not interceded with you in time of misfortune and anguish? Jeremiah 15:11

They need our prayers in a big way.  While one can leave a war, the emotional and mental battle may continue for years if not a lifetime. Physically, they may return from deployment, but grieve for those who did not. They may withdraw from their spouse when they return, because how could they relate to what they experienced? I am sure the list could go on and on, but the greatest, most powerful gift we can give to them is prayer for their marriages.

It is the LORD who goes before you; he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed.  Deuteronomy 31:8

Heavenly Father, you raise up all types of warriors. May we, the prayer warriors, stand in the gap for the freedom fighters, our beloved veterans. Heal their emotional, physical, and spiritual wounds. Reconnect them to their spouse in a deeper more intimate way, for your cross can span any divide. Free them from memories that oppress them and replace them with the knowledge of your love and mercy. Send your Spirit upon them that they may be lifted out of any anxiety, depression, or fear.  Lord, please do the same for their spouses, who experience a much different, yet very real battle. By your grace, may they each rejoice in your boundless love and be filled with a penetrating peace!  Amen.

Asking peace for your mind, joy for your soul, and love to encircle your marriage …and may St. Michael the Archangel always be ready to defend you in battle, 
🙏🏼 Janet

Love a veteran by passing it on! 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Pray for Families (Trusting in the Shepherd)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

How many of you have children or perhaps other family members you worry about because they have wandered or even run away from God?  By the mere fact that you are reading this, you most likely find it concerning. Yet how long was your own journey to truly loving the Lord?  Did he not continually seek you out and continue to recommend new paths, all with a gentle voice and unwavering patience?  Did he not bring special people into your life, those who made you question your ways? Did he not beckon you to come closer, even when you thought you already were faithful?  Such a Good Shepherd we have!

I saw their ways, but I will heal them. I will lead them and restore full comfort to them and to those who mourn for them, creating words of comfort. Peace! Peace to those who are far and near, says the LORD; and I will heal them. Isaiah 57:18-19

Give glory to God and thank Him for drawing you into a prayerful life. Offer a sacrifice of joy to Him who loves your family even more than you do! With thanksgiving, pray for your family and surrender each member into His loving hands, asking that He guide, love, reprimand, and strengthen them on their journey towards Him.

I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and chant praise to the LORD. Psalms 27:6

Lord, hear the prayers that each reader prays in their heart for their loved ones. Be generous with your grace, protective with your hands, and loving with your gaze. Break the chains that bring about anxiety and depression. May your boundless mercy buoy each one out of the pits of despair, self-loathing, and narcissism. Ground them in the Truth, for we have complete trust that by your grace, all will be singing you songs of praise!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Hope does not disappoint! Pass it on! 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Pray for Marriages (A Restful Soul)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

The unifying love of God is a beautiful blessing in a marriage.  But over time, it’s easy to become distracted from the spiritual life, overwhelmed by the demands of daily living, and agitated or annoyed by the most benign actions of one’s spouse.   Satan smiles, waiting in the wings for his opportunity to enter.

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Guard against sin and persevere in prayer.

 Pray for your marriage, pray for one another, and wait with confident trust in the Lord.

For God alone my soul waits in silence, from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly moved.  Psalm 62:1-2

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Say a prayer, call upon the militia of angels, and pass it on!  

Friday, November 1, 2019

Pray for Families (From Sinners to Saints)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

So often, the power of God’s grace and the depth of God’s love is hard to fathom. We look in the mirror and just see a sinner starring back at us. We look at the lives of our family members and think, “Lord, have mercy!” as we wonder if they ever will turn their lives around and follow Him. Yet, history continues to record how the Lord can take the biggest sinner and make him/her the biggest saint! There is hope for all!

“A humble soul does not trust itself, but places all its confidence in God.” -St. Faustina

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying. -Joan of Arc

God removes the sin of the one who makes humble confession, and thereby the devil loses the sovereignty he had gained over the human heart. -Saint Bernard

“Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus — a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” -St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2

Take some time and explore the lives of the saints and get inspired.  Use that inspiration to launch your prayer life to new heights. Pick a saint for each of your family members and ask them to intercede on behalf of your family members. Pray that the Lord will receive the prayers of so great a cloud of witnesses on your family’s behalf. May the grace and love of the Lord remove all doubt. 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Let us harness the power of heaven by asking for the prayerful intercession of all the saints. Pass it on! 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Pray for Marriages (The Imperishable Crown)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  This quote from Charles Dicken’s could easily have been talking about marriage and its guaranteed highs and lows over the years. Perhaps the only difference between long marriages and short ones is how one responds to the lows.  When one has slipped from the giddy joy of being a newlywed to the harsh reality of real-life stressors such as children, finances, and waning affirmations, the thought of having to climb out of the valley and back up to the mountain top can be too overwhelming to consider. But just as you train and nourish your body to last a lifetime, do the same for your marriage. For since you were made one in in matrimony, you must support and encourage each other in the journey.

Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus, I do not run aimlessly. 1 Corinthians 24-26

Trust in His merciful love to strengthen and guide you. 

For the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from the snare. Proverbs 3:26

Lord, may our collective prayers for marriage provide strength, endurance, confidence, and a strong desire in couples to finish the race.  May their crown be glorious!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Pray that all marriages may end in victory. Pass it on!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Pray for Families (Warriors of the Truth)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

As a chill enters the air and the summer warmth dissipates, the autumn leaves respond by transforming into warming glow of color.  Seasonal change is so predictable, and even comforting. Yet cultural shifts have been less predictable and often go unnoticed or are dismissed as a fad.  What shift has occurred that you have been too preoccupied to notice?

You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?  Luke 12:56

When sex and gender are being challenged and marriage and family are being redefined, do you not see that we are in a spiritual battle?  When lies are called truth and truth is called a lie, not only our children but our entire families can be swept into believing and defending false narratives.

God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.  Genesis 1: 27, 31

To battle the Father of Lies, our recourse to is to ask the intercession of the Blessed Mother, she who crushes the head of Satan.

Blessed Mother, who the Lord has bestowed with the power to defeat Satan, come to our defense! On our behalf, ask the Lord to give our families eyes to see, ears to hear, and a courageous voice to speak out. May we not fear dissent when we defend the truth. May our hearts remain loving and compassionate toward all, as we become warriors for truth, justice, and freedom of conscience. May the choirs of angels guard us and light our way!  Jesus, we trust in your promises!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Recruit more warriors! Pass it on! 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Journey to Abundant Life)

Greeting Prayer Warriors,

A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. John 10:10

I find the above interesting when viewed through the lens of marriage. When difficulties arise contemplate in prayer whether you or your spouse have left room for the thief, the devil that seeks to destroy love. The Lord promised the abundant life, yet he never said that the road there wouldn’t have potholes, rocks, detours, and frequent construction.  So, keep the faith and journey on, for our prayers are with you!

He did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to do. Romans 4:20-21

Veni Sancte Spiritus!  Come Holy Spirit!  Fill the gaps in our marital love, and let nothing enter in that may decay and corrupt it. Do not let the sun set on our anger, but give us a firm voice to speak the truth in love. Comfort us in our sorrows, guide us in our steps, and heal each heart too weakened to beat with love.  Increase our faith to believe in your promises, that by doing your will we may give you glory and praise!

Peace, Joy, and Love, 

Be a road warrior. Pass it on!  

Friday, October 18, 2019

Pray for Families (Renewal of the Mind)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

What’s hip, happening, and trendy in each decade can be quite alluring as one gets swept up in the culture of the day and carried along by its tide. However, what is not trendy or hip, but always consistently present, reliable, and unwavering is the Lord’s call to each of us to walk alongside him. He has a perfect plan for you and asks that we surrender our will to him. Yet we struggle with letting go of our grip, believing we are in perfect control of our lives.

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.  Romans 12:2

The will of God?  Ask yourself if discerning the will of God is even on your radar? What is he asking of you? What fills your mind with and what is he calling you to empty it of?

Lord, help us not be seduced by the enticements of the day, but rather come enter in and break the chains that bind us. Open our eyes to the deceptions of this world and grant us wisdom, renewed faith, and a greater peace. We ask this not just for us, but also for our families. May we always seek to be good and pleasing in your sight.  Amen.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Start a new cultural wave and pass it on!  

Monday, October 14, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Needing a Do-over or two…)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

There are many people who wish they could have a pocketful of “do-overs” in life; Erasing a regrettable action and having a second (improved) chance to act. Perhaps you’ve done something that has impacted the quality of your marriage; improper actions, unkind, cutting words, infidelities, lies, etc. While it may take a while for your spouse to forgive you (if ever), the Lord will always forgive you when you ask with a contrite heart. 

The LORD’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; They are renewed each morning—great is your faithfulness! 
Lamentations 3:22-23

You also have to forgive yourself and seek to make reparations with your spouse. Humility is a great beginning. 

Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, [… ] for we are members one of another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger, and do not leave room for the devil.  Ephesians 4:25-27

Lord, bless and sanctify marriages by showering them with unleashed grace. Give each of us forgiving hearts, that we may mirror your merciful love. “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”For the most grievous betrayals, bring healing of heart, mind, and soul. For those who wound and betray, provide the grace needed for a full conversion. Lord, you make all things new. Bind and renew all marriages throughout the world, that others may come to know the saving power of your love. Amen.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Unending hope.  Pass it on!  

Monday, October 7, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Seeking the one)

Greeting Prayer Warriors,

Some of you may have met your spouse at a young age, others much later, but finding your true love was a great celebration. Yet some may have compromised on their choice, settling for a sure thing versus nothing at all. Others may have married before having the maturity to understand the importance of their choice. In hindsight, any married person past the honeymoon stage understands the importance of finding a good match. Today I feel called to pray for those looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right.

Lord, help single adults to first love themselves. May you become their first true love, so they will know what unconditional love feels like. Help them to understand that they are perfect the way you made them, and that you only create beautiful things.

I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! Psalm 139:14

When filled with self-doubt and numerous insecurities, give them the grace to refrain from immoral behaviors that only momentarily fill their emptiness.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body. 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Train them in the virtues, giving them the patient endurance to trust in your plan for them.

Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

May they not put their trust in material wealth, but in the wealth of one’s love to be shared.

Better the meagerness of the righteous one than the plenty of the wicked. Psalms 37:16

May the grace of our Almighty God result in their peace and patience as they await his perfect plan for their lives.

Wait for the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:14

Peace, Joy, and Love, 

You are never alone. The Lord walks with you and our prayers follow you! Pass it on! 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Pray for Families (Seeking Truth)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Truth. What is truth? Just as Pontius Pilate grappled with this question almost 2000 years ago, today much of society still struggles with the same question. Where does one go and whom do they rely on as a trusted source of information? The mainstream media is no longer impartial. It can be very disquieting to have to question everything. In comparison, internet sites and smart phone social media apps offer artificial, airbrushed realities, guaranteed to make most people feel inferior and inadequate, often leading to anxiety or even depression.

The Lord wants you to know that he loves you and each member your family just as they are. You are precious in His sight. There is nothing you can do to make Him love you any less or any more. He wants you to draw nearer to Him. 

“Follow me.” Matthew 9:9

Trust in Him, and He will guide you to all truth, for there is no firmer a foundation.

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”  John 14:6

Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock. Isaiah 26:4

Let us pray for our family members who feel less than, inadequate, and never good enough. May the Lord's voice pierce through all the untruths on the airwaves, on the internet, and in print that seek to destroy, corrupt, demean and mislead.  May your intercessory prayers rise to the heavens and form a shield of protection!

Peace, Joy, and Love, 

The Truth can be found.  He is waiting for your permission. Pass it on! 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Dwelling in Darkness)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Have you literally ever been in pure darkness?  I still remember the time I was walking in a cave and the person with a flashlight moved well ahead of me.  Without a source of light from any direction I felt an unknown fear, as I had no sense in which direction I should move.  

Similarly, many have felt that way at some point in their marriage; paralyzed by darkness, abandoned by the one they trusted to accompany them with light, they have no idea which way to turn next.

The Light of the World awaits your call, “Lord, come be my Light!”

I will arise; though I sit in darkness, the LORD is my light.  Micah 7:8
For you, LORD, give light to my lamp; my God brightens my darkness. Psalm 18:29

Sometimes it is not until we have stumbled into darkness or have left the Light, that we realize the power and comfort of its illumination. Let us pray for God’s light to pierce through the darkness of so many marriages.  

Lord, may your Light radiate into the hearts, minds, and souls of married couples. Help them to see all that blocks the Son, so that each may self- prune appropriately, providing for an increase in your Light. Illumine pathways previously unknown, guiding these couples to new pastures of peace, fields of abundant joy, and a love so plentiful that it is poured out in imitation of you. 

I, the LORD, have called you for justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations.  Isaiah 42:6

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Keep the flame burning brightly. Pass it on!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Pray for Families (Shedding the Excess)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Most have read or heard the following scripture passage:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.Matthew 6:19-12

I must admit there were times I never knew I had a treasure until the moths got to it!

All kidding aside, some if not most of us accumulate more than we need, thinking perhaps we might need it someday. Perhaps now is the time to reassess. Who might benefit from our excess?

Perhaps you’ve been blessed with intangible gifts. Are you sharing your kindness, hospitality, talent for fixing things, knack for organization, or knowledge of scripture?

As we leave summer and enter Fall, a season where even trees know to shed their excess so that they can blossom more beautifully in a coming season, let us pray that the Lord show us what to let go of, what to share, and what part of ourselves we are to give more generously to our family. Sometimes the most perfect prayer is one of action. Winterize your soul by turning of the heat of your love.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Don’t fall behind. Let the pruning begin. Pass it on!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Saintly Prayer and Perseverance)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

The saints are constant sources of inspiration. Their ability to persevere in the face of all types of adversity, shows us that the heavier the cross, the more grace God bestows on an individual.  

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 
2 Corinthians 12:9

Meditate on the lives of the saints. Then aspire to be a saint and vow to never lose hope for a marriage, be it your own or someone else’s. Persevere either in honoring your own marital covenant or in your prayers on behalf of another’s marriage. Both require faith and abundant grace.  

Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:14

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Pray like a saint and pass it on!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Pray for Families (Standing in the Gap)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Sometimes being there for a family member can be the greatest prayer, as “standing in the gap” reflects the Lord’s love. Pray by doing.  Be there for a family member in need. 

Do not fast as you do today to make your voice heard on high! Is it not sharing your bread with the hungry, bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own flesh?  Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; Your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Isaiah 58:4, 7-8

Peace, Joy, and Love, 

Your time and your presence is what is most important. Pass it on!  

Monday, September 16, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Too Tired to Care)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Have you ever been in a situation where you feel totally defeated, crushed, dejected? Too tired to care?  Were you able to pull yourself out of it?  For some, there are times in their marriage where they feel these emotions and see no light at the end of the tunnel.  It is at these times, that they contemplate or even move toward divorce.  It is for these marriages we seek God’s abundant grace.

Your hand guides me, your right hand holds me fast. If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light—Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day. Darkness and light are but one. Psalm 139:10-12

We know that God can bring light into darkness, make crooked paths straight, and turn a sinner into a saint.  So why can’t we believe he can make a rotten marriage fruitful and fragrant again? 

The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Luke 3:5-6

Pray, pray, pray for those marriages especially those hanging by a thread, clinging on to hope or in utter hopelessness.  Your prayers just may make the difference!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Prayer multiplies when you pass it on!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Pray for Families (Passing on the Faith)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

Chances are, you attend church more frequently than anyone you know.  Perhaps you have been given the gift of faith.  Alternatively, maybe your road to loving God was long, winding, and uphill, resulting in wisdom born of pain. Anyone who has been dependent on God’s merciful love (all of us) has a story to tell. 

For someone unfamiliar with church, entering in without desire won’t change their life. But being introduced to Christ will. Faith isn’t private. It’s meant to be shared. Share the Good News with all who have hearts that yearn for something more. You have the answer; His name is Jesus. Share your faith journey with family, friends, children and grandchildren, perhaps even your parents.  

Everyone loves a good story. Share yours. Let’s the Spirit do the rest.  

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” Luke 12:49

Holy Spirit, enliven the faith of all who read this. Stir the desire in their heart to share with others all you have done for them. May their story be the spark which allows you to fuel another’s desire to know you. May it begin in the home and radiate outward. Come Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

There is a remedy for one’s longing and searching.  Don’t keep it a secret! Pass it on!  

Monday, September 9, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Expectant Parents)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Although in the distant past, I can still remember awaiting the arrival of parenthood. Nothing is more exciting or terrifying than expecting your first child. The awe and wonder of bringing new life into the world can be thrilling, but not having an instruction manual is absolutely terrifying. Newborns tug at your heart in new and unexpected ways. However, their demands can strain any marriage, especially when you glare at your spouse (and they right back at you) expecting more; more help, more love, more empathy, more TLC, more diaper changing, etc.  Since my husband and I didn’t live near any family, on the worst days it felt like we were playing a game of hot potato with our newborn.  

“Here, you take her.” 
“No, you keep her, I’m tired, I just came home from work.”
 “Please, I need a break!” 
“Can’t you make her stop crying first? And change her too?”

And often, the merry-go-round continued.

My soul rests in God alone. Psalm 62:2

I wish back then my spouse and I acknowledged our helplessness and handed it over to the Lord. I know He would have sent His own Mother to gently speak to us, guide our steps, calm us, and boost our confidence, like only a Mother with lots of children can do. 

Therefore, I prayed, and prudence was given me. I pleaded and the spirit of Wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her.  Wisdom 7:7-8

Lord, we ask for special graces for new parents, that in the midst of their parental insecurities, you give them the gifts of wisdom, patience, and love. May you enlighten their minds and open their hearts that they may nurture, guide, and discipline not only their child, but all the children you may bless them with. Finally, be the third strand in their marriage, making it unbreakable. Make them a shining witness to your love, that you may be forever glorified. Amen. 

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praise to your name, Most High, to proclaim your love at daybreak, your faithfulness in the night.  Psalm 92:2-3

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Prayer for another never expires. Pass it on! 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Pray for Families (Handling Stress)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

Everyone deals with some family stress in their life.  Maybe you are a parent of young or teenaged children. Enough said there! Maybe you are an adult child dealing with the declining health of your parents. Or perhaps you are sandwiched between both generations and feel the tug-of-war. The stress and resultant helplessness can be overwhelming.

Yet, stress is as old as time. We are not meant to be sheltered from it, but rather to allow it to help us grow in faith. Jesus endured the most extreme stress imaginable…out of love for us. As you struggle and sacrifice out of love for your family, meditate on how Christ teaches us to respond when we feel helpless.

He advanced a little and fell to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour might pass by him;he said, “Abba, Father all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” 
 Mark 14:35-56

Lord, help us to surrender to your will.  Help us believe in your unfathomable love for us. You never give us more than we can handle for you equip us with everything we need…even the grace to trust you more. As we surrender our will and allow you to reign in our lives, may we one day rest in the fact that we are too blessed to be stressed.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Help one who is too stressed to realize they are blessed. Pass it on! 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Completing the Marathon)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

It is so inspirational to witness elderly couples who have been married for 50+ years.  While it’s so adorable to see them finish each other’s sentences and laugh with each other, how often does one consider that they may still need your prayers? Long marriages are marathons, and who doesn’t want to see them to complete the race?

If you have relatives or friends who are senior citizens, you may be aware that age-related health issues increase each year.  This must place an enormous stress on the marriage, as one spouse always seems to decline faster than the other. Other times their health conditions are cyclic and they appear more like a teeter-totter. Complicating matters, when chronic health issues or dementia sets in, one spouse may become downright mean to the other. Pray that these couples persevere through each trail they are presented will and not falter due to unforeseen conditions and obstacles.

Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. 1 Timothy 6:11-12

Good and gracious God, you instituted marriage and a special sacrament which highlights the beauty of unitive love. With each decade of marriage, increase the grace you shower upon couples. Bestow them with a gentle and kind spirit. Strengthen them so they may persevere with joy, humility, and in faith, shining brightly as a witness to your enduring love. Finally, in your loving arms, carry those who need it most. 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

A prayer needs no special equipment or membership, just a willing disposition. Pass it on! 

Friday, August 30, 2019

Pray for Families (A Simple Reminder)

Greetings Prayer Warrirors,

Here are a few hallmarks of a good family life to remember by this acronym:

F aith-The cornerstone of family life.
A ction: Participate in nurturing the wellbeing of all.
M emories: Spend time together and your lives will be rich!
I nspire: Live a Spirit-filled life and hearts (including yours) will be changed.
L ove: This is a decision that must be renewed daily, especially when you 
   find it challenging.
Y ou: Take care of yourself so that you can continue to pray for your family.

They shall be my people, and I will be their God.I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me always, for their own good and the good of their children after them.With them I will make an everlasting covenant, never to cease doing good to them; I will put fear of me in their hearts so that they never turn away from me. Jeremiah 32:38-40

Lord, it seems you challenge us greatly here on earth. You give each of us a unique sharing in your cross, and but never try us beyond our strength. May we rejoice in the gift of family, and spend our time honoring you by honoring them. Strengthen our resolve to pray for them, help us to persevere when challenged, and help us to love them as much as You do. Finally, please bless everyone that reads this, and give them double the blessings if they pass it on!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Pass it on!  Blessings x 2! 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Seeking Rest)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Marriage has its highs and lows and only a rare married couple would counter that sentiment. When couples are in the valley, God may seem very far away, weakening their confidence in ever climbing out.  But God patiently awaits their call for help. For precisely when one looks up to the mountains and faces their own fear and doubt that they can again reach the summit of their marriage, the Lord responds to even the weakest of invitations. He then gently carries you. 

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. Matthew 11:28-30

If you are feeling, weakened, burdened, hopeless, exhausted, or apathetic, about ever being able to depart from the marital valley, know that we pray for you. Surrender your will to His, and allow him to carry you to restful waters and new summits. May our prayers lead to your renewed peace!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Hope does not disappoint. Pass it on!  

Friday, August 23, 2019

Pray for Families (The Widow, Orphan, and Alone)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Families are a blessing that we often take for granted. Occasionally, we focus too much on what's wrong versus what is right with our family.  Pause, reflect, and give praise to God for your family!

Sometimes people no longer have any family.  It can be lonely, scary, isolating, and despairing for them. They may feel vulnerable, as they become easy prey for the wicked.

Do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the resident alien or the poor; do not plot evil against one another in your hearts. Zechariah 7:10

Today let us pray for those without a family to pray for them.  The widow, the orphan, and all those who find themselves standing alone. They are our family in Christ, so may they too benefit from the power of our prayer.

Lord, bring comforting, loving, and empowering grace to all those who stand alone.  May they sense their guardian angels protecting and guiding them. May they we embraced by the loving friends you send them! Bless them and continue to hold them in the palm of your hand. Amen

Learn to do good. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.  Isaiah 1:17

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Prayer for someone who has no one to pray for them. Pass it on! 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Treasure in Heaven)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Marriage seems to be a time of great accumulation. At first it is by necessity, because a couple needs to set up their household, but before they know it, they can lose sight of the treasure of their heart, (each other) by being consumed by material pleasures.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. Matthew 6:19-21

The Lord redirects our focus to contemplate what real treasures are. He longs for us to treasure him through our generosity with each other, for he dwells within each of us. But like garages so filled with “treasures” there is no longer room for a car, so too our hearts can be so filled with worthless pleasures that we leave no room for God.

 The Lord continually beckons us to surrender our will to His.  erhaps this is because it is He who will perfect us, for we are His treasure and He desires that one day we will be with Him! The path to perfection is often through one’s spouse, so embrace the cross He gives you because it will bear much fruit, a treasure trove in heaven!

Lord, giver of all good gifts, grant spouses the graces necessary to declutter their hearts and surrender to your will. Help them grow in patience, love, compassion, and gratitude. May the fire of your love sustain them until Love consumes their relationship in a new way.  Come Holy Spirit, set their hearts ablaze!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Prayer might be just the spark someone needs. Pass it on!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Pray for Families (Letting go and letting God)a

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Now is a time when many kids are preparing for their return to school.  It can be a time of high anxiety for the children, but also for the parents, especially those sending their child(ren) away for the first time…be it for preschool or college!  Parent’s begin to realize during such times how little control their have over their children’s lives. This is a perfect opportunity to increase ones x faith and prayer life, for the Lord loves your children even more than you do!  One must take the leap of letting go and letting God. We must ask ourselves, do we really trust in the Lord?  Prayers to the Lord are always received with joy, unlike words spoken (dissertations given) to one’s children!

Lord, we place each child of ours in your hands. Guide and protect them. Allow the little ones to maintain their innocent and joyful hearts, sheltering them from all that seeks to expose them to the adult world. Give the older children/young adults wisdom, so that they may discern when “no” is the right and sometimes only answer. Give parents the grace to grow in faith, trusting that your plan is always the perfect one.  Jesus, we trust in you!

Behold, I am with you always.  Matthew 28:20

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Encourage another parent. Pass it on!  

Monday, August 12, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Let the Son Reign)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Jesus not only taught us how to love, but showed us how to love.

I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.John 13:15

Marriage provides fertile ground in which we can plant the seeds of love and imitate Jesus’s unwavering commitment and promise to us. Are you up to the challenge today? For a lifetime?

Let marriage be honored among all and the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge the immoral and adulterers. Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never forsake you or abandon you. Hebrews 13:4-5
From the dark clouds, your prayers will bring forth grace like rain, so that Christ may ever reign in your heart. The Light of the Son will give you’re the energy and desire of heart to weather the difficult storms, for a glimpse of the Son increases one’s clarity as to how important the imitation of Christ is.

I will offer a sacrifice of praise and call on the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. Psalms 116:17-18
Peace, Joy, and Love,

Prayer fortifies the weak…each one of us! Pass it on!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Pray for Families (True Wealth)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

True wealth consists not in dollars saved, but in a heart filled with the love of God, which continually empties itself on behalf of another. With a generous heart, show your family you love them.

May the eyes of [your] hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones. Ephesians 1:18

Peace, Joy, and Love,

The Lord loves a cheerful giver, especially a prayerful one! Pass it on! 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Take me now, Lord!)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Some marriages are freeways with occasional detours. Some are a series of speed bumps. Others take you off-roading with dirt and rocks flying and no clear sense of direction. A difficult marriage can be a very heavy cross to carry especially when one doesn’t see a sign down the road that says “Cross no longer needed, dump here.” Perhaps you’ve cried out, “Take me now Lord, I’ve had enough!”

Take heart for even Moses had difficulty dealing with the Lord’s plan for him.

Why do you treat your servant so badly?” Moses asked the LORD. “Why are you so displeased with me that you burden me with all this people? I cannot carry all this people by myself, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way you will deal with me, then please do me the favor of killing me at once, so that I need no longer face my distress.” Numbers 11:11, 14-15

Moses may not have had the confidence that others were praying for him, but may you have the confidence that we are praying for you and your ability to follow the will of God! The Lord does not try us beyond our strength.

No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Never lose sight that Love carries your cross with you. Loves does not protect us, rather Love sustains us.

Double your prayers for marriage this week, especially for those losing the strength to continue. May their faith be sustained, as they call to mind, 

"Everything is possible to one who has faith.” Mark 9:23

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Increase the noise wafting up to heaven by passing it on!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Pray for Families (Live, Love, Pray)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Think of those you most admire. Is it because they told you how to act, who to be, or what to say? Or were you inspired by how they lived?

Inspiration comes not from what we hear, but from what we see and what we experience.

Do you want to positively influence your family? Then live your life for God. Not for wealth, not for larger homes, extravagant vacations, or endless toys, but in service to your family and others.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. Matthew 6:19-21

Serve the Lord by serving your family. Show them how to live, love, and pray, for the seeds of your life will eventually germinate in them. Are they not the treasures you hope to see again in heaven? Pray for the courage to live for God. Pray for your family, that in them our God will live.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Live for God, love your family, and never stop praying for others. Pass it on!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Falling out of Love)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

You’ve heard it, or perhaps even said it, “I’m just not in love with my spouse anymore.” What does that mean? Perhaps it depends on one’s personal definition of love.

Scripture tells us, “God is Love.” So perhaps our “falling out” is really with God? When one separates from God, their self-love grows larger and leaves no room for Love Himself. Such vanity makes it difficult to love another, and the Lord’s love may no longer move through us to others.

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

Spend some time in prayer and do a self-evaluation of your own efforts to love, seek Love, and empty yourself of self-love. We are blessed by a God who loves us immeasurably. He calls us to empty ourselves so that we may make room for Him.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. 1 John 4:11-12

Lord, give us all the courage to release the false hope of self-love. May we empty ourselves of all that clogs the vessels of our heart and that you pump new life into our ability to love. We pray for those marriages where one or both spouses have had a “falling out” that they may be brought back to perfection and renewed in love through You.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Everything begins and ends with Love. Love IS the answer! Pass it on!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Pray for Families (According to His Plan)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

Starting and keeping with a solid family structure is important, as the Lord has a plan and a purpose for everything He wills. He also describes the rights and obligations of parents and children. Scripture provides some highlights and a roadmap to success.

Blessed are all who fear the LORD, and who walk in his ways. What your hands provide you will enjoy; you will be blessed and prosper: Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your home,

Your children like young olive plants around your table. Just so will the man be blessed who fears the LORD. Psalm 128:1-4

Children, obey your parents [in the Lord], for this is right.“Honor your father and mother.”This is the first commandment with a promise,“that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth. ”Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4

Children, listen to me, your father; act accordingly, that you may be safe. For the Lord sets a father in honor over his children and confirms a mother’s authority over her sons. Those who honor their father atone for sins; they store up riches who respect their mother. Those who honor their father will have joy in their own children, and when they pray they are heard. Those who respect their father will live a long life; those who obey the Lord honor their mother. Those who fear the Lord honor their father, and serve their parents as masters. In word and deed honor your father, that all blessings may come to you. Sirach 3: 1-8

Remember, of these parents you were born; what can you give them for all they gave you? Sirach 7:28

Much to meditate upon. You are blessed, so be a blessing to your family. Pray for them!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Pray that you and your family may live according God's will. Pass it on!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Self-martyrdom)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

Many of you may have great marriages, so we praise God for your witness and faithfulness! Some of you may have very difficult marriages, so we implore God’s graces for you that you may persevere and be returned to joy. Others may have a roller-coaster of a marriage, filled with highs and lows where you go back and forth between praising the Lord and falling to your knees! This weekly blog is for all of you, even those not yet married, for God is outside of the boundaries of time, so these prayers may benefit you as well!

It is difficult to make sense of suffering, but I was struck today by a commentary on one of the daily readings. It read, “Those healed by Jesus were freed not only from sickness, sin, or evil, but more especially from the potential self-centeredness of the suffering

Wow. Who has ever considered the potential to be the “victim” in a self-centered attention-seeking way? Who has wallowed silently in self-pity, declaring to themselves one’s marital “martyrdom”? Questions worth contemplating. Healing grace worth seeking. 

He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 
2 Corinthians 5:15

Precious Jesus, you gave all so that we might have new life. Heal, recharge, and reawaken all marriages to the power of your love. Make good marriages great, and bad ones even greater. Release us from all that binds us, blinds us, and distorts our view of all that is true. You are the way, the truth, and the life. May all sufferings encountered throughout marriage be offered for the praise and glory of your name.  In your eternal kindness, heal all marriages that your light may shine brightly through them like a beacon into this darkened world. Amen. 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Now one should ever feel alone.  Propagate the power of prayer.  Pass it on!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Pray for Families (Patience and Mercy)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Do you have a long fuse or a short fuse? Perhaps it depends? Have you ever found that sometimes the smallest annoyances are the ones that drive you bonkers? Are you a reactor, sometimes going nuclear?

Regardless of how you would classify yourself, remember that the Lord calls us to patience…and mercy! For we will be treated with the same compassion and mercy that we show others.

…and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us. Luke 11:4

As we pray, we should be mindful of this line in the Our Father. Are we committed to forgiveness? Are we mindful that we decide by our own actions how the Father will judge us?

So the LORD passed before [Moses] and proclaimed: The LORD, the LORD, a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love and fidelity, continuing his love for a thousand generations, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin; yet not declaring the guilty guiltless, but bringing punishment for their parents’ wickedness on children and children’s children to the third and fourth generation! Exodus 34:6-7

Resolve to become more merciful within your family, and then allow it to propagate out. Mirror this behavior and it just might go viral!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Your actions speak louder than words. Pass it on! 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Pray for Marriages (The Unwanted Anchor of Pride)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Marriage is a supreme good. You don’t need to be a biblical scholar to realize that Satan only attacks what is good. Today, one in two marriages fail. Do you ever wonder if more marriages would succeed if they realized from the start that their biggest battle would be against PRIDE:  the need to be right, the goal to appear perfect, the desire to be acknowledged for one’s accomplishments (in and out of the home), one’s need to be in control, and one’s hope that everyone envies their looks, lifestyle, and possessions. (Facebook and Instagram being great platforms for this). All of these examples are about the “me” not the “we”. No relationship succeeds if it focuses on the me. It must be nourished with be mutual compromise and a desire for the good of the other.

Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for: “God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

What would happen if a couples’ inward gaze was instead directed upwards, to the God of mercy, compassion, and love?

When couples mutually look toward God, they no longer can remain self-absorbed, nor point accusatory fingers at each other, for when gazing upon Love, we are humbled. As we humble ourselves, we allow ourselves to be transformed by Him and become more like Him.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 

Lord, help us see the root of our pride that we may uproot it. With your grace, plant the seeds of kindness and help us to grow in the virtue of humility. May we always seek the good of the other. Abundantly bless those marriages weakened by the chains of pride and self-sufficiency. Grant them eyes to see and a heart to understand that the power of love is buoyed by sacrifice, of which Christ was our witness. We are weak, but in You become strong. Amen.

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

Peace, Joy, and Love, 

Pray for marriages, especially those sinking from the anchor of pride. Pass it on!