"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Healing Prayer for Hurting People

Come, Holy Spirit into her greatest need. Manifest the healing power of Jesus. Show her You have not only forgiven her sins but are ready and have the power to heal her wounds. You are Jehovah-Rapha, the promise-keeping Healer. Let her receive Your tender mercy in this time of need. In Your faithfulness, minister healing grace and love.

We bring her under all the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus. You are El Roi, God who sees these hurts, needs and struggles. You have already made the Way of healing by the blood of Jesus. Heal all the woundings of childhood and more recently. Remove all the scars of rejection, shame, inferiority, guilt, fear, abuse and whatever else you reveal to us as we pray. Heal and remove all the barriers and hindrances in her life that are keeping her from being all Jesus died to make her to be. We bring her life to the cross. Apply all the work of redemption to her life for the transforming life of Christ to become hers. We pray that she will take everything to the cross, so that she can accept herself as the new person in Jesus that she is.

Spirit of Truth, Your truth will set her free. Bring the truth of Jesus to counter the lies that she has believed and to dispel the darkness and confusion caused by giving in to the lies. She needs a work of Your Spirit, because no amount of talking or teaching about this need will be effective. Minister to her these precious truths, that
  • She is free from sin by her Savior, Jesus Christ
  • She is free not to respond to the sins of others
  • She is free not to be condemned by the sins of others
  • She is free to express all her feelings to her Father-God, without condemnation, secure in knowing that Jesus understands the feeling of her infirmities.
  • She is free to have Your truth as her truth, Your mind as her mind, Your freedom as her freedom, Your grace as her grace, Your love as her love, Your strength as her strength, Your holiness as her holiness, Your steadfastness as her steadfastness and all the fullness of Jesus made real in her life.
  • She is free to receive all the new life Jesus gives her in exchange for her old life.

We thank You for heavenly intercessors. Jesus is living in her interceding. God the Holy Spirit is agreeing with these prayers according to the will of the Father, and the God of all comfort and Father of mercies is answering the prayers of His Son. Thank You for this three-fold cord of agreement that her soul is being healed according to all Your perfect love, grace and peace.

Thank You for the healing presence of Jesus the Son, God the Father, and God the Spirit, who ministers comfort, restoration, hope, trust and rest, so that she can live victoriously in the life of Jesus at all times. May she receive complete wholeness from You as she practices Your presence each day and fixes her eyes on Jesus. Thank You that You keep her in perfect peace as her mind is stayed on You, when she is confident in You, that You have begun a good work and will perfect Your work for Your glory in her life.

-Prayer Portions by Sylvia Gunter..page 291

Sunday, July 19, 2009

It's a Slow Fade

Driving to the Fresh Market after having lunch with a sweet friend, I heard this song on the radio. After the conversation my friend and I had about compromise and the Christian life, this song by Casting Crowns meant even more...

"Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands
as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see"

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wish I would have written this....

I found this blog by accident, read it and wished I had written it. I know I've had these thoughts, but for such a time as this, a lady named AIDA wrote this. I REALLY needed to feel it and read it. We get so caught up in the doing...we forget about the being still and listening to the 'heartbeat' of God's existence in our own personal lives.
Darin Hufford, in a recent podcast said, “The more you get somebody away from their heart, the more they can be controlled.”

Religion is all about conformity. We’re taught that there’s only one way to do it. Our christian life is all mapped out by a set of rules that we’re expected to follow and our standing in the church is determined by how well we keep the rules. The result is a powerless religion that leaves us shamed and frustrated.

The truth is that Jesus came to set us free from a performance based religion. He came to bring us into a relationship with our Father that is alive and fulfilling and he does this through the desires he places in our hearts. In religion, we’re taught that the heart is deceitfully wicked. That’s an Old Testament verse that was spoken to a group of believers who didn’t have the life of God in their hearts. Today, Jesus lives in our hearts and we’ve been given a new heart which Jim Robbins
describes as our “good and noble hearts.”

Religion has taught us that we can’t trust our hearts. Yet, God wants to lead us through our good and noble hearts. Because of that false teaching, we’ve shut ourselves away from our hearts. The result is that we’ve lost the ability to hear our hearts and to be led by them. Instead, we now depend on external voices to give us direction.

We pore over the Bible looking for a verse that will tell us what to do. We go to church, notebook in hand, hoping the sermon will finally give us the answer we seek. Yet, all the time, the answer is in our hear
ts but we won’t go there because we’re afraid of being deceived.

For years, that’s how I lived my life. I didn’t even know that I could listen to my heart and I actually didn’t even know how to listen. God is now bringing me to a place where I’m learning to hear my heart and to trust its voice. Teachers like
Darin Hufford and Jim Robbins have been instrumental in helping me grow in this area of my life.

I’m currently reading a book entitled
“Introvert Power” by Laurie Helgoe. Although the focus of the book is to encourage introverts and to teach us how to live successfully in an extrovert world, I’m finding that the author is also showing me how to tap into and recognize the desires of my heart and to flow with them. This book has taken me to a level of freedom that I’ve only dreamed about.

This has been an exciting journey and, the last few years, God has completely re-shaped my life as a believer. Today, it looks totally different than it used to look. The changes in me have been so dramatic that I’m no longer totally uncomfortable with allowing God to lead me into new and uncharted territory. Years ago, as I started this journey into the unknown, he spoke the following scripture to my heart and today, I’m seeing it fulfilled as I follow the desires of my heart.

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

I'm an American Weenie

My father never fought for his country in the military. (He had lost an eye when he was a young man.)

I had several uncles on both sides of our family who were in the military, but none I was close to.
I was raised in the era of "Make Love not War".

I remember the LIFE magazine article that had a picture of every single person that had been killed in the Vietnam War, and I remember feeling something in my soul like I had been hit in the gut....and I was just a teenager.

When I grew up, I continued to see the horrors of war, of fighting. Heck, I wouldn't even let my oldest son play football for fear he'd get hurt.

When Chris joined the Air Force...I felt like I had been hit in the gut again. I prayed that my son wouldn't go to war, because of the fear he'd die. I didn't want his picture in a magazine article, making him a number and not a name. Thankfully, God answered my prayers and my son finished his military service in the National Guard with a maturity that goes along with learning how important freedom is.

And even now...as when I was a young girl... when I hear the Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America or even Elvis Presley's "American Trilogy"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moUifEmOcbU ... I cry---and I feel that ache deep in my soul.

I love my country. I love the fact that God chose me to live in this country. A country of freedom...a country of choices...and a country of patriots.

I'm an American Weenie. And tomorrow at church, I'll be the first one sobbing in my Kleenex when the names and faces flash on the screens of those who gave all for their country. And I thank God I am an American...weenie and all.