Through the Bible, life experiences, love for family & friends and the beauty of nature around me I am growing daily. I would like to share my journey with you. Three of my favorite things are Prayer, Praise and Worship. You will find lots on those topics and a dash of the rest of my life!
One of my all time favorite prayers of Paul is from Ephesians 3. In verses 14-21 you will find an incredibly powerful and deep prayer. Since it is a longer excerpt, I am going to quote some of the verses here but give you a link to the whole passage to read on your own when you have some time to really meditate on it.
"May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God's devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!"
That is not even half of this beautiful prayer. Imagine the power of praying this for your family, yourself and your loved ones each day. This is a prayer that you can pray over your church and your pastor; all those that you would love to see grow closer to God!
And we can know that He will here and answer this prayer! Verse 20 tells us that He is "able to do super abundantly, far over and above all that we ask or think" So we can pray often, pray big and with complete faith!
The past week has been, well, lets just say unpleasant and unproductive. Between Tuesday and Thursday we all came down with a nasty virus. By far the most debilitating virus our family has had in our history. So once I got past the I can't move or think part, I still could not move around much but my mind was going all over the place. I decided to take advantage of this time to work on my passion for crochet! I am happy to say that this virus has been returned to the fiery pit that it came from and we are all feeling (almost) back to normal!
So today, I am going to share the fruits of my "labor" from this past week - my Lemonade made from some very sour lemons!
This is the One Big Granny Square Afghan that I am making for my daughter. I started it before this week but have almost completed it in the last few days!
I have recently discovered the satisfaction of small crochet projects. They use small amounts of yarn and are completed quickly. So I can feel good about accomplishing something! :) If you have read my past posts on my ability to complete projects, you will know this is a big deal!
This is a vertical stripe coffee cozy pattern that I found at "Lucy 'In the sky!" She has a wonderful blog with a ton of great patterns and ideas! I did not follow the pattern completely since I was going by memory at the time but you can find it in the link above, along with another very cute one!
This is a can cozy that is an adaptation from a basic cozy pattern I found. I added the decorative stitching and thought the glitter yarn would add some pizazz! :)
I am having so much fun and so many great ideas that I am considering opening an Etsy store with completed projects and patterns. If any of you lovely crafters have one (or have tried it) and have any advice or thoughts for me, I would greatly appreciate them!
My daughter is not feeling well this week and I am super behind. I had big plans for my posts this week but that will wait. In the meantime, I have decided to combine my Powerful Prayer from Tuesdays and Praise God Moments from Thursday. Since Praise and Prayer go hand in hand I thought this would work out nicely!
"Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
How powerful is that, right?
No worries! Relax! God is near. Just ask Him, thank Him, present your requests to Him and the peace of God will guard your heart and mind!
I do not know anyone that could not use more of the peace of God in heart or mind. I know I need it, not just daily, but continually.
"You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever."
I have found that the times that I least feel like dancing and singing to the Lord are the exact times I need to be doing it. In most instances I do not start out with pep in my step or volume in my voice. However, I will invariably end with both, along with a joy and peace in my soul that cannot be explained.
I have a challenge for all of my beautiful readers! The next time you have no desire to thank God, praise God or sing and dance to God - do it. Then come back here and tell us about it! Share that peace and joy and give the glory to God! :)
[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins
This is the first of what I pray will be many posts devoted to praising our awsome God! I plan to do this every Thursday and would love for you to join me! I would be honored if you would share with me what you are praising God for this week!
I am starting my Thankful List this week and will continue it with the Praise God post each week!
This week I am beginning a Tuesday series devoted to prayer. Prayer is a big part of my life but I feel like I need to spend more of my time focusing on it. I would like to share with you the prayers that I study from the Bible and how they affect my life. This is, also, intended that your prayer life will be even further enriched and that you will see more of the beautiful work of our Lord in your life!
At first I was going to attempt to write a deep and thorough study of the verses that I focus on each week. After a couple of failed attempts, I am positive that I am supposed to keep it simple, to allow for the Holy Spirit to work in each of us to show each one personally what He wants us to take away from it.
9For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things--10That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition]. 11[We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy, 12Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God's holy people) in the Light.
This is a prayer that I have been praying over my husband for a while. God has truly blessed him in many ways. Recently, I began praying it over our whole family and our close friends and I can feel it working in our home. I am confident that our family and friends will be blessed also. I feel that this is a prayer that we can all benefit from and as I type, I pray that all who read this will be blessed by it. That you will be "filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things..."