Thy Will Be Done

As we build this community prayer platform, we ask the Lord to listen to our petitions with full confidence they not only are heard but acted upon by God according to His holy will. These requests are on my prayer list and I hope you consider putting them on yours as you place your petitions before the Lord Sunday.

Let’s remember to approach the throne room and respond with faith and not fear, knowing the promises of God and His mighty hand will hold us through any situation! Sometimes, all it takes is just one prayer to change everything. Something extraordinary happens when two or more agree together in prayer.

What is one of the most important things we should do as Christians?

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, (Ephesians 6:18)

Stacia sent a quick update. It’s been a week since she went to the hospital and while she’s still having breathing issues every now and then, they are fewer than before. She also have a little more energy. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers. Please continue to pray, she asks, as she’s definitely not out of the woods.

Victoria could use some prayer for herself and her family. Last week, she fell and broke bones in both of her feet and is  in a lot of pain They currently live on the second floor with a one year old but are potentially looking at moving to a downstairs apartment. A big blessing through the trial, however, was some help with childcare that came through. God provides.

Shawna is scheduled  for surgery Monday for cervical cancer. She asks for prayers, energy, and love.

Joel asks for prayers for his upcoming shoulder surgery Wednesday,

Jennifer is seeking extreme prayers for her family … four siblings and Mom.

Jesse’s dad underwent long surgery on his throat. It was suppose to be a simple surgery, but the doctor reported it was one of the hardest surgeries he had ever done. Jesse’s dad is having a hard time breathing and has been moved to ICU .

Meghan asks for prayer after suffering a miscarriage.

Deborah said she really loves Jesus, but asks for prayers for her health, which is keeping her from reading her Bible like she should, and praying like she wants to. She said she in pain from her back 24/7, is tired and fatigued, and her mind is foggy.

Beth and Diane have a prayer request! They are both getting ready to move in the next few months and ask for strength and focus to get it together!

Lesley had a situation in the last few days that has left her feeling confused and on edge. Prayers for peace and God’s wisdom in dealing with it would be great!

Marianne  said  it sure wouldn’t hurt asking for prayer for something that’s takes so much more time to get done.

Jane and Joe would appreciate prayers to hear, understand, and follow where the Lord leads them.

Paula is asking prayers their house will sell quickly.

Lisa can’t even find a way to type her prayer request, but God knows. It’s for her family.

Susan asks for traveling prayers.

Jeanne is asking prayers for wisdom as she walks a rough patch with her sons, and for her in-laws. Lots of health stuff there, and they don’t know the Lord … yet.

Kelly-Robert is asking prayers for her writing, taking time to go through the schooling, listening to God, obeying His leading, and family where there is a lot going on.

Kevin is still facing the toughest challenge of his life with chronic kidney disease, crippling arthritis, neuropathy, a totally pinched sciatic nerve, and extremely painful bone on bone in his right hip.

Jim is asking for prayer as he was given the opportunity to seed a church in Tennessee to reach the sick and suffering lost and hopeless souls afflicted with addiction, giving them hope and real help while ministering the love of Jesus Christ into their life.

Steve is entering his final hours of life after a long battle with cancer. His family is at his bedside and they ask for strength, peace, and mercy.

Andrew inches closer to the end as well. He reported bleeding from places that really should not bleed, breathing off the top of his lungs, and swellings along his neck and collarbone that make it hard to swallow anything more than a cold drink.

There were a host of unspoken prayer requests and we heard of a number of deaths this week, including John, Dave and Sharon’s sister. Prayers for their families as they go through this earthly trial. We grieve … heaven rejoices.

We come to You, Lord, because prayer is the least yet the greatest thing we can do for each other. When two or more are gathered in Your name, we confidently know You are with us. What better company can we have? You reign and we trust You! We may be broken and battered but know You heal and quiet the soul. You are the source for all that happens in our lives. We thank You for the progress being made. We thank You for the many blessings we have received this week — some we unfortunately didn’t notice. Nonetheless, those blessings are ever-present in our lives. We thank You for healing. We thank You for slowing us down. We thank You for providing us our daily needs — no more and no less. We thank You for being with us, listening to us, walking with us on this journey. We thank You for the support of our family and friends … for seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary — sunrises, sunsets, flowers, kids laughing, adventures, good news amid the bad news. We also know we can come to You with our concerns and they will be heard. Through Christ all things are possible. We lift up those family members and friends who are battling various physical, emotional, financial, career or spiritual issues and ask not for Your guidance and healing (although that would be welcomed) but to keep reminding us we are not alone in our battles. Specifically we lift up Stacia, Victoria, Shawna, Joel, Jennifer, Jesse’s dad, Meghan, Deborah, Beth, Diane, Leslie, Marianne, Jane, Joe, Paula, Lisa, Susan, Jeanne, Kelly-Robert, Kevin, Jim, Steve, Andrewand all those needing Your healing touch. We pray for the families of all those You have called home, especially the families of John, Dave and Sharon’s sister. We grieve … You celebrate. We pray for obedience to Your Will so Your “Son” Light shines through us through the power of the Spirit. And we come to You through the confidence of the words taught by Your Son Jesus.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Keep your joys and concerns coming. They have been and will be included during my prayer time and I trust they will be on your lips as well as you approach the altar. All it takes is a couple of keystrokes under the “Contact Me” button on the top bar {or to the right if you’re not a follower yet}. I hope it becomes your best friend as you navigate around the site so we can all be viable prayer warriors. You can also comment or reach me at wisdomfromafather@gmail.com.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Worry is like a rocking chair, it will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere. — Vance Havner

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Five Minute Friday — Distant

Happy Five Minute Friday time!

I don’t have to tell you the drill — I’ve done that many times over — but there is something different. The link is on Facebook at www.fiveminutefriday.com. I hope to see some of you there.

If you’ve followed this blog at all, you know how much value FMF has for me. I’ve asked you to join in [you really, really should]. It’s quick. It’s easy {okay, sometimes not always}. It’s challenging. And it’s oh so rewarding. But don’t take my word for it. Here is what Lauren has to say, taken from snippets in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. Don’t listen to me. Listen to her.

“FMF has been a consistent community of encouraging writers. Each week I look forward to the positive words and inspirational perspectives each contributor brings.”

I hope you find the time to join our special group. In the meantime, the prompt word is DISTANT. The time has been set for five minutes, so I guess we should GO...

The other night, my South Carolina son sent a photo of the distant full moon shimmering across the Atlantic Ocean. As I glanced out my window, I noticed the distant full moon reflecting off the Piscataquis River. It hit me … we were distant (separated) by about 1,200 miles, but saw the same full moon in all its glory.

It also reminded me of the story of Fievel Mousekewitz and his family as they emigrate from the Imperial Russian territory of Ukraine to the United States for freedom. However, the little mouse gets lost and must find a way to reunite with his family. He remembered the story of the moon and stars and kept looking up.

It was a touching American Tail that has so much relevance to all of us. We live under the same moon and stars … we are lost … we are constantly reminded to look up … we seek to be reunited with our eternal Family.

As we zig zag through this life, wouldn’t it be a great exercise to just stop and look at the distant events that unite us, that bring us together, that connect us with the ultimate … STOP

Family.

As I often state to my family, we may be distant (separated) but we are connected at the heart. As I stated last night at the Five Minute Friday Twitter party, we may be distant (separated) but we’re family and community.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. — Milton Berle

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… But Green Is My Favorite Color

I think I’ve been behaving myself, healthwise. My A1C is down almost two points. I’ve shaved about 40 pounds or so. I sleep soundly despite some apnea. I only take four prescription drugs {plus a bunch of supplements}. Not too bad for a septuagenarian.

The mot impressive part is I’ve done it without going vegan, without spending hours in the weight room, without modifying my lifestyle too much. I’ve done it with consistency and moderation.

About seven or eight years ago, my doctor gave me a stern lecture {with love} abut my overall health. Sonni pushed me to eat better and exercise more, even if it meant a simple walk from the furthest spot from the entrance to the store. She made me try veggie burgers and healthy snacks. My daughter-in-law keeps preaching healthy food choices {although they had mac and cheese with hot dogs last night}. My daughter insists running, jogging and a fitness regimen is the key to physical happiness.

Don’t get me wrong. They were and are well meaning, but what do they say about old dogs?

I have changed my lifestyle. Thanks to Angelina we’re out walking at least four times a day. Now that the weather is nice, one of those walks generally is longer at the park adjacent to the river — even in the rain. I’ve all but cut out morning muffins {I can’t get the thought Dr. Coan painted of a muffin with skull and crossbones on it} except for special occasions. Okay, I’ve replaced it with morning toast, but it’s usually farmer’s, oat nut or 12-grain bread with a few more nutrients than processed breads. I snacked  on grapes this morning. I enjoy natural peanut butter {without sugar} by the spoonful periodically during the day … all by itself. I rarely eat fast food. I eat a lot of chicken and fish, in fact, prefer them to red meat. Okay, except a thick, juicy end cut prime rib. Oh, and sausage and peppers. In fact, I like  bacon, but prefer sausage with my eggs or pancakes.

So, I don’t necessarily always eat “healthy”. I eat what I want, when I want … only I do it in moderation.

That brings us to accompaniments. Potatoes are okay. Baked. French fires. Baked. But I prefer onion rings, also baked in the oven. Rice is an okay alternative. I’m okay with veggies, although, frankly, they’re a pain. I don’t like canned or frozen vegetables and getting the right amount of fresh vegetables to cook for a meal is cumbersome. I do like broiled, grilled or baked veggies drizzled with just a little olive oil to give it a crunch. Unfortunately, when the harvest is plenty, the temperatures are up and there is nothing more annoying than a hot apartment with the oven fighting the air conditioning.

And then we have the hybrids, things like hummus {ironically as I was typing this there was a massive recall because of possible listeria}, beans, weird nuts, avocado, milk alternatives, and apple cider vinegar. As soon as I see  recipe with a weird name or ingredient {one I’m not familiar with, like Ratatouille With Toasted Pine Nuts Over Rice, Pad Thai-style Noodles With Tofu, or Black Bean Patties With Avocado-Mango Salsa} my eyes glaze over and my mind wanders to doughnuts. Just saying.

I drove Dr. Coan and Sonni crazy {Karen, too, but she got used to me}. Doc would suggest meal planning, like cook one day for the week. That’s fine, but it’s Monday, I don’t know what I’ll be in the mood for on Friday. “What about eggs for breakfast?” one {or both} would suggest. “That would work,” I would answer, “but you have to have toast to soak up the yolk.” They would just shake their head.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Every day is about creating memories to last a lifetime. You don’t have to take an expensive vacation to make a memory. You can create a memory sitting at the dinner table. — Joel Osteen

 

 

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Midweek Mirth

One of the misconceptions about being a Christian is non-Christians think we don’t know how to have fun or have a sense of humor. Trust me, if the Big Guy can have a sense of humor when it comes to dealing with us mere mortals, so can we.

The difference for Christians is we don’t have to debase ourselves or others to generate a smile. Laughter at life or ourselves is a gift from God.

So, let’s smile a little!

Midweek Mirth:

Lost And Found

A devout cowboy lost his Bible after church one Sunday. Three weeks later a monkey ran up to him carrying the Bible in his mouth. He removed the precious Bible out of the monkey’s mouth and exclaimed, “A miracle!”

“Not really,” replied the monkey. “Your name was inside the cover!”

And now for some bonus monkeyshine thoughts …

Monkey Business

How do monkeys get down the stairs?

They slide down the bananastair!

What key opens a banana?

A monkey!

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Today is a good day to BE a good day.

 

 

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Evaluation Time

I always like to evaluate what I offer. Am I doing what I  set out to do? Are my words resonating with my audience?

Well, I think so.

As you know, since the beginning of the year, I’ve been posting every day — each with a different theme. Sunday there is a devotional, Sunday Sermonette. Monday is a Words for the Week. Tuesday centers on readin (reviews), ritin and ‘rithmetic (stats), including book promotion. Wednesday is home to Midweek Mirth. Thursday is free write, whatever  escapes my mind. Friday is reserved for my response to the Five Minute Friday prompt. Saturday is Prayer, Care, Share day where I collect your prayer requests, put them on my weekend prayer list and encourage others to do the same.

The intention was to have a more regular presence, which, in turn, would result in more exposure. From that standpoint, the regimen has been successful. New friends have found my site and started following. More comments are being made.

But the one thing I  haven’t been able to figure out is which themes resonate well and which ones are just there. I thought I could scan the stats to trend which days — and which post themes —  poll well, but I can’t. While there might be a dip in readership and/or views, they are on different days. And I’ve found some posts were actually read later — Words for the Week on Tuesday or Wednesday in addition to Monday.

So, I guess I’m asking you. What works? What tunes you out?

It’s always been my intention to keep this blog relevant. Am I succeeding? What would you like to see?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did … so throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.  — Mark Twain

 

 

 

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What Do YOU See?

This week’s contribution is from Stan Tower

Three people visiting the Grand Canyon: A painter, a preacher, and a cowboy. Looking over the massive canyon, each one verbalized his observation:

“Incredible!” the painter said. “I’d love to paint a picture of this!”

The preacher waved his arms and cried, “Glory! Look what God has done!”

The cowboy exclaimed, “I’d sure hate to lose a cow down there!”

Think about it. What do you see when you look at your situation? An illustration of God’s handiwork, or just some place to lose a cow?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on. — Carl Sandburg

 

 

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Certainty of Salvation

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His Name.  John 20:31

For one last time we will make it clear just what is required of the soul that comes to God through Christ. There are those who speak of conditions. There is one, and only one, condition. You must cease from any trust in yourself or anything that comes from yourself, and you must rest in Him alone.

The word “rest” must be taken in its strictest sense. This leads naturally to a story that will illustrate the nature of a belief better than anything known to me.

When John G. Paton landed in the New Hebrides to begin his mission work, he faced an enormous task. The language had never been reduced to writing. He had to listen to the speech of the natives and write down in his notebook the sounds he heard them speak. Little by little he developed a large vocabulary, and finally thoughtt he could begin his work of translating a part of the New Testament.

It was not long before he discovered he had no word for “belief,” for “trust,” for “faith.” One cannot get far in the New Testament without a word that conveys to us the idea or thought of “trusting,” yet try as he might, he could not obtain any expression of this thought from the natives.

But one day he went on a hunting trip with one of the islanders. The day was hot, the road was long. A large deer was shot and the game carried down the long mountain toward his house. The two men struggled with their burden and finally reached home. They flung the deer down on the grass and dropped, exhausted, onto two lounge chairs on the porch overlooking the sea. The islander said: “My, but it is good to stretch yourself out here!”

It was an expression Paton had never heard before, and he made haste to have it recorded in his notebook. When his translation was complete, this was the word that was used for “belief” and “trust.” God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever stretcheth himself out upon the Saviour, shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life. And Stretch yourself out on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thine house.”

This, then, is faith. It is the turning away from everything that is in self, and the utter reliance upon all Christ has done for us. If this has been your experience, then you may claim the promise that goes with the resting in Christ. It is something that belongs to you, then, as a right. You have the right to say: I am saved. I have been born again. I now possess eternal life. You have that right, because God has given you the authority to speak so.

Lord, teach me to rely upon you and not upon myself. Amen.

The excerpt was taken from “God’s Methods For Holy Living” by Donald Grey Barnhouse through the Daily Prayer, a volunteer publication of Daily Prayer Ministries, a non-denominational ministry dedicated to the glory of Jesus Christ. Barnhouse, Th.D., was an American Christian preacher, pastor, theologian, radio pioneer, and writer. He was pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA, from 1927 to his death in 1960.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: The moment you begin to worry about the things you want and the things you don’t have in life is the moment you will lose your gratitude …The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times. — Zig Ziglar

 

 

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