Deep cries out…

There’s a cry in Heaven.
There’s a cry on the earth.

When those cries match up nothing is impossible.
Your cry is not isolated, there is a matching cry from the heart of God.

I would love to join with you in prayer for that thing that comes to mind as you think about this, the thing that makes your heart beat faster when you think about the day when your cry becomes a cry of thankfulness because it has been accomplished. Comment below or message me.
Let’s go after it together.

 

 

Psalm 42
1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?[b]
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”

4 When I remember these things,
I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

5 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.[c]

6 O my God,[d] my soul is cast down within me;
Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
And from the heights of Hermon,
From the Hill Mizar.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.

9 I will say to God my Rock,
“Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a breaking of my bones,
My enemies reproach me,
While they say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.”

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Praying Mommies (and dads!)

First let me say, I am so very grateful to have had parents who prayed for me and my siblings and for my mom who continues to pray for me and my family.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to praying for my kids. Its something that’s so important to me and yet sometimes I struggle to even know where to begin or what specifically to tackle. It just feels so big! They have this entire life ahead of them, friends, education, people, family, dating, spouse, kids, jobs, passions, talents, gifts and of course every fruit of the spirit (plus the ones I add, like well-organized 😉  )  Phew.

There are two things that I discovered that have helped me slow down and stay focused. Not that there’s anything wrong with rabbit trails, but I think there’s value in really pouring myself out to pray into some vital areas.

They’re simple ideas, and probably nothing new, but here they are –

1. Ask God to highlight a verse for each of your children and pray that over them.

Maybe for a week, maybe for a year, you’ll know. If it helps, write it out and put it somewhere that makes sense for you. (also a great way to keep up the Scripture memory!) I really liked this idea –

Choose a Scripture for each child and pray that over them for an entire year. Trace their hand, write the Scripture on it, laminate it, put it in your Bible.

2. Pray as you serve. 
I was sitting on the boys’  bedroom floor, muttering something under my breath about needing to work with them more on cleaning up after themselves. It was a rare moment that I could be in their room without them and I wasn’t going to let it pass. As I hurried about the task of picking up, an idea hit me – pray as I go. So I picked up their books and prayed that God would give them a hunger for His word and a capacity to read and comprehend. That they would be skilled in writing and if they enjoyed it that they would touch nations with their words. I prayed that God would give them discernment as they read over the years and encounter things that that are untrue or unbalanced.
I folded their clothes and asked that God would always provide them with everything they need and a willingness to give all those things away. That whether He calls them to live in earthly abundance or with only the shirts on their backs (or both in different seasons) that they would ever praise Him and have a heart full of joy.
I put their toys away and prayed that God would inspire their creativity and give them favor as they use their gifts for His glory. That they would learn how to play and how to rest and not get too caught up in striving.
Anyway, you get the idea : )

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and/or what God has shown you about praying for your children!

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I came across this list that I really liked of Scriptures to pray. I can’t vouch for anything else on the site, but I liked this post! – http://www.circleofmoms.com/christian-mommies/scriptures-to-pray-over-your-children-259246

 

 

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To our God we lift up one voice

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Once again we’re here, looking at an unspeakable tragedy that has resulted in the loss of life and so many injuries. A day that will drive us to our knees, cause us to be grateful for the safety of our friends and family and maybe for a moment make the busyness of our minds fade away and the things that divide us seem less important.
May we lift up our voices as one to a good God and agree with Him for …

Holy Spirit to come in like a flood to minister comfort to every broken heart

Fear to leave, especially for those who have sons, daughters, spouses and other loved ones in Boston today

Wisdom and insight for law enforcement

Healing for the wounded

Supernatural skill for the surgeons and all the medical staff

An absolute thwarting of any plans to bring more tragedy to Boston

Wisdom and power for every believer to bring hope, love, comfort and JESUS to each searching heart

…and for God to have His way to bring good from what was meant for evil

Heard from a woman earlier who’s kids are on a missions trip in Boston right now. God’s strategic timing!

I don’t know how to pray.

I don’t know if I’m the only one who experiences this, but sometimes I just don’t know how to pray. Someone is on my heart and I want to stand before the Father and agree with His plans and dreams over their lives, but after about 45 seconds I run out of things that make sense to pray. Maybe I over think it (ok, I totally do) but there’s a longing in me to really hit the nail on the head when I pray, and not to just pray token prayers or things that I don’t really feel in my gut. So yesterday I open my Bible to Colossians, mentally anticipating the verses that I know I will find along the way. Then right out of the gate, it hit me. I start reading chapter 1 and I make to about verse 9 before I begin to weep. It’s the head of the nail that I so often search for and deep calls to deep. 

I am by no means suggesting that this is a formula or a have-to-pray-it-daily prayer. But I would suggest that it is a powerful arrow in our quiver as we shoot down the assignments of the enemy. Lean in –

 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Himbeing fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and long suffering with joy giving thanks to the Father who has QUALIFIED us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

ImageAs the Lord leads you to, pray this for yourself, your friends, your family, your enemies, political leaders, Christian leaders, congress, the senate, the lady you chat with at the grocery store, your spouse, your sons, your daughters….!  I’m overwhelmed even getting a glimpse of what our world would look like if our lives were marked by these four verses.
There’s so much more on my heart about this small passage, but I think I’ll let this settle for a while longer in my soul before I jump in again. I want these words to become a tangible part of my identity in Christ.

No God allowed?

out.of.the.ashesI’ve been biting my tongue for a while now, but I really feel the need to say this. Today. Now.

God has not been kicked out of schools. 

We are carriers of God’s presence. Go ahead and hum “this little light of mine” if you like. No legislation, no principle, no school policy, no employer, NOTHING can stop the Holy One from filling my being and shifting the atmosphere everywhere I go.  His Kingdom – the realm of His Kingly authority – it goes where I go.  Every time I hear someone blame tragedy in a school on the fact that God has been “banned” from schools I feel as though we’re shrinking God down to a size that we can use for a power-punch one liner to throw at the world. And when we do that we’re failing to acknowledge who we are and the power that we have access to.
So let’s arise and shine! Call the nations to Jesus, and never forget that we have power and authority greater than anything on this earth!

 

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

“Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they come to you;