Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Peace on Earth

"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
Luke 2: 14
 
 
 
At  a family Christmas celebration, my oldest granddaughter, Joy-Joy, read Luke 2: 1-20. It's the story of angels appearing and declaring to shepherds that the Savior, Christ the Lord, had been born. The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem to see the child.
 
Christmas is about God coming to us as a baby, born of a virgin, and dwelling among us.  Jesus (meaning "Savior") came to save people from their sins. Living a sinless life,  Jesus died on a cross,  was resurrected from the grave, and ascended to heaven. He promises to come again.
 
Isaiah prophesied about this child, Jesus the Christ:
 
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful  Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9: 6
 
 
Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. Jesus Christ is Peace. Having been justified through faith in Him, we have peace with God (Rom. 5:1). Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you;  my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14: 27).
 
In this world, we long for "Peace on Earth." Do you need peace? Promised peace is found in  Jesus Christ.  
 
Glory to God in the highest!
 
 
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your only son, Jesus, to this world to save us from our sins and reconcile us to you. May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts at Christmas time and in the coming year. We give you glory! In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace...amen. 
 
 
 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day

"Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
 Matt. 6: 10
 
Today, Americans vote in the presidential election. I'm grateful for all the prayer movements that have taken place leading up to this critical day. Thank you all for praying for the United States. Pray with us for God's will to be done in this election. Click here to view the video.
 


Monday, November 5, 2012

An Attitude of Gratitude

"You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
 you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
His love endures forever."
Psalm 118: 28-29
 
 
 
What were your first thoughts this morning? What were your first spoken words? Did you wake up with an attitude of gratitude?
 
Recently, the Holy Spirit convicted me of the sins of complaining and ingratitude. According to 1 Thess. 5: 18, it is God's will that I give him thanks in all circumstances. The Bible also says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. " Phil. 4: 6.
 
Dr. Robert Emmons is an expert in the psychology of gratitude. He has spent years studyng the effects gratitude has on a person, and has also authored several books. Having a grateful attitude is linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life, and kinder behavior toward others.*
 
I encourage you to keep a "Gratitude Journal" for the next 21 days. Let's give thanks every day for the specific blessings of EACH DAY!
 
These tips help as I count and record my blessings:
  1. List 3-5 things for which you're thankful every day. Try not to repeat.
  2. Be brief. Write one sentence or one word.
  3. Be specific. Record exactly why you are grateful.
  4. Turn negatives into positives. 1 Thess. 5:18 exhorts us to be thankful in all circumstances.
  5. Be intentional. Look for things for which to be thankful. Phil. 4: 8 says, "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-- think about such things."
  6. Spend time in praise and thanksgiving. Don't just make a list. Be obedient to the Lord, and give Him thanks!
Our God is good! His love never fails! Let's develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks to the One who is worthy!
 
*Source: "A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day" John Tierney (Nov. 11, 2011)
 
 
 


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Choose Life!

"This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. Jeremiah 22:3
 
 
 
 
Our "Praying Grandmothers" group participated with our home church and Houston Coalition for Life during the "40 Days for Life" prayer campaign on Oct. 29, 2012.
 
The blue bus is a mobile crisis pregnancy center. It parks on the street near the largest Planned Parenthood facility in the United States. It costs $250 daily to operate this mobile CPC. Please pray that God will provide the resources for this valuable ministry, and that our Lord, who gives life, will raise up individuals all across the globe who will stand in the gap for the unborn.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Exalt Jesus

"Therefore God exalted him (Jesus) to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phil. 2: 9 - 11 (NIV).
 
 

Because Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to his Father to death on a cross, God the Father exalted him.
 
During "40 Days of Prayer" leading to America's presidential election, Anne Graham Lotz leads prayer for Jesus Christ to be exalted as Lord. Click here to view the video.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Praying for the Nations

 
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I (Jesus) commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28: 19-20 (NAS)
 
 
 
As thousands participate in "40 Days of Prayer" for America, Henry Blackaby reminds us that the LORD has a heart for the nations. Please join him as he leads in prayer for revival throughout the nations, and praise the LORD because He hears our prayers!
 
 
 
 
Blessings,
 
Lori

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Our Mission

 
"Let everyone call urgently (cry mightily) on God..."
Jonah 3:8 (NIV)
 
 
God gave Jonah a mission: "Go to Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." (Jonah 1:2). After Jonah ran away from the LORD, God dealt with his disobedience. Distressed, Jonah cried out the the LORD, and repented. The LORD delivered him from the belly of the fish.
 
Again, God told Jonah to go to Nineveh. Jonah obeyed, proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned." The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast and put on sackcloth (Jonah 3: 4-5). The king issued a proclamation to fast, turn from evil, and urgently call on God (Jonah 3: 6-9). God saw what they did and had compassion. The LORD spared them from destruction (Jonah 3: 10).
 
Like Nineveh, our nation has sinned against the LORD. Pray that we, as a nation, will humble ourselves, turn from our wickedness, and call urgently on the LORD. Our God is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity (Jonah 4:2).
 
As Praying Grandmothers, our mission is to pray for our grandchildren and the world they live in. And their world, looks much like Nineveh. We have two opportunities before us:
 
  • "If My People 2012" - Commit to pray for America for 40 days leading up to our national election. Sign up at www.ifmypeople2012.org You will receive emails with each day's prayer topic.
  • "40 Days for Life" - Christians meet to peacefully stand and pray in front of local abortion clinics. Pray for God's grace and mercy, rather than protest.

Thank you for your praying hearts!
 
 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

40 Days for Life - Fall 2012

"I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one." Ekekiel 22:30 (NASB)

"40 Days for Life" begins today, September 26,  and continues through November 4, 2012. Please join together with thousands throughout the world as we stand in the gap for the unborn. Every life is precious to the LORD!

 
 
 



Thursday, September 20, 2012

WISDOM

A new school year is underway. After purchasing new clothes, school supplies, and textbooks, students are "ready" for school. But, in our society, wisdom is lacking. "Wisdom" is NEVER on the school supply list! God's Word tells us to seek wisdom (Prov. 2:4). The LORD promises to generously give wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5). In addition to gaining wisdom, we also pray for our grandchildren to develop godly attitudes, place their confidence in the LORD, set right priorites, treat others with love and respect, obey those in authority, and resist temptation.

The Lord gave me this acronymn:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Col. 3:23 (NIV)

I  can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13 (NKJV)

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matt. 6: 25-33 (NAS)

Do to others as you would like them to do to you. Luke 6:31 (NLT)

Obey God, parents, and those in authority. John 15:14; Col. 3:20; Heb. 13:17

My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. Proverbs 1:10 (NIV)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"Mimi, Do You Have Any Gum?"


During a four-day stay with Mimi and Grandpa, one of our granddaughters made it known they are allowed to chew gum on Fridays.

On the final night with our grandchildren, a Friday, we attended a youth dance performance at our church. During the last number,  "Sparkles" (my youngest granddaughter) suddenly realizes it's Friday, and she is lacking! She wants gum, and goes in urgent pursuit!

She rushes to me. "Mimi, do you have any gum?!!!"

"No, I don't. Mimi doesn't chew gum."

She turns and darts to her Grandpa. "Grandpa, do you have gum?" Another "No".

After the performance, Sparkles remains relentless, sounding almost desperate..."Mimi, don't you have any gum?"

"No Sparkles. I already told you I don't have any gum."

Thanks to Grandpa, there was gum at home. Finally, Sparkles got her Friday piece of gum. And, because her Grandpa is generous, Sparkles received a Saturday piece of gum as well.

My hope is that Sparkles, in her lifetime, pursues wisdom with the same passion that she chases after a stick of gum.

Proverbs 4:7 says, "Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom..." (NKJV). "Principal thing" refers to "the beginning, the first, the chief, the best". "Get" means "to acquire, create, buy, possess".
 
According to Proverbs 2, wisdom comes from the LORD, and we get wisdom by seeking it. God gives generously to all who ask for wisdom (James 1:5).

As praying grandmothers, we're asking God to give our loved ones the desire to be wise, to actively pursue wisdom, and to pay attention to His Word.

The next time Sparkles asks for gum, I'll whisper a little prayer for the LORD to bless her with wisdom; and then, I'll hand her a piece!




Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mammy's Prayer



In our prayer group, many of us possess written documentation of our grandparents' faith. What a treasure! This is Mammy's prayer:
 
 

Dear Heavenly Father,
 
We thank You this a.m. for the blessings of another day. We thank Thee for being permitted to meet at this home for prayer service to help each other.
 
Fill each heart with love for Thee and may each heart go up to Thee in praise and thanksgiving for the many blessings we have received from Thy bounteous hand.
 
Help us dear Father to love Thee more and serve better.
 
Bless this meeting and may much good be done and give us a Baptism of Thy Holy Spirit.
 
Forgive us our sins. Bless all for whom we should pray, the sick and afflicted and the needy.
 
We pray in Jesus' Holy Name.
 
 
Written by Mrs. W.O. Wilson (Mammy, 1844-1934)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

How Will They Know?

"...Rejoice that your names are written in Heaven."
Luke 10:20 (NIV)


How will they know?

In my family, we are blessed to have received a Godly heritage that has been passed down from one generation to the next. The evidence is recorded in letters, Bible notations, and the living out of faith.  All are sweet discoveries for me to know that there have been many praying ancestors in my family tree.

Clearly the written word is important to God since Jesus tells us to "rejoice that your names are written in Heaven." Luke 10: 20 (NIV). Many examples exist in Paul's letters in the New Testament where he continually encourages the saints.  They are written letters, that we have the privilege to read and be encouraged, also.

Many resources are available so that your descendants will know and understand the depth of your faith. There are prayer journals, scrapbooks, letters, Bible notations, and many other ways to record your walk with the Lord for your loved ones to read. And while "oral history" (the telling of faith stories) is important also,  the written stories are more lasting for future generations to read.

Let's pray for every grandmother to make a commitment to begin writing down her walk with the Lord for her descendants.

And so, I ask you: "How will they know?"

I love your praying hearts!

Bobbye

Monday, June 25, 2012

Dear Jocelyn,

Dear Jocelyn,


I hope you are having a wonderful time at Grace Church camp. When our son went to this camp, his life was changed - for good!


Please know I'm praying for you every day. You are special to God. He loves you forever, and has a plan for your life.


At camp, you will do many fun things, and take home wonderful memories. But most of all, this is a time to grow closer to the Lord. My hope for you, Jocelyn, is that you will give Jesus Christ your whole self, committing your life to Him.


One of your talents is singing. God has blessed you with a beautiful voice. I pray you will love to worship the LORD, and use your singing gift to honor and glorify Him.


I pray God will bless you with wisdom, and that you will seek Him in all the decisions you make. I pray that daily Bible reading and constant prayer will become your holy habit. I pray He will protect you in all your activites.


I can't wait to hear about your exciting week! God bless you, Jocelyn. I love you very much!


Love,
Lori


Pray for the young people in your life who are attending church camps, Vacation Bible Schools, or going on mission trips. Consider writing them encouraging letters. May our LORD pour out His Spirit on the next generation!

New Group in T&T

"Continue earnestly in prayer,
being vigilant in it with thanksgiving."
Colossians 4:2 (NKJV)


I'm excited to report the formation of a new "Praying Grandmothers" group in the nation of Trinidad & Tobago! Following God's direction, and with the full support of her pastor, Margaret, grandmother of six, leads the group. They meet once a month to pray for their grandchildren and their world.

Margaret's  home church will host an official launch of this ministry on July 8, 2012. Desiring to share the "Praying Grandmothers" vision, they have invited several churches to participate in this meeting.

Please pray for Margaret, her group, and for the July 8 meeting. Pray that the LORD will bring forth more prayer groups in T&T. Please record your prayers in the "Comments" section.


Almighty God, You are sovereign! You are LORD of heaven and earth. Great is Your faithfulness! I thank You that You hear our prayers and You answer! Thank you for Margaret and her willingness to follow Your direction. I thank You and praise You for this new group. Holy Spirit be present in these meetings. Bless these precious grandmothers with wisdom, and unite them in love. Strengthen their faith, and encourage them. May they wait on You with expectation. Protect them from the evil one. Please perform miracles and wonders in the lives of their grandchildren! Lead other grandmothers to meet and pray together in the nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Let Your Name be glorified! In the Powerful Name of Jesus, we pray, amen!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What I Received




My Grandma Anna valued punctuality. Wrapped in her coat,  Anna sat rocking and waiting, 15 minutes before it was time to leave for church.

Anna's way was passed to my mom, and then to me. I like to be on time, so much so, I often arrive early.

Legacy is something handed down from the past. Anna passed on her value of punctuality.

What did you receive from your grandmother? Maybe you got some dishes, or a quilt, or a few family photos. Perhaps you inherited money, or a habit - good or bad. Or maybe, you received what Timothy did... a sincere faith- authentic and genuine.

We will all pass on things to our children and grandchildren. What do you hope to pass on to your descendants? What will be your legacy?

Let's influence the next generation by modeling and teaching them God's Word. Let's leave a legacy of prayer. Join us as we pray for the salvation and spiritual growth of our descendants.


Our Father God in heaven, You are the One, True God. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations. Thank You for giving Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place, for our sins, that we may live eternally with You. We pray that all our descendants will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We pray that every descendant will live lives pleasing to You, and will grow in grace and in the knowledge of the LORD. Amen.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sons and Fathers


Father God, You are the great and awesome God. You keep Your covenant of love with those who love You and obey Your commands. All Your words are true.

We offer this prayer for our sons who are fathers.

Your word says that You give wisdom generously to all who ask without finding fault, and it will be given. May our sons find wisdom and gain understanding, for those who lay hold of wisdom will be blessed.

May our sons trust in You with all of their heart and lean not on their own understanding. May they acknowledge You in all their ways, for in doing so, You have promised to make their paths straight.

We pray that our sons will love You with all their heart, soul, and strength, and diligently teach their children Your commands, bringing them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

May each son keep the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ and guard the good deposit that has been entrusted to him, which is the gospel of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. May our sons submit to You in all things, and resist the devil.

We pray they will love their wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her. May each one enjoy life with his wife, all the days You have given them. Fill each home with Your Spirit, Your love, Your joy, and Your peace. In the Name of Jesus, the Name above every name...amen.


Scripture References: Nehemiah 1:5; Psalm 119:160; James 1:5; Proverbs 3:5-6, 13,18; Deuteronomy 6: 5-9; 2 Timothy 1: 13-14; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:4; 5:25; Ecclesiastes 9:9; Phillipians 2:9.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Tribute to My Father

My father was my first love, I called him "Daddy" and he called me "Sissie" until he died in 1986 at eighty-two from metastatic liver cancer.

My first memories are watching at the window for my Daddy to appear, walking down the street from the bus stop near our small house. I was three years old that summer. My father was grateful to have a job in those early post-depression days in the 1930's. Though he worked hard for little money, he was never too tired to pick me up, swing me around, and give me a hug. I called his hugs "Daddy's Bear Hugs."

In my young eyes, my Daddy could do no wrong. He was my hero - handsome, strong, wise, loving and "perfect." He never let me forget I was "the apple of his eye."

He was the lifter-of-spirits, the dryer-of-tears, the mender-of- broken hearts.

He was the one waiting outside at dismissal on the first day at a new school.

He was the one who could always find an ice-cream store after a disappointment or a hard day in my young life.

He was the one who expertly and painlessly bandaged skinned knees, or pulled loose teeth. He could make things happen and solve problems when there seemed to be no way.

His lap was always available when I needed a safe refuge, comfort, a short nap, or a good story.

His big hand always held my small hand, making me feel safe, even on the busiest streets.

He loved God passionately and served Him faithfully, and he taught me to love and trust God by his example.

He was the one who, by his faith and his zest for life, gave hope to our family, even in hard times.

He adored my mother and treated he like a queen. He treasured my brother, sister, and me, loving unconditionally. He loved his parents and cared for them in their old age.

He respected the men he worked with, no matter what their color or education, teaching me, by example, that prejudice is always unacceptable.

His love for his family was demonstrated by his life-long efforts to smooth out the rough places in the road as we followed behind him.

He gave up many of his own dreams to help me realize mine.

Never too busy to talk,  we had wonderful long discussions about life and many other things. He was so interesting and so wise. I miss that, even after all these years.

He knew James was God's choice for me as my husband before I did. He proudly and tearfully walked me down the aisle, a bitter-sweet moment for us both.

When he visited the hospital nursery to see my firstborn, his first grandson, the nurses thought he was the governor of Texas. He impressed most people that way, never entering a room without somehow filling it with his presence. His humility, I believe, kept him from ever thinking that he was worthy of such admiration or that he was the hero I thought him to be.

As wonderful as all his attributes were, I know that my father was, after all, just one of many wonderful, God-fearing men, with the same imperfections, failures and mistakes. But to me he stood a little taller, more special than any other. He was a godly man with a great faith and a huge love-filled heart - qualities God desires for every father.

I was devastated when I knew that my father was dying, finally realizing  he was not immortal as I somehow always wanted to believe, not being able to imagine life in this world without him. I turned in my grief to my Heavenly Father, who had been modeled so clearly in my Daddy's life, finding the love, comfort, and protection I needed so desperately. My earthly father had, by his example, removed for me the mystery of the fatherhood of God, and I had no difficulty surrendering myself with my needs, my pain, my grief, my loneliness to my Heavenly Father, my Abba.

My heart breaks for those who have difficulty picturing God as a loving Father, having never known one here on earth.

Thank you, Daddy, for teaching me about God, for helping me to know Jesus as my personal Saviour, and for making it a natural thing to talk to my Abba, My Heavenly Father, every day about everything, just as we once did.

"Daddy, I am thanking you today with a full heart for modeling for me so clearly the Christian way, and for teaching me about our Heavenly Father who makes every day, for me, 'Happy Father's Day.' "

by Lucy D (10-25-11)

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Class of 2012

Lord God, thank You for the gift that our graduates are to their friends and families. Thank You for blessing each one with gifts and talents.  May they use them to Your glory. Fill them with Your love and wisdom. May they always trust in You, seeking You for guidance and strength. I thank You, my Father,  that You are always with them. May they look to You as their Protector, Provider, and Peace. In the Name of Jesus...amen.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Prayer for Military Personnel

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for your plan of prayer. We are glad You want us to keep in close touch with You. My petition is for the military. We ask for protection and wisdom for those in harms way. Minister to the families of our military. Their sacrifice is huge. They send their loved ones to serve for us. Please give the administration help and guidance to make wise decisions concerning our troops. You see our hearts as we love You and count on You for our military.

Prayer by Nana B

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Prayer for Businesses


Our Father God in heaven, You are our Maker. The earth and everything in it is Yours. You alone are worthy of our praise!

Lord God, we come humbly before You, asking for Your mercy. Forgive us for loving our money and possessions more than You. Cleanse our hearts, we pray.

Thank you, Father, for giving skill, ability, and knowledge in all kinds of crafts and trades. Your Word say that You give men and women the ability to produce wealth, and for this, we thank You. Thank You for meeting all our needs.

Please bless business owners and workers with wisdom, creativity, ingenuity, humility, generosity, and the fear of the LORD. May all business be conducted with honesty and integrity. Let all be good managers of the resources You have provided. May we trust in You alone for our financial stability and security. May Your people show Your light and love in the workplace. In the Name of Jesus, our Bread of Life...amen.


References: Psalm 24:1; Psalm 50:10; Psalm 121: 2; Psalm 51; Matt. 6: 24; Deut. 8:18; Deut. 25: 13-16; Exodus 31: 3-6; Prov. 22:4; Prov. 16: 11; Phil. 4:19; Matt. 5: 13-14; Matt. 22: 36-40; John 6: 35

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Grandmother, My Hero

"I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also."
2 Timothy 1: 5 (NIV)


"My Grandmother, My Hero"

Mamaw, if I had searched the whole world through
I could never have found a "hero" more wonderful than you.

If I had been born to any other mother,
I would never have known you...a grandmother like no other.

A grandmother who lived a life so inspiring,
One who never had a thought of quiting or retiring.

A wonderful mother, a loving wife,
Then a young widow when you lost the love of your life.

Pneumonia took your sweetheart, but not your peace,
Or your faith or your courage -

All of these - gifts from God above, who with His strong hand, held you and your children as you returned to the land.

There you raised your children, not alone, but with God,
Who gave you the strength to faithfully work the sod

That provided a home for family or stranger
Who need a shelter or a refuge from danger.

My favorite childhood days were spent there with you.
Working, playing, and learning - my favorite things to do.

You taught about endurance and hope and faith and love, and the importance of daily time spent with our Father above.

Even now, years later, in my mind's eye, knowing that you were here, without asking "How?" or "Why?"

You would find the right answer needed to calm my fears
As I brought to you my grown-up needs with older heart and tears.

As Mother's Day approaches, my thoughts are of you
And of my precious mother, a replica of you so true.

She passed to me the legacy you taught her long ago.
And I, in turn, will pass the torch to my grandsons whom I loved so.

With love,
Lucy


Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of mothers - both physical and spiritual. We are grateful for those who have lived a life of faith, trusting You in all things. May we be diligent to pass the legacy of faith we inherited to our children and grandchildren. Bless all mothers with Your strength and wisdom. We humbly ask, that You protect their families,  provide for every need, and fill them with Your peace. Give each mother and child, a heart that seeks You, O God. In the Name of Jesus, our Savior and Lord...amen.

Did you inherit a spiritual legacy from your mother or grandmother? If so, please share a special thought about her.

Monday, May 7, 2012

National Day of Prayer 2012

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD..."
Psalm 33:12

An estimated 2500 Houstonians attended the National Day of Prayer event at City Hall Thursday, May 3. We met to worship the LORD, and to pray for our country, government leaders, families, marriages, churches, and businesses. We prayed for those who serve in the military,  those who work in the media industry, and educators. Together, we represented a variety of denominations and ethnic groups.

Approximately 100 prayer gatherings took place in churches, parks, city halls, and arenas throughout the Houston area.

As Praying Grandmothers, we will continue to pray for the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church, and Family.


Sovereign God, may we humble ourselves before You, pray and seek Your face. Turn our hearts to You and away from our sin. Have mercy on us! Hear our prayers, forgive us, and heal our land.

Your word says to pray for kings and those in authority. Bless them with wisdom, and lead them to do Your will. May they govern rightly, and fear You. Give each one the courage to live a life of integrity. May they love truth, administer justice, and resist evil. In the Name of Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords...amen.


Did you attend a National Day of Prayer event? If so, where?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Words for Me

"Therefore encourage one another
and build each other up..." 1Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)


"Are you a praying grandmother?" asked the young woman. Her name was Alicia.

"Yes," I replied.

"I just wanted to encourage you." She explained that after God heard her grandmother's prayers, God answered, rescuing the girl from danger and destruction.

I thanked and hugged her. Her sweet words brought tears to my eyes.

And then,  she said it again... "I just wanted to encourage you."

As I drove home from the meeting, the impact of Alicia's words hit me.

"I just wanted to encourage...you." 

Alicia's words were for me. Not a generality. Not for the masses. They were personal. Specific words spoken at a specific time to a specific person. Me.

"Encourage" means to help, comfort, strengthen by consolation, to call for someone for aid, to exhort, to admonish.

While praying 1 Thessalonians 5:11 for our descendants, somebody's granddaughter encouraged me.

Allow these words to comfort and strengthen you today...God hears your voice (Psalm 6:9; 18: 6; 34: 6; 116: 1). And not only does God hear, God turns (bends down) His ear to us, and saves (Psalm 116). The psalmist responded with praise, thanksgiving, and commitment  (Psalm 116: 17-19). 

May we rejoice in the LORD, draw strength from His Word, and encourage one another.

And to Alicia's grandmother, wherever you are, because of your prayers...I was touched. For that, I thank you.









Thursday, April 12, 2012

Necessary Ingredients

Have you ever totally messed up a recipe you believed to be tried and true? I have.

As a young adult, I taught a five-year-olds' Bible class. One Sunday's lesson was "God's Word is a recipe book for our lives, and following God's recipe keeps us going in the right direction." I illustrated the lesson by making play-dough, using a simple recipe that included one optional ingredient...cream of tartar. Not knowing what cream of tartar was, or did; I opted to leave it out.

Unfortunately, I did not test the recipe first. As eager eyes watched, I dumped flour, water, salt, oil, and food coloring into the bowl. Much to my surprise, the unusable, messy mixture lacked cohesion! I discovered cream of tartar was a necessary stabilizing ingredient.

The following week,  repeated the process. With cream of tartar in hand, I explained that when you leave out part of God's ingredients, life gets messed up, just like useless play-dough.

Colossians 4: 6 gives us a three-ingredient speech recipe: "Your speech should always be pleasant and interesting, and you should know how to give the right answer to everyone." (Good News Translation.) Pleasant, interesting, and right are all necessary ingredients.

The first essential ingredient, "pleasant", translates "grace" in the King James Version, and means "gracious", "kind", "sweet". Every day drop generous amounts of pleasant, sweet words into your conversation bowl.

The next significant ingredient, "interesting", translates "seasoned with salt" in the KJV. Salt is used as a preservative, and adds flavor to food. Add flavor with life-preserving words that build up and encourage others, rather than tear down.

The third vital ingredient is "right". Speak words that are right, proper, and true according to the Word of God. Words of truth instruct and give wisdom. Right words yield hope, strength, and comfort (Psalm 119).

The psalmist David wrote, "I will be careful about what I do and will not let my tongue make me sin..." (Psalm 39:1). Begin each day by giving the Lord control of your tongue. Then combine the necessary ingredients to your conversation- words that are gracious, words that build up, and words that are true.

Cream of tartar is a necessary play-dough ingredient. God has given us a recipe for our speech. Making substitutions or omitting one of the pleasant, interesting, and right ingredients will not produce beneficial conversation.

Our Father God in Heaven, daily may we surrender our tongues to You. Please remind us to speak words that encourage and build up others. Use us to speak words that are kind, true, and give hope to those who are weary and discouraged. In the sweet Name of Jesus, the hope of the world...amen.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Prayer


Our Father God in Heaven,

We thank you for loving us so much that you sent your Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. We rejoice that Jesus is risen and reigns forever!

Help our grandchildren to comprehend your great love. May each one confess that "Jesus is Lord" and believe in their heart that you, God, raised him from the dead. May they all call upon your name and be saved, and live the abundant life that you have promised. In the name of our risen Savior I pray...amen.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Empty

"On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus." Luke 24: 1-3 (NIV)

When my oldest granddaughter was three, we began our "Resurrection Rolls" tradition. First we read a children's book of the Easter story. Then we assembled the ingredients: crescent roll dough, big marshmallows, melted butter, and a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

Dipping the marshmallow in butter and then rolling it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, I explained Jesus' body was anointed with oil and spices before being laid in the tomb. We wrapped the marshmallow in the bread dough, carefully sealing the seams. I reminded her that a large stone was placed over the tomb's entrance.

After baking the resurrection rolls for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F, and allowing them to cool, it was time for the big reveal!

"Empty," she said, peeking inside the two halves I held in my hand. And, the beautiful thing...she expected it.

"He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see..." (Matthew 28:6) Chew on that truth for a while. Savor it. And let it resurrect your hope.


What activities do you do with your children or grandchildren to help them understand the real meaning of Easter?


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Choose Life

"This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live..." Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)


A grandmother in another nation, requests we pray for her country where there is a group lobbying for abortion law reform. In the U.S., one political party is in the process of choosing a presidential candidate. The issue of abortion divides the nation. Let God's will be done!

Pray for:
  • Motivation of citizens to vote according to Biblical values. ( Deut. 1: 13; Rom. 13: 1)
  • Wisdom for judges and legislators to rule and make laws that protect life. ( Exod. 18: 21-26; Prov. 31:9)
  • Awakening of the media industry to see and report truth about abortion and sexual immorality. (Prov. 14:25)
  • Those who work in the abortion industry. (Prov. 14:27)




Wednesday, March 14, 2012

For the Helpless

"Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves.
Protect the rights of all who are helpless."
Proverbs 31: 8 (GNT)


 
Almighty God, have mercy on us!  When we fail to speak up for life and truth, we sin against You. Forgive our guilt, and cleanse us.

Give Your people courage to stand and boldly declare the truth in love. May we stand firm and defend those who are defenseless, afflicted, and needy. Please give us wisdom to speak words of hope and healing - words that are loving, kind, and considerate. May our words bring You glory. Give each of us a gentle, humble spirit.

Give our grandchildren the strength to resist sexual temptation. Protect them from the evil one. Bless them with wisdom, and pure hearts and minds. In the Name of Jesus, the Hope of the world...amen.


During "40 Days for Life",  please continue to pray for:
  • Families of pregnant teens to lean on God for help, strength, and wisdom. ( Ps. 18: 2 ).
  • Courage, peace, and assurance of God's love and protection for pregnant women who have decided against abortion ( Ps. 20: 1- 2; Ps. 119: 76 ).
  • Provision of God's strength, help, and resources for families who want to adopt ( Esther 2:7Ps. 20: 4Ps. 54:4 ). 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

40 Days for Life


"Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy."
Proverbs 31: 9 (NAS)


"40 Days for Life" is a pro-life campaign that began in Texas in 2004. Its purpose is to bring the body of Christ together for 40 days of prayer and fasting, and peaceful vigil outside abortion clinics. Campaigns are held in the spring and fall across the United States and in many nations. The 2012 spring campaign began February 22 and continues through April 1.

It was during the 2009 fall campaign, that Abby Johnson left her position as Planned Parenthood clinic director to join "Coalition for Life." She is now a pro-life advocate, speaker, and author of Unplanned. Her story is a powerful testimony of the amazing love, grace, forgiveness, and healing that Jesus Christ extends to all. Her story reconfirmed to me that our God does indeed have a plan and purpose for every individual, and that He hears the prayers of His children. We must stand firm and trust Him until every single cry of our heart is answered!

Below is a prayer that we prayed corporately at "The Response"  meeting in Houston, TX (August 2011).

"Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins
and the sins of my nation.
God end abortion, and send revival to America."

And we, as praying grandmothers,  add..."Send revival to every nation."

During these 40 days, join us as we pray for:

  • Provision of workers and resources for crisis pregnancy centers and other pro-life ministries (Lk. 10:2Phil. 4:19 ; and for workers to demonstrate God's love in all they do (1 Cor. 13: 1- 8). 
  • Those tempted by abortion to be drawn to crisis pregnancy centers. (Ps. 1: 1- 3; Ps. 121: 1-2 ).
  • Post-abortive men and women who suffer physical and emotional consequences, and to find love, peace, healing, and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Ps. 34:18; Ps. 147: 3; Mt. 5:4; 1 Jn. 1:9).
  • National revival; awakening to all believers to the truth about abortion. (2 Chr. 7:14; Prov. 14:34).

Thanks for praying with us! We know our God in heaven hears!
Lori

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Leaving a Spiritual Legacy

"...We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. " Psalm 78:4b

Surrounded by stained glass and maternal family members, I sat in the sanctuary of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the church of my grandparents, Anna and Louis. It was the place where they dedicated their babies to the Lord, and then years later, were confirmed. The old black and white confirmation class photos hanging on wall proved it. Historically, it is a Norwegian Lutheran congregation. That particular morning was the tenth anniversary of 9-11. I was glad to be in a house of worship.

Over and over, I reflected that this was my grandmother's church. This is my mother's home church. And then, the Holy Spirit's reminder..."This is where your spiritual walk began". With that realization, and the horrific memories of September 11, 2001, the choir began to sing "Jesus Loves Me", a familiar childhood Sunday school song. I was nearly undone with emotion.

How sweet the Lord to orchestrate my days and take me back to my spiritual roots on that day of remembrance. I quickly jotted down my memories of this spiritually significant morning. I did not want to forget.

Recording our faith stories help us to remember  ways God has worked in our lives. We can use our stories to teach and share our faith. We can record stories of significant events and people who influenced us. Journaling our prayers and God's answers help remind us of His faithfulness.

Archival safe scrapbook-type albums, journals, notebooks, video technology, digital books, and even blogs are available to preserve our faith stories.

For faithbooking ideas and inspiration, I use Creative Memories.

I encourage you to begin recording your faith stories to share with your children and grandchildren. Tell them of the Lord's presence, power, protection, and provision in your life. Tell of His goodness and unfailing love. Tell them how He sustained you in challenging times.

Begin by asking the Lord for His direction. If you struggle with fear and procrastination to begin your faithbooking project, ask for His help. Ask for His wisdom, and to help you overcome the temptation to overbuy supplies. Schedule a time to work on your faith stories. Enjoy the journey!

So, where did your spiritual walk begin? I'd love to hear from you!

Lori






Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine Prayer

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 (NIV)


As we remember our loved ones this Valentine's Day, let's also remember the One who gave His life for all!


Gracious Heavenly Father,

Great are you LORD! We give you thanks for your unfailing love. Your love is amazing! Thank you for loving us so much that you sent your son, Jesus the Christ, as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Give us, our families,  friends, and neighbors a deeper understanding that nothing can separate us from your love. May our loved ones grow to believe in your Son Jesus Christ; and, may they love you with all their heart, soul, and mind. May they love others as you have taught us. Fill their hearts with love, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. In the Name of Jesus, we offer this prayer...amen.


May the Lord bless you and yours this Valentine's Day!








Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Media" Prayer

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)




Heavenly Father,

As grandmothers, we are concerned about the media's influence on this culture and the power it has over our grandchildren. Give them discernment, wisdom, responsibility, and a strong conscience to know and understand what is right in Your eyes. We rebuke communication that is not of You. We pray each grandchild will desire to please you with their communication.

The Bible, Your Holy Word, is Your written communication to all, and therein, the precepts for daily living. Create in our grandchildren a desire to study Your Word, so they may be fully equipped to influence their culture. In JESUS Name, Amen.


Thank you for joining us in prayer. You are welcome to add short, simple prayers regarding the media in our "Comments" section. I love your praying hearts!
Bobbye

Saturday, February 4, 2012

God and Culture

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..."
Romans 12:2 (NAS)

Culture is defined as "the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group." In our lifetime, behaviors and beliefs regarding marriage have changed drastically. The media contributes to cultural shifts.

In New Testament times, a Jewish couple participated in a betrothal (engagement) ceremony in the presence of witnesses. After the ceremony, the young woman was called a "wife." During the betrothal period, she could be widowed, divorced, or even put to death for adultery. The marriage might take place up to a year later.

A sharp contrast exists in the American culture. Engagements can be broken, and marriages quickly terminated. In 2011, a reality star divorced her husband 72 days after their wedding. Many couples choose to live together, rather than marry. The media presents television programs not aligned with God's precepts. Infidelity and divorce among celebrities, politicians, and professional athletes make big news stories. God's people who choose abstinence until marriage may suffer ridicule.

According to  a report published December 14, 2011 by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan group that provides information on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world, barely half of all adults in the U.S. - a record low- are currently married. Pew reported, "In 1960, 72% of all adults ages 18 and older were married; today just 51% are. If current trends continue, the share of adults who are currently married will drop to below half within a few years. Other adult living arrangements- including cohabitation, single-person households and single parenthood - have all grown more prevalent in recent decades."

Cultures change; but God does not (Psalm 102: 27; Malachi 3: 6; James 1: 17). His Word is eternal (Psalm 119: 89; Isaiah 40: 8). He calls us to live in purity and holiness (1 Peter 1: 15-16; 1 Thessalonians 4: 3; 1 Timothy 4: 12), and instructs us not to be conformed to this world...not be shaped by the culture, but to be changed into another form - as a caterpillar turns (morphs) into a butterfly. The Father desires to conform us to Christ's image (Romans 8:29). God's truth renews our minds.

Join us as we pray for our descendants and the world they live in. Pray for the media to present truth and morality (Proverbs 12:22; Matthew 12: 36-37; Philippians 4: 8), young people to choose abstinence until marriage, purity, provision of godly spouses (Genesis 2: 18, 21- 24; Ephesians 5: 22- 33), healing and stability for those affected by divorce (Psalm 147: 3) strong God-centered marriages, and fidelity (Exodus 20: 14).



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Meditation: Psalm 145:9


"The LORD is good to all;
He has compassion on all He has made."
Psalm 145:9


When was the last time you stopped to consider the LORD"S goodness and His tender love? The LORD is excellent. He is kind. He is right. He is merciful. The LORD is good...to all! Take time, today, to reflect on the goodness God has shown to you. Thank Him and celebrate His great love!

LORD God, You are good and You show compassion to all those You created! Forgive me for failing to stop and meditate on Your everlasting love. Thank you for Your mercy that is new every day. Help me to be still, and consider the great things You have done! In the Name of Your Son, Jesus, I pray...Amen.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

SMART Spiritual Goals

"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus"
Philippians 3:14 (NAS)


As I pray about and identify my God-centered priorities  for the new year, I recognize the benefit of writing spiritual goals.

A goal is "the distant mark looked at; the end one has in view." Written goals help remind us and provide us with structure. They help us stay focused on what we need to accomplish. We can expect greater success when we put our spiritual goals in writing.

Pray first for God's direction in setting spiritual goals; then, write SMART goals.

SMART goals are:

S - Specific: Identify what you are going to do, and how you are going to do it. I desire to know Christ and His Word. It's my priority.  Rather than, "I will study the Bible in 2012," my written spiritual goal is "I will study the book of James, completing all daily assignments,  for 9 weeks. Weekly, I will meet with my small group to discuss material and watch the video session."

M - Measurable: Identify how you will know that you have accomplished your goal. By completing all five days of homework and the video listening guide, I  know I am progressing toward my goal.

A - Attainable: Determine how your goal can be accomplished. My Bible study goal can be accomplished by spending 30 - 40 minutes completing each lesson.

R - Realistic: The goal should be do-able, and something you are willing to strive toward. My goal is realistic because I experienced past successes.

T - Time-bound: Identify the amount of time in which you will accomplish your goal. My Bible study goal can be accomplished in 9 weeks. 

Paul pressed on,  persistent and undeterred,  toward the goal, as a runner races to the finish line. God's beloved, let us press on together, eagerly seeking a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior, cheering one another along every step of the way!

Lord God Almighty, You are my Creator and worthy of my praise! Forgive me for times I have not commited my ways to You. Thank you for giving me strength and enabling me to carry out Your Will. Help me to remain stedfast and disciplined. Give me wisdom to maintain priorities and goals that please You. In the Name of Jesus, I pray...Amen.

What specific spiritual goals have your set for the New Year? Leave us a comment...we'd love to hear from you, and pray for you!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Prayer for Families

Father God,

We thank You for our families. For those who don't know You yet, touch their hearts and open their eyes to see their need for You. Bring Christians who they will listen to into their lives.

Reconcile our families, Father. Erase past hurts and restore love for each other.

Help us Father to acknowledge You in all ways, for You say in Your Word that it is then that You will direct our path (Proverbs 3:6).

Put a hedge of protection around our families. Keep them in health and provide for all their needs. Pour an anointing of love over our families, and let them see Jesus in us.

We ask this in the Mighty Name of Jesus. We thank You for the answer, for we know that You say in Your Word, "This is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His Will, He hears us and if we know that He hears us, we know we have the petitions that we desire" (I John 1:14-15).

Amen!

(prayer by s.p.)