THE POWER OF PRAYER

If someone were to ask me what is the common denominator of Marriage, Motherhood & Ministry, I would honestly have to say, Prayer!

There is Power in Prayer! Theologians have written about it, our leaders have spoken about it and recently scientist and medical experts are finding that Prayer Works!

 

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We must constantly pray for our Marriages, Ministries & Our Children!

Prayer is communication with God.  It is talking and then listening to what he has to say in return.  I found it is easy to keep talking to someone about your problems, your dilemmas and mistakes.  But the Art of Prayer is in the Listening.  Can we Listen to God once we have spoken and made our Request? We give him a detail list of what’s not working, how we are feeling & what needs to be fixed in our lives.

Have you Mastered the Art of Listening? or Are you Monopolizing the Conversation?

I know this might seem harsh.  Well, it’s because I have been in that place where my prayers were All About Me! I call it the What About Me Season! Does Anybody Care how I feel? Is Anyone Listening?

Through Prayer, I received a short but sweet answer that went something like this.  YES, I MOST CERTAINLY DO!

MARIA, YOU SERVE A GREAT BIG GOD WITH GREAT BIG PLANS FOR YOUR LIFE & IT IS MUCH BIGGER THAN YOU THINK!!

THANK GOD FOR THE POWER OF PRAYER!!

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The Power of Motherhood

Children are a blessing from the Lord (Ps. 127:3-5). Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. WE are called upon to unselfishly meet the needs of our families. I remember when mom would stay awake at night when I was sick, spending her time and money on myself, siblings and extended family, preparing meals putting others before herself.

Never complaining but knowing there were times when she was exhausted –working all day and coming home to four children and a husband.  Mom was a true example of servanthood and humility. And it was her humility that lead Mom  to her eternal reward in heaven.

Motherhood is a willingness to stoop down and get your hands dirty, any time of the day and or hour. Dying to your own desires and pouring your life into someone else becoming like Christ and creating a godly legacy that will carry on for generations to come.

In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else’s sake–to abandon our own desires and put our child’s interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled.

Thank you Mothers for your unselfish love & generous spirit to family, community & children everywhere. I am so thankful that God made mothers!

Can you do me a favor, please share this with another deserving Mom!!

How to have Quiet Time with God

 

 

Have you ever attempted to have quiet time then the phone rings, someone knocks at the door or the dog barks? Maybe you tried to pray and you were at a loss for words.

Quiet time with God builds your relationship with Him and allows you to hear His voice more clearly. When you receive a regular dose of His instruction and direction, the challenges before you don’t seem so big anymore and you feel more certain about how to handle them.

1Find a Place for Your Quiet Time

“…go into your room, close the door and pray….” –Matthew 6:6, NIV

Set aside a place and time where you will have privacy, quiet and no interruptions. Depending on what phase of life you’re in, you may need to ask the Lord to make a way where there seems to be no way.

2-Offer Praise and Thanksgiving During Your Quiet Time

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise.” –Psalm 100:4, KJV

 

Thanksgiving and praise is a wonderful way to begin your prayers. It invites God to come and be a part of your time (Psalm 22:3). You’re asking that His presence and glory fill your life and your situation. As you praise God and speak of His marvelous works, you are reminded of all that God has done, and your faith in God and His plan for you increases.

 

3-Study His Word During Your Quiet Time

“…meditate on it day and night…be careful to do…all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and…have good success.” (Joshua 1:8, ESV)

 

The Bible is God’s inspired Word, but more than that, it is your personal how-to book for everyday living. Though most Christians know the importance of being in the Word, knowing where to start can sometimes be the greatest challenge.

Begin by reading the Word aloud during your quiet time. As you do, it will get down inside your spirit and will start to come out of your mouth throughout the day. What you really believe in your heart is what you speak all the time–and what you speak determines what happens in your life (Mark 11:23).

 

4Ask God to Help You Understand During Your Quiet Time

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” (Psalm 119:18, NIV)

Finally, as you prepare to study the Scriptures, ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of your understanding so you can comprehend the deep things of God. Then, expect the Lord to do it; expect Him to meet you on the level of your need and reveal His Word to you.

 

5.   Be persistent until you are consistent

Strive for consistency rather than for length of time spent. Try to have a few minutes of quiet time every day rather than long devotional periods every other day.

Expect interruptions. Ask family members to respect your quiet time and turn off any electronic devices that may distract you. Satan tries to prevent you from spending time with God. Plan around interruptions rather than being frustrated by them.

Always remember, God delights in spending quality time with you, take advantage of it!!

 

A Prayer for Yourself

“Lord, I thank you for this day.  You are the Prince of Peace, the almighty healer and protector. I honor you and the ability

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Help me to rest from trying to figure out the solutions to problems in my life.  I submit to every circumstance that YOU

have ordained and I receive YOUR strength to go thru each one.  Further, I bind the works of the “enemy” and I decree

that no weapon formed against me will prosper.  By YOUR GRACE, I will exercise the courage to do whatever YOU tell me

to do in my situation. The JOY of the Lord is my strength.  Therefore, I will rejoice… RIGHT NOW! By faith, I decree that

VICTORY is mine!”

 

The Power of Encouraging Words

Have you ever had people come into your life that only offer words of discouragement?  Have you ever had someone tell you that it could not be done but you did it anyway? They seem to have to point out every flaw and make it a point to call out your shortcomings.

Encouragement can make a difference.  It can change your entire outlook on life.  A positive response can motivate you to drive forward and not give up.  

One kind word of encouragement, one smile and one hug at the right time can be life-changing. I am always amazed at how it takes so little to put a smile on someone’s face and raise their spirits.

 

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 I can remember those who have encouraged me along the way.  A parent, teacher, pastor or friend would always know the right words to say to motivate me.

Too often, we seem to think it’s our role to discourage others to not to pursue their dream. Many times it’s from our very own past experiences, broken promises and shattered dreams. 

We should be charged to speak into other’s lives and say, “I believe in you & follow your passion & purpose.

Here are three quick tips to stay Encourage!!
1-Be with those who bring out the best in you
2-Be an Encourager-Each day speak an uplifting word to someone else
3-Speak what is possible, rather than what seems impossible

Always remember, when you build up & encourage others it will always come back to you when you least expect it!!

P.S.-Please share this with someone who is in need of Encouragement!!