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#UTCOP – A Month of Prayer – Where’s the Love?

Where’s the Love?

by Patricia Day

Where's-the-love

“Silhouette Life” by arztsamui Digital Photos.net

 

I pray for tried and true discipline and respect to return to human hearts.

I am filled with anguish for the ordinary folk. The mothers, fathers, and siblings deeply impacted by terrorism, war, and famine. This world can be an ugly place; made so by the greed and cruelty of vicious individuals who show no caring traits. Filled only with a salacious appetite for power they destroy anyone and anything standing in their way.

I pray for God’s peace in this world.   I pray for each of us to be impacted so deeply by the distress of others that we do something to help them. In any way we can. That we do not stand by as good people are eliminated simply because they choose what is right and refute what is wrong.

I pray that world leaders will stand up to the perpetrators of terrorism and determine to seek and bring to justice the monsters wreaking havoc on earth.

My prayer is that love: respect: compassion and integrity rule once again, and evil acts are overcome quickly and effectively.

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Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia’s. She believes that she expresses herself better in writing. Patricia enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Other favourite past-times include family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music.

Patricia is married and the mother of two sons and stepmom to a son & daughter. Best of all, she is Nana to ten grandchildren. Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays  and her blog Patricia E. Day .

Patricia recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood . she is currently at work on second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows.

 

Do You Feel Like You Are Standing Alone?

Do You Feel Like You Are Standing Alone?

by Patricia Day

Standing-Alone-by-Patricia-Day

 Come to Me, all you who labor and toil, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke. Put it on your shoulders and learn from Me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest (Matthew 11:28, NIV).

Each morning, I read a devotional and the relevant Bible passage from the RBC Devotionals publication (www.rbc.org). I invariably receive a sense of balance and guidance, as I read of everyday challenges that other people encounter, and then read how to deal with the situation from the words in the Bible.

Today, there was a wonderful analogy of aloneness. You know, the aloneness that death brings, or separation or job loss. Any kind of loss that leaves you bewildered or angry, and on your own.   This is especially true for anyone who has lost loved ones in situations where they believe that they too should have succumbed. Left behind, they question why they survived?

The devotional tells of a lone tree in a field. All other trees have been felled for farm land, except that one standing in the middle of the field. Long ago, in farming communities, one tree was spared for a very good reason. Farmers left a single tree standing so that they, as well as, their animals, could have a cool, shady place to rest when the hot summer sun became too hot to bear.

Death leaves us in a place of great despair and need.

Our life must go on even though death has deprived us of one or more loved ones. Anger creeps in. We are robbed of inner peace. Despair fills our hearts as everything overwhelms us in the pain of grief, and we long to be anywhere – just not where we are. We might be guilty of wallowing in a pity-party. Life is too hard to tolerate. That’s okay, but to live life again, we’ve got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start over again.

 (God will give) comfort to all who mourn (Isaiah 61:2c, NIV).

The crushing emptiness left behind, when someone you care for dies, is agonizing. It is even more painful, if you do not have faith and believe in God’s awesome power.

He can give relief when everything and everyone else has failed. Just don’t give up.

Being a lone survivor can be transforming. Once grief eases (and it will, although it can take a long time), we begin to get in touch with everyday reality. One day, we’ll hear of a person dealing with loss, just as we have, and we’ll understand their agony.

This is the moment our past personal pain, can become the elixir of comfort for another human. We can offer them the shelter of understanding. We can simply say, “I know how it feels. How can I help?”

Just as the tree provides a reprieve from the heat of day, we can too, by providing emotional shelter.

Only God can give us complete shelter. He promises to do that is we lean on Him and trust in His guidance.

God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to Him (1 Peter 5:7 ,CEV).

Prayer:

Father God, help us in all our ways. Provide us with Your strength and comfort as we experience painful circumstances. Help us to never give up as we feel the aloneness of loss. Let us become a place of comfort for others. Amen

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Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia’s. She believes that she expresses herself better in writing. Patricia enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Other favourite past-times include family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music.

Patricia is married and the mother of two sons and stepmom to a son & daughter. Best of all, she is Nana to ten grandchildren. Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays  and her blog Patricia E. Day .

Patricia recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood . she is currently at work on second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows.

 

How We Can Hang On

How We Can Hang On

by Patricia E. Day

winter Ice and snow

PHoto by Patricia Day

For weeks I have watched snow and ice build on, then slide off, the bird house in my garden. After a recent ice storm, sunshine helped relieve the grip that the ice had on this bird condo. One side became clear of the icy mantle while on the east side, the layer just slipped, refusing to let go. It now hangs precariously in space awaiting warmer weather to continue its downward journey.

January is often the time of year that many of us can slide into depression. Too much indulgence over the Christmas period can lead us to crash – emotionally.  The joy of the holidays, and time with loved ones is over and now normal living returns.

In the cold light of day, we may allow ourselves to spiral downwards, instead of hanging on.  Whatever our condition, how we choose to respond will effectively decide the outcome.

As frigid temperatures stop the melting process of ice and snow; our choices can deter us from living life to the fullest.

We become stuck in our circumstances.

God promises that we can overcome all things if we ask for His guidance and strength. (click to tweet)

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13, CEV).

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, CEV).

Prayer:

Abba, we ask that You help change our hearts and enable us to grow in wisdom and discernment.  Lord, help us hang on to Your guidance with renewed tenacity so we will win the freedom that Your good and wise choices bring us.  Amen.

Spring is around the corner.

spring-backyard

Photo by Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia’s. She believes that she expresses herself better in writing. Patricia enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Other favourite past-times include family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music.

Patricia is married and the mother of two sons and stepmom to a son & daughter. Best of all, she is Nana to ten grandchildren. Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays  and her blog Patricia E. Day .

Patricia recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood . she is currently at work on second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows.

Do You Have Shadows?

Do You Have Shadows?

by Patricia Day

Onions on a neutral, mostly white background

Onions on a neutral, mostly white background (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I needed onions for a recipe I was preparing, so picked out two that looked perfect for the job.

Sunlight was streaming through the kitchen window and as I began removing the outer layers from the first onion, I noticed a shadow. Holding it up to the light, I could see it was a bad onion. I promptly discarded it. Then I repeated my action on the second onion; held it up to the light and this time I was rewarded with an onion good enough to use in my recipe. The recipe turned out well, because the ingredients were good.

I wonder if, when God looks at us He sees the same.

God can discern the shadows of badness in our hearts. (tweet this)

And, if we call ourselves Christians, would we really be without blemish, when held up to His light of accountability?

Would we be kept and relished or would we be tossed aside as being unfit for use?

For myself, I know I lapse. Not in big ways – but, nevertheless, I wonder if I would pass the light test. We can all make mistakes. We are not perfect. Our failings can cast shadows on our integrity and our daily lifestyle but with the promise of forgiveness, and the hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ, we can relinquish our sinful ways. Will you?

 — for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever (1 Chronicles 28:9c, NKJV).

Prayer:

Abba, I know I disappoint You at times because of the things I do, or the way I live. Please help me to remember the sacrifice that Your Son, Jesus, made for me. He died, so that I could live eternally. You accept me just as I am. You never discard anyone, when they seek forgiveness and are truly sorry. Forgive me and show me the right way to live. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia’s. She believes that she expresses herself better in writing. Patricia enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Other favourite past-times include family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music.

Patricia is married and the mother of two sons and stepmom to a son & daughter. Best of all, she is Nana to ten grandchildren. Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays  and her blogPatricia E. Day .

Patricia recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood . she is currently at work on second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows.

How Can I Stop from Being a Rich Fool?

How Can I Stop from Being a Rich Fool?

by Patricia Day

piggy bank

How Can We Be Good Stewards?

A rich man was blessed with a huge harvest.  His first thoughts were NOT to thank God.  NOT to help others but how can I store all this and keep it safe for myself (based on Luke 12:15).

I will build larger barns and then I will have plenty for the months and years ahead.  So he built new storage facilities and packed his harvest inside.

Little did he know that it would be one of the last things he would do.  His wealth was not taken from him – his soul was.

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:16-21, NIV).

But God said to him, “You fool!  Tonight you will die.  Then who will get what you have stored up?”

This is what happens to people who store up everything for themselves, but are poor in the sight of God.

There was no thought of helping others; only to provide for himself.

We all have a tendency to want material things.  Some are necessary for our everyday lives, while others are not.  They are simply desires for more stuff.  Stuff can give us a certain stature in society.

We overlook the fact, that everything belongs to God – we are only caretakers and are expected to share our blessings with the less fortunate or needy.

The rich man lost everything including his soul, because he put material wealth before spiritual health.

Let us remain aware that our job here on earth, is to lean upon God and His provision.  Not gather and keep all that we gain for our own use.

Thought for the day:

You can’t have everything, where would you keep it all?

Let’s pray that we use the resources that God gives us to bless others. (click to tweet)

Prayer:

Abba, help us to help others, as You bless us with our needs each day.  Amen

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

How Does the Son Shine on Me?

How Does the Son Shine on Me?

by Patricia E. Day

Dandelion

Have you ever watched dandelions?  I mean, really watched them.

They always seek the sun.  They do not function well without it.  Their petals close and they wilt.  They seemingly, do nothing much, waiting until the sunshine returns.

Recently, our lawn became an expanse of bright yellow; one brilliantly sunny day.  Then clouds obscured the sun and the flowers closed and our lawn became green once again.

Of course, we know that plants are constantly growing and changing according to the weather conditions.  But to be their best, they need sunshine.

When our lives take a dive, we too, seek the solace of isolation.  We close ourselves off from others while we resolve our challenges and our hurts.  In essence, we have a little pity-party while waiting for things to get better.  We miss the good times.

We need to seek light of a different kind.

We need the Son of God for us to function well. 

As we grow in maturity as a Christian believer, we too, grow and bloom.  We might be helpers or teachers.  Perhaps, administrators or pastors; whatever our calling might be we need the Son, in order to be the best that we can be.

The prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:10, NIV) effectively requests God’s Will with this prayer.

 “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

It is a pretty affective prayer.  I can testify to that.

Just as a dandelion blossoms and follows the sun for the warmth and light, we Christians also enlarge our territories when we draw in the Son.  As we follow Him, our lives are transformed and we too bloom and grow.

Prayer and Blessing:

  The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.  (Numbers 6:24-26, NKJV)

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE ON A BLUE AND YELLOW SPRAY CAN

Instructions for Life on a Blue and Yellow Spray Can

by Patricia Day (used with permission)

spray can

 A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life — life in all its fullness (John 10:10, NCV).

You are already clean because of the words I have spoken to you (John 15:3NCV).

The directions on the blue and yellow spray can promise us that it:

    • Lubricates (helps things to run more smoothly)
    • Cleans (removes dirt, adhesives, and much more)
    • Protects (against rust and corrosion)
    • Penetrates (infiltrates)
    • Displaces moisture (restores)

This is much like what God does with us when we enter a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus:

Find out how Patricia compares this blue and yellow can’s instructions to our relationship with God.

Read the rest of the story on Patricia’s blog.

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

I’M HERE – WHERE ARE YOU?

I’m Here – Where are You?

by Patricia Day (reprinted with permission)

QUESTION

John 14:1-3 “Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you. And you know where I am going and how to get there”. (NLT)

We are a one car family and so when I need the use of our car, I have to get my body out of bed early enough to travel with my husband, into town and deposit him at his workplace. At the end of the day, I reverse that order and journey to bring him back home again so he can relax and enjoy the comforts of home. Hopefully, it welcomes him with a modicum of order after I have done necessary housekeeping through the day, thus making it a place for each of us to enjoy come evening.

I tend to be very punctual and so, when my husband is not at the appointed place at the agreed time, I begin to display my ‘antsy’ disposition.

“Ok, I’m here, where are you?” or “Come on, Mister, I’ve worked hard at home cleaning and preparing supper and I’m tired too, I need to get home” or “I’m here, come and find me then I can take you home”.

I agree – it is sadly not the best attitude and certainly not a godly one.

continue to read Patricia’s post at I am Here – Where are You?

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

CLEAN UP TIME

Cleanup Time

by Patricia Day

Dirty SHower Stall

What Can Wash Away my Sin?

Psalm 51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (NKJV).

Whenever I check my e-mail, I see that there are numerous messages of indeterminate nature in the junk box!

No matter how often I sweep them away or block them, there are still more to replace them the next time I look. Even the titles of some of these messages make my skin crawl, and I wish I could completely block them from coming into my box. But my security settings are already at the highest level, so the system is obviously inadequate to deal with the influx of mindless garbage that still manages to filter through.

Junk mail reminds me of sin. Tweet this.

It can be insidious and it respects no boundaries.  It can be difficult to eliminate from our lives. It manifests itself in words, thoughts and actions, as well as distractions of all kinds.  It can seep into our lives despite our efforts to block it.

The best and most effective way to clean up sin is to call upon God — to give the problem to Him and trust Him for all we’re worth. When we receive Jesus into our lives, He gives us His Holy Spirit, who equips us for the lifelong battle of discerning good from bad and right from wrong, often in ways that we would not have recognized or been willing to utilize before that.

God’s intervention is the only way
to clean up our lives totally.
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Giving control of everything to Him on a daily basis causes our words, thoughts, and actions to change — they are cleaned up and made acceptable. The junk will not vanish from our lives, but we’ll find that we become better equipped and more adept in our efforts to recognize it and seek God’s forgiveness and power to change.

Isaiah 1:16-17 – “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow” (NKJV).

In other words, we are called to stop doing wrong, however insignificant it might seem! God sees and knows all our rights and wrongs!

Cleanup time demands our attention.

Prayer:

Father, there are so many lurid distractions around us. So many people spend their lives sending out these messages, attempting to trap innocent and naive minds with their seemingly captivating baits. Help us to be guided in Your ways by Your Word. Each time sin pops up, enable us to block it from our lives, keeping our minds, bodies, and spirits pure and unpolluted from the refuse and gossip of the Internet and the world! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

What Can Wash Away My Sin – Nothing but the Blood of Jesus by Hillsong

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Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

ARE YOU CROSSING THE LINE?

Are You Crossing the Line?

crossingtheline

by Patricia Day 

The term ‘crossing the line’ means:

to cross boundaries; to disrespect another’s rights or privacy; to give in to temptation and break rules or laws that are put in place to direct one, in society.

Recently, on a journey, I encountered serious snow squalls.  The line showing the centre division on the road was invisible, so proceeding carefully, I hoped I would stay on the road.

Imagine my horror when I saw cars coming directly at me.  Head on.  I had inadvertently crossed the dividing line and was no longer on my side of the road.  Crossing the line put me at considerable risk. It had been so easy to do, but for my own and everyone else’s safety, I needed return to my rightful place.  I found that retracing my ‘steps’, to get back on track, were much harder to accomplish but little by little I found my rightful place.  I got back onto the right side of the centre line; back to relative safety.

“if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins”  (James 5:19, NKJV).

Crossing ethical, legal or moral lines can also
thrust us into dangerous territory. Tweet this.

It is called sin.  It can be very easy to lose direction in life, but so much harder to recover.

Anguish grows in your heart with each rejection encountered: with each wrong choice.

You have crossed the line of what is right, and must take control or you will quickly  succumb to more temptation. Tweet this.

To seek professional help can be a good place to start.  To give your life to God through Jesus, can be a life-saver.

” Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word.  Open my eyes that I might see wondrous things from Your law.  I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me.  My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times, You rebuke the proud-the cursed, who stray from Your commandments”  (Psalm 119:17-21, NKJV).

Prayer:

Abba, we can so easily lose our way in life.  Please help us to stay on track as we respect the boundaries put in place, for our wellbeing and for the rights of others.  Amen.

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.