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How Can I Learn to Pray?

We are pleased and blessed to have a guest post from Michelle DeRusha who wrote this post for Prodigal Magazine. Please continue to read the rest of her post by following the link.

How Can I Learn to Pray?

by Michelle DeRusha

English: Oil painting, "Praying Hands&quo...

English: Oil painting, “Praying Hands” by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As a kid and teenager, I relied on two basic prayers:

begging prayers largely related to algebra and boys,

and the prayers I’d memorized in Saturday morning catechism classes: the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Act of Contrition.

In college I stopped believing in God, so I stopped praying altogether.

When I came back to faith in my late thirties I struggled with prayer.

Often I forgot to pray at all, and when I did remember, I worried that I wasn’t doing it right. I didn’t talk to God like he was an intimate friend or a beloved parent. Instead I approached him like I would a CEO – politely and respectfully, but on-guard.

I felt like I needed to be on my best behavior with God.

I also worried that I didn’t use the right language, that my prayers weren’t fancy enough. Maybe I’m supposed to be more verbose. Maybe I should try to make my prayers more eloquent, I fretted, especially after I noticed that my small group leaders often concluded their prayers with particular phrases, like: “I ask this in your son Jesus’ name.” They sounded more formal and certainly fancier and more articulate than I did when I prayed.

As I’ve grown in my faith during these last few years, I’ve come to worry less about both the style and the substance of my prayers. Nowadays I’m inclined toward a broader, more fluid definition of prayer.

Continue to read the rest of Michelle’s post at Prodigal Magazine  and find out the way to learn to pray.

 

WHEN DO PEOPLE SEARCH FOR GOD?

When Do People Search for God?

by Janis Cox

Philippians 4:6-7

After the bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon on Monday April 15- we had many people searching for God. My search sites indicate words like this:

  • power
  • power of prayer stories
  • prayer life
  • prayer for calm in the storm
  • God of the impossible

The most popular post on Tuesday: Praying for the World.

And How Do I Have a Conversation with God?

What does this tell us? Well it tells me that people want to know – they want answers. They want to speak to their Creator.

How can we show them?

Here are 5 Ways that I think will help to lead people to pray:

1. Offer to pray with them.

I have found that most people when they are in crisis will willing let you pray for them. Don’t be bashful. Just DO IT.

2. Offer them a short devotional booklet.

I know The Upper Room Devotional was a great resource for me in my walk with God. Now I read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and  My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

3. Give them a short Scripture.

And I don’t mean a lengthy passage but a short one. Here are a few that I have memorized to help me help someone else in a time of crisis (and help me, too):

4. Suggest great books.

You can suggest a book or give them a book where they can learn the power of God’s Word; the presence of God and how to get closer to Him.

My favourites are:

5. Tell them you will be praying for them.

And DO IT.

Don’t just give lip service – give knee service. (Tweet this.)

I would love to continue this list. Please feel free to add your ideas in the comments below. Or put a link to a post where you have answered this question.

Prayer:

We are praying for all those who are fearful, hurt and discouraged. We pray especially for those who have lost loved ones in the Boston massacre or those who are injured. We ask for Your Hand upon all of us as we seek to teach others to pray. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Blessings,

Janis

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Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF OUR PRAYERS?

The Size of Our Prayers

by Cherry Warrick (reprinted with permission)

Our view of God determines the size of our prayers.

“Yet many of us pray as if our problems are bigger than God.

So let me remind you of this high-octane truth that should fuel your faith:

God is infinitely bigger than your biggest problem or biggest dream.” (Mark Batterson in The Circle Maker)

How small my prayers are at times. And how dismal my outlook. Forgetting who we are talking with, forgetting who is the powerful one. But we are not praying to one who is equal to us.

“‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord.

‘And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine'” (Isaiah 55:8 NLT).

Our biggest problem is not our big problems.

“Our biggest problem is our small view of God.” (The Circle Maker)

Heart Connect: Living a Life of Prayer – click here to read earlier posts in this series.

(Photo above taken on our 40th Anniversary Trip to Italy – an unexpected gift from God, revealed to us just one month before we flew to Italy. Beyond our highest expectations.)

HOW TO JOURNAL YOUR PRAYERS

How to Journal Your Prayers

by Dolly at Soul Stops (reprinted with permission)

We have a guest post this morning from Dolly at Soul Stops. I love the way she uses journalling to recall her prayers and see God’s answers. Thanks for letting us repost this, Dolly.

When the way seems foggy, I remember God’s past gifts.

Photo from our hike at Point Lobos.

A few weeks ago, I meditated on this prayer by Joyce Rupp almost daily:

Gifting God,
Tie a ribbon of remembrance
around my heart,
so that I often recall
those sacred places
where you have made
yourself known in the
hidden recesses of my life.

Stir up my memory cup,
let me look deeply within it,
seeing all the people and events
that have led me to you.

 Refresh the photographs
of my mind
where the vivid traces
of your love
are etched
in our relationship,
and marked
upon my memory.

As I gaze into my
personal history
unlock the storage spaces
of my soul,
reveal the truth of your
bountiful love,
fill my heart
with awe and gratitude.

God of Beauty,
the blessings of your
loveliness
astounds my being,
the power of your
presence
enriches my every moment.
Blessed are you.

Blessed are you.

   –Joyce Rupp

After reading the prayer a few times, I pause, and listen to see if a particular phrase touches my heart. Then I journal about whatever resonated with me when I stopped to be quiet and listen.

It has taken repeated practice to learn to be still enough to hear God’s gentle voice. Sometimes I fail. But I keep showing up.

After I wrote, “When God gives you a hug,” I looked back on my journal for that morning, and realized I had prayed/written this in my journal:

reveal the truth of your
bountiful love,
fill my heart
with awe and gratitude.

Right above this stanza, I told God how much I missed Jubi that day. Joyce’s words expressed my heart’s cry. I had no expectation, or idea of how God would respond.

Prayer is not going to God like He is a vending machine. It is about our hearts connecting with a loving and holy God.

It wasn’t until I went back, and reread what I wrote that I realized God had answered my prayer. He had revealed the truth of His bountiful love by sending my friend “Pam” to give me a hug.

And my heart was filled with “awe and gratitude” that He would do that for an ordinary woman like me: imperfect, and with trust issues.

So I invite you this week to sit with Joyce’s prayer and your journal. If you don’t journal, may I highly recommend it as a way to process life?

I would have forgotten about my prayer if I hadn’t written it down. Then I would have missed the blessing of recognizing and remembering His love gift to me.

To be clear, God doesn’t always immediately answer “yes” to my prayers.

I have decades worth of journal entries where I poured out my heart to God, and His answer was either “no,” or “wait.” And sometimes I can’t distinguish between the two.

Upon reflection, I can honestly say although He didn’t give me what I asked, He always gave me something better: a deeper intimacy with Him.

He is the greatest gift, and there is no greater gift than relationship with Him. Jesus died to give me access to Himself, Father God, and the Holy Spirit.

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. – (James 1:17 NASB)

 

What has God gifted you with today?

What helps you to see God when the way is foggy?

WHY DO WE NEED TO PRAY BEFORE GIVING AN ANSWER?

Pray Before Giving Your Answer

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted July 12, 2012 with permission)

Nathan
TODAY’S SPECIAL: 2 Samuel 7:1-17

TO CHEW ON: “Then Nathan said to the king, ‘Go and do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.’
But it happened that night that the word of the Lord came to Nathan saying, ‘Go and tell my servant David, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?”‘” 2 Samuel 7:3-5.

As we read on from the focus verse above, we see that God said no to David’s idea of building Him a house. Rather, David’s seed (his son Solomon) was the one God had picked to do this (2 Samuel 7:12-13). And poor Nathan had to go back the next day and burst David’s bubble, so to speak.

Nathan’s quick, off-the-cuff reaction to David’s question reminds me of how I so often respond to ideas and opportunities that come my way: Oh, that sounds like a good idea, interesting, fun! Yes. I’ll get involved. But I neglect to consult with God first just like Nathan. Then later, usually during my quiet time, God and I revisit the thing I’ve just committed to. More than once I’ve sensed I should pull back, or pull out.

That’s why I’m trying to make it a habit to defer making decisions on opportunities, or projects, or new commitments until I’ve had a chance to check with the Boss. For what seems like a great idea to me may not be what God has in mind at all.

Even Jesus adopted this policy. He said: “… I do nothing of Myself but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things” – John 8:28.

PRAYER:

Dear God, please help me to subject my opportunities and involvements to Your scrutiny and to be obedient to Your directions. Amen.

MORE: Prayer and work

“It is not prayer in addition to work, but prayer simultaneous with work. We precede, enfold and follow all our work with prayer.” – Richard Foster (quoted in Prayer Points p. 54).
“There is a way of ordering our mental life on more than one level at once. On one level we may be thinking, discussing, seeing, calculating, meeting all the demands of external affairs. But deep within, behind the scenes, at a profounder level, we may also be in prayer and adoration, song and worship, and a gentle reception to divine breathings.”  – Thomas Kelly (Quoted in Prayer Points p. 55-56).

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Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

9 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN PRAYING FOR PEOPLE

I would like to welcome Ron Hughes as a new contributor to Under the Cover of Prayer. 

Jan

9 Things to Remember When Praying for People

by Ron Hughes

Spiritual Practice of Prayer

Most Christians are asked to pray for others from time to time. Sometimes we volunteer to do so.

How do you go about doing that?

Do you just add a line, “and dear Lord I pray for John Smith,” somewhere between “Heavenly Father…” and “…in Jesus’ name, Amen?”

I like to hear tips from others about how they improve their spiritual exercises, so I thought I’d risk sharing some of mine. We would love to hear your thoughts, too.

1) Keep a Prayer List

I’ve resorted to keeping a prayer list, which my spontaneous side thinks is mechanical, but my mechanical side knows is necessary. If you’re young with a fabulous memory, you might not need this. I’m not and I do.

2) Recall a Face

When I know the person for whom I’m praying, I take time to recall his or her face, even briefly. This little bit of effort focusses my mind better than simply speaking, or thinking, a name. On a few occasions when the Lord has brought someone to mind, but not shown me what to pray for, I simply hold that person’s face in my mind and trust the Spirit to pray through me.

3) Align Prayer with God’s Will

Sometimes, prayer requests are specific. When they are on target, it’s easy pray for them. But sometimes, the prayer request is clearly way off base—motivated by the flesh. I’ll still pray for the situation, but not hesitate to bring it into alignment with God’s stated will. On more than one occasion I’ve been asked to pray that a Christian’s unbelieving love interest would resume their relationship. No can do. Though I can pray about this person’s loneliness and the other person’s salvation. Praying contrary to the will of God has always struck me as somewhat insane.

4) Pray as Paul Prayed

Sometimes, prayer requests are vague. Recently, a man sent me a note asking me to pray for him. I phoned him and asked what he wanted prayer for. He said, “Nothing special, just pray for me.” Hmmm. In such cases, I ask the Lord to show me if there’s anything beneath the general perception of need, and until I sense some direction I pray for some of the things Paul prayed for as he thought of his friends.

5) Pray with a Sensitive Spirit

Sometimes people aren’t very in touch with spiritual realities and their perceptions may be distorted. I try to be spiritually sensitive to the person requesting prayer, recognizing that there may be issues under the surface that are the “real problem” and pray accordingly.

6) Pray for God’s Glory in the Situation

All kinds of problems come into the lives of people—illness, accidents, loss of a job or a relationship, financial hardship and so on. Naturally, their first response is for their distress to be alleviated. Ours will typically mirror theirs. However, God’s plan may be to glorify Himself, by revealing His faithfulness, or His provision, or His comfort, or something else as they pass through a time of trouble. When in doubt, pray for the glory of God to be manifested in the situation rather than just that the pain would go away (though it’s also good to pray for relief and comfort).

7) Pray Aloud When You Can

Whenever possible, I try to pray aloud. Forming words and expressing them slows me down a bit and helps me to concentrate. When I just “think” my prayers, I tend to get distracted (or drift off to sleep).

8) Be Thankful

Don’t neglect the thanksgiving which Paul tells us should accompany our supplications. By all means, bring your cares and concerns to God. Then release the one you’re praying for to Him and begin to thank Him that as He works, His intervention will bless the person you have on your heart and will glorify Him. Endlessly rehearsing someone’s misery to God and crying out for a specific outcome suggests a lack of faith in our Father, who does all things well.

9) Your Faith is in God

Remember that your faith is in God—not in what you consider to be the ideal outcome. The real power in prayer comes from aligning our will with the Father’s, not convincing Him to do ours. How God deals with a situation may not be our first choice, but it will always be the best choice.

Because prayer is such a common thing in the life of many Christians, we can fall into habits which limit our effectiveness. May I encourage you to occasionally think about prayer as a spiritual exercise as well as engaging in it. When my own prayer life gets stale, it is often because I’m neglecting to do it consciously and intentionally. Praying without ceasing may seem like a tall order, but take heart: the fervent pray of the godly is powerful.

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Ron is president of FBH International , a multi-language media ministry and maintains an active itinerant speaking ministry in churches and conferences.  Ron is a professional member of The Word Guild and has one published book, “Refresh: 19 ways to boost your spiritual life”, and is working on several other writing projects. Much of his writing is published on the ministry website and has been used in radio broadcasts.

Ron has been married to Debbie since 1976.  They have four children, one of whom is married.  They live on a 100 acre farm in the Niagara region which they share with a few horses, chickens, cats and a dog.

HOW SHOULD I PRAY?

How should I pray?

by Kimberley Payne

Path through the woods
P.A.T.H. – learning to pray.

Years ago, if I felt that I wanted or needed something I would ask my brother and sister-in-law to pray for me. My brother was a pastor and I felt he had a “direct line” to God. Of course, I would only ask if it was very important or something I thought worthy of prayer.

My own prayers consisted mostly of reciting words I had memorized as a child, such as the Lord’s Prayer. If I asked for something I wanted, I left it to chance. I believed it was happenstance if my prayer was answered and I thought that it couldn’t hurt to ask.

My prayers today are much different. Today my definition of prayer is not just reciting words or asking for stuff, but rather it is a conversation with a loving Father.

In my book, Fit for Faith, I follow the acronym P-A-T-H to prayer.

P stands for Praise

Prayer is not just about asking for things but it is about telling God about the things you adore about Him. He is praiseworthy. Many times I open my prayer time with praise, letting God know how much I appreciate and love Him.

A stands for Admit

I admit that I am a sinner and confess my sins. Sometimes I admit something obvious like gossiping – other times the Holy Spirit reveals to me where I have sinned. 1 John 1:8 states that if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

T stands for Thanksgiving

I thank God for all that He is and all that He does for me. Some days my prayer time is spent entirely on thanking Him.

H stands for Help

This is the time when I can ask for His help and bring my requests to Him. I can pray for my own needs and the needs of others.I have no trouble spending fifteen minutes a day in prayer, especially when I consider prayer to be more than reciting memorized words or just asking for things. I challenge you to spend fifteen minutes each day following the PATH to prayer.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2 NIV).

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

EFFECTIVE PRAYER – CHIPPING AWAY AT THE STODGE

Effective Prayer – Chipping away at the Stodge

by Jan Cox

Growing my soul

I always wonder how effective I am at praying for others.

When I pray for others am I identified with the ways of Christ?

Last week someone in my Bible study said something very profound. She said she thinks we are filled with the Holy Spirit when we give our lives to Christ but then she believes, and I tend to agree, He takes us residence in us along with a whole bunch of other stuff.

Oswald Chambers calls is STODGE. And until we can chip away at the stodge we aren’t solely filled with the Holy Spirit.

“We have the notion that there are certain right and virtuous things in us which do not need to be based on the Atonement, and just in the domain of “stodge” that is produced by this idea we cannot intercede” (Oswald Chambers, May 4)

Now I have to ask myself – “So what stodge is there with the Holy Spirit in me?” “What needs to be cleaned out or thrown out?” “Where do I need to start chipping?”

Me – feeling of superiority – thinking I know it all and can do the best job and so am critical of others. I know this is getting better – it is decreasing, melting away. And if it does rear its ugly head I can whack it down quickly.

Me – my wanting to fix things. I have lots of good ideas. But I need to let God lead and let Him work it out first – and tell me when I can help or begin something. God has the best ideas.

“We do not identify ourselves with God’s interests in others, we get petulant with God; we are always ready with our own ideas, and intercession becomes the glorification of our own natural sympathies” (Oswald Chambers, May 4)

Now when it comes to praying – interceding for my friends – I need to see it in God’s eyes and through my friend’s life. No hidden agenda of mine. My words have to change. I can’t get emotionally involved. I can’t let my empathy for them get in the way of God working through them. Help me pray, Lord, for your will in their lives.

I ask the Holy Spirit to help me identify the STODGE in me. Then I can listen and work at chipping it away to make more room for the Holy Spirit to live in me.

It reminds me of The Grinch who Stole Christmas. Remember how the Grinch’s heart was so small and how it grew three times that day. Right now I see my soul as small – filled with the Spirit – but small. And as I get rid of the STODGE, my soul grows a little bigger. I see things differently, react differently, love wider and stronger.

I picture instead of a HEART – a CROSS. I see it growing bigger as I get to know God better.

I have to remind myself life is all about God – not about ME. And when I put God’s interests into my prayers – my prayer life changes. I try to see it as God sees it and give Him all the glory.

Praise be to God.

Prayer:

Father, I know I like things my way – but I know that I need to stop doing that. I want to start listening to the Holy Spirit and how you, Lord, want things to proceed. I am learning to trust in your wisdom. Help me when I pray for others to listen to You and ask for what You want for them. Give me boldness in my prayers and help me to use Scripture in my requests. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List  – counting to 2000 – I am at 1366

  • Grace is “aggressive forgiveness” (Romans 5:20-21 The Message)
  • “Growth in grace stops the moment I get huffed” (May 11, Oswald Chambers)
  • My Mom’s secretary is now in my living room
  • I am now sitting in her recliner chair
  • writing some words to say at the cemetery
  • connecting with my granddaughter on my IPOD
  • spaghetti dinner at the church – they made gluten free – yahoo
  • excitement to visit grandchildren and go to the zoo

The climber.

  • watching grandchildren at park go up and down a long slide a zillion times
  • walking in perfect weather
  • the peacocks, the butterfly

A Swallowtail Butterfly

  • playing hockey and then basketball with a 5 year old
  • watching grandpa and grandson work on the digger

The Digger

  • bath time with my 2 grandkids
  • exhausted – in a good way
  • naps in car on the way home (I wasn’t driving)
  • great sermon on “Labour and Deliverance” Video Post Cast 1, Video Pod Cast 2
  • first boat ride of the season
  • a snake swimming in the water (fascinating but yucky)
  • smooth water because not many boats on lake
  • a man at the docks to help us
  • remembering the important little things for the boat (put plug back in; trim up)
  • hearing from all 3 kids on Mother’s Day
  • sunny weather for driving to daughter’s
  • Delicious lunch at my sister’s – a feast of salmon, veggies and rice

What a feast for lunch!!

  • too cute – my grandson

Too cute!

  • just talking to God – awesome
  • little bird landing so close to me while I sat on the porch

Bird in the tree

  • smiles of recognition from 2 month old grandbaby
  • sounds of a grandbaby – hiccups, toots and babbling
  • messaging oldest granddaughter
  • “let the word of God be living and active in you.” (Oswald Chambers, May 14)
  • amazing new bathroom floor (Hard working hubby)
  • a great neighbourhood to live in

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Keep it Simple

by Jan Cox

I chided myself that my prayers weren’t full enough; weren’t organized enough; that I forgot people.

STOP!

Do I make too much of this “prayer” focus? Yes. That was my question to myself. We talk on this blog about methods of prayer. And yes, I have tried them. And I have left them, too.

We go through seasons, I think. At the moment I feel overwhelmed with prayer requests. They seem to be coming at me from all directions.

HOLD ON ONE MINUTE – BREATHE!

Let the Holy Spirit guide me.

I read Matthew 6:7  from The Message:

“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God”.

That is not what I want. I don’t want a pat formula. I am seeking a relationship with God. And Jesus continues speaking about prayer:

“Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need” (Matthew 6:8 The Message).

I NEED to talk to God – simply that. And then Jesus’ prayer continues:

“Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best— as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes (Matthew 6:9-13 The Message).

“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do” (Matthew 6:14 The Message).

Am I doing my part? That is what I need to ask myself.

Today I learned that talking out my concerns for others – no matter how I do it – as long as I release them to God – is enough.

Keep it simple, Jan, and that will be good enough for God. But KEEP PRAYING.

I remember:

“Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil” (From the Lord’s prayer – The Message).

Don’t over think this. Just do what comes naturally. God is teaching me. Speak to Him what is on my heart. That is GOOD ENOUGH for God and should be GOOD ENOUGH for me.

Prayer:

Lord, I need to remember to keep it simple. I must remember not to get focused on the how-to but on the actual doing of “prayer”. Help me learn to talk to you from my heart. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week. Counting to 2000. I am at 1280.

  • early morning sunshine in Arizona
  • quiet moments at 6am with tea and my Bible
  • last full day in Arizona – it’s been an interesting winter but have counted many blessings
  • being ready – packed, cleaned and closed up
  • great discussion at last Bible study on the second SEED – Enough – is God enough (relates to this post)
  • last rays of Arizona sunshine – soaking it up at the pool

Soaking up last rays of sunshine

  • terrific on time (well all most on time ) for Air Canada flight home
  • great sunny warm weather welcoming us on our arrival
  • slept well
  • cuddled new grandbaby next morning

Cuddling Grandson

  • good drive back home – we all fit in the car including Snowball
  • watching Snowball watching our grandson – well actually trying to play with him

Snowball kissing grandson.

  • water connected – only 1 glitch – I don’t know my hot from my cold – sorry honey
  • patient hubby who didn’t get mad about the mix up although I do get teased
  • energy to grocery shop twice and fill those empty cupboards and fridge
  • friend who vacuumed up flies and wasps and turned up the heat before we got home
  • preparing for baby shower for the Pregnancy Care Centre
  • our truck started and ran well
  • grandbaby so good
  • middle daughter offered a job close to home – gives her so much more time
  • lovely shower for the Pregnancy Centre
  • grandbaby was so good and such a great one to cuddle
  • energy
  • watching grandson enjoy his bath
  • balloons so festive

Balloons to celebrate.

  • hugging friends
  • successful drive back to Barrie – got lots done
  • sunshine in Ontario but only 2 degrees Celsius
  • listening to The Message on my IPOD
  • SNOWFALL in April – actually pretty

Snow in April

  • have to return our new TV to Costco – cracked screen – stayed calm
  • making chili in the slow cooker at 6 am
  • getting back into a routine – but still a little jet-lagged
  • following Dave Ramsey’s advice (manage God’s money carefully) and so negotiate and get deals
  • baby grandson found his hands – fascinated by them – who needs toys?

  • energy to do lots of paperwork (Write! Canada, bills, subdivision association)
  • taxes are done – thanks to hubby
  • lots of gifts from the shower to give the Pregnancy Centre
  • meeting neighbours on our walk
  • new used bunk beds for our grandchildren (our family is growing)
  • meeting and working with a friend
  • sunny day for Wayne to drive back to Barrie to exchange the TV
  • our new TV is lifted in and set up – thanks to a friend

 

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.

DIFFERENT METHODS

Different Methods

by Rose Harmer

God uses many ways to instruct us along the path He wants us to go.  Sometimes we form habits which help us in one stage of life yet may need to be changed in other stages.  One of the methods I have used to focus my attention during private prayer time came out of a book by Dick Eastman entitled “The Hour that Changes the World”.

Loosely, my process includes praising God for who He is, confessing my failures or asking for His help, then listening for His still inaudible voice which speaks to my heart. By reading scripture and then meditating on that passage, thanking Him for at least three blessings each day including answers to prayers, praying for others and for my own needs keeps me connected to Christ and in tune with His purpose. I recite scripture, sing hymns and choruses throughout the day, and then once again in the evening I listen to God’s voice and then finish my prayer with praise.

Each day I have written out my prayers because I’ve found that writing helps me keep my attention centered on God.  The listening portion has blessed me very much and I wish to share one of these Listenings  with you.

My child, I use many different methods to teach you My ways.
Each day you can learn, if you are willing, a new dimension of wholeness.
I want you to be healthy and complete.
Is it not exciting to be a pupil in My school of wisdom and knowledge?
I have intriguing ways to teach you:
quiet time with me, reading scripture, nature, books and even television shows.
My teaching methods are abundant and diverse.
Learn to be flexible and not rigid,
loving not condemning,
And always remember
I love you.

Have you heard from God today?  Were you reassured of His love for you?

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.