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#UTCOP – A Month of Prayers – How We Cry Out

How We Cry Out

by Mary Haskett

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“Wooden Figure” by Marcus74id – Digital Photos.net

O God help us not to despair as we hear, read and see through the media, all the turmoil in the world today. Help us stay focused on You and to keep in mind that in the final battle You will reign victorious.

Dear Lord, comfort those being persecuted. Help them to remember, even if their lives are taken from this world, they will be ushered into heaven and their tears will be wiped away.

We pray for the Jewish nation, protect them against the enemies that surround them. We know the land they dwell in is Your land and You ordained that they should live there. We know that no man can drive them out. We marvel at your protection of Your people, but we know it is a difficult time once again for them.

We submit our prayers to you Lord in faith believing You will have Your way. Amen

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Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served in many capacities. On a monthly basis in her home, she hosts a women’s prayer group, a women’s fellowship group, and Ready Writers, London of which she is the founder.
She serves in several ministries in her church. She is a member of The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released two years ago.  India My Calling is her latest release, and relates the compelling story of  Jean Darling who served for 40 years on the mission field. Mary has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her at http://www.maryhaskett.com

 

DO YOU KNOW JESUS IS THERE FOR YOU?

Do You Know Jesus is There for You?

by Mary Haskett

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Years ago I came to Canada with my family to start a new life. We arrived in the fall and my lifelong friend, who had immigrated before me, housed us for a few months and informed us about the ways of life. We learned of the coming winter and the necessity for the children to have snowsuits, boots, hats, gloves and scarves.  We learned that skating was practically a national past-time.

With excitement, the said items were purchased and off we went to the skating rink. We rented skates and soon my six year old twins and their two older brothers were going it alone, albeit a bit wobbly, but with great determination. “Come on Mom,” they yelled as they passed by me clutching the side!

I never did learn to skate, perhaps I didn’t try hard enough, but one thing I learned – that Jesus Christ loved me and my family. Once I learned this truth there was no hesitancy on my part, not like at the rink where I stumbled and fell.

Not a doubt entered my head as I joined
the company of believers in a nearby church.

What a joy to know that God loves us and through the challenges and stumbles of life He is there to help. I learned the truth of Jesus’ declaration:

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”  (John 10:10, KJV).

Prayer:

O Lord may I never doubt your love, but remember through all my ups and downs that You care, and You will help me in every situation. Thank you Jesus.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served in many capacities. On a monthly basis in her home, she hosts a women’s prayer group, a women’s fellowship group, and Ready Writers, London of which she is the founder.
She serves in several ministries in her church.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released two years ago.  India My Calling is her latest release, and relates the compelling story of  Jean Darling who served for 40 years on the mission field. Mary has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her at http://www.maryhaskett.com

HOW DEEP IS THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR US?

How Deep is the Father’s Love for Us?

by Mary Haskett

Family

The train rattled on from London, Ontario to Ottawa. I noted how the snow became more evident as we got closer to our destination. We arrived, and my son-in-law and two little grandsons met me at the station. All smiles and chit-chat, we drove to their home. The snow pristine, with not a foot print in sight, was piled high in their back yard.

The next day my daughter dressed the boys in suitable attire while my son-in-law prepared a snow slide from the deck to the bottom of the yard. Grandma—that’s me–watched as they, oblivious to the cold squealed with delight as they rode the track on their toboggan and I filmed the action through the window!

I thought how secure and happy those little boys were, and I thanked God for their loving parents.

Although their love and attentiveness to their children
is nothing compared to the love God has for us. Tweet this.

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Here is Stuart Townend singing, How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.

 

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Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served in many capacities. On a monthly basis in her home, she hosts a women’s prayer group, a women’s fellowship group, and Ready Writers, London of which she is the founder.
She serves in several ministries in her church.
She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released two years ago.  India My Calling is her latest release, and relates the compelling story of  Jean Darling who served for 40 years on the mission field. Mary has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her at http://www.maryhaskett.com

DO WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN HEAVEN IS HOME FOR US?

Do We Know For Certain Heaven is Home for Us?

by Mary Haskett

Sunrise

Heaven is Home

This morning I planned to visit Jean Darling in her hospital room, but my pastor called to say she had gone to heaven.

I recall one day when I visited, she had just recovered from a bout of pneumonia, and at 94,  years old that was quite something. We sat in the lounge and talked. I said to Jean, “Your sister told me, you were quite ill last week Jean.”

“Yes,” she said, “I really thought I was going home to heaven.”

“I guess the Lord said, not yet Jean,” I responded.

“True,” she quipped, “and he has said that several times lately.” We both laughed, and I marveled at this saint of God who served on the mission field in India for a 40 year span.

Do we know with a certainty that heaven is home for us?

If we have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour and
indeed if we live for Him, then we too will have a place in heaven.
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Remember how Jesus promised:

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2 , KJV)

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, How grateful I am for the provisions you have made for me. I pray to be ever focused and true to you in all I do and say. Amen.

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Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served in many capacities. On a monthly basis in her home, she hosts a women’s prayer group, a women’s fellowship group, and Ready Writers, London of which she is the founder.
She serves in several ministries in her church.
She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released two years ago.  India My Calling is her latest release, and relates the compelling story of  Jean Darling who served for 40 years on the mission field. Mary has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her at http://www.maryhaskett.com

WHAT IS THE GREATEST LOVE?

What is the Greatest Love?

by Mary Haskett

God Loves Us - We can pray for others.

God Loves Us – We can pray for others.

The train rattled on past snow covered terrain from London, Ontario to Ottawa. I noted how the snow became more evident as we got closer to our destination. We arrived. My son-in-law and two little grandsons met me at the station. All smiles and chit-chat, we drove to their home. The snow pristine, with not a foot print in sight was piled high in their back yard.

The next day my daughter dressed the boys in suitable attire while my son-in-law prepared a snow slide from the deck to the bottom of the yard. Grandma—that’s me–watched as they, oblivious to the cold, squealed with delight as they rode the track on their toboggan and I filmed the action through the window!

I thought how secure and happy those little boys were, and I thanked God for their loving parents; although their love and attentiveness to their children is nothing compared to the love God has for us.

We are assured over and over again of God’s love for us in the Holy Scriptures. A scripture that is a favourite one for me is:

“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3,  KJV).

I can testify of that everlasting love.  God loves even those who don’t serve Him.

Let’s pray that they too will experience and know His everlasting love.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for the love you have for me. Thank you for drawing me with your loving kindness. And because your love is so great for all mankind I trust my loved ones to be drawn in too. Amen.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served in many capacities. On a monthly basis in her home, she hosts a women’s prayer group, a women’s fellowship group, and Ready Writers, London of which she is the founder.
She serves in several ministries in her church.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released two years ago.  India My Calling is her latest release, and relates the compelling story of  Jean Darling who served for 40 years on the mission field. Mary has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her at http://www.maryhaskett.com

DO YOU KNOW ANY WANDERING SHEEP?

Do You Know Any Wandering Sheep?

by Mary Haskett

sheep family

Do you know any wandering sheep?

Do you have wandering sheep in your family, among your friends, sheep that once knew the Master’s voice and followed when He called? I do. Now those sheep have strayed far, far away blocking out the call of the Holy Lamb of God. Foolishly they have chased after the false gods of this world, and believe they need Him no more.

When I think about this I’m reminded of Paul’s admonition to the Galatians. Do you recall? He wrote:-

“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?

Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to gain your goal by human effort” (Galatians 3:1-3 NIV)?

Paul might just as well be addressing his remarks to our wandering family and friends today. The same false beliefs are prevalent not only among them, but among society as a whole. The belief is that man can right all that is wrong in our world. Oh foolish man!

But there is a way back for the wandering sheep and praise God we can take an active part in their return. If we stay focused in prayer, knowing God hears our cries for them, He will, through the Holy Spirit bring them back into the fold. I’ve written about “the fold” before. Don’t you think it’s a lovely thought, visualizing Jesus, the good shepherd, shepherding them back?

“He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young” (Isaiah 40:11, NIV).

Prayer:

Dear Lord, help us to be faithful to keep our loved ones under the cover of prayer and believe that You in Your time will return our wandering sheep back to the fold.

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Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served in many capacities. On a monthly basis in her home, she hosts a women’s prayer group, a women’s fellowship group, and Ready Writers, London of which she is the founder.
She serves in several ministries in her church.
She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released two years ago.  India My Calling is her latest release, and relates the compelling story of  Jean Darling who served for 40 years on the mission field. Mary has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her at http://www.maryhaskett.com

HOW DO I COME INTO HIS PRESENCE IN TEARS?

In His Presence in Tears

by Mary Haskett

Come into His Presence in Tears

“…Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry” (Luke 7:11-13 NIV).

Reading this passage the other day brought a lump to my throat. I have read it many times before, but this day the compassion of our dear Saviour registered with me. “Don’t cry” He says, “When troubles hit you, I’m here. And if you do cry that’s okay too, because I understand.” Those two words, “Don’t cry,” carry so much meaning, and tell us how much He loves us and empathizes with all the ups and downs of life we face here on earth.

Every one of us, at some time or another, has gone into His presence in tears, or perhaps we’ve forgotten to go to Him and have agonized over situations—internalizing our grief. But still He’s there saying, “Don’t cry.”

May we always remember He’s waiting for us to come to Him. His compassion never changes. How privileged we are to be able to go directly to the source of all comfort and know with a certainty He is aware of all that concerns us.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, may we never forget your love and concern for each of us. We are eternally grateful that we can come into your presence through our tears. We offer praise  and thanks to you for this truth.

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Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.

WHY, LORD, WHY?

Into His Presence with a Question

by Mary Haskett

Why, Lord, Why?

Why, Lord, Why? Into His Presence

“Why, Why, Why? I cried out aloud, when I heard such horrid news about a friend, a friend who loved the Lord and extolled him in her writings and daily living. I have to confess I felt anger and disappointment with the God of my salvation and I cried. Why does my friend have to go through hours of suffering?”

 1 Peter. Chapter 4:12 NIV, came to mind.

“Dear friends,” (In King James it reads ‘Beloved,’ which to me is more endearing and comforting, but in the NIV it continues,) “do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice.”

Now that’s a tall order. At that moment I couldn’t rejoice, only weep. This passage goes on to say,

“Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, you are blessed, for the spirit of glory and of God rests on you…If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.”

Although this address was to the early Christians who suffered persecution, we certainly can testify of Him when we suffer various types of trials, and for my friend it was a grievous physical suffering.

How did she face her situation? She trusted God showing a calm and gentle approach and in so doing glorified Jesus. And therein lies the crux of the matter. Do we glorify Him in all our trials? Do I?

Prayer:

Lord whatever our circumstance may we come humbly before you, not in frustration or disappointment, but in the knowledge that You do care and You will walk with us through the storm. For this we praise and thank you.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.

HOW DO I COME INTO HIS PRESENCE WHEN I AM LONELY?

How Do I Come Into His Presence When I am Lonely?

His Presence – Stillness

by Mary Haskett

I wanted to enter into His presence, but it seemed I could not find the way. Loneliness struck once again. My husband had been gone to heaven for more than eighteen months, and still, waves of loneliness would wash over me. Try as I might to fight them off—they stayed.

A while ago I read Jan’s blog about being still for five minutes every day, shutting out all noise and distractions and concentrating on Him. Have I practiced it? No. Have I ever practiced it? Yes— many times, and in the practicing have experienced the overflowing presence of the Holy Spirit filling me with confidence and peace.

I determined once again to enter into that quiet place and as I did, Andrew Culverwell’s song , Cover Me Lord with Your Presence, popped into mind. I searched online until I found it. I have entered again into His presence and the loneliness has dissipated.

Jesus understands our ups and downs, since He knows every aspect of our lives. I love in John 14:18 where He declares, I will not leave you comfortless. “Come,” He says, “into my presence and I will comfort you.”

How do we do that? Immediately the Scripture pops into my mind:

“Be still and know that I am God”  (Psalm 46:10 NIV).

This very stillness, this focusing on Him, then talking to Him, calms our troubled spirits. Praise His Name.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, In times of turmoil, sadness and loneliness, help us to quiet our spirits and enter into Your reassuring Presence.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.

INTO HIS PRESENCE ANYTIME

Into His Presence Anytime

by Mary Haskett

There are times when we can be weighed down with situations in our lives, loved ones who are ill, wayward children or financial problems; and many other troubles that may come upon us. The thought is coming to me concerning Horatio Spafford the man who lost his family in a storm at sea and upon hearing the news immediately entered into His presence and there found comfort in it. He took up his pen and wrote that most moving of hymns, “It Is Well with My Soul.”

Like the sons of Korah who wrote in Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength an ever- present help in trouble,” Horatio Spafford found refuge from the terrible storm that had assailed him.

I have many praying friends, friends who embrace this truth. We phone or text each other with situations that need to be taken to the Father and we pray immediately. How comforting to know, because God is omnipresent and omniscient, we can enter into His presence anytime.  We don’t have to wait in line. Our God waits for us to come to Him, He longs for us to commune with Him, and He listens and acts on our behalf. What an awesome thought. What an awesome God.

Prayer: Our most Dear and Gracious God, when troubles hit, may we remember that You are waiting for us to come to You, that You long for us to cast our burdens at Your feet. Thank you that You are always, always there for us. Praise Your Holy name. Amen

Here is a video of “It is Well with my Soul”. This is by Chris Rice.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.