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RECKLESS PRAYERS

Reckless Prayers

by T. L. Wiens

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve grown up in the church. Since I was little I’ve heard Jesus described as my brother and friend. Lessons on prayer included phrases like, “you can talk to Jesus like you would talk to a friend.” And I think this is true. However, somewhere in this, Jesus Christ is God, Lord and Master.

In Revelation 1:13-18, we have a description of Jesus.

“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

This is Jesus Christ, our brother and friend. But does my prayer life reflect that He is also God? We should be comfortable approaching Him and at the same time reverent to who He is. Are my requests petty and selfish or am I bringing to Jesus’ feet, with head bowed and heart humble those things that should be on my heart?

 

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit her website for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

A SONG PRAYER

A Song Prayer

by T. L. Wiens

We often sing songs that use words from the Psalms. Many of these are prayers—the heart’s cry from God’s people. I don’t always think about that as I follow the words and attach them to melody. But today, as I was humming to myself, it hit me—this is a prayer.

I know several songs based on Psalms 63. Some are upbeat and lively while others are solemn and filled with minor chords. I’ve sang them often but for some reason, today is the first time I’ve prayed them.

Psalm 63

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

Verse One

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”

This is my heart’s cry. I live in a place where true fellowship is hard to find. It’s very lonely and at times, I get discouraged.

Verse two

“To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.”

My sanctuary is a bit different than the one David may have been referring to but I can see God all around me. He’s in the beauty of nature that surrounds where I live. I can hear the water roar when the wind blows and I know it’s by His word that it blows and the waters move.

Verses 3-5

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:”

How often I forget to praise God! It’s so easy to become bogged down with life’s worries. Lord, let me remember who You are and all You’ve done for me. Keep Your praises on my lips.

Verses 6-7

“When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.”

Is there a better place than in the shadow of God’s wings? As a child, where did I feel safer than in my Daddy’s arms? I rest now in the arms of my Heavenly Father, knowing how much He loves me.

Verse 8

“My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.”

I believe your promises and stand on them. Forgive me for my hatred, jealousy and anger. Restore me to the creation I became when I died in You.

Verses 9-11

“But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes. But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.”

My enemies cannot hurt me. They try but You know their hearts and they will reap as they sow.

Help me to remain steadfast in your love. Amen.

Here is a video of Michael W. Smith – Step by Step, based on Psalm 62

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit her website for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

FEAR

Fear

by T. L. Wiens

It’s always easier to see things from the outside looking in. Recently I watched someone close to me fall into a vortex of fear. He went from a man of faith to a man stumbling over the most basic of Christ centered principles. His eyes are wild when I see him and no amount of reasoning can reach that place within a man where logic resides.

Am I in the same place? What do I reflect? I don’t have the kind of fears my friend has but fear comes in many forms. And there are times when my prayer life is the victim of these fears.

2 Timothy 1:7 says:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

I catch myself at times praying out of fear which is always closely followed by doubt. My eyes are taken off of Jesus Christ and turned onto self. And my prayers reflect that.

These are the times I have to stop and remind myself of Hebrews 4:14-16:

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

When I keep my focus on Jesus and His love for me; His desire to be my help in times of need, my prayers change. I can be bold because I’m safe no matter what happens. Stephen is being murdered, stoned. The rocks are pummelling him and he’s praying for the men killing him. That’s what love can do.

What a wonderful example of 1 John 17 being lived out. It says:

“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

John continues to say in verse 18:

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

When fear guides you, it leads to torment, not to Christ. It’s hard to be seeking the will of God when fears are directing your path.

Prayer:

Lord forgive me for taking my eyes off of you and letting fear cloud my thoughts. I pray you will set my heart, mind, strength and spirit back on You. That I will turn back to love and striving for that perfection that is found only in You and through You. In Jesus name, amen.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit her website for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

 

 

 

 

 

LOVING THE ENEMY

Loving the Enemy

by T. L. Wiens

My son was being bullied to the point that he was ready to take a gun to school. I’d become a fixture at the school trying to get it to stop. Nothing was working. It was at this point that I turned to prayer.

I had prayed about this issue but now things had reached a point where my son couldn’t cope and no one was listening. The desperation factor had me on my knees weeping. And God answered. “Love this young man that is hurting your son and write the story I give you.”

I wrote the story and God showed me a new way to find Him. A plan was laid out for our family as to how to deal with this bullying situation. My son and I started a prayer vigil for this young man and his family. As we continued to do battle in prayer and letting God work on our hearts, the hatred melted into compassion.

By the end of that school year, the bully asked my son to be his friend and he came to me for help with the situation.

God is amazing! He hears our prayers and He answers. In this case, I know He saved the lives of two boys.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit her website for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

LET HIM IN

Let Him In

by T. L. Wiens

A long long time ago
A Babe was born in Bethlehem
And the world didn’t know
What they had

Today a Saviour waits
For every soul to let Him in
But the World doesn’t know
What they have

These are the words of a song I wrote many years ago. I was in many ways a new believer at the time even though I grew up in a home that taught Christian values and always believed. This song came out of the time when I realized my personal need for Jesus Christ to be Saviour and Lord of my life.

As Christmas approaches, I find my prayers leaning more and more towards a sadness that here we have this incredible gift and most of our attentions are on the newest, latest gadget. Shopping baking and planning events seem to be the focus.

Matthew 17:20 says:

“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Philippians 4:13 says:

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Now that is an incredible gift! And it can be yours. So I pray this Christmas as I do every Christmas that believers around the world will raise a loud cry of praise that Jesus came and was born of a virgin because without that baby there is no man. There is no “It is Finished.”

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit her website for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

A MIRACLE STORY

A Miracle Story

by T. L. Wiens

We celebrated my mom’s 75th birthday this year. It was wonderful to gather with family and remember. But for me, this celebration, as every birthday celebration with my mom, was special.

I wasn’t born when my mom’s heart troubles began. In those years, doctors didn’t know what to do to help so my mom kept getting weaker. It was during one of her frequent hospital stays that a pastor stopped by. He wasn’t from our church but he felt pulled to my mom’s room. It wasn’t long before he became a regular visitor.

Then it happened. My mom’s heart stopped. She was declared dead. But this new pastor friend wouldn’t accept that. He petitioned God for a miracle.

I was fifteen years old and sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for my mom to return from getting some blood work done when a nurse handed me my mom’s medical file. I have no idea why she did this but I couldn’t resist taking a peak.

It was there in front of me. Cardiac arrest. Unable to resuscitate. The rest of the page was blank. However, when I lifted that page, it was like the page before it never happened.

The fact that I still have my mom is a miracle. But there are many miracles like this in the kingdom of God. Every believer has that page where they no longer exist but Christ lives through them. What an amazing thing to be given new life. I know without the miracle of bringing my mom back, I wouldn’t exist.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit her website for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

UNABLE TO TRUST

Unable to Trust

by T. L Wiens

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”    Matthew 5:43-48

Be perfect. Now that is a high place that I can’t say I’ve attained.

Loving our enemies is hard. But what do you do when the “enemy” is the church? Our local church has shunned me, asked our family not to return and spread awful rumours about us. Before this, I spent more time in ministry activities than our pastor and I did it without a monetary incentive. Why do these people hate me and how am I supposed to love them?

My prayers start out with good intentions but often take a turn towards begging God for justice. Then I must ask for forgiveness and the circle keeps going round and round.

Then I changed my prayer—I stopped trying to pray for them and asked God just to let me love them. Even though there are still a lot of raw emotions, my heart is starting to change. I’m a long way from perfection but I am on my way.

There are many people who have been crushed by the church. Men hungry for power, church governing rules that come ahead of the word of God and protecting those in leadership at any cost are just a few of the things that have sidetracked the church from loving. Please pray for those of us that have been pushed aside and discarded. We are broken and hurting. Some have abandoned the faith all together while others struggle to trust any church because of the actions of one body. And Jesus weeps.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit her website for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

MISSED BLESSINGS

Missed Blessings

by T. L. Wiens

A friend of mine told me that she welcomed September in the grips of a depression wave. It tossed her this way and that before she realized, this wasn’t something she could fight alone. Soon after confiding in a close friend, the battle began to turn and my friend felt better. I’m glad she went to someone and that the someone she went to prayed. It made all the difference.

Why do we wait so long to ask for prayer? I know I often will struggle without success alone for days, weeks and even years without asking for help. What gets in the way? Sometimes pride, other times the feeling that my problem is trivial in comparison to others becomes the stumbling block.

Let’s love each other and share our burdens so we can pray for each other and all be blessed.

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith  (2Thessalonians 3:1-2.)

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010. Visit her website.

A LONG DISTANCE HUG

A Long Distance Hug

by T. L. Wiens

I hadn’t seen him in years. Life had taken us to different geographical locations but many of our life journeys had common themes. I knew that from updates on Facebook.

He threw his arms around me and held on. I can’t remember the last time I received a hug like that. It felt good to be loved.

After the visit, it occurred to me—my prayers for others are like that embrace. My arms are tightly around them, holding on, wanting God’s blessing for them. Even those I know only by name and sometimes maybe a photo, become close friends that I hurt, weep and rejoice with. The Bible declares love as one of the most important things a believer can give. Yet, too often I get bogged down with day to day issues and forget to love those around me much less those beyond my daily activities. My prayer is that I can love as Christ loves.

How would the body of Christ change if loving others became their main goal?

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1).

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Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010. Visit her website.

MISDIRECTED PRAYERS

Misdirected Prayers

by T. L Wiens

Our pastor announced that a missionary had lost his wallet. He asked us to pray for the immediate return of this lost, most likely stolen article. Nothing within me felt at peace as the pastor bowed his head and asked for just that.

What if the wallet was gone for a greater purpose? Something within me said that was the case.

A few years ago, our house burned down. I can’t tell you how many people were more shattered than we were by this event. I knew losing this house was an answer to prayer. I was attached to the stuff and it stifled my Christian walk. God took it away. Everything in my life refocused as I realized how dependent I’d become on things.

But those around us saw the fire as loss, not only of stuff but of God’s blessing upon us. It saddened us to hear person after person repeat the same thing. We were rejoicing but few voices joined in with us.

How many times do we pray for the easy way out? How many times does God grant our pleas and deny us the greater blessing we could have had if we’d instead prayed for faith through the trial?

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Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit her website for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.