A Self-Ish Prayer

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Lord,

I pray for my self today.  That my self, which is a bit unruly at times, would be a better self with your help.

I pray that my self would not react in its human nature to the actions or words from my spouse, children or co-workers that push my buttons. Even the angry driver on the road. Help my self to see the truth and heart in the situation, which is most always good-intentioned–even the angry driver just wants to stay alive.

I pray for my self today.  That it would be hard working at thankless jobs.  That my self would put in its best effort even when it goes unnoticed.  That it would not seek recognition for deeds, but serve and work for the glory of you, God.

I pray for my self.  That it would be grateful among all circumstances…even those that seem impossible to be thankful for.  May my self reflect a spirit of gratitude from the second its tired feet touch the soft rug in the morning to the last waking moment of the day.  For gratitude is the secret to peace and joy.

Lord, please forgive my self, which I am responsible for.  Forgive its self-ish ways, its seeking of personal Glory, its careless acknowledgement of abundance, its lack of compassion for those in need, its desire to take control away from you all the time and keep it balled up in its fist.  Open the fist.

I pray for patience for my self.  Not for others, which is important, but today, for this self alone.  Let me have grace for its mistakes, understand the incredible breadth of your forgiveness, and in turn, forgive my-self.  I pray that it can grasp the truth and power of second chances.  You are the God of second-chances.

I pray for my-self today.  Self, I am talking to you. Hear this prayer, store it inside, live it out,

for you are me.

Amen

Show Me Your Strength

Written By Jen

I really do want to see how strong you are!  That sounds fun!  Isn’t that why we love the amazing race, the biggest looser, the voice, I even like P90X videos.  Show me your strength.  Show me what you can persevere through.  Show me joy that comes from trial.  I want to see you work and really I want to see what work accomplishes.  Show me your strength.  Let me see your character as you work.  What role does forgiveness  mercy, grace, perseverance and sweat play in your accomplishments.  Can I trust you?  Would I follow you?  Who are you?  I want to watch your story.  How do those stories change us or do they?  When I see others who have lost tons of weight do a work out, I think, surely I can get through this hour if they can.  How does the strength of another give us the courage and the strength to take another step?  It’s pretty powerful.  I admire leadership that leads others to somethings better.  There are a whole bunch of leaders out there who are leading people nowhere or dragging people down.  What good is that?  What kind of stories do you follow?  What kind of leaders influence you?  What kind of everyday peeps impact your life?  Relating back to the Christmas story, Mary had been following some stories. Mary knew who her God was.  She knew His character, she had been watching His strength as it was seen through generations before her.

Joy is an amazing gift!  Sometimes it comes from sorrow or is coupled oddly with anguish, like in child-birth.  It is interesting to me how sometimes I can grieve and yet be so thankful for the one I am grieving for the love we shared that I also feel joy.  Mary is in awe here.  She and Elizabeth are simultaneously experiencing the unbelievable.   Mary responds with praise and thanks to God.  She KNEW who God was.  She knew who He said he was to Abraham.  She knew his promises.  She believed him.  She knew His Strength.  Check out her response to God.  I put it here in the Message version because I fell in love with it.  I really want to highlight and bold all my favorite parts for you, but maybe you can find your own.  Here’s what she said to God.

46-55 And Mary said,

I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.

 

I told you I fell in love with this translation of Mary’s response.  I could see God a bit through her eyes and I could see why she believed, why she followed, the strength she admired and the God whose name is above all other names!  The following are a few of my thoughts as correlated with the verses as I read!  All I have to say is Hallelujah.

Is giving Mary and Elizabeth children showing His strength?  Part of His story?  Part of His trial?

Is HIS holy name set apart from all others a glimpse of His strength? (Thank you that Your name is not like any other name!)

How does His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him show His strength?  (Wash over me.)

When He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts did He not win our love? (Isn’t this the hero in every movie we love?)

He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. (Admirable indeed.  No one is beyond His reach.)

He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.  (He knows and loves His people.)
It’s exactly what he promised,
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.  (He is caring forth a plan.  A redemption plan.  A hero, in a movie we love.  Hold onto your seats, the Word is becoming flesh and about to dwell among us, Immanuel, God with us.  Mary, Elizabeth, Zachariah, Joseph and the whole world is in for a wild ride.  The  hero is about to shake things up.)

 

 

MYSTERY: Who is the word?

Written by Jen

Hey y’all.  I am not claiming to be a great Bible Study writer or writer in general.  (You have enough evidence of this if you regularly read my posts!)   However, I wanted to create a Bible Study to do with our family that goes along with what we are learning at church.  I will post the message from church and then I will add the Bible Study!  I thought there may be other famlies who would like to have some devotional time too.  It is written with my children in mind.  I think this is most ideal for those who already attend Flatirons Community Church, but anyone could use it!  I would recommend the adults listen to the talk first, but this is not necessary, just an idea.  For the record, I am not on staff at Flatirons and have no affiliation, other than attending Flatirons Church, so if I royally mess anything up, blame me, not them.  I love the idea that we are all learning the same thing.  I am taking their great ideas and trying to take it to the next level with our kids.  Enough with the disclaimers!

 

Here is the sermon: B.C 9.15.12

Here is a fun devotional/Bible Study to do with your kids!  Click the link below to view and print.

John 1:1-17: Mystery; Who is the WORD? Lesson 1.

 

Maddie’s Prayer

Written By Amy

Ashley And Maddie

 

I wanted to share a prayer that my daughter, Maddie (10), wrote this past Sunday morning during a family devotional time.  When I first read it, I was touched by the simplicity of the prayer, reminding me that my prayers to God don’t need to be complicated and full of words, just an honest outpouring of my heart.

It is with her permission that I share it (and if you know her you will believe she was very excited when I asked if I could share this on my blog…no shyness with this one!)

Dear God,

God you’re a magnificent God.  You made the heaven and the trees.  You created  heaven so that people can have a good place to look forward to when they die.  I praise you God because you are an amazing God.

Please forgive me for when I lie.  I have gotten way better because you have helped me.

Thank you for an amazing dog and family.   They have blessed me with so many things.  And thank you for amazing friends like Ashley.  She is so sweet.

Please put your holy spirit inside of people so they can become Christians and follow you, God.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Maddie

31 Day Challenge Begins Today!

Written By Jen

Hey friends!  Remember the 31 Day Challenge?   THE CHALLENGE is to pray each day of August for our children.  Instead of my usual mind wandering, I found, 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children by Bob Hosteler to help us stay focused. Each day I will post the prayer of the day on our Grace Full Home Facebook page.  If you “LIKE” us on the sidebar on the left  –>  on Facebook you can follow the daily challenge.  I also pasted the original post below for a reminder.  There is also a page you can click and print and post somewhere you go each day to help you remember.

Who is going to join me in intentionally praying the next 31 days for our children?

Simple steps:

1. Click on the graphic below or the daily prayer (posted each day on FB) and print it.

2. Post it somewhere you will see everyday. (I am going to post mine in my master loo.  Surely, that is a place I will have at least 2 minutes of alone time a day! lol!  It is summer and my alone time feels scarce!)

3. Pray!  As we pray, I am excited to see how God uses these 31 virtues to remind me of His goodness and the wonderful ways He works in our children’s lives!

4. Who’s in?  I hope you will join me!  Everything is better with friends!

 

Here is Day 1.  Followed by the summary printable of 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  Followed by the original post.

A quick thought on prayer.  Prayer can feel funny if you are not used to praying.  It’s simply talking to God.  He has searched us and knows and is familiar with all of our ways.  My advice is to just be honest in prayer!  I like to start praying like this. “Lord, please teach me to pray.  Help me to hear your voice and follow you.  Open my eyes, ears and my heart and let your Word and Holy Spirit speak truth into my heart and mind.  As I read my Bible, please help me to understand.  I ask for your wisdom and knowledge…. and then I pray on.  Ending in a “In Jesus Name, Amen.”   My way isn’t the right way, it is just my pattern.  And remember it doesn’t need to be an hour prayer time, it’s can be a simple minute as you wake up.  You can go to your knees, or lie in your bed and take a focused minute to pray for your children.  Good luck! Have fun.   Jen:)  Happy August 1st Friends!!

 

 

 

 

By Jen

I CHALLENGE YOU to PRAY with me for 31 DAYS for YOUR CHILDREN.  The month of AUGUST has 31 days, so who is with me?

Prayer is something I believe in, but I can get lazy and repetitive with them at times. My mind goes on auto pilot and isn’t always engaged. My friend Michelle has been posting a daily prayer based on 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray For Your Children on her Facebook account and I love it!  Her posts cause me to stop and think.  They are engaging, challenging and encouraging me to intentionally pray for my kids. It has been a nice change of pace.  My prayer life is in a new groove and these simple prayers are wonderful to think through.

Prayer doesn’t have to be long.  This is just a simple sentence a day.  If you want more, there are two verses with each sentence you can look up.  You can look them up and meditate on them and the whole process may only take you a few minutes.  It’s a wonderful way to start or end you day.

THE CHALLENGE:  I challenge you to join me for the month of August to pray with me for our children.  Pray 1 virtue a day for your children.  I found this cool graphic you can print of  the 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  SO it couldn’t be easier.

1. Click on the graphic and print it.

2. Post it somewhere you will see everyday. (I am going to post mine in my master loo.  Surely, that is a place I will have at least 2 minutes of alone time a day! lol!  It is summer and my alone time feels scarce!)

3. Pray!  As we pray, I am excited to see how God uses these 31 virtues to remind me of His goodness and the wonderful ways He works in our children’s lives!

4. Who’s in?  I hope you will join me!  Everything is better with friends!

Click Here to Print

 

1. Salvation—”Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:82 Tim. 2:10)

 

2. Growth in Grace—”I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 3:18)

 

3. Love—”Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.” (Gal. 5:25Eph. 5:2)

 

4. Honesty and Integrity—”May integrity and honesty be their virtue
and their protection.” (Ps. 25:21)

 

5. Self-Control—”Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.”
(1 Thess. 5:6)

 

6. Love for God’s Word—”May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” (Ps. 19:10)

 

7. Justice—”God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do.” (Ps. 11:7Mic. 6:8)

 

8. Mercy—”May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

 

9. Respect (for self, others, and authority)—”Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as Your Word commands.” (1 Pet. 2:17)

 

10. Biblical Self-Esteem—”Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in therealization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:10)

 

11. Faithfulness—”Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.” (Prov. 3:3)

 

12. Courage—”May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.” (Deut. 31:6)

13. Purity—”Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.” (Ps. 51:10)

14. Kindness—”Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thes. 5:15)

15. Generosity—”Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay uptreasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (1 Tim. 6:18-19)

16. Peace-Loving—”Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace.” (Rom. 14:19)

17. Joy—”May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thes. 1:6)

18. Perseverance—”Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Heb. 12:1)

19. Humility—”God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all.” (Titus 3:2)

20. Compassion—”Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.” (Col. 3:12)

21. Responsibility—”Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load.” (Gal. 6:5)

 

22. Contentment—”Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength.” (Phil. 4:12-13)

 

23. Faith—”I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.” (Luke 17:5-6Heb. 11:1-40)

 

24. A Servant’s Heart—”God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.” (Eph. 6:7)

25. Hope—”May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)

 

26. Willingness and Ability to Work—”Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord and not for men.” (Col. 3:23)

 

27. Passion for God—”Lord, please instill in my children a soul that ‘followeth hard after thee,’ one that clings passionately to You.” (Ps. 63:8)

 

28. Self-Discipline—”Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.” (Prov. 1:3)

 

29. Prayerfulness—”Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.” (1 Thess. 5:17)

 

30. Gratitude—”Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20; Col. 2:7)

 

31. A Heart for Missions—”Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among the peoples.” (Ps. 96:3)

 

31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children by Bob Hostetler, graphic by KeepingitPersonal.com .  Click Here to print this graphic.

 

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