Archive for the ‘Prayer’ Category

Close to See

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Have you ever wondered why we close our eyes to kiss, meditate, or visualize? The answer is simple—we close so we can see. With our eyes closed, we are better able to focus and our sense of touch, smell, and hearing become more perceptive.

My cousin Kenny has an eye disease that is drastically decreasing his vision. Recently, he decided to seek radical training to learn Braille.

Since Kenny still has some sight, the instructor provided him with special goggles that sealed out all the light. He had to be blind to learn to rely totally on his other senses.

Kenny said that the classes included woodworking. And yes, that the instructors are blind!

His story of shutting out his limited vision to see in a new way, reminded me that this concept is also taught in the Scriptures. Shutting out the world around us is a relevant way of gaining greater spiritual clarity in prayer.

We can talk to God anytime, anywhere, with our eyes wide open or closed. However, there are new insights that we can gain by shutting out circumstances—that are overriding our thoughts—thus encouraging our inner spiritual discernment to take the lead.

Time spent in this place of solitude will be evidenced by our greater inner vision, confidence, and creativity. We can develop a lifestyle of relying on—and hearing from—God for direction.

Kenny needed sealed goggles to make the light go away. We too can create a block and break from daily distractions—and focus on—and experience life in a new and more fulfilling way.

Jesus said, “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you(Matthew 6:6 NASB)

Some things don’t change with the weather!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The subject for last week was the weather!  Tulsa got another 3.5 inches last week on top of 14– we didn’t get that much more on top of our 20 but it made everything worse.
But, this week – Feb. 9th, 2011- we have just gotten 17.5 more inches I hear.  It’s hard to tell as it is still snowing and blowing.

Enjoy the wonder.  Still your mind.  There is a God and He is greater than any problem that we can or cannot see.   Even though we’re not have service tonight because of the weather, the church is very much alive, well, open, and active!  See the church is really, really ‘you’ and our communication system is called prayer.  Heaven is always open.  Prayer is just as powerful whether spoken in the sun, rain… or yes the snow.  It’s at times like these that we are reminded that some of the greatest things- love, prayer, God, family, ability to think, or move, or eat are not affected by the weather.  And, yes, the church… Anywhere you are, the church has arrived!  Fill yourself up with God’s love.  Eat it up! Enjoy just being loved, wherever you are, whatever you’ve done.  Open your heart to Jesus.  Then, let some of that love spill out on others today.  Don’t worry that you’ll not have enough.  His love is never ending, never failing– and it will never pass away.

Last week 2 04 11 'feeding the birds" garden table set on porch step to get out of the 15"-20" of snow

my garden table on porch step today 2 09 11

“Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.  It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”  I Cor. 13: 4-7 NLT

This is how God feels about you. In fact He is the one who first initiated it. You are loved beyond measure. Eat it up, this wonderful, never failing, everlasting- God kind of love- into every fiber of your being!

Love does make the world go round.  You are able to love well because He loves you… very well!

I dare you.  Write down of a gift of His love to you, each day.

Archive #181 – Praying Americans

Monday, February 16th, 2009

“We are Americans.” “Let us pray.”

We are Americans with the freedom to vote. We are people created with a free will and the ability to make requests of God.

We are Americans.  We are one Nation, under God.

A critical time for any family is when one wishes to go here and the other part wishes to go there- and everyone is riding in the same car! Someone has to choose which place to go. Some are pleased. Some are not. The disappointed, outvoted passengers must decide how to react.

We are Americans. The vote has been cast for the 44th President of the USA. Happy or sad each has a choice on how to react. As people under God we have an enormous responsibility and awesome privilege to “pray” for our leaders.

Remember we’re all riding in the same vehicle. Wherever this vehicle goes will affect all on board and generations who follow.

We are all Americans.  Let us daily uphold our nation in prayer. May our prayers lead us to hear from heaven and receive healing for our families, our nation and our world.

We are Americans. Let us unite and let us pray!

Archive #173 – Power of Prayer

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

I challenge all of us to encourage and stand in prayer for presidents and all those who are in leadership, so we will be able to lead an undisturbed life and move forward in all areas of our lives.

We are never hopeless if we indeed believe in the power of pray that can turn the hearts of men… no matter their belief. First, we will on a continual basis be praying for wisdom for their decision making abilities.

No matter whom we voted for we must have God direct our Nation.  And, the only way we can have a direct influence is through pray, being informed of the truth, and then working to send qualified people to lead. It’s time we prayed God’s will be done in earth as much after the election as we did before the vote. Prayer for leaders is to be continual and first on the list! It’s amazing the type of talk we do if it’s a job we had anything to do with. And, we all have a part in the government of our lives- and our places of influence.

The bottom line is as long as we are people of the great USA we Christians are responsible for the amount of prayer- and the ongoing voice, action, and wisdom teaching that comes from Chelsea, USA satellite. Let our words be those of truth and integrity after we humbly pray.