Monday’s Musings #175 & Praying Consistently

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We all know how important prayer is to our faith walk. We are to Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2) Prayer is a wonderful gift from God. It is the door in which we can directly communicate with Him at any given moment. Billy Graham once said, “Avail yourself of the greatest privilege this side of heaven. Jesus Christ died to make this communion and communication with the Father possible.” 

However, our lives can be so busy and agenda-filled that we forget or don’t make time to pray or only pray when we’re in the midst of a trial. One of the most powerful components of being a believer is making time to pray and converse with our Father daily. He is always available and wants us to come to Him with our praises, thankfulness, concerns and requests. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

I want to share some ways to maintain a prayer life that stays consistent.

  • Start a prayer journal. This has been instrumental in keeping me consistently before the Lord. Writing my prayers down on paper makes my prayer time intentional. I bought a plain notebook and put it where I can see it so I don’t forget. It’s also a great place to make note of how God answers those prayers.
  • Make a prayer basket. In this basket, there would be your prayer journal, some pens or pencils, and a bible. Set this basket where you can see it or leave it in the place where you plan to pray for the day. Use the bible to motivate your prayer time by using Scripture in your prayer. “Praying the Word means reading (or reciting) Scripture in a spirit of prayer and letting the meaning of the verses become our prayer and inspire our thoughts.” (Quote from Desiring God.)
  • Have a prayer spot. This could be a specific chair, area, room, etc. I have a chaise chair in my room I have used for my prayer time. I like having a specific place to go to when I’m praying. I know the Lord can meet me anywhere but having a designated place in my home to meet with Him alone helps me remember to pray. Have you ever noticed how some churches have prayer rooms? Kind of think of it like that. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)
  • Have a prayer time. Scheduling a specific prayer time in your day will encourage regular prayer. Now your prayer time is set in stone so you won’t forget. As you schedule out your day, write in your prayer time. Remember how Jesus would go early in the morning? “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) Oh, did you see how he went to specific place? Just something to ponder.
  • Pray anywhere, anytime. Although I suggest a specific prayer time above, I also believe we should be in prayer often throughout our day. These prayers usually happen in the moment we’re in or maybe a request has come our way that needs covering. It’s important to understand that the door to converse with God is always open. Stop and seize the moment to talk with God anytime, anywhere. We’re instructed to “pray without ceasing” so let’s do just that. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) 
  • Do a word study on prayer. Read the Word and see what God has to say about prayer. I believe as you learn how important prayer is, your prayer life will be approached differently for the better.

I encourage you to start today. Make those changes needed to strengthen your prayer life. Corrie Ten Boom nailed it when she said, “A man is powerful on his knees.” Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

Update on Pop: He is scheduled to come home this week. Praise God for answered prayers concerning him. Now its time again to share some awesome posts. I am so glad you are here. Have a great week.

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 Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #174 & God’s Plan

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It has been two weeks since Pop’s stroke. Family has spent much time at the hospital visiting and tending to Pop. This last Friday he was well enough to be transferred to the rehab facility where he will gain strength and learn how to function at home safely. Although Pop understands what is happening and knows the why of it all, often he talks about going home. All that has happened in the last three weeks was not part of his plan for his life. At times I believe he felt it to be such an inconvenience. It certainly interrupted his life and has now permanently changed the way life will be from here on out for him. My heart breaks because getting older is not easy and the season he is in is definitely trying. However, I know God is in control of all.

In the book of Jeremiah, God told the Israelites that he had a plan for them. He reassured them this plan was “for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) These words were spoken by a sovereign God. He knows all that He will do and how it all will come together. “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.(Acts 15:18) God being the same yesterday, today and always leads me to believe that the plans God has for us today are for our well-being just like he promised the Israelites.

God’s plans aren’t always going to be what we think they ought to be. Pop didn’t choose to have a stroke. He definitely didn’t desire to be spending so much time in the hospital. Yet God’s plan for Pop included both those things. This was what God had allowed to happen and even though it is not what Pop wants to be enduring, there is peace in knowing God is in control of every aspect of Pop’s life. Pop, being a believer himself, knows this as well.

I’m reminded that Romans 8:28 is so true. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” God’s life plan for each one of us is perfect and designed for good including the difficult times we endure. If you are in the middle of a trying time in your life, hold fast to this: that your suffering is not in vain. God does everything with a purpose. We need to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” even in the midst of tribulations and trials. (1 Corinthians 15:58)Every sorrow we taste will one day prove to be the best possible thing that could have happened to us. We will thank God endlessly in heaven for the trials that he sent us here.” (Quote by Joni Eareckson Tada)

Well, another week and another opportunity to share and encourage. I’m so glad to have you here.

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 Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #173 & He Remains Faithful

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It has been an intense week. On Tuesday, my father-in-law (a.k.a. Pop) had a stroke. It didn’t look good the first 48 hours but in the days following Pop showed pretty good improvement. He had no physical damage, like paralysis, from the stroke and the way it happened prevented any serious effects. God’s protection on him definitely. Now, he’s not out of the woods yet but we are heading in the right direction.

In the Word, it says, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.(1 Peter 4:12) ForIn the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) 

We can know that trials will come but, most importantly, we can know the the Lord is present when they do. He does’t abandon His children but instead “the Lord is faithful.(2 Thessalonians 3:3) “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14) We do not have to endure our struggles by ourselves. We are not meant as God’s children to walk alone through tribulations.

It is so humbling to me the way the Lord loves His children. His parenting skills are right on. He demonstrates to us a faithfulness like none other. We see evidence of this in Abraham’s and Isaac’s story. God promised Abraham that he would be a great nation yet he asked him to sacrifice his son, Isaac. However, God never planned for Abraham to kill Isaac and He did make Abraham a great nation. Abraham only needed to trust the Lord.

We also see God’s faithfulness in Gideon’s story. Even though Gideon showed doubt in what the Lord was asking him to do, God remained faithful and showed Gideon that he only needed to trust Him. By doing so, Gideon won the fight against thousands of Midianites by the hand of God and only 300 hundred men.

I don’t know what the next day, week or months hold for Pop. What I do know is that I can trust the Lord to do what is best and good. I can trust He will guide decisions concerning Pop’s health care. I can trust He will be present through it all because He cannot deny His characterIf we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13) I can trust we will see His face every step of the way. If Pop crosses your mind this week, lift him up in prayer please. I know the Lord will hear.

Well, I was able to read some of the posts you shared. Not as many as I had hoped with all that went on with Pop but I got to some. Thank you for faithfully sharing your posts and this link up with others.

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Monday’s Musings #172

Well, here we are at the beginning of another week. I am excited to see what you will share with me and all who visit here. Thank you for the encouragement each and every week.        

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Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, mothering, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for stopping by and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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