Category: encouraging verses

our children {whisper a prayer}

Dear Lord,

  • “I pray that my son will not be conformed to this world, but that he will be transformed by the renewing of his mind, that he may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  Romans 12:2
  • “I pray that my son will cleanse his way by taking heed according to Your word, God.”  Psalm 119:9
  • “I pray that my son will watch and that he will stand fast in the faith and that he will be brave and strong.”  1 Corinthians 16:13
  • “I pray that my son knows You, God, are able to keep him from stumbling, and to present him faultless before the presence of Your glory with exceeding joy.”  Jude 24

(-taken from Praying God’s Will for My Son by Lee Roberts)

my mini

spent last night have soooo much fun putting this mini album together. i made it for my BF lisa.  she is my coffee-buddy.  i knew she would totally “get” the theme of this album.  

i used all sorts of papers, rub-ons, stickers, stamps, ribbon, and starbucks stuff. 

i filled it with pix of us at starbucks, and a pic of our starbucks cups.  

also added coffee quotes and Bible verses about friendship.

these are just a few of the pictures. 

visit my SIS site to see the rest!

prayers for our nation {whisper a prayer}

  • “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.”   Romans 13:1,7
“Lord, We live in a nation that is free to elect those chosen for public office.  We confess that the servants who are chosen are there with Your approval.  Let us faithfully support those elected to office, giving honor to their position.  Let us help them fulfill the obligation and responsibility for our nation.  With prayer and understanding, let us unite ourselves to the one purpose of living a life which “In God We Trust”.”

-taken from “If My People…A 40-Day Prayer Guide for Our Nation”

stand firm

i’ve been working on my youth group lesson all morning and came across an encouraging verse.  

i had never heard the Living Bible version of this verse…guess that’s why it caught my eye (& heart).

 

  • Colossians 2:8 (LB) “Don’t let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, wrong and shallow answers based on men’s thoughts and ideas, instead of on what Christ has said.”
  • Colossians 2:8 (NIV) “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”
this started me thinking. 

people’s thoughts and opinions are everywhere.  facebook, myspace, blogs, every source of media contains SOME-one’s opinions.   often people that SEEM knowledgeable…that have all the elaborate ways to explain what they believe….but once you sort through the pile of what they are saying, the simple question is, “Is this what Christ tells us in the BIBLE?” 

people that are quick to argue their side of what they believe.  i wonder.  maybe they are placed there, simply as a tool of Satan, to stir our hearts and cause us to doubt ourselves AND CHRIST.  maybe their purpose, isn’t even to persuade us to believe us as they do, or “win us over” to their side, but just to wedge their foot into the door of our heart….where Christ presides….

will you sway?  will you believe them?  or will you stand firm on the solid foundation that is Christ alone?

MY ripple effect

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,”  

whenever i need a little boost in my devotional time, i pull out my favorite devotional book:  “Women of the Bible”    

today i studied Priscilla.  as in Priscilla & her husband Aquila.  (you can check out more by reading Acts 18-19, Romans 16:3-4, 1 Corinthians 16:19, 2 Timothy 4:19)    

Priscilla was one of the first missionaries and a leader of the early church.  she was a woman whose spiritual maturity and understanding of the faith helped build up the early church.   

some key points that God taught me today, during my devotion time:

  • “All work is valuable and worthwhile in God’s sight, and all work is worth doing ‘with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men….It is the Lord Christ you are serving’ ”  Colossians 3:23-24
  • “Whatever my role as a woman in my church, whether in the background or in a leadership position, i can be sure that what i am doing matters.  Each task–no matter how small or large–is important to the spread of the gospel.  I am an integral part of my church community, and God promises to use me.”
  • “The truth is, most of us have affected others in far more positive ways than we might guess, especially if we belong to Christ.”

“as believers, we should picture our lives as stones thrown into a pond.  our lives are meant to have a RIPPLING EFFECT so others can feel the influence of our gifts and faith.      

picture yourself as a stone in God’s hand.    

He throws you into the water.   

What kind of ripples do you see?  Are they large or small?     

Thank God for all the ripples your life has already created, even if the circle of your influence still seems rather small.  Unlike the ripples created by an ordinary stone, the ripple effect of faith need never stop as long as we live.  Pray that God will make waves with your faith, even rocking a few boats along the way.”

staci {whisper a prayer}

good morning (afternoon) to you!  hope everyone had a fantastic labor day!  we did!  a day of family/food/fun.  bought ladderball.  (ever tried it?)  it’s a great backyard game for all ages.  had our own tournament.  my dad was the only one to endure the entire thing, and beat us all.  it was a lot of fun!!!!

 

you may remember last week, i asked you to pray for my friend staci.  she has breast cancer and had her first dose of chemo last thursday.  we’ve been praying and waiting to hear how it went. 

i received this update this morning:

Dear family & friends:

Staci had her first round of chemo along with a slight case of a sinus infection. Because of the sinus infection, they had to give her some type of extra medicine with her chemo and then give her an antibiotic. She had the chemo early afternoon Thursday and by the evening she was very sick and vomiting. This lasted most of the night and through Friday. She had to go back Friday afternoon to get the shot that goes to her bones to help keep the bone marrow counts up and help with infection. Since she was still getting sick, they prescribed yet another nausea medicine and by Friday evening, she was able to at least rest better. She has not been able to eat since Thursday morning and they are encouraging her to try to make herself eat. They said that with this shot they give her that for the next 2 or 3 days her bones and body will ache.

Everyday her mailbox has been full of cards and this is great. She enjoys reading them. Thank you all for sending her those cards. I enjoy seeing a smile on her face when she reads the funny ones. She just can’t believe when she opens the cards of all that have rememberd her.

A friend, Betsy Askins, sent books for the kids to read about “mommy having cancer”. I had the opportunity to sit with Kylie and Mason tonight and read one of them. When we read about mommy having cancer and having an operation, Kylie would say “that’s just like mommy”. But when we read the part about mommy going “bald”, she was not real sure of that. She wanted to know if we could go out tomorrow and buy mommy a wig so she wouldn’t look like a man. Pray that when Staci does lose her hair that Kylie will be able to handle this. She was pretty quiet after we talked about that so I know it’s laying heavy on her mind. Of course Mason said “me shave my head too”. Kylie said, “not me!”. Staci went to run her hand through her hair and already her hair started to come out a little. This is all happening way too fast.

As always – I ask you to continue to pray for Staci, Chad, Kylie and Mason. I appreciate the cards that have come in that are for Chad also. If any of you are “caregivers” you understand that usually all the attention goes to the one that is sick, not the one that is taking care of them and doing everything so I truly appreciate that you have included Chad on the cards.

Also, please remember my mother, Jeanette Bowers and mother-in-law, Dee Buchanan. This is very hard on them with Staci being their granddaughter and that they can’t be with her either.

In Christ’s love, Ann Buchanan

 As you go about your daily routine, maybe you could whisper a prayer or two for Staci and her family.  (thank you)

  • Dear God, When Staci is confronted with grief, uncertainty, fear, or pressure, remind her of your promise in Isaiah 41:10:  “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Amen
  • Dear Lord, You are Staci’s rock and her strength.  When she grows weary, let her turn her thoughts and her prayers to You.  When she is discouraged, restore her faith in You.  Let her always trust in Your promises, Lord, and let her draw strength from those promises and from Your unending love.  Amen

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”  Psalm 73:26

(-taken from “Praying the Scriptures for your Children”  and  “Prayers of a Godly Woman”)

what i need to hear {whisper a prayer}

You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
    They cannot be numbered!
I cant even count them;
    they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
    you are still with me!

Psalm 139:16–18

isn’t it awesome that God knows what you need to hear and finds ways to reveal Himself to us?  the verse above was in my inbox today…..just what i needed to hear.

my heart has been burdened for my friend Staci….her family has gone to our church for many many many years….i used to babysit for her and her brother when i was a teen.  i lost contact with Staci.  she grew up.  got married.  has 2 beautiful kids. moved away.  her parents and extended family still live here and go to our church.  

Staci has breast cancer.  today she starts her chemo.  i pray that God gives her strength beyond comprehension and a peace that only He can give.

there has been a facebook group started for staci, so that those that love her can keep up-to-date on her status.  the following was the most recent update:

 

As you know, Staci had a double mastectomy on July 2nd because of breast cancer. We met with the oncologist this morning, Thursday, August 14th to see where she goes from here.

She was diagnosed with “HER 2 Positive” cancer. This is a very aggresive cancer and by the time it shows up on scans, it most generally is too late to treat. Because of this, starting on August 28th, she will have a very strong chemo called Cytoxan and Adrianycin every other Thursday for 8 weeks. The day after the chemo treatment, she will have an injection that will go directly to her bones to help fight infection and to keep her bonemarrow counts up. She will lose her hair around 16 days after the first chemo treatment. She will be nauseated and around the 7th or 8th day after her chemo treatment, she will probably be so weak that it would be hard for her to even brush her teeth.

After those 8 weeks, for the next 12 weeks, one day each week -she will have another type of chemo treatment called taxotere. It is not as severe as the first 8 weeks. But she still may have some of the same side effects as the first 8 weeks.

After those 12 weeks, every week – one day a week for a full year, she will have a drug administered just like the chemo is administered called Herceptin. This may go from one full year to two years but they won’t know until then. She will not lose her hair or get sick from this but the problem is that it could make her heart become weak. It also can cause congestive heart failure. They will have to monitor her heart every week for this.

Of course, this was not what we were hoping to hear and they were quite frank with us about the seriousness of this type of cancer. Without this treatment and because of her young age, the cancer would definitely come back. But with all this treatment, she has an 80 – 90% chance that it will not.

Staci teaches down syndrum, autistic and severe behavior children at her school. She wants to try to teach during this as much as possible but she is also concerned about the stress this will put on her students because of the inconsistency of her not being there all the time.

Prayer requests:
1) That God will give Staci’s body strength through all of this and that Staci will know when she must sit back and take it easy.
2) For her husband, Chad and children Kylie and Mason – pray that her children will not be scared when they see their momma without hair and when she is weak. Chad is tired and weary and scared – pray that God will also give him the strength and encouragement that he will need to get through this.
3) That our family will have wisdom on how to handle all of this and how to care for Staci.
4) And most of all – that our Faith will grow stronger each day because we know that God has a greater plan for Staci.

 

 

if you have time today and feel so inclined, maybe you could whisper a prayer for Staci and her family.

  • Dear Lord, Help Staci feel Your presence in every situation and every circumstance.  You are with her, dear Lord, in times of celebration and in times of sorrow.  You are with her when she is strong and when she is weak.  You never leave Staci’s side even when it seems to her that You are far away.  Today and every day, God, let Staci feel You and acknowledge Your presence so that others, too, might know You through her.”  Amen

(-taken from Prayers of a Godly Woman: Second Edition)

oh lisa!

met my dear friend, lisa, for lunch today and received this from her!  she had read my blog and knew how i love starbucks mugs and bought it for me.  thanks lisa!  whatta nice surprise!!!!!

  • “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls for he has no one to help him up.”
    Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 New King James Version

all-consuming goals

all-consuming goals.  does that sound familiar?  it does to me.  occasionally, God chooses to remind me that i tend to get single-mindedly focused on one particular all-consuming goal. 

i’m focused.  i set a goal and achieve it.  so, what’s the problem?

i tend to neglect everything else.

recently, it’s been getting in shape.  is that a bad thing?  no.  heck, i’m 38.  for my own health, i want to be in shape and healthy.  i set my goal and i achieved it, plus.  i lost over 20 pounds.  clothes are fitting better.  i feel better about myself.  i’m hoping that my heart is healthier when i work out.  i hope that by eating healthy and exercising regularly, i am setting a good example for my teenage son.   

so, like i said, how can this be a bad thing?  

Proverbs 31:30  “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;  but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

1 Peter 3:3-5 “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.  For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.”

i’m not saying that i’ve strayed purposefully from the Lord, i’m saying that at the end of the day, i find myself asking what did i do to beautify the inside of my heart.  did i spend time in the Word?  prayer? 

it’s easy to want to look good.  and it’s rewarding.  people see the outside.  they compliment it.  i can see the changes every time i walk past a mirror.  

it’s harder to “find time” to spend in God’s Word.  

Why is that?

i don’t know.  maybe you are better at it than i am.  i am a list person.  i see what’s on my “to-do” list and that is what i do.  YET, grooming & exercising aren’t on my “to-do” list, yet i do them.  why is it so easy to bump my quiet time to the bottom of my mental list?  i don’t know.  i go through periods of time, when it is easier.  when i daily find time to spend in God’s Word. 

and as i look back at those times. days/weeks/months when it was easy.  when i made time to read God’s Word.  to meditate on it.  to learn from it.  to listen to God.  to walk closer with Him. 

in those times,  i can see the beauty within me.

new goal:  nurture the beauty within, by spending time in God’s Word and drawing closer to my Savior.