Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’
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The Lord is my Shepherd. How are writers like sheep? What does is mean for a writer to pray these words of surrender. Join us in exploring what Psalm 23 means for writers and how to pray these powerful words. We’re posting today at the WordServe Water Cooler.
Betsy and Laurie
Join us at the Water Cooler to share and discuss how writers pray.
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1. Our true character comes out in the way we pray.
2. Prayer imparts the power to walk and not faint.
3. Prayer is the answer to every problem there is.
4. Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer.
5. Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian; not the thing that makes him alive, but the evidence that he is alive.
6. Never say you will pray about a thing; pray about it.
7. God never give us discernment to criticize but to intercede.
8. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message.
9. We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
10. Prayer does not just fit us for the greater work. Prayer is the greater work.
Love these quotes on prayer. Do you have other favorites?
Betsy and Laurie
But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . peace Galatians 5:22
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14: 27
I am trying to find peace today. As always, there are a lot of things going on in my life. People I love struggle and are hurt. There are challenges and decisions. There is just a lot to do. Where can I find peace?
When I try to find peace by controlling my circumstances I come up short. It is only when I surrender those circumstances to God that I find peace in the middle of it all. I can surrender that control only when I have the assurance that God is good and that He can be trusted with my challenges. The answer for me lies in time spent with God:
- Spending time to pray
- Reading the Bible to understand who God is
- Remembering His faithfulness to me in the past
This reminds me that He is bigger than my circumstances, He is good and He cares about me. That’s a relief.
“Christian peace is not the absence of troubles. It is a peace that is unshakeable even in the midst of troubles.”
“If we set our hearts on anything but God, we can lose our peace. But if our greatest love is the unchanging God, then our peace can never be taken from us.”
God’s peace or my attempts to control? It is a matter of choice. I can choose to practice peace.
Today I choose peace.
Dear God, Please send to me the spirit of Your peace.
Then send, dear Lord, the spirit of peace from me to all the world. Amen.
How do you find Peace?
Betsy and Laurie
We’re on our way! Hooray!
But wait a minute! Where are we going?
If we don’t know where we are headed it doesn’t matter how fast we are moving.
When we first began writing together we spent time praying and discussing our vision. We wanted to have a vision statement for our work to keep us in line with each other and more importantly to keep us in line with God.
Early on we chose a Bible verse to guide us:
We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. Psalm 78:4
This verse has been like a compass to us pointing us in the right direction and keeping us on track. At first we saw the next generation as children. We began to expand our vision to see the next generation as adults too.
This statement of purpose helps us in many ways:
- It helps us make decisions about how to spend our time.
- It keeps us focused on the goal instead of on small problems.
- It reminds us that we are not in control, God is in control.
Do you have a statement of purpose for your writing?
Do you know where you are going?
Laurie and Betsy
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O Thou, far off and here, whole and broken,
Who in necessity and in bounty wait,
Whose truth is light and dark, mute though spoken
By Thy wide grace show me Thy narrow gate.
The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry
Listen sweet Dove unto my song,
And spread thy golden wings in me;
Hatching my tender heart so long,
Till it get wing, and fly away with thee.
From a lovely book:
At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time
~ “The Greatest Prayer Is Patience” ~ (Photo credit: pareeerica)
O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
-Samuel F. Pugh
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O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
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Eleven great quotes from a great man, Martin Luther King, Jr.
1. Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
2. I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
3. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
4. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
5. An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
6. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
7. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
8. A lie cannot live.
9. We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
10. To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
11. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
Do you have other favorites?
Laurie and Betsy
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Prayer for the Work Day
Almighty God, thank Thee for the job of this day.
May we find gladness in all its toil and difficulty,
its pleasure and success,
and even in its failure and sorrow.
We would look always away from ourselves,
and behold the glory and the need of the world
that we may have the will and the strength to bring
the gift of gladness to others;
that with them we stand to bear
the burden and heat of the day
and offer Thee the praise of work well done.
–Bishop Charles Lewis Slattery (1867-1930)