Prayer for the New Year

 

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Photo (c) John G Evans 2010

Lord, I want my heart to beat to Your pulse. Let the rhythms of my day rise and fall with Your breath.

Silence the lies and the noise that cover Your truth, and let me see others and myself through Your eyes.

Let me heal and not rend. Let my tears fall with gratitude or in sympathy.

Let every dollar that passes through my fingers be undefiled and serve Your kingdom alone.

Do I ask too much? Not enough?

Wreck me.

Transform me.

Renew every fiber, change every corpuscle. Make me brand new with love that never grasps, grace that pours from You through me, and mercy that seems impossible.

Let the world see Your work in me.

And let me boast only of You.

Amen.

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Photo (c) John G Evans 2010

Book Review: Left to Tell, by Immaculee Ilibagiza

When my husband told me he was buying a book about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, I knew that it would be an intense read. It certainly was intense — more than just about any other book I’ve read.

In her book Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, Immaculee Ilibagiza tells a story of terror, loss, grief and forgiveness. During the three-month period after the death of Rwanda’s Hutu president in 1994, thousands of ethnic Tutsis were killed. At age 24, college student Immaculee was visiting her family for the holidays when the slaughter began. She and seven other Tutsi women hid for 91 days in the bathroom of a Hutu pastor’s house.

Through hours of prayer, devout Catholic Immaculee found the strength to forgive those who killed her family members and so many other Tutsis. Eventually, her prayers lead her to a new life of healing and helping others who survived this tragedy.

As I read Left to Tell, the book stayed in my mind and heart throughout each day. I dreamed at night about Immaculee’s account of the atrocities, and wondered how anyone could survive such horror. Immaculee can teach all of us the power of forgiveness, even in the most unimaginable circumstances. I highly recommend this book.

If you would like to purchase Left to Tell or other books by Immaculee Ilibagiza, visit this link. You can learn more about Immaculee’s life and work on her website, Immaculee.

Multitude Monday: 109-116






It has been too long, and there is so much to say. When life and its worries became overwhelming, I tightened my grip, choosing to white-knuckle my way through challenges. How much better it is to turn worries into worship! This week, I continue my list for Multitudes on Mondays at A Holy Experience after a long absence, choosing gratitude over gritting my teeth. Here it is:

109.) This week’s invitation to a prayer circle. This invitation began my turnaround from worry toward gratitude. I thank the ladies at Ruby for Women for that email invitation, and for a wonderful community.

110.) Fourth wedding anniversary today! Thankful for my husband John, and for many more years of friendship and love. When we first met, I knew that God had his fingerprints all over this relationship!

111.) The many guest speakers at Saddleback Church the past couple of months. Their inspired words have helped the church community heal, and have helped me discern callings I hadn’t previously recognized. Even though I am part of the online campus, I feel a strong connection to Saddleback as the church heals from loss.

112.) Refreshing, cooler than normal May weather. In Texas, this only comes after thunder and hail.

113.) Writing opportunities that line up with my certificate in fitness. Now I can fill in that writer portfolio!

114.) Healthy but yummy foods…like these quinoa cakes! They taste extra good because the quinoa is toasted first.

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115.) Watching the NBA playoffs with my husband and my mom. Go Spurs!

116.) Pizza that arrived late.  Amazing how God can use late pizza to teach me and lift my spirits! I wanted to treat my mom to pizza and a movie this Mother’s Day, so I ordered online. We waited an hour and a half, and I was beating myself up because I couldn’t make things turn out “right”…silly, but true! My husband arrived home from a visit with his mom, and still no pizza. Well, the pizza arrived after I called and asked about the order…and we got an extra free pizza because it was late! Things were not as they seemed, and turned out better than originally expected! Hmm, could be some wisdom to that 🙂

That’s my list for this week. Hope you’ll link up with your list!

 

Five Minute Friday: Comfort

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Welcome to Five Minute Friday, hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker. Each week, we write for five minutes from a prompt. This week’s prompt is “comfort”…here goes:

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After weeks of worry, appointments, tests and more worry, I receive an invitation to a prayer circle. I loosen my grip on the day. I exhale into my prayer and melt into God’s arms. There are no words…only comfort.

Husband watches me rush headlong into my fears, and I see his heart in his eyes. He knows what it is to worry, and what it is to comfort. My hand is small in his grasp.

Five minutes later, I remember who I am, and that I love the lake shore, a chilly breeze on my face, and the smell of caramel corn. Those days are coming, and they comfort us as we wait for smooth waters and sparkling days. With the click of a mouse, we see our future, and we imagine the possibilities that comfort us.

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My five minutes are up. Hope you’ll join us!

Multitude Monday: 85-91

 

Many thanks to Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience for hosting Multitudes on Mondays. Hope you’ll join us with your gratitude list. This past week, my husband and I examined our hearts and reconsidered some of our decisions and assumptions about our faith. We paused on the path, made some adjustments, and are continuing in our walk. This post is a reflection of all that praying and pondering.

I am grateful for:

85. That intangible check in my spirit that prompts me to reconsider decisions. Even if I feel foolish, I know that the “still small voice” speaks the truth. As a person who is always learning, I will always make mistakes, and I pray that the mistakes will help make me wiser. And I am grateful for the friends who remain my friends as I stumble and regain my footing.

86. The reminder that my faith is based on relationship, not a religion, a building, or a checklist. I am blessed that my prayers go from my heart to God’s ear, and that God knows my heart better than any individual or committee.

87. Yesterday’s loving, honest, early morning conversation with my husband that brought us closer — and closer to the Lord.

88. On a lighter note — relearning those macrame knots, and experimenting with beaded crochet and knitting. How fun!

89. City buses, which make possible future shopping trips to Goodwill, in search of beads, fabric and other craft goodies.

90. The ability and opportunity to write for pay.

91. Finally made over-easy eggs without breaking the yolks!

Have a blessed week, friends…see you next Monday!

Miracle Cure — HAWMC Day 20

Day 20

Miracle Cure. Write a news-style article on a miracle cure. What’s the cure? How do you get the cure? Be sure to include a disclaimer. 

Exclusive update…Among the Pots and Pans has learned that a recipe for a miracle cure* has been discovered. According to our sources, the recipe makes anything and everything all right. Any combination of these ingredients will work, and you can substitute your own ingredients if you like. Right here on Among the Posts and Pans, you can read the recipe for this cure.

 

Ingredients:

Fresh air

Bird song

Sprinkling of fresh dew

Pretty sunrise

Knowledge that one is appreciated

A few close friends

One shoulder to cry on

One hand to hold

Chocolate

Favorite song

Gratitude

Any combination of these ingredients will work, and you can substitute your own ingredients if you like. Mix together or use one at a time. Genuine, non-artificial ingredients never expire. If you are so inclined, offer a prayer to the creator of these ingredients. Pass the recipe on.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8

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*Disclaimer: this “miracle cure” has not been scientifically proven. 😉 This article is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. Bless you!

Read more stories at Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge…and maybe add your own!

Book Review: PrayerWalk by Janet Holm McHenry

Every weekday morning, author Janet Holm McHenry has a date with God. In her book PrayerWalk: Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength and Discipline, she shares the story of her “prayerwalk” ministry. Every weekday, she embarks on her 5:00 a.m. walk through her neighborhood. Rain or shine, McHenry meets with God and follows His prayer promptings — whether it’s for family members or local business owners. She encourages the reader to make her time of praise and prayer the centerpiece of life, rather than merely “fitting in” prayer time.

PrayerWalk includes information on the physical benefits of walking, as well as advice on choosing the right shoes, clothing, and walking route. Emotions which may surface — including tears — are discussed. The author’s personal, sometimes heartbreaking experiences serve as examples of the power of a faithful prayer life. Readers learn to recognize prayer needs and answers to prayer.

I learned much more than I expected from PrayerWalk. McHenry’s straightforward testimony made me realize the many times my own busy-ness has kept me from my quiet time with God. This informative, well-organized book has taught me the value of combining physical and spiritual health. Christian women who want to deepen their prayer life, become physically fit, and make their relationship with God the focal point of each day will find this book inspiring. PrayerWalk is a wonderful gift — for a friend or for yourself.

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