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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Prayer Request April 2014

It is said that good things will happen to those who wait. That is especially true when you know you have done everything you could that was for the best, and there is nothing else left for you to do.

Those are the times when you have to give it over to God and place it in His capable hands. Practice patience and keep on praying. When it is in God's permissive will, all is going to be resolved in His time and the way He knows will be best.

Maybe we ought to do it more often; let go and let God!

Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Prayer Request March 2014

We don't like to think about it and we sure don't want to talk about it, but we all know our life on this earth will come to an end when God sees fit. It is not easy when we have to go on without our loved ones. Our hearts are heavy with sadness and the empty spot they leave behind hurts tremendously.

Many have been called home and because of God's greatest gift of all to us we know we will see them again one day. He made it simple and easy for us to have eternal life and be reunited with our loved ones. To God be the glory!

John 20:31
but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Prayer Request February 2014

Life is full of choices. We are confronted with them every day. Most of those choices are rather simple and their impact is minimal, but there are situations where they can be life-altering or have a great effect on others around us.

These effects can either be positive or negative and may not always be noticeable right away. It is wise to give due consideration to what the results of our choices could be and it is essential that our actions are based upon God's word and guidance!

Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Prayer Request January 2014

A very Happy and blessed New Year to all of you!

It is always a surprise what this year has got in store for us. Some of these surprises may be pleasant and some may not be. We may encounter situations we don't like, have to deal with sicknesses we don't want, and get into arguments we could have done without. We just don't know, but God does.

One thing is for sure; it all depends on how we handle all those situations. We can deal with them according to our human nature, or approach and deal with them Christ-like. The difference is like night and day; the first will only aggravate things, while the outcome of the latter is always for the best.

It is a new year and if you haven't done it yet you may want to approach it in a new light. God is and has the answer to everything!

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Prayer Request December 2013

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and were able to enjoy and share all God's abundant blessings with your loved ones.

Although things may not always turn out the way we had anticipated or expected or in times of turmoil and problems, when blessings are overshadowed or hidden from us, they are present. Sometimes they are quite obvious, sometimes we have to look for them.

In the last case, it usually comes down to taking the time, finding, and counting your blessings. When you do so, you will be pleasantly surprised and conclude there is so much to be thankful for.

God always ensures there are blessings galore, in every situation!

Psalm 107:1
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Prayer Request October 2013

You may have encountered and experienced the following situation more then you would like or even more times than you could handle; you bend over backwards to help someone out, just to be treated with disrespect, disregard, and are given hurt in return.

It is often very difficult to deal with those circumstances and the people involved, but comfort and wisdom are found in and with God. Retaliation is neither an option, nor the solution. Love and prayers are!

Luke 6:28
bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Prayer Request September 2013

There is so much going on these days which might be scary or troublesome. It may pertain to your life, the things going on in the world around you, or both. The tendency to act on fear is great, but anything that is not done out of love, hope, and faith is a recipe for failure.

We shouldn't even be surprised hearing about, witnessing, and experiencing all the turmoil. The Bible already warns us about all the things that will occur before the return of Christ and it should not increase our fear. It should increase our hope and faith!

Matthew 24:6
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Prayer Request August 2013

There is so much going on that there are times when my head is spinning. I know I am not an exception to the rule; we all experience days when our attention is required and demanded from all sides. The tendency to get overwhelmed is great and some things may be overlooked, forgotten, or simply postponed.

All three happened to me. I overlooked and forgot and put off things which can easily be done when everything has calmed down again. The latter presents no problem, but the first two might have caused some frustration and irritation with others. All I can do is explain the situation, hope for their understanding, and ask their forgiveness.

I am just happy to know that God already has!

Psalm 86:5
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Prayer Request July 2013

We all have our own way of approaching, doing and resolving things and there is nothing wrong with that. God has blessed each one of us with different gifts, skills, and abilities, and we put those to a use which works best for us.

What works for us doesn't necessarily mean it works for others and we have to be mindful not to impose our way onto them. It is one thing to try and force them to do things our way, but it is an entirely different situation to encourage and help them find solutions to their problems.

We don't know best, but God does. Through faith and prayers answers and solutions will be provided!

Romans 12:16
16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Prayer Request June 2013

How often does it occur that someone tells you one thing and does another? Probably more then we would like, but what can you do about it? When it happens, we have the tendency to get angry and disappointed.

Anger is an expression of hurt. We should examine though who hurt us; the person who gave us the words, or us doing it to ourselves by believing those words. Yes, the latter. We had expectations and counted on what was said.

There is a big difference between having expectations and hope. Expectations which don't come true lead to hurt and depression. Hope on the other hand gives life!

Romans 5:5
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Prayer Request May 2013

Having faith sounds easy and simple enough to do, but when it comes down to reality, it is much more difficult then it seems. What exactly is faith?

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

In other words; faith is not tangible and there is no time-limit set on it. We don't even know if the things we hope for are even in accordance with God's will and plan pertaining to our lives. Still, we got to have faith.

There are more things that require faith, but the most important one is to believe that He is. Where would we be if didn't have faith in that? That's right; we would be lost!

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Prayer Request April 2013

Our Lord has risen and my hopes are that all of you had a wonderful time celebrating this joyful and happy event. Most of us probably celebrated it in the good company of family and friends and caught up on all the occurrences in their lives.

It is always good being able to share what is happening in our lives, but we often tend to forget that those are also excellent occasions to share God's word. We don't have to wait for special occasions in order to spread the word; any time is the right time for doing so.

You never know when, what, or how the impact will be. You don't know what a huge difference it will make in someone's life unless and until you share by talking about it. What you can know is that each time you fail to do so, it is a missed opportunity!

Hebrews 13:16
But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.