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My heart and mind might be wrong

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Oh, Lord,  Examine my heart and mind because they might be wrong. In fact, I know they are. I'm wrong. I confess it. My thoughts are angry, unkind, ungraceful. My words reflect my thoughts,  and I'm ashamed of them. Bring every wrong thought captive-- reveal my selfish motives for why I think and say what I do. Show me the truth. I need your perspective, not my own. Examine my heart and mind and humble me enough to admit what's lurking there. Lord, I confess it again. I'm wrong .  Fill me with grace, forgiveness, and understanding . I want to continually walk in your truth , in your way, in your timing. I praise you for your faithfulness to me, even when I'm not faithful back. Thank you, Lord. Your mercy is unfathomable. In Jesus' name,  Amen "Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth." (Psalm 26:2-3)

Intercession for Afghanistan

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" The   Lord   is a refuge   for the oppressed,  a stronghold in times of trouble." (Psalm 9:9) Lord God, You see every man, woman, and child in Afghanistan. You see Christians persecuted for their faith. You see women subjugated for their gender. You see men terrified to oppose the Taliban. You see terrorists hungry for violence . You see a people trying to stay alive. You love them, and you are calling them to yourself. God, grant protection over your Afghani children. Bring them into a knowledge and acceptance of you. Protect them and assist them in finding safety. Bring repentance and salvation to those who do evil against their fellow-man. Convict us who are free to help those oppressed by evil forces and blinded by evil philosophies. May we never ignore the misfortunes of those who haven't yet believed in you. God, give us wisdom, compassion, and motivation to assist the people of Afghanistan. We call on your great power as we intercede for these terrified peop

A prayer to soar

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Don't you know? Haven't you heard? The Lord is an everlasting God. That means you can pray with confidence and trust that God will hear you, be involved in your life, and carry you through your greatest and smallest trials. You can ask God to help you soar like an eagle. Oh Lord, You have no beginning or end-- You are uncontrollable and unfathomable. You are my Creator and sustainer. You never get tired or weary like I do-- I won't ever understand that. You give strength to me when I'm weary and increase my power. When I place my hope in you, you will renew my strength like a soaring eagle or a marathon racer. I won't pass out from exhaustion. You have me. Your arms are underneath me. You carry me when I can't walk. You support me when I crumble . You direct me when I wander, lost. You speak to me in the stillness when I listen. You promise your involvement and protection because that's who you are. I can trust you whenever my world goes dark. So Lord God

A prayer when your kids leave for school

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,   Dear Lord, You know I've got a big couple of weeks coming up.  My children are leaving the nest in a variety of ways.  Whether first time, second time, or last time--it doesn't really matter. There is a stabbing pain when my kids move away. Release, pride, gratefulness, worry, and then loss,  which tries very hard to morph into panic and desperation. (Smothering and helicopter-ing seem like options, even though I condemn it but secretly want to do it.) My emotions are going crazy, so I know that my feelings and thoughts cannot be fully trusted. I must lean into you only. Worry makes me assume the worst. Loss makes me feel rejected. Panic pushes my loved ones away. (Read a blog about losing your kids to college  here .) Control my thoughts, Lord. Speak truth to me, and help me hear you. Help me to focus on your love and grace to me, not my feelings of loss or worry. You've got this. You've got me. You always protect, always draw near, always speak to those who seek y