Saturday, May 17, 2014

Confessions of a Prayer Warrior

This devotion was first published in The Secret Place (Judson Press) Fall 2012. A reprint of it was then published in Word Aglow (Pentecostal Publishing House) Spring 2014.

Far be it from Me!
Read: 1 Samuel 12: 21-24

“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against God by ceasing to pray for you…” 1 Samuel 12: 23

            When I was a child, my parents started each morning with prayer. Before my father went off to work, we all sat around the breakfast table enjoying a meal as a family. Then, when our plates were empty, one of my parents would read a verse from the Bible and offer a short prayer seeking God’s blessings on each member of the family before we all went our separate ways for the day. Those were the good ole days. Today, everyone is in a hurry to do everything.

            I confess I am as guilty of living a hurried life as the next person. But I have often thought about the fact that each member of my parent’s immediate family used to be lifted up to God, by name, every day. I try to do this too now, though typically, my prayers for my family are at bedtime.

I commented about this to a friend in my prayer group. Some weeks later she told me, “You know what you said about praying for every member of your family every day? Well, I’ve thought about that and now I do it too. I have just made it part of my morning routine – just like combing my hair or brushing my teeth. So every morning, I comb my hair, I brush my teeth, and I pray for my family by name.”  

Busy as we are, lets again become a nation of families who pray!

Prayer: Thank you Father for giving us families. Today we lift them up to you and ask your blessings upon them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thought for the Day: Comb your hair, brush your teeth, and pray for your family.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Quotable Susan

Quotes for Mother’s Day
“Mothers who are hurting do not feel envious, spiteful, or resentful of other mothers who are hurting.”    -Carol Kent, from her book “Laying My Isaac Down”
“The joy of being a mother is so closely linked to the sorrow of being a mother that it is holy ground.”  -Stasi Eldredge, from her book “Captivating”
"Motherhood is a joyous time in life when you get to explore all sorts of things and have fun teaching your children what you have just learned.”  -Debbie Speedy
“My son said he was embarrassed to call and let me know he had stayed after school to lift weights because there were other athletes in the weight room, as well as the coach. I told my son, ‘I have earth shattering news for you–all those guy and even the coach have a mother!” -Susan Siami
“A hundred years from now it will not matter how much money I had, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
 -Forest Whitcraft