10 Prayers to Fight Discouragement

by Kim McDougal

I found this on Facebook and went to the site to read this and found these wonderful 10 prayers. I hope they encourage you as they did me.

1. Cast Your Worry
1 Peter 5:7

I will not worry about tomorrow, I will trust in my Heavenly Provider to meet the needs for today. For when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. Thank you God for protecting me and caring for all of my needs. I am well taken care of; through Jesus Christ your benevolent Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, in Oneness and power, now and forever. In Jesus name, Amen.

2. Focus
Matthew 25:23

Abba Father, help me to recognize that you have called me to be faithful not successful. Help me to focus my efforts in pleasing You alone, not people. I will not take on more responsibility than You intend for me and I will be careful to humble myself as a faithful steward whatever the outcome; through Jesus Christ your benevolent Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, in Oneness and power, now and forever. In Jesus name, Amen.

3. Godly Thinking
Phillipians 4:8

Spirit of the Living God, correct my thinking. Help me to be strong and courageous in my thought-life.  Let fear and doubt be far from me. Instead fuel my thoughts with faith; in the name of Jesus Christ, who reigns supremely with You and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. In Jesus name, Amen.

4. Good Friends
Proverbs 12:26

Dear Lord, please send encouraging friends that promote Your Sovereignty in my life and remind me of Your goodness. Thank you for the friends I have now that encourage me, bless us with wisdom and favor always; through Jesus Christ your benevolent Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, in Oneness and power, now and forever. In Jesus name, Amen.

5. Guidance
Hebrews 4:10

Oh Heavenly Father, though I am dealing with disappointment and obstacles, I rest in the fact that You are still on the throne. Lead me to enter into Your rest Oh Lord and not be disillusioned by the current circumstances; through Jesus Christ your benevolent Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, in Oneness and power, now and forever. In Jesus name, Amen.

6. Praise and Thanksgiving
Romans 8:28

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for working all situations in my favor. Even if I can’t see it right away, I know that You are in the midst implementing Your Divine strategy on my behalf. Help me in times of trouble to magnify You and not the problem; through Jesus Christ your loving Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, in Oneness and power, now and forever. In Jesus name, Amen.

7. Preparation
Proverbs 6:6-8

Father help me to organize my day in a way that prepares me for unforeseen situations. Give me the grace to deal with problems in a loving way that honors You and others. Please be glorified through me; in the name of Jesus Christ, who reigns supremely with You and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. In Jesus name, Amen.

8. Refuel
1 Thessalonians 5:17

Father help me to maintain a consistent prayer life and be replenished continually by Your Presence. I know that as I patiently wait on You in this season, You will surely renew my strength. I will run and not get tired, I will walk strongly; through Jesus Christ your benevolent Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, in Oneness and power, now and forever. In Jesus name, Amen.

9. Remember
Psalm 103:2

Dear Righteous Father Holy and True, I will not forget Your benefits as daily You help bear my burdens. Though I’m facing seemingly endless difficulties, I will not throw in the towel. I will set my eyes upon the hills and look forward with confidence of the future You have prepared for me; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, in Oneness and power, now and forever. In Jesus name, Amen.

10. Trust
Job 13:15

God even if You slay me I will still trust You and maintain my integrity before You. Strengthen my inner man to rely on You more and more each day. I lean not on my own understanding of the situation, but trust continually in You; in the name of Jesus Christ, who reigns supremely with You and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Does Your Wifing Need Refreshing?

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of his body, the church; he gave his life to be her Savior. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives must submit to your husbands in everything. And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church.” Ephesians 5:23-24

I married a wonderful, intelligent and godly man. He’s the rock-solid steady type. I’ve watched him handle pressures that nearly brought him to his knees. He has a faith in our Lord that I admire. I trust his decisions and know that he will always keep me safe. I respectfully love and honor my husband.Though the husband exercises the role of authority and leadership, and the wife fulfills a role of submission, both are equal heirs in God’s kingdom. The roles are different, but equally important.

God’s word tells us that the husband is to be the head of the home. The Scriptures make it clear that a wife should submit voluntarily to her husband’s sensitive and loving leadership. That he may become the man, the husband, and the leader God intended him to be. How many of you are willing to let your husband take that role?

“The wise women builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1

Women used to stay at home in the role as caregivers. It may be a little stretch of the imagination to be so self sacrificing today. It’s not about where we are but rather how we treat our husbands. We all hear ‘Happy Wife ~ Happy Life’…Have you ever thought to reverse that old saying to ‘Happy Husband ~ Happy Wife’? It may take a lot less nagging and a little more nurturing. Nurturing comes in many forms. It requires a lot of personal sacrifice, attention to detail, planning ahead, thoughtfulness and actually putting in the effort to learn what makes your husband happy. Some may call this old fashioned’ but when put your husband in his proper place in your marriage, God will bless you and your marriage.

“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.”
Proverbs 31:10-12

Could your ‘wifing’ use some refreshing? Just maybe if you treat your husband the way that you would want to be treated, it would just bless his socks off and in return, you will have the happy marriage that God intended for you both to have. It will take Prayer, Faith and a lot of Practice!…
”And the God of peace will be with you.”

Sweet Blessings

Dealing With Insecurities

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:1-5

Today’s women are desperately insecure. Self-hatred, self-abuse, and self-destruction have become the norm among the female camp. And sadly, women in the church are struggling just as much as their non-Christian counterparts. Insecurity grows out of a persistent sense of being unaccepted.

Are you crippled with insecurities? Often we are trying to sift through the ashes of marriage problems, financial challenges, health issues, or relationship issues. Maybe our insecurities have caused us to behave badly and say something wrong, done something stupid or acted in a way that we knew was inappropriate, and we hurt someone else in the process. All these things can cause a good amount of emotional torment. Insecurity is a bitter friend. It targets the core of our being and keeps us from having a pure heart.

“…so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” Ephesians 2:5

This is the time that we need to “stand firm” in our belief that God’s power is working in us. That we trust our heavenly Father for His immediate help in our life with all of our insecurities. We need to look upward to God. He knows right where you are, He loves you and He knows your heart. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead your decisions and emotions today. Call on His wisdom and listen for the whispers of His truth. If you have struggled with insecurity, know this simple truth: Your value and significance does not come from man, it comes from the Lord. He sees you as beautiful, well-equipped, chosen, significant, valuable and irreplaceable.

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:25-26

Sweet Blessings

Wisdom Of Patience

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness Love.” 2 Peter 1:5-7

AAH… Patience. If you were to ask me the top things I struggle with in my life, patience would definitely rank at the top. I am not sure why, but I definitely struggle with patience. Patience is one of those attributes that you cannot learn by reading about it in a book. It’s a quality that can only be acquired by persistent enduring. It is a form of peace, the very result we so often seek but struggle to find. When we are patient, we are still, we are at rest. Patience is a virtue, a gift we give ourselves. There is no limit to patience and it costs nothing. It has nothing to do with the physical body; it is purely a state of mind.

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4

It is very difficult to truly and honestly serve God faithfully and obediently without being a patient person who is willing to wait for the right thing at the right time. We often make many wrong decisions without patiently waiting for God’s answer that results in a bigger mess then when we started.

Our frustrations in life can give us a glimpse into our relationship with God. The Holy Spirit shows us what an important element in the christian life and character patience is. The waiting is to teach us our absolute dependence upon God’s mighty working in our lives. Being patient is a consistent faithful service to God. Learn how to hone your patience and witness the perfect harmony and balance of patience in your life that God has planned for you.

“We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy.” Colossians 1:11

Sweet Blessings

Spiritual Warfare

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prawls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5: 8-9

Do you see yourself standing at the bottom of the giant mountain today. Do you feel small, unnoticed, not capable and unworthy? The work God calls us to do here on earth is often uncomfortable, physically tiring and emotionally draining. Some days we may be shouting, “Praise God!” while other times we may be crying out, “I need a miracle!” Whatever the day may bring, changes will come and we need to have a godly mindset in order to handle them. Satan wants to destroy us. He wants to keep us discouraged and beaten down. God called us to greatness. We have a job to do for him. We don’t have time to be defeated.

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19

God understands that we all have limited time and energy and that much of life is about prioritization and balance. Use this as a reminder to be prepared for whatever may be ahead in your future. Don’t waste your time being complacent with where you are today. The believer lives a life of ongoing conflict, both physical and spiritual. We are engaged in the most noble fight of all…the cause for Christ. Remember God’s promise that no weapon formed against you will succeed at taking you down (Isaiah 54:17). Hide His words in your heart and wear them out on your sleeve. Keep your head up…You’ll lose a few battles, but remember that you’ve already won the war.

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

Sweet Blessings

Praying to God

by Sis. Kim McDougal

Passage: Ephesians 3:12 AMP
“In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear
).”

Prayer to the Christian is like water to the body. It’s needed everyday, it refreshes the soul and no other drink can cleanse the body the way water does. Same with prayer. Prayer is our direct connection to the Lord and it’s essential that we don’t neglect it. If you neglect to drink enough water, your body will eventually suffer for it. Again, same with prayer. Without talking to the Lord, our soul will eventually weaken.

Is hard to pray? Honestly, it can be depending on what you think about God. Perhaps you have prayed about something for a long time and still there’s been no answer. Or, maybe you’ve never prayed before and you don’t know what to say? The answer to both scenarios is this: (a) trust in the Lord and not in yourself because He is the only one who understands and has the power to change things and (b) He wants you to be real with Him. You don’t have to put up a pretense with Him. Be yourself, talk with Him as you would a good friend. Actually, He loves for us to talk to Him.

Prayer is powerful but also remember that it is God’s perfect timing when He answers so don’t be discouraged if you’ve been praying for something a long time. So did many of the early Christians in the Bible. They believed in the Lord. And so can you.