I Just Want to Pray






I still have this lingering coughs and when I thought I was ready to go to work last night, last minute, I was dialing the charge nurse's desk and had called in sick despite me not having enough sick time. I was more eager to recuperate than to earn. What good is it to have money and not enjoy the health? The Lord does help us put things into better perspectives. He is the only One Who truly changes our hearts. Not even ourselves can't do that kind of change, to be a better person. Without Him, we are truly nothing.


Lord, today, I want to talk to You. And to write my prayers down as a way of making others see Your love, Your grace. Please use me Lord and may many more turn to You because I know that You want all of us to be saved. May the people who will happen to peek at this site and at my other brothers and sisters' [in Your Holy Name] blogs discover the invitation You have been extending all along - Your gift of salvation.


Lord, please forgive all of our sins. Please help us learn to walk in Your righteousness. Thank You for Your unfailing love and mercy, Your gift of salvation ["To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace"-Ephesians 1:6,7].


Please grant us the true peace that only comes from You. Help us learn not to worry in our everyday struggles, knowing that You truly care for us and You're always there for us. ["Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you" -1Peter 5:7]. ["Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body and be thankful." -Colossians 3:15].


Lord, help us at times of temptations. Keep us away from evil thoughts, so that we may not say evil words and not do evil things. ["Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you."-James 4:7].


At times, we want to explode and feel so angry because of any circumstances that make us feel that way. Remind us that You, Yourself, is slow to anger, for angry feelings lead to foolish thoughts and actions. ["Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret-it only causes harm."-Psalm 37:8].


When we feel afraid in any situation, calm us Lord and take away our fears, for we know that fear does not come from You. ["In God, I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" -Psalm56:11]. ["The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident." -Psalm 27:1,3].


Forgive us at times that we forget You, when we are caught up with our own worldly happiness and think that it will never end. We forget to thank You for the blessings that You always give us, out of Your mercy and love. ["If we had forgotten the Name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a foreign god, would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart." -Psalm 44:20,21].


Please comfort us in times of loneliness, when we remember those loved ones who had passed away. ["God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." -Revelations 21:4].


Thank You Lord. Thank You for Your kindness. Thank You for Your unconditional love, Your gift of salvation. Thank You for dying on the cross. Because of Your death, we live when we choose to believe in what You had done. Thank You for Your friendship. Thank You for always believing in me, despite my weaknesses, it's Your grace that always sustain me. I love You Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen....

4 comments:

  1. So Beautiful! I loved reading this and getting refreshment. As always, you are an inspiration not only to me, but to so many others out there. Thank you Lord for giving this daughter of yours words to encourage others in their pathways in life.

    Peace & Blessings Sister,
    Alleluiabelle

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  2. I needed to hear this today. I am not sick, but I received a call today that my G-mother died today. My extended family is what I like to call "uniquely disfunctional" and I was already dreading the 7 hr drive to SC. Thank you for reminding me of GODS refreshment in very difficult times. GOD BLESS!!

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  3. Thank you sis "Alleluiabelle" for your prayers. Your blog encourages me too. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, sis Andrea. I'm glad to hear that my latest post gave you a little "lift". God will supply you with all the things you need as you prepare for that trip. Before you know it, it's over and I know you are a big blessing to your friend! God bless you all always! Love and prayers back at you...

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  4. BTW, sis Andrea, if it will serve as a little encouragement to you, I had to fly 13 long hours to go home and visit my then ailing father in 2007. I dreaded that flight too. But to see my father and be able to spend time with him and other members of family, it was a lifetime's worth of making memories...Praying for your safe trip and hoping that everything will be okay...Take care...God bless.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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