Friday Favorites: Rewrite Your Story

Rewrite Your Story – Defy The Ending

 “Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending…to rise strong, recognize our story and rumble with the truth until we get to the place where we think, yes. This is what happened. This is my truth. I will choose how this story ends.” Brene Brown

Yes, it is entirely possible. But only through transformation. Here’s how it works. Let go of your expectations. Release your plans. Submit and commit to loving God above more than anything or anyone else. He is your perfect Heavenly Father. My story began with the consistent love of my own strong and helpful dad. I remember when I first learned to ride a bicycle. “Be careful, sweetie,” my dad’s strong voice cautioned me to avoid the object in the road. He’d just removed the training wheels on my Schwinn; so even though I was seated securely on the banana seat, both hands on the handlebars, the front tire still wobbled a little. I focused intently on the path ahead, “Yes, Father,” I said. I veered to the left just a little and swerved to avoid the obstacle. Father is one of the most familiar and commonly used name of God.” (quote from newest devotional: Experiencing God Through His Names)

However, some cannot relate to God as a caring, tender and involved dad, like mine, because they’ve been disappointed by their own negative personal paternal experiences. So what’s the big deal about ‘spiritual fatherlessness’? A lot. According to a recent study, ’15 million American children — one in three — live without a father. In the past decade, families with two parents in the home has dropped significantly.  From poor academic achievement and teenage pregnancy to drug use and crime, most social problems cannot be properly understood without considering the absence of fathers in homes. Many of the social problems we face are a direct result of the fatherless home. Even as the country added 160,000 families with children, the number of two-parent households decreased by 1.2 million.’ http://www.commdiginews.com/life/studies-reflect-the-damage-of-the-one-parent-fatherless-family-17573/

‘Spiritual fatherlessness’ causes a breach between the natural father, spiritual father and heavenly father. The devil destroys harmony between our most valued relationships.  This is not necessarily a physical breach, but a spiritual battle waging war against those that mean the most to us. I am the first born of four children, my dad always called me princess. I was the apple of his eye. However, for a few years, dad and I exchanged only harsh words, disagreement and disconnection. Unfortunately, I was unaware of the enemy tactics to divide our family. I was rebellious, un-submissive and could not respond to my father’s attempts to show me his love. It’s interesting that this is one of the final verses in the Old Testament: “and he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their father lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:6 Truly a sign of the times.

At seventeen, I was sinking deep into drug addiction. I stayed high as much as possible, trying to fill the emptiness in my life with the highest high or the cutest guy while my need for affection only increased. I couldn’t wait to move out of my parents’ home. My family pulled strings to get me a volunteer summer job at a Christian camp. The camp staff assigned me lists of chores, such as washing hundreds of dishes in the mess hall, raking piles of pine needles around the campgrounds, and even moving logs around the outdoor campfire ring.

Whenever I complained or threw fits over doing my chores or smoked cigarettes and dope, the camp staff said, “Love covers over a multitude of sins.” (I Peter 4:8 [NIV]) Their words, repeated over and over, immersed me for two weeks. The words rang in my ears, I couldn’t get the five-word phrase off my mind. The staff didn’t tell me to change anything about my appearance, attitude, or addictions. Instead, they showed me what the invitation of love looked like. They were kind; they offered the true love of God without forcing me to accept it.

As a youngster in Sunday school, I’d learned Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” After two weeks of experiencing how “Love covers a multitude of sins,” I embraced it. Submitting to the overwhelming love of God, I allowed His abundant love to cover my multitude of sins. One night in my cabin, I submitted to the overwhelming love of Father God. He had reached out to me, and I, a most unlikely choice, finally grasped His hand. His abundant love did cover my multitude of sins. I accepted the invitation to live a new life. My life was transformed, I was given a fresh start and the divine connection to my Heavenly Father was restored. But there was still work to do.

  1. I had to communicate with God as my Perfect Father.

The breach in my relationship with God could only be restored through the Son. The blessing came when I came to know God as my Perfect Father. I began to believe God’s love could cover the things that held me captive: drugs and alcohol, lying and stealing, promiscuity and drug dealing. It was finally clear: I didn’t need to clean up my act before coming to God; He loved me passionately just the way I was. James 1:17 “Every Good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

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I was searching for meaning, purpose and identity in things and people that could never fill my God-shaped void. In God there is no lack. God does not want the enemy to rob us of blessing, destiny, purpose. I asked God heal my father wound caused by my own decision to turn from my earthly and my Heavenly Father’s will. God showed me how to release every disappointment that had been imagined or feared and to put my trust in Him. We cannot go back and re-write history but we can get to the place where we allow God to heal us. This takes trust and transparency.

James 5:16 “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

  1. I had to ask God to help me find a spiritual father, be a father.

Once we allow God to heal our father wound, we will want to share our joy with others. It helps to keep accountable and also to share our victories and defeat. We get to choose our own spiritual parents. Let God help you find a father and be a father.

God wants us to show the world of ‘spiritual fatherlessness’ what it means to be included the family of God. So let’s share how wonderful it is to be loved by a Perfect Heavenly Father. And it will make all the difference in our destiny and theirs, too.  Psalm 68:5-6 “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing but the rebellious live in a sun scorched land.”

FRIDAY FAVORITES: BACK TO THE BASICS – CALL HIS NAME

If you’ve ever felt frustrated with prayer, you are in the right place. Do you compare your prayers with others? Do your prayers seem simple? You know, you don’t have to pray long, eloquent, fancy prayers so God hears you. Just call His name.

Especially when it comes to the name of God. Ever hear God’s name tossed around, carelessly? It’s sometimes used in cursing or to make off-color comments, but that is not at all what God intended. God gave his name as a title to tell us something about himself. Psalm 105:3,4 says, “glory in His holy name, seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually.” God wants us to know him. We can get to know him by relying on him, he wants us to call on his name.  God wants us to praise His name, to seek his power and that comes through prayer.

Some of us might feel a little embarrassed, we haven’t been faithful, God already knows everything about us. We are reminded about this in Psalm 139:1,2 “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise, you perceive my thoughts from afar.” Prayer is for our benefit. Prayer gives us the advantage.

It’s being comfortable and having confidence in the One we are asking. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, He can’t love us any more than He does right now. He wants us to run to him with every concern, problem and difficulty. God says, “Just call my name.” Some people think of prayer as a formal meeting time. But prayer is as easy as calling out the name of Jesus. Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Try calling out God’s name today. Just call it out – Jesus. He will be there.

Father, Creator, Jesus are just a few of the names you can use to ask for God’s help. And there are many more. God is waiting for you.

 

Friday Favorites: Hopelessly Devoted

I love chocolate. I am an expert in seeking out and finding great (not just good) chocolate.

…filled with not only ‘chocolate sightings’ like the luscious semi-sweet chocolate cake in the photo but also lots of ‘chocolate tastings.’ Are you a chocolate lover, too?

Here’s my thoughts from my latest article my blog with Lead Like Jesus: http://www.leadlikejesus.com/blog/hopelessly-devoted

Even the wallpaper at the Hershey Lodge was covered in semi-sweet chocolate kisses. Sorry, I didn’t check to see if it was chocolate-flavored!

Enjoy – have a great weekend. With love and prayers, Sheryl

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Luke 16:13

 

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Romans 12:10

 

Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for India

Welcome to Worldwide Wednesday: Pray for India

I was supposed to be in India right now! But since my travel visa was not approved, God has shown me He wants me to gather prayer partners for the Esther Movement/Global Sharing team ministering from March 10 – 24, 2017. Are you in?

“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race market out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

Here’s a detailed account of

http://fromashestobeauty.com/2017/03/march-2017-from-ashes-to-beauty-news/  I hope you will take time to print the prayer guide and pray through the various needs of the team day by day. Thank you!

The Dalit women of India are overlooked and marginalized members of society. They work long and grueling hours in the tea plantations. The Esther Movement/Global Sharing team is bringing hope and healing through God’s word and their presence. Please pray for open hearts to God’s work in their lives for the Dalit women. Pray for strength and stamina for the team. Pray for healing and hope through Jesus.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Monday Motivation: Stillness

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Monday Motivation: Stillness

Our best Monday Motivation begins with a choice to turn to God. When we focus our eyes on him, we can process and actually do what Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know I am God.” Being still before God means to cease striving, stop activity, to rest in him. Our Heavenly Father loves it when we invite his presence and take time to sit completely motionless before him. In our cessation of activity, we anticipate his voice to speak into our lives. Let’s pay attention to Him. Here are a few wonderful verses to help you get through your Monday. Won’t you take five, be still and listen?

Meditate on these five verses as you seek the Lord on a Monday morning:

  1. The Lord will give you rest when you feel tired.
    Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. ­Matthew 11:28-29
  2. The Lord will give you strength when you feel weak.
    Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
    The Lord is the everlasting God;
    he created all the world.
    He never grows tired or weary.
    No one understands his thoughts.
    He strengthens those who are weak and tired
    . –  “Isaiah 40:28-29
  3. The Lord will give you peace when you feel anxious.
    The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body.  “Isaiah 40:28-29”]
  4. The Lord will give you confidence when you feel uncertain.
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. “Proverbs 3:5-6 ”
  5. The Lord will give you hope when you feel hopeless.
    May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. “Romans 15:13”

http://news.americanbible.org/blog/entry/bible-blog/5-bible-verses-for-beating-the-monday-blues

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me to be still. Quiet my mind, heart and soul to rest in you. Give me supernatural energy as you share my yoke. Give me strength when I feel weak. Give me peace when I feel anxious. Give me confidence when I feel uncertain. Give me hope when I am lost. Thank you Lord for motivating me on this Monday. In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

Friday Favorites: Solutions Magazine Features Zur:God Our Rock

My Solutions magazine Feb 2017

Solutions Magazine Features – Zur: God Our Rock from Experiencing God Through His Names by Sheryl Giesbrecht

Check out the article here: http://mysolutionsmagazine.com/february-2017/

What’s in a name? A lot actually. Names are powerful. A person’s character and destiny can be influenced by his or her name. What expectant couple hasn’t planned and prayed for the name they would give their child? This thoughtful naming concept is also true about God – God has chosen specific names to identify Himself. In fact, God’s attributes and personality support His unique and distinct names. If we understand the meanings of His titles, we can know God more intimately.

Some of you may already be familiar with a few of the many names of God – Father, Abba, Yahweh. You’ve sung Good Good Father and Yahweh Yaweh – And each one of these names reveals something about His character. It’s a great thing to take time to examine these special names of God, one by one.

Studying the names of God one by one, is like looking at a postcard of the Grand Canyon. The solo shots each show a segment of a breathtaking view. When we absorb truths about God one at a time, we can better understand the reality and certainty of His character and the capability of His presence in our daily lives.

When you understand God’s names, you see how God reveals Himself to the person or group where he showed up. These specific names reveal His purposes, character and His commitment to us. The names of God give us practical handles for life applications. Like tools for our tool belt, it is so helpful to know God wants us to remember His names and His character. There is no one like our God!

God does not hide from us. In James 4:8 it says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”

There are many ways to draw close to God as we study His word. Spiritually, something exciting and personal happens when we study God’s names, we find out about His unique character qualities and experience His Holy Spirit presence.

I can’t wait for you to experience God showing you more of His power and presence. I am very excited to share my new book “Experiencing God Through His Names” has been getting noticed. In fact, this month one of my devotionals from the book is featured in My Solutions magazine http://mysolutionsmagazine.com/february-2017/

Did you know you can still order your own signed autographed copy of “Experiencing God Through His Names”? Send an email here: sherylgiesbrecht@aol.com  It is my prayer that you and I will journey together in study and fellowship as we get to know God in this way.

If you have purchased a book and studied it yourself or even been in one of my “Experiencing God Through His Names” Private Facebook Study groups, why not share the news with someone you love? Or even buy a book for them? Or go directly to Amazon now: https://www.amazon.com/Experiencing-God-Through-His-Names/dp/0692743014

Its exciting to remember the names of God each reveal something about His character. Understanding God’s titles reveals His purposes and His commitment to us and gives practical handles for life applications. There are many ways to draw close to God as we study His word. Spiritually, something exciting and personal happens when we study God’s names, we find out about His unique character qualities and experience His Holy Spirit presence.

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When we study the names of God, we:

  • Experience God’s power in fresh ways
  • Increase our desire for intimacy with God
  • Apply our experience with God to other areas of life – parenting, marriage, marketplace and personal communication

Exodus 20:24 says, “Wherever I cause My name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you.” God wants us to understand Him as we study His character through His names. Take a minute to underline Exodus 20:24 in your Bible, and let’s pray:

“Heavenly Father, I honor your name, I bless your name, I praise your name. I pray for your wisdom, discipline and insight as I embark on the journey of knowing you by Your names. Lord, I want to experience you more. Thank you for your willingness in allowing me to find you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

 

Monday Motivation: Get More From Monday

Monday Motivation: Get More from Monday

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Ah, Monday morning. Remember the song the Mamas and the Papas used to sing? Let’s reminisce some of the lyrics:

Monday, Monday. Can’t trust that day.
Monday, Monday, it just turns out that way.
Every other day, every other day
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
You can find me crying all the time.

Sounds like a bleak beginning for our work week. So, let’s welcome Monday morning with a few attitude and schedule adjustments.

1. Begin preparing for Monday on Sunday night

My senior year at Biola University, I fulfilled a requirement for a Christian education class called “Education Administration,” which outlined the psychology and techniques for executing successful programs in the church. A key concept in producing life-giving events, small groups, and opportunity for believers to grow in their faith is the concept of planning ahead. I’m still driven by the phrase “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So even if you take just five minutes to plan ahead, Sunday night make a list of a few essentials you must complete on Monday. 

For our family of four with our kids in elementary school, we posted a large 5″ x 8″’ bulletin board in the “Grand Central” meeting place: our kitchen. This common daily calendar was a place everyone’s schedule could be seen, so each could know where and when the other family members were going to be at different times and days of the week. Some of the items on your list might overlap and be the same things every week. Pinterest has many printable options for this and even some on a smaller scale. Or if it works for you, a desktop calendar or computer laptop or tablet can be very functional. The point of using a calendar is to bring intention to your time, so you can harness more of it for your use. If you have ever said, “I just didn’t have enough time,” (as all of us have), you can now say, “I am using the time I have more effectively.”

“Be very careful then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” —Ephesians 5:15–16

2. Start Monday morning asking God for help

“I’ve got so much to do; I don’t have time for devotions.” Yes, I, too have used this excuse. When I didn’t make time for God, I ran out of time, resources, and energy to complete the tasks that lay ahead of me. And I wasn’t a very nice person to be around, either. However, when I made spending time with God my daily habit, He helped me manage my time and my schedule. It was like making a huge bank deposit; as I spent the early minutes of my day with Him, He actually helped me do everything He asked me to do in the time He gave me. In the end, I actually accomplished more than I thought I would or could.

David wrote in Psalm 63:1, “O God, you are my God, early will I seek you, my soul thirsts for you.” Moses noticed God’s handiwork in through the burning bush: “I must turn aside, to this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” Abraham walked with God alone under the canopy of night; God used the twinkling stars as an object lesson to show him the numbers of his descendants. “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of the sky and will give them all these lands.” Genesis 26:4

“It is better to be sleep-deprived, than God deprived,” says Jill Briscoe

Jesus was busy meeting needs—teaching the crowds, leading the disciples, healing the sick, comforting the broken—yet He made time for His Heavenly Father. Mark 1:35 says, “Early in the morning, while it was still dark, He went out and departed to a lonely place and was praying there.” It was our Lord’s custom, His habit, to meet with His Father before He did anything else. “And He came out and proceeded as was His custom, to the Mount of Olives,” says Luke 22:39. If Jesus made meeting with God His first priority, shouldn’t we do the same?

3. Write up an hourly mock-up schedule for Monday

A daily appointment book, iPhone calendar, or even piece of binder paper helps you actually see the day and more effectively plan the time you have to do the tasks ahead. To put activities into slots, it takes about ten minutes every day, but as you get into the habit of doing it, often your daily calendar is done by the time your day begins. This is referred to as a time-log, which can provide you with a motivation to finish a task on time or at least provide a little competition for you and your family as you are completing tasks. When you can “see the day” on a daily calendar, you also “seize the day” instead of letting the day grab ahold of you.

“I wish I could stand on a busy street corner and beg people to give their wasted hours.” (unknown)

Most people waste up to two hours of time every day; although few people realize it. That’s why it’s a beneficial habit to write up your own personal hourly tentative mock up schedule. It’s such a great feeling of satisfaction—the reward you get when you are able to complete a task successfully or make it to an appointment on time. The rush of accomplishment in checking off the tasks that have been completed actually motivates us to want to achieve more to gain the same results.

“I delight to see how orderly you are.” —Colossians 2:3

4. Rewards give positive reinforcement for success

Rewards help motivate successful follow-through, especially when we stick with a schedule. What rewards will motivate you and your family? M&M’s, french fries, a trip to Disneyland? Although these might be successful motivators, these are definitely not healthy for your body or realistic for your family budget. So, ask your family what rewards will motivate them and figure out what works well for your group. For our family, a Wendy’s frosty for each of us was the reward at the end of a successful week. The kids kept track of points they’d accumulate every day for assignments completed, chores finished, and positive behavior. The weekly “Frosty Fiesta” benefited our little foursome in many ways: We looked forward to it, we planned for it, and we could afford it. Plus it provided an actual family outing that all of us liked. Score!

Now, the work motivation rewards I grant myself are not as indulgent as a Wendy’s frosty. After completing a task, I might allow myself a limited amount of time on one of my favorite sites: Pinterest. (It was two years ago this Thanksgiving I planned my wedding to second husband Jim by using Pinterest.) I love to read books. And on any given day, I’ve also got lots of books going and must limit myself to only one new book a week. (So many books, so little time.) Another reward after successfully completing a sizable writing project or an event is clothes shopping. (Hmm, there’s a new trendy clothing store at the mall.) Now that’s a reward worth waiting for.

Okay, how do you feel about Monday? Is it still . . . Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day?

Or do you agree: Instead of mistrusting your Monday, you can begin this first Monday in the month of November by pressing into it? That’s right, just lean into the pressure. No need to feel anxious about trying to get more accomplished. Instead choose to be thankful for the time we have and the work we have to do, and thank God for the people He asks us to share it with.

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 3:13–14

Can I pray for you?

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for your plan for us. Help us to use the time you have given us to accomplish your purpose. Help us love well and serve well those who need you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Friday Favorites: Restore the Wonder

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Good Friday morning to you, friends.

Do you agree? As you prepare for the weekend, my prayer is for you to take time to enjoy your Creator.

It helps to take time to notice His hand of creation all around you.

I have a few ideas for you in my article posted earlier this month with my blog for Lead Like Jesus.

Have a great time worshiping our great God!

Restore the Wonder

“Christians should be the most wonder-filled people in the world,” says writer Matthew Woodley. God created us to wonder. Wonder is an emotion aroused primarily by being in amazement. Wonder used as a verb is to notice, to marvel, and to be amazed. For some, the opposite may be our tendency. We are in a time crunch; we feel pressured to accomplish all that is on our plate, resulting in depression, sadness, exhaustion, or mood swings. The problem may be that we have forgotten how to wonder. Toddlers have an uncanny sense of marveling over even the smallest creature in creation. Once my two-year-old Ben held out a roly-poly bug in his chubby little hand. “Look, Mommy!” he said, as if he’d found buried treasure.

patience increases, peace and tranquility replaces the tyranny of the urgent. A “wonder” break is like breathing in spiritual fresh air; it’s a choice to ponder the greatness of God, to consider the handicrafts of the Creator. Take a second glance at the plant in your office as you are watering it. When held up in traffic, roll down your window and revel in the creation. Hug a toddler and find out what they are wondering about.

The children of Israel forgot how to wonder. Because they lost perspective, going back to slavery in Egypt seemed like a good idea. Nehemiah 9:17 records the consequences,

“And they refused to listen and did not remember Thy wondrous deeds which Thou hast performed among them. So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But Thou art a God of forgiveness, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness, Thou didst not forsake them.”

Without regular times of praise and contemplation about our redemption, we forget the One who delivered us. If we don’t recall the ways He has worked, we forget His power and provision. How has God answered prayer lately? Journal entries can help us remember Gods’ ways of answering our prayers and providing for our every need. “He has made His wonders to be remembered,” reminds Psalm 11: 4. If you don’t wonder, you will wander. Moses gazed across the hillside as he moved the herd toward Mt. Horeb. Surveying his flocks for strays or injury was his custom. In the normal routine of his day, Moses saw something very out of the ordinary. Moses turned; he knew this sight was worthy of more than just a passing glance. An orange glow, burning brightly, seemed strangely wonderful. Exodus 3:2 says, “Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this marvelous sight—why the bush does not burn up.’” Getting a closer look, Moses was in awe, amazed at the sight of the burning bush. Moses marveled with wonder.

Moses stood in front of the burning bush. It glowed brightly and crackled loudly. Moses was speechless; God had gotten his full attention. And then God spoke to Moses. God may not use something as unusual as a burning bush to get your attention. Give God your attention and your worship through wonder before He has to set a bush on fire. What are you waiting for?

God had gotten his full attention

I Chronicles 16:8 says, “O give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the peoples sing to Him, sing praises to Him, speak of all His wonders. Remember His wonderful deeds, which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth.”

http://www.leadlikejesus.com/blog/restore-wonder

Blessings,

Sheryl

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone–while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” Job 38:4-7

 

Friday Favorites: Pray for Our New President

Friday Favorites. Today is USA’s Presidential Inauguration Day. It is an historic day for America. My presidential inauguration memories go back a few years. I remember in 2005, the day before President George Bush was sworn in, my oncologist called to tell me he could find no more cancer. Further unwrapping other childhood memories, not an inauguration, but a sad day for our country. I was sitting in class in at Cottage Way Elementary School. My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Martell sobbed uncontrollably as she told us the horrible news of President Kennedy’s assassination. Today, my friends, history is marked by the swearing in of a new president. Regardless of how you voted, our 45th President of the United States was sworn in. I hope you were able to watch the new president’s ceremony or possibly you can catch it later.

That’s right, we are commanded to pray for our leaders in I Timothy 2:1-2 ,I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

I joined the Presidential Prayer Team today to pray for President Trump, Vice President Pence, their families and their new administration. Would you join thousands of other Americans to pray for President Donald J. Trump? The Presidential Prayer Team introduces USPRAY100 is a nation-wide call to all who believe in the power of prayer to commit to praying for President-Elect Donald Trump and his administration for the first 100 days in office. Here’s how: http://www.presidentialprayerteam.com/prayertools/

The Lord’s Prayer teaches us how to pray: Matthew 6:9–13 (ESV) “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'”

Matthew 6:9-13 (TLB) “Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Give us our food for today, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Here’s a great article about praying scriptures over our nation and our leaders in Crosswalk.com from Jason Soroski.

http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/jason-soroski/10-scriptures-to-pray-for-our-nation-and-our-leaders.html

Have a great weekend – you are deeply loved!

Sheryl

Motivation Monday…A New Year Anointing

Motivation Monday – Yes, that’s right it is the third Monday of 2017.

Hi Friends, I am praying this over myself and my ministry today. So I thought I would share. Enjoy!

New Year Anointing Declaration by Pastor Craig Amos

I, ______________________________, am anointed of God. The Holy Spirit lives within me and has put His unction.

2 Corinthians 1:19-22 (NIV)

I have a holy calling, I choose to walk in a holy anointing this New Year.

I shall be anointed with fresh oil. I have been ordained to bear fruit for My Master and this I do with the abiding anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Exodus 30:22-33 (NIV)

2017 shall be a year of increased anointing on my life – this I speak in faith now.

I am one of God’s anointed because I am His property. Whatever belongs to the Lord He anoints. I have been chosen for such a time as this to represent Christ in this world.

Psalm 89:20-21 (NIV)

I declare greater favor to be on my life through the evident anointing of God on me. Furthermore, I receive a spirit of supplication to anoint my prayers.

Yokes and burdens of every kind shall melt off of me this New Year – because the Word of God declares: the yokes shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

Isaiah 10:27

The past is under the blood of Christ, the future is yet to be written, but by faith, I choose to saturate my future – 2017 – with the sanctifying anointing oil of the Spirit of God!

Once again I humbly declare that I am anointed of God. I hereby submit my mind, my body, my soul, my money, my family, my possessions and my future into the High Priest of my faith (Jesus Christ) and to Him I yield, that His fresh oil would drain down into every area of my heart and life.

Psalm 92:10 (NIV)

I expect for 2017 to be a year of victory in each challenge and through every test.

I receive and anointing of joy, of power, of peace, of wisdom to flood me in 2017. For I am anointed of God and called to touch this world for Him. May the flood gates of heaven pour down on me everything I need for this New Year. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

1 John 2:20 & 27 (NIV)“”]

Do you need more POWER in your life? Want to know more about the anointing? Check out this article from Joyce Meyer!

https://www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=do_you_have_enough_power

I am praying for you! Sheryl