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Is there anything too hard for God? I am so thankful that the truth is, nothing is too hard for God.

Is Anything Too Hard For ME?

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It’s interesting, that’s a nice word for it, to take a walk with me. I’m  sorta like the little boy in Bil Keane’s “Family Circus” comic strip. I have a hard time staying focused on one thing. Everything intrigues me! I’m child like, but not childish. That’s a nice way to put it, but sometimes, I’m a little of both. Maybe it’s because of all the years I spent in children’s ministry. I am telling you, Wayne never knows what to expect with me.

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In spite of that fact,  we took a change of clothes and a pair of comfortable shoes to change into after church so we could take one of our adventurous walks. We observe Sunday as a real day of rest and taking a walk is one of my favorite  ways to rest, especially in the fall.

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What a beautiful day it was. Sun shining. Cool breeze. Just cool enough that a long sleeve felt good. My honey at my side, well sorta. Sometimes I lagged behind looking at a bug or a stump. And sometimes, he lagged behind because I walk faster, except when he has something to prove…something like he thinks he’s faster than me. He’s not! And no, I’m not the least bit competitive.

 

Like I said already, everything fascinates me. Look at the burl on this tree. It was huge. I had to get a closer look. It was sooooo beautiful. Thank you, God for beautiful gnarly knots on trees. It was crawling with bugs. I wanted to capture the bugs but there was so many of them it kinda gave me the hee-bee-gee-bees! Sorry! I didn’t get close enough.

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Inconvenience or Opportunity?

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 They were on skateboards…

little guys…two of them

one was maybe 8 and the other looked to be about 6 years old.

It looked like they were mostly talking…

but it was where they choose to have their conversation that annoyed me…

They were jawing right in the middle of the road.

I was in a hurry!

(Aren’t we all!)

Except those little boys…even after they saw me…they shifted into

s-l-o-oh-w  m-o-oh-t-i-o-n!Kids on skateboards reminded me, love is patient

Ahhh!  I growled.

They finished their conversation. Finally!

One boy turned one way and the other turned the other way, criss-crossing in front of my car. With one foot on a skate board and the other on the ground they sluggardly,

like turtles…

lumbered across the road.

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Is the fire of Pentecost burning in your heart?

Praying Through Acts in 28 Days

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February Prayer Focus

Praying through the Book of Acts in 28 Days

Is the fire of Pentecost burning in your heart?

1. For empowered witnessing. “We shall received power…and ye shall be witnesses” (Acts 1:8).

2. For a spirit of “one accord” to prevail among the churches. “When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1).

3. For the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. “I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17).

4. For the fear of the Lord to rest on the church. “and fear came upon every soul” (Acts 2:43).

5. For boldness in Jesus’ name. “Such as I have give I thee: In the Name of Jesus…” (Acts 3:6).

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If You Open the Door

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If You Open the Door

Turkey Day? Really?
He was headed to his garden when her clucks stopped his wide stride. He had frightened a turkey hen with her chicks that were feeding on the hillside. Motionless, he watched the chicks scurry under their mama’s wings. They knew her cluck was a warning and they obeyed immediately. He stood completely still until she felt safe enough to move to the yummy seeds dangling on the grass stems still wet with dew. And just as quickly, the baby chicks wobbled off in a dozen directions to feed.

Wow! What a precious sight.

Her protectiveness…her love…her wisdom warmed his heart.
A mama foul protecting her brood is a common sighting in a rural setting. No doubt a scene that Jesus used in Luke 13:34. We see the same heart…protective, loving and wise… longing for the people to respond to His voice.
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Prayer Training

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Prayer Training

Keira always offers the same foot first when I offer to help her get her shoes on, as she goes out the door. I haven’t learned her habit so I always offer the wrong shoe. It’s a habit that her mom started very young, left foot first, then the right foot.  The routine makes getting shoes on tiny feet effortless.

There are habits that live in your house.

They can either leave your sink…filled with dirty dishes or sparkling, mirror-like clean dishes put away in the cabinet. Habits can help you or defeat you. They can take you outside into the rain to puff on a cigarette or enable you to pay off your house early.
Habits, those little things that you do repeatedly without thinking, are powerful.

So, develop great habits.

Use them. Free your brain to
be more creative…
problem solve…
pray.

And while you’re at it…develop a prayer habit.

It doesn’t sound very spiritual does it?
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Candy Cane Prayer

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I want to share a table scape with a Candy Cane Prayer Christmas message with you. A beautiful table with a beautiful message, a winning combination for sure.

I’ve been putting up Christmas decorations. Designing table scapes are my favorite thing to do in the whole world, well, except preaching and playing with my grandkids and kissing my husband…OK so it’s not my favorite thing…but it’s on my top one hundred list of great things to do.

I am a master at utilizing what I have on hand. And… I had this bolt of red striped fabric…I know…crazy huh!

I love, Love, LOVE the The Candy Maker’s Gift Story.  So I decided to incorporate the story into part of my table scape by making candy cane napkins. 

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she prayed with authority.

She Prayed With Authority

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I had a blast!

It was an amazing conference on so many levels. Even though I taught 4 workshops, I left energized and wishing it could last a little longer. I’ve got a list of  “I Had A Blast” things that have happened to me lately. I think you’ll be hearing about them in upcoming post, so look for them. This conferences is definely on that list.

 

One of my favorite things to do is meet people.

One of my favorite things about traveling is meeting people. My life has been enriched not only by great speakers, but even more so, by the commitment of janitors and nursery workers and team volunteers all over the country. But recently a dear lady blessed me without even speaking to me and before I even got inside the church door.

 

Heavy rain and traffic had delayed us, so we pulled under the portico and hurried inside to set up our table. There were two other cars parked there as well. I assumed they were  there to unload. But instead of getting out of their car, I noticed one lady wearing an official looking green T-Shirt leaning into the open window of one of the parked cars. I couldn’t understand many words, but it was obvious she was praying.

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As I returned to gather more products, she was at the second car, again leaning at the window talking. It wasn’t long until I heard her praying again.

 

While only a few words sprinkled here and there were  audible, the prayer with was noticeably confident. Honestly, what I heard went beyond confidence all the way to authority. I believe I recognized that same special something as she prayed, that people heard and commented about when Jesus prayed.

Amazed, the people exclaimed, “What authority and power this man’s words possess! Even evil spirits obey him, and they flee at his command!”  Luke 4:36 

I heard this woman pray with authority and power. She wasn’t praying loud, but it was obvious, her prayer was plugged in to heaven!

 

She prayed with authority, because she knew to Whom she was speaking. Tweet this!

Don’t you find good conversation flows out of relationship. The better you know someone, the more comfortable you feel chatting or even asking them for something? You know whether they have the ability and/or the interest in helping you.

 

She prayed with authority, because she believed what Jesus said. Tweet this!

Her prayer was based on the solid foundation of faith and trust in God’s reliability. Faith that went beyond hopefulness. She had a solid foundation of Scripture. I heard her rehearsing and proclaiming His promises as she prayed. (OK, so maybe I was sorta listening more closely than I should’ve. But there was just something about hearing that woman pray that was magnetic.)

 

She prayed with compassion. Tweet this!

I have deliberately not, sidetracked this conversation to tell you yet, why she was leaning into those cars, I will, but right now I want to establish, she didn’t know the people inside the cars that day. They were there for prayer. She didn’t know them, but the compassion of Christ flowed into her prayer, because she loved them and their Creator.

I think we miss it, when we fail to understand the power of compassion. When we see only faceless crowds.

Yet  compassion sees individuals.

with kids,

personality flaws,

empty bank accounts,

demanding jobs or no jobs

and frail bodies.

She connected with a face.

She listened.

Then she prayed.

It wasn’t long.

 

Her prayer was empowered by God’s Spirit.

I am convinced her wisdom went beyond her human intellect.

When we begin to pray what we know to pray, then Holy Spirit gets involved in the prayer. He helps us where we are weak. He gives us insight that is beyond what we know. I love it when that happens. (Romans 8:26, 27)

 

I was blessed by this powerful woman of God, but the truth is…this kinda praying is not reserved for a select few. Yes, she had prepared herself. She knew some verses on healing, and hope and encouragement.

 

 

Still, the power of this woman’s prayer was in obedience.

She did what she could do. She was available. She took a risk.

She prayed.

She believed and when she did, He showed up.

Don’t misunderstand me, there was nothing spectacular about what I observed.

But it was powerfully supernatural. She did the natural. God added the super. Tweet this!

 

Now to tell you, why the cars were there and why she leaned in to pray.

I was anxious to meet this precious lady with the warm, big grin and even bigger heart.

I wasn’t disappointed. She ministers in Kid’s Church! Yeah!

She is a public school counselor. And she serves on the Drive By Prayer Team!

 

That’s right… DRIVE BY PRAYER! Tweet this!

she prayed with authority.

The church is on a main highway. They put out signs that encourage anyone that needs prayer to stop. The prayer team had actually been canceled because of the heavy rains, but she didn’t see the email.

She arrived and so did some folks that had seen the signs in previous weeks. She explained to me that it was a way for her church to touch the community on a regular basis.

 

I love creative people!

And the God ideas that come when we really want to change the world around us with the love of God.

 

Don’t forget!

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16b NLT  Tweet this!

 

 


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Satan has desired to sift you as wheat, but I prayed for you that your faith will not fail.

Where do you turn when you are discouraged?

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  • Where do you turn when you are discouraged?
  • Where do go when circumstances pile in on you?
  • What do you do when your son/daughter is rebellious–seriously rebellious?
  • Where do you look when your marriage is in trouble?
  • What do you do when your baby has a fever and is throwing up and nothing seems to work?
  • How do you soothe your panic when your blood pressure is sky high and nothing seems to lower it?
  • How do you calm your panic when you hear the dreaded “C” word from the doctor?
  • What about when you don’t have enough money to pay the bills and there’s no more room on the credit cards?
  • Finally, where do you go when you finally realize that ignoring the painful problems doesn’t make them go away?
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There is no doubt that there are both practical and spiritual answers to every problem.

That’s why the Bible talks so much about wisdom.

The fact remains how we respond to a problem can make it worse or make it better.

Do you know how to run to God and the Bible for answers?

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while walking to my grandma's house I discovered prayer is a conversation, not a dialogue.

A Dusty Road…A Rock…And a still small voice.

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while walking to my grandma's house I discovered prayer is a conversation, not a dialogue.She only lived three blocks away. We lived at house number 308 and she lived at 415, straight down the dirt road, beside the church I had attended my whole life.  I thought I was grown, but I was  probably 7 years old. You can imagine how long ago that was. I bring that up to explain it was pretty safe back then. But, my mom was SO protective. It was one of those rare days that my mom let me walk to my grandma’s house and I would never forget that day.

As I walked down the dry, dusty road barefooted, I prayed. I’m not sure where I got the idea to pray while I walked; it was  just such a part of my everyday life. My prayers were unscripted, heartfelt and sincere.   My dad wasn’t a believer and I was concerned- so I prayed. That’s what you do when you’re concerned- pray. I would later discover worry, but in those days I prayed instead.

My dad was my hero. He was such a good man. A kind man. He didn’t express his feelings with words or hugs; generally the only expression was a pat on the back. But oh the love I felt from those hardy, rough pats! And I wanted him to know Jesus.

The words of my prayer that day were simple. Nothing more than,  “Jesus, save my daddy.” I know some people will argue that’s not the right way to pray it, but God filtered my prayer through His lens of love and understanding to comprehend exactly what I intended. He still does that because my prayers continue to be unpretentious and driven by relationship and concern.

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make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes.

YOU SHOULD NEVER…EVER! And you’ll laugh too.

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There are some things that just should never happen–NEVER!

And Diane Daniel, my laughing friend, brings a few of them into focus for us as only Diane can do.

1. You should never take your cat to a dog show…
2. You should never wear a t-shirt with the words “Worlds #1 Terrorist” to the airport…
3. You should never call in sick, and then text your co-worker to go to lunch…
4. You should never call your Son’s girlfriend by his ex-girlfriend’s name…
5. You should never eat a Baby Ruth bar in a public pool…
6. When robbing a convenience store, you should never scribble the demand note on the back of your checkbook deposit slip …
7. You should never stomp an ant hill with your bare feet…
8. You should never put your motor home on cruise control and then leave the driver’s seat… (this is my favorite)
9. You should never flush the toilet with your foot with flip-flops on…
10. You should never text your Pastor and husband at the same time…

Every item on Diane’s list has serious and obvious consequences.

And I would be curious as to how many of them Diane learned from personal experience. However, my one suggestion doesn’t give us a glaring and laughable picture of the obvious consequences. The truth is we may not experience the consequences for an extended period of time. And even when we do feel the consequences, we may attribute them to a different source entirely, so the real problem goes untreated and unresolved.

My Only Suggestion

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Jesus still heals today and sometimes he uses pint-sized saints.

WHEN THE CHILDREN PRAYED BY GUEST AUTHOR ANGEL SIMS

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Angel shared this story with me last September and I knew it was one I just had to share with you. It is a powerful story and the best part is, it TRUE! Angel is an amazing lady! And her story is fabulous!

In February 2000, after too many asthma attacks to count we were desperate.   The adult doses of system raging steroids that kept our four year old son Jonah’s air way open day in and day out were taking their toll on his overall health and I just knew this was not God’s plan for his life.  I took Jonah with me to hear Randy Clark speak in Englewood FL.  I’d heard first hand accounts of God’s healing power moving through Randy.  I told the Lord that if, when Randy prayed, I saw a manifestation of the Spirit on Jonah I would take him off all of the medication immediately in faith.  Removing a child from such meds is serious business and not to be taken lightly.  What happened that evening threw my theology for a permanent loop.

 Jonah attended the children’s service during worship and Randy’s message.

After several hours it was time for the alter-call.  I flew to the kid’s room and asked to sign him out.  The children’s pastor tried to explain how brave Jonah was as he asked for prayer for healing asthma.  She quickly told me that the children laid hands on him and prayed.  In too much of a hurry to get him to the “real minister,” the anointed adult, I said “Oh how sweet,” and rushed off for the sanctuary.

 

I escorted Jonah to the line at the alter and waited in heart pounding anticipation.

Randy knelt in front of my precious 4 year old and prayed with power and sincerity.  Crickets sang… nothing happened.  No evidence of our powerful God setting my son free what so ever.  Heartbroken, I walked with Jonah out to the foyer to connect with my friend Deena.  My disappointment was evident as I told her how convinced I felt that my son would be healed that night.

 

Jonah clamored for my attention by tugging at my pant leg, I finally looked down and said, “What’s up buddy?”

 

He convincingly exclaimed, “Mommy, God healed me when the children prayed!”

My eyes widened, I looked again at my friend… “What am I supposed to do with that??”

How could the prayers of a child be so powerful?

They don’t understand the deep and powerful things of God!  Matthew 11:25 says “At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.’”

Such arrogance on my part is now laughable, as if any of us do completely understand.

So I looked at Jonah and said, “Are you sure?  What happened?”  With childlike faith and simplicity Jonah said, “They prayed and it left.”

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Jonah is now 17 years old and has never taken another steroid or any other asthma medication again!!!

 

Six weeks later I made an appointment with his pediatrician.  Dr. La Rue walked in the examining room and asked what was wrong with Jonah.  I said, “Just give his lungs a listen.”

Puzzled he said, “They sound great.”  I explained what happened and that Jonah had been off the meds for six weeks.  Stunned, Dr. La Rue shook his head in awe.

Praise God!!!  I’m not attempting to explain what happened or defend miraculous healing; I’m just telling it like it is… God is so good and we are indescribably grateful to Him for answering the prayers of His pint-sized saints with a resounding “YES!”

Thank you Angel, for sharing this inspiring story of a healing miracle. Thank you Father, for healing Jonah! I’m so thankful that YOU still heal today. And it’s not about the size of the hand being laid on you to pray, it’s about the size of  God’s healing hand that touches us when we dare to believe He will!

Angel Sims Adjunct Professor Writer Mom of two Lover of God & Kids

Angel Sims
Adjunct Professor
Writer
Mom of two
Lover of God & Kids

Angel is a mother of two children and an adjunct professor at South Eastern University in Lakeland, Fl. She is currently writing a book on how to bring parents back to the primary role of spiritual leadership with their  children.

I have two reasons for sharing this post

  1. I’ve started a series on prayer and what better way to talk about prayer than hear a praise report. This story illustrates answered prayer.
  2. Praise reports of God’s goodness builds faith in your heart.

 

 

Maybe you need healing. The most important thing you can do right now is to build your faith with Scriptures. So I took some of the pictures that I absolutely love and put scriptures on them that I absolutely love and posted them on my site.

Here’s the link.

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Healing Scriptures (verses is what we say in Children’s Ministry) to pray.

 

I hope you’ll share this post!

Don’t forget, I love you. I’m praying for you!

And don’t miss Tuesday’s post. It’s going to be a super funny. My friend Diane Daniel gave me a list of things that absolutely should never happen. I can’t wait to share them! She is one more funny lady!

Don’t forget, I love you. I’m praying for you!


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