When I am Weak- He is Strong (Moms In Prayer)

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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~2 Corinthians 12:9
This Friday morning our little group of praying moms finally had the first gathering of the school year. I have been allowing myself to be available to God through this ministry despite the nagging doubts, feelings of inadequacy and sometimes seemingly “unanswered” prayers.
As the day approached I found myself feeling overwhelmed. Three weeks into Homeschooling 8th grade and this mom, right here, was already ready to hang it up.
The most negative voices taunted me from the corners of my mind, echoing through my head, as if in an empty corridor, on challenging days. The voices reminded me of every possible reason why I was not fit to pray with my sisters, let alone lead them in prayer. The reality was that these “voices” were voices in my mind, but they seemed to take on attitudes and personalities of their own with one intention:
To take me down.
By Thursday, I hit the ground running, and focused prayer time was minimal. So much to do. Clock ticking…and yet there was this still, small voice, just faint in the background. Not condemning…quietly present. Less a voice perhaps, and more a presence, which seemed to keep me somewhat on track despite the messes, challenges, distractions, and outright opposition.
That night, as I prayed, I told God just how I felt,what I thought, what the voices in my head were saying and how I was starting to believe them. I asked Him to show me His will. I reminded Him that each of these sweet ladies was capable of leading and my presence was not even absolutely needed.
I gave Him my big objection, which was basically the same thing I always tell Him.
The two words I’m convinced He accepts BUT refuses to receive…

“I can’t.”
So I moseyed on up to His throne of grace and told Him, in my bravest, big girl voice…the one He knows I don’t really believe, but use when I really want Him to know that I am s-e-r-i-o-u-s. 

I said, Lord, but if you really want me to do this, despite all of my excellent arguments. Despite all of my imperfections. Despite all of my ME. I am willing. If you promise to show me clearly if it is really not your will. Deal?
Then I slept.
Friday morning I was awake before the alarm. My head was clear. It was Go Time. 
God gave me a perfect extended time of refreshment in His word and prepared my heart. His peace draped over my shoulders like a soft garment. 
The time of prayer with my praying moms turned out to be a  blessing, naturally. 
He was present, and I realized just how blessed I was to be able to pray with this handful of gracious women. It’s not that I am the best candidate to lead. It’s not that I am such an awesome prayer warrior, it’s not that I have been the best mom, or am some kind of Super Christian Chick.

In myself, I am completely inadequate to lead these women.
But somehow, our weakness is His strength…and in the smallest acts of obedience, He runs out to meet us with open arms. 
Can you get this?
It’s not my adequacy, ability or anything me at all that equips me for His will.
Same for you. 
It is all His grace. All gift. 
And that which I think, is mine, is after all really His-
 yet He blesses through that which He calls forth…
even as He calls us to trust and obey.
Is there no other way?
So what are you waiting for?
Is He calling you to step out, again?
What have you walked away from that you suspect He wants you to turn around and walk back to? 
Despite all of your good arguments, do you know, that you know, that you know, He has something for you to do, which will require you to rely on His strength and not your understanding, power or might? 
Trust me, there is no other way…
To be happy in Jesus
is 
to trust and obey.
 Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts
Zechariah 4:6
Are you longing to pray for your children with another mom?
For more about gathering together in prayer with one or two or more moms, 
please check out Moms In Prayer

*I have been praying with a Moms in Prayer group since 2008 and have been blessed beyond belief. I have been “leading” which is to say I have been praying alongside women who are gracious enough to allow me to be responsible for staying on track, starting and finishing on time and never talking too much (Can you see God’s sense of humor in this?) since 2010. 
God is Faithful.
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Missional Women

Peace In The Midst of Life’s Trials with Natasha Maciel

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Today I am thrilled to share with you a message from my dear friend, and Moms In Prayer partner Natasha Maciel. Natasha is a gifted speaker and has a heart after God as well as a burden to bring the encouragement, comfort and transforming power of Christ to women through her life, testimony and ministry.
We have to choose in this life whether we will follow the wisdom of the world or the One who is Wisdom and Peace, who promises to never leave nor forsake us.

God never promises perfect circumstances.
He promises something better.
Himself.
Really that’s what we need. 
Emmanuel.
Paul Mcartney sings a worldly anthem “if this ever changing world in which we live inmakes you give in and cry “…

As Paul McCartney sings, in this ever-changing world in which we live in, the message is live and let die; but In Christ, the message is we live now, and forever. Gloriously with Him. 
He is our peace. Amen?

I pray this message is a blessing to you. 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
Ephesians 2:14-18


Linking with Bonnie and Emily.
Also joining in Friendship Friday at Create with Joy!

A Flicker of Hope {Praying for Sandy Hook Elementary School Community}

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For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Romans 15:4
In light of the events of that took place last Friday in Connecticut, I find myself moved to share a few thoughts, links and scriptures that have given me hope. Although I have managed to stay away from all television coverage, I did read two news stories, one on Saturday, the other tonight as I felt compelled to know the names of the victims. I also read a few of my fellow bloggers posts who shared their hearts as we do here in this fellowship and community. I have tried to steer clear of the media with minimal pops onto Facebook as well. 
I wanted to dedicate a post to the victims of Friday’s tragic shooting. I know there are many tragedies throughout the world. I do not mean to take away from anyone or anything but just to allow a pause and acknowledgement in this particular one. It seems so close to home, in many ways beyond geography and has gripped my heart. 
Below are two fellow Bloggers who have have offered hope in their own ways.

Amy Sullivan shares a number of links that are helpful for those who’d like to offer hope/help: When You Want To Help The Sandy Hook But Don’t Know How

Wendy over at Saved Sister is coordinating a  Blogger Day of Silence on Tuesday, December 18th and also attempting to raise money for The Newtown Youth and Family Services.
Also Moms In Prayer Connecticut State Leader, sweet Pat Kenney,  has created a very helpful prayer sheet for her praying moms (but perhaps also for those who long to pray but can’t quite find the words or where to start)
I am grateful to belong to Moms In Prayer, and today I will be praying with other moms for our children, school and teachers.We will also be praying for the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School and the community of Newtown, Connecticut. Praying for hope to be restored to those who are feeling the hopelessness that comes in times such as these. Praying for hope to return for us all. 
If you have passed this way today, will you hold up the family of each one taken in this tragedy?
Would you pause with me for a moment and pray for hope to be restored to their hearts?

“Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:28-31

CHILDREN

Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, (age 6)
Daniel Barden, 9/25/05,  (age 7)
Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, (age 6)
Josephine Gay, 12/11/05,  (age 7)
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, (age 6)
Dylan Hockley, 03/08/06, (age 6)
Madeleine F. Hsu, 07/10/06, (age 6)
Catherine V. Hubbard, 06/08/06,  (age 6)
Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05,  (age 7)
Jesse Lewis, 06/30/06,  (age 6)
James Mattioli, 03/22/06, (age 6)
Grace McDonnell, 11/04/05,  (age 7)
Emilie Parker, 05/12/06, (age 6)
Jack Pinto, 05/06/06,  (age 6)
Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, (age 6)
Caroline Previdi, 09/07/06,  (age 6)
Jessica Rekos, 05/10/06, (age 6)
Avielle Richman, 10/17/06,  (age 6)
Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, (age 6)
Allison N. Wyatt, 07/03/06,  (age 6)
ADULTS

Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, (age 29)
Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65,  (age 47)
Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, (age 52)
Lauren Russeau, 1982, (age 29)
Mary Sherlach, 02/11/56,  (age 56)
Victoria Soto, 11/04/85,  (age 27)
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; Lamentations 3:21-25

The Secrets of Intercessory Prayer by Jack Hayford {Book Review}

The Secrets Of Intercessory Prayer – Unleashing God’s Power in the Lives of Those You Love by Jack Hayford is a a powerful read which is aptly titled and delivered well that which it promised. Beginning with Chapter Ones’s “A Divine Invitation to Partnership” and our call to partner with God in prayer, to the final chapter “Having Done All, Stand” Pastor Hayford divides and conquers the obstacles to our intercessory prayer lives and leads us on to new hope to persevere in prayer. 
As a Moms In Prayer leader and one who desires to have a healthy personal prayer life I read a lot of books on prayer, and  this is one of the most practical books on intercessory prayer I have come across. Specifically challenging the hearts of those who desire to intercede for others by first examining their own hearts toward those whom they pray, makes this read immediately applicable. I found myself pondering the points and reflecting on steps I could take immediately apply with regard to addressing and assessing my own prayer “attitude”. Oh my heart was rejoicing at the wisdom presented in this book and I pray that every Christian would read and apply it. I intend to share it with my Prayer Partner and Co-Leader and then would like to read through it again. 
I really liked the way Believers were called out for some of the self-righteous and holier than thou attitudes  that pollute and permeate Christian circles which can hinder prayers being answered. I appreciate also the way I was convicted in the chapter “Praying For Someone You Don’t Want To Pray For” because God so often calls me to do just that. The reminder that “God does not sign off on people who sign off on Him” is a reminder every single professing Christian needs to remember. Loaded with powerful quotes worth further reflection and practically applicable to the life of all who desire to intercede effectually and effectively for their loved one, I highly recommend this book.
I received this book for free from Chosen Books in return for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are completely my own.
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Stop The Insanity, It’s Monday!

You know things are chaotic when your calendar is upside down!
Seriously, that was my desk recently. It’s not better, yet. But I am working on it. It seems when I try to get organized or clean, I tend to make a mess. It just works that way. I kinda ‘splode. Everywhere. Sometimes I find my way back to sanity. Other times I just close the door. Did you ever just wish that one of those Home Improvement Extreme Makeover Shows would knock on your door and say “Poof”, and all of the clutter  would be gone? Friends, that horrifies me, all my ideas are in that mess!
Last week my life felt full.
Overflowing.
With.
Blessing.
I just raised my hands and face to Heaven, receiving graciously.
Every single gift as it was poured out, like oil, spilling over my head.
Running down my cheeks.
I felt no shame, as I licked my lips, smiling.
Thank you, Lord.
Thank you.
One year older.
One year more blessed.
One year wiser. 
Tomatoes and Basil from our garden.
Thank you, Lord.
Peaches (gently tossed with a touch of lime and sugar)
served in Martini glasses with fresh Mint
(from our garden)
Thank you, Lord. 

My sweet Moms In Prayer friends from New Hampshire. 
I love these ladies and am loved by them
Thank you, Jesus! 
Gifts! 
Thank you Starbucks-
I look forward to my free drink each year!

So I took it here and had myself a fabulous morning.

 I brought a Good Book! 
My Girl gave me a wonderful pedicure
and my Amazon book order had just arrived!
Talk about divine timing. I finally got my hands on
The Jesus Storybook Bible
 and because of this combination enjoyed the pampering
of my feet from the soles
right to the soul!  

but be warned- he feels that the person who wrote this recipe, 
perhaps is not familiar with recipe writing or something to that degree.
It was delicious but I felt I should give you fair warning if you want to try it!  

281. Sisters in Christ who pray faithfully for me
282. A husband who never ceases to amaze me
283. My sweet friend and SIC Pauline who spoke this beautiful truth:
“Fellowship IS worship” 
Amen.
284. The daily surprises of God
285. The beauty of 4 seasons in New England
286. His Creation- continual source of inspiration, hope and beauty.


On this last note I leave a quote of encouragement from the amazing
  Dietrich Bonhoeffer journey
I am on from Bible Gateway:


When people are deeply affected by the Word, they tell it to other people. God has willed that we should seek and find God’s living Word in the testimony of other Christians, in the mouths of human beings. Therefore, Christians need other Christians who speak God’s Word to them. They need them again and again when they become uncertain and disheartened.
D. Bonhoeffer

May your week be full of fellow Christ – Followers
 who speak words of life into your life, Friend!


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