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Building a Prayer Life

Learning has always been difficult for me. My A.D.D. tendencies can derail a good idea, quickly. Things need to be organized and in their proper place. Reference points are needed to guide my thoughts. As I began meeting more and more people through my faith, I found it difficult to keep track of the prayer requests, or the Bible verses I wanted to study, or my own goals. I needed a way of simplifying my prayer life.

I believe that our prayer life is how we build our relationship with Jesus. This has become most important in my life…to build a strong relationship with Him.

So, I set out to learn how to build a fulfilling prayer life. The following is what I came up with.


We are commanded to pray.

Ephesians 6:18 (AMP)

Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

We are commanded to pray without fret or worry.

Philippeans 4:6 (AMP)

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests], with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

We are commanded to never cease praying. To pray all the time and to do so earnestly.

1 Thessolonians 5:17 (AMP)

Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]

Colossians 4:2 (AMP)

Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.

The Bible guides us and teaches us not to ramble or only pray by repeating memorized prayer. We are to be specific, with few words.

Matthew 6:7 (AMP)

And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 (AMP)

Be not rush with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.


My desire to learn how to pray led me to search for an organized way to strengthen my prayer life and my relationship with God. A prayer journal or a prayer notebook was just the answer. Using the creativity God gave me, I made my own prayer journal/notebook. Now you can make one too.

Step One

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 4

I purchased a photo album at the local Goodwill for $3.00.

Additionally, I purchased some scrapbook paper and stickers.

Anything will work. Colored paper; wrapping paper….or nothing at all.

Lastly, I purchased some colored index cards.

Again…this doesn’t need to be about expense or color or making the Prayer Book fancy. Plain paper or notebook paper works too.

I chose the photo album because I can move things around fairly easily. Others have used three ring binders. This gives them even more flexibility. A journal or composition book will work as well.


Step Two

My prayer book is divided into the following sections:

Photo Adoration          Adoration – Give God praise and honor for who he is.                

Photo Confession          Confession – Examine yourself before God and honestly deal      

                                                                                     with the sin in your life.

Photo Thanksgiving            Thanksgiving – Verbalize what you are thankful for.

Photo Supplication               Supplication – Pray for the needs of others and yourself.

Photo Proverbs 31               Proverbs 31 – Become a Godly woman.

There’s also a section for Goals and Books of the Bible.

Each section has multiple spaces for note cards. As I grow in my prayer life, I can add and subtract information in the Prayer Book. As I learn new Bible verses, I can add them to the sections where they apply.


Step Three

Start using your new Prayer Book. The Holy Spirit will assist you while you design, make or purchase your Prayer Book. As well, the Holy Spirit will be with you through your entire prayer process. No matter what that may be.

Romans 8:26 (AMP)

So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.

When Life Happens……Praise God!

It has been a long time since I logged into my blog. I haven’t published anything in months. I haven’t forgotten why I started this blog. I haven’t been lazy. Just the opposite actually. As this year dwindles down through the last quarter, I would like to reflect on the things God has done for me and my family this year.

The best lesson I learned this year is that Jesus wants to know me as an individual. He wants to be in a relationship with me. His relationship with me is the most important relationship I have and He has equipped me with all I need to survive this world.He has provided for all of us a breastplate and helmet. With full protection and knowledge we are better equipped to stand strong before the evil one (in general or specifically Satan). God’s Word provides us the readiness and firm foundation we need to fight against ‘flaming missiles’….spiritual attacks. Paul says it best in Ephesians.


Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:14-17. (AMP)


An equally important lesson learned this year has been learning to truly be thankful. In all circumstances, regardless of the results. To be thankful and trusting that God’s will is sufficient.


Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always); Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]; Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. 1Thess. 5:16-18. (AMP)


PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I am truly excited to be under your protection. As well, Lord, I am so very thankful for your guidance this past year. Lord, you know my struggles and weaknesses, and Lord, I thank you for walking along side me (often carrying me). Thank you, Lord for the wonderful people you have placed in my life to help me grow and serve in Christ. For the first time in my life, I truly look forward to tomorrow. Because I look so forward to learning more and more about You. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

Forgive Me!

Forgiveness is not as difficult as it seems. Nor is it as difficult as we make it. There are two verses that come to mind when I think of forgiveness.

Colossians 3:13  ..bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Ephesians 4:32  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

The theme that I see here is that God forgave us. He forgives me and he forgives you. To walk In Christ is to follow in Jesus’ example. Who are we to withhold forgiveness when He graciously gives forgiveness to all sinners.

It is not for us to withhold forgiveness. Besides, forgiveness has its own healing power and freedom. Forgiveness is not acceptance or condoning bad behavior or sinful acts. Neither are we expected to forget. Learning to forgive is showing the wisdom to stop punishing your own future. Forgiveness is a bold choice. Give it a try!

Holy Yoga! What an oxymoron.

I heard the Hindus want their yoga back.

All forms of yoga are spiritual and aim to experience union with ‘God’, Brahman or universal consciousness. In the West, yoga is considered a means of physical exercise, a way to strengthen the body, improve flexibility, heal or prevent a variety of ailments. Hatha Yoga is a common form of yoga practiced in the West. Most believe that it is purely a form of physical positions and breathing techniques. Iyengar Yoga is the most popular form of Hatha Yoga in the U.S.

Besides having the potential to be physically harmful, yoga can be mentally harmful. Breathing exercises can cause injury to the brain and yoga is capable of endangering one’s sanity through the intense meditation. Most importantly, to a Christian, yoga could be spiritually harmful as it promotes the desire to attain godlike stature.

As a Christian, yoga is utterly incompatible with my beliefs. it is impossible to separate yoga philosophy from yoga practice. Yoga is merely the means of helping the yogi toward a union with ‘God’. As a Christian, I do not believe that my problem is ignorance. The ignorance that can be corrected through meditation, chanting and posturing. My problem is sin. My enlightenment is Jesus. I have salvation for free and cannot earn a positional union with ‘God’. Practicing yoga has the potential to be physically, mentally and spiritually harmful to Christians.

“Physical yoga, according to its classical definition is inherently and functionally incapable of being separated from Eastern religion metaphysics”. ~Dave Fetcho~

Stretching can probably be separated.

Breathing and posturing cannot.

It is best for Christians to choose an exercise program with physical benefits similar to yoga, but without all the negative spiritual issues. Christians should consider low-impact or water aerobics, water ballet, or simply stretching. These programs can be just as beneficial for the body, without potentially endangering the soul.

Additionally, it is offensive to Hindus that Christians use a part of their religious belief as ‘just exercise’. Yoga has a religious connection to Hindus. Just as communion and baptism has a sacred connection to Christians. Exercising/stretching and posturing of yoga are elements of the overwhelmingly spiritual practices of Hinduism. As a Christian, I believe that practicing yoga can be a very dangerous, slippery, slope.

Do your own research before you consider yoga as an option for stretching and exercising. I am so thankful to my very dear friend that brought this to my attention and asked me to do the same. I am so grateful that she did. God bless her for caring about my spiritual well-being.

 

“Why is this so difficult?”

Have you ever experienced a time when nothing goes right? No matter how hard you try or how badly you want something to be a certain way? When I look back at these times, I realize that God had a different plan for me.  

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)

Whenever you feel like you are up against a wall or when nothing you do is working out the way you would like, you are probably not where you should be. Now is the time to spend with God. He will show you where you should be. He will not allow us to enjoy the wrong path of ourselves.

Welcome to my new blog.

I am so excited about this new blog. God has been encouraging me to share my experiences with as many people as I possibly can. What better way than to share through an internet blog.

The title lists the three books of the Holy Bible that I enjoy the most. Colossians and Ephesians are excellent books for beginners in Christ. Psalm is a beautiful book to enjoy at any time.

The very first Bible verse I ever learned was Psalm 121:1-2

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

I learned this verse somewhere around the 3rd or 4th grade in Religious Education. In my school system, this was a trailer that was parked in the parking lot and we went to this trailer once a week throughout the school year.

While my parents were religious, church-going people, I don’t ever remember ‘learning’ verses or concepts or messages from the Bible. I was in awe of this lady that stood in front of the trailer and told us this Bible verse. I instantly knew that this verse was going to play a role in my life. It has been written on my heart ever since.

Throughout this blog, I would like to share with you these moments that changed my life. In doing so, I hope to inspire others to share their experiences with those that need an encouraging word, a kind thought and a prayer.