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February 11th, 2010

Spirit and Love Driven Prayer

Spirit and Love Driven Prayer

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. – (Romans 15:30)

The Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we pray (Rom. 8:26-27).

The Holy Spirit  pours love into our hearts to give us hope and endurance (Rom. 5:5).

So it shouldn’t surprise us that the love we have from the Holy Spirit moves us to pray for others in their struggles.

Praying for others, what is sometimes called intercessory prayer, is a great gift empowered by the love that comes from the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives.

Paul wanted this Spirit and love driven prayer to focus on his desire to proclaim Jesus, something we’ve focused on for several days.

However, this Spirit and love driven kind of prayer can be offered for almost anything that another brother or sister in Christ needs.

Let’s remember that the love we feel for others and the prayer we are given by the presence of the Spirit are there to gift us and equip us to pray for others!

Prayer : Today, Father, I want to pray for a number of folks on my heart who face struggles of all kinds. Some are family members … some are friends … some are faithful servants of your Kingdom doing your work in hard places … some are grieving … some face tough times … some are making hard decisions … some have family struggles … some have great opportunities they don’t want to miss .. some are overcoming addictions … and there are many others. Please hear my prayer for them today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

February 4th, 2010

Never leave your parents

Parents love

A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it everyday. He climbed to the treetop, ate the apples, took a nap under the shadow…he loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him. Time went by…the little boy had grown up and he no longer played around the tree every day.

One day, the boy came back to the tree and he looked sad . “Come and play with me” the tree asked the boy. “I am no longer a kid, I do not play around trees any more” the boy replied. “I want toys. I need money to buy them.” “Sorry, but I do not have money… but you can pick all my apples and sell them. So, you will have money.” The boy was so excited. He grabbed all the apples on the tree and left happily. The boy never came back after he picked the apples. The tree was deeply saddened.

One day, the boy who now turned into a man returned and the tree was excited “Come and play with me” the tree said. “I do not have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me ? ” ” Sorry, but I do not have any house. But you can chop off my branches to build your house.” So the man cut all the branches of the tree and left happily. The tree was glad to see him happy but the man never came back since then. The tree was again lonely and upset.

One hot summer day, the man returned and the tree was delighted. “Come and play with me!” the tree said. “I am getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat ?” said the man . “Use my trunk to build your boat. You can sail far away and be happy.” So the man cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and never showed up for a long time.

Finally, the man returned after many years. ” Sorry, my boy. But I do not have anything for you anymore. No more apples for you …” the tree said. “No problem, I do not have any teeth to bite” the man replied. “No more trunk for you to climb on” “I am too old for that now” the man said. “I really cannot give you anything… the only thing left is my dying roots” the tree said with tears. “I do not need much now, just a place to rest. I am tired after all these years” the man replied. “Good! Old tree roots are the best place to lean on and rest, Come, come sit down with me and rest.” The man sat down and the tree was glad and smiled with tears…

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This is a story for everyone. The tree is like our parents.

When we were young, we loved to play with our Mum and Dad…

When we grow up, we leave them…only come to them when we need something or when we are in trouble. No matter what, parents will always be there and give everything they could just to make you happy.

You may think the boy is cruel to the tree, but that is how all of us treat our parents.

We take them for granted we don’t appreciate all they do for us, UNTIL it’s too late. May GOD forgive us of our shortcomings and may He Guide us. Amen.

Love your Parents…………..

And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say:

“My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.”

January 26th, 2010

Love Your Mother Paintings

Check out the 7 paintings portraying Mother and Child given above. Click on any to view in full size.

Do you know… A human body can bear only upto 45 Del (unit) of pain. But at the time of giving birth, a woman feels upto 57 Del of Pain.  This is similar to 20 bones getting fractured at a time!

10 Reasons why I Love My Mom

1.  She always had hot chocolate ready for my sisters and I, growing up, after we’d come inside from playing in the snow…  as a little kid, this was something I adored about my mom, so it makes the list… also, she used to braid my Barbie’s hair for me when I couldn’t do it.

2.  At one point, when I was 14 or so, my mom had a friend who was a single mother; she had broken up with her boyfriend and had no place for herself or her 8 year old son to live, nor enough money to pay rent in an apartment, and so my mother asked the woman and her son to live with us.  They ended up staying with us for three or four years.

3.  When my parents got divorced, my mom went back to work, after being a stay-at-home mom for 13 years, to support my sisters and I.

4.  My mom went back to college, in her 40s, to get her nursing degree.  She graduated in 2005 with her RN.

5.  She saved like crazy while I was in high school so that she could take my sisters and I on a vacation to Walt Disney World for a week.

6.  When Brent died, my mom offered to take work off so she could go with me to the calling hours and funeral; she didn’t even know Brent, really.

7.  Before she started working evenings, my mom never missed any of my sisters’ basketball games, soccer tournaments, track meets, or band concerts.  She went to all of our chorus concerts, marching band shows and award ceremonies.  I can count, on one hand probably, the number of times my dad showed up for all these things.

8.  She made all sorts of sacrifices for the girls and myself; mom rarely bought things for herself.  She never had new clothes, never went out with friends…  I was startled, a few weeks ago, when I learned that she’s gone 3 years without getting new glasses, even though her prescription’s changed again, because my sisters and I need new glasses every year.

9.  My mom says what she thinks.  I can honestly tell you that my mom makes her feelings known.  There are plenty of times where I’d much rather not know her opinion on everything, but that’s another story…

10.  She has always been 100%, completely encouraging of me in everything I do.  My mom has always told me that so long as I did my best at everything, that’d be enough for her.  And, for my mother, my best has been enough; regardless of how it measures up in comparison with others.

– – – – – – written by Lissa Kaye

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON ON THIS EARTH…  OUR BEST CRITIC … YET OUR STRONGEST SUPPORTER…

“MOTHER”

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