Archive for Prayer

Danger – Beware!

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Beware of bears! – Joy Ware Miller

 

 

 

Hey…at least I was warned…right?  The directions tell me exactly what to look for and how to avoid a bear.

Now my natural instinct is to OBEY the directions and stay clear of any and all bears.  I may want to read the directions again and take any necessary precautions…just to be sure!  That just makes sense!  No one wants to have an encounter with a bear…not now…not ever!

This situation made me think of how tricky the enemy can be.  At all times the enemy is looking for opportunites to take something from us.  He’s really out to “kill, steal and destroy” (Jn 10:10).  Yet sometimes, we take the directions (The Word of God) so lightly…we miss the warning signs.  We don’t understand the directions that tell us to “flee the very appearance of evil”, (1Thes 5:22) – or to “put on the whole armor of God” (Eph. 6:11) – or to “renew our minds” (Rom 12:2).  That would be daily!

And somtimes…we just take the directions (The Word of God) for granted…and walk right into the bear (the enemies territory) and then wonder “what happened?”

I know what happend!  The warning signs were ignored, DIS-OBEYED, missed and wrapped in honey!  Lack of prayer time, lack of intimacy with God, being swift to speak and slow to hear rather than swift to hear and slow to speak, giving into our own desires rather than God’s.  The list could go on and on.  The Bible tells us “that the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt 26:41)

I was reminded recently that we should “take our post with the spiritual responsibility that has been intrusted to us.”  Thank you Amani!

I’m taking my Post…won’t you join me?

CONNECT & REFLECT: Our strength will always come from Jesus – He IS our Source!

Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait I say, on the Lord!

 

 

 

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Peace

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world is giving us so many things…all wrapped in one small four letter word.  However this small four letter word is designed to wreck havoc in our lives starting from within.  We hear about wars, beheadings and terror.   Many don’t know what tomorrow holds…financial issues, health challenges, job difficulties, family disconnected, loneliness and are worried about the future.  The world is offering the four letter word of fear.

How do we handle fear?

Don’t forget, God gave us so many things within Himself, that should absolutely resonate in our lives as Believers.  I trust the headlines on and in our heart reads “PEACE…no matter what.”   Our God never said it (life) was going to be easy…but He gave us tools through His Word that we must continually pick up AND use!  Daily!

One tool is peace!  ”Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ” John 14:27

God has given us peace…His peace.  Nothing can compare!

When we know Him…we know peace!  No God…no peace!

 

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War Stories

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Confrontation, in your face and behind your back!

 

by Joy Ware Miller – May 24, 2014

That’s high school in a nutshell!  Oh my goodness.  During middle school I had the wonderful opportunity to home-school both of our daughters.  What an awesome experience.  Believe me…there are stories to share about that too!

However, today…we’re talking War Stories from public high school.  Now understand…it’s not the kids, it’s not the teachers, it’s not the homework that is the problem.  The problem is the devil.  The enemy that comes to steal, kill and destroy lives.  This age group is so vulnerable to the plots and schemes of the devil…that all hell usually breaks out without a skirmish.  Not so sure about the adults! (ANYWAY)…

The enemy is slinging lies of self hatred, hatred of others, hatred of everything and anything.  So many kids are just mad…and they don’t know why.  Our culture has no restraints and says yes to everything that feels good, looks good, taste good and is fun for the moment.

Things look out of control!

It’s refreshing to know and hear War Stories of young adults who are praying and crying out for their schools, for their classmates and teachers.  There is a generation of those sold-out to Jesus and they are in our schools, they are on the playgrounds, they are in the lunch rooms.

My daughter recently said “this life isn’t easy, but God didn’t say it would be”!  “He just said it will be worth it”!  These young adults are praying for you, our families and community!  Every ambulance and fire-truck that goes by…these warriors are crying out for your protection and life for those you are rescuing.

Just when you think it’s over…the real battle has begun!  God is raising up those who will seek His face…and obey His voice!

CONNECT & REFLECT:  Always wear your armour…and don’t think you’re ever too young OR too old to fight.

Ephesians 6:11-18

 

 

 

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Hate To Exercise?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

HATE TO EXERCISE?  

              ADD THESE TO YOUR LIST…because they do not work!

CLIMBING  the walls

DRAGGING  your heels

GRASPING  at straws

SKIPPING  your meals  (may need this one more than others) :)

SPINNING  your wheels

JUMPING  the gun

PASSING  the buck

KICKING  yourself

STRETCHING  the truth

RUNNING  amok

CONNECT & REFLECT   Putting on the ole tennis shoes and sweatin’ to the oldies…just might be the best thing yet!  Sometimes it seems harder to exercise “self-control”!

Colossians 1:11  (Amplified)

“We pray that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy”

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Looking Back With Thanks!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

 

Dear God,

Thinking back over this past year…I just want to say Thank You!

Thank You for being my God!  Thank You for Your unconditional love towards me.  I can think of so many times I so didn’t deserve Your love or forgiveness…but You loved me in the midst and forgave me anyway!

Thank You for Your deliverance from and through situations and circumstances seen and unseen.  Thank You for the angels You dispatched over me, my family and friends.  Thank You for what You spared us from…but even more, Thank You for what You brought us through.

Sometimes God, we look at this world through our own eyes…and it looks chaotic, kinda crazy.  We don’t understand so much and there are so many questions.  Thank You that you are still in total control.  Thank You that you are not offended with our need to ask why!  Thank You that in the middle of why…You are Present, You are Comfort, You are Peace, You are Restoration, You are Mighty, You are Hope, You are the Answer…and again, You are in Control!

Thank You that we don’t know what’s ahead in 2013…but we know You!  Thank You that You are the Way Maker.  Thank You that NO PROBLEM, NO SITUATION, NO HEARTACHE, NO DISAPPOINTMENT will take us out of your DIVINE INTERVENTION!  Thank You that we can have confidence in You and trust Your Word.

Thank you in the midst of depression…You are our Joy!  Thank You Lord that Your Joy gives us strength through tough times.

May my life this year represent Your Glory and be an outward demonstration of Who You Are!  We are lost without you…but because of Your Salvation…we are SAFE!  Help us share this Good news with the world!

Amen…and Happy New Year!

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