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Nov 14, 2012

Everyday Life Is Prayer

I was blessed to lead a women's prayer and support group for a year in my home, many of the women the Lord led to my home had never stepped into a church , this first group of women would turn out to be some of the most broken women the Lord had ever allowed me to minister to in a group setting. I was delighted to have a couple of sisters in the Lord, who were such powerful prayer warriors beside me during this journey. I prayed that the Lord would help me to explain prayer to each of the women in a way that they would understand, and be able to grasp without feeling over whelmed. I received this devotional which opened all of our eyes to see prayer in the most simplest form, Yet the deepness of it all stayed with us and from that moment our journey in understanding prayer began.

Everyday Life is Prayer

Some women know they pray, others think they don’t because they are not on their knees morning and evening. Ladies listen..

Being up with a sick child is prayer
Visiting an elderly parent is prayer
Helping a friend bear grief, or rejoice is prayer.
Nourishing bodies and souls, this, too is prayer.

With every breath, and every heartbeat, women pray.
We pray with desire, longing, hunger, thirst.
With sighs, remorse, regret, disappointment, despair.
Discouragement, even in our anger, rage, jealousy, and envy.
We pray over these emotions we battle each day.

We pray with pleasure, contentment, happiness, exultation,
Joy, gratefulness, appreciation, acceptance, and relief.
We pray when we comfort, cheer, console.
We pray when we laugh, we cry, we work, we play.
Making a meal is prayer.

We pray when we create, and admire creation.
One way or another we pray, everyday life is prayer.
How we conduct it, celebrate it, consecrate it.
Conscious prayers are always the best.
In the purest form prayer is a conversation,
Communion,connection, intimacy.

Prayer is actually the authentic conversation because you don’t have to hold back, you can say whatever needs to be said, exactly the way you want to express it. You won’t be judged You won’t risk losing love; instead, by praying you will increase your awareness of it. You don’t have to phrase your words carefully lest there be misunderstanding, because you can’t be misunderstood. Even if you don't know what you want or need the holy spirit knows what you are about to ask, beg, scream, or praise before you utter a syllable. Then why do we have to lift up our voice in prayer ?

Because it’s not good for women to be silent. We need to get real life off our chests. Get whatever’s bedeviling us out in the open, so that we can get on with it. We can’t do that when we’re stuck, and women do get stuck in a kind of self-destructive holding pattern, when they are silent. Women pray because we have to talk to someone who is really listening.

I pray this has blessed you as it did to our group.

The Gift Of Peace

I share this with you in hopes that as you seek to find true inner peace no matter what age you are, for we are never to young or too old to claim the peace that the Lord intends for us to have in not only in our hearts but also in our lives today. This what I have learned in my journey of finding peace through my own personal experience, from a book I was blessed to receive, and studying God's word, and prayer.
To have peace of mind is something that does not happen overnight, it comes over time and part of the steps of entering into this peace consists of letting go of past hurts, anger, and guilt. It’s surrendering oneself to live fully and lovingly in the present with faith in yourself and in the Lord. So many times all that has happened to us during our childhood, teen, and young adult years we continue to carry with us even till today. Not only has our faith been tested but every part of our being.

Sometimes the past can cloud the present and prevent us from seeing tomorrow. Pain, fears, and worries, create noises in our mind and doubt in our heart. We lose precious moments in time when we look backwards too long and keep wondering why. Of course sometimes we need to go back to see what has happened so we can come to terms and make peace with them before we can move forward. But when we constantly look back and dwell there to long , we end up missing the joys and moments of today. I have discovered the three parts of me… which represents the different phases in my life.

The Me of yesterday Who allowed the hurt and pain of old memories , keep me from making the best of my life.

The “Me” of today… This is what it is, who I am today, and how fully living my life in the present allows true personal growth, and peace of mind, and room to grow. The past is gone, and future is yet to be.

The “Me” of tomorrow… This is the hopeful part of me, you see, I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds my tomorrows.

I have allowed myself to receive the greatest gift of all which is… The peace of mind to let go of the past, live in the present, and let tomorrow be.