Prayer for Tuesday 2/18

04-Isaac&Jacob-KindleThumbnailI adore you, God of the Great Example, God of the Mighty Word, God of Forever Life.  I long to see you face to face, but I already do. Your face is in the sun, your eyes in the stars, your ears in the wind. But one mystery I cannot fathom: You adore me. How can that be? I am just a spec in the universe.  I sin every day by doing or thinking something amiss or by leaving undone even the smallest kindness I should be doing for others.  Oh, yes. I remember now. You dote on lowly me because you made me your child. Your child! You are so full of surprises. Delightful surprises.  Ah, my heart swells when I think of you.

Thank you, my Adonai, for this beautiful February day. The cold has shooed the germs away and made them go into hiding so we can have a healthier summer. The trees are getting their much-needed rest. My, my! How they stand strong under gales, sleet, rain. They remain steadfast in both floods and droughts. They even are unconquerable when cut down; they just send new shoots up from their strong roots and start all over again. Am I nearly as strong as the trees? The more the weather beats on them, the stronger they become. Thank you, Lord, for those things that beat down on me. Thank you for the opportunity to stand despite them all and grow stronger. Though the world cut me down completely, may my roots be strong enough to start all over again. What a privilege it is to be in a storm with you.

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04-Isaac&Jacob-KindleThumbnailISAAC & JACOB is storybook 4 in the series A CHILD’S BIBLE HEROES.  This family argued a lot.  Twin brothers fought all the time and their parents played favorites.  Jacob finally ran away from home.  He was gone a long time, but got lonely for the brother he thought he hated.  He realized he loved his brother after all.  THINK & DO at the end of each chapter.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this……….https://amzn.to/2SPlNMi

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Prayer for Monday 2/17

03-Abraham-ThumbnailCoverAh, Lord God, when I look at the mountains, I see you standing on top of them with laughter on your lips, power in your legs, protection in your arms. When I look at the animals in winter, I see you with determination, resilience, and strength against the winds, the sleet, the snow. One of these days I will see the crocuses peeking their heads through the snow and saying to the world, “Hi! Remember me? You’ve almost made it through the winter. See I’m proof.” Oh, the beauty of your universe and all the promises it reflects of their Creator.

Thank you for life and love, for peace and freedom, for family and friends.  And, well, it’s hard for me to do, but well, here goes.  Thank, you for people who talk mean to me, are impatient with me, who mock me, who hate me even though they do not know me.  Thank you for people who misrepresent me, gossip about me, and do not see things the way I do.  Thank you for all these opportunities you put in my path to love those who do not love me.  Like you. Just like you. Thank you for the opportunities to smile when I want to frown, sing when I want to cry.  As you once said long ago, “What does it profit me if I love only those who love me?”.  And, yes, the biggie:  You loved me before I loved you.  I guess it’s my turn now, Lord.  But what’s this forgiving 490 times the same person for the same thing over and over?  Oh, that’s me. I think now I understand.  I am most blest.  Thank you for forgiveness and all those second chances you have given me. How can I ever thank you?  Hmmm… Looks like I’ve gone full circle, my Lord.

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03-Abraham-ThumbnailCoverABRAHAM is Bible storybook #3 in A CHILD’S BIBLE HEROES series.   Sometimes Abraham would go see old Noah. But when he was 58, Noah died.  The city of Ur went wild after that. A few years later, God told Abraham to leave that city.  Come along with me to learn all the unexpected twists and turns in Abraham’s life. “Think & Do” at the end of each chapter.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this……….  https://amzn.to/38wmroy

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Prayer for Sunday 2/16

02-Noah-KindleThumbnailI praise and adore you, God of all heaven and earth and all existence. You are greater than death, for you are the life-giver. They couldn’t kill you.  They thought they did; but you were just resting for those three days.  Then you tricked them.  You are Life. Life is stronger than death. You are a user.  You turn death into the glorious doorway to life more glorious than imagination. You are Life. You will be there when I die, welcoming me into a realm of joy and beauty and peace that I cannot even begin to imagine. Life here is like living in a cave compared with heaven or being blind and trying to understand color. How I long to leave this cave and to open my blind eyes. How I long to be in your world and before your throne.  I think when I get there, I shall try to sing to you louder than anyone else. Would that be a sin, Lord?

Thank you, God, for being close to me in prayer. No other god has done that. No other god loves because no other god exists. Those so-called gods stay at a distance from mankind with no love, but only instilling fear. You are my Maker and the Lover of my soul. Thank you for your Words in flesh and the pain you willingly endured in my place for my sin. How could you have done it?  Well, it is morning again. Morning when I can greet the day you brought me. Morning when I can once again greet you, though in my sleep, I know you never left me. Morning when I can face my griefs and pain and let you smile and lift my burden so I can walk free, knowing you have everything under control.  With you, it is always morning. 

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02-Noah-KindleThumbnailNOAH is book 2 in A CHILD’S BIBLE HEROES.  God promised he would save Noah and his sons even though they weren’t born yet.  He began work on the big boat by himself. People laughed at him.  As his sons grew up, the kids at school teased them about their crazy father. Eventually, the rains did come. The water rose and fell.  Then the rainbow! To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this……….  https://amzn.to/2SODJqn

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Prayer for Saturday 2/15

01-Adam&Eve-KindleThumbnailWhat a powerful God you are. You speak and your words roar through the universe. You sing and your song echoes from star to star. You whisper and the wind swirls and makes the clouds bump lazily into each other. You sigh and I feel your Spirit within my soul.  Mighty and gentle. Tough and tender. Everywhere at once and nestled in my heart.

Thank you, my Adonai, for cold, nippy mornings with the wind pounding on my cheeks, icy paths challenging my balance, and cabin fever when I stay indoors too much. And for rush-hour traffic and horns that honk and declare their presence on the road. Thank you for restless children and empty cupboards and flat tires. Thank you for a world that is not perfect so I can watch you work within it all to bring blessings and peace and wonder.

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01-Adam&Eve-KindleThumbnailADAM & EVE is book one in the series A CHILD’S BIBLE HEROES.  We talk about how bad they were.  But think about this:  Calculating Adam’s age when Seth was born, Adam and Eve went over 100 years without sinning!  “Think and Do” at the end of each chapter to give the child suggestions for applying what they read to their everyday life. To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this……….https://amzn.to/2HrKqcB

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Prayer for Friday, 2/14

OldOldTunes-ThumbnailMy soul lifts up praises to you day and night. As my Creator, you are the God of my life, my soul, my being. You are all I need to exist. Without you, the world is formless and empty just as it was at the beginning.  You give my life form and substance. You give me a reason to be, to live, to die. You are beyond the finiteness of my comprehension. Oh, how I wish I could understand you more.

Ah, thank you, my Lord, for your simple Word. You never leave me guessing what you are doing or wanting or saying. I can just follow your Words with simple, childlike faith. When I read it and meditate on it, I feel as though I am sitting at the foot of your very throne. You are reading to me, and looking down at me to make sure I’m still paying attention. And you smile.  Thank you, too, for sleep. When I awake each day, I am full of gratitude for chances to start all over again. You are, indeed, the God of second chances. Keep smiling, Lord. I am smiling with you.

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OldOldTunes-ThumbnailTHE OLD OLD STORY SET TO OLD OLD TUNES is songs for children beginning with Genesis 1:1 and ending with Revelation 22.  It offers 40 songs about the Old Testament and 40 songs about the New Testament.  Pick the book up and begin singing the songs immediately. If you don’t know one of the old tunes, find it on the internet.  Great for Bible classes and singing at Gramma’s and Grampa’s house. To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this  ……….  https://amzn.to/37sut0g

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