Eternal Father,  today’s youngest generation is facing more darkness and evil than ever as they grow up. I always try to do as You say and keep my eyes on things that are lovely and pure and holy…but I cannot be blind to the very real threat of darkness and evil. What really makes me want to fight is when evil comes after vulnerable children. That just brings out the warrior in me! For my grandkids, great grandkids, children I have cared for, children in my church, children who have no idea what a church is or for that matter who Jesus is, children who are born into drugs, alcohol, violence, abuse…kids who face the pure evilness of “Momo” and other predators! I want to fight for them! I want to call today’s parents to stand up and fight, protect and teach their children to turn to You in this dark world.

                TV was still relatively new when I was a preschooler. You always knew who the good guy and bad guys were…and the good guy always won. Thing are so mixed up now that evil is held in high standards far too often. Now, there is a slew of dark and evil entertainment readily available to the tiniest people. I am always amazed how these tots can learn to swipe apps before they can speak. As the “Momo” character has been brought out into the open—as this evil character tellls little people to kill themselves and gives them specific directions on how to do it, my heart cries out to today’s parents to stand up and let their children become their mission to bring Your word, Your light, Your kingdom into this dark world. Lord, shake up today’s generation who are now parents and have them pray for, teach, protect and stand guard for the souls of their children (and generations to come).

                Father, You are the best parent there is. You know we have to pass through this hard world, but You give us Jesus Christ to overcome the evil in this world. You know we can’t be left alone to fight this fight through our own weak power. I will forever be Your daughter, who needs You. Father, I pray for those who are now parents to stand guard and protect the precious children You have entrusted to their care. I pray that You teach them to turn to You everyday by praying with them and for them. I pray You equip the parents for the hard job of parenting that takes tremendous sacrifice. You know all about that!  Raise up parents who will raise up their children full of Jesus Christ— with Your discernment between right and wrong, Your word in their hearts ready to fight any battle, Your strength and godly perseverance to overcome this world. Let them model Godly parenting so these little people will know how to parent their children. I lift this generation of parents and children to You and pray that they bow before You realizing their need for You.

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”  Deuteronomy 6:5-7

“We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God…”    Psalm 78:

“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”  (Jesus’ words in Luke 11:13

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Prayer Prompt-

Father God, Help me as a parent or grandparent to teach the next generation to turn to You…

Heavenly Father,  I recall my dad talking to me one time about “investing” in his children. It hit me the wrong way when I first heard him use the term “investing” when speaking of my brothers and me. At the time, being a very young adult, that word seemed a little cold and calculating—probably because I had only heard it in reference to money. But I am beginning to understand my daddy’s investment…

                Yesterday was my last day of a 25-plus-year career I had spent investing in the lives of little people. I spent at least fifteen years loving, nurturing and teaching other people’s children through my in-home Child Care. Then I just chose to leave a job where I continued to love on countless precious little ones from 6 weeks old to six years old in a wonderful Child Care Center. That’s a lot of noses and bottoms which have been wiped, dirty bedding laundered, meals prepared and dishes washed , boo-boos treated, temper tantrums calmed, tears hugged away, silly songs sang, books read over and over, bubbles blown and popped, potty training with accidents and success, teaching to share and take turns, helping them learn to be caring and respectful, helping them realize responsibility, discoveries about butterflies, plants, dinosaurs, weather, firemen, building and art… (and their families loved and prayed for!)

                Most of those little people who run to hug me when I walk into the room will not remember me 5-10 years from now…but I know the other teachers and I have invested more than they will ever know into their lives. Then there are my own children, grandchildren and great grandchildren! For over 34 years, I had children underage at home. Now there are grandkids in and out of my care on a regular basis. Even when they are not in my presence, I am still investing love by praying for them daily. As my children and grandchildren have grown to be amazing big people, I am blown away that my little investments had even a tiny impact on who they are and who they influence! The more I invest (even in seemingly insignificant ways) the pay-off is occurring in eternal dividends I can’t even begin to count. Just a little peek makes me realize I am so richly blessed!

                Father, You invested in us first! You knew there wouldn’t always be immediate return for the precious investment of Your Son Jesus Christ. No one understood the price of Your loving investment poured out for us when it was occurring. We still cannot count the riches of how Jesus’ life, death and resurrection continues to grow, flourish and multiply in our lives and those we touch! Father, thank You so much for investing in us when we didn’t deserve it, understand it, or even acknowledge what You’ve done for us. Lord, help me be one that keeps passing Your great blessings along. The more we invest, the richer we discover we’ve become spiritually.

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”    John 3:16

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:9-12

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, how am I investing the Love You have poured into me?

Gracious Heavenly Father,

I often think of Ola when I start to feel sorry for myself. She taught us how to truly count our blessings. She was a very frail little old lady, confined to a wheelchair and oxygen. That didn’t keep her from coming to the grief support group I attended after my first husband died twenty-five years ago. It wasn’t necessarily a Christian grief group so the mood could often be bitter and depressing. Then Ms. Ola was wheeled into light up the room. She had so many tragedies in her life- her husband was alcoholic most of his life, then was severely injured in an explosion, then died years later. She had a little daughter die at an early age. Two of her sons had recently died. She also had terminal cancer and heart problems. As we all were feeling sorry for ourselves, Ola would say, “There’s always something to be thankful for. Just count your blessings and name them. It completely changes how you see life!” I took her advice when it seemed I had lost so much—I was amazed to discover how blessed I began to feel as I listed what I was thankful for.

So here is my very tiny short list of just a few things I am incredibly grateful for on this Thanksgiving Day: Father, first of all, I can never thank You enough for creating me, giving me life, loving me when I did not deserve it, for forgiving me, for sending Jesus to take the death penalty for my sins so I can live with You for all eternity, for never ever leaving me alone, for sending the Holy Spirit to live with me and in me, for Your guidance, protection, wisdom and all the delightful ways You give me abundant life when I stop and count my blessings. There are so many that the more I list them, the more I feel I might burst from gratitude. I am fully aware that every single blessing in my life flows from You to me. I need to stop and say thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

So here are a few more: Relationships have to be at the top of the list. You have surrounded me with the most incredible people to love. It seems the more I think about how thankful for them I am, the more I love them—my husband (my best friend), each of my precious grown children (by birth and otherwise) and their dear spouses, my grandchildren (each with their unique personality and gifts that are so fun to watch unfold), my cherished brothers and sisters-in-Christ around the world (how I love seeing Jesus in them!),  our parents who mean so much to us, our neighbors and friends, my leaders (at work, in government, and in the church who You have placed for such a time as this for Your good purposes), for the precious children and families I work with…even for those who might hurt me or persecute me (it gives me a chance to love like You!)

Lord, there is so much more to be thankful for! I have just begun to list my blessings. Ola was so right. When we thank You for our blessings, we discover we have so many more than we could ever dream of. I will be thanking You for all eternity and it still will not be enough time!

 

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”   Psalm 107:1

 

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”   Colossians 2:6-7

 

“Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever, to Him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.”        Psalm 136:3-4

 

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Heavenly Father,

Real relationships are a struggle. It takes a lot of work to truly try to get to know the other person’s inner soul and for them to understand who you really are. The struggle happens no matter what the relationship is- husband/wife, parent/child, siblings, friends, neighbors, coworkers, fellow believers, teacher/student, boss/employee…the list goes on. Time, energy, patience, kindness and understanding are all parts of building love relationships with those around us. It is a two-way street, but we only have power over our part of the relationship. Yet, our part with Jesus in it covers more than we can imagine.

At times, it may seem easier to have a pleasant short “relationship” with strangers because it doesn’t involve the struggle of going deeper. But it’s worth the struggle to go deeper—to love those who are a part of our daily life in a deeper more eternal way. I’ve been going through a struggle lately that has involved several relationships. Each of those was important enough for me to wrestle through. I have been bringing them to You, Lord. And as always, You help me through my growing pains.

When I explained to You how I’ve been working so hard to love them but they don’t seem to understand me, You gently showed me how I can understand them more. When I whined that no one understands me, You tenderly reminded me that You “get me” better than I even understand myself. You pointed out that it was just as important to share my soul with them as to understand theirs. When I complained that it seemed as though they didn’t even want to try to know me better, You didn’t say anything…

Your silence reverberated in my soul. How often do I truly try to get to know You better—to understand You—to get to know Your heart? How often does it seem like a one-sided relationship to You, Lord? You do all the giving and the loving, and we just want more. Father, it is worth the struggle to me to go deeper in my relationship with You. It is worth it to discover more of Your heart by reading Your word, by spending more time just listening to You, by keeping my eyes open to see Your glory all around, by thanking You for Your indescribable love and blessings, by worshiping and praising You in and out of church, by writing and singing to You, by learning from You, by following Your lead every single day. You gave Your all when You sent Jesus to die and rise again for us. There was no way we could ever have eternal life with You or even begin to understand You without You giving everything. It may take a struggle on my part to keep seeking to know and love You more deeply but it is so worth it.

 

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“However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him’ but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.”  1 Corinthians 2:9-12

 

“How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake I am still with You.”  Psalm 139:17-18

 

“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:12-13

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Prayer Prompt-

Lord, I want to seek more of You…

Heavenly Father,

I’ve seen the look of both trust and non-trust as an early educator—in parents and in children. Trust is critical. Parents drop off their precious babies in the morning. Since I cover a lot of different classes, I am in a lot of situations where the parents and the kids don’t know me the first time we meet. They have no idea whether they can trust me—other than I have been hired as a trained professional at this particular center. They are not just dropping off their laundry, they are leaving their most treasured vulnerable loved one in my care. Even when they attempt to conceal it, they are looking me over trying to decide if I will cherish and care for their babies even half as good as they do. They clutch their babies tightly even while trying to convince their kids they will be fine. The babies are also looking me over. They are usually a better judge of character than adults who have heard too many bad reports. Little children know when they are loved and enjoyed. They can see love in the eyes and in the heart!

Father, the more I read and hear Your word, the more I realize how important trusting You is. You have beautiful plans to bless us, if only we will look into Your heart and see how good and holy and loving You really are! There is no one more trustworthy. You love us so much more than we can ever imagine or describe. It can be delightful discovering more of who You are every single day of our earthly lives and beyond. Yet far too often, we clutch hearts with fear. We hold on to our circumstances and the people we love. We are not sure we can really trust You.

Lord God Almighty! Do we think we can do better than You? Are we trusting in our weak human understanding more than Your divine knowledge that created us and everything around? Do we truly believe we can care better for our loved ones than You can? Do we tend to trust only in what our mere eyes can see instead of You—who knows all there is from the beginning to the end? Father, help me look into Your heart at all times and trust who You are. You loved us so much that You sent Your Son Jesus to die once and for all for our sins, and rise in victory so we can live for all eternity. All we have to do is trust You! (Even if it seems like a tiny trust at first.) I suppose we will be forever growing in our love and trust of You the more we get to know You—and place our treasures, sins, concerns, fears, situations, dreams and loved ones in Your hands!

 

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“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved, As the scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts  in him will never be put to shame.’”  Romans 10:9-11

 

Jesus said in John 14:1: “do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in Me.”

 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13

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Prayer Prompt-

Lord, who do I turst…

Heavenly Father,

I have rocked a lot of babies to sleep in my life—between my own, grandbabies, great grandbabies and who knows how many at work! I can usually rock almost any baby to sleep. I tell my co-workers that it’s either because I’m boring or calm. I’m not sure which. Some babies are naturally more laid back and easy to put to sleep. Others…well, it can be a real battle. Yet I almost always win!

The babies who fight against sleep need rest more than the others. The sleepier they are, the crankier they are. They squirm, cry, thrash around, hold their bodies rigid, arch their backs to get out of your arms…anything to stay awake. If their eyelids almost close from exhaustion, they immediately start moving to try to revive themselves. Yet, if I remain calm and think loving thoughts over them, sometimes quietly singing to them, and hold them gently yet firmly to calm them down, they sooner or later drift off to sleep. More than once, I’ve raised my hands in victory because I won the fight. It’s not so much that I am proud of winning—it’s that I know they need the rest. They (and everyone around) will be able to enjoy life so much better if they get a good rest!

Father, now that I have bragged on my ability to get babies to rest, I have to admit that I often thrash around when faced with an obstacle. I start fighting and frantically attempting to figure my way out. I squirm with worry or anxiety when what I really need to crawl up in Your lap and let You hold me until I can rest in Your care—until I can relax and trust You to handle whatever situation I am facing. I know You have to hold me really tight sometimes until I give up and surrender into Your sweet care. You know what I really need. Every time, I am finally still in Your arms, a sweet peace overwhelms me and I can rest in Your love and trust Your care for me.

Now, there are times when I stand up and try to lay those babies down in their cribs, they immediately start fighting again. Father, I’m so grateful that Your arms are big enough to keep holding me while You do everything else You do!  The best place to be is in Your arms!

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“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28

 

“”He who dwells in the shadow of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1

 

“He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.”  Psalm 23:2-3

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Prayer Prompt-

Lord, hold me until I calm down and rest from…

Heavenly Father,

Prayer in schools can never ever be outlawed as long as there are students, teachers, moms, dads, grandparents, churches, school staff and administrators who are praying. There are prayers lifted before You, Lord, all over our land as schools start back after summer break… fervent prayers by first time teachers, parents entrusting their precious children to teachers they don’t know, parents who suddenly have a high school student or college student, prayers by custodians who are prayer warriors disguised as janitors, cafeteria workers who pray as they cook, clean and interact with children, prayers by administrators who realize they cannot handle the responsibility on their own, prayers by teachers who have seen it all and impacted hundreds of students in their lifetime.

Twenty-five years ago, I started praying with a small group of moms for our kids and their schools through Moms In Touch (which is now an international group of small groups of moms praying in homes all over the world for students, teachers and schools because as the founder Fern Nichols always said, “If we are not praying for our children, who is?”) Since then, I’ve heard of parents stopping during the parent/teacher conference to pray for/with their teacher, churches adopting a nearby school to pray for, community prayer walks around a local school to pray for the specific needs, children and staff of that school…Tomorrow, my van will be filled as a bunch of our family- including moms and kids do a drive-through prayer around our grandchildren’s schools! What if everyone prayed for a school as they slowed down to pass through a school zone?! Or passed the school supply aisle?

Father, I know You hear our prayers. We lift up our schools, students of all ages, teachers, professors, administrators, staff and families who have students in school. Father, hear our prayers and protect, bless, guide, lead, bring divine inspiration and curiosity and love for learning. Bring about a spirit of respect, kindness, safety, encouragement…Encourage families to start the day off before school with prayer every single day before they leave home, or on the way to school while everyone is together and buckled in. That would start every day focused on You.  Lord, You have all authority above all earthly authority. We ask Your will be done in our schools and in our young people in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

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“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous (through Jesus Christ) and His ears are attentive to their prayers.”   1 Peter 3:12

 

“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven  and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”  2 Corinthians 7:14-15

“ ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and will bring you back from captivity.’ ”  Jeremiah 29:13-14

 

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Prayer Prompt-

Father, let me teach my children to pray by praying for ….

Heavenly Father,

For many years I have had Grandkids’ Night where all our grandkids come to our house for the evening and spend the night. Now that we have 16 grandkids and 2 great grandkids, I decided to have a Grandkids camp which lasted 3 days (but I was smart enough to make it a day camp and not all night!) It is very important to me to have an eternal influence on our grandchildren and to lead them to You. As I try to teach, I always learn so much more myself! These are some of the things I learned at Grandkids Camp this year:

  • To always ask You to lead, no matter what! And to watch for Your leading and to follow it! What an adventure to follow Your lead—even when it involves a herd of crazy kids and one crazy Mamaw!
  • To be gentle yet firm—like You are. All your children need both parts of love.
  • To be aware of divine moments that can come in the most amazing forms- like an older grandchild leading the younger ones with supernatural kindness; like a crying “meltdown” that turns into a precious unconditional loving moment; like cousins who were arguing one moment take hands and enjoy one another deeply the next; like one young person who has struggled with anxiety share deep compassion and advise that worked for him to a younger cousin; seeing cousins cheer one another on in a talent show; watching a grandchild see me overwhelmed and stepping in to help without being asked (when I thought I looked like I was handling it fairly well but was so grateful for the help!)…
  • Sharing and respect happen when they are expected.
  • The older generation can still share so much with the younger (thanks for my mom and mom-in-law willing who shared important parts in this camp!…and also some older cousins and aunts and uncle who took turns making these young people feel loved!)
  • Everyone is part of the family despite bouts of yelling, tattling, whining, potty words, hitting, emotions…kids learn to love one another in spite of irritations. Love really covers a multitude of sins!
  • Forgiveness can be taught and learned.
  • Kids can work out their disagreements when they are given a few ideas to solve. Flipping a coin and “Rock, Paper, Scissors” still work! So does one person saying “You go first!”
  • Sometimes kids listen better to kids. I witnessed some true Christian leadership from young people!
  • Children still teach me to enjoy the moment…like getting squirted with water, looking for treasures by the lake, playing with imagination (I just can’t seem to learn video games!)
  • They can also teach me to pray to You from the heart

 

Father, learning can be exhausting! Now that Grandkids’ Camp is over, I believe each child and their grandmother is happy but tired from learning! But my heart is overjoyed by the sweet blessing of every single grandchild (including those who have grown up and a couple who couldn’t come!) I’m also thankful their parents got a little break and I am reminded how much parents need prayer in their critical exhausting everyday role!

 

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“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”   Deuteronomy 4:9

“Fix these words of Mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”  Deuteronomy 11:18-19

“I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praise worthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done.”  Psalm 78:2-4

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Prayer Prompt-

Lord, who can I tell of Your wonderful deeds (especially the mercy and salvation of Jesus)?

Heavenly Father,

I have a good seat to look at the challenges dads face day in and day out. I work as an early childhood educator which sees about one hundred plus dads and grandads drop off or pick up their precious children each day. I watch as they often are facing stress from work and other challenges yet they put all that aside to let their child know how important they are to them. They kneel down to their child’s level or sweep them way up to their level so they can see the love in their eyes. They make their girls feel like princess warriors and their sons like little super heroes. Then off they go to provide, protect and teach these little people who have been entrusted to their care.

I have men in my own family who I watch rise up to their leadership role as dads even when it is incredibly hard. I watched my first husband try to fit a lifetime of fathering in before his death at 37 years old; my present husband step in to fill a void that can only be filled by a man; my sons and sons-in-law who give all they have to raise their children; another son who was willing to adopt three young siblings who didn’t know what it was like to have a dad; and my own precious dad who still has an eternal impact on my life…

Father, You are our eternal Father. You created men in Your own image. You designed men with the capabilities to be amazing leaders with Your help. I know dads and grandads often feel like the burden of responsibility is almost too much to bear. They want to take care of their families so badly. They try to come up with the answers, advice, finances, provisions, protection…Father, I hold up dads in all their forms before You and ask that You remind them they do not carry it all alone. You are with them and will provide all they need as they turn to You through Jesus Christ. Refresh them; renew them; empower them through Your Holy Spirit to be the dads and grandads You created them to be. Thank You for all these amazing dads I’m praying for today. Thank You, most of all, Lord, for being my Heavenly Father who has given me life, believes in me, provides and protects me, leads me and encourages me…

 

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“Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you will fight for you, as He did in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”  Deuteronomy 1:29-31

 

“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. Teach me Your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.”   Psalm 27:10-11

 

“”As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you. Now remain in My love. If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: ‘Love each other as I have loved you.’”  John 15:9-12

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Prayer Prompt-

Heavenly Father, I pray for these dads…

Heavenly Father,

Today I’m packing away the Christmas decorations for yet another year.  Some of my ornaments have been being put on the tree and taken off the tree since before my children were babies. I have about three even older glass ornaments left which were brought over on the ship my great grandparents traveled on to start a new life in America. Some ornaments are very familiar and others are brand new. Each holds special meaning as I ponder sweet relationships different ornaments represent to my heart.

I also pack the growing collection of nativity ornaments which represent another relationship. I always start a new prayer journal at the beginning of every year. The paper may be brand new, but after so many years, there are times my relationship with You, Lord, seems very comfortable and familiar. You created me. You know me better than anyone (including myself) ever could. You have never left me during one moment of my life. You know me so well, that You often point out things which are harboring in my soul which I didn’t even know were there. You lead me into new territories. You restore my newness of life. You lovingly correct and train me. You delight in showing me new truths and sights. You take joy in showing Your love in new ways. I am totally comfortable being still and quiet in Your presence… or pouring out my heart in pages of anxious words. I have no doubt You hear my every thought and request. I love to watch how You work as I bring things to You.

Father God, I may feel loved and comfortable with You yet I am also in awe of who You are! Why would the God Almighty, who has all power and authority, want a relationship with me?! Why would the God, who created and sustains all there is and ever will be, who owns everything, who rules over all that is, who brings life from nothing, humble Himself by sending His Son to be born as a human baby? Who else would show such love to sacrifice His own holy Son to pay for our sin? To cleanse us? To save us? To bring us back to You? Father, all other relationships grow sweeter as I continue to grow in my relationship with You. You never change! You just reveal more of Yourself each year, each day, each time I seek more of You. Another Christmas and New Year have come and gone…but You, Lord, are with me forever and ever. I don’t want to just be comfortable. I want to deepen my relationship with You as I discover even more of You. I guess I will fall more and more in love with You for all eternity for there is no end to who You are!

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“Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.”   John 17:3

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”  Mark 12:30

“You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:13

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Prayer Prompt-

Lord, I want more of You…