God's Miracle of the Week – What happened when a sober guy came clean

Lately I’ve been saving my deep thoughts from you all. It’s nothing personal, frankly I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a cocoon with my faith and sobriety and am just in here learning and waiting to share when I can wrap my head around the amazing things God does every day. Sometimes I need to just sit and be with God…apparently for long periods. I’m funny like that. Sometimes I get all hyped up and feel this deep, niggling need to get my fingers flying over the keyboard to share with you all and then other times my internal Julie is screaming at me to wait…that something is coming. I’m like that with laundry too…I type as I ignore the kabillion towels that need to be washed because my children don’t reuse towels…

So now I’m here amidst a house in chaos, with boxes piled around me from the trailer we emptied, my parents moving and oh and yes the bathroom renovation which is underway. Why would now be the time to share a story of faith with you when my life is in upheaval? Because God said so and no matter how much I’m bucking at His task (like a toddler) he’s telling me to pull up my big girl panties and write a weekly post telling you all about one of the many miracles I get to experience weekly. This is a commitment to give to you all a bit of me weekly, to stop going entirely silent when it comes to heart matters. Sigh..yeah add something else to the list God…growth right?

Here we go, The Miracle of the Week

To begin a long story in a shorter way I’m going to summarize some of it cuz we all know I can lament when I’m comfy in my yoga pants, with a coffee at the computer. We have a friend who we’ll call Chuck whom we’ve suspected has issues with alcohol and drugs over the past few years. We have gently tried to mention it but believe me when I say that the fastest way to end a friendship with someone struggling is to be an openly recovering alcoholic who they think is judging them…so it’s been a delicate process. Rather than confront him, we’ve been open with my life hoping he’ll see the amazing changes in it.

So the day came just a little while ago when he rang us up and asked if we could all have a chat. Sitting on my deck with his partner we listened to him pour out his heart with those ugly tears, telling us that he needs help and he’s an alcoholic. This is never an easy situation but within our hearts we were singing praises to God. Keep in mind these folks aren’t Christians so we couldn’t exactly jump up immediately and grasp them in prayers of thanks..funny how non-believers think public praying while in a hug is odd..ha.

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So Chuck has been sober for over a month and rang me up yesterday to fill me in on his week. Earlier this week he’d gone back to a job which he’d been absent for during the beginning of his recovery. He’d had to take a lesser position and held some resentment about it, but knew he was lucky to have a job at all. His week rolled along, he was getting used to the routine again but still there was a feeling in his heart that he was alone while at work and being punished for being “different” .

When you’re newly sober this is a pervasive feeling, you can feel so isolated and alone because you’ve just killed your best friend. No longer can you turn to the bottle/drugs to help you deal with stresses or disappointments and Chuck was feeling emotions he hadn’t felt clearly for years. Each day he talked himself out of being angry the best he could and showed up to work, performing his job in his usual professional manner while stewing inwardly.

Chuck was doing the right things, he wasn’t drinking, was going to meetings and trying to pray. It was a tough week and he was really down by the time it was drawing to a close. On Friday he arrived at work feeling dejected and as he was entering the building his manager who had been away called him over. The manager is a friendly guy and they had a good rapport so when he asked Chuck what had been going on, Chuck let loose for the very first time and told him the whole situation. He didn’t gloss things over and said to me that it felt “freeing” to tell someone outside of his family that he’s an alcoholic, that he’s getting help and showed off his one month sobriety chip. Of course as soon as the words were out Chuck realized that he’d put himself in a frightening position, one where he could have been judged but God had his back.

God’s Miracle

His manager put his arm around Chuck’s shoulders, took the chip from his hands and said “Yeah, it’s a bitch…I have enough of these chips to decorate a Christmas Tree!” Turns out his manager is also a recovering alcoholic and offered his help to Chuck anytime at all.

Now my friends if that’s not an example of God’s miracle I don’t know what is! Chuck took a very big leap of faith by being vulnerable (something he had not done in YEARS) and sharing his truth with another person. He chose to live in the light, not knowing what the repercussions could be. When I asked why he did this after years of hiding, Chuck simply said he was tired of being that guy and it felt like it was time to finally begin to trust his Higher Power.

The miracle here is that leap of faith, trusting that he could face anything as long as he is sober and willing to do as God guided him to.

The joy in Chuck’s voice on the phone was palpable, gone were the resentful undertones and the sarcastic comments. He could truly feel joy for the first time in ages…because he was willing to actually feel and see God at work.

That’s God’s miracle for this week…do you have any to share?

 

 

Are You The Believer that Jesus Wants You To Be?

This is our first week at our trailer in cottage country and something always slams into my heart when I arrive here. I’m not certain if it’s because life slows down or because of the gorgeous scenery but I feel God’s presence in my life much more clearly here. This is one of the places which can stimulate my thoughts, brining to a teachable place….as if God is right beside me, guiding me.

This week I had the pleasure of hearing James MacDonald speak, if you are unaware of Mr. Macdonald I encourage you to Google his name and I assure you there are many links to his works. When I sat down in church I was ready to be confronted, not necessarily by Mr. MacDonald but by God.

I’ve gotten to the stage where I can recognize a forewarning when God is about to ROCK my world,  and I had been feeling it this week. Mr. MacDonald gave a compelling sermon, many were moved to throw themselves to their knees to renew their relationship with God. It was a seriously powerful few hours…..and I personally felt a change within me.

You see, I feel like I lead with my Faith in all things. I consciously seek to put God into the forefront of my mind and follow His lead in my home life, my blog, my friendships….etc. I cannot imagine anyone who has ever met me, read my articles or heard me speak not being clear on my spiritual foundation.

The thing which hit me is how confident I’ve become in my life because of my faith. How wonderful everything has become and how badly I want to share this experience with the WORLD.

Do You Believe

During the sermon, MacDonald asked “Do You Really Believe?”. While one would think this question redundant when presented to a Christian audience, MacDonald’s challenged us to acknowledge the difference between “knowing” and “believing”.

We were in the book of John beginning at verse 11 where Lazarus (a good friend of Jesus) is very ill and his sisters have sent word to Jesus that Lazarus will certainly die if Jesus doesn’t return and save him. Jesus responds in verse 4 “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

Jesus stays where he is for 2 more days and then decides to return to Judea which is where Lazarus and his sisters live. This was a risky endeavour in the eyes of the disciples who were with Jesus. Judea wasn’t a place where Jesus was welcome and by returning they feared he would be killed. Jesus reassures them that God will protect them and informs them that Lazarus has died, saying in verses 14-15 “Lazarus is dead,  and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

Here’s the kicker, in verse 16 we see one of the disciples say: Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Believing in Christ Means More Than Knowledge

Here were followers of Christ who were ordinary men, men who understood the chance of danger they were facing and yet they chose to rely upon God for their safety. On a strictly intellectual level one would dig their feet into the sand and refused to face what would have been seen as too large of a risk.Jesus Follower @SoberJulie.com

What we see here is the behaviour of a BELIEVER. There is a difference between knowing that something is fact and believing it in the core of your being.

When we choose to believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour we go beyond intellectual certainty into the spiritual faith. We choose to live our lives from a different impetus than we had in the past, from a belief upon which all of our thoughts, actions and plans must be formed.

To put it plainly, if I simply know that Jesus is the Son of God that won’t necessarily cause me to change my life. When I truly began to believe he is, then I began a process where I allow God to drive the movement of my journey. This means that I trust God so much more than I am concerned with any opposition this world can bring against the plans God has for my life.

So Are You A Believer?

Today ask yourself if you are a believer like the disciples are. Have you been listening to God’s direction in your life and making the changes or taking the direction upon which he’s guiding you?

Are you putting yourself out there for God, believing that He will protect and guide you?

 

WIN a Pair of Blundstone Boots for Father's Day

Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift isn’t easy when you have a man in your life who doesn’t exactly give you a list. This is why I was jazzed when Blundstone Footwear contacted me and offered me a pair of boots in exchange for telling you all about them, sharing my opinion and hosting a giveaway.

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Blundstone Footwear has been available in Canada since 1993 and are now available at over 300 retailers. This is a boot like no other. With its rugged style this is a no-nonsense, go-anywhere boot is perfect for the do-anything type of Dad seeking comfort, durability with style.

There are dressier styles available, check out the Chisel Toe for business or the Chunk Sole which are a great option for your outdoorsy man.

“Dad’s do a lot for us, and Father’s Day is the perfect time to show dad how much you appreciate them,” said Ian Heaps of Blundstone Footwear. “Blundstones are widely recognized for their practicality and adaptability as footwear, but they are also an extremely versatile fashion accessory. They can be worn with jeans, shorts or slacks – the perfect gift to suit any dad’s taste.”

Shopping for Blundstone Boots for Father’s Day

Finding a retailer was simple, I just went to the Blundstone website, accessed the store locator tab and voila, I found a store which carries Blundstone boots here in our small town.

As I entered the Shoeper store I had to consciously avoid the ladies section, this is one of my favourite local stores and oh how the lovely Spring shoes were calling to me.

Once I’d made it past temptation I came upon a Blundstone display which laid out the different styles and colours for me. I really appreciate when a company puts in time and effort to display products effectively, mama needs all the help she can get when making a decision.

Love A Clear Display

Love A Clear Display

It’s easy to see these boots are fashionable and easily cross over between work and play. There is a variety of colours, textures and styles to choose from.

My husband is more of a rugged guy so I was drawn to the worn brown boots but in the end I played it safe and chose the Original In Black. It has a simple, clean look which my guy will appreciate and I’m certain it won’t take him long to beat them up a bit.

 

 

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Although my husband hasn’t worn these boots yet I can easily recommend them. My Mother-In-Law has sworn by the comfort and quality of Blundstone boots for ages. I’ve known the woman for over 12 years and she’s always owned at least 2 pairs, one of which she had when I met her. How many women do you know that regularly wear a pair of boots for that many years?

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Shhh don’t tell hubby this is his prezzie

I know my husband is going to be pleased with his Blundstones for Father’s Day, it’s a gift that he will actually use and appreciate.

WIN a Pair of Blundstone Boots

Blundstone Footwear has provided me with a pair of boots to giveaway to one lucky Canadian reader for Father’s Day!

Entry is simple, just follow the steps on the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway will end June 28th and the winner will have 48 hours to respond via email before another winner will be chosen.

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Disclosure: I was provided product to perform this review, all opinions are my own.

 

 

Prayer Warriors I Could Use You

This week isn’t easy, it’s the week before I head into a legal mediation for my car accident which occurred three and a half years ago. Already I find my anxiety and pain levels have increased and I know the only answer is to trust that God has my back. I believe in the power of prayer and today I am humbly asking you to pray that I will have the strength, courage and patience to get through this time in a graceful manner.

Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of being involved in a legal case knows it’s not fun. It feels like everything is out of my control, all I can do is be truthful and hope that a settlement can be reached. That’s just plain logical but right now my anxiety wants me to lose control and weep in a corner while hiding from the BIG SCARY unknown.

Suddenly as I’m trying to write how my life has changed since the accident I’m coming up blank. My mind is addled by the pain and the fear. I need to be concise, to share the facts as they are and to clearly convey how this has affected my family and yet……my human nature is kicking in. It could also be PTSD or any other of the diagnoses I’ve been labelled with but in the end the point is I need your prayers.

The Power of Prayer

Randomly found in the sand in Florida this winter

Randomly found in the sand in Florida this winter

If you could find it in your heart to pray for me I’d be grateful.

Prayer has worked in my life in the past. The people who prayed for my sobriety, the people who prayed for healing post-accident, the people who pray with me for the things I have needed God to hear…..these prayer warriors have impacted my life.

God is AWESOME and can provide anything…..this time I’m openly asking and with the added power of your voices I know I’ll get through this time intact, able to present myself and still be a loving Mother and Wife for my family.

Right now I’m not strong, I’m a mess inside but have learned to ask for help.

Please pray that I can get the sleep which has been so elusive, that my thoughts will be calm and centred in my faith, that I will not forget to eat to fuel my body, that my medications will help reduce my pain……

Thankfully I have a strong circle of support; my family who loves me, my bff who comes by just to hug me, my long-distance friend who is reviewing my account of events and my darling husband and girls who breath joy into my days.

With these people, your prayers and God I can get through anything.

Facing My Fear Takes Faith

Lately I’ve been a bit lost when it comes to writing from the heart, sharing my thoughts on Faith or self-improvement has felt like an obstacle was blocking, in a knee-jerk way. It’s felt like I was deep within a quiet period as I am facing some difficult times as we draw near to what I hope is the end of the legal end of my car accident. Almost as if I’m a turtle all pulled into my shell hiding in fear.

It wasn’t until I was reading a post I wrote in 2011, Self-Improvement, taking a different path, that I realized what I have really been doing is hiding. This is a part of myself which I thought wouldn’t sneak up on me again. I’ve worked hard over these sober years to try and address this character defect….the one where I stick my head in the sand and ignore an issue.

Alas, here I am again having to stare down my fear

Fear is a funny thing, it’s not a fact nor is it tangible to anyone other than the person experiencing it. Personally I don’t usually realize when I’m afraid. I’ve become so conditioned over time to subconsciously avert the source of fear as long as possible that I don’t even realize it’s happening anymore.

But I should.

I’ve worked to understand my body’s responses, to pray and centre myself with meditation with God, to hone in on what is bothering me before it can catch me off-guard. In this particular case I dropped the ball but dammit I did realize it in the end and for me that is indeed progress.

I didn’t drink.

I didn’t take my fears and frustrations out on anyone.

I just hid from it within myself, which isn’t good for anyone who is in recovery so as of right now I’m here baring my soul once again to keep myself accountable.

I’m afraid because I cannot control everything in my life.

I have to admit this to myself, accept it and have faith that God is there for me to turn this fear over to.

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You see, it’s not enough for me to acknowledge the fear…..I need to replace that fear with faith. My faith that God is larger, more powerful and capable than myself on any and every level. I’m so deeply grateful that I’ve found this kind of faith in my life, that I’ve remembered to turn to it rather than relying upon myself or others.

The future is still unknown, but then it always is. The difference is that when I wake tomorrow I’ll give this fear of mine up to God again, and do it again and again until the fear dissipates and my faith stays with me every second. I will once again form the habit of constant dialogue with my God, wrapping myself in my faith that He alone can provide me with the security I’m seeking right now.

In writing this I hope someone is touched, moved to explore their faith and see if they’ve allowed holes to appear like I have. I hope this helps someone come closer to this feeling of love surrounding me.

Proverbs 16:9
 ”A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
Isaiah 58:11
“The Lord will guide you continually …And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones;And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail

 

Christ IS Risen!

Christ IS Risen!

Happy Easter my friends.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Jesus is RISEN!

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Anxiety, Pain & Celebration It's Been a Tough Week

This week has been a tough one, I had a medial assessment booked for Tuesday which would essentially wipe out the rest of my week. At these assessments my body is prodded and moved around in ways which raise my anxiety and pain levels for days afterwards, landing me in bed to recover.

Yeah it’s a fun time she says in her most sarcastic manner….but it’s something which cannot be avoided.

To add insult to injury, I realized that our entire province was under a winter storm watch for the day of the assessment. This may not be a big deal for most folks, I mean my appointment was during the day and the storm was set to arrive in the evening but I’m not most folks as my anxiety reminded me.

Since the car accident I have a really difficult time driving or even being a passenger. Unfortunately I experience panic attacks and have to occupy myself with a book, cell phone or even meditation while on highways. It’s really curbed my lifestyle to say the least, I even had months of driving therapy with little improvement.

To make a long story short, I made it through the assessment and arrived home to rest. Thankfully my husband is super supportive and took over the household duties so I could crash.

Later Tuesday evening I had another event I couldn’t miss, two in one day is a rarity but my evening event was one of celebration.

I picked up my 3 year chip at my 12 Step Meeting!!!!

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It was a surreal day really, beforehand I’d been asking God why he couldn’t allow me to enjoy my chip celebration without having the shadow of pain and exhaustion the assessment would leave me with.

I’d been angry that both events were on the same day.

God Didn’t Need My Anxiety

In the end I came home, made a smoothie and sat chatting with my husband about the day. It struck me that God’s plan is never one which I will understand but if I roll with life usually I can see the outcome.

Tuesday began with a HUGE challenge which did indeed leave me suffering but the evening event left me filled up spiritually and full of joy!

So today I’m still experiencing pain, I’m still exhausted but my heart is light because I choose to focus on the positive and see God’s work around me.

Once again I’ve learned that life can be messy and it’s up to me how I choose to perceive life. When I focus upon God’s will I can overcome almost anything.

Hopefully the next time I’m worrying about a life event, I’ll remember to put aside the worry and focus on the beautiful things and people around me knowing that God’s got this.

 

Valentine's Day Gift from God

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This morning I woke to the sweet morning breath of my lispy 7-year-old singing “Happy Valentines Day” next to my bed.

As I pried my lazy right eye open I quashed the grouchy early morning resentments aside and forced myself to be pleasant. I’m no morning person to say the least. Her little arms wrapped around me and we found a wee moment to snuggle the love into the morning.

My heart filled to the top, I arose and we completed the morning routine smoothly. This morning only one of my offspring jaunted off to school, our eldest remained with me because we were visiting the doctor’s office.

My Sydney has been most amazing sense of 9-year-old humour I’ve ever seen, she sees the ridiculous in everything and manages to snap me out of a funk like nobody else.

This morning I was fortunate enough to have her in a loving mood, as we were driving she pointed out that I don’t look THAT old for 40, that my wrinkles weren’t as bad with makeup on. Then she sniggered….telling me that she is at the age where she’s aware of her humorous effect.

As always I take these as the compliments she means them to be.

At the doctor’s office Sydney had a check up, enjoying playing with the blood pressure cuff, weighing herself and annoying me with tongue depressor drum sticks.

My Valentine’s Day gift actually came during a conversation with my doctor. We were reviewing my current pain levels and PTSD symptoms.

My doctor consulted my notes and mentioned that it was 2 years ago that I’d been in to see her because I felt like my world was ending. It brought my mind back, rolling over the hills and valleys of the past 2 years I recalled how dark that particular valley was.

For 3 years now I’ve lived with this pain and at times it overwhelms me. I cannot function in my career of choice, I can’t perform physically and my mind plays tricks on me…..

Today I had the chance to become grateful as I gazed around that small, stark office.

I am grateful that through this journey, of which I cannot always see the path, that I’ve had LOVE guiding and supporting me.

Love of the people in my life and mainly the love of GOD.

In the darkest times, when I couldn’t’ feel God with me my faith held me up. When I was weak it was to God that I turned and he’s always brought me along to a brighter day.

I know this will continue in my life and I truly hope you can find God’s love in your life this Valentine’s Day.

 

Christian Faux Pax on Social Media

There are many things which held me back from becoming Christian. Most of them were my own failings and some were founded in what I perceived people’s expectations and behaviours to be.

It’s daunting to think of becoming Christian when you’re where I was. I was so imperfect, hyper-aware of my sins and flaws that it seemed impossible to live a life with what seemed rigid rules.

Thankfully I jumped the hurdle of my fears and found that Jesus Christ truly isn’t a leader who sits pointing a finger, he doesn’t require me to be perfect instantly. Through building a relationship with Christ I’ve gotten to know him and he’s changing me every day.

Humbling me, molding me into the person he means me to be. It’s not a smooth road, I’m a very typical human who errs and grows through it.

The fact remains that we’re all human and often perceive things in different ways. As a Christian we’re told to help each other to see our sins and grow through Christ by changing our ways…..specifically in my church we have a saying that “Iron Sharpens Iron”. I’m usually all about this because frankly I need all the help I can get at times…..

Recently I was in my car feeling very free and having a happy moment without children…..yes these are happy moments for me when I can blast whatever music I choose! Down with the top 40!!

Being the good social media gal I am, I posted this on Facebook:

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The caption says: This is me in the car, without kids blasting @Pink the unedited version #HappyMommyTime. I put the same up on my personal profile but used the word “profanity” in it.

Continuing on with my day I went to my 12 Step recovery meeting and listened to folks who are mucking into life on life’s terms. God was there in the room with us, the base topic was humility and spirituality and as I left the meeting I was feeling lifted! As a person in recovery who attends meetings I have the benefit of facing my faith at each meeting I attend, I have an extended family who will call me on my junk and encourage me to progress upon my spiritual journey.

Iron Sharpens Iron!

Returning home I opened Facebook and saw I had a message from a person who attends the same church as we do. This is someone I haven’t had personal interactions with and certainly couldn’t ever have predicted what I read.

I’ll summarize his words, I don’t know that it’s either necessary or appropriate to quote him directly. He pointed out that he doesn’t know me well other than via this blog and Facebook but we attend the same church. He took time to point out that he’s imperfect and no different than myself or anyone else. Then he went on to “encourage” me to realize that by making public declarations of support for music or books with profanity I’m going against my public profession of a love for Christ.

REALLY?

Cough.

Before I continue I’m saying right now very clearly that this person has contacted me since and clarified the intent was not to offend or be hurtful. He genuinely felt “called” to “guide” me. I ask that you not comment on this person’s views….they are his own and I respect them. I am looking to explore the delivery here, not the message.

Today I’m calling out to all my fellow Christians

It’s rare that I take a strong stand on anything but this one is dear to my heart. If we think that we can say whatever we want to one another simply because we share the same faith we’ll be driving people away.

Here’s a hint I’ve learned so far: If I’m spending time taking someone else’s inventory without them requesting it, I’m not spending enough time taking my own.

Putting it plainly God isn’t relying upon me to call out other people’s behaviours randomly. He’s got this.

Being my Facebook Friend Doesn’t Establish a Deep Relationship

With social media being what it is today we can easily be misled into believing that we actually have a relationship with people. I admit to the fact that I check updates of people I dig and have often had that awkward moment where someone I haven’t seen in a long time is updating me on their life events only to have me chime in commenting on the Facebook updates they’ve posted.

Even though we interact on social media from time to time, or you are keeping up on my life via status updates, unless we have sought out time together one on one we’re essentially still strangers.

Christ didn’t call us to judge each other, if and when we’re called to lead others it surely won’t be via a Facebook message to a stranger pointing out how you think they’ve sinned.

Christ calls us to enter into a relationship with one another, to nurture our faith and strengthen that of our fellow Christians via RELATIONSHIP.

The day I became a Christ follower nobody handed me a free pass to say what I like or to quote verses which point out people’s sins or behaviour defects. Christ has guided me down difficult realizations by using people in my life many times but never in quite this way.

Perhaps I am wrong to have posted this photo as a Christian, or by enjoying music with profanity, perhaps. But if I am, that’s my issue to explore.

While I will be exploring my taste in music relative to my faith, I’ll never think it’s appropriate behaviour to convey my beliefs to someone else in such a manner.

To my readers who aren’t Christian, the majority of Christians I know don’t judge. We are aware we are sinners and I don’t really think this person meant to come off as judgemental but in the end it did.

This situation has struck something deep in side of me which wants to draw away from the church. Worshipping alone is much easier…..but in the end God has called me to worship with other Christians and to grow in fellowship.

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I’m told that Christianity is the faith of sinners, well then I should fit right in shouldn’t I?

We are told in the Bible to live in community, to create relationships and encourage each other.

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds

I get this…..but when we simply approach another person whom we don’t have an established relationship with and point out flaws in behaviour is this really the LOVE Jesus lived?

From this situation I’ve learned a few things. That I can accept what I perceive as judgment with an open mind; that I’m willing to consider someone’s opinion and explore it though my faith and that I’ll never, EVER be able to predict people’s actions.

As the imperfect Christian I am I am writing to you all today merely hoping you’ll pause before you react to things. Before saying what may indeed be a very good point, consider your relationship with the person. Will you message be heard or will you be pushing someone further away from Christ?

From my perspective today I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and by golly I’m Christian enough.

Just for today!

Prayer Warriors – Join In This Prayer Chain

The Power of Prayer

I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. If you read here or on my Facebook page or even my Twitter feed you shouldn’t be surprised to see me openly talking about prayer and getting closer to God. Prayer is something that’s often on my mind because well frankly I pray all day long.

I’d love to tell you all that I’m a traditional prayer, as if I set up a beautiful scene with candles, music and my head bowed respectfully but more often than not I’m involved in a deep honest conversation with my Lord and Father. People probably think I’m wacky as I talk to the air while driving or am rushing to grab my bible to look up something but for me these are common practices throughout my day.

Each evening we pray as a family and I do keep a prayer list which I share with God nightly as I close out my day in prayer.

What about you, do you pray? From the Serenity Prayer to just rambling to God in layman’s terms I am all about praying to build my relationship with God and to learn and grow.

Mark 11:24 (NIV)

24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Recently I put a feeler out there on my Facebook and Twitter feeds asking if folks would be interested in a prayer chain here.

Thankfully the response was a resounding YES and so here we are today with the very first post of what I hope becomes a powerful resource for all of us.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Just leave your prayer request in the comments section. We can reply to each other and feel free to leave a link to a post about the issue if you have one.
Each of us is committing to pray for our fellow prayer warriors over the course of a week.
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Each week I will open a new Prayer Warriors blog post where we can list our prayer requests for the week.