Month: November 2016

31 Day Scripture Challenge: Day # 30

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Day #30

(Find Day # 29 here.)

Scripture Reading: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

My Thoughts:

Prayer is so very important and such a beautiful sacred connection with God. We should search our words and our hearts before we pray to see what our true intentions are. Even in this we can ask the Lord help. Ask Him to root out all selfish and earthly thoughts. We want our prayers to be heard but they must be acceptable prayers. Not ones with a selfish intent or an evil motivation. Our words and thoughts should be pure and coming from a place deep within our soul.

As I learn more and more about prayer, I long to learn how to truly pray so that I may find favor in the sight of the Lord. That my words and meditations may be acceptable before our Lord. The one who redeems.

Prayer:

“Lord, I pray with the words of psalm 19:14, when I come before You let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight! May I become a prayer warrior in your army, Father. Help to fight the good fight and to overcome what Satan and the world may throw my way. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

mennonite

31 Day Scripture Challenge: Day #29

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Sooo…… I’m gonna have to apologize once again for missing 3 days of blog posts. Eeek. I’m having to apologize a lot, aren’t I? Oh well, now I know to be a little more prepared next time and to have my blog posts scheduled in advance. Just for when busy days come my way and I don’t have the time to post. I guess it’s a learning process and I hope you will all forgive me. I also hope you have all been enjoying the challenge so far and have learned much from it. We are 3 days from finishing!! Crazy right? The busy Christmas is already arriving and I absolutely love it! But lets finish strong, and remember who should always, always be our #1 priority! Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Day #29

(Find Day # 25 here.)

Scripture Writing: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13

My Thoughts:

Jesus has a really good point here. We as selfish, sinful human beings know how to shower gifts upon our children. Even the world knows how to do this very well. Especially in this season. Its gifts galore. Everyone is spoiling children. Yet we are nothing more than human, we make many mistakes and often break promises. But we know how to gift our children.

Just imagine though, how much a perfect Father could give us! He can give us so much more than these earthly presents. Our earthly trinkets can’t even begin to compare with the blessings of the Holy Spirit. And our Lord promises to give us this gift!

All we gotta do is just ask. That’s right, we ask in faith and we shall receive. How many of you can say that of our earthly parents? No matter how loving or how great they are, I’m sure there isn’t one that hasn’t made a mistake or was always able to fulfill a promise at. It’s OK, we are bound to make mistakes, because that’s what we are. Imperfect. Not so with our heavenly Father, He always keeps His promises and gives us the greatest gift we could ever need or want. And for this I am ever so grateful! He fills the gaps of our imperfections. <3

Prayer:

“Father, thank you for Your perfection and for always keeping Your Word. You have never failed me. Thank you for the greatest gift You could ever give, Your Son Jesus and after Him the Holy Spirit. I am so very grateful. During this busy season of celebration, help me to never forget the reason. The birth of Your Son Jesus to the virgin Mary. May all my celebrating be a glory to the Highest. I pray this is Jesus’ name. Amen”

mennonite

31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #25


Day #25

(Find Day #24 here.)

Scripture Reading:

“I called on the LORD in distress; The LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:5‬ 

My Thoughts:

Amen to this verse!! I was going through such a rough couple days and I cried out to the Lord. And He answered!! In the unconditional love and support of my husband and the caring heart of a dear friend. Both reached out to Lord in prayer and He answered! He showed me how blessed I am and how much the power of prayer can do. It works in so many different and mighty ways ❤️❤️ 

Prayer is never ever in vain. We just need to take a good look around and you will see the wonderful grace and mercy of the Lord everywhere. And often He answers in the form of those dear and close to you ❤️

“The LORD is for me among those who help me…”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:7‬ 

Prayer:

“Father, I come before You with a heart filled with gratitude. Thank you for my dear friends and my loving husband. They shine as such a wonderful light to You! You care for us and listen to us. You answer our prayers. Thank you. I just ask as I continue on forward that you give me the strength to stay strong against the enemy who so longs to destroy anything holy and good. Help me to truly grasp ahold of the power of prayer and to make it a constant in my life. My speed dial to heaven ❤️Help me to grow in my walk of faith and glorify You in all I do! I pray this all in Jesus’ name. Amen!”

Love,

The Mennonite Wife

Praise God!( Even When your in Tears)

font_lab_6I burst into tears today…

I was cleaning my living room making ready for our Christmas tree when it dawned on me. The ornament, the one I had so lovingly bought last year most likely wouldn’t be put on our tree this Christmas season. The ornament made for a new family member, the one I so long to hang on the tree would probably sit in a bag for another year. So I just stood there and had myself a good cry. At times that’s all you can do, cry out to God. I kept going and my living room is now sparkling and ready for a tree.

I’m sharing this because I know that some days you just break down. Some nights you cry deep into the night. Sometimes the only thing you want to do is scream… and that is why I have decided to add a list of songs that get me through. I want to share this so hopefully the next time you are feeling down, you find encouragement in song and you can worship and praise God when you’re in tears.

So here goes:

  1. Just be held – by Casting Crowns
  2. Still – By Hilary Scott
  3. Thy Will – Hilary Scott
  4. Shoulders- by David Wesley
  5. Trust in You- by Lauren Daigle
  6. Eye of the Storm- By Ryan Stevenson
  7. Oceans (where feet may fail) -by David Wesley
  8. Fix my eyes- by David Wesley
  9. Chain breaker- by Zach Willams
  10. Holy Spirit- Francesca Battistelli

So what about you? When your days are rough what do you use to get you through? Any songs for me?

Let us sing praises to God in the good times, and the bad!

With love – The Hopeful Wife

 

 

31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #24

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Hey guys, I apologize for not posting yesterday. I had a bit of a rough day which is no excuse but could I please ask for prayers. I’m struggling quite a bit right now and have no desire or motivation to continue the prayer challenge. I cannot let the enemy win. So I please ask that you may all pray that I can overcome and finish strong with this challenge. Thank You!

Day #24

(Find Day #22 here.)

Scripture Reading: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26

My thoughts:

Dear Lord,

Your child is struggling right now and is at loss for words. As you well know, I have such a hard time with prayer. So often I feel hopeless and like a failure in so many areas of my life. And prayer just seems to be one of them. Yet today you give me hope once again. You promise to help in my weakness. Well Lord, I’m feeling pretty weak right now. So I ask earnestly, “Holy Spirit speak the words I do not know to speak. For I truly do not know what I should pray for. Make intercession for me and take my hurts to the Father. Left me up out of this darkness and keep me from dwelling here. Open my eyes Lord to all the beauty and blessings around me. Remove this hold that bitterness and pessimism has on me. Renew my spirit and my mind.”

Sincerely and with a broken spirit,

Your Child.

The Lord always knows how to encourage us. Whenever we struggle or hurt, and we feel so helpless, He places the right words before us. He knew exactly what to say to me today. He promises He will carry me in my weakness. He sent His son to die for us, so His love for us is the truest of loves. And because of this the Holy Spirit now knows our inner most hurts and intercedes for us to the Father. We are no longer in need of any other middle man. For no other middleman could even understand the sorrows we cannot speak. The Holy Spirit does and He speaks when we cannot. Praise God for this!

Prayer:

“Holy Spirit, today I ask that you take my heart to the Lord, I don’t really know how to put words to the way I am feeling. Carry me through and help me overcome. The enemy has no power against you. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

mennonite

 

31 Day Scripture Challenge: Day #22

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Day #20 & #21 will not have any posts. Wanted to focus on my family this weekend! I hope you all did your scripture writing though!

Day# 22

(Find Day 19 here.)

Scripture Reading: “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2

My Thoughts:

My goodness, we sinful human beings will do just about anything to get want we want without having to go to the One who gives all. And yet even after failing time and time again and often suffering great loss throughout everything, we continue to dwell in our prideful ways. We refuse to acknowledge that we are weak pathetic creatures without our Father’s strength and grace. We will rather destroy and become filled with evil to get our desires.

It is only when we humble ourselves and take everything, I mean EVERYTHING, to the Father that we truly begin to receive. Our sinful nature has just blinded us so much that we can’t seem to see that. Let’s ask the Lord to open up our eyes and remove the covers of lust and coveting so that we may clearly see prayer to Him is the only way. We cannot allow our flesh to win, or chaos and disorder will take over and we will never find true joy or peace.

Prayer:

“Father, remove the things that are blinding me and keeping me from You. All the worldly and stressful things I have been carrying with me; I ask that you may lift them all from my shoulders. I know that I can struggle on and on by my own strength and things will never get better. I ask now that you may carry me, help me to prioritize my life and to release all these worries surrounding me. For I know Your way is the only way. Keep me from lusting and coveting after things that i cannot and do not need to have. I ask that whatever your will may be, that it may be done. I surrender all to You, Father. May the glory be to You always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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When Your Not Pregnant

font_lab_4It’s happened again! Feeling nauseous ,queasy, tired and my period is nowhere to be found. Another negative pregnancy test and I’m disappointed.

And my faith? I can feel it being tested.

So what do you do in moments like this when your body is saying one thing, but it isn’t meant to be? When your hormones are raging and frustrations are mounting?

The answer? ….

You learn to trust! You learn to trust God and lean on Him. You learn to be patient. Ugh, I know right. Patience is hard to come by when you want a child.

That’s when you learn to trust in this:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding”. Psalm 3:5

Gods timing is not ours to control, and it is perfect. Trust in it. TRUST IN GOD!

I’m here to tell you it gets easier (which by the way isn’t something I thought I would ever say with this struggle). But it does….. it’s not easy all the time, and every time a new baby is born it hurts very deeply, but it does get easier. Days will come when it wont cross your mind, or when it does you will be okay with it. It doesn’t mean you don’t want kids anymore, or that you have given up. It just means your learning to accept it! And sometimes that’s the best thing we can do. Just simply let go, and let God deal with it when you’re not pregnant.

With love, The Hopeful Wife

31 Day Scripture Challenge: Day 19

Day #19

Scripture Reading: “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:16

My Thoughts:

The Lord cares for His children and He wants His children to bear fruit for Him. To grow and multiply as brothers and sisters in Christ. And He wants that fruit to remain. He wants us all to stay true to Him. He chose us to do this. We have an obligation to spread His word. 

He once again gives His children great promises. Jesus came and became the interceded for us. He tells us that whatever we ask the Father in His name, He may give us. There are so many rewards and blessings to being a child of God. And one of the biggest is answered prayers ❤️

Prayer: 

“Father, thank you for your promises and for sending your Son Jesus to die for me. For removing the need of a middleman. Jesus is our High and Holy Priest now. I ask that you may help me to bear fruit for you and that this fruit may grow and multiply. Help me to always glorify you! I pray this all Jesus’ name. Amen! “

31 Day Scripture Challenge: Day #17 & #18

Day #17 & 18

(Find Day #16 here.)

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Scripture Reading: “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Luke 6:27-28

My Thoughts:

I’m really gonna have to pray for my washer today, I think that machine had it out for me today. As I was standing up, I bonked my head pretty hard against it. I’m not sure what I ever did to deserve such treatment from it…. Haha.

No…. but on a much more serious note, these are some very important verses. Jesus commanded us to love our enemies. And that is truly not something to joke about. Think about it, could you really pray for someone who you know hates you. Especially if the only reason was because you believed in Christ? Sometimes there is nothing we can do to change someones feelings about us. So we need to do as Jesus tells us, pray for them with a pure loving heart free of resentment. This is soo hard for us sinful humans to do. It really hurts when we cannot seem to do any right by someone. When they just hate us for simply being who our Lord created us to be…….So we have to ask Jesus for help. There are no excuses, no way around it. It doesn’t matter what they have done to us, we do not have a right to return the hatred. Our Lord commands us to love and pray for them.

I had someone recently comment on how much they hated someone because they were deliberately vandalizing property of the Lord. It was a seething ugly kind of hate. It was a complete oxymoron though. I understand how much it hurts to see someone destroy and dishonor the Lord’s property but we are no better when we choose to hate. It is only by love that we can change the cycle of sin. Yes, our sinful nature will automatically trigger the hate within us but we need to take that powerful tool that Jesus gave us and pray for them! More good will come out of this than any resentment or hateful thoughts.

Let’s make a habit of kneeling to pray the moment someone hurts or offends us. So much more unity and peace would be created in this world if all Christians learned to do this instead of returning evil for evil. 

Prayer:

“Lord, help me to release all resentment and hatred over any enemies I may have. Help to love them with a pure love that can only come from You. Give me compassion instead of anger for those who dishonor your name. Revenge is Yours, not mine. Give me the power and strength to overcome evil and bow to you when others persecute me or offend me. Lord, there is so much division in the world right now, it hurts to see. I pray that more of your children could learn to love and pray for each other instead of sending these mean and spiteful words around. But I understand that in the end, things will not be peaceful or pretty and each one of us will be revealed by our actions. I just pray Lord, that I may do right by You and stand fast and true in love. May the glory be always to You and may I be a shining light of Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

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Scripture Reading: “My voice you shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” Psalm 5:3

My Thoughts:

I’m going to be completely open with you. This verse does not describe me. Not at all. I am ashamed to say that my voice lifting up towards heaven is far from the true reality of what I actually do. First I check my phone, my Facebook, all my social media etc. and then I rush about the house and do my morning chores. How backwards I have been.

Throughout these 18 days, the Holy Spirit has been nudging me about this, but I’ve been just ignoring it and trying to push it aside. But today, the Lord choose to call me out on this. And I am thankful.

What should the very first thing be on my list when I wake in the morning?

Lifting my voice to the Lord! It makes total and complete sense. How else are we supposed to do the Lord’s will for the day or even have the grace and strength to overcome what may come our way?! I have been very wrong about this. I have not been prioritizing. The Lord comes first. The puzzle pieces in the picture of a strong prayer life will never be complete without this very important piece. THIS is a corner piece. It connects everything. I need to learn to start the day off in conversation with our Holy Father. The only One who can give us the strength for the day. 

My challenge to myself, tomorrow and from then on forth, is to pray the moment I open my eyes. To take all my plans, thoughts, hopes, and desires to the Lord. If you have been struggling with this as well, please join me in the challenge. We can overcome by the power of His blood!

Prayer:

“Lord, forgive me, for placing worldly things above you. Help me to stand fast in my challenge to myself and i pray you may help me to fulfill it. Thank you for calling me out on this Lord, I see now how wrong I was. Forgive me for ignoring the Holy Spirits prompts. I long to be able to say “My voice You shall hear in the morning.” Lord I make it one of my goals for the end of this scripture challenge. I ask that you may bless it. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen”

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My Letter to God

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Dear God:

I’m struggling, again.

I’m feeling alone in my struggles, and feeling worthless and used. I’m feeling quite left out of the “mommy club”. God You alone know my heart…. and how much I ache to be heard and understood.

Moms don’t seem to want my comments or advice, as if since I don’t have my own children, I must know nothing( God, You know I’m only trying to help).

God… when I mention that people should be thankful for the children they have, I get looked at as if I have no heart. God, they’re forgetting to be thankful.

I know our hearts desires are all different, and we all ask you for different things… but I struggle so much when it seems like the one thing I want is being taken for granted by someone else.

God…. I’m trying so hard to leave it to You, and to enjoy this time now without children. I’m trying to not take it for granted, though I often fail at that. I honestly want to give it all to YOU.

My heart is aching to be heard….

So, I’m crying out to You knowing that You listen, You hear my prayers, and will answer them in Your perfect timing.

Signed With love,  The Hopeful Wife

          I guess my letter doesn’t sound really hopeful does it?

However, I wanted to share this because;

  1. God was telling me to write,
  2. This letter helps me find peace with it all,  and
  3. Struggling to conceive doesn’t feel hopeful most of the time!

So, I want to encourage all of you struggling with this, or even with something else to write your letter to God!

God WANTS to hear our struggles ,and He wants us to talk to Him. So write your letter, tell God how its going.

And if you need a little extra encouragement, read Psalm 30: 2-8.

Search Gods word, its His Love letter to you!

With love for all of you, and a lighter heart, I bid you  “adieu”.

The (learning to be) Hopeful Wife