Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On Our Hearts: Financial Crisis

Heavenly Father,

We want to lift up those families who are hurting financially. This is such a wonderful time of year, but it can also be a financial strain for many. Home foreclosures, bankruptcy, and financial failure are unfortunately heard all too often. Job loss and debt have caused families to give up their homes, and make sacrifices they were not prepared to make. Adding the pressure of the holidays can be just too much sometimes.

Lord, we ask that You bless those who are struggling. We ask that You send the Holy Spirit to walk with them as they make financial decisions. Give them wisdom and show them how to be good stewards. Father we pray for financial miracles for those who are on the brink. And as they walk in faith, Lord, may You give them peace and patience for Your perfect timing. And Lord, for those who are financially secure, we ask that You show them how they can help others. Whether it be a monetary gift or just a shoulder to lean on, Lord, we ask that You open their hearts to be givers. May they be a blessing to Your people and to the world. In Jesus' name,


"The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it." Proverbs 10:22

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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." Phillipians 4:6-7

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

On Our Hearts: Family

Heavenly Father,

The season is upon us. It's that time of year where family often makes an extra effort to be together. A time to surround ourselves with the ones we love and to be reminded of what truly matters. So why is that while we attempt to connect with our loved ones we find ourselves full of dread? There's the family member that is just a little too nosey, the one who knows how to push our buttons, and the one with the annoying habit that likes to ruin everyone's fun. Suddenly that loving moment turns into one big aggravation.

Father, please forgive us when we feel resentment during this time. Restore that desire to spend time with our family. Let us love them exactly where they are and not where we wish they would be. Give us patience and grace when handling awkward and uncomfortable situations. Let us stand firm in our faith when we are tested by those we love. Give us a supernatural understanding when it comes to dealing with our family members. And let us be the one true example of Your love. Thank You Lord, for the family that You have given us. May we be blessed and be a blessing this season.


"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry." James 1:19

"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12

Monday, November 30, 2009

On Our Hearts: Hope

Heavenly Father,

There are days when we just feel so alone. We're tired, we're stressed, and we're running on empty. It's so easy just to fall into the trap of feeling sorry for ourselves. The devil tells us that we are the only ones going through what we're going through, that no one else understands us, and that we're never going to get out of the pit of troubles. We feel that we're not good enough, not smart enough, and that no one could possibly love us. But Your word tells us different.

Lord, we ask that you pick us up. Dust us off and wrap Your loving arms around us. Just as You were able to make the blind man see, You can open our eyes to the beauty that You have created us to be. Just as You made the lame walk, You can transport us from pity and despair to joy and hope. Lord, You are capable of what feels like the impossible. We can rest in You and have hope that we are not alone, we are bound for greatness, and that we are lovable. Lord, the next time self-doubt and pity creeps in we ask that You replace those feelings with confidence and hope.


"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

Monday, November 16, 2009

On Our Hearts: Military Moms

Heavenly Father,

Today we want to lift up those moms who have dedicated their lives to the military. These women face unique challenges that most civilian moms never encounter. In addition to serving our country they deal with the day to day issues of parenting, home life, and spouses. While they defend our freedom they may have to leave their chilren and families behind. They often have to take off their "mom hat" and put on battle fatigues. They are mommy one minute and soldier the next.

Lord, we pray for those women who have laid their life on the line to serve in the military - past and present. We ask that You watch over them and protect them. May they be comforted as they leave their family behind for the battle lines. Father, we ask that You provide them with the right people and resources in their lives so that they are able to focus on their call of duty without worry. We pray for their families as they struggle with schedules, long absences and the stress that comes with military life. Lord we thank you for these women who make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Bless them, God. In Jesus' name,


"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

"Be on guard. Stand firm in the fatih. Be couragous. Be strong. And do everything with love." 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

On Our Hearts: Deliverance From Sin

Heavenly Father,

We're not perfect. We've all sinned, we still sin, and we'll probably sin again. We strive to be perfect like Your Son, yet we all have an area where we fall short. We call them vices, habits, tendencies, or curses, but in truth they are sin and they keep us from an intimate relationship with You, Lord.

It's not comfortable but Lord we're asking that You help us to remove that sin from our lives. Let it be today, God. Right now we walk away from the stronghold that divides us from righteousness. Give us Your strength to resist the sin that our human nature wants to hold onto. Give us the ability to stand firm when we are tempted. Whatever it may be Lord, we ask for a complete removal. And if there are sins that we don't recognize, we pray that You will make them evident so that we may delivered from it.


"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walk about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith." 1 Peter 5:8, 9a

"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love." Colossians 1:13

Monday, November 9, 2009

On Our Hearts: Patience

Heavenly Father,

There are so many things that we have prayed for and yet we still wait for Your answer. We are at the mercy of Your perfect timing - unfortunately we are not so good at waiting. We continually seek immediate and self-gratifying answers though You have told us to wait and be patient. We can't see the big picture that You have so carefully painted for us. We're too eager to skip past all the "little" things and just get to the end result.

Lord, we know deep down that You have an awesome plan for our lives. We know that as our Father You know what is best for us. We also know that no amount of manipulating or plotting will get us the result You desire for us. We ask that You give us the patience to wait. Give us a joyful spirit in faith that You will answer our prayers, that You will give us what we seek. God, You are our Provider, Deliverer, and Companion we put our hope in You.


"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:24

"If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you." John 15:7

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

On Our Hearts: Money

Heavenly Father,

Your word has said that we should not be focused on those things that are material in nature. We should be confident that You will provide for all our needs, but Lord all too often we forget that. In today's society money drives our daily lives, it is has become an integral part of us. They way we live, give, fellowship, and raise our children all seems to be dependent upon how we use money. For so many of us, money has become our identity or the way in which we associate with others. Are we driving the right car? Are we wearing the right clothes? Are we giving our children the right "stuff" to fill their lives? It's time to turn it all over to You, Lord.

Lord only You can change our mindset. Shift our focus from earthly treasures to the heavenly ones. We pray that we ignore the devil when he starts to tell us that we don't have enough. Help us to be thankful for what we have. Give us financial wisdom so that we may be good stewards for You, Lord. We also pray that we can be an example to our children so that their financial decisions are based on faith not on the world's views. Let us invest in You so that we may receive dividends of righteousness.


"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 4:19

"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:8

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

On Our Hearts: Husbands

Heavenly Father,

Lord thank you so much for the people and relationships you have put in our lives. For those of us who have husbands we are especially blessed. You have given us a companion, a provider, and friend. It is amazing to think just how you crafted our lives so that we would find the right man for the rest of our lives.

God we ask that you show us how to be an honoring and loving wife to our husbands. Help us to look past all the annoyances and nagging things that first come to mind. Show us how to lift up our husbands in our home and in front of others. Let us be diligent in the way that we treat him. Sow in us a joyful spirit of companionship so that we may be the Proverbs 31 wife that You desire us to be.

And Lord for those of us without husands we pray that You will provide all of their needs. We ask for Your will as they seek companionship. Help them to rely on You, their heavenly groom, as they take this journey alone.


"An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones." Proverbs 12:4

We also encourage you to read Proverbs 31.

Friday, October 30, 2009

On Our Hearts: I Am Human

I am going to break format today and be a little vunerable. I have not posted a prayer in more than a week. I confess I have been struggling, conflicted, and have a heavy heart. Last year I had a wake up call, a 'close call' if you will, the scare of the reality that we are mortal. At that time I grew alot and was affirmed in my faith. Now I have a good friend in this serious situation. I know in this situation I should be turning to my Lord, and I have, but what is on my heart I have not been able to put into words. Until now.


I cry out to you, I fall on my knees, I have no choice but to turn to you. There are situations we are faced with in life we just don't understand. To us they just don't make sense. This is our human nature - our desire to have control, our desire to understand what without a doubt is not meant to be understood. Whether it is us personally in this situation or others we know and love.

I pray for peace, I pray for reassurance, I pray for healing. Praise Jesus for our salvation, I am so blessed. I am blessed.


"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

Thursday, October 29, 2009

On Our Hearts: Praise

Heavenly Father,

Today we just lift up our voices to praise you. Your blessings know no boundaries. You comfort, teach and heal us. We are in awe of Your love for us. Thank you Lord for saving our souls and preparing a place in eternity with You.

Father we ask that we use our voices to constantly praise You today. Let our worship be in everything that we do. From our words to our actions, we want others to know just how much we love You and how thankful we are that You are our salvation. May we shout it to the world, 'Praise You God!'


"Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name." Psalm 18:49

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

On Our Hearts: Bad Days

Heavenly Father,

We all have one of those days. The car won't start, dinner was burned, the electricity went out - life is full of unexpected challenges. Sometimes we let those inconveniences get us down and get in the way of how You want us to be. We grumble and moan, gripe and complain, and let everyone know just how annoyed we are. We don't have control over these things that irritate us, but we can rest in the fact that You do.

Lord, we ask that you give us Your spirit of joy, despite the circumstances. Thank You for the car that wouldn't start so that we could spend the extra time with our children this morning. Thank You for the scorched dinner that allowed us the excuse to go out to eat and be waited on. Thank You for the power outage that forced us as a family to sit down and actually talk to one another. Lord so fill us with gladness that it overflows into everything that we say and do. Let Your light shine so brightly that others see You in us.


"The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3

Monday, October 26, 2009

On Our Hearts: The Word

Heavenly Father,

We are so thankful that there is a place where we can go and find the truth. Whenever we have a need we can turn to the Bible and read Your word. Your word is filled with encouragement, support, wisdom, and instruction. The Bible has all the answers if only we would seek them. There is no question that You have not answered. For every challenge in our life, Your word has the solution. We praise you Lord, for giving us a lamp to guide us as we take this journey in life.

Lord, we ask that You give us time each day to get into Your word. May we find the encouragement we need first thing in the morning, the covering we need throughout the day, and the comfort at night to rest. We know that when our hearts are turned toward You, God, that we will not stray. May we use Your Word as a fortress against the enemy. With the Bible as our protection we will not be defeated.


"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105

Friday, October 23, 2009

On Our Hearts: Strength

Heavenly Father,

There are times when we just seem to be struggling. We're struggling with deadlines, housework, our children, and the motivation just to get things done. Everything seems to be a challenge these days. Every time we think we're on the right track something comes along and derails us. We feel defeated, down and exhausted.

Lord, give us the will to keep going despite the setbacks. Give us the courage to confront the enemy and finish the task. Father we can't do it alone, we need a soverign God to guide us and direct us. When the labor gets difficult, give us strength to endure. When the burden is heavy, give us energy to carry on. And just when the task seems impossible give us the will to follow through.


"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

On Our Hearts: A Giving Spirit

Heavenly Father,

We are so thankful for the blessings You have given us. Because of the blood of Jesus we can rest in knowing that we have eternal life. In the meantime, we have a responsibility here on earth to use what You have given us to bless others. The Bible tells us that as freely we have received we are to give. Some of us may be blessed financially, spiritually, or intellectually. Some of us may have the gift of hospitality, friendship, prayer, or compassion. Lord we know that You have given each of us a special quality that we can use to expand Your kingdom.

Father we pray that You show us how and where to give. We ask that You bless our time as we serve the homeless and weak. Nourish our bodies as we feed the hungry. Renew our spirit as we minister to the lost. Replenish our resources as we financially assist those less fortunate. Lord, nurture a spirit of giving in each of us. Show us where to best use the gifts that You have blessed us with.


"But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Monday, October 19, 2009

On Our Hearts: His Love

Heavenly Father,

Lord, we know that there are women out there who don’t know Your love. Some of us have been so devastated by our childhood that we cannot comprehend how anyone could love us. Some of us work so hard to be loved by others yet feel condemned when we fail to meet their (or even our own) expectations. There are some of us who have so much sin in our past that we have labeled ourselves unlovable. In today’s world where the word “love” is used to describe how we feel about shoes, cars, and cake – how could we possibly understand the unconditional love You have for us?

Lord, thank you so much for loving us. We know that Your love is not dependent upon our works. And even though we may not deserve Your unconditional love, You continue to give it. Despite all of our sins, our failures, and the times we turned our backs to You, You have faithfully loved us. Since we are human, it is sometimes just so hard to fully comprehend how much love You have. We ask that we experience Your love by holding our hands during a difficult time, by feeling Your comfort when our hearts are breaking, or by feeling you walk beside us as we navigate through life.


"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. We love because he first loved us." 1 John 4:16, 19

Friday, October 16, 2009

On Our Hearts: Good Fruit

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for being such a good Father to us. You are constantly there to teach and guide us along our path. As sinners we are often selfish, quick to anger, and impatient with those who annoy us. Our desire is to be more like You, Lord, but all too often we fall short. Our disobedience only reminds us just how much we need to rely on You.

Lord, please give us Your fruits. We ask that you show us how to be loving to those who appear to be unlovable. May we show kindness and patience even when our nature wants to be mean and hurtful. Open our eyes to see joy and goodness when the rest of the world only sees heartache and despair. We pray that we remain faithful to Your word when we start to stray. We need you Father, work a miracle in each and every one of us.


"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

Thursday, October 15, 2009

On Our Hearts: A Mighty Warrior

Heavenly Father,

Since you have made us human we are prone to sin. Every day we battle evil temptations, sinful desires, and destructive influences. We see it in the media from the types of television shows we watch to the movies we see. Sin can be revealed in the strangers we meet on the street, our co-workers, our friends, and even sometimes our own family. We are constantly bombarded by the devil.

Father, we know that by the blood of Jesus You have set us free from sin, but that doesn’t mean that the battle for our souls is over. Lord, give us wisdom to recognize sin and the strength to resist it. Luke 10:19 tells us that You have given us authority over sin. Lord, show us how to “overcome all the power of the enemy”. Reveal the power you have furnished in each of us. Give us courage to wield Your truth like a mighty sword to defeat the enemy. Lord, we stand together in our faith and proclaim that we are warriors for Christ our Savior.


"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

On our Hearts- Friendships

Father God,

Being both a woman and a mother can be complicated. We have responsibilities, duties, schedules, and just a lot of stuff going on. Among all this craziness, it's hard to believe that we can feel all alone, but we are so busy thinking about what needs to be done that sometimes we neglect our friendships. These friendships are important, they provide comradery, fellowship and accountability. We can relate to other women, use their insight in situations and some days they can just be another adult to talk to.

Father, we get so wrapped up in the needs of our family that we can fail at being a good friend to others. Help us not to withdraw but to seek fellowship with our fellow moms. And because these friendships are so vital to us as women, we ask that You bless the time that we have to nurture these relationships. Father, we pray for those who are needing a friend find one, and that we ourselves can become a better friend to the ones we already have.


"There are 'friends' who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

On Our Hearts: Frustration

Heavenly Father,

We all have that one person or situation in our lives that repeatedly frustrates us. They get under our skin, they push our buttons, and they make us feel inferior and out of control. We do our best but we find ourselves quick to anger and tempted to lash out at them. There's anxiety, tension and a feeling of helplessness about the circumstance that begins to overwhelm us.

Lord, we ask that you give us patience with those that test us. The Bible tells us to be kind and forgiving to one another just as You have been with us - but sometimes that is so hard when we feel so angry. God show us how we can begin to forgive those who have angered us, let us speak only kind words to them, and remove all bitterness that we may have. And while the situation may seem hopeless, Lord, we know that nothing is too big for You. You can change hearts, You can transform perspectives and attitudes, and You can heal relationships. Do a mighty work in us, Lord, so that we may become Your light for others.


"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires." James 1:19-20

Monday, October 12, 2009

On Our Hearts: Growing Up

Heavenly Father,

Change in a mother's life is inevitable. As our children get older we find ourselves having to ammend our discipline, refocus our attention, and alter our schedules. Some moms are working on transitioning from diapers to underwear, elementary school to junior high, or being the chauffeur to handing over the keys. Parenting is a constant evolving process and it is often hard to let go of what is familiar to us. We try hard to provide just the right amount of love and devotion balanced with adequate supervision and guidance. It's not an easy journey.

Lord, we ask that You give us the wisdom to recognize our child's needs. Show us when to hold tight and when to let them spread their wings. Give us strength and patience when they push the boundaries and need to be pulled back in. Fill us with love and compassion as we watch them struggle to become independent from us. May we be an example to our children of how we are to love others, and love You, Lord. We pray over our children, Lord. Help them to rely on You and keep them safe.


"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6

Friday, October 9, 2009

On Our Hearts: Complacency

Heavenly Father,

It is so easy to become complacent in our lives. Our job, home, family, friends - like a favorite pair of shoes we just slip them on and keep walking the same path. We trust they'll get us where we need to go. But what happens if we make a wrong turn? Suddenly the things that are a comfort to us are nowhere to be found. So we just keep walking, hoping that we'll accidentally find the right path.

Lord, we ask for Your guidance. Show us the way in which we are to go. If we have fallen from Your grace, pick us back up. If we have darkness in our hearts, let Your light shine bright. If we have veered from the trail, provide us with Your compass to guide us back. We put our focus on You, God, You are our comfort, our provider, our everything. Break us free from the vicious circle of relying on others, only to be disappointed when they fall short. As long as we give our trust to You, we will not be led astray.


"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5, 6

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you." Psalm 32:8

Thursday, October 8, 2009

On our Hearts: Our Priorities

Father God,

Being a mother, wife, and a woman means multitasking. Whether we are juggling a job, school schedule, visitation schedules, sports, or family, all of these obligations can create distractions and new priorities. Father, sometimes these other obligations seem more important than even our own children or husband. If our children are sick, we wonder how we are going to work. When we work late, we are spending time away from our husbands. When we fill our schedules with sports and extra curriculars, we are spending less time at home as a family

Father, help us to discern these "obligations" and remember what is most important. Help us to not feel guilty for letting others down - be it a boss or a coach. If our child is sick they need their mom, if our husband is sitting home waiting - where should we be? If there doesn't seem like there is enough time in the day, help us reevaluate our obligations.


"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." Phillipians 1:27

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

On Our Hearts: Physical Pain

Heavenly Father,

We pray for those who are physically hurting and for those who are suffering from an illness or disease. Lord, there are so many who keep their physical pain private. They suffer silently so that they would not be a burden to others. Some women have no choice but to continue on through the pain as they have no one else to rely on. Others are ashamed of their illness or view their disease as a punishment for their sins.

Father we know that You are able to heal all. We lift up each and every one of these women to You, Lord. You know the wounds they hide from others, the disease they cover up, and the physical pain they suffer through. Just as Jesus Christ is able to heal our soul, He is able to heal our bodies. We ask that You restore physical abilities, remove fatigue, destroy cancer cells, heal broken bones, and regenerate unhealthy organs. We also pray that You give us Your comfort and peace while we wait for Your perfect timing. In His mighty name,


"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

On our Hearts: We are Forgiven


We have all made mistakes, we have all sinned. When we sin we repent for them. When we repent; you forgive us. You forgive us. You forgive us. Why is this so hard to remember? Why do we let these forgiven sins keep coming back and we feel like we have to repent again even years later. Why do we have a hard time accepting Your forgiveness?

Father help us to remember these forgiven sins are indeed forgiven. Christ shed his blood so we would have this forgiveness. Father as You forgive us, help heal our hearts. We are forgiven.


"He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name." Acts 10:43

Monday, October 5, 2009

On Our Hearts: Unspoken Prayer

Heavenly Father,

There are so many hurting in the world today. We couldn't possibly know all the pain and suffering that so many others feel. Even though we are helpless to take away their hurts, we rest in knowing that You can. You hear their prayers, You walk with them, and You comfort them through your grace.

Lord, we lift up all the unspoken prayers. We ask that You wipe away the tears of those grieving, provide food for those who are hungry, give rest to those who are weary, and heal bodies that are broken. Only You can do these things that we ask, Lord.


"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." - Matthew 7:7

Friday, October 2, 2009

On our Hearts: Insecurities


Why do we worry what others think about us? Why is it so hard to accept others opinions or critiques about us? Ultimately You made us, You love us, we should be confident in ourselves. Whether it is our physical appearance- hair, nails, clothes, or our personalities, our attitude, our approach, our faith. We often worry if we will fit in, be good enough. Am I ‘that’ mom that all the other mom’s look at and scratch their heads at? Father this is just our insecurities.

Father we pray that we stop worrying what others think. Remind us that these are just the outward things, they mean nothing. What brand of clothes we buy, where we get our nails done, what vehicle we drive, how big our house is, or how successful our husbands are. In the end none of this will matter, the only thing that matters is our belief in You. We pray that we, as mothers, can direct our efforts to teach our children the true focus of life and not get so caught up in the madness of it all.


"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2

Thursday, October 1, 2009

On Our Hearts: Worry

Dear Heavenly Father,

Right now there is so much resting on our shoulders. It's not enough that we have the day to day responsibilities of housework, the carpool, and figuring out what's for dinner; we're also worrying about our jobs, the economy, national healthcare and the war. Our neighbors' homes are foreclosing, our parents are going back to work, and we're terrified of our children coming home with a contagious disease. It sometimes feels as though the world is spinning out of control. We need You, Lord, now more than ever.

God it's going to be hard, but we lay our worries at Your feet. The Bible tells us that we shouldn't worry about tomorrow. Your word assures us that You have already taken care of all of our needs, just as You have taken care of the needs of the tiniest creature. Please give us the courage to take that to heart, Lord. Worrying is easy, letting go and trusting You has proven to be the difficult part. Give us strength in our faith that You are in charge, not us. We rest in You, Lord.


"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

On Our Hearts: I Got Nothin'

Father God,

Today we are reminded that we have nothing. Without You we are nothing. What are we about without you? How empty life would be.

Father, we pray for persistence, that we continue to seek you. That when we get discouraged we continue to pursue You. And for the assurance that You are there if we seek You. We pray that we continually turn to You, to seek Your knowledge, believe in Your wisdom, and find patience.

Father we pray for those who have not found You yet, that they persist, believe and rely on You.


"Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks." Matthew 7:7-8

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

On Our Hearts: Staying Positive

Heavenly Father,

Day in and day out we encounter people who are constantly trying to throw us off track. Their behavior challenges us to respond negatively, their actions dare us to speak harshly, and their words cause us to think the worst. From the business client to the family member, they unfortunately are not obedient to Your word and therefore do not convey the truth. Lord, we don't mean to stray from the course but the struggle sometimes gets to be too much.

We pray that we can remain strong in You when the world is pulling us down. Lord, we ask that You give us eyes to recognize negativity and the strength to stand up to it. We want to immerse ourselves in You, Lord. We ask that You not only become a barrier between us and the ugliness of the world but that we will use Your truth as a lantern to bring light where there is darkness. We ask this in Jesus' mighty name,


"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." Isaiah 5:20

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 14-16

Monday, September 28, 2009

On Our Hearts: Our Children


We are so thankful that You have blessed us with children to raise. And as mothers we often think we know best. However, You have a plan for each of our daughter's and son's lives. You have given each one of them their own personality, future, and calling. Often times this can clash with our vision for our children and how we think their lives should be.

Father, sometimes we think that our children should be like us. As mothers it is our mission to raise, teach, instruct, guide, and love them. Help us to recognize our child’s potential, realizing that maybe the strong-willed personality is a strength that You have given them; it is for a reason, it is for Your work. Help us to take these challenges in stride and not personally or with discouragement.

Father, today we pray for our children. We pray for their future and the plan You have for them; whatever that may be. May we continually pray for them, the path You will take them on, and for ourselves for Your guidance and discernment in this journey.


"Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it. " Proverbs 22:6

Friday, September 25, 2009

On Our Hearts: Covetousness

Heavenly Father,

Why is it that we long for what we cannot have? That new car, the bigger house, the luxury vacations - society tells us we must have it all. Everywhere we go we're being told that what we have is just not enough. We sometimes not only want to keep up with the Joneses, but with the Rockefellers and the Trumps as well.

Lord, we ask that you remove the desire to covet our neighbors' things. Instead fill us with an appreciation for what we already have. The Bible tells us that a desire for worldly things does not come from You but from the world. We pray that You will cleanse our soul and fill us with a desire for You, God. Let us crave Your word as we have craved that new car. Let us desire to praise You with our words rather than that new high tech cell phone. And Lord, let us yearn for Your eternal love instead of the approval of strangers. We pray that our lives will be in accordance with Your will and that we will reap the blessing You have for us.


"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." 1 John 2:15-17

"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'" Hebrews 13:5

Thursday, September 24, 2009

On Our Hearts: Faithful Servant

Heavenly Father,

As moms our duties can often be defined to a checklist. Dishes? Check. Water bill paid? Check. Kids to soccer practice? Check. We determine our success by how many checkmarks we have. But Lord, only You can tell us - did we truly succeed at serving You today?

Lord, show us where and how You want us to serve. Maybe Your desire is for us to serve in our church, at our place of business, at our child's school, or even in our own home. Show us how we can help others in a way that pleases You, Lord. Reveal our gifts and allow us the opportunity to use those gifts to honor You. Help us to be a loving servant of Jesus Christ.


"Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality." Romans 12:10, 11, 13

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

On Our Hearts: Less is More

Heavenly Father,

In this crazy world we often find ourselves just going through the motions. We're running to the grocery store, leading the PTA meeting, balancing the checkbook, sorting the laundry, and shuffling our children off to their next activity. Where have we placed you, Lord? Are we shining Your light brightly or have we covered it with our lists and expectations? Who do people see when they look at us? Are they seeing You or are they seeing the wrinkled blouse we forgot to iron?

We praise You God for our Savior that has rescued us. Your work in us is not done, yet we how often do we claim to be the finished product? Lord, we ask for a renewed passion for You. Let our mouths speak of Your praise, our eyes be focused on Your glory, and our ears tuned to Your guidance. When others look at us, let them see You, Lord. As Your word tells us: He must increase, but I must decrease. We need more of You in us, Lord.


"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

On our Hearts: Juggling Responsibilities

Father God,

Sometimes as mothers our responsibilities can be overwhelming, we feel like we are being pulled in all directions. Many moms also have to learn to juggle the responsibility of working out of the home while still trying to balance the mothering hat. Working moms struggle with wanting to spend more time with their children and yet still get all the normal chores done to maintain the household. Other moms work hard as they stay home during the day- that can be mentally challenging and non-stop.

Father we pray for all the mothers today. Show us how we can better manage our time and how we can spend more quality time with our children. We pray that we can just get dinner made, homework done, kids to bed, and all the day to day duties done. We pray that all moms take a step back, breathe, and take just a few minutes to reflect. Reflect on You and Your blessings, and reflect on the wonderful life we have, be it one we imagined or not.


"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8

Monday, September 21, 2009

On Our Hearts: Going Alone

Heavenly Father,

There are moms among us who are feeling so alone right now. Whether those feelings are physically or emotionally based, we know women are hurting. The daily challenges that we all face suddenly seem too much to handle when we feel that we have been abandoned. Chores take twice as long, the monthly budget is stretched tighter, and responsibilites multiply.

Lord, we lift up the moms who are widows, single, and those who are divorced or separated. We also pray for those moms whose husbands travel or work long hours to provide for their family. We ask that you make Your presence known to these women. That You let them know that You are always with them. Help them to rely on You, Lord. Give courage to those who are fearful, strength to those who feel weak, and love to those who feel unloved. You are our ultimate companion, Jesus, and You are nourishment for our soul. Thank you Lord, for walking with us along this earthly journey.


"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Friday, September 18, 2009

On our Hearts: Things That Matter


Giggles from the other room, siblings getting along, quiet moments of escape for a moment with You; the dishwasher is running, laundry is done, praise for the little things, the break. This quiet moment is a reminder that the busyness duing the day distracts us from You. We let things get in the way of turning to You, praising You, thanking You for everything during our day.

Father, help us to pause and enjoy these moments. Give us the wisdom to stop and decide whether something is worth stressing over. We thank you for the blessing that is our children - in the peace and in the noise.


"... to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding." - Ephesians 1:6-8

Thursday, September 17, 2009

On our Hearts: Bitterness


As wives and moms often times we can let bitterness get to us. There is nothing positive or productive from bitterness. It damages our marriage, ruins friendships, it affects our children, and interferes with our relationship with You.

Father, we pray that we think before we say something unnecessary to our husbands. Breathe before using a harsh tone with our children simply because we are overwhelmed and feel like we are doing it alone. We pray instead that we use our words to be loving, uplifting, and positive. Also that we consciously recognize bitterness and work with Your help to correct it. Allow us to focus on all the good there is, give us ways to change the atmosphere of our family, and we ask for forgiveness when we fail.


"... Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." Ephesians 4:29

"Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicous behavior. Instead be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." Ephesians 4:31-32

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

On Our Hearts: Unspoken Prayers


There are so many hurting in the world today. We couldn't possibly know all the pain and suffering that so many others feel. Even though we are helpless to take away their hurts, we rest in knowing that You can. You hear their prayers, You walk with them, and You comfort them through your grace.

Lord, we lift up all the unspoken prayers. We ask that You wipe away the tears of those grieving, provide food for those who are hungry, give rest to those who are weary, and heal bodies that are broken. Only You can do these things that we ask, Lord.


"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." - Matthew 7:7

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

On Our Hearts: Forgiveness

Heavenly Father,

We all have things we hang onto - those tiny booties that our precious little ones wore, a hand quilted blanket handed down from generations, a box of photos that are yellowed and torn. The things that we collect and hold close to our hearts help to bring back memories and feel closer to those who are no longer in our lives. However, among those treasures we also tend to hang onto unforgiveness. Hurts and disappointments are harder to let go of than we care to admit. Our unforgivenesss quickly turns into ugly bitterness and resentment.

Lord, teach us how to forgive. Only You can heal the damage that has been done, only You can right the wrongs, and only You can mend broken hearts. Lord show us how to let go of the grudges and ill feelings. Your word tells us that if we forgive we will be forgiven. God give us that desire to forgive others so that we may receive Your blessing. May we find peace in that promise even when our "self" tells us otherwise. In His mighty name...


"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." - Ephesians 4:32

Monday, September 14, 2009

On Our Hearts: True Beauty

Heavenly Father,

There are times when we just can't help but feel inferior. We look in the mirror and all we can see are our faults. My legs are too short, my nose is too long, there's too much gray in my hair - the list goes on and on. Why must we constantly compare ourselves to others? Forgive us for thinking the worst when the pretty young thing stood behind us at the checkout. We were so busy counting our own flaws that it is no wonder that we looked so unfriendly to her.

Lord, please show each and every one of us the beauty that You see. We need help looking past all the imperfections and seeing how perfect You have made us to be. Let us not compare our bodies to others, but to Your standard. The Bible tells us that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made". Lord, we ask that whenever we look in the mirror we see that true beauty that You have sculpted together with Your mighty hands.


"Charm can be deceiving, and beauty fades away, but a woman who honors the LORD deserves to be praised." Proverbs 31:30

Friday, September 11, 2009

On our Hearts: Husbands


It is heavy on our hearts to pray for the families with husbands looking for a job - for work, for provision. You have given each one of us a unique purpose and direction for our lives but we do not always understand your method.

First, we pray for husbands that are looking for work. What a difficult, emotional, and trying time it can be. We pray that they seek Your plan for their lives, that they trust in Your plan, and for patience in Your timing. We pray for Your leading and that it brings open eyes, open doors, and that it brings them value and fulfillment.

And lastly, we ask that you be with us as wives. Show us how to support our husbands... encourage them... be patient with them... and most importantly to love them.


The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." Psalm 32:8

Thursday, September 10, 2009

On Our Hearts: Feeling Alone

Heavenly Father,

Sometimes in our busyness we just feel like You are so far away. How could You ever have time for each and every one of us? We go through our day fighting the same struggles over and over and what if we never hear Your voice? We can’t do this alone, God, we need You to be our strength, our deliverer, our protector.

Lord, we pray that we never forget who and where You are. The Bible tells us that You will never let us down. Help us to remember that when others disappoint us. Remind us that You are always with us even when others have left. Press on our hearts the love that You have for us despite the fact that we may not feel loved. Shower us with Your mercy when we forget to rely on You. Do a might work in us, Lord


“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

On our Hearts: Our Role

Father God,

Many moms struggle with the sadness of their children growing up. In the early years it is in those small milestones where we see Your hand daily and put us in awe - the walking, the talking, our children growing before our eyes.

Father, we pray today for the mothers with children that are moving to that next step. The moms with children who are ‘growing up', are going to college, joining the military, or just moving out on their own. We ask that You give these women peace in their hearts. That they trust in You to protect their children and guide their choices. Father let it be a reminder to mothers with younger children what an important role they have to nurture those precious little lives.


"Teach your children to choose the right path and when they are older, they will remain upon it." Proverbs 22:6

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

On Our Hearts: God's Light

Heavenly Father,

Help us to be your light in this forgotten world. Show us how we can reveal your truth to those we encounter - from the grocery store to the drive-through line, from the PTA meeting to the dry cleaners - we want others to see you not us. Let even the most mundane moments be an opportunity for you to do your work.

Lord, give us the vision to see the potential that you have in others. Give us the courage and understanding in any situation so that we can share your word. You have told us to preach the gospel to the world, help us to be obedient to your command. You are a mighty God, we await while you do a work in us.


"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

Monday, September 7, 2009

On Our Hearts: In Need of Rest

Heavenly Father,

There are times when the demands of the day are just so exhausting. We diligently strive to take care of those around us that we often forget to take care of ourselves. Our days are filled with serving others; our husbands, our children, our parents, friends, co-workers, and even strangers. And when we fail to meet the needs others, or when we have to disappoint a loved one, we wrongly blame ourselves for not doing enough.

Today, Lord, we ask that you bless our body with rest. Only you can renew our spirit and cleanse our body from all the guilt, bitterness, resentment, and fatigue that has plagued us. We ask that you allow us to rest in you and bask in your glory. Lord, we believe fully in the promise that within your presence you will restore our body, mind and spirit. You are an awesome God.


"And the Lord said, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest." Exodus 33:14

Saturday, September 5, 2009

On our Hearts: Provision


We find ourselves thinking we are in control and that we are steering our lives, whether it be in our careers, finances, or relationships, we have a want to control the tangible. Father, there is nothing more affirming than placing that trust in you, the trust for provision and dependence on you. Our prayer is that we will be able to see and recognize your provision. It does not always come in the form we think it should.

I pray that in trusting in you, we see your provision, that we learn from trusting in you. That we grow from trusting in you. We don’t always understand why tough times come, but I pray we continue to trust in you no matter the situation or timing. We give it to you Lord.

In HIS name.

"For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer to plant, and later on, good crops to harvest and eat, will give you more and more seed to plant and will make it grow so that you can give away more and more fruit from your harvest.'" 2 Corinthians 9: 10

Friday, September 4, 2009

On Our Hearts: Doing the Right Thing

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for being a loving and forgiving God. You have made us in your image but we live in this earthly body susceptible to sin. We are so good at making excuses and convincing ourselves that we didn't know any better, when your word so clearly reveals the truth. We pray that you expose the things and people in our lives that are hindering our walk with you. Grow in us the desire to become more like you and not the world.

Lord, give us the strength to stand up to those who go against your word. Let us not falter as we go about our daily lives. Let us be your light that shines to others without being righteous, judgmental or arrogant. The Bible says that the power of life and death are in our tongues, may we be a vessel of encouragement and love instead of animosity and indifference. We are sinners, but by mercy and forgiveness your son Jesus wiped the slate clean for us. May we show others the same grace and favor that you have shown us.


"But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin." 1 John 1:7

Thursday, September 3, 2009

On our Hearts: Thankfulness

Father God,

As moms we sometimes feel that our days and nights can be long and our desire to keep schedules and routines get in the way of what is truly important. We often forget to take a step back and be thankful for all the blessings you have provided us.

Today we pray that we stop and take the time to be continually thankful for our children and for this precious time we have with them. We pray that we can appreciate the beauty and joy of our children, just as you see them. Lord give us patience when it seems to be taking them forever to do a task and to use self control when we have repeated the same thing three times over. That through you, we reveal kindness and gentleness in the trying moments.

We pray that we can truly just savor this privilege you have given us of loving our children. Motherhood is a gift and duty you have bestowed upon us. Father, we pray for you to help us cherish and appreciate these fleeting moments and to be truly thankful.


"But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Galatians 5:22

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

On Our Hearts: Feeling Overwhelmed

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the many blessings that come with being a mom. It is only as a mother that we can even begin to understand the amount of love you have for us. However, motherhood can be so overwhelming at times. As our children grow, so do our responsibilities, our obligations, our commitments, and unfortunately our frustrations. God we ask for your wisdom and peace for all of us who are struggling with feeling overwhelmed right now.

Lord, we ask that you take away our worries. We rejoice in knowing that we can lay all of our cares at your feet and you will comfort us. You have told us that we do not need to worry about tomorrow, you have supplied us with all of our needs. Lord be our provision, renew our weary spirits, and let your grace cover us as we go throughout our day.


“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?" Matthew 6:25-27

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

On our hearts: Praying together

Father God,
What an awesome privilege you have given us to pray for others. To support them in their journeys and to share in our own journeys. Father, I pray that our sister moms will join in and pray for each other. Pray for the needs of moms. I pray that in interceding for each other we grow closer to you.

Father, you never meant for us to do this alone, but so many times we feel alone. I pray that you touch that mom’s heart that is reading this, and they know they are not alone, others are praying.

I pray you touch our hearts with the needs of others, that we step away from our own craziness and unite together in prayer. Whether it is a need, an issue, a desire, or a burden; help us pause… to pray… and to trust.

"Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose." Phil 2:1-2