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I was recently invited to join to join a special group of prayer warriors.  Accepting their invitation was an honour, as I have been navigating a new direction in my life and pioneering new pathways into the arena of becoming a published Christian Writer. Their wisdom, support and encouragement, has been wonderful and fully compliments the guidance and friendships that have formed at my local writing group.

As with most things spiritual, it seemed that as soon as I discovered some clear guidance and direction on the areas to work in, that my family and close friends have come under attack. This has resulted in a major attempt to squash my spirit and send me off track, hindering what I believe God has directed me to do.

Asking this group to pray for a peace to sweep through my home, my family and close friends seemed rather petty, especially in light of what several of them are going through. But I asked anyway. I am pleased to report, that since requesting their prayers, a peaceful presence has returned to my home and I have been able to remain focused on the task at hand.

It seems to me, that one of the key lessons I have learnt over the last couple of weeks is to cast pride aside and ask for help. My stubborn independence, and a reliance on my own storehouse of faith is fine most of the time, but we all need our community of like-minded people, who can support us on the days when we limp along.

This has made me aware of how predictable I have become in most facets of every day life. So far 2012 has been a year of change. Spiritually I have been sitting, resting and waiting for God’s voice to direct me. Now I am forging a new pathway, but using all my past experiences and behaviours in an attempt to build the way forward.

Funnily enough, as I was typing these thoughts in an email, I had a sense of being in God’s presence, He was smiling down on me, shaking His head and telling me it was about time I woke up to that one. ‘Nice one Lord,’ I thought.

These thoughts do raise a question. How many of ask for prayer when facing the big situations and forget that God is interested in every facet of our lives?

Why not give prayer a go.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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As a daily devotional I love to read the inspirational writings of Sarah Young. Her best-selling book ‘Jesus Calling’, has the amazing ability to ushers me into Gods presence, where I am able to hear Him speak into my heart, in a loving, practical way.

One line from Wednesday’s reading caught my eye and spoke deeply into my spirit, saying…. I can bring beauty out of the ashes of your lost dreams. I can glean joy out of sorrow. Peace out of adversity. It led me to Isaiah 60 and 61, chapters that talk about coming out of the darkness and speaking about the year of the Lords favour.

In my life I have experienced lost dreams, mourned over the expected as well as the unexpected, even thrown a tantrum or two, when the pressures of life have brought me to boiling point, rather than my knees (I’m a slow learner on that one).

For me, this has been a year of waiting and waiting is not something I enjoy doing in this fast living, Western Society. But I have waited, and it seems that I am now on the move again. Forging a new direction for the future is some days frightening, often overwhelming, but I am being rewarded and blessed beyond all my imaginations.

Today I pledge to pray for each of my Blog readers.

I will be asking Him to watch over and bless all of you in such a special way, that you will be able to recognise it as the hand of God.

God bless you all. You are a wonderful gift and a rich source of encouragement for me.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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I’m one of the old school, growing up in an era when we started our school day with assembly’s, sang  hymns and recited the Lords Prayer. It became a great comfort to me in my youth, to believe there was someone out there, something bigger than me and bigger than my problems, as I navigated a troubled childhood. Faith has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and while many find the concept strange, hard to understand and believe, I don’t know how I would have survived without it.

With my faith I have experienced; peace in the midst of turmoil, courage that I didn’t know I possessed, joy in times of sorrow and miraculous provision in times of lack.

Coming across this adaptation of the Lords Prayer many years ago, I found it a challenge. It broke the hold of chanting it like a ‘ritualistic faith charm’, bringing in a new understanding of what I was actually praying. So I thought I would share it with you today.

THE LORDS PRAYER

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 I cannot say ‘Our’, if my religion has no room for other people and their needs.

I cannot say ‘Father’, if I do not demonstrate that relationship in my daily life.

I cannot say ’Which art in Heaven’, if all my concerns and pursuits are earthly things.

I cannot say ‘Hallowed be thy name’, if I, who has been called by His name, am not holy.

I cannot say ‘Thy will be done’, if I am unwilling or resentful of having it done in my life.

I cannot say’ On earth as it is in Heaven’, unless I am willing to serve him here and now.

I cannot say ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, without making an honest effort for it, or by ignoring the needs of others.

I cannot say ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’, if I continue to bear a grudge – a grudge against anyone.

I cannot say ‘Lead us not into temptation’, if I deliberately choose to stay in a place where I might be tempted.

I cannot say ‘Deliver us from evil’, if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with prayer.

I cannot say ‘Thine is the kingdom’, if I do not give the Him the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

I cannot say ‘Thine is the power’, if I fear what my friends and neighbours might say about me.

I cannot say ‘Thine is the glory’, if I am seeking my own glory first.

I cannot say ‘Amen’, unless I can honestly say also. ‘Cost what it may – This is my prayer’.

Makes you think, dosn’t it?

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

 

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