I Found Peace In My Soul Praying For My Son’s

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Time really does fly by when you are having fun, well and even when you are walking in the valleys.  It was just yesterday I was eating a Jumbo Jack from Jack In The Box and two tacos in labor, ready to deliver this amazing baby boy I had waited what seemed like forever to arrive.  That was twenty-one years ago.

Now that baby boy is grown and out on his own, working and making plans to move across country,  So many days I stop to think, “This isn’t the plan I had for you sweet child twenty-one years ago.” I had plans for you to grow up and go off to college, find a beautiful girl, of course she had pledged Pi Beta Phi like your mom, and you would live happily ever after.  Christmas’ would be spent at my home, decorating the tree, listening to the sound track of “The Nut Cracker”, while smells of mulled cider and cinnamon filled the air.

But alas, God has a different plan and path.  Many days I want to question God or yell and scream, “why is your plan for my son not matching up with mine?”  In my heart of hearts, I know why, God’s Will isn’t my will.  I am sure when I took off to Texas at age 23 my mom and dad might have been feeling like I am today, “This isn’t the plan, God, we had for our middle daughter.”

They had a strong faith in our heavenly father then and I have a strong faith in Him now, which is why I know, even as hard and frustrating as it can be at times, I hold on to God’s truth and believe He knows what is best for my baby, better than I do.

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I also know that his dad and I raised him with Jesus in his heart and the seeds are planted there even though today he is making choices that are so far from what Jesus teaches us.  But the more I nag, the more I am just a clanging gong in his still growing and developing, trying to figure out who he is brain. Then that brain just tunes me out. As Proverbs 25:24 reminds us, “It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome mom.” (okay, so I changed wife to mom here, but you get the point).

If you have ever watched the television show, The Goldbergs, you will totally understand where I am coming from here.  The mom, Beverly Goldberg played by actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, is a totally helicopter, smothering, over – the – top sparkling, loving, doting mom.  She would go to the ends of the earth for her children.  However,Erica, Barry, and Adam, her children usually see her as meddling, bothersome, and smothering.  When I start in on him and how I disagree with the “adult choices he feels he is making for his life” he wants nothing to do with me, feels I am over bearing and smothering, and turns away, as the Goldberg children do on television.

So what’s a mom of a young adult son to do?  A mom who has a big faith in her savior, Jesus?  Well, she prays.  Don’t get me wrong, I have learned this lesson the hard way, trying my way first, worrying.  Trust me, fretting gets you no where.  Now prayer, specific prayer, gets you every where!

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When I started specifically praying to release my child over to God’s care, praying for God to secure his protection, praying that he would have a sound mind, and praying he would  break down ungodly strongholds, things started to change.  Not so much with him, but within me.

The nights of lying awake in bed worrying about what he ate for the day and did he have everything he needed drifted away.  Tears of sadness for parenting mistakes and guilt washed away.  Relief, forgiveness, and grace flooded my soul.

Praying God’s word over my child has brought me peace.  Are there times I still worry and disagree with my son’s choices, you bet.  But I quickly look up, let go, and live joy.  As 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reminds us, “Rejoice always,  pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.  

Some days are hard, the days I feel I am in the valley I can lift my eyes and know my God sees me there.  I can pray continually His words and he hears my cries.  On the days I am on the top of the mountain, I thank God for putting me there.  No matter where  I land, I  give Jesus the praise and glory for all things, thanking him for the blessings in my life, especially one beautiful child, well now handsome 21 year old son.

Here are a few of the scriptures I have been praying over my son.

I have used a fabulous little book by Stormie Omartian, “The Power of a Praying Parent”.  A friend of mine at the gym where I work out gave it to me a few years ago and it has been the little gift that keeps on giving.

The first being the scripture I opened this blog entry with, Isaiah 43:2-3a:  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God,the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

I pray, Heavenly father I know you will be with my my son when the waters pass through and I know you will keep him safe as he passes  through deep waters of big decisions.  Father as he walks through difficult situations keep the flames of trouble from setting ablaze, for you are the Lord God, the Holy One.

Prayer format based on Stormie Omartian’s book “The Power of a Praying Parent”

To Release My Child Into God’s Hands:

Psalm 103:17-18:  “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.”  

Heavenly Father, Today in Jesus’ name I give (name of child) to You.  I know in my heart that only You know what is best for him (her), and what his (her) needs are.  I hand him (her)  over to You to care for and protect.  I come to you Lord, to devote time each day  to pray for all areas of my child’s life, and I ask that You guide those prayers in the direction of your Will.  I thank you and praise you God for helping me to raise my amazing child.  Amen.

1 John 4:16: : “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 them”

Dear God, I pray today that (name of child) feel loved and accepted by people in his (her) life that will guide him (her) to good not evil.  I pray, Father, that you will fill my child with your Holy Spirit and love, and I pray he (she) will totally understand how complete and unconditional Your love is.  I pray that You, Father, remove any lies the enemy has placed in my child to believe otherwise.  Lord I pray that you will manifest Your love to my child today in a super real way that he (she) feels and knows Your presence.  I pray for that love to be returned to You by my child.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Today I can say, “It is well with my soul.”  Thank you Jesus.

Here is a link to purchase that great little book by Stormie Omartian.

Power of a Praying Parent

Nine Bible Verses To Pray When We Need to Get “Right Sized”

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Hi sweet friend.  This week we will continue digging deeper into 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  Last week we focused on the first few characteristics of what love is and a few Bible verse to pray for patience and kindness.  Click on today’s video for a closer look at four attributes of what love is not.

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A bible verse to pray when we are envying others:

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones”. Proverbs 14:30  Pray: Heavenly Father I come to your throne today asking for peace and contentment for all the blessings you have given me.  Give me peace today to find acceptance in my circumstances and to know that I can not handle what others have been given. Grant me the serenity to be grateful for all I have today.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Here are a few bible verses to pray when we feel a little self-seeking:

Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”  Father I come today in praying asking for your guidance that you lead me in all things that I do today out of my love for you and others and not selfish ambition.  I asked to be filled with humility to see others above myself in all I do.  Amen.

1 Corinthians 10:24: “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”  Lord, I ask today for courage to seek the good of others rather than my own good. Amen.

Proverbs 11:25: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”  Father I ask today to be filled with your Holy Spirit that I may be generous to those around me, as your word says whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Bible verses to pray when we are speaking boastfully and feeling proud:

Pray Proverbs 11:2:  “Proud and boastful people will be shamed, but wisdom stays with those who are modest and humble.”  Dear Lord, today I come to you and ask for humility.  Keep me right-sized Father so I do not become proud and boastful.  When things are going great, help me to remember it all comes from you Father, not from me.

1 Samuel 2:3 “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.”  Heavenly Father, today I ask for discernment that the words I speak are words of kindness, compassion, and truth,  Keep my words from being proud and arrogant, Lord.  Amen.

Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”  You can pray this verse no extra words needed.

Bible verses to pray when we find ourselves dishonoring others:

(I find myself doing this often, unintentionally, but my words and actions can be dishonoring if I am not careful).

Hebrews 13:18 “Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.”  Dear God, I pray today for a clear conscience as I desire to do all things in an honorable way.  Amen.

1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”  Lord, I ask today that I may give proper respect to everyone I come in contact with today.  Help me to love all of my brothers and sisters, to give you all the honor and praise.  Amen.

Next week I am changing things up just a little bit!  I am going Live with Amy Carroll! Check out the details.  If you can’t make us live on Tuesday, the video will be linked here on Wednesday, February 20th!

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I will also be giving away a copy of  Amy’s Book, “Breaking Up With Perfect”

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Six Bible Verses To Hear God Through Jesus’ Teachings

in the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven. (1)

Well friend, I have to say I have really enjoyed writing this series about hearing from God.  It has helped me personally do dig deeper into His Word, pray differently, and to pay more attention to my surroundings and circumstances to hear God’s voice in my daily life.  But this isn’t just a one month thing, I have to make this a life style, which isn’t that what God intended for us? Romans 10:17 reminds us, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”  Continued faith, continued presence in His word.

I have Six verses today to share with you that give us a glimpse of the person God is through his Son Jesus.  We can hear God through the teachings of Jesus, which is one of my favorite ways to hear God’s voice.

When I need the strength of God or to hear His Will for me I can turn to John 5:30:

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

When I feel like God is far away I can read John 18:20 and know that God is near and keeps nothing secret.

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

When I need to hear from God because I am worrying I flip in my Bible to Matthew 6:25-27 and hear His voice say :

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

Feeling hurt, I can hear God guiding me to Matthew 5:43-44:

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

God’s authority can be heard in Matthew 28: 18-20

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

 

As I mentioned sweet friend, this is only a few verses of Jesus’ teaching where we can hear God speaking to us.  Dive into The Word daily any time of day or night to hear from God.  The Bible is the living word, it is hope, peace, and guidance for your soul.

Finally, here is a little take away for you, a prayer to hear God’s voice.

A Prayer Asking To Hear God’s Voice:

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Click on the pink link to down load your free copy of this prayer: A Prayer to Hear God’sVoice

Join me on Wednesdays in February for Devotions of Love!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

 

Motivation for Your Monday: Open the Door

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Welcome to 2019! And Blog post 100 on Living Joy Today!! It’s a  new year and a new week to come to Jesus.  Let’s open our hearts to him today.  He is just waiting for us to hear his voice and open our doors to Him.  We can hear his voice through scripture, prayer, and others, we just need to get still and listen.

Let’s plan daily time this year to get still, to be quiet with our Savior, Jesus. To borrow a phrase from Senior Pastor David Emory at Middletown  Christian Church, Louisville, KY, let’s spend some time “lingering” over His over.

Start today, open the door, there is so much goodness just waiting for us all!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

 

5 Bible Verses Professing Jesus is The Light of the World

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Yes, friend, it was a silent night and it was an oh so Holy night.  I wish you a very Merry Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  As we light the Christ Candle today on this special day, the eve of Jesus birth.

Let’s take a quick look at how Luke told the story in Luke 2:11-12, Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

The Savior, the Light of the World, came so humbly to save us from our sins, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

I will leave you today with five Bible Verses to Celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus The Light of the World.

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  1. John 9:5:  “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”
  2. Luke 2:32: “A light of revelation  to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
  3. John 1:4:  “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”
  4. 2 Corinthians 4:6:  “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
  5. Psalm 27:1: “The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?”

Merry Christmas!  I wish you hope, joy, love, and light this Christmas.

Hope to see you back here at Living Joy Today.com in January!  I am looking forward to sharing God’s Word with you in the New Year.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Jane Ann

How Do You Spell Love this Advent Season…Jesus

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The Fourth week of Advent we light the candle of Love. For as John 3:16 so lovingly proclaims, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

I love what 1 John 4:7 says about love, “let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”  Friend, our world more than ever needs love.  Let us light this Love candle for our world today, spreading the love of God to everyone.  Because, “ Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11.

For this Fourth Week of Advent I have eight Bible verses of Love for your hearts.

  1. Corinthians 13:13:  “”And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
  2. Ephesians 4:2-3:  “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
  3. Colossians 3:14:  “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
  4. 1 John 4:19:  “We love because He first loved us.”
  5. John 15:9-10:  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”
  6. John 15:12-13:  “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
  7. Psalm 86:15:  “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
  8. Romans 5:8:  “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

And during the busyness of this Christmas season friend, let’s remember 1 Corinthians 13:4-8  with our families, friends, co-workers, and retailers:

Collage 2018-10-21 19_07_41Lord, Thank you for loving us and sending your only Son to save us from our sins.  May we be stewards of your love this seasons and always.  In Christs name, Amen.

I hope you have enjoyed this little Advent series.  We will light the Christ Candle tomorrow on Christmas Eve.  I can’t wait, I hope you will come back to celebrate the birth  our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

3 Joyful Scriptures For Week Three of Advent

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The second Fruit of the Spirit after Love is Joy.  A virtue way deeper than happiness could imagine being.  True joy comes from living for and in Christ.  God sent us his only Son so we could experience joy every day no matter what we have, or who we have lost in our lives.  Jesus brings us joy!

We light the candle of Joy for the third week of Advent.  “Joy to the World, the Lord has come!” My favorite line in that song is, “Let every heart prepare Him room”.  Let’s all prepare room in our hearts for Jesus this Christmas.  He is the reason for the season!

Fill your spirit with these three joyful pieces of scripture this week.

  1. Isaiah 12:6:  “Shout aloud and sing for Joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
  2. James 1:2-4:  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
  3. Habakkuk 3:17-18: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord,I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Heavenly Father, our joy does not come from earthly things, it comes from your son Jesus.  May we be filled with overflowing joy that is surrounded in our Savior, Jesus, this Advent Season.  Amen.

Tells us about a Bible Verse that fills you with Joy!  I’m giving away another gift card this week.  Just by leaving a comment you will be eligible for the give away.