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An Opportunity to Help a Friend in Need Tags: cancer prayer community support friendship

Help Sheri Diaz as she battles cervical cancer

My name is Sheri Diaz.  I am 46, live in Spring, Texas, and have been working as a Medical Assistant for the past 3 years.  I recently got the shock of my life with the diagnosis of cervical cancer.  I went in for a routine pap smear and the results indicated that something wasn't right.  About two weeks later, I went in and had a biopsy done and all three samples came back as having cancer cells in them.

 At first I felt devastated; my whole life seemed to be turning upside down.  But I had to get it together and figure out my insurance and how I was going to be able to pay for treatment.  I found out my insurance is preventative care only, and would not cover any of the treatment for cancer.  I am in the process of adding a supplementary insurance plan, but I will still be paying out of pocket for the additional premium as well as a percentage of the treatment.  I have scheduled my first appointment with the oncology gynecologist.  The doctors want me to have a total hysterectomy as soon as possible, so it is imperative that I raise the money quickly.  I won't know until after the surgery what further treatment will be needed. 

I have my husband’s full support as I go through this struggle, but all of my other family live out of state so I don't really have family to go to appointments with me.  My husband and I both work, but our income is limited. The money will help with transportation to and from medical appointments, medical treatment such as surgery, and medications, as well as living expenses because I will be out of work for a month or longer.  Any help you can give is much appreciated.

If you would like to help Sheri and her family with the medical expenses associated with her cancer treatments, please go to her YOUCARING Compassionate Crowdfunding page where you can make a donation.

“There’s a Rock in My Sock!” by Lynn Mosher Tags: Daily Devotional Faith Forgiveness God's Grace mommy bloggers Prayer Christian Life Christian women

Pearl in Oyster Shell

Ever get a pebble in your shoe or your sock and think, Now, where did that come from?

I’m a sock person. I wear socks a lot and, every once in a while, I find the tiniest bit of something irritating my foot. I turn my sock inside out, only to find a barely visible piece of grit. I shake out my sock and get rid of it.

 Irritations, like pebbles, come in all sizes. We all have them at one time or another, whether in our socks or in our spirits.

Usually, we struggle not with the big boulders in our life’s path but with the puny pebbles. The boulders we can generally manage…But the pebbles? They end up causing us to stumble, fall, or just be irritated.

They are like little stumbling blocks, little annoyances that get under our skin and in our spirit. They elicit ungracious thoughts that pop out of our heart and mouth that shouldn’t. Or just stay hidden in our thoughts.

Guess who just loves to initiate those pebble attacks? The enemy. His vexations can come out of nowhere, like…

* someone has an opposing opinion of your beliefs and unloads a barrage of venomous words about it

* someone pulls out in front of you while driving and lets you know it’s your fault

* your kids aren’t playing nicely together

* you drop half your lunch on the floor

* the water company overcharges you

* odd habits of your spouse

Or maybe it’s one of these…

* fear of failure

*fear of not being good enough

* fear of rejection

* doubt or worry

Even the smallest grit can get in our spirit and irritate us.

Irritations will boot joy and praise right out the front door. And the enemy’s laughter will be almost audible. He hates our joy and praise. He gets a kick out of upsetting us, tripping us over little things.

He relishes knocking “us down with a straw…Most of us manage better in our great struggles than we do in our minor ones.” (A.B. Simpson)

We have a choice. If we harbor those pebbles of irritation, we do not have a clear conscience before God. Paul said, “I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.” (Acts 24:16 NKJV) By definition, an offense is a stumbling block.

However, to counteract those stumbling blocks, we can choose joy and praise, which will ring the enemy’s death-knell.

What do we do with those irritants? We can turn them into pearls! Yes, pearls of praise.

A natural pearl forms when a foreign substance slips in between the oyster’s mantle and the shell. It begins to irritate the mantle. The oyster’s natural reaction is to protect itself from a foreign substance.

The man­tle covers the irritant with layers of the same substance used to create the shell. And eventually, it forms a pearl.

So, next time your socks get full of irritating grit and you wonder where did that come from, turn those irritations inside out and get rid of them. Protect yourself from the enemy’s irritants by using praise.

Oysterize that grit into pearls of praise!

The worst sound in the ears of the enemy is praise from the lips of one of God’s children. The enemy hates it. Praise gets the attention of both God and the enemy!

May you protect yourself from the enemy’s gritty irritants by transforming them into pearls of praise!

 

Lynn Mosher

Since the year 2000, Lynn Mosher has lived with fibromyalgia and other physical conditions. During this time, the Lord placed the desire in her heart to write for Him. Now, armed with God’s purpose for her life and a new passion, she reaches out to others to encourage and comfort them through her writing, giving God all the glory. She lives with her husband in their empty nest in Kentucky. On occasion, their three offspring, who have flown the coop, come to visit, accompanied by a son-in-law and three granddaughters. Visit Lynn at her blog, at http://lynnmosher.com

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14 Amazing Prayers that Will Transform your Children's Destiny
Category: Member Blogs
Tags: Ephesians prayer pray children destiny transform

I am writing a book of prayers for our children and grandchildren. I wanted to share prayers I wrote striaght from the Word of God! These are amazing prayers because it is the Word and will of our heavenly Father!

 

The awesome thing about God's Word is you can pray the same Scriptures for your self, for friends, family members or whomever God places on your heart to pray for. Scripture comes alive when we make it personal and can see ourselves in that particular Word. The other great thing about prayer these prayers is you can put the person's name right in the Word of God and pray specifically for that individual.

 

May your faith soar as you daily pray, declare and decree these Scriptures over those you love and are called to interede for.

 

Ephesians – Chapter 1 Prayer

 

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray for my children and grandchildren constantly, asking You, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give my children and grandchildren spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that they might grow in their knowledge of You, Lord God. I pray that my children and grandchildren’s hearts will be flooded with light so that they can understand the wonderful future You have promised to those You called. Lord, I want my children and grandchildren to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance You have given to Your people. Father God, I pray that my children and grandchildren will begin to understand the incredible greatness of your power for us who believe You. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at your right hand in the heavenly realm in the name of Jesus. (Based on Ephesians 1:16-20, NLT).

 

Ephesians – Chapter 3 Prayer

 

Father God, in the name of Jesus, I pray that from Your glorious, unlimited resources you will give my children and grandchildren mighty inner strength through Your Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in my children and grandchildren’s hearts as they trust in You. Father, my children and grandchildren’s roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And they have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep Your love really is. May my children and grandchildren experience the love of Christ, though it is so great they will never fully understand it. Then they will be filled with the full new of life and power that comes from God in Jesus’ name. (Based on Ephesians 3:16-19).

 

Ephesians – Chapter 4 Prayer

 

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray my children and grandchildren lead a life worthy of their calling, for they have been called by You, Lord God. Lord, teach them to be humble and gentle. Help them be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of Your love. Father, help my children and grandchildren always keep themselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind themselves together with peace. Help them to always remember we are all one body, have the same Spirit, and have all been called to the same glorious future. (Based on Ephesians 4:1-4, NLT). 

 

Father, help and empower my children and grandchildren to put away all falsehood and “tell their neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other. Lord, I pray my children and grandchildren don’t sin by letting anger gain control over them. I pray they don’t let the sun go down while they are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. (Based on Ephesians 4:25-27, NLT). 

 

Father, if any of my children or grandchildren are a thief, I pray they stop stealing, and begin using their hands for honest work, and then give generously to others in need. I pray my children and grandchildren don’t use foul or abusive language, but instead, let everything they say be good and helpful, so that their words will be an encouragement to those who hear them, in the name of Jesus. (Based on Ephesians 4:28-29, NLT). 

 

Father God, I pray my children and grandchildren don’t bring sorrow to the Holy Spirit by the way they live. Lord, enable and empower my children and grandchildren to get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, cause them to be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven them in the name of Jesus. (Based on Ephesians 4:30-32, NLT).

 

Ephesians Chapter 5 Prayers

 

Father, I pray my children follow Your example in everything they do, because they are Your dear children. Help and empower them, by Your Spirit, to live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved them and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away their sins. 

 

Father, in the name of Jesus, let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among my children and grandchildren. Such sins have no place among Your people. May obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes be far from them for these are not for my children and grandchildren. Instead, Father God, let there be thankfulness to You. 

 

I ask, Lord, that You give my children understanding that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. Your Word says that a greedy person is really an idolater who worships the things of the world. Father, don’t let my children worship anything or anyone but You. 

 

 Father, I pray that my children will not be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for Your terrible anger comes upon all those who disobey You. Please keep them from participating in the things these people do in Jesus’ name. Help them seek to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. I pray my children and grandchildren take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness but will expose them. (Prayer is Based on Ephesians 5:1-11). 

 

 

 

 

I pray my children are careful how they live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Father, I pray my children make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Lord, help my children not to act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what You want them to do. Let my children not be drunk with wine, because that will ruin their lives. Instead, Lord God, let the Holy Spirit fill and control them. Then they will sing Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among themselves, making music to Your Lord, in their hearts. And they will always give thanks for everything to You, Father God, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Prayer is Based on Ephesians 5:20, NLT).

 

Ephesians – Chapter 6 Prayers

 

Father, in the name of Jesus, help my children honor their parents at all times so that they will receive the promise You declared they would receive: a long life, full of blessing (Based on Ephesians 6:1-3). Father, help my children and grandchildren be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. Enable and empower them to put on and keep on all of God’s armor so that they will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. Give them divine understanding and revelation we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms (Based on Ephesians 6:10-12, NLT).     

 

Father God, teach my children how to use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle they will still be standing firm. Empower my children and grandchildren to stand their ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that my children and grandchildren will be fully prepared in the name of Jesus (Based on Ephesians 6:13-15, NLT). 

 

In every battle my children engage in, I pray that they have faith as their shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at them by Satan. May they put on salvation as their helmet, and take the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God in Jesus’ name. Lord, empower and enable my children and grandchildren to pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit, and stay alert and be persistent in their prayers for all Christians everywhere in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Based on Ephesians 6:16-18, NLT)

 

"Actions Boost Prayer Power" by Beth Brubaker
Category: Member Blogs
Tags: prayer grief Christian life Christian women Christian women online

Actions Boost Prayer Power

Prayer is an awesome thing. When people gather to pray, those prayers can heal, save, and protect us and those around us, But sometimes God wants us to do more.

In James 2:14-17 it says 'What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 

If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.'

Too many times I see Christians pray for one another through hardships, but offer nothing other than prayer. I've caught myself doing this- a lot! It's one thing if all you can do is pray for someone, but when you can act on those prayers and don't, that's where the seeds of trouble sprout.

Believe me, I have a lot of those weeds in my own spiritual garden! The finger I'm pointing points at myself.

I've prayed for those who have lost a loved one, but until I suffered the same, I never realized that I should've been praying not only for, but with those that had lost someone. I could've given them my ear to listen, spent time hearing their stories or let them vent. But I didn't.

I basically gave them a hug, said I would pray for them, and went on my merry Christian way. Only after I was in the privacy of my own prayer space did I pray for them. For all they knew, I'd forgotten all about them and their troubles.

Oh, but when I was hurting and someone came to me who prayed and then listened....

Prayers are powerful. but actions boost those prayers in a mighty way. It made me realize that if I can do more, I should- whether it's the hungry person on the street, a troubled neighbor, or my fellow Christians- actions speak louder than words (especially to unbelievers)- but actions also give prayers a huge power boost. 

Actions aren't the end-all be-all of the universe. Actions are powerful in of themselves, as is prayer. But put them together, and Wow! God loves it when we do both- it let's Him shine all the brighter!

Don't stop praying. Don't stop acting on those prayers if you can. Pull up those spiritual weeds and let the blessings blossom!

“Some Lost Things We Need to Recover” by Sharon L. Patterson Tags: Daily Devotional Faith Hope Jesus Prayer Christian Life

Feather BackgroundIs it just me, or have you noticed we have lost some very significant things we desperately need to recover in our lives?

The first one on my list may seem to be ridiculously obvious…or not.  It is our mind….especially its ability to reason with rational thought.

Somewhere in the mire of trying to be inclusive of all thought, we have accepted the belief that there really are no absolutes except for one: absolute tolerance.

We worship knowledge over wisdom, tolerance over truth. We have decided that truth is no longer the time-tested pillar built from the basic tenants of Judeo-Christian law, but a piece of evolving architecture formed from a fluid, humanistic mindset that can be molded to fit the politically-correct topic of the moment.

How we need to recover a sound mind!

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)

A second dire-loss in need of recovery is civility and the respect for one another as we bring the points on which we differ out into the public arena.

At one time, we could actually hear each other because we wanted to help improve our world, not just win arguments.  We could hammer out differences without hammering one other. Oh, that we would bless, rather than blast, our fellow man.

 “Love must be sincere.  “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12: 9-10 (NIV)

Thirdly, we need to recover our lost hope.  Despair is not a good substitute. It becomes a breeding ground for depression. What we view and what we hear actually matter.

If our media feed is only news that centers on the sensational (and that is generally negative), our hope diminishes.

Maybe we just need to hear the Good News more often coming unapologetically from the mouth of ministers of the gospel.

“We have this hope as an anchor of the soul, firm and secure.”

Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

You know, I believe we can find and recover these lost things by doing something simple. It is not easy, but it is simple:

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

If we seek the One who made our minds, the One who showed us how to speak the truth in love and the One who not only spoke good news but was Good News, then we can recover a sound mind, civility and respect, and hope will once again fill us with a renewed sense of life worth living.

 

sharon L. Patterson

Sharon Patterson, retired educator, career military wife, and leader in women’s ministry, has written inspirational encouragement in various forms from greeting cards to short stories, poetry, and Bible studies for over thirty years. She has authored three books, and is a contributing author for several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She and her husband Garry live in Round Rock, Texas. They have three sons and five grandchildren.

Sharon is a member of the RUBY writers’ team and a regular contributor to the RUBY magazine.

“ENVY” by Cyndie Randall Tags: Faith Hope Jesus Prayer Gods Grace Christian Women

envyI am so envious.

 I’m envious of people with really good teeth. Especially when they’ve never seen an orthodontist and they drink liters of black coffee between donut-chewing and not flossing. They do all this while smiling, by the way.

I’m envious of women who OWN that two-piece swimsuit even after their bodies have sagged and settled.

Yes, I do jiggle and bounce up this beach. And?? 

This kind of bikini-wearer isn’t worried about containment because she is too busy with freedom.

When I find these women, I study them as I would aliens — my head tipped, brow furrowed curiously, mouth gaping. I like their kind. Teach me your ways, space creatures.  

And I’m envious of deep things, sacred things. I’m envious of joyful girls who have snuggly fathers and of patient mothers with healthy ovaries and of any human or non-human who rests well at night and is sure of the voice of Jesus.

SHE’S ANTI-LOVE

 My envy is a husky, red-dressed opera singer who will not get off the stage. When she pushes out from behind the curtain, I suddenly can’t hear any other singers: not Love, in that warm and encompassing bass; certainly not Hope, with her ethereal whisper.

And Faith seems to bail completely, diving headfirst into the orchestra pit.

Envy makes certain I will not enjoy myself or anybody else.

This bossy soprano gets stuck in a crescendo loop — her highest, strongest notes dominating the room — until I want to pop right out of my skin. I can jam fingers in my ears but her glass-shattering song still finds a way to pull all my triggers.

Envy’s vibrato is loyal, but she is a fierce and cunning devil, always stealing my life space, always proposing a clever promise.

I do ask God to escort her sassy-ass out the back door, remembering all of what He has warned about her — how anti-love she plays. But He usually says something like:

She’s here for a reason, you know. You can’t just ignore her or pray her away. Don’t invite her to sit for tea, but do pay attention. Why is she visiting so often, my love? Where is she poking you? What do you keep hoping she’ll offer? Answer these, and you’ll find something true about yourself and something true about me.

They are deeply personal questions, aren’t they? I don’t want to answer them for you. But I will answer them for myself, at least in part, and maybe you’ll find you can relate.

ENVY VISITS WHEN I FORGET WHO I AM

She stays when I refuse to live as one Beloved. Now. Just as I am.

Size four jeans (or six or eight) will never hold me; I could spend a lot of time shut up in my room, grunting and sweating and doing bad yoga moves trying to push myself into them. And nobody would ever see me again, as this would be an eternal effort, not to mention a fruitless one. Those clothes are lovely and fine, but they aren’t mine to wear.

Envy has been loud and proud in my ear lately, telling me I need to write more like THIS person and THAT person. The immediate problem is I’m not THIS person or THAT person; I don’t speak like THIS and I don’t live like THAT.

I cannot become the ambassador I’m uniquely fashioned to be if I’m too busy longing for and living someone else’s ________.

 ENVY DOESN’T POKE ME, GOD; SHE STABS ME.

She stabs me right in the center of my need, in the place where I am aching for something, for someone. She always uses a version of truth to pierce me and push the knife in, but then she twists it into a big, bloody mess.

“Don’t you want to be special?” she asks. 

Respected? Loved?

Yes, of course. I’m made by love, with love, for love. That’s exactly what I want, what we all want.

Sure you do. Well, anyway, THIS writer here and THAT writer over there? — They are special AND loved because of what they’re doing, because of what they have. If you say THIS and be THAT, you can be special and loved too. 

She may lie in the end, but do you see the hidden gift here? The reason I need to pay attention? My envy exposed two of the most vulnerable and beautiful truths about me: 1) I have needs, and 2) I cannot fulfill them.

I HOPE ENVY WILL OFFER ME PEACE

I keep hoping she’ll meet those good needs in me, or at least lead me to what or who can. I want her to soothe my pain, make me feel like enough, give me a purpose. But she won’t, because she can’t.

And even if Envy could satiate, she’d only offer the temporary, counterfeit goods. Remember? Cramming my thighs into size four jeans? — My gifts into somebody else’s life? That’s all just chasing wind.

Her forever job is to get me to believe my need can be met by the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time. Surely this is too many wrongs to lead to any kind of peace.

If it’s not the way to be who I am for the glory of the one who made me, it’s certainly not the way to fulfill my heart’s desire.

In short, this is Envy’s climactic high note: Her forever job is to get me to believe my need can be met by the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time. Surely this is too many wrongs to lead to any kind of peace.

THE SOMETHING TRUE

Envy blinds. She is a false protector, a distraction, and a sure way to escape vulnerability. I have used her a thousand times to avoid standing face to face with what I’m actually feeling and experiencing inside; a thousand more to carve out my own way, to build my golden calf.

When I envy others, I don’t have to get way down inside the painful desire I have to be special and loved for who I am; I’m too distracted trying to become someone else. I also won’t have to profess what I’ve perceived to be weakness: That I’ve had God-given need my entire life. Nor must I explore the moments that caused it to feel like an unmanageable, aching, raging dragon.

When I envy what is not mine, my own goodness, gratitude, grief – they all pile up in me and hold their breath. They become lost somewhere off the path of expression and healing and resurrection. When I’m off that path, I don’t have to explore my own dark and glorious heart or God’s mysterious and lavish one. This can feel like the safest way, but it’s never the one that leads to abundant life.

Envy has always been one of my most dependable routes to the disconnected and inauthentic. But I am made for so much more, and oh how I tire of her same old song.

Unless we’re talking about teeth, of course. I still want good teeth.

 

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“Tough Marshmallows” by Beth Brubaker Tags: Family God's Grace Prayer Ruby For Women

Footprints in the Mud

This has been a rough month.

My mom passed away on July 18th- just five days after her 78th birthday.
My husband’s mom passed away yesterday morning- exactly two weeks after my mom, give or take four hours.

With the drama of dealing with my mom’s funeral and subsequent cleaning out of her apartment on top of it all, I was on the verge of losing it.

I went to a friend’s house so my kids wouldn’t see me lose my Schmidt.

My friend’s name is Marlene. She’s God’s warrior. She’s a Tough Marshmallow.
This is a woman who will pray for you any time of the day or night, will hold your hands in hers so you don’t pull your own hair out, and assure you that God is with you, always.
But don’t mess with Marlene. Don’t tell her you don’t need help when your heart is hurting. She has an excellent BS detector and has no problem telling you your full of it.
Within five minutes she rallied the troops- she had me on the phone with a guy named Bob-someone I met at the writer’s conference who’s a fantastic speaker and brother of my heart, just to tell me I’m not entirely a deranged lunatic.
Then Marlene summoned two great spiritual warriors to her house just to listen to me talk myself hoarse for three hours straight and cry myself dry.
Another dear lady named Marjorie gave me a book to help revive my spirit- one she herself wrote- and had no problem swatting me when I asked her who the heck the author was.

These people rallied around me. Me. The one with the snarky Philly attitude when things go wrong. The one that wants to hide in her room when things go bad, and not help anyone when she’s feeling angry. Don’t these people know me? Don’t they know that I never open up to anyone because when I do, people tend to pat me on the head, tell me they’ll pray for me, then find better things to do?

Yet they listened. And stayed. They didn’t hang up until I was ready. they didn’t leave the room. They didn’t make me feel like I was wasting their valuable time.

But they did drop what they were doing to help someone they only knew from a distance. These are really busy people. Their time really is super valuable. Yet they all took time out for me.

Wow.

This has never happened to me before. Never.

I could see them doing this for my husband. You see, he’s the go-to guy. The help-anyone-in-a-crisis man of the hour. I’ve seen people flocking to him whenever he was in need. He does a lot of stuff for a lot of people and is well loved by all. Seriously. He has touched more lives than anyone I know. He’s awesome.

His wife is another matter. She’s a snarky, wit-cracking wise-arse who couldn’t quote a scripture if her life depended on it. She’s just not a rally-to-her-banner kind of gal.

I’m so grateful to those tough marshmallows that helped me stay sane yesterday. People willing to listen and give me a hug, but weren’t afraid to keep things real and swat me upside the head on occasion. Tough people gently nudging me towards God’s word, and doing more than just praying.

Don’t get me wrong- prayer is powerful stuff! But sometimes you need more than prayer. That’s what these people did for me. I pray that God heaps unexpected blessings all over them- so much so that the blessings are slopping over and soaking into the carpets!

Thank you Marlene, Bob, Rob and Stephanie, Marjorie, Ava, and Marti for the support, hugs, and swats. I love you all so very much!

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Beth Brubaker is a member of the RUBY magazine writers’ team and a regular contributor to the RUBY magazine in her column, “Footprints in the Mud.” You can read more of her humorous and inspirational posts on her blog, Footprints in the Mud.

“Putting on Godliness” by Cassidy Burdge – ‘The Christian Prepster’ Tags: Faith Hope Jesus Prayer Youth

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.-Colossians 3:12 NLT

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Wouldn’t that be great? Living a life clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. I have yet to master this skill, but I try really hard to live up to it. God sent His Son for me, but I still live a stubborn and angered life as if that price was not enough. I need to swallow my pride and reflect Jesus throughout my days.

I believe if we want to live the life presented to us in Colossians 3:12, we need to do some deep dissection, people!

The word ‘clothe’ means to put on clothing. Daily, we all “put on clothing”. We don’t just wake up clothed and ready to face the day.

It takes time, effort, and some early mornings, it takes all the energy we have.

The same runs for our attitude. If we want to reflect Christ, it will take time, effort, and all the energy we have. When we become annoyed or frustrated, it will take all of our efforts. When we are tired, it will take all of our energy.

Colossians 3:12 is our ultimate goal when we interact with others. Our aim should be to show Christ’s love and joy to the faces of this world.

I want to be a compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient person. I want people to be able to see Christ through me. I know those traits will take time and effort, but I believe they are totally worth it.

My prayer for you is that you will continue to seek Christ above all else, and strive to live a life in harmony with Colossians 3:12.

XOXO, The Christian Prepster

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Cassidy Burdge

Hello! I am The Christian Prepster, a high school student living the
Christian lifestyle in a preppy state of mind. I have a deep love for
sharing Christ through writing and blogging, and am so excited to be
a part of the Ruby magazine. I blog about anything from Biblical teachings
to book reviews! I hope you enjoy what the Lord has placed on my
heart.  

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