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Day 25 Prayer: Deliverance

How many of us want to be free? For me, it took moving off-grid, living 45 minutes from the nearest town, and learning to depend on God for everything.

I enjoyed our simple life on the mountain, but some things were really difficult. I was being squeezed. I was having to face my past. I had to revisit hurts and sins I wanted buried.

It seemed my husband and I were on a six month cycle in our relationship. Things would be great for about six months, then we would have an argument and expose deep issues. We would try to resolve them, never able to until we realized there were things that needed to be addressed and changed.

How did change happen? We started reading the Bible together. Slowly, over time, healing took place. Deliverance from things done in both of our pasts occurred. We prayed together regularly and prayed that strongholds that were passed down through our families would be broken. Finally, the most amazing thing happened…God broke those chains!

Was it difficult? I would say, yes and no. The most difficult part was not going back to what was familiar. The lies the enemy throws at us are much easier to believe than the truth. The truth being, I am a new creation in Christ. The old is gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I finally realized I was in a cage that I had put myself in and the door was wide open! I didn’t have to be in the cage. The only reason I liked the cage was because it was what was familiar and easy for me. I thought it protected me. It didn’t. It only made matters worse.

I have experienced freedom first hand and I am telling you, it is worth fighting for!

Day 25 Prayer: Deliverance

Thank God that deliverance is possible. Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted, to give sight to the blind, and to set free those who are in bondage. (Luke 4:18)

Pray for deliverance in your family. If there is reoccurring sin, pray for it to be broken. That the chains would come loose and you would no longer be a prisoner to it. I have seen God break bondage of alcoholism, drug addiction, gluttony, sexual immorality, lying, and so much more.

Rejoice that God sent His Son so we could be washed white as snow.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

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Day 9 Prayer: Healthy Body

When my husband gets sick it usually lingers on and on, to the point where he needs to get antibiotics. Sometimes it’s scary seeing him struggle through and never being sure if it will turn into something more serious.

Living in Mexico, he has been sick a great deal with sinus infections and back aches. It seems like once he gets healthy, something else comes along. I have spent many hours praying for him.

God hasn’t healed him completely, but he has kept depression away. Depression just seems to come with the territory of not feeling well. We’ve been able to take it one day at a time and keep praying.

Maybe you or a loved one are having some health issues. Whether it’s something simple or more severe, like cancer let’s pray for health.

Day 9 Prayer: Healthy Body

If you, your spouse, or children are healthy, say a prayer of thankfulness.

If sickness or injury is upon you, pray for healing in your household.

Pray for God’s perfect timing. Sometimes it’s in the waiting that He is doing something bigger than we can see.

Jesus said, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” Luke 4:18

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Day 8 Prayer: Surrender

Surrender. We all do it to someone or something, yet it can seem like a bad word. Although the word surrender is a little easier to hear than the other word…submit.

Whichever word you like better, either way we are called to put down our needs and/or wants to another.

People are selfish by nature. I see so often in marriages where many arguments could be stopped if they would consider the other person above themself.

Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself.”

The Bible does tell wives to submit. This is a fact. To me it makes sense. You can’t have two people in charge. Even in business, there is one boss who makes the decisions. A good boss will listen to what others have to say and hopefully make a wise decision once all input has been made. My husband asks me for my thoughts on everyday matters. He likes to listen to what I have to say and wants to know what my thoughts are.

We don’t always agree. But, I trust my husband and even if I don’t agree, I know I am free and did the right thing by supporting his decision. Then, if it ends up being the wrong decision, he answers for it, not me. I never tell him, “I told you so.” Because he already knows and that would just be rude.

I may suffer the consequences of bad decisions, but that’s part of life and learning and doing it together.

Day 8 Prayer: Surrender

Thank God that Jesus was our example and washed the disciples stinky, calloused feet, becoming a servant. Then He died a criminals death, being spat on, with skin shredded, crucified, then said forgive them.

Pray that God would show you areas that you need to change and surrender those to God.

Pray that your husband would surrender his life to God and seek His guidance daily to lead your family.

For your kids, pray that they would surrender to the Lord first and foremost so that they will be able to see other people’s needs and help in areas where they are able.

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Inward Beauty…

What does it mean to be beautiful?

“Don’t let your adornment be merely outward – arranging of the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel- rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”     1 Peter 3:3,4

This verse was spoken to me from a dear child of God. The day it was given, I was driving down a country road and was listening to a christian radio station. A song came on that was talking about how beautiful Jesus was. It got me to thinking that the world looked at Jesus and just saw an ordinary man. The Bible says that Jesus was a man of no reputation (Philippians 2:7); that there was nothing to attract him. Then as He hung on the cross, He didn’t even resemble a man. Most had to look away because He had been so badly beaten. When you realize what He went through for us, how can anyone but look and say, “How beautiful.” This thought brought me to myself and wondering if people see me as beautiful. Not beautiful as a vain beauty – but do they see the beauty of Jesus in my life? If I were to take off all of my make-up and have my hair left in its natural state – what would people say of me? Would they recognize Jesus and say, “Wow, how beautiful!”

After the day went on I didn’t think about this thought any longer. That evening I went to our Bible study and that’s when one of our shepherds at church had a verse for me. It was the above verse. I was overwhelmed with it all. God had actually answered my thought. There in black and white the verse speaks of letting your adornment be the hidden person of the heart, the incorruptible beauty of a beauty and quiet spirit, Which is what? Precious in the sight of God!

In the Greek incorruptible is aphthartos, which means not liable to corruption or decay, imperishable of things or immortal of the risen dead. What an awesome thing! Beauty that is incorruptible – it can’t and won’t decay. That kind of beauty will not go by the wayside because of age. It will withstand to the end.

The word precious is not in the concordance, however, great price is and it is the word poluteles, meaning requiring very great outlay, very costly, excellent, or of surpassing value. That means I am of surpassing value! I felt like God reached down in all of His wisdom and showed me a truth that I can hang on to when I start to believe the lies of the evil one. When the blows come and the whispers say, “See, what value do you have? You aren’t worth anything!” I will be able to quote this verse and say, “I do have value – I have surpassing value. I have the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.”

Lord, thank you for revealing yourself to me through others. Give me the grace to never doubt your Word. When thoughts come that are not Godly, or when I think I don’t have any value, help me to remember that I am precious in the sight of YOU!