Tuesday, 25 March 2014

So "THAT'S" what happened!

I’m grateful for  http://www.biblegateway.com/ for many reasons—the many resources, such as keyword search, topical index, and passage look-up.  Over twenty translations/versions of the Bible are available for comparison study and/or reading.  But one of the tools I really like is the Daily Reading Plans.  http://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/ 
            Over the years I’ve pretty much stuck to the Old and New Testament readings.  But this year I thought I’d go for the Chronological Reading plan.  So today’s reading was from Joshua , chapters nine through eleven.  Most times I try to take a few minutes to pray and ask God to speak to me through the daily reading.  Otherwise, I might as well be reading any other casual reading material. 
            I don’t know about other people, but it can be the obscure words or phrases that catch my attention.  Especially if it is a word I’m already familiar with—and think I know it’s meaning.  Then I look up the word and find out that it means something different.  Or, I see that word in a new context, and how it applies to my life. 
            Today, the word, “Hamstrung” caught my attention, when I read:  So Joshua did to them as the Lord had told him: he hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots with fire."  Joshua 11:9  
My first thought was, “Why weren’t the horses just killed?  Wouldn’t hamstringing them just make them useless? “   
Apparently such is not the case.  After an internet surf to search, I learned that cutting the tendon at the back of the horses’ hocks rendered them incapable of speed and the strength to pull heavy loads.  But once the horse healed, it could be used for transportation, and carrying light loads.   This was certainly a new thought to me. 
One of the links presented the question to me:  “Hamstrung?”  http://reachingfinland.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/hamstrung/ 
This article is well worth reading.  It put an incident in my life into a new context.  In 2000 I had sent a manuscript to my friend, Elaine Wright Colvin. (Elaine Wright Colvin is a market specialist, editor, and career consultant for hundreds of authors. She directs the international organization Writers Information Network and publishes the WIN-INFORMER, marketing and trends newsletter, from Bainbridge Island, Washington-- http://writersinfonetwork.blogspot.co.uk )  Elaine kindly sent the book manuscript to two editors for critique.  These kind women did critique it with notes and instructions.  Instead of having the box sent to my post office box, I had it sent to my street address.  Unfortunately, the box disappeared—never to be found. 
At this point I’d been hamstrung.  I wanted to do the re-write—but didn’t know how or what to change.  And here I am, fourteen years later and no further with a writing career or a re-written manuscript.  My writing actions are what my mother would have called, “Played at”, but never have been driven. 
Earlier this year, I prayed for a breakthrough in this area.  I needed to know what had knocked my determination to follow this calling.  God spoke through this scripture, through another person’s blog post and now I can pray for healing. 
Please pray with me and for me. 
Serving Jesus, Author of our faith,
“Lady Helene”

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Teach Us to Pray


    Response: Jesus said, ‘Pray like this’.
                       Father, help us to pray your way.

God our Father, who lives in heaven and in our hearts, we want to be like Jesus.  When Jesus prayed He went to a secret place.  Teach us to love the secret place where we can spend time with you and pour out our hearts.    Bless the leaders of Your church, so that they will lead us your children into the truth of Your love.  Bless missionaries—like Josh and Nina Cleaver and Andy and Valarie Simcocks.  Give them all resources they need.  Help us to always pray for them.

Response:  Jesus said, ‘Pray like this’.
                    Father, help us to pray your way.

Almighty and all loving Heavenly Father, teach us how to make a difference in the world.  We pray for the families and friends of the missing airplane, from Malaysia.  Comfort them.  We ask that you hear the many prayers of the Ukrainian people for peace, justice and religious freedom and answer them.  We pray for the refugees in Syria, South Sudan, and other areas of conflict.  Help aid-workers get food, water, medicine and clothing to those who need it.  Provide hope to all who suffer.  Show us how each of us can do something—by praying daily, if nothing else.

Response:  Jesus said, ‘Pray like this’.
                    Father, help us to pray your way.

Father of All Comfort, we ask You to touch and heal those we know who are ill: 
·         Those with colds, flu or other respiratory infections
·         Those fighting cancer
·         Pastor Colin Hartley, and others with cardiac illnesses
·         Heal those with broken bones
·         Help those who are brokenhearted, and struggling emotionally.
Jesus, You paid for their healing by hanging on the cross.  Let each person feel your powerful healing touch. 

Response:  Jesus said, ‘Pray like this’.
                    Father, help us to pray your way.

Father of all, thank You for providing daily for all we need.  Help us remember, our greatest need to is to know You and draw close to you.  When we pray, we are showing love to all the people we pray for.  Help us be faithful in working with you in this way.  Father You know the things we need before we ask you; therefore, we  pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.[c]