Slow to Anger

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“Do you want to be a mighty warrior?
It’s better to be known as one who is patient and slow to anger.
Do you want to conquer a city?
Rule over your temper before you attempt to rule a city”
Proverbs 16:32 TPT

Lord,

Did I just heard him say…?!

Every time I hear him say negative comments about others, I respectfully ignore.

Every time I hear him loudly say, ‘shut up’, and claim to have all of the answers, I respectfully follow his cue.

Every time I hear him make unreasonable demands, I respectfully listen then share a fresh perspective.

Every time I am crossed-examined, I respectfully answer.

Every time I notice confusion, I respectfully slow down the rhythm of speech.

Every time I hear a condescending remark, I respectfully ignore.

Every time I transition to a new task, I forgive past offense.

Help me let go and forget both subtle and obvious hostile acts, Lord.

Capture his attention, soften the heart, and protect his life.

He needs a Savior!

Help me extend grace for every one of his offenses.

I will not tolerate abuse. I will be a Light to the lost world before I walk away.

I’m wonderfully and fearfully made by our Creator and no one changes His Truth.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

The Strength of my Heart

“My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Psalms 73:26 NASB

Father,

A shift in one’s career, finances, lifestyle or even in a daily routine, whether it was planned or not, is laborious to accept at times!

Transitions are quite a challenge the older we get.

If you would ask me, how is the new season going? I would honestly say, “It is going well yet I am worn out with all of the changes I’ve recently experienced”. I even wonder if I made the right decision. “Is it normal to doubt in the midst of life-altering beginning?”

Life changes will undoubtedly stir mixed emotions and ‘letting go’ will bring a sense of loss that needs to be dealt with one day at a time. It is okay to rejoice about opportunities and cry when reminiscing on treasured moments from the past.

Jesus understands. He has wept.

Lord, I’ve been reminiscing about unforgettable moments, and I ’ve been recently melancholic. Help me and settle my heart once and for all! I need a shift in attitude so I can successfully overcome emotional distress. Grant me the courage, inner strength and joy to move forward with the new journey.

You are the strength of my heart when I am weak!

I’m trusting in you, Lord, you are my anchor of Hope. I know there is a purpose behind doubt, loss, and fear. ”The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” Psalm‬ ‭34:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬.

 

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I may not like the uncertainties of today’s journey. But, I won’t be discouraged, anxious or distressed.

“Yes, living before your face is my saving grace!” (Psalms 43:5 TPT).

Take this heavy burden ‘off my shoulders’, doubt from my mind, and help me rest at night. Bring me joy in the morning, Lord.

I honor your celestial ways and will serve you faithfully one change at a time.

In Jesus’ name, I praise.

Amen

 

When Self-Care is Being Weak

When Self-Care is Being Weak

 

“I don’t want to live,” she said to me.

Her red stained pupils tried to hold back the tears from pouring onto her well-kept mascara. As the words spilled out, I saw the monster of despair weighing down upon her shoulders, whispering to her that she wasn’t going to win the battle she was facing.

She was doing well on the outside.

She had a roof over her head, food in the refrigerator, and her health was intact. She was checking off her list of self-care tips given to her by numerous 12 step meetings and self-care groups, but nothing was helping. No self-care steps would drown out the screams that lay within her.

She was weak. She had no more strength in her, no more fight.

Recently, Depression has been trying to get it’s nasty claws into those dear to me, and some days it seems to want to pick fights with me as well.

Have you ever seen that Facebook meme that says, “God gives His greatest battles to his toughest soldiers?” I think I might have re-posted that before. One day as I was sitting down just thinking and praying for others and myself,  I realized that the quote might not be entirely true. I say this because I know I have been weak many times. It was then that God decided to speak to me, to use me, to heal me, to encourage me, to strengthen me. So, I have come to the conclusion that being weak is a pre-qualification for being strong; not in our own strengths but in His strength. One favorite verse among many is

Matthew 11:28-29,“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Another great verse is Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. He writes to them a letter to help encourage them and help them understand that in his weaknesses, God makes him strong.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 says, “ Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

The National Institute of Mental Health defines Depression as a severe reaction/symptoms that affects everyday activities. For example; losing your appetite, persistent emptiness or sadness, not wanting to go out in public or go to work, easily being irritated, thoughts of suicide or death, and for some, it could be physical aches and pains. An online article in the Washington Post written by Amy Ellis Nutt entitled, “Suicide rates rise sharply across the United States, a new report shows.”  This article stated, “Nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the US in 2016- more than twice the number of homicides- making it the 10th leading cause of death. Among people ages 15-34, suicide is the second- leading cause of death.”

That is huge!

I have lost friends and relatives to suicide. All of them had someone in their life that wanted them alive, that needed them to live, that still suffer greatly because of their absence. This is my plea to those who are struggling in their depression.

To my Beautiful Sister in Christ who said she did not feel like living anymore, and to those who’ve lost someone to suicide and are still struggling with weakness—it is okay to be weak.

Go to God and ask him to reveal to you His strength in your weakness. Know that many people love you and God can use you in your weakness.

Nutt quoted a medical director of the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention named Christine Moutier in her article. Moutier said this, “I think this gets back to what do we need to be teaching people- how to manage breakups, job stresses, what are we doing as a nation to help people to manage these things? Because anybody can experience those stresses. Anybody.”

We, at one point in our lives, will experience stresses that can lead to depression. In those times know that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ask or think. According to the power that is at work in us (Ephesians 3:20-21). 

And part of us caring for ourselves is recognizing that it is okay to be weak, feel powerless and that it is okay to not be okay. I leave you with these two quotes I feel sums up how sometimes self-care is being weak and being weak is being strong. One is found in  1 Corinthians 1:27  “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” The other one was a Facebook Meme by TobyMac #SPEAKLIFE series.

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His Designed Purpose

I  know the fascinating works you are masterful of doing. I am trusting you, Lord,  in all circumstances whether I like them or not. I know there is purpose in the midst of heartbreak or unexpected loss. I know it will all work out at the end of the day.

I will wait patiently and observe closely how your divine plan unfolds. Just extend grace as I wrap my mind around these difficult circumstances!

“So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.”

Romans 8:28 TPT

Your unchanging character is the foundation of my Faith. 

I don’t need answers to ‘why’ questions but I do need a tight hug from you right now while I weep in love and hope.

I know time is limited on earth. Lord teach me how to live out my Faith fully amidst the sorrow and pain of these startling moments.

You are a revitalizing God in our defeats, and a festive God in our victories. I’m moving forward one step at a time.

You are my Sunrise who is about to do much more than I can ever envision. 

I am giving thanks to God, the Father for everything, and give you all the glory for what you are about to do in my life. (Ephesians  5:20 ) 

In Jesus’ name, I praise.

Amen.

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Prized Treasure Chest.

“I consider your prophecies to be my greatest treasure, and I memorize them and write them on my heart to keep me from committing sin’s treason against you.” 

Psalms 119:11 TPT

Lord,

The devil is the father of lies and is quite crafty! He plants doubt in my mind when I’m vulnerable or in distress. John 8:44 describes the devil as a ‘murderer’ who never believed in your truth. I refuse to be his victim in his next crime scene. Help me get ready for everyday battle, Father. Let the enemy’s wicked schemes melt away once and for all!

The heart is deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9) and cannot be fully trusted when there are confusion and mixed emotions. Help me not trust my emotions completely so I do not overreact,  and make hasty decisions in the midst of controversies or in the midst of persecution or never-ending temptations. I refuse to be taken into captivity or fall back on Satan’s trap or fall into empty deceit of human traditions (Colossians 2:8).

Help me stand strong in Faith. Help me listen to your whispers of revelation. Help me guard my tender heart. So, no bitterness, unforgiveness or hatred take root deep in my heart.

Jesus, you are my everyday sunrise and sunset,  the beginning and the end. You are Peace.

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Your Word is a priceless jewel in my treasure chest. Your Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). Renew my mind at sunrise!

When I hide Truth in my heart’s treasure box, it is effortless to combat Satan’s tactics. Your living truth, sharper than any double-edged sword, makes an impact on one’s life.

Yes, Lord!

Help me focus on every Word you’ve carved in my mind, heart, and soul,

in Jesus’ name, I pray.

Amen.

Your Greatness is a Song of Hope.

“Generation after generation will declare more of your greatness and declare more of your glory.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭145:4‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Heavenly Father,

You are our Lord and Savior,

You died at the Cross, forgave those who sinned against you, and resurrected on the third day to offer us eternal life,

You are a Light to those who are blind-folded by temptations and a compass to those who are sleepless in the wilderness,

You march closely with the broken-hearted, heal the wounds from past misfortunes, and revive our souls from shattered dreams,

You relentlessly maneuver the heights of steep mountains and execute magnificent, prized miracles in our ordinary lives!

You are a beacon in the midst of chaos and the matchless hope for today’s helpless world,

You are worthy of praise, Abba Father (Ps 145:3). Your generous hand is filled with promises and your heart sings distinct melodies of joy and hope,

I’m telling the world about all the phenomenal acts you do every day.

You are an amazing God!

Your never-ending grace, unfailing love, and unmerited favor to all generations are the manifestation of your deep love for us.

I want to witness your immeasurable greatness, power and strength in my life today and always.

Since your ‘heart tunes’ are my song of joy and hope (Psalms 59:16), I’m asking for you to always be my refuge and fortress until my last breath on earth!

In Jesus’ name, I pray

your beloved daughter.

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Crossing Over.

“For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.” Joshua 4:23 NIV

Lord,

I was recently challenged by ‘Red Sea-like’ circumstances and did not know how to proceed with the complexity of the unforeseen future. You rebuked the Red Sea and dried it up;  you saw me through the depths as through a green pasture (Psalms 106:9).

I had exhausted all options and was definitely clueless.  There were no workable solutions, fresh ideas or even a contingency plan. I felt vulnerable and hopeless. When I begged for help… “O God, come quickly to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me!” (Psalm 70:1 AMP ), you were already there comforting me. You had noticed my affliction.

Thank You, Jesus!

You strengthened me so I could embrace those overwhelming circumstances, you gave me the wisdom to explore alternate arrangements, and the discernment to navigate thru the decision-making process.

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Nothing is impossible for you, Lord  (Luke 1:37).

You reassured me along the way,  you were taking care of all the details amidst the wait.

You calmed my anxious and fearful heart.

You also…

Helped me surrender all plans.

Helped me trust in the process.

Helped me walk in Faith and not by sight.

When I had intimately prayed, you allowed the circumstances to unfold over the course of time and brought closure this morning when there was a drastic shift in perspective. And, the new plan was confirmed when Your overwhelming peace overruled my heart!

Lord, I appreciate when you speak to me thru the circumstances and people!

Your tender love for me continues on forever and I know that so well. I know you will dry up the Red Sea so I may cross over it once again. 

Lead the way, Jesus!

In Jesus’ name, I praise

Amen.

#KeynotesinHisPresencePrayer

 

God’s awesome presence.

“If you bow low in God’s awesome presence, he will eventually exalt you as you leave the timing in his hands.” 1 Peter 5:6 TPT

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Abba Father,

You are always opening up new frontiers. I  will relax, be humble and allow you to conquer the world on my behalf (Exodus 14:14). You are in charge of all life happenings (Psalm 46:10). 

Forgive me if I attempt to hurry things up. As you know, I am impatient and don’t mind wrestling with you at times! I also know you don’t appreciate when I anticipate or imagine the worst (Matthew 6:25). Forgive me if I have worried way too often in the recent past.

You speak to me in all circumstances. 

When an incoming email calms my heart, you reassure me I’m on track… when a photo exhibits a friendship, your heart is on display and I know I’m loved…when a neighbor assists me, your commitment is manifested and I no longer feel helpless…when strangers are kind, I know you deeply care… when I‘m excited about training, I know you want me to grow and reach my potential… when I hear a ‘warning’ from law enforcement, I know you want me to be on alert, on guard and honor your celestial ways on earth.

Lord, I know you are managing all of my affairs relentlessly and faithfully. I truly appreciate how you are orchestrating all life events on my behalf.

Help me ‘be still’ (Psalm 46:10). Your palpable presence is appreciated and I know you are cheering me along the way. 

You make everything beautiful in your perfect time  (Psalm 18:30). You are an awesome God! I love you with all of my heart, soul, and mind. (Matthew 22:37)

Your beloved and faithful servant.

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A New Season in Life

Holy Prayer #8 New Season

“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word, I put my hope.”
Psalm 130:5 NIV

Lord,

You are always enlightening me with encouraging thoughts and teachings. I treasure the lessons learned in the midst of irritating trials.

It was rough while I waited for a breakthrough I admit. I wrestled and even questioned your plans. You heard my cries of distress and understood my troubled heart. You even shut quite a few doors along the way. Please, forgive me if I was headstrong.


I thank you today for opening up a new season in life!

Show me ‘how to’ expectantly wait, be willing and open-minded during the wait. Help me grow, Lord, one day at a time.

You inspire my soul and strengthen my heart. You are an unwavering God! Your miraculous plan is valued.

Your servant is listening attentively at sunrise and aligning her perspectives in life with your commands.

Don’t give up. Don’t be impatient. Be brave and courageous. Never lose hope (Psalm 27:14).

It’s bittersweet to let go of a season and begin walking towards a different path.
Give me vitality and stamina to waltz into a new journey and finish strong.

I have been secured in your faithfulness always (Psalm 37:3).

In Jesus’ name, I pray,

Your beloved daughter, Adriana.
(write your name and make this prayer personal)

~Spanish Version ~

“Espero al SEÑOR, todo mi ser espera, y en su palabra, espero” Salmo 130: 5 NVI

Señor, Siempre me estás iluminando con pensamientos y enseñanzas alentadoras. Atesoro las lecciones aprendidas en medio de pruebas irritantes.

Fue duro mientras esperaba un avance lo admito. Luché e incluso cuestioné tus planes. Escuchaste mis gritos de angustia y entendiste mi corazón atribulado. Incluso cerraste bastantes puertas en el camino. Por favor, perdóname si fui testaruda.
¡Te agradezco esta noche por abrir una nueva temporada en la vida!

Muéstrame cómo esperar con expectación, estar dispuesta y de mente abierta durante la espera. Ayúdame a crecer, Señor, un día a la vez.

Tú inspiras mi alma y fortaleces mi corazón. ¡Eres un Dios inquebrantable! Tu plan milagroso es valorado.

Tu sirvienta escucha atentamente este amanecer y alinea sus perspectivas en la vida con tus órdenes.

No te rindas. No seas inpaciente. Sé valiente. Nunca pierdas la esperanza (Salmo 27:14).

Es agridulce abandonar una temporada y comenzar a caminar hacia un camino diferente.

Dame vitalidad y resistencia para bailar el vals en un nuevo viaje y terminar fuerte.
Estoy siempre seguro de tu fidelidad (Salmo 37: 3).

En el nombre de Jesús, rezo tu amada hija, Adriana.
(escribe tu nombre y haz que esta oración sea personal)

#KeynotesinHispresencePrayer

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Be Blessed. Be Prosperous.

“He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.”

Psalms 1:3 TPT

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Abba Father,

Life brings unexpected interruptions and it can be stressful at times.

I’m standing firm on your Word.

I continue to meditate on every word you have inscribed in your Holy book.

I love to worship and be in-tuned with your poetic rhythms from the book of Psalms. Your exquisite words are definitely on fire. When I worship, I sing boldly and my heart rejoices. I want to be alive.

Praising Jesus this morning from the bottom of my heart.

When I repent and surrender, you delight in me. Your sacred Word comforts me; I am no longer in distress.

Not only do I want to be strong and courageous in every way (Colossians 2:7), I want the Holy Spirit to be my tour guide as I stroll down the narrow road.

I want to stand on unshakable grounds so I may flourish in all I do. 

I want to be blessed and prosperous.

Most importantly, I want your will to be fulfilled not mine. I am no longer pursuing success apart from You, Lord.

I am your beloved and faithful servant and a light to the lost world.

In Jesus’name I pray,

Adriana

(write your name and make it personal)