Lord, Please Hear Our Prayers

Lord, Please Hear Our Prayers

by Tom Norvell

Father, please hear the prayers we offer.

Lord, please take away the sadness.  We are hurting. We are weary. There are days we cannot remember what joy felt like. Our hearts have been broken. We sometimes wonder if you really care … and if you are really there.  We are not sure how much we can bear.  So, in our sadness we pray, “Father, restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

Lord, please take away the fear.  There’s so much happening that we don’t understand.  We struggle with the uncertainty.  We struggle to find confidence.  We are looking for reasons for hope. So, in our times of fear we pray, “Father, walk with us and hold us in Your strong hands.”

Lord, please take away the disappointment.  Too often we’ve put our trust in people; too often we watch them fail.  We put our hope in things; and things never last.  With each disappointment our hearts grow sicker as our hopes slowly seem to fade in the darkness.  So, in our disappointment we pray, “Father, help us to be faithful to You, and never forget Your promise to be faithful in all things.”

Lord, please take away the doubt. Deep in our hearts we know you care.  In the depths of our souls we know You are always near.  At times our faith is weak and our confidence is depleted.  So, in times of doubt we pray, “Father, open our eyes and open our ears.”

Lord, please take away the anger.  We are not by nature angry people.  But, there are times when the anger waits just beneath the surface to erupt at just the wrong moment. We don’t want that anger to take root in our hearts.  We want to let go of it and harbor no resentment.  We want to forgive.  So, in our anger we pray, “Father, forgive us as we forgive those who have sinned against us.”

Lord, please take away the hurt.  The hurts … well, they hurt.  The hurt seems to never end.  Pain is all around us.  Not just us, but people all around us are crying for relief.  So in our times of hurting we pray for Your healing hand to rest upon us, and to feel Your comforting Spirit within us, and that someday we might understand.

Lord, take away the loneliness.  There are times when loneliness almost completely overwhelms us.  We long for relationship.  We long for friendship.  We long for love.  We know You are always with us.  We know your love is real.  But, sometimes, Lord, we need someone we can touch, someone we can see, and someone we can feel.  So, in our loneliness we pray, “Fill us, Lord, with Your presence.”

Father, thank you for restoring joy to us, for calming our fears, for reassuring us of Your faithfulness, for opening our eyes and ears to the certainty of Your, for forgiving us of our sins, for healing us of our hurts, and for filling us with Your presence.  We love you.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.                          (Philippians 4:6-7)

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Thankful Thursday: A gift of peace, of hope, of love

It’s another “Thankful Thursday”, and it’s a beautiful one at my house.  There is always, always something to be thankful for…and I’m always looking!

Today, I’m looking for a  gift of peace, of hope, of love…

1. I’m so thankful for the gift of peace that I find when I spend time in this little place I call my “secret garden”.

It keeps me busy, it’s challenging, and probably keeps me from going a little bit crazy too!

My Secret Garden

2.  And I am so thankful for the hope I have in heaven, and the joy of being reunited with these three once again.  My two sisters, and my Dad. All three taken from this world much too soon.  All three, missed dearly for oh so many reasons.

Some days, just a little bit more than others, but always missed.

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3. And the greatest of these is love…I’m very thankful for this guy. He is the love of my life, my husband, and my very best friend. I can’t imagine my life without him, I don’t even like to let my brain go there.

I am so thankful, for his love for me…I am truly blessed.

My best friend

These are just a few of the things that I am so very thankful for today. My heart is full of “good things”.

How about you? Take a moment, reflect on your day, and look for the good things, and if you feel inclined to share, I would love to hear what they are!

Until then, keep looking for the good things…they are out there. I promise.

Life is not just about the good things or not just about the bad things. It is both. It all depends where you focus your attention.” ~ Ann Marie Aguilar

Thankful Thursday – 3 gifts of hope

3 gifts of hope…

Definition: hope |hōp| a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen

1.  I’m thankful for new life, and the hope that this plant will produce good peppers for me, once again!

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2. I’m thankful for the hope that I have in eternal life, and a home in heaven. This will not be my final destination!

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3.  I’m thankful for the gift of each new day, and the hope that I have at the end of each day. The hope for tomorrow…a new day, and another opportunity to start over, another day to “get back up again”!

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These are just a few of the many things that I am thankful for.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

It’s just what you do.

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And here it is …. Another day, to try, try, try again!

And as I go quietly through my day, I’m going to be listening to that little voice.

Because sometimes, it’s not just what you do, it’s the ONLY thing to do!

This could be the day

Well, this could be it!

Today just might be the day I get my cast off of my arm! It’s been 5 weeks since that fateful day. The day I fell off my bike and my arm collided with the sidewalk, resulting in a scaphoid fracture in my left arm.

My husband has been so patient and awesome through it all. You’ve heard of someone being your “right-hand man”? Well, I have an amazing “left-hand man” and I am so very thankful for him and his love and care for me. He’s simply the best!

I’ve tried to carry on life as “normal”, but it seems to have caused a bit of a slow down. Showers take a little bit longer, typing is a little painful at times, and cooking seems to have taken the biggest brunt of it all. I still haven’t figured out how to open a packet of sugar for my coffee with just one hand yet!

These are just a few of the little inconveniences that will hopefully be a thing of the past soon.

Just think, this could be the day that I’ll be back to “normal” like everyone else!

However, I’m a little leery about the prospects of a cast free arm. After all the reading I have done about this type of injury, it’s quite possible I’m in for another few weeks of this.

I know…I’m not suppose to believe everything I read on the Internet, but apparently this type of fracture can be a little quirky, and can be quite difficult to heal.

Hmmmm……

So, I’m holding out hope,because well, right now, that’s about all I have! I’m hoping this has healed quite nicely, and that there won’t be any residual pain/effect of this injury.

And now I’m off to the Doctor…and hoping for the best!!!

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Me and my blog

My blog and I have been together for a little over a year now.  I was thinking about it yesterday, and wondering just what it is that keeps me coming back.

Why am I doing this?

And as I thought about it, I came up with a few reasons why I blog.

1. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and confidence.  It’s little, but it’s fun, and I did it! 🙂

2. It really is a “world-wide web“!  I’m “meeting” people from all over the world!  Places I will probably never get to go to in person.

3. I’m getting to explore the world through the eyes of other people. I am fascinated by some of the amazing photos I’ve seen!  There are some great photographers in this world.

4. I’m learning new things, and learning is always good.

5. It can be a challenge sometimes, and it makes me stretch into unknown territory.  This is good too!

6. It gives me goals to pursue and attain.

7. It’s fun, and I enjoy it, and I hope it stays that way.

8. It gives me an opportunity to share my little world with the great big world.  And honestly, I would never stand up in front of a room and talk, so this is the only way for me.

9. It gives me hope.  There are a lot of really nice people in this world, doing really great things.

10. And, maybe, just maybe….I will be able to encourage someone else along the way.

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My only hope

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