Book Giveaway ~ Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children

It has been awhile, but I did a post that included an excerpt from  this book a couple of years ago… If you would like to read the post click  here…Peace That Passeth All Understanding.

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Here is an interview with Allison Bottke, author of Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children

I just happen to have an extra copy of this book that I would like to give away. So, if you would like to win it do this…

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2. FOLLOW this blog.

3. Write a COMMENT.

Please do all three to enter. I will choose randomly a winner  on April 18th 2013.

31 Days ~ Take Heart

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

I read these words several times this morning…Do we really believe this? These are words coming straight from our Savior’s mouth recorded by His beloved disciple John…

31 Days ~ Take Heart

These words are TRUTH. If He was to sit before you today and say to you…“In Me you shall have peace“. You might reply, but Lord, this is more pain than I can bear…

He would say, “Cast your burdens on Me, for I care for you. Be anxious for nothing.

In the world ye shall have tribulation“, Yes, Lord, this tribulation, this prodigal journey…it is so very painful…it is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with…

Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world“.

Be of good cheer…or as James says, “Count it all joy…” James 1:2

This just seems impossible…but Take Heart, Be of good cheer…”nothing is impossible with God” Luke 1:37

For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7-8

OK, everyone, get ready for a spiritual boot camp!

I started afresh just the other day committing myself to physical exercise after healing from a broken toe. Walk/run 1 1/2 mile morning and evening and alternating cardio and core workouts everyday!

Guess what? Today I am sore…but it is the good sore and I do have more energy and I feel better mentally and physically…But what does the Bible say…physical exercise profits little. But that’s not the point Paul was making. Exercise is good for you , but spiritual exercise is FANTASTIC for you.

Could it be that we need to exercise our faith, that this suffering can be overcome, if we focus entirely on Jesus? Why would He say, “Be of good cheer“?, if it were not possible? Can we believe Him for this? Can we exercise our belief?

James says, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:4

I’m suggesting here that we need to take this walk…this spiritual exercise…seriously. We need to take Jesus at His word, for it is TRUTH. We need to exercise focusing on Him every hour, every minute…if need be…

I believe Him and I know when I surrender, and truly TRUST Him with my life that He gives me peace like a river. Like rivers of living water that heal, that nourish, that wash the cares away…

Praying for you today…for a time of refreshing, a time of healing…a new determination to focus on Jesus…to let Him take care of a seemingly impossible situation…to trust Him totally.

Could it be that not only is He dealing with our prodigals hearts in bringing them to salvation, but He is also dealing with our hearts to bring us into His Peace and Rest?
Photos by Clear Angle

What To Pray When You Don’t Know What To Pray by Sylvia Gunter

I found this very helpful article by Sylvia Gunter posted on PrayerForProdigals GCX Community :

Pray The Basics Of God’s Sovereignty

God is sovereign. All authority and all power are His. Matthew 28:18. Nothing takes Him by surprise. All circumstances are His servants. He knows the end from the beginning. Psalms 119:91, Isaiah 46:9-10. His word is forever settled in heaven. Psalms 119:89.

Romans 8:28-29 is still in our Bible. He does all things for our good and His glory is to conform us to the likeness of Jesus. There is no circumstance, person, place, or time that the blood of Jesus does not cover. The one who spared not His own Son will freely give us all His best things. Rom 8:31-32. He promises that He is for us and nothing can separate us from His love. That was settled on the cross. Rom 8:35-39.

God’s lovingkindness never ceases. His compassions and great faithfulness never fail. They are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23. He supplies all our needs by His riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19. He knows and cares. The very hairs of our head are numbered. Matthew 10:30.

He promises that He is God of all comfort, Father of mercies. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. He is able to supply His abundant grace to us in any situation, so that in all things, at all times, we have all of His sufficient grace we need for encouragement and hope. 2 Corinthians 9:8. He is able to show His perfect power in our weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

We can know with certainty that He is able to guard what we have entrusted to Him. 2 Timothy 1:12. He promises that He is our strength, our shield, our strong tower, our refuge, our hope, our joy, our peace, our everything, our all. Psalms 18:1-3, Colossians 3:11.

He promises to renew our strength as we wait on Him. Isaiah 40:31. He promises that He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He is with us, a very present help. Hebrews 13:5-6. He never goes back on a promise. Joshua 21:45.

He has a heart that tears can touch and invites us to climb up in the Father’s lap and just cry. Hebrews 4:15, Psalms 56:8. He gives gladness instead of mourning and praise instead of fainting. Weeping endures for a night, but He gives the joy that comes in the morning. Isaiah 61:3, Psalms 30:5.

He is enthroned on the praises of His children. Psalms 22:3. When we lift Him up continually in a sacrifice of praise, we glorify Him in this situation in the here-and-now. John 12:28.

We pray all these things for ourselves and our children.
We choose to glorify Him in this situation now and always.

 

God Loves the Broken Hearted by Cathey Stott

This is an excerpt from a series of articles by Cathey Stott. I thought it was exceptionally helpful to those that are grieving…

The early days of grieving can be very foggy. Life seems unreal and many people report having trouble concentrating or difficulty with their memory. Some feel as if they are losing their mind. Be assured that all such feelings are normal. After all, your entire life has been turned upside down and your brain will need some time to catch up to reality. And then there is the matter of your heart. Your heart is broken so badly and into so many pieces that is seems there is no way you can ever heal.

Just remember what Psalm 34:18 says:
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
(NIV)

The Lord is close. He understands and loves you more than ever. I appreciate the way The Message phrases that passage: If your heart is broken, you’ll find GOD right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

Grief is the feeling that you’ve been kicked in the gut and you can’t breath. It is during such times that it might feel like the Lord is no where to be found. But feelings aren’t always a reflection of the truth. The truth is found in the Bible when it promises that the Lord is close and has not left you. The very words of Jesus solidifies that promise in Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (NIV)

Believing what God says is a choice you make even when you are feeling as if there is no hope. Hang on to the truth that Jesus is comforting you through each tear you cry. Remind yourself that Jesus not only came to forgive sin, but to make you whole. Our loving Savior will take the broken pieces of your heart and replace them with the peace that only He can bring. God will heal your broken heart. Let that thought be the light at the end of the long tunnel of your grieving journey.

Your grieving toolbox already has the tool of journaling. I pray that you are using this very effective tool. Here are a few topics you may choose to write about, or you may simply choose to write about how you are feeling.

1. How has God responded to your broken heart?
2. In what ways have you felt “crushed in spirit”?
3. Since Matthew 5:4 says that those who are mourning will be blessed, what kind of blessing can you expect from God?
4. What emotions have surprised you this week?
5. What has been the best thing that happened to you this week?
6. What has been your greatest disappointment this week?

Another tool I would like for you to add to your toolbox is scripture meditation. This simply means to think about each word of a specific Bible verse and imagine what it means in your life. I would like for you to find a 3×5 card and write Psalm 34:18 on it. Then, tape it to your bathroom mirror or on your refrigerator or someplace where you will see it several times each day. Whenever you see this verse, read it to yourself and thank God for being close to you. Next, picture yourself in the loving arms of the Lord. Soak in what it means to be loved by God and to have Him close.

Dear friend, I pray that God will heal your broken heart and bind your wounds. I pray that your heart will be healed in God’s way and in God’s timing. May the Lord of peace be with you every minute of every day. May God help you catch your breath. (Based on Psalm 147:3, 34:18 and 2 Thessalonians 3:16)

All for His Glory,
Cathey Stott

I Know Your Pain

To all you mothers and fathers and siblings of prodigals…I know your pain is excruciating. Likened to the death of a child, but almost worse because of the hurt of his or her rejection of you and of his or her rebellion to God. You know that you are not perfect, that you have made mistakes, but you feel like an utter failure and that God has deserted you.

As mothers our life strings are so attached and deeply interwoven with our children. It is painful, nigh impossible to cut those strings and let the child go. We weep, we cry out to God, we beg and implore Him to turn our children’s hearts back to their parents…but it seems as if nothing happens.
We agonize in the travail of prayer yearning to see the lost sheep return to the fold. We glance occasionally out the window hoping to see a glimpse of returning. There is always hope.

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Sometimes the hurt is so immense we feel like dying…the death we need to die is to our SELF. As I lay on my bed in intense sorrow I imagine that God is the great Physician, scalpel in hand…and I cry out…
“O, Sovereign God wield your surgical scalpel and do whatever needs to be done to operate and mend the wounded and breaking heart within my breast. Let me die to myself and live to You. Fill me with the healing power of your Holy Spirit.”

When I totally surrendered myself He gave me peace…that “peace that passeth all understanding”.

Wholly surrender all your children and yourself to God.

“Love must have wings to fly from love, and to fly back again.” Edwin Robinson