I Wish I Had a Counseling Degree

There are times I receive emails from my dear readers that contain questions far too difficult for me to answer. When the questions are beyond my experience or studies I often say “I’m sorry I am not a counselor. You need to seek out a pastor, trusted Godly friend or call Focus on the Family’s 1-800 number (1-800-232-6459). I deeply regret this is beyond my expertise.”

There are moments I feel inept to write on this blog because I am not a counselor – I just don’t know all the answers and I so wish I did!~

Thankfully there is a counsellor all believers have access to who supersedes all counseling degrees – the Holy Spirit! Jesus says in John 14: 16-17 “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.”

Anne Graham Lotz says:

“Jesus described the Holy Spirit as “Another.” The Greek word actually means “another who is exactly the same.” So although the Holy Spirit is a distinct person, He is exactly the same as Jesus, but without the physical body. He has been described as Jesus without skin. Or, like an FBI agent, He is Jesus undercover.”

Dear hurting Christian sister, you may feel all alone in your trials and difficulties. But you are not. Jesus has sent “another” counselor with the same mind, emotions, intellect and wisdom into our hearts to guide, comfort, direct, and help us manage our way through life.

Have you yielded to this Counselor the Holy Spirit? You must first be in his word, in prayer and in stillness – to sense his clear leading, comfort and guidance.

If you are hurting today – practice the presence of God in your life. Psalm 139:7-10 says:

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
Know that he is always with you. Surrender your will to him. Be still – listen – move forward in peace.

Walk with the King!

If anyone knows of any other organizations with toll free numbers for readers who need a counselor can you please leave it in the comment section. I will use it as a resource for ladies who are hurting. Thank you for your help.

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My Heart Is About To Burst!

As I clicked through yesterday’s marriage challenge link-ups, my heart was overwhelmed with joy! My eyes teared up and I felt like my heart was going to burst – burst with excitement for your marriages!!!
Ladies who linked up – you are BEAUTIFUL! The world has failed to praise you for your inner beauty – but I will not miss this opportunity!

I learned a lot from you all yesterday – at one point I had to pull out my journal and start writing! I think it was the transparency of those who admitted that they had never thought to ask their husband how they could pray for him or were too busy to simply pray – that touched me. It showed me growth is happening!

One woman shared how she asked her husband in the morning how she could pray for him and then he called from work and thanked her for asking! Hooray!

Another shared how her husband leaves early in the morning, but before he leaves he always covers her in bed and says a prayer over her. Beautiful!

Another has been praying for her husband since she was 12 – at the time she was just praying for the man God would bring into her life. And now she is reaping the answers to those prayers. Teach your daughters to pray now for their future husbands!

Many shared great verses. Some have the book “The Power of a Praying Wife” but have never used it and now they are pulling it out and praying! While others said they had been through the book multiple times praying for their husband. Beautiful!

One wife shared how she had given up on prayer since God seemed to be saying “no” – then she realized that God was not trying to change her husband instead he changed her!

Another reflected on how her husband is the leader of their home and the toll leadership takes on a man. The devil seeks to see him fall and if he is led astray so is the rest of the family – she motivated me to pray right that minute AGAIN for my husband!

I recommended you say a sentence prayer for your husband every time you see your wedding ring on your finger. A bunch of wives adopted other little symbols to remind them to pray such as a bicycle, Starbucks cup, ambulance, their shoes, while ironing their clothes or a black Ford F150! Some of you have committed to fast! I am doing a cartwheel inside for you!

Oh ladies – I am just so excited and so blessed and I know your marriages and homes will be too. I want to close this post with what one wife wrote at the end of her post…”please say a sentence prayer for my marriage.” What a wise woman she is to know that she needs the prayer of others for her marriage also.

Ladies – do not be afraid to ask others to pray with you for your marriage. We all need prayer. I have prayed for your marriages – so I humbly ask – will you please say a sentence prayer for mine? Thank you and you are truly beautiful! Keep on praying and don’t forget to ask your husband today how you can pray for him!

Walk with the King!

Book Review: The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory

Fasting is a Christian discipline that is rarely talked about in the Christian church, so I found the book, The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory, to be refreshing and enlightening. America has been plagued by an epidemic of obesity – we love our food -and for some they love their food more than they love their God! Fasting was a part of the Jewish culture and great men and women of God through out the Bible, participated in fasting and prayer. Our ultimate example is Jesus our Savior, who went into the wilderness for 40 days to fast and pray.

Have you ever gone on a fast? In the last few years I have begun to practice this spiritual discipline. Sometimes it’s been with my Good Morning Girls group, often it’s with my husband and once with an old friend from high school who now lives in Texas! The support through out the day of emails, texts and prayers has gotten me through some rough days of fasting – (I do love my Diet Coke! I know for others giving up coffee is a struggle!)
What is so great about this book is it provides a step by step plan – including how to prepare, some recipes that follow the restrictions and daily devotions for doing a 21 day Daniel Fast. I have not done a fast that included food so this sparked my interest – maybe I can do this!
Susan Gregory says in The Daniel Fast, “The definition of a biblical fast is to restrict food for a spiritual purpose.” Susan explains there are three types of fasts – an absolute fast, a normal fast, and a partial fast. The Daniel Fast is a partial fast – abstaining from some foods but not all. Daniel abstained from all foods except foods from the seed and water. So this book explains how to follow his example.
Do you wish you had the deep faith of Daniel? One that could lock the jaws of lions in a den? I think we all wish we could have that type of walk with God and yet are we willing to do what Daniel did in order to have what Daniel had? Fasting is not so you can impress God with your “super” Christian ways – but it is for you. It is done to draw us nearer to God and without the aspect of extra prayer and time in the word – it is just a diet.
Fasting was created by God as a tool to bring us into closer relationship with Him. If you are interested in doing a 1 day, 3 day, 7 day, 10 day or 21 day fast – go to Susan Gregory’s website to learn more about the Daniel Fast here. You can also read a past post I wrote on fasting here.

“Sometimes you are so hungry, the only way to be fed is to fast.”Susan Gregory

Walk with the King!

How To Pray Continually

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says: “16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

(I apologize for getting the address of Jen’s blogspot wrong – the correct blog address is http://www.joyeverafter.blogspot.com/ )

Also, “My Prayer Walk” was featured yesterday on Internet Cafe Devotions.

If you haven’t read “My Prayer Walk” which is another method of “Praying Continually” check it out here!

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My Prayer Walk

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
My prayer walk begins as I pull the crumpled blankets from a sweet nights rest up “Lord, bless the man who slept here last night – give him strength for todays trials, integrity for today’s temptations and wisdom for today’s decisions.” I go around to the other side of the bed and pull the blankets up “Lord, help me, help me be a blessing to my husband today, be patient with the children, and wise for today’s challenges.”
I walk into the bathroom – bathtub toys are strewn across the floor, I pick up the match box car “Lord, bless my little boy who dreams big and plays hard – help him use his strength for you.” I lay my daughter’s bath baby back into her bucket – “Lord, bless my little girl, she has so many words to say, help her be wise in her word choices.”

I walk down to the kitchen, crumbs are wiped from the morning breakfast table “Lord, use this table to comfort weary souls and encourage my little pilgrims on their journey”. I wipe the first chair “Lord, help our leader husband to be healthy so he can complete the ever mounting tasks on his plate.” I wipe the second and third chair “Lord, give the children laughter in their adventures together – knit their souls together.”And then the fourth… “Lord, help – I just need help…tears bubble under the surface…no more words for her need to be said – the Spirit already understands what words cannot express.”
Then into the living room, pillows are straightened prayers are said for visitors, friends and family who once sat there. Dust is wiped from the piano as praise bellows in my heart for the joy that has come through the blessing of that black wooden box with ivory keys. Memories of children singing and dancing flood my heart with overwhelming joy. The joy is broken…the newspaper is lifted from the entry way – the world’s troubles vomit on me – prayers are lifted for my city, state, country, and President.
My heart is heavy as I lift the heavy laundry basket and carry it out of the room and up the stairs – the basket seems to get lighter as I thank the Lord for giving us these clothes in abundance. The drawer is opened, the clothes slip into their comfy home ready to be used.
I walk past the television and pause – “Lord, have we dishonored you by the things we have watched on there? Help us to not waste our time on useless viewing which turns into useless living.”
I walk to my computer…there it sits…the world at my finger tips…it calls my name…it woos me to come and sit for a while.

My Bible is right beside the keyboard…there it sits…God’s only written truth there at my finger tips…it calls my name…it woos me to come and sit for a while.
Why am I so torn – why does the computer’s wooing seem stronger than the Bible’s? Pause for repentance – “Father forgive me for weak moments where time spent on my computer has caused me to neglect your word.”
I open my Bible and drink a tall glass of refreshing living water that is spilt on every page. Sweet refreshment – I rise refreshed as distant little voices call out “mommy”…temptations to carry my heavy burden rise with me. I move forward leaving my burden to lie at the feet of Jesus. My heart is light – I walk in peace – I walk with the King – the King walks with me.
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Today – pause, take the time to pray over the people in your home, over the places they sleep, their toys, the television that will capture them and keep them hostage for as long as you allow, the computer which can bring life or death into your home. Let God use a daily prayer walk to transform your family…if you don’t pray for them – who will?
Walk with the King!

Today is National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer Website has created a list of 7 things to pray for today:

1. Our Government – pray for:
President: Barack Obama
Vice President: Joe Biden
Secretary of State: Hillary Clinton
Secretary of Defense: Robert Gates
Secretary of the Treasury: Timothy Geithner
Attorney General: Eric Holder
National Security Advisor: Gen. James Jones
Director of National Intelligence: Dennis Blair
2. Our Military – pray for those in harms way right now and for those who have lost loved ones

3. The Media – the most powerful influence in our nation

4. Business – pray that God provides corporate leaders who will conduct themselves honorably
5. Education -pray for our teachers and for children who struggle because of their faith in public schools.
6. Church – the church is not just the one we attend but there is a universal church we are all a part of – pray for purity, courage, growth and strength.
7. Family – pray that the family would be preserved in our nation despite rampant divorce and abuse and that the parents would be devoted to their children.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Join me in prayer today and Walk with the King!