Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Prayer for Murphee, January 27, 2016

She grows and grows and grows... what an amazing experience to witness the daily care of your own child's little one. My daughter and her husband are wonderful parents, and our Murphee is in great hands - praying that all of our hearts will be set on You heavenly Father as we pray for her, guide her and encourage her in her life. We pray for Your intervention in her life, the work of the Holy Spirit to be our strength to uphold Your desire for our own lives and the hope that is completely in You. Thank You for choosing us to be little Murphee's family - thank You for the desire to seek You that her mama and daddy have embedded in their hearts and keep them on Your path. Thank You for letting this 'gramma's scribbles' be set before You. Thank You Jesus...

"The Lord is good... He showers compassion on all His creation." Psalm 149:9 (New Living Translation)


Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Life is a Prayer - January 21, 2016

My God is my stronghold and boy, does He hold me up every day. Today, however has been a strengthing of faith in my own faith today. Despite the fact that I KNOW I AM GOD'S PRECIOUS ONE, I am struggling with others in my life greatly today.

The grumbling of others can completely bring me down... and as the walls cascade on top of my heart, I cry out to the LORD to encapsulate me and keep me from dwelling in these places. To help me focus on His goodness, and "Let Go" of all ...that does not come from Him. My problems are few, but His mercies are many.

Heavenly and gracious God, my Father, my Fortress... be with me this moment, strengthen my convictions, help me to allow the things (words, views, criticism) that mean nothing to glorify You to just "roll off", "get lost" and "be removed" from my life. Help me to embrace my own changes and advances toward Christ-like, pray for greater ways to cope, speak out or correct in wisdom through the intervention of the Holy Spirit. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray in expectation of a better "next moment" in this life. Thank You for helping me see each day as new. Thank You for reminding me that I am to 'harbor' nothing of ill thoughts or deeds... that I am to live in light, and represent Light in ways that move others to wonder why. Today Lord Jesus remember me in your time with our Father... help me to puruse You... love You more deeply... grow in grace and wisdom... to let go... love others more intentely and remember that it through only You I can do all these things. Amen.
If you are dealing with difficult people, my prayers are with you tonight.


Thankful Life - January 21, 2016


As I sit here writing this I realize that complaining is contagious (and like a cold you do not want it to spread), edification is healing and leads to more edification and more healing.

I am humbled LORD... sometimes I make "rash" comments or react wrongly because of something in my past - an experience, a trigger, a sin.... and today as I responded to something someone else said.... I HEARD GOD SAY, "Let it go. FOCUS ON ME".
And my heart was grieved that this is taking so long for me to see in my life. "God forgive me", and in the same thought, "God already forgave me"!

When we align, fellowship and "run to" our Father, He will show us what needs to be changed, both outwardly and inwardly in our thoughts.
He is faithful!

"We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete." 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (AMP)

Jesus Predicts His Return to the Disciples
16 “A little while and you will see me no more, and again a little while and you will see me. 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he is saying to us, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going away to the Father’?” 18 So they kept on saying, “What is this that he is saying, ‘A little while’? We do not understand what he is speaking about!”

19 Jesus knew that they were wanting to ask him, and he said to them, “Are you deliberating with one another about this—that I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will change to joy. 21 A woman, when she gives birth, experiences pain because her hour has come. But when her[a] child is born, she no longer remembers the affliction, on account of the joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So you also are experiencing sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy from you. 23 And on that day you will ask me nothing. Truly, truly I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete."
~John 16:16-24 Lexham English Bible (LEB)


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Giving Thanks Daily, January 20, 2016 - Darci Escandon

by Darci Escandon

Today, just now actually, I was reading 1 Corinthians 12. In this passage, we read about the gifts of the spirit and suddenly, I had an epiphany!

I was hurt by the church. I felt called by God but a man, a leader of a denomination said I was only worthy of leading if I spoke in tongues. It was the most important tenant in their tenants of faith. I couldn't sign on the dotted line even though I wanted ordination more than anything. It just wasn't Biblical in my eyes. I think I let that "shot to my ego" dis rail me and I never even realized it. I realize now that there was a little voice in my head that kept telling me, I wasn't good enough and the fact that I didn't speak in tongues solidified that for me.

God says I am good enough but man didn't. And for some reason, it was man's opinion that I wrestled with. No matter how tough I may be on the outside, it was man's opinion of me that I wrestled with in the inside.

Who is man? This Pastor, the tenants of faith of the Assembly's of God church, my husband, my mother, my daughter, the managers that interviewed me for jobs only to send the rejection letter later. These were the voices I and opinions I have been feeding and I didn't even know it.

Why was I feeling rejected when God says I'm accepted?
Why was I feeling unwanted when God says I'm wanted?
Why was I feeling worthless when God says I have value?
Why was I feeling unqualified when God says I'm more than qualified?
Why was I putting "man's" opinions ahead of God?

Could it be that's it easier to live in a negative feeling you're used to because it's familiar even though it's toxic? No, that isn't it. What Hod revealed to me today is that I was doing this because I am tired. Tired of the fight, tired of forcing will power and tired of doing it on my own. Yes, I would talk to God but because of my impatience and "control freak" nature, I realized I was telling God "ok, I'll wait on you to answer, BUT, in the meantime I'm going to try "X, Y & Z".
So, once again, here I sit wondering where I am going and once again, God is waiting on me to quit doing things my way. He's telling me @are you finally ready to let go and let me help?"
And my answer is Yes God, with all my heart, YES.

©2016 copywrite remains with author, Darci Escandon

Monday, January 18, 2016

Prayer for Murphee, January 18, 2016

My granddaughter arrived a week ago, and I am 'in love' with this little human. There is nothing more amazing than little Murphee... to God be the glory for my family and the love we share. Gratitude in the moment can be very simple during times like these, and I am learning to "note and remember" times like these.

Times like these...
... watching as my daughter embraces motherhood perfectly
... just hanging out with those I love
... holding a precious little one and watching the little face, hearing her breathe
... honored to pray daily and expectantly
... blessed in amazing ways as I continue to grow in gratitude

As a mother of an only daughter, I have always been in awe of my daughter and viewing her as a mother, makes this mama's heart soar even more.

Thank You Father for Your loving presence in my life, for always desiring joy for this life and giving me opportunities daily to see Your instruction to hold You more dearly and trust You more.  As I go through Your Word (1 John 1), I am wonderfully Yours... I lift my family up LORD and request Your protection from the waywardness of this world. Protect our eyes, ears and hearts against the schemes of the enemy. I pray for the heart of Murphee to be Yours and know You deeply. Help us to direct, love in example... and hold Your Word and promises above all the things of this world. We come in whole heart, in the love and trust in Jesus as He intercedes before You on our behalf.... today and all days our our life. Be with us Holy Spirit - in strength, courage and belief. In the name of Christ Jesus, Amen.

"The Lord is good... He showers compassion on all His creation." Psalm 149:9 (New Living Translation)

I have been listening to and reading various translations and versions... I just love 1 John. Everytime I read through this I am greatly enriched in my heart. What I glean is the many instructional assurances.

We are introduced to the omniscience of God, the gift of Salvation in Christ, His Spirit in us will allow joy of life, that He is light, and we (as His) walk in the Light - and all His love for us, even though we sin...

The first chapter is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO rich. Would love to hear from all of you. I cannot wait to share His Word with this little one.

1 John 1 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched, concerning the word of life— 2 and the life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and announce to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was revealed to us— 3 what we have seen and heard, we announce to you also, in order that you also may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write, in order that our joy may be complete.

God is Light, so Walk in the Light
5 And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.[a] 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we do not have sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, so that He will forgive us our[b] sins and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

a) we are lying and are not practicing the truth
b) Literally “the”; the Greek article is used here as a possessive pronoun

© Giving Thanks Daily

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thankful Life January 15, 2016

Give all your worries to the Father. He can handle it, whatever it is.

In Crisis? Never forget who you belong to.

Just keep running to Him... lament, but keep seeking His goodness and the good in this life... make sure you have a group of other believers to come to your aid. You will have to ask...

You are stronger because of the Holy Spirit in you ---- it is a moment to moment exercise to "exercise faith"... On the good days, find ways to help stay focused on healing, keeping in mind that this is all temporary. Keep gratitude the top of your thoughts... write yourself notes on good days...

Find someone you can encourage... pray for... learn and grow in Christ with... I know it seems impossible - and unattainable... keep pressing in, He's going to give you the strength to continue.

Only speak words of life into your own life and others...
We have the power to see our lives differently, and live out God's purpose for each and every one of us.

He is and always will be "for you"... "for me"....

"I am sick"
"I am depressed"
"I am not good enough"
"I am broken"

Don't speak those words... I know it's hard to imagine... but you have to imagine the greatest of moments... (not like prosperity messaging here), but in the promises of God.

"Putting all your troubles on Him, for He takes care of you." ! Peter 5:7 (Basic English Translation)

Well let me put it like my unbelieving doctor said once.... "what if you don't get better, will you just stop living? Live in the day." I felt those words were directly for me from God.

I believe it was all part of God's plan to change my focus. I lived too many years depressed and worried about my health. So, what you the question is "what if I lived like I am already better?" KNowing that we have bad and horrible moments.

It's the hardest thing ever.

Really, it's what we are called to do.

LIVE FOR HIM... and He will infuse our lives with HOPE BEYOND MEASURE.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thankful Life – January 14, 2016

My Father’s love is beyond comprehension. I am so amazingly blessed by this life, in the midst of the joy and hope in life, I can wade through any challenge. My heart soars in hope today. I woke up with great expectation for great days… a great day today. Hope that no matter what happens in this life, we are safe in our Father’s care. This week has been surreal, amazing, and wonderful with many smiles and happy tears – finding joy has been easy this week. What I have seen is that a ‘change of focus’ can change everything. So what changed? Absolutely nothing physically or environmentally, but God.

But God brought an addition to our family.  The 2nd greatest of all gifts – the miracle of a new LIFE. The first being our salvation. Every day I am learning to be more thankful, filled with more gratitude for the daily miracle of a new life through Christ… every day we are made new. Just like that little baby who came into my world three days ago… new, amazing, fresh, bright, perfect… not that I am perfect, but that in Christ, perfection is attained. Beyond measure, that is the gratefulness I am experiencing right now.

A New Birth to a Living Hope – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, into an inheritance imperishable and undefiled and unfading, reserved in heaven for you who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time, in which you rejoice greatly, although now for a short time, if necessary, you are distressed by various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more valuable than gold that is passing away, but is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom, although you have not seen, you love; in whom now you believe, although you do not see him, and you rejoice greatly with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:1-9 (Lexham English Bible)

Every new day I must approach with Christ in my heart, the Father’s Word in my mind and love “His way” in my actions. Let it be a day of hope and renewal. Would you care to join me?

© Giving Thanks Daily


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Prayer for Murphee, January 12, 2016

I came to see you again today - my precious Murphee.

Father help our Murphee adapt to her new environment. Help her mama know her needs and be completely in tune with our Murphee's internal clock; help her mama to keep seeking You in the "not so easy' moments of becoming 'mama'. Praying for her daddy too LORD - to be the encourager, strength and warrior of his family before You might and amazing God. Thank You for keeping my family safe and sound in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Thank You Jesus for standing in the gaps for all our needs and interceding perfectly in all areas of our lives. We love You LORD God and trust in Your strength for all things.

As I lift my precious granddaughter up at this time, I expect peace in Your presence, trust in your plan and purpose through, with and in Christ Jesus I pray. Thank You Lord and amen.

"The Lord is good... He showers compassion on all His creation." Psalm 149:9 (New Living Translation)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Prayer for Murphee, January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 (11:30AM)

Hello Little Murphee...
Today is a day of change. At 9:29am your mama sent me a text letting me know that you are coming. I am very excited to meet you  -  I’ve been praying for you since before you were known about here on earth. You are our wonderful gift – God’s creation and amazing wonder. How grateful I am to here as you grow. I pray for your heart to know God, your life to be His and to be filled with His grace and love as you grow.

Murphee, we are expectant to see you soon and help you in this world. We are expectant that our amazing Father in heaven will greet you and be with you every day. Jesus, thank You for intervening for our family and guiding Murphee thus far. Be with her now as she travels from the comforts of her mama’s womb into this world. Fill her lungs with air and her cells with all that she needs to flourish and start this life well.

Murphee, you should know how loved you are in all parts of your life. You may, one day not feel loved, but you are. Eternally and as a gift, you have the unending love of our Creator – who gave us a gift to be with Him forever. He gives us the choice to accept the greatest of all gifts or not. It will be my everyday prayer that you seek Him as He pursues you.

We are now waiting for you to make your appearance. We are praying for your mama, the doctors and nurses right now. Father and amazing God, than You for watching over our girls and keeping them ever in Your loving care. Help our hearts to continue trusting You. Help us to not be anxious; Your Word says, “Be anxious for nothing” Phil. 4:6-7, “Cast all your cares”, 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22 “I will not be shaken” the Words in Psalm 55 continues. This is my prayer, right now. I do not want to worry or be anxious, I only want to trust that our God is right here with us in all of this. AND HE IS. Amen in the name of Jesus.

Today, my baby girl had her own baby girl. At 12:02PM PST on January 11, 2016, Murphee Josephine Ehlers entered this life to join her mama, Myranda Ehlers and her dad, Kip Ehlers. At 6 lbs, 12 oz., and all 19 ¾ inches of her will take on this world with guidance, love and prayer as she learns and grows.

Miss Murphee, this is one of many letters from your gramma to come. I love you so much already… and so grateful that my heart will expand unendingly to hold you in it.

"The Lord is good... He showers compassion on all His creation." Psalm 149:9 (New Living Translation)


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