Prayer for Nebraska and Iowa

Dear Father,

I pray for those affected by the flood. Jeremiah 34 tells us You search for Your sheep and seek them out.

Deliver them from all the scattered places. Seek the lost and bring back those driven away.

Bind up the broken and strengthen the sick. Don’t let them be afraid. Do not let them be hungry, nor bearing shame.

Show them that You are with them. Remind them that they are men and You are their God.

Come from the four winds and breathe on the land, Jeremiah 36:9. Restore their hope, Jeremiah 36:11. Wind of God, pass over the floods and make the water recede, Genesis 8:1.

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,


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Get Your Prayers Off the Ground

I’ll just leave this here…it hit way to close to home.

Isaiah 58:2-4, “They’re busy, busy, busy at worship, and love studying all about me. To all appearances they’re a nation of right-living people – law-abiding, God-honoring. They ask Me, ‘What’s the right thing to do?’ and love having Me on their side. (3) But they also complain, ‘Why do we fast and You don’t look our way? Why do we humble ourselves and You don’t even notice?’ …(4) You fast, but at the same time you bicker and fight. …The kind of fasting you do won’t get your prayers off the ground.” The Message

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“In Isaiah 58:1-4, the prophet most likely described the situation in Jerusalem soon after the exiles returned…Not only did the community have to reclaim the land for farming and reconstruct the city; they had to rebuild all their economic institutions from the ground up. …religious devotion had become a substitute for ethical behavior. …No matter how properly ‘religious’ their behavior was, it did not address the real need of the community: the need to share the scarce resources that were available to the returnees. …did not see the necessity of relating their religious devotion to their social and economic practice. God thought that they should.” Chronological Study Bible Notes

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“Prayers are not wishes; prayers are conversations. God does not grant but God gives, God is not summoned, but God speaks. …There is no one right way to speak to God, no guarantee of answers or outcomes, but the words themselves will take on life as they leave your lips, they will find their way to Jesus, they will be heard.” “Forgiving God,” Hilary Yancey in “You + Hard Thing = Not Talking to God (or the Silence Where God Speaks),” Ann Voskamp

(Note to self: Things to overcome – complaining and bickering. Enough said.)

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He Removed Offensive Features

King Ahaz was in a pickle. The king of Aram and the king of Israel held a siege around Jerusalem. Ahaz robbed the treasuries of the palace and The Temple to bribe the king of Assyria. All he wanted was peace.

2 Kings 16:18, “Finally, he removed any distinctive features from within The Temple that were offensive to the king of Assyria.” The Message

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[Isaiah’s] message…was that no human power could stand in the way of Assyria….Judah’s only hope was faith in God’s power to protect Zion,…” Chronological Study Bible Introduction to Isaiah

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2 Corinthians 10:4-6, “The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. [5] We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barricades erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. [6] Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.” The Message

What is our God-tool?


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September 11, 2013

I am praying for rain more fervently than the farmers today. It seems like it has been weeks since we had rain here.

The reason for my fervency?

I received an email on Monday, stating the regular keyboard player is recovering from a heart attack and the other keyboard players have other commitments. I checked the forecast and it called for rain today, which knocks the pollen out of the air. I said I would play.

The website I get my pollen reports from, said thunderstorms would be in this area by 9:30 a.m. That was three hours ago, and I haven’t seen a drop!

I started thinking I made a huge mistake, until I read today’s verse.

Zechariah 10:1, “Ask of the Lord rain…”

Prayer – “Lord, I’m asking. Please send the rain!”

July 10, 2013

I was just drifting off to sleep, the day we got the letter from the IRS, when my husband said, “Do you think we will get another letter from the state?”

I hadn’t thought of that, but I am sure we will. I tried not to worry, and turned it over to God. That is what Hezekiah did.

Isaiah 37:15, “And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord.”

“God ‘knows our necessities before we ask Him,’ but He delights in our unfolding them to Him with filial confidence (2 Chronicles 20:3, 11-13).” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

God is going to be delighted with me because I plan on unrolling both of the letters before Him!


June 15, 2013

The postmark on the card was from Stamford, CT. The card inside showed a beautiful little girl, Olivia Rose Engel. It was a “Thank You” for the sympathy card and letter I sent.

I was touched – and impressed with God’s timing. I received the card on Flag Day, 5 months to the day of Olivia’s death in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

My first thought was, “She’s beautiful. I can’t wait to meet her.”

Someday, I will join her in heaven and at some point, during eternity, I will meet her. I will tell her about my granddaughter, Olivia, and about my grandmother, Marie Rose. I will ask about her brother, Brayden and tell her about my nephew, Brayden.

Today’s verse reminds us that our hope is not restricted to this life.

1 Corinthians 15:29, “If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hope only in this life and that is all, then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.”

I will continue to pray for all the families who were affected by this tragedy. I know God answers prayer. He answered my prayer for my computer, which was not repairable. I was able to replace the broken components with the cash we had on hand in our “appliances category.”

May 29, 2013

We had severe thunderstorms last night and the electricity went off shutting off my computer. It will not turn back on.

I thought I had a virus and went to to fix it. That was a mistake.

After downloading two programs and spending a ton of money to “fix” the virus, my computer will no longer turn on correctly. It turns on to the sleep mode and will not wake up. Even though I have instructed the computer to never go into sleep mode.

If I turn it on and shut if off several times, eventually it came back on. Our solution was to never shut it off. That is until the thunderstorm did it for us.

I borrowed my son’s laptop to post this, but I am locked out of my financial programs and photos to write posts. Everything has come to a screeching halt.

As I weighed my options, I decided not to try to fix it myself. God is going to have to open a door to someone knowledgeable to fix it. Three weeks ago, I wrote this as a prayer request and submitted the card to the prayer team at church. We are all waiting on an answer.

The thing is, if an expert looks at it, they will know how to fix it the first time.

The Holy Spirit is an expert. When he revealed the Gospel to Paul, the doctrine matched the Gospel Jesus revealed to the apostles.

Galatians 1:12, “For indeed I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but [it came to me] through a [direct] revelation [given] by Jesus Christ.”

“Thus Paul is an independent witness to the Gospel. Though he had received no instruction from the apostles, but from the Holy Spirit, yet when he met them his Gospel exactly agreed with theirs.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. II

Dear Jesus, Please provide an expert for my computer. I need one my husband will approve of and one we can afford. Amen.

April 26, 2013

Today’s verse is one we need to remember for when we are having “one of those days;” you know, a day when everything goes wrong.

2 Chronicles 20:23, “For [suspecting betrayal] the men of Ammon and Moab rose against those of Mount Seir, utterly destroying them. And when they had made an end of the men of Seir, they all helped to destroy one another.”

On the days we feel like we are being threatened by three different things, remember to fast, pray and praise. Like Jehoshaphat, we may see the three things destroy each other!


April 21, 2013

It is a debate I have heard my entire life. As a believer are we to go to the doctor or just pray for healing?

2 Chronicles 16:12, “In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet – until his disease became very severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but relied on the physicians.”

“Asa’s fault consisted in his trusting to such physicians, while he neglected to supplicate the aid and blessing of God.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

Doctors prescribe the medications that subdue the symptoms or kill the infection that is keeping the body from healing. Doctors cannot heal: God heals, doctors remove obstacles to healing.

We look to God for healing and to doctors for help. The medications allow us to continue in our daily routines as opposed to lying in bed moaning while we wait for God’s healing.

April 14, 2013

Today’s sermon was hard for me. Pastor addressed reasons why our prayers are not answered. It caused me to reflect, and when I did not come up with an answer, I prayed God would reveal it to me and give me the courage to face it.

Today’s verse gave me more direction.

Job 29:14, “I put on righteousness…”

“Blameless and upright as Job had been – and God had so pronounced him – his misunderstood afflictions had caused him to get dangerously off-center. Instead of keeping his mind stayed on God and justifying Him, he is giving his whole thought to justifying himself. Instead of humility, there is only self-righteousness.” Amplified Bible Notes

I have to keep my mind on God.