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« on: October 01, 2009, 11:56:16 AM »

Loving God, who creates us into new be-ing each day, help us to discover your purpose for our lives and to seek our roles in fulfilling this purpose.  We praise you for your creation of our lives day by day, for your re-creation of hope within us, even when hope seems foolish.  We pray for this world of ours.  We confess our responsibility for those thoughts and actions by which we further the powers of evil and destruction in our world . . . for we know that becoming human is a process of reconciliation and not of separation, of trust and not of suspicion, of communion and not of coercion.  We accept your call to peacemaking, wherever we may be and in whatever situation we find the hatreds, the fears, or the distrusts which cry out for peace to heal and to mend the brokenness.
Help us each to offer thanks to you, not in empty words or pious gestures, but in lives which are faithful to your call.  Enable us to bear the fruits of thankfulness in serving others and in building community with the people in our lives.  May we reach out to these persons, supporting them in their struggles and celebrating with them their joys and victories.  May we also accept the love and friendship offered to us by others, as we confess and acknowledge our needs, our weaknesses, our times of despair and hopelessness.  We see your loving purpose in these expressions of human concern . . . we feel your loving touch healing us and caring for us as a child is cared for by a parent. We know that you are with us and for us in the midst of our lives. We praise you for this constant love and in Jesus’ name.  Amen and Amen.
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 09:41:33 PM »

Dear God, thank you for the changing of seasons.  Forgive us when we complain that winter is too cold or summer is too hot, or that we don’t like the wind and cool rains of spring.  Help us to remember beautiful autumn.  May our lives be like an autumn tree, always growing upward to heaven, branches reaching to you our God, leaves falling like our years.  Thank you for hearing us and help us to support one another, rejoicing with those who rejoice, weeping with those who weep.  For we want to be joined together as members of the Body of Christ, in unity loving one another and serving the world.  We want, like Jesus to respond to each human being who crosses our path with sensitivity and compassion.  Help us to be aware of your presence and to hear your voice, for your Word is our life . . .
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2009, 12:24:47 AM »

From the cowardice that dares not face new truth,
from the laziness that is content with half-truth,
from the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
Good Lord, deliver me.  Amen.  (Prayer from Kenya)
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2009, 11:09:44 AM »

Lord, how would we feel if we knew you passed us by and went on somewhere else to someone else to bless and heal and help?  What thoughts would be ours if we discovered you went to others, to give them your work to do, your commandments to obey, your love to share, your truth to embrace?  What if your word came to us loudly and clearly that you did not have time for us, that it was not convenient for you to pay attention to us — that you had other things to do, more important things?
Thank you, God, for not being that way, for not having that kind of nature or disposition. Thank you for paying attention to us, for being with us when we are alone — for never letting us go.  Thank you for loving, caring for, and wanting us as much as you do others, for strengthening, guiding, helping us as well as others.  Thank you for letting all of us, each of us, be, in your sight, very special.
How do you feel, Lord, when we go on our way, including you when we feel like it, thinking your thoughts when it's convenient for us to do so, being concerned about your work as long as the cross we have to bear is a comfortable one?  How do you feel when we live as though somehow we can pass you by, the one eternal God?  Do you ever weep as Jesus did over the Holy City that knew not and accepted not the time of its visitation and redemption?  Are there times when we try your patience and when you yearn to tell us to wake up and live by taking you seriously, walking in your way gratefully, welcoming each day according to the light that comes by faith?  Do you ever grieve, Lord, over decisions and conclusions and priorities we make on our own, calling those things your will, before we have consulted you in prayer?  Do you ever feel like yawning, becoming bored, at our frantic busyness over things of no real consequence or worthwhile value? How do you feel about games people play with the things of the Spirit?
Lord, God, bear with us in all our trials and tribulations and temptations. Be nearer to us than life and breath; never, never let us go: never forsake us or abandon us or pass us by.  Do not do to us as we do to you. Do not do to us as we deserve, but deal with us now and always as the great God of compassion who hates every sin with a holy hatred, yet wonderfully loves and forgives and cleanses every repentant sinner. Hold before us the person of Jesus Christ, crucified for us, and raised from the dead — alive forevermore — making it possible for us to go beyond sin and selfishness to freedom and faithfulness.
God, bless us now, each and everyone, according to our particular needs. Amen and Amen.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2009, 08:05:27 AM »

O great and gracious Creator, your ways are indeed inscrutable and your judgments unsearchable.  And your patience defies all understanding.  Were we in your place, patience would soon yield to impatience.  We would overrule the wills of your rebellious children and turn them into servants of our will.  We would set this world straight in short order.
We thank you, O God, for meeting us in our place; for respecting our human condition and for setting the world straight in your own way.  Some think you could cut through our stubborn resistance as lightning fells a tree.  Perhaps you could.  But you rarely do.  You prefer, instead, to employ gentler methods.  You do not walk among us as Creator among creatures, but as creature among creatures.  And you reveal yourself only to those of us who see heaven on earth; who, having survived the earthquake, wind, and fire, still incline our ears and hearts to the still, small voice. As we approach you, O God, in the name of Jesus Christ, let us behold the One to whom we listen, and let us heed the One whom we behold.
Let us heed your summons to personal repentance.  By your words and example, you teach us that the narrow way of self-giving is the path to self-fulfillment, yet we keep to the broad road of self-seeking.  You invite your disciples to become colleagues, but we begrudge them your love.  You call us to shape the church around the spirit of the Lord, but we confuse it with brick and mortar.  For this betrayal of you, our neighbors, and your church -- we ask your forgiveness.  We implore you once again to break the silence with your still, small voice.
Finally, dear Lord, let us heed your call to intercession on behalf of our neighbors.  We know that you perceive their needs before we ask you to meet them.  But you do not lightly excuse our failure to ask, for you turn our very asking into answers.  Our asking is the stuff from which you forge our oneness with one another and with you.  So we ask you, dear God, to turn us, receivers of your gracious love, into givers.  Let us be good stewards to those looking for their place in the Lord’s house.  Let us give them the key that unlocks the door in the name and spirit of the Lord.
We humbly ask you also, dear Father, to watch over those in service to our country . . . who strive to make our nation and our world a safe place to live.  Cause each one of us to have renewed respect for what they do and cause each one of us to be consciously grateful.
Amen and Amen.
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2009, 03:14:48 PM »

God, you spoke to Moses and gave him the Ten Commandments.  They were so simple . . . we have made them so complicated.  You spoke to David and gave him the Psalms with which to honor you . . . and yet we find it so hard to find words to sing your praises.  You spoke to the prophets and provided us with many words of guidance . . . and yet we find it impossible to steer a straight course.  You spoke through your Son Jesus and taught us the way of love and forgiveness . . . and yet we insist on living in a world of hatred and revenge.  Help us to see you in our tradition, Lord, but help us to see you in the everyday reality of time.  Help us to be aware of your presence with our ancestors . . . but help us to know the reality of your presence with us every day.  Help us to praise you in word and song . . . in mind and spirit . . . in body and soul as the saints have praised you throughout the ages.
During the past week, we have experienced disappointment . . . we have had our feelings hurt by someone close to us . . . promises have been broken . . . trusted friendships have been shattered . . . our prayers have not been answered as we wanted them answered.  Please be near to us as we try to pick up the pieces and remold our lives.
Hear us as we pray for our loved ones who have gone on to victory as they entered into your holy presence . . . hear us as we pray for the sick and the afflicted.  Hear us as we pray for our children, our parents, and for all those whom we love.  Show us how to reach out to those who are alone . . . show us how to help those who are alone.  Guide us tand lead us to those who need You most.  Make us your missionaries. 
You have been good to us in the past, Father.  You have comforted us when we were sorrowing . . . you have healed us when we have been sick or injured . . . you have found us when we have been lost . . . hear us now as we pray all these things in the name of your son, Jesus Christ.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread. 
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. 
Amen and Amen.
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2009, 04:04:10 PM »

Generous God, our kitchen cabinets are well stocked with food; our grocery stores are a cornucopia of plenty; and a great variety of restaurants are scattered through our communities. Yet we ask, “What shall we eat?”  Forgive our preoccupation with the desires of the flesh.  We overindulge and then diet, stuff ourselves and then starve ourselves, when the image in our mirrors does not match our vanity or cultural pressures.  All this cannot satisfy the hunger in our souls or realize your vision for our wholeness.

Thanksgiving Day drives us to our knees to offer prayers of gratitude for the abundance of your love and generosity.  Open our eyes to see your love in the fruitfulness of the land.  The yield of gardens and fields, trees and flowers reminds us that we are nourished by your hand and by the labor of those who plant and harvest the good foods we enjoy.

We offer our anxious hearts and minds to your spirit, help us find all who are lost and to those who are waiting, pour out a special anointing of your presence.  To those loved ones who now are in your throne room, we humbly thank you for your mercy. 

Most of all, gracious God, help us to come home to you.  You desire above all that we nourish our lives at the fountain of your love and the embrace of faithful affection.  You have done great things for us, O God, and we are glad.  You restore our fortunes like the waters cause the deserts to bloom.  We would be generous to share your bounty with our neighbors in need. We seek to know your purpose and your path.  When we do that, all other things assume their rightful place. 

These prayers we offer in the name of him who spoke your Word, who kept your Word, who is your Word--Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen and Amen. 
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2009, 10:21:26 PM »

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson  (1803-1882)
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2009, 10:40:01 PM »

We are waiting, God of all worlds, for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
We anticipate the Coming One, not just as an event of past history,
but as a part of our own story here and now. 
Help us to encounter your Word as a living message for our day. 
Amen and Amen.
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2009, 12:34:07 PM »

Eternal God, who can make all things new, we humbly bring before you the record of our lives in the year now ending.  Where life has been good to us, do not let us take more of the credit than we deserve.  Where we have been good to others, help us forget all thoughts of honor and reward.  Where we have fallen short, forgive us, and free us from the brooding over what is past. 
Cleanse us by your mercy, guide us by your truth, fill us with your love, lead us forward in your all-conquering hope.  Through the grace of Jesus Christ . . . who taught us to pray . . .   Amen and Amen.
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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2010, 07:01:44 PM »

O Lord of heaven and earth, bend low to hear our plea, for we approach you in weakness and in need. 
Although the rulers of earth derive their power from you, sometimes they do not wield it in your spirit. They treat their land as if they owned it.  They treat their government as if they were answerable to no one.  And they treat their people as if they were not your people.  We wish, O Lord, that we could say we deserve better.  Occasionally we do, but usually we get what we deserve.  We do not wield great power, but we often abuse the little power we have.  We do not have many possessions, but we often use the ones we have for selfish purposes. And we often treat the people below us as thoughtlessly as we are treated by those above us. Deliver us and our leaders from the thirst for more power than we know how to use, from the desire for more possessions than we need, and from the will to become masters over rather than ministers among our neighbors.
We come before you, O God, a mixed multitude.  Some of us carry the burden of declining health; others mourn the loss of friends or loved ones; others have suffered losses in the marketplace; and a few of us are addicted to substances that work us harm.  But these differences aside, we all have one thing in common. We need your enlightenment of our understanding, your strengthening of our will and, above all, your guidance of our lives.  We are not alone in this need.  We have no problems that others do not face; we bear no pain that others do not share; we experience no losses that others do not suffer; and all of us know that tomorrow or even today could be our last day on earth.  So we pray, O God, that you will make us sensitive to all of our neighbors.  Bring us near to them that, through us, they might be brought near to you.  And bring them near to us that, through them, we might be brought near to you.  Just as Jesus became one with you and you with him, make us one with each other.  Amen and Amen.
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2010, 08:15:26 PM »

Father God, I bless you for your mercy and grace.  You are my source of hope, of righteousness, of justice.  With great shame I confess I do not love my enemies as you have instructed -- the truth is, even when trying to look at people through your eyes, no love forms in my heart.  People hurting and killing other people -- it makes my blood run from hot to cold. Yes, I know, I am to love the person and despise their acts.  I understand in my mind I am to forgive, yet I nurse bitterness.  I thank you for loving me as I am and yet showing me how I can be.  Help me Lord for I want to be an instrument of your love, your justice, your compassion.  Help me relinquish all that is not of you, through the grace of Jesus Christ.  Amen and Amen.
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2010, 07:38:14 AM »

Hear our prayers, dear Jesus. Those whom we love are in the hospital . . . those whom we love are in the nursing homes . . .  those whom we love have had the angels of death call upon them . . . those whom we love have become confused . . . those whom we love have lost their way and are not following in your way . . . those whom we love who are struggling with health issues . . . those whom we love with money problems . . . be with those whom we love, faithful Jesus.  Walk with them . . . strengthen them . . . comfort them . . . heal them . . . and take them as your own.
Bless all of us whom you have called to work in every vineyard   . . . we bow before you seeking your guidance as we try to determine your will for us and then try to complete your assigned tasks.  Help us to recognize your voice when you call . . . help us to recognize your direction when you point . . . and then give us the courage and the faith to know that if we follow you, we will always succeed . . . to your glory.
Forgive us all our sins as you have promised.  Help us to have the faith to accept that promise as well as all your other promises . . . we pray these things as you taught us... OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME.  THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.  GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.  AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US.  AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL. FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER.  AMEN AND AMEN.
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2010, 05:11:28 PM »

Almighty God, who sat the sun in the heavens to light up the earth by day and the moon and the stars by night, you sent Jesus Christ to earth to light up our life by day and by night.  We celebrate your gift of life.  As you chased the shadows of the deep, you have shattered the darkness of Calvary.  Now we know that nothing can ever separate us from the light with which you flood all creation in Jesus Christ.  Amen and Amen.
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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2010, 12:06:27 PM »

We thank you, Father, that you have so ordered our existence that we are designed to live together in families.  We would offer a special prayer today for the fathers of the world.  At this moment, some are away from their children by choice and some by necessity and some by illness . . . whatever the reason, be with all fathers so they may recognize their mission to raise up childrenin the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it.  Grant them love and patience and wisdome, we pray.
We have some frustrated, angry, minunderstood, impatient people in our world today, God.  Many of these we know and some of them are a part of our own families.  They have uttered prayers to you and their situations doesn't seem to change and they have lost patience with their situation.  They continue to be in pain, they continue to be bedridden, they continue to be called upon to do more than they are physically capbable of doing.  Speak to these people especially this day and let them know you are listening -- Let them know that you understand
and let them know you are working on their needs . . . give to each of us an extra measure of patience today. Amen and Amen.
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« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2010, 05:42:44 AM »

We thank you, Father, that you have so ordered our existence that we are designed to live together in families.  We would offer a special prayer today for the fathers of the world.  At this moment, some are away from their children by choice and some by necessity and some by illness . . . whatever the reason, be with all fathers so they may recognize their mission to raise up childrenin the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it.  Grant them love and patience and wisdome, we pray.
We have some frustrated, angry, minunderstood, impatient people in our world today, God.  Many of these we know and some of them are a part of our own families.  They have uttered prayers to you and their situations doesn't seem to change and they have lost patience with their situation.  They continue to be in pain, they continue to be bedridden, they continue to be called upon to do more than they are physically capbable of doing.  Speak to these people especially this day and let them know you are listening -- Let them know that you understand
and let them know you are working on their needs . . . give to each of us an extra measure of patience today. Amen and Amen.

Thank You Sister for you and your words.  I can not express such words as you do so in prayer - I can only add music.
This song I have known for years and I think it is worthy for your ear.
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I am the music Monkey,  I may have posted this before - I am not sure. I love this song so much ..that I continue to share it ..
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Every time I listen to this song - We are Conquerors .. My bottom eyelids hit my pupils .. pure emotion and I make the ugliest faces I bet if anyone would see me singing along .. Razz .. I cannot keep my hands at my sides. They raise slowly .. my Arms to reach towards the sky .. Because I feel it so deeply. I do not go to church. Will never attend a church. I have my own beliefs. I stand by them. Because I KNOW all by myself.

I am adding one more song. It is one that grabs me to my soul every time I hear it. Its from the movie " The Color Purple".  Its gospel. Its Shug Avery walking down the path to her Father .. appropriate for Father's day.  For all the Daughters and Son's that have never felt good enough for their Father's approval. * not me with my Dad,  ~ I identify with the song ..within family members.. who offer nothing, yet condemn like a hammer by their own judgment of others. I cry *mixed emotions* when I hear this song. It so emotional and deep.  It hits me every time I hear it.  I have seen the movie the Color Purple over 30 times. I can't say that for any other movie.. The vid is Shug ..singing Sistah in the juke joint.. feeling her blues..and gets interrupted by ... sounds heard far away.. yet known all to well.. 

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Sister, Thank you so much for your presence, your posts.
Amen & Be blessed.
 

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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2010, 12:02:37 PM »

There are so many things in our daily lives which remind us of your mercy and your watchful care over us, dear Father.  We see a mother tenderly holding her new baby in her arms, the love for that child shining from her face . . . we walk through hospital corridors and at every turn, at every door, we see miracles . . . we stand in the halls of nursing homes and can feel the love and the tenderness and the understanding coming from those who care for the elderly and those who can no longer care for themselves . . . we stand in the dark of the night and turn our eyes towards the heavens and are overwhelmed by the vastness of your creation.
In all these things, the truth of your existence and the truth of your greatness and the truth of your closeness is wrapped so closely around us.
Yet, sometimes we get so caught up in our daily activities we forget . . . we forget that you love us . . . we forget that you are ever so near to us . . . we forget the price you paid to reclaim us.  We get carried away by the currents of the world . . . we are almost swirled over the falls by our inattentiveness to your voice . . . we insist on going on our own journeys . . . carrying our own baggage, intent on reaching our own goals . . we forget we are yours.
Forgive us all our sins, dear Father, as you have promised and give us the courage and the wisdom to know and accept your forgiveness.
We pray especially for those who will undergo surgery this week and for those who are frightened about tests.  We pray for their physical needs, God, but we pray even more earnestly for the needs of their souls and the needs of their heart.  Strengthen those who are ill, both in body and in spirit.
Help us not so much to seek to be blessed, but help us to be a conduit for your blessings to those who need your blessings more than we.  Though we have our own personal troubles, help us to look especially for those less fortunate than ourselves and help us to share your love and your mercy and your forgiveness with them.  Help us to become aware of our need to lay up treasures in heaven.  We ask all these things with the innocence and wisdom of the children of God, we join together in that prayer that Jesus taught those who claimed his name . . .
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« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2010, 12:24:24 AM »

There are so many things in our daily lives which remind us of your mercy and your watchful care over us, dear Father.  We see a mother tenderly holding her new baby in her arms, the love for that child shining from her face . . . we walk through hospital corridors and at every turn, at every door, we see miracles . . . we stand in the halls of nursing homes and can feel the love and the tenderness and the understanding coming from those who care for the elderly and those who can no longer care for themselves . . . we stand in the dark of the night and turn our eyes towards the heavens and are overwhelmed by the vastness of your creation.
In all these things, the truth of your existence and the truth of your greatness and the truth of your closeness is wrapped so closely around us.
Yet, sometimes we get so caught up in our daily activities we forget . . . we forget that you love us . . . we forget that you are ever so near to us . . . we forget the price you paid to reclaim us.  We get carried away by the currents of the world . . . we are almost swirled over the falls by our inattentiveness to your voice . . . we insist on going on our own journeys . . . carrying our own baggage, intent on reaching our own goals . . we forget we are yours.
Forgive us all our sins, dear Father, as you have promised and give us the courage and the wisdom to know and accept your forgiveness.
We pray especially for those who will undergo surgery this week and for those who are frightened about tests.  We pray for their physical needs, God, but we pray even more earnestly for the needs of their souls and the needs of their heart.  Strengthen those who are ill, both in body and in spirit.
Help us not so much to seek to be blessed, but help us to be a conduit for your blessings to those who need your blessings more than we.  Though we have our own personal troubles, help us to look especially for those less fortunate than ourselves and help us to share your love and your mercy and your forgiveness with them.  Help us to become aware of our need to lay up treasures in heaven.  We ask all these things with the innocence and wisdom of the children of God, we join together in that prayer that Jesus taught those who claimed his name . . .

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Thank you for your heart, your integrity and your messages. Your words speak to so many. Not many comment, but YOU are read .. and read and read by many.
We all have to be accountable, for this world around us. If its not working for us, we have to work to change it along the way. Even if it is within small offerings and or silent gifts. Even a Smile is worth the day of days to some we encounter on the street. Just that simple gift of a " eye to eye contact" and a smile. Or a " let me get the door for you" The other person is recognized ...and I put them before me. A gesture that goes a long way. Even it is not recognized at the moment. It is felt.
Its us recognizing we are all equal. We are not to be above or not beneath  - we are all set up for failure at any minute. Nothing protects us, nor makes us more or less than anyone else..  When I have even myself thought " years ago" Why me? during certain circumstances of illness etc.. I have learned many lessons in my years since. Now I say Why not me? When it comes to health or issues at hand that hit me when I have no explanation of why. When you are able to say/feel " Why not me" its easier to deal with ..than asking Why Me?  God is not fair weather he is of his own reasons and he makes no concessions because " one feels they are above another or has a better health plan or a bigger bank account " ...  just for the sake of saying. He is not a fair weather faith/friend either if you really understand him. He never whispers in your ear ~~ you never were up to my standards " a person trying to do their best"  He is the one that lifts you when your not understanding why your best is not working.
We are either our own best cheer leader or our own worst enemy depending on how we handle personal crisis. Sometimes its easier to let go and not try to handle it on our own. Thank you Sister, Me.
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« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2010, 07:53:25 PM »

God, you are aware of this world in which we live.  This is your world and look what we've done with it. We are yours, and look what we've done with ourselves.  Forgive us, Lord, for living as though we are in charge, and then charging you with the blame when things turn out differently from the way we want them to.  Forgive us, Lord, for concentrating on how bad things are, and not asking you to make us become part of your solution.  Forgive us, Lord, when we have figured out very well what everybody else should be doing, but have no idea what you want us to do and to be.  Forgive us, Lord, when we hurt others by hurting ourselves.  Forgive us for not developing ourselves to our fullest potential — for abusing ourselves, for wasting our time and talents, for being less than we can be with your help — so that we let others down by letting ourselves down.
Put your arms around us and all those we hold in our hearts, Lord.  Give to all of us the security that comes to those who know they live in your presence.  Give to all of us the guidance and the direction that are sure to come, one step at a time, to those who walk in faith hand in hand with you.  Put in our hearts that love which is not man-made but which is, rather, given by you; and cause us to be numbered among the peacemakers of this earth.  It is time for us to stand up and be counted, to lift high the royal banner of Jesus, to be disciples of the things that shall not perish and pass away, of that one who is with us always, to the close of the age.  It is time that all the world should know that we are a visited planet, and we have been visited by you, in the person of Jesus, because you love us.  Grant to us the beautiful blessing, the priceless victory, of loving you by living in love one with another.  Turn this world right side up once again because people behold how we Christians love one another, and others.
Turn our fears away from us; give to us your courage. And with our lives we’ll give you the praise. Through Christ our Lord. Amen and Amen.
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« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2010, 02:12:00 PM »

Sister,  thank you for sharing these prayers, they are such a blessing!  an angelic monkey
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