Prayer Mowing

17 May

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 
Philippians 1:3

Following a couple days of consistent rain and clouds, the sun has once again graced the sky, drying up any lingering puddles and moisture in the yard.  After filling the tank with gas and checking the oil on the riding mower, I set out on my weekly adventure to keep the grass cut and any new pesky weeds pulled.  For an hour and a half, I ride back and forth, across, around, and up and down.  What would seem to be quite the mindless activity is nothing of the sort for me.  I take full advantage of the ‘quiet’ alone time to pray.  Usually, it’s not just the hour and a half prayer meeting, but if I have planned on the afternoon duty since morning, then I have already spent the day in a special attitude of prayer.  Yesterday was no exception.  With my list of names already fresh on my mind and in my heart, I began my week’s assignment of lawn maintenance and heart care.  Having had Kerrie on my mind all day, I continued to pray for her as she had heart surgery earlier in the morning in Oregon.  Just having talked to two friends on my way home from work, both hurting from life’s hard blows, my mind then immediately went in their direction.  My friend, Louise, lost an older brother a few days ago to a heart attack.  A family crisis has reared its ugly head in another home, leaving my dear friend to wonder what will happen next.  A text on Monday from my precious friend, Wendy, brought a smile to my heart as she wished me a happy Mother’s Day and then requested prayer for her friend Sheila.  Cancer has returned to Bob, my childhood best friend’s dad, wringing out the hearts of those who love him and Pauline.  Many many miles separate Becky from her parents … and I understand the ache that is caused by that distance.  The memories associated with the anniversary dates of loved ones who have passed away, graduations and unknown futures, expectant families, marriages that are in trouble, those who are in pain and have unanswered health questions ~ and of course, my own precious family … Kim and Troy, Cole and Lillianne, Ryan and Brittany, and Tim.  It truly seems like the list goes on and on.  I name names on purpose.  I know that most of you have no idea who I’m referring to, and that’s ok.   But behind every name is a soul that needs Jesus.  I read something on Facebook the other day that made quite the impression on me ~

Peace is not the absence of trouble …
Peace is the Presence of Jesus.

Not only do I pray that for my friends, and their friends, but I pray that for myself as well.

May flowers

As spring quickly flows into summer and the grass continues to grow, I will be busy mowing.  It’s certainly not the only time I pray, but I do feel like it’s the perfect time to make it a day of prayer and fasting, interceding on behalf of those in my life who need the Presence of Jesus.  I would love to pray for you and your concerns.  Please leave a comment at the bottom of this blog, and I promise to add your name to my list.  If your request is too personal and you would like to share it privately, you may email me at dvanhook@hgcrc.com.

Looking forward to praying for you and yours …

Until next time,
Debbie

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy?
Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick?
He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him
with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will
make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned,
he will be forgiven.  Therefore confess your sins to each other and
pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 5:13-16


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I thank my God every time I remember you.  
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,  
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will
carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you,
since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or
defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s
grace with me.  God can testify how I long for all
of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more
and more in knowledge and depth of insight,  
so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be
pure and blameless until the day of Christ,  filled with the
fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—
to the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 1:3-11

***  For my friends who subscribe to Morsels of Mercy and automatically get a copy sent to your email, check out the blog on my website to see the latest pictures of our granddaughter, Lillianne.        https://morselsofmercy.wordpress.com

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One Response to “Prayer Mowing”

  1. bac2clc3 May 18, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    You are an inspiration Debbie, such a beautiful spirit the Lord has given you. May the Lord continue to bless you and hold you close. I so enjoy your blogs! Thank you! Very busy time of year for me but like you I believe in the power of prayer and most of all in the love of Jesus, He hears every single word. Praise the Lord, always…

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