Currently Praying This for My Children:

 

The days are flying by… It seemed that we literally turned around and now January is almost over.  More than any other year in our family thus far, this fly-by January means that the days of all four of us living permanently under one roof are dwindling quickly.  My “theme” for myself during this season of two high school graduates back to back has been “Savor THIS Moment.”  But now, with only four months left in the school year, it’s time to do more than savoring… It’s time to physically prepare for the demands and the changes ahead.

But because we still await the Lord’s direction, clarity, and provision for Nathan’s (and Abigail’s) future plans, it’s kind of hard to do much specific preparation at the moment.  However, there is ONE thing this mama can do every single time my breath catches in my throat at the thought of my babies leaving the nest: I can pray.

And pray, I will.

The other day in my quiet time, I stumbled upon these incredible verses in 2 Thessalonians chapter 1.  I looked them up in every translation I could gather online, and settled on The Message version as my constant prayer verses for my children in these days ahead.  Oh what Peace!  Now I can exhale.  Breathe.

What Comfort of the Lord I feel when I pray His Words over His children… especially the two He chose to entrust to James and me for so short a time on this earth.  And like any good thing, I couldn’t keep it to myself. :-)

Do you need a powerful Word to pray over your loved ones today?  If so, this passage isn’t just for the college bound.  Its for any of us who have someone on our hearts and in our lives that we are jealous for God to grab hold of, fill, and use in a way that brings Himself glory.

Feel free to save the picture and pass it along to those you love.  And most of all, pray it.  Then breathe in the Lord’s Peace and exhale. ;-)

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Monday’s Makes Me Smile – A little Coffee Crazy

Happy Monday, my friends! Hope you load up on Jesus and your coffee and head into a wonderful week!

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I agree!  Look at this good little doggy in my life.  Zoe totally makes me smile… She hates being cold and we have lots of uncarpeted floors in our home, so I thought some little doggy shoes would be a good idea.  She was so sweet and submissive when I put them on her… but it turned out not to be too good of an idea… She wouldn’t walk at all.  And when she did, she moved like a prancing pony!  Poor baby! So I returned the shoes.  ;-)

 

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Hoping in the Lord, especially in the darkness

Every so often I can’t help but reflect back on one of the hardest {thus far} times our little family of four has experienced. In fact, it was five years ago this past week that we learned one of the most valuable lessons from that difficult time. I hope we never lose sight of the faithfulness of God that HE poured over us during a season that demanded our 100% trust in Him to move us from day to day.  He was and IS so Faith-Full!  Five years later we definitely see God’s wise Hand  as He guided us and called us to blindly trust and follow Him.  He was setting the stage to teach us and bless us in ways we couldn’t have imagined at the time.

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The Lord and I were wrapping up my quiet time this morning and putting the finishing touches on Sunday’s SS lesson when He brought this season back to my mind and prompted me to share it’s truths again today.  Because of how Faith-Full and Loving He is… I’m trusting that God will use this to speak a word of reminding encouragement to all who need it.  Our season of testing and trusting may have been different from yours… but our Faith-Full God remains the same, and His Truths are true for each one of us.

Praise the Lord!  And, I’m praying for YOU today…

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Previously published on January 14, 2010:

This Friday is January 15th. This date may not mean a lot to you, but to our family, it is the first day of a life whose security has nothing to rest upon except in our God. Our severance package ends, and so does all of our insurance.  We honestly thought that by this date, James would be in a new job. We never imagined that we would hit this date unemployed. As we thought toward our future, we expected to celebrate the 15th of January with hearts full of gratitude to the Lord for all He did while we were unemployed, as we happily rejoiced in all the new things God would be doing in our lives through the new job.

But the 15th is here, and there still is no job… and not for the lack of trying.   We are still at the “rejoicing in the things God is doing while we are unemployed” stage.

I imagine that for various reasons, this has been a difficult week for many of us. I don’t know about you, but for me, that battle between faith and sight has been tough. Burdens of our own, and those we are carrying for others (ones we know and ones we only know about) have been heavy. I’ve cried a lot. Prayed a lot. And I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate. :-)

As I’ve rolled those burdens upon the Lord time and time again, The Lord has been gracious, comforting, loving, gentle, and firm in His reminder that He is on His Throne. In our own life situation, as well as in the devestation in Haiti, with the martyrs around the world, the lost, the lonely, the grieving… God is still working, loving, comforting, strengthening, healing, saving, and He will not let go of His hold upon us. (Heb. 13:5-6, see below.)

While we’ve done what we can for others, filled our minds with Scripture and our home with Praise Music, God has blessedly calmed our hearts and made us glad. We look toward the future, uncertain of what, where, and how it will be, remaining certain of Who it is in.

A sweet friend wrote this to me the other day: “The God who loves you, provides for you, comforts you, and sustains you on the 14th, will be the same God who loves you, provides for you, comforts you, and sustains you on the 15th…”

So true! Not just for the Walker family and our “deadline”, but for you, too. I have a feeling that someone, besides me, needed to be reminded of this today. This side of Heaven, we will not completly understand the mind and heart of God, but we can trust that no matter what, He is and will always be Who His Word tells us He is.  He is good.  He is loving.  He is just.  He is merciful.  He is our Shield, our Strength, our Portion, our Deliverer, our Shelter, our Strong Tower, our Ever Present Help in time of Need!  He is Everything!

If you need a reminder today of just Who Jesus is for you, spend a few minutes listening to and praising Him through this song: Made Me Glad. Because, no matter what happens, or what day of the week it is, or what deadline comes and goes, when we put our lives into His hands, He is the One  – the Only One – Who forever can make us glad.

I love you, and am praying for you~
Jennifer

“Since God assured us,
“I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,”
we can boldly quote, 

God is there, ready to help;
I’m fearless no matter what.
Who or what can get to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6 The Message

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Bible Study via FBC Cleveland

Hi everyone!  Happy Wednesday.  I wanted to pass along some information to those in the Cleveland, MS area about what’s up with the  Women’s Bible Studies for this term at FBC.  If you are anywhere nearby, we’d love for you to join in!  If you aren’t nearby, but are looking for a few Bible Study […]

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Monday’s Makes Me Smile – Pictures from the “Drafty” pile

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The other day I was looking through my post folder and found I56 “drafts” of 156 different {and brilliant, I’m sure} posts that I’ve started writing over the years, only to have my adult ADD kick in and… look! There’s a squirrel!!!  Save Draft. When I noticed that there were still a few funny picture […]

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Throwback Thursday – If you need some encouragement today

  Need some encouragement today?   … then this post is for you!   It was written back in 2009 during an especially discouraging time in my own life.  As always, God is as beautifully faithful today as He was in 2009, and as He was in the beginning – and as He will be […]

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The best laid {Christmas Card} plans… oft go arwy.

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Yep. Its the middle of January and I’m still talking about Christmas cards… But if we know each other personally and you didn’t get one from me, I wanted you to know why.  Because I really did send some for the first time in years!!! I begin each new year with such thoughtful plans for […]

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“Looking Ahead” by “Looking Back” and “Looking Up” – and How we can accomplish those 2015 goals

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I can now officially say that the 2014 Christmas season has come to a close for the Walker family {only about 10 days later than most of you – haha}. My sweet husband helped me pack up everything yesterday and our house is now sporting that “empty” look that follows Christmas. I already miss the […]

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