Dear Precious Parent:
My sincere prayer in 2009 is that God would reign over every area of my life. I want God to use me to impact others--especially my family. Recently I was listening to the radio, while driving, and a song came on that I had only heard one other time. I made a mental note of some of the words. When I arrived home, I found, then downloaded the song through iTunes. This song expresses my heart's desire so well.
What is in a person's heart (thoughts), becomes his/her words, and then his/her words reflects in his/her life (actions). See Mark 7:20-23. From experience I can say this process is quite subtle and happens over a period of time. The enemy of our soul is not in any hurry, but he is methodical and diligent. He knows if he can deceive us, there will be an evil domino effect--family, friends, co-workers, even at the store, driving, in restaurants, etc.
Psalm 119 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. In verse 11 it reads, "I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You." God changes our heart thorough His Word and that changes our words and actions. People will notice. I especially want my children and grandchildren to notice. This causes a godly domino effect. Plus we have a mighty weapon that is able to stop the fiery darts of the enemy--the promise in James 5:16b, "The prayer of a righteous person (mom or dad) is powerful and effective."
Precious parent, please join me on your knees, beseeching the Lord Jesus to, first, "Reign in me again" and then use the mighty weapon of prayer--lifting up our children and grandchildren to the Lover of their souls! Also, I encourage you to pray daily the scripture prayers on the calendar below*. Let us believe that God will touch the lives of our children and grandchildren and the godly domino effect continues in their generation; after all, "God is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout ALL generations, for ever and ever! AMEN" (Ephesians 3:20-21).
HE IS SO WORTHY!
I close, as usual, with this encouraging prayer from Jude 1:24-25, "To Him who is able to keep you (and me, as well as our precious families) from falling and to present you (us) before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy--to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen."