August Prayer Challenge: Update #4

Go on over and read Serenity’s 23 post from today. It’s right on time because worry is what I constantly struggle with. I am not a gloom and doom type personality but I constantly have worry and doubt in the back of my mind.

I especially loved the Scripture she used at the end of the post:

“It is the Lord who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit-depressed, dismayed and unnerved with alarm]. Deuteronomy 31:8

If you have written a lot about the things that you “worry” about, the things that are unknown and you don’t know how they are going to turn out and you may even be afraid of what the future may hold, I’m going to challenge you today to NOT list any worries that you have. I’m going to ask you to think about the things that worry you and turn those statements around to include what God’s word says about your fears, worries and those things.  I would like you to fill today’s entry up with thanksgiving and assuredness that God is going before you to take care of whatever is uncertain for you.

I needed to read that today.

Today’s prayer petitions:

  • E at Giving Thought, Giving Sight whose mom is having surgery today.
  • T who found out her cousin was brain dead just this morning.
  • My friend M, who is praying that her boyfriend M gets good news about a job opportunity that he interviewed for.
  • My friend N, who is under a lot of stress at her job as she works with the rest of her team to wrap up a very large and visible project.

As always, if you need prayer email me or leave me a comment. :)

 

 

August Prayer Challenge: Update #3

I’m finding that the best time for me to pray is in the car and in the shower, of all places. I’m not a silent prayer so I find it’s best for me to call out my prayer petitions. It’s not pretty and I often stumble over my words but I feel the need to get them out of my head and into the air.

Here are today’s petitions:

  • My friend J, who lost her brother to a gun accident on Sunday. He was a father and a husband.
  • All my friends who are step-parents. It is a thankless and unappreciated job to parent some else’s kid,  in particular with a co-parent who is difficult to deal with. I’ll be praying for softened hearts and reconciliations.

August Prayer Challenge: Update #2

As an update to my previous petitions I’d like to add the following:

  • Prayers for my soror L, in the loss of her mother this week.
  • Prayers for my friend K, who will be undergoing radiation to rid her body of the last vestiges of breast cancer.
  • Prayers for my many educator friends who are getting ready to go back to work.

Don’t forget that I would be happy to pray for you as well. Email me or leave a comment!

What I’m Reading This Week

I’m constantly reading and sharing various links that I get from my Twitter feed and from FB. I think I’m going to start sharing more of them via the blog as well.

I think that’s enough for now. Let me know in the comments if any of the links are broken and if you would like me to continue this on a regular basis!

Happy reading!

 

August Prayer Challenge

Over at Serenity23’s blog, she has issued a challenge to her readers for the month of August.

I want to challenge YOU.  Tomorrow starts off a new month, August 1st.  I know that every single one of you has needs, desires, people you are interceding for, things that concern you.  And if you are not a believer, this isn’t for you. But if you are a believer, I’m challenging you to begin tomorrow and devote 15 mins everyday to writing our your prayers in one central place so that you can keep track of what you are praying for.  Whenever you receive answers to any of those prayers, record the answers also.  Can you do this for 30 days?

She’s posting daily updates at her spot so go and check her out.

I’m a few days late in getting started but what I have decided to do is focus on a specific Bible verse for this month and then keep a running list of things I’ve praying for that are both short and long term goals.

The Bible verse that was suggested to me is Philippians 4:19.

King James Version (KJV)

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

What I will be praying for and hope that God will take action on:

  1. For my husband to get accepted and participate in the Leadership Program that he applied for at his employer.
  2. That my brother will have a very successful first year as an art teacher.
  3. That my brother’s girlfriend will have a safe and successful delivery of my newest nephew Camden.
  4. That my niece and nephew will have a productive school year in when school starts.
  5. That my parents will remain in good mental and physical health.
  6. That I can be blessed with a full time opportunity that will enable me to stop working as a contractor.

There are some other material needs that I am also praying for as well but I won’t list them here.

My plan is to update my list based on my needs or the prayer needs of other folks in my life. Email me or leave a comment if you’d like me to pray for you as well!

 

 

On Keeping Your Hands To Yourself

When I was 25, I was living with my then boyfriend in a cute little 2 bedroom apartment on the southwest side of Houston. I was footloose, fancy free and I-N-D-P-E-N-D-E-N-T. (Word to Lil Boosie!) And typical of most 20 somethings, I really didn’t know that much at all and very often thought first of myself and not much of others, including him.

I’ve always been a mouthy chick, slick with the tongue and nice with my words. My ex-boyfriend was a very nice guy,  extremely laid back and very slow to anger. We rarely had cross words. Until that night I my mouth wrote a check my ass couldn’t cash.

I don’t remember what instigated the argument and it doesn’t really matter now anyway. What do I know is that I went for the jugular with my words and said something about my ex-boyfriend’s father. I was deliberately trying to hurt him because I knew that my ex didn’t have much of a relationship with his father and it pained him deeply. We’d talked about it on numerous occasions. The look on his face let me know that I’d hit WAY below the belt. Then in my infinite brilliance, I decided I’d get up in his face, talk even more shit, and PUSH him a few times. Did I mention that my ex at the time was 6’2’’ and around 275 pounds and had played college football?

Something in him broke. He grabbed me in a bear hug, shook me REALLY hard and left the room. He then closed the door and managed to lock me in the room so that I couldn’t get out. I could hear him outside in the living room. He was crying.

Eventually he did something to the door so that I could get out. I came out and he was gone. He left the house and stayed with a friend that night.

Fortunately I had the sense enough to be ashamed and embarrassed. When he came back home, he apologized for shaking me and said he cried because I hurt him so bad and because he shook me. And I apologized for putting my hands on him. I was dead ass wrong.

And to this day, I’ve never put my hands on any other man I’ve been involved with.

Like many people I’ve followed the Ray Rice case with interest. I think that the 2 game suspension from the NFL was too light. Domestic violence is WRONG and I want to make sure that I make that clear to anyone who may read this post on that. Victims of domestic violence should never be blamed for what happens to them.

Yet I understand what Stephen A Smith was trying to say in his very inarticulate and very clumsy remarks. And I understand what Whoopi Goldberg was getting at when she asserted that women should keep their hands to themselves.  Human beings have breaking points. And sometimes conflicts get escalated by one party or the other.  Neither gender should seek to deal with any conflict by using violence.

I think that the real message that’s being lost in all ranting and raving is this:

MEN, KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF.

WOMEN, KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF.

EVERYONE, KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF.

The lessons that we learned in nursery school, as little children, still do apply to our lives as adults. We should do well to remember them.

Currently…

This is a good way to slide a blog in on ya’ll!

ENJOYING – How quiet the office gets when it’s Friday and everyone has gone to lunch.

LOVING – the new lip glosses that I just ordered. (Thanks @3kids1036!)

FEELING – like I don’t want to do any work for the rest of the afternoon since I’m going to be mad busy all next week.

THINKING ABOUT – the couples dinner that we’re going to tomorrow evening at this place – Mockingbird Bistro. Can’t wait!

LISTENING TO: My Dirty South-Midwest Rap playlist on Spotify. I got over 200 songs, yo!

WATC HING – 24:Live Another Day..I’m behind on my episodes but I’m going to binge and catch up this weekend. Jack Bauer is back, baby!

MAKING ME HAPPY – My husband, who puts up with my shenanigans!

Have a good weekend!!!