For many years I have written my prayers. I have notebooks and journals filled with them. Why? My mind likes to wander and I lose my primary focus – God. So, I write to keep my thoughts centered on the One I am speaking to.
Several years ago my pastor’s wife and still dear friend (They have since moved on.) suggested I use the acronym A.C.T.S. Acclimation. Contrition. Thanks. Supplication. I still use it but have always sensed something was missing.
As I was reading the book for my next review (L.E.A.R.N. Evangelism Handbook by Dr. Marshall M. Windsor) I found the missing piece. I need to add LISTEN. (Of course, now I’ll have to change the letters of the acronym.) In all the years I’ve been talking with and listening for God’s voice I’ve never included a set aside time for listening in my prayers. Time in every prayer where I say, Holy Spirit speak into my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I do listen and expect answers, I just haven’t been specifically listening during prayer. So, When He speaks, and I know He will, I’ll intentionally listen, and write what He says in my prayer journal.
Will I act on His words? Will I share? In trusting Him and keeping the faith, I have learned if I don’t respond or follow through I lose the blessing He had planned for me. Things like:
I did come up with a new acronym… G.R.O.W.L. Gratitude (Thanks). Requests. Offense (Forgiveness), Worship, Listen. The word kind of fits as our prayers go up with ‘utterings and groanings’ before the Lord that might sound like growls if we heard them.
Here’s the bottom line. No matter what or how just keep on praying.
Do you want the best possible relationship you can have with your spouse? Try praying for and with them. So, how do you do that?
Set aside part of your daily prayer time to intercede. To know and name his/her struggles you’re going to have to communicate those to one another. Talk about what your goals are as individuals and as a couple. Find out what challenges they’re experiencing.
In your prayer thank God for them. Thank God for the person they are, for their provision, for their love.
Ask God to show Himself in and through them. Support them in their daily walk.
Be willing to change so that they can grow. If you’re part of a problem they’re having give it to God. Humble yourself!
So, what happens when you pray for your spouse? It connects both of you with and to God.
I am a diet book junkie. I’ve read, what seems to be, almost every new book on the subject. When the opportunity came to read The Wellness Revelation I jumped at it. Alisa Keeton has hit the nail on the head in this book. The nail? Dieting is more than food. I’ve read a lot of books about diet and exercise but, this is the first time I’ve read from cover to cover without trying to find the food plan chapter first. Interestingly, she doesn’t really give a food plan. A list of foods that are healthy for us, yes. But not a specific plan. The same goes for exercise…just do it!
Here are 8 concepts from the book. (There are many more, but you’ll have to read it yourself to find out.)
A healthy body is not all about the food you put in it.
Wellness encompasses every aspect of our lives.
Health focused goals such as, lower blood pressure, less processed food, controlling sugar intake, are as important (or maybe more so) as pounds lost or miles run.
God created every part of the world we live in, including us. The way we take care of ourselves, or not, shows how we feel about Him.
We have to be aware that diet, exercise, and a variety of things that seem to be good for our body can also become bondage. It can kill us if we aren’t careful.
We are accountable and have the total responsibility of keeping these bodies we’ve been given in a healthy state.
There is no good reason to be more or less than who we are.
Prayer and meditation are part of a healthy life-style.
This book is a powerful tool in coming to grips with weight-loss and personal health. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to become what God wants us to be in all aspects of our lives.
Blessings to you and yours!
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