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Notice the Stream

... of countless ways in which
Our Creator constantly romances us.

own yourself sensually

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Sibling Rivalry Dissolved Through Prayer

siblings chasing bigger

As parents of more than one, sibling rivalry can be one of our greatest challenges. Lucky for us, we don’t have to read every book on the market for strategies to deal with it–we can just go straight to the Source of Peace and Reconciliation and request a miracle, then watch God work His magic. šŸ˜‰

Lord,

I pray for my children and theirĀ relationship with all family members. Protect and preserve them from any unresolved or permanent breach. Fill their hearts with Your love and give them an abundance of compassion and forgiveness that will overflow to each member of the family. Specifically, I pray for a close, happy, loving, and fulfilling relationship between __(name of child)___ and ___(name of family member)___ for all the days of their lives. May there always be good communication between them and may unforgiveness have no root in their hearts. Help them to love, value, appreciate, and respect one another so that the God-ordained tie between them cannot be broken. I pray according to Your Word, that they “be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Romans 12:10).

Teach my children to resolve misunderstandings according to Your Word. And if any division has already begun, if any relationship is strained or severed, Lord, I pray that You will drive out the wedge of division and bring healing. I pray that there be no strain, breach, misunderstanding, arguing, fighting, or separating of ties. Give them a heart of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Your Word instructs us to “be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous” (1 Peter 3:8). Help my children to live accordingly, “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). In Jesus’ name I pray that You would instill a love and compassion in my children for all family members that is strong and unending, like a cord that cannot be broken.

Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

from the “Maintaining Good Family Relationships” chapter of Stormie Omartian’sĀ The Power of a Praying Parent

(could also be used to dissolve conflict between a child & parent or any other family member, just fill in the blank)

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Finding Fulfillment Among the Homeless

Abba, You are the brilliant Author of Compassion. You created us with a heart that is meant to love and to find its true fulfillment in relationship with each other. What an incredible design! What love! You are incredible. I am in awe of You and how You made us. I adore You and Your incredible ways, Your overwhelming generosity, and Your giant heart that holds space for everyone. Your limitless grace and patience. Your magnificent Universe and all that’s waiting Beyond.

I confess that I have not lived a life of compassion. I have been so caught up in my own little dramas and “adventures” that I have missed out on real life till now. I confess that I still have so so so far to go in learning to let You love through me. There are still so many parts of me striving for “success” and vying for the throne, leading a rebellion against You and Your ways. I am still so undisciplined and spending such a tiny amount of my time in prayer and worship, which is all I really want to do!

Thank You for Your incredible blessings, for my sweet family and my amazing daily community of poor and homeless. I feel so truly taken care of, provided for, and loved. As Gramma says, “You’ve been too kind to me.” Thank You for the heart of compassion that You’re growing in me, and the true FULFILLMENT I’m experiencing as a result of it. Thank You for keeping our family healthy, together,Ā and with a roof over our heads. Thank You for teaching me what true happiness and contentment look like. Thank You for allowing the locusts to takeĀ almost everything away, so I could see what mattered, and that all I was left with was all I ever really wanted. Thank You for this crazy adventure and for what’s awaiting us in Heaven.

Today I ask that You would take the parts of my heart that are still stone and melt them into pure love. Take away all the old me–ALL of it–and make me an on-fire, nothing-to-lose, nothing-else-matters Ambassador of Your Kingdom. These beautiful people trust me and love me, and that is a powerful force–may I use it to bring them home to You, Abba. Teach me how to be a minister of Reconciliation and what that looks like, in a non-preachy, not-so-religious, loving, natural way. And help me to keep my mouth shut when necessary! šŸ˜‰

In Jesus’ powerful name I pray, amen!

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