Wednesday, June 29, 2005

PrayerWalk Journal

Yes, I have already posted once today concerning prayer walking, however I felt I needed to post once again. I do not know if anyone reads my postings, but it feels great to write on how this journey has been going, what I have learned, and how it has affected my walk with God. Discipline and self-control have been the two things that are being tweaked in my character. The more disciplined I have been about going out and spending time with God, the closer I have become and feel towards God. Like God's word tells us, draw near to God and He will draw near to you. This is what happens.

Tonight, I am having a trial run at prayer walking before I leave for Cochrane on Sunday. Last week, one of the pastors at the church my husband and I have been attending, asked if I would consider leading as he would be out of town. Well, here I am Wednesday evening, it is raining outside, not sure if the walking will still go ahead, and the possiblity of leading the group in prayer is on the horizon. God thank goodness you are leading and are with me. LOL Hopefully the Holy Spirit will release all that I have learned...LOL

I know I am still laughing. God has such a humorous way of teaching me, just jump! Oh, I am jumping... and might end up a fool for God.

Robin is rambling on...

I was reading a quote from Randy Sprinkle that the people who walked with God in the old testment were rare, but when the chosen ones did walk with God, it was a closest intimate relationship that the divine and a human could have. I desire to have that kind of relationship... wouldn't it be cool to be like Enoch... and just go from earth to heaven... just walking...oh time to be quiet.

PrayerWalk Journal

Tonight I am facilitating a prayer walk. Considering the rainy weather out side I am not sure if it will take place, if not we will pray inside as usual. Here are some thoughts on prayer walking with a group.

How to Prayer Walk

1. Form a Team

YouÂ’ll be most effective in groups of two (or three if necessary).
2. Find a Territory
You will be given a map of a specific neighborhood. You may need to drive to the area you will be walking, as you drive you can pray for the community/city. As you approach this area with sensitivity and wisdom, youÂ’ll discover the best way to cover it with prayer.
3. Follow a Topic
Get your prayers rolling by praying along with scripture. Begin with the truths of Psalm 23 in this pamphlet or any other biblical promise that will help you pray with hope and blessing. DonÂ’t carry heavy Bibles. Carry a sheet or small portions of scriptures, and a pencil to record anything that stood out to share with the group later.
4. Finish with a Talk
After youÂ’re finished, talk about it. What prayers should be prayed again? When and where will you prayer walk next? How should you watch for GodÂ’s answers and bring the good news? What acts of kindness or service is God giving you to do? How can you bring this kind of praying into your ongoing work in your home city?

Knowing God

Not sure how I ended up doing a word search in the Bible on the word comfort, but I have been blessed because I did. I believe in a world full of deception it is vital I know who my God is. Here are some of the scriptures that have the word comfort in the text. My prayer is that you will be blessed as much as I was in reading each one out loud.

Websters Definition of comfort: to soothe in distress and sorrow, one that comforts, a state of, or anything that provides, ease and quiet enjoyment.

O Great God of Comfort…
· Genesis 5:29
He named him Noah [ Noah sounds like the Hebrew for comfort . ] and said, "He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed."
· Ruth 2:13
"May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord," she said. "You have given me comfort and have spoken kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servant girls."
· Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
· Psalm 71:21
You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.
· Psalm 77:2
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.
· Psalm 86:17
Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
· Psalm 119:50
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
· Psalm 119:52
I remember your ancient laws, O LORD, and I find comfort in them.
· Psalm 119:76
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.
· Psalm 119:82
My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, "When will you comfort me?"
· Ecclesiastes 4:1
[ Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness ] Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors— and they have no comforter.
· Isaiah 12:1
[ Songs of Praise ] In that day you will say: "I will praise you, O LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.
· Isaiah 40:1
[ Comfort for God's People ] Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
· Isaiah 49:13
Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
· Isaiah 51:3
The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
· Isaiah 51:12
"I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass,
· Isaiah 51:19
These double calamities have come upon you— who can comfort you?— ruin and destruction, famine and sword— who can [ Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text / how can ] console you?
· Isaiah 52:9
Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
· Isaiah 54:11
"O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, [ The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. ] your foundations with sapphires. [ Or lapis lazuli ]
· Isaiah 57:14
[ Comfort for the Contrite ] And it will be said: "Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."
· Isaiah 57:18
I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him,
· Isaiah 61:2
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
· Jeremiah 8:18
O my Comforter [ The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. ] in sorrow, my heart is faint within me.
· Jeremiah 31:13
Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
· Lamentations 2:13
What can I say for you? With what can I compare you, O Daughter of Jerusalem? To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you, O Virgin Daughter of Zion? Your wound is as deep as the sea. Who can heal you?
· Zechariah 1:13
So the LORD spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.
· Zechariah 1:17
"Proclaim further: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem.' "
· Zechariah 10:2
The idols speak deceit, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
· Matthew 2:18
"A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."
· Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
· Luke 6:24
"But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
· John 14:1
[ Jesus Comforts His Disciples ] "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God [ Or You trust in God] ; trust also in me.
· 1 Corinthians 14:3
But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.
· 2 Corinthians 1:3
[ The God of All Comfort ] Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
· 2 Corinthians 1:4
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
· 2 Corinthians 1:5
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
· 2 Corinthians 1:6
If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
· 2 Corinthians 1:7
And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
· 2 Corinthians 2:7
Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
· 2 Corinthians 7:6
But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus,
· 2 Corinthians 7:7
and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.
· Philippians 2:1
[ Imitating Christ's Humility ] If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
· 1 Thessalonians 2:12
encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

PrayerWalk Journal

Wow, I have not posted over the last week at all. There have been some awesome mornings of prayer walking and I did not miss a day, but to be disciplined enough to sit down and write was another issue. Finding out my sister who lives in Vancouver has Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma - Large cell B, a systematic disease sent me into a place of much prayer and being quiet before the Lord.

Dealing with emotions and placing the circumstance into perspective have been hard for me. Living over 1000 km away, not able to walk along side, not able to help in anyway, has left me feeling like an outsider in my own family. Over the years this has always been hard when someone has become ill in Vancouver and I am not able to be there.

Over the last week I have been hanging on to many verses from scripture, that have bought much comfort to my heart and emotions.

The LORD God goes before you and will be with you; God will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

I can trust God is with my sister and family, comforting and guiding, and He also hears my emotional pain of feeling like an outsider. Today, I will focus on not being discouraged. It has felt good to write about this journey.

As for prayer walking, yesterday a good friend and I went for a prayer walk along the river. What a glorious morning it was and the friendship of another was great.

God does answer our prayers. I asked Him to bring others into my life who love to pray and walk and who I can join me in prayer walking. He has bought a few good friends. Thank You Lord for answering prayer. God's desire for us is not to be alone and I knew He would answer this prayer.

"If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." Matthew 18:19 At the last BSF meeting I ask that we pray I find a prayer partner...many agreed...and God heard.

A few new books I have just finished are "The Power of Praying Together" By Stormie Omartian and Jack Hayford, "The Power of a Praying Nation" by Stomie Omaritian, and I am half way through "Fresh Faith" and what a powerful book/series by Jim Cymbala.

Well, my teen is up and on his way to finish writing his exams and I am off to walk where my personal trainer Jesus might lead this day.

Oh, one more thought, as I have been praying for my sister and her new journey of healing, I have been reading a small prayer book I had purchased a few years ago, "Psalm for Healing - Praying with those in need" by Gretchen Person. A good prayer start for when you do not know what to pray.

A comforting thought from the first chapter "Diagnosis". "Hearing a Diagnosis can be life-changing event in an individual's and a family's life. It can be a frightening, lonely time, yet it may also be a time when vulnerablity opens one to new relationships with God, family, and friends."

Ps. 6:2-7, 8-9

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; O Lord heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror. My soul also is struck with terror, while you, O Lord -- how long? Turn, O Lord, save my life; deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love. For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who can give praise? I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer."

Prayer: Lord, be gracious to my sister for she is in pain and is scared by this diagnois--physically and spiritually. Restore her health for the sake of your streadfast love--for who can praise you in death? You know my sister's grief, tears, and fears. Thank you for hearing us.

Thank You Jesus for drawing us near. Amen.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

PrayerWalk Journal

Today will be a quiet day spending time in God's presence and loving family. I had places to go today, but being quiet at home is taking priority. This summer will be a quiet one. Over the last few days I have been waking up with a headache. I never have headaches unless something is wrong. is in order. I will take a prayer walk later today.

Lani my flowerlady friend has inspired me to take a fast this week. I need to seek God if I am to take a full fast for a few days or just stay away from certain foods. I think I am leaning towards a full fast. Check out watchmen for the nations for devotional thoughts during this call to fast.

I have been disciplined over the last month concerning walking everyday and journaling. God thank you for teaching me to hang on, and let you lead.

I left my home crying tonight with the many different burdens there are to carry at this time. As I go out and talk with God concerning all that is going on, he really does comfort my soul. I was angry tonight at someone and the word forgive flooded my heart. God knows how it feels to be rejected and hurt by anothers words. My prayer went from Oh God I do not like that person, to God help me to forgive. He always gives me the love covering I need to let go and let Him lead.

Monday, June 13, 2005

PrayerWalk Journal

My walk today was very pleasant and a comfort to my soul. The air was warm yet cool for the early morning. For some reason either I have never noticed before, or there are more robins here then ever before. This spring every time I go for a walk a robin or two has come to greet me. I really enjoy meeting the robins along my prayer walk journey.

Reading the newspaper before heading out on my morning prayer walk gave me much to pray about and meditate on. A few are very scary and very, very, real. I can do one of three things, forget I read them and ignore it, think it won't effect me, or pray, the choice is mine. I mentioned a few of these to one of my teenagers and she thanked me for bringing to mind things that are overwhelming. Oh, a world that has gone mad.

Here are the front page prayer concerns:

1. The next flu pandemic, (I learned a new word! Pandemic - epidemic or a large region). This headline sparked a prayer for the world. My prayer was that God would have mercy on a world that has gone mad, and turn many hearts back to Him. That he would pour out a spirit of Grace and supplication upon all nations. This headline made me think of God sending a one of His plagues to wake people up! God have mercy on this world.

2. How to spot a drug user, (The Meth Threat). Oh, how our world is messed up. Prayers for our young people flooded my heart. What a crazy place to try in grow up in when dangers are all around. Having two young adults and two teens myself, my mama's heart aches and calls out to God for protection over my children. The women who they showed a picture of was only a few years younger then I am. I must pray for all people to wake up and seek God, not drugs or other flesh stimulating things. The scary thing is not one of us is safe from craving things other then God.

3. River level to peak Wednesday - My prayer is that as the river has gone from a flow of 125 cubic metres per second to about 600 over the last week, that God's spirit would also pour forth with great power over a world that is dying. Cleanse the hearts of Your people Lord and help us to pray.

There where many more concerns on my heart today as I headed out with my personal trainer (Jesus), He heard them all.

A Hymn from today: There's just something about that name!

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; There's just something about that name!
Master, Savior, Jesus, Like the fragrance after the rain;
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Let all heaven and earth proclaim:
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, But there's something about that name!

William J. Gaither, 1936 -

God...gave Him the name that is above every name -- Philippians 2:9

A thought I used repeatedly today was, "A world gone mad", since I was using google a lot, I thought I would see what google would say to my word thought. Check out my web find.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Travailing Prayer

“We are a generation that avoids pain at all costs. This is why there are so few intercessors. Most Christians operate on the shallowest levels of prayer, but God wants to take us into the deep levels of intercessory prayer that only a few ever experience. Deep, prolonged intercession is painful. It involves staying before God when everyone else has gone away or sleeps (Luke 22:45). It involves experiencing brokenness with the Father over those who continually rebel against Him. How many of us will experience this kind of fervent intercession?” Henry Blackaby

Dear Intercessors,

God is training us for deeper levels of intercession. He wants to teach us to travail in prayer. Jesus understood travailing prayer while He was on earth. In Luke 22:44 we read, “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground”. Imagine travail of that nature. Prayer can be a very joyful experience, but there are times when we wrestle and travail for God’s purposes to come to pass in people’s lives. There are times when the Holy Spirit burdens us over a situation, and we begin to travail in order to bring it to birth. These are prayers of a very deep and intensive nature. God is looking for people with whom He can share His heart. In the final hours of Jesus’ life, He wanted his disciples to understand the anguish of His heart. In the Garden of Gethsemane, His disciples could not fully grasp the urgency of the hour.

“Ultimately, Jesus prayed alone. He went farther than His disciples and prayed longer. At the greatest moment of intercession in human history, there was no one willing to go with Jesus and watch with Him. Throughout history God has looked for those willing to yield everything to Him and His desire to redeem the world. At times God has marveled that no one was willing to go with Him (Isaiah 63:5, 59:16). The prophets seemed to grasp more than the common people, for while society carried on as though nothing were wrong, the prophets agonized and wept over what they knew God was preparing to do.” Henry Blackaby

Today there are so many that are living at ease, not grasping the importance of the hour. God is raising up intercessors who will stand with Him in intercession and travail over mankind, because they know the significance of the days we are living in. You may be one God chooses to travail for nations or cities. You may be one God chooses to pray and travail for this generation of youth. You may travail over unsaved relatives or co-workers. God is bringing you deeper for a purpose. Intercessors are called to travail His purposes in order to bring them to birth.

Recently while talking with an intercessor that was struggling, I told her that God is taking intercessors deeper. He is preparing us for something significant. When you go deep with God, you have a lot more to give. Your prayers have a sound of urgency and authority. You pray from your heart because in the difficulty, you have received God’s heart. Often barrenness in some area will bring forth strong travailing tears. God is looking for those who will not fall asleep at this critical hour in human history, but who will travail and bring to birth God’s Kingdom purposes on earth. It is worth it to press in, travail, cry out, seek and passionately hunger after God. Travail brings forth birth. If God is taking you deeper, if you feel barren in some area of your life experience, rise up in thanksgiving and say "thank you" to God for the cross. You are in a position for God to bring something to birth through your travailing prayer. Travail is a cry of desperation.

“God’s first requirement in ministry is barrenness. God looks for people who are incapable of producing life on their own, those who have come to the end of their own striving and honestly admit their true condition. Most of us, not wanting to bear this reproach, go around feigning ‘life.’ Our activities become the substitute for the anointing. Programs replace productivity and prayer. Life seems to abound everywhere, until one looks below the surface and realizes it’s only a veneer - a form of godliness that lacks power. Why does God insist on barrenness as a prerequisite for blessing? Simply because no flesh can glory in it… God has to strip us first so that He alone is glorified.” David Ravenhill

What is travail?

”Travail is a form of intense intercession given by the Holy Spirit whereby an individual or group is gripped by something that grips God's heart. The individual or group labors with Him for an opening to be created so that the new life can come forth.”

Travail is hard work and can be compared to childbirth. If you talk to any mother, you know that there is intense pain and agony involved in childbirth. Travail happens after you have carried something in your heart for a period of time. It can be a burden, a promise, or a longing. God has put the burden in your heart. There comes a time to bring the burden to birth through prayer. God desires to bring forth life. He is the initiator. Through travail God creates an opening that was closed before. When we listen carefully as intercessors, we receive His heart, and we learn how to pray God's purposes in travailing prayer. The opening provides the way for the birthing of God’s purposes and plans.

We wrestle in prayer to see God’s plans birthed here on earth. We agonize to see God move in certain situations and to see the lost saved. This strenuous prayer calls for perseverance. Jacob wrestled all night in Genesis 32:24-26. He would not let go until God blessed him. Ephesians 6:11-12 says that we wrestle in prayer against the world rulers of darkness and the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places. In one sense, we are in a wrestling match with the enemy, but we are the winners if we do not give up. Epaphras wrestled in prayer for the Colossian Church in Colossians 4:12-13. Jesus knew how to travail in prayer during His life on earth.

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered” (Hebrews 5:7-8).

Travailing Prayer Brings Forth Birth

We must passionately pray the promises that God has laid on our heart. We must pray until they come forth. We must travail and wrestle and cry out to God on our knees. Our faith then increases, and we endure in prayer until it happens, and it is birthed. Are you desperate enough to travail over the promises that God has given you? Are you willing to pay the price to bring them to birth? Don’t give up. There is too much at stake. Remember this always. Travailing prayer brings forth birth.

God has laid dreams, purposes and destiny on our hearts. He has a global plan, and we are all part of it. We may feel barren at the moment but deep in our heart the dream is there. We must travail in prayer until it is birthed. There is joy in the heart of a mother when her baby is finally born. Likewise, when something is finally birthed in the spiritual realm, there is tremendous joy! I encourage you to press into the purposes of God and travail in prayer until God’s plans are birthed. “May he give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests” (Psalm 20:4-5). Your joy may be right around the corner.

“Wrestling in prayer enlists all the capacities of your soul, marshals your deepest holy desire, and by the grace of God uses all the perseverance of your holy determination. You push through a host of difficulties. You push back the heavy, threatening clouds of darkness. You reach beyond the visible and natural to the very throne of God. With all your strength and tenacity, you lay hold of God's grace and power as it becomes a passion of your soul.” Unnamed quotes by James Goll

Together in the Harvest,
Debbie Przybylski

Posted with permission.

PrayerWalk Journal

I found an Orientation Guide by Dan R. Crawford that is the beginning of his co-authored book, "Prayer Walking". Note: You do need Adope Reader 7.0 to open the file for the orientation guide.

Dan R. Crawford describes a prayer walker as a rock mover, rock moving he states is the job of an intercessor. When we are walking on site we are given a privilege of walking among the rocks.

He also recommends that we have balance in our prayer journeys, time spent in our prayer closets and time walking among the rocks, (I love this analogy).

I am feeling overwhelmed today with the thought of teaching a class on this topic. I pray God will grant to me clarity and boldness as I step out in obedience. I am more of the facilitator researcher type, then actually teaching. I am stepping out of comfort zone on this one.

The sun is trying to shine this morning, oh, how I have missed sunny mornings. Thank you Lord for this day, open my eyes to see what You see, and grant to me a heart to pray.

Now to continue on this journey of prayer...I will post more thoughts later.

Check out this flash movie on comfort. I really like this new website I found.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

PrayerWalk Journal

Over the last few days, "pray for Israel" has been going through my mind. Yesterday, during prayer time a women prayed a beautiful prayer for Israel. Tonight, I was a lost on how to pray and asked God to show me. I thought, well let's see if there are some prayer starts on praying for Israel on the internet. I found this great site full of wonderful stuff it is worth checking out. This site has a flash presentation of Psalm 83. A must watch, I went right into intercession for Israel. I will continue to pray Psalm 83, as a prayer start.

"Let them know that You, whose name is the Lord--that You alone are the Most High over all the earth."

Prayer walking along the river tonight was refreshing. Sun shining through white clouds to the west, and black ominous clouds to the east. It was a delight to let some warmth from the sun touch my face. Two weeks of cloud cover is enough! Oh, it could be worse, I need to thank God even for the rain. As I was driving home a beautiful rainbow was spread across the dark sky, reminding me of God's covenant.

I love to walk along the river bank near the correction institution, tonight I was worshipping and thanking God for my city, and asking Him to pour out His Spirit upon everyone. "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young me will see visions" (Joel 2:28).

The South Saskatchewan was running swiftly from the flood waters in Alberta. I asked God to send His Spirit to flow swifty over all who live here, just as the river is running swiftly through Saskatoon. Then a thought came to pray for the prison...another dead end in my praying. "Holy Spirit show me how to pray", then I felt a heavy oppression around that facility, I asked God to open all hearts to full repentance and turn all to Him.

The smell of fresh rain is flowing though my window as I type. I am thankful for all that God has given to me this day. I bless Him with all of my heart.

I thought of taking my camera tonight, wish I would have the river was magnicifant.

Check out Canada in Prayer for another prayer start for Israel.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

PrayerWalk Journal

I took 64 pictures...can you believe it!

I was having such a great time being a child of God's today. My new runners are rather dirty, but that is what they are for...walking. My kids think I am different/strange posting my pictures, but I feel if you are open to see it, there is beauty all around even on the prairies. My favorite place to walk is along the river (South Saskatchewan). There are many different trails that are along the banks, some straight and narrow, some steep and dangerous.

Hope you enjoyed pictures from my prayer walk.

P.S My husband asked me not to post pictures of myself or our family (I will honor this request), but he never told me not to post a picture of my feet. LOL

My husband can't believe I took pictures as he put it of nothing...As mentioned I found the walk full of beauty.

I love the trails.

My favorite place to rest.

Then some yellow...

I love all of the flowers...

Green, green, grass...

Each week, and month through out the spring in summer there are different wild flowers in my garden.

Reminder of last years growth.

Interesting...someone was hard at work.

A friend...

Just for praying...

Which path do I follow?

God sprinkles colour...

It is beautiful here.

I prayed for Tanya!

The South Saskatchewan river runs through my city - a great place to pray.

Everything is green!

Entrance to My Secret Garden

A few years ago I found an awesome place to prayer walk, it has become my secret garden. Today, I was having fun enjoying the beauty in Saskatoon.

Friday, June 03, 2005

PrayerWalk Journal

A flu? A cold? Or just plain sick of dull rainy weather? Perhaps it is a mixture of all three. No walking today, however prayer has been my focus all day. It really is hard to see the world from the perspective of heaven, but God is teaching me to pray about all of the little events that fill my day. A few of the daily concerns brought tears and some did bring forth great delight, thank goodness God wants to hear it all.

Grocery shopping was a main chore today that should have been done yesterday. I went in protest, procrastinating all of the way. When I leave home with this kind of attitude it is a sure sign prayer is needed. It is as if the mood went with me, casting shadows onto others. "Grumpy rude people," was my first thought, usual, God spoke to my heart. "Pray and ask to have a different heart of gratitude and love." I must say, shopping was a lot easier to finish with a smile on my face and peace in my heart, no matter what was going on around me. Prayer and repentance are the answers to a bad heart condition.

God forgive me in blaming others for having bad attitudes, when all along it was my attitude that needed to change. Thank you for pouring down love by Your Spirit upon my dry and grumpy soul. In Christ. Amen.

Finishing this day by praying for the sale of my friend Lani's home, bought joy to my heart as I thought about her and her family. God bless Lani today with lots of joy as she rest and trust in You.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Hymn on Prayer, James Montgomey, 1818

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed;
The motion of hidden fire,
That trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest for of speech
That infant lips can try,
Prayer the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on High.

Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,
The Christian's native air,
His watchword at the gates of death:
He enters heaven with a prayer.

Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice,
Returning from his ways;
While angels in their songs rejoice,
And cry, 'Behold, he prays.'

O thou by whom we come to God,
The Life, the Truth, the Way,
The path of prayer teyself hast trod:
Lord, teach us how to pray. Amen.

PrayerWalk Journal

I have been looking for a book by S.D. Gordon - Quiet Talks on Prayer and decided yesterday to see if Emmanuel had it in their library, they did. Today, I was searching for something under my bed, I found a box with my collection of little prayer books, guess what? I have the book. All I had to do was look at home, not somewhere else.

Life, every circumstance can lead us to think how we really do look other places, but not where the heart belongs, in the presence of God.

A prayer thought from S.D. Gordon:

"The greatest people on earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; I mean those people who take time and pray. They have not time. It must be taken from something else. This something else is important. Very important, and pressing, but still less important than prayer."

Walking today will not happen until later. The rain is coming down rather hard and my heart is wanting to be warm and pray in my prayer closet. Discipline in walking is out the window, but the discipline of prayer is still first.

The copy I found at home has a copyright dated 1941, it is one of those little vintage books, hard cover, faded, but the words are still the same. It is amazing the things I find in my own home.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

PrayerWalk Journal

I decided, I really do not like cloudy days, sunshine and lots of light does my soul well. Rain has been the constant for a few days with a forecast of a few more days yet. Walking tonight was refreshing, everything was green and growing. The air was crisp, with rays of sunshine bursting forth from the overcast sky.

No great revelations or fantastic prayers tonight, however I was lead to thank God for all that He has given to me, even the raining days I do not appreciate. When the sun does shine it is refreshing and cleansing, not only to the earth but also my soul.

Over the last few days the topic of our hearts has been coming up in conversation and thought over and over, especially concerning our teenagers. Turning away from relationship with God and others is truly a matter of the heart. Here are a few scripture verses I have been contemplating upon.

"Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him." Proverbs 22:15

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23, 24