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September 11: Don’t Just Remember, Pray

Thursday, September 11, 2014

By Michelle Medlock Adams, September 10, 2014

September 11th will forever mean something different since the unimaginable tragedy that struck America in 2001. If 9/11 taught us anything as a country, it taught us to cherish our loved ones a little more and slow down long enough to appreciate the life around us.

I remember that day like it was yesterday. I watched news coverage almost non-stop–numb, shocked and heartbroken. And I specifically remember how one of the newscasters signed off that night.

The Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.With a shaky voice and tears in his eyes, he said: “Like you, I am devastated. And like you, I am shaken. But I know one thing. I am going to go home and hug my wife and my children for a very long time tonight and tell them how much I love them. I suggest you do the same…”

I did.

I bet you did, too.

In the days following September 11, our nation came together in a way I’d never seen. No one seemed to care whether you were a Democrat or a Republican. We were all just Americans. And for a season, we were all united.

Everyone wanted to help in some way. People from all over the country took their vacation time from work and headed to New York City to see how they could help at Ground Zero.

School children wrote letters to the NYC firefighters and police, thanking them for their service. Churches all over the world held prayer vigils in hopes that more survivors would be found in the wreckage, while others prayed diligently for the families of the victims. People stood in line to give blood as a response to the urgent need in New York.

My own girls, who were only 8 and 6 at the time, were even moved to help. They set up a lemonade stand in our neighborhood and over several days raised almost $100 which they excitedly donated to the American Red Cross.

School children in Colorado sent teddy bears to the children who lost a parent as a result of 9/11.

And, a group of students at Forest Hill Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, started the “give up flowers for the towers” drive as part of their school’s homecoming, encouraging students to take the money they would have spent on flowers for the dance and to donate it instead.

By the end of the homecoming dance, the students had raised more than $4000 in donations for the American Red Cross.

The spirit of giving and intense patriotism lived in every corner of America. Neighbors helped neighbors. Strangers reached out to strangers.

Suddenly, age, race, economic status, political party, denomination–none of those things divided us anymore. The flag meant something more after 9/11, and we wore red, white and blue with great pride.

Though it was one of the darkest days our country has ever known, what the devil meant for harm, God used for good (Gen. 50:20). Out of devastation and death, we rose up with renewed courage and strength.

Yes, it’s been more than a decade, and yes, we’re not as united as we once were. But, we can be again. Let’s take this September 11th and do more than just remember–let’s pray.

The Word says, If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

I hope you’ll take time to pray for those who lost loved ones on September 11, and for our nation and its leaders.

In fact, why wait? Pray with me now:

Father, we are thankful that you are our God, and the God of this nation. We ask today that you bless our country and unite us once again. Father, we ask that you give our nation’s leaders direction and wisdom, and we pray protection over our men and women in uniform.

We also pray that you comfort hearts around this world that are still hurting from losing loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001. Touch them, Lord, and let them know that you haven’t forgotten and that you love them very much.

And, God, help us not to take even one moment of life for granted and to love like there’s no tomorrow. Heal our land, Lord. In the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.

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INFLATED 9/14/2014 7:04PM

    Amen. I was watching the weather channel last night about hurricane Katrina. A man helped get people out of the apartment building where he lived. While there were thugs hot-wiring vehicles to get out of Louisiana. He hot-wired a boat and took the sick to where they could be given help. He was able to get a helicopter to come and air-lift the rest. He said there was no racial divides, or political agendas then, it was each one trying to help another.

It is such a shame that it takes a tragedy to bring us together when it is the way we should live daily.

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WINDSONG~ 9/12/2014 2:32AM

    You touched my heart with your words.

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JANIEWWJD 9/11/2014 9:35PM

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post!!! My heart still hurts thinking of that day, and I do pray daily!!! I pray for tolerance from people, I pray for love of country, and I pray for this wonderful freedom that we have here in our country!!! God bless America, and God bless our heroes!!!!!
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LUCYCAN7 9/11/2014 9:30PM

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CAMRY426 9/11/2014 5:58PM

  Great post.

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    God bless them and you emoticon

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Believe in Your Prayers

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us–yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7 (NIV)

Sometimes when I pray, I am praying but I am not really believing that my prayers hold any weight. Even as I have been praying I have been doubting that my prayers would be answered in the way I wanted them to be. This is probably not the most effective way to pray.

Yesterday, when I was in the parking lot at the grocery store, I was shooting up a prayer to the Lord. I talk to Him a lot in the car. And this thought pierced my prayer midsentence. You don’t believe that I have good things for you. I couldn’t even deny it. I simply burst into tears.

This past year was a year of prayer and fasting for us. We prayed for a house. We prayed for our friend Shelly to live. We prayed for our church to grow exponentially. We prayed for a lot of things. We prayed and then we prayed some more. And when God did not move as I begged Him to, I lost my prayer mojo.

You would think I wouldn’t be so fickle. Clearly, you don’t know me. But I know that Jesus isn’t done with me. When He zinged me in the parking lot with His truth, all I could say was, “You are right. Forgive me. Make me new.”

I think hands down it is the best prayer I have prayed yet. The truth is, Jesus doesn’t just have good things for me. He has good upon good upon good things for me. So gripping this truth with both hands, I am turning my heart toward Him once again. Rejoicing. Praying. Full of thanks. And that’s good.

Faith Step: Make a list of three things today: Something you can rejoice about, something you need prayer for, and something you are thankful for. Carry it in your pocket and read it often. Lift it up to Jesus and know that He has good things for you today.

By Susanna Foth Aughtmon

This devotion is excerpted from Mornings with Jesus 2015.

Hope this reminds you as it does me, we must believe in our prayers and trust that God will answer them in His Time and with His Wisdom. Answers are not always what we expect but He will do what is right for us.

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DIBANANA 9/7/2014 9:51PM

  Very uplifting Pat! emoticon

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CONTENTCHRIS 9/6/2014 7:52PM

    emoticon for sharing. Sometimes God allows me to be used by him to help myself after asking him, others he has answered in advance.

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MSLZZY 9/5/2014 10:55PM

    Sometimes, when we are still, we can feel his presence and know that he will do what is best for us. HUGS!

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JUDITHANNIE 9/5/2014 10:52AM

    Boy did your blog hit home. God doesn't always answers our prayers as we would like HIM to but in HIS own way HE does answer them. I was very ill about 10 yrs. ago and not expected to live. When I woke I remember seeing angels all around me praying over me. When I told my friends they said yes, you were on lots of prayer lists. GOD is good. Now I'm not afraid of death, not ready to go yet but when HE is ready foe me I will go willingly. Thanks for the wonderful blog Pat. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. Judy emoticon

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INFLATED 9/5/2014 1:35AM

    Acts 12:1-17 is an example of this. The church was praying for Peter as he was imprisoned. An angel freed Peter and he went to where the church was gathered and they thought it was his angel. They accused Rhoda of being mad. They were astonished it was really him and that God had answered their prayers.

It is not believing that God is able to do what we ask, it is believing that He will. A great man of prayer was George Mueller/Muller.

I think many of us are like the church praying for Peter and when God answers with a Yes, it surprises us. Another great blog!

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JANIEWWJD 9/5/2014 12:41AM

    Loved your blog because I too pray daily and I do truly believe in my prayers. I am of the believe that we should not put a question mark where God has put a period!!! God bless you and have a marvelous and prayer filled day tomorrow, my friend!!!
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MILPAM3 9/4/2014 11:22PM

  My pastor claims his standing prayer in heaven is for any and all of his prayers to be answered in God's divine, not permissible will. That would mean that Romans 8:28 would come to pass no matter what.

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COOLRAIN 9/4/2014 7:26PM

    Sometimes the answer is just a simple "No" and sometimes a less-simple "Not now." We just need to accept whatever answer we get and keep plodding, walking, skipping, jumping, running along, but rest in the knowledge that His answer is the BEST answer for us. Keep the Faith!

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LUCYCAN7 9/4/2014 6:07PM

  God does answer our prayers but not sometimes the way we want them
answered.His timing and his will.Thanks for sharing.Hugs and Blessings
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OURELEE1 9/4/2014 5:37PM

  Thanks So very true

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

The message in church today was about fear and I thought it fit so well with what many of us are dealing with on here.

Fear stops us from moving forward with our life.
The fear of loss.
The fear of failure.
The fear of rejection.
The fear of the unknown.

How many of us are hanging onto this weight because we are afraid? We are afraid of what will happen when we aren't carrying it around. It has become our security blanket. If we don't really try, then we can't fail. What if we lose the weight and we still feel like we don't fit in. What will life really be like after we lose the weight???

What do you really fear?

Fear is placing your faith in things that may or may not happen.

Do you really want to let fear rule your life? Would you rather place your faith in what could happen if you let go of that fear or move forward in faith that things can improve?

Ask yourself this question.

What does your fear matter?

Your fear reveals what you value the most.
Your fear reveals where you trust in God the least.
Acknowledge your fear and choose to trust that God knows what is best for you.

If you can do this then you can move forward with whatever you want to achieve in life, be it weight loss, change jobs, move to a new location, or just living life free from fear of life itself.

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INFLATED 8/20/2014 5:08PM

    I got down on my knees by our bed before having the treadmill stress test. I fear something being wrong with my heart, but I know my times are in His Hands. Psa_31:15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

Thank you for this blog!

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JANIEWWJD 8/19/2014 12:13AM

    Loved your blog. My fear will never win!!! Onward Sparkers!!!! Together we can do this!!!!
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    Fear is such a stronghold...but God is bigger than the fear we feel or we face before us.
The Footprints in the Sand comes to mind...take that 1st step and he will scoop us up and carry us through it ALL.
I like what BABY_GIRL 69 said that Fear & Faith can Not occupy the same space.
Fear is not of God! He lovingly reaches out to comforting that is!
emoticon Pat for reminding us to trust Him.
Pray for strength to overcome the fears. He has given us His Peace!
As Prayers Go Up...Blessings Come Down!
God Bless Us All

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JUDITHANNIE 8/17/2014 8:29PM

    Great blog, thanks Pat. emoticon

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LUCYCAN7 8/17/2014 6:55PM

  AMEN,so very true!Thanks for sharing great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 8/17/2014 6:46PM

    That was our message last week. Fear is the absence of faith. Fear & faith cannot occupy the same space. So it's so true....

God bless & thanks for the reminder.


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Our trip to Michigan

Saturday, August 02, 2014

This is DH & I in front of Oak Hill Mansion on the campus of Berry College in Rome, GA
We stopped there on the 2nd day of our trip north and took the tour of their museum, the mansion and I visited their beautiful gardens. As it was drizzling, DH decided to skip them and that might have been wise as I slipped on the flagstone walkway and hurt my knee and twisted my back but glad I got to see the gardens.

One of the gardens

The fish garden (where I slipped and fell)

The early morning fog over the mountains looking from our motel in TN.

DH in front of the Chickamunga National Park visitor center outside of Chattanooga, TN

One of many monuments in the park. They give you a map and you drive thru the park to the sites that are marked by a number and then you dial on your cell phone and you get an audio tour of what happened at each site. Very interesting and worth a stop. Just wish it had been a nicer day-still drizzling!

Mama, papa, and baby fawn we saw while driving thru the park. They started to run away but then decided we were harmless and went back to grazing.

Not far from the deer, we sighted this tom who originally had his feathers all fluffed out but when he realized we were stopping, he got to moving the two hens into the woods. It was quite funny to see how he herded them away from us.

This is another turkey that wasn't far from the other 3 but it was trying to be very inconspicuous by stretching out beside the tree!

These were two swans that came into the lake in front of our friends rv. There lake connects to 2 other lakes and generally the swans stay in the other lakes as there are lots of kids in this one swimming.

I hope you can see the bunny that kept trying to eat Betty's flowers. She finally put wire around her rose bush as he was eating it down to the base.

When we went to Shipshewana, IN we saw a lot of Amish. It was quite interesting and wish DH had felt better so we could have stayed longer. We did get in 10,000 steps walking thru the flea market.

This is DH relaxing in front of the camper we rented for the week.

DH loved this 1929 Ford that we saw along the road so had to stop and take a pic.

DH & I in front of Santa Fe restaurant in Troy, AL, our last night on the road.

DH at the welcome center when we got back into Florida.

Weather was beautiful while we were In Michigan and it was a a relief to get away from the heat for a few days but it was an even bigger relief to get DH back home as he was miserable most of the time. When we got back and got into see his gastro doc we finally got the diagnosis-he is suffering from Crohn's Disease so now we have a reason for the GI bleeds. He has started medication so we are in hope that he will go into remission. For now we won't be going away from home till we can get things under control.

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CTUPTON 9/4/2014 5:51PM

    Love your vacation photos! I am sorry your husband was not feeling up to par. I hope he is better nos. chirs

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/10/2014 12:36PM

    I'm sorry to hear that dh didn't feel well. I hope the meds help him feel better quick. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures! You look strong and beautiful, which is no wonder with all your activity you keep up.
I hope your knee is ok.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/6/2014 10:59PM

    Prayers for your DH. So glad you know why he is having problems and that they gave him medicaiton. Hope it works for him. I sure enjoyed traveling with you via your blog and pictures!!! Thank you for taking us along!!! Glad you had cooler weather for your travels too!!!
Continued blessings and hugs,

Beautiful pictures!!!

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INFLATED 8/4/2014 12:53AM

    I will pray for your husband. The pictures are wonderful and I am glad you got to see some wildlife too.

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    emoticon emoticon shots! Nice to go on the road with you via photos. Enjoyed
That is one big turkey.
Healing and Strength to endure for Bill & You!

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MSLZZY 8/3/2014 8:11AM

    At least you had some time away before the summer ended. All those new meds should help DH feel better. Funny how some of those issues sneak up on you and the diagnosis takes us by surprise.

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WINDSONG~ 8/3/2014 2:05AM

    That one turkey almost looked like a real person. Great pictures and it looks like you did enjoy yourselves.

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JANIEWWJD 8/3/2014 12:44AM

    The pictures were great!!! It looks like you had a wonderful time!!!
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IAMWINNING 8/2/2014 10:20PM

    Thank you for sharing your vacation with us. I'm glad you and DH now know what is causing him so much trouble and pain; and I hope the two of you will find it easy to figure out what he can/shouldn't eat and do. God bless you both.

I enjoyed the pictures, and your descriptions of where you were and what you did.

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LUCYCAN7 8/2/2014 8:49PM

  Sending prayers your way my Dear Friend to you Both you are in my Prayers
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Prayerful Steps to Stop Procrastinating

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Use these tips and Scripture from the Guideposts Daily Planner to put an end to putting things off.

By Elizabeth Sherrill, Hingham, Massachusetts

Five ways to help you get things done with the help of God's Word.

1. Where to start.
A good prayer to begin the day is “God, You have given me life, strength, will, and this day in which to use them. Help me remember that the hours come from You so that I do not return Your gift empty.”

2. How to find God’s time.
Make a habit of saying: “This one thing I do” (Philippians 3:13). Because Paul looked to God’s guidance for every action, he perceived his life not as a clutter of conflicting demands but as a unity.

3. Set up your never file.
Take a fresh look at the things you’ve been putting off. Ask God if you are truly intended to do them. If God shows you that something does not “belong to your peace,” commit it crisply to your never file.

4. Use the appointment approach.
The procrastinator’s favorite word is sometime. The easiest and quickest cure is to do it right now, which we cannot always do. Most of the enterprises have to wait for the future. But make sure it’s a definite future: at four o’clock this afternoon on Tuesday.

5. Ask God’s help.
If you slip back into the old pattern, pray: “God, make me more aware of what matters most so that my life may come into harmony with Your times and seasons.”

This article is excerpted from Guideposts Daily Planner 2015.

Whether it is weight loss, organizing things in your home or just helping to get things done that you keep putting off, I think these 5 steps will help give you a clear picture of how you can achieve your goal.

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INFLATED 8/4/2014 12:46AM

    I am the PRO at procrastination. I use a timer to focus for 15 minutes or I get sidetracked away from what I set out to do. Great blog and a reminder to us to be wise stewards of our time.

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JANIEWWJD 7/26/2014 12:35AM

    This was such a wonderful blog!!! Thank you, I needed the reminders.
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MSLZZY 7/25/2014 9:40AM

    I so needed to read this today. Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today. Your words inspire me to focus on my goals and do it now. HUGS!

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LUCYCAN7 7/24/2014 6:41PM

  We definetly need prayer in our lives everyday.God 1st always!!
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Continued blessings and hugs,

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