Why Pray, Anyway?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Happy Monday, Everyone! Thank you for visiting my Blog and I hope you’ll continue to join me here every Monday! I PRAY your weekend was filled with good tidings and Joy…and it’s not even Christmas!! When we have love in our hearts, we also feel Joy and spread and receive good tidings ourselves, don’t we…and all year long, my Friends. Awesome!!

I’m pretty sure I have some interesting news to share with you all today – Frankly, I didn’t know this and just recently read a very interesting article about how physically beneficial the act of praying can be to all of us. We know prayer can change everything. Indeed!

Now I know why I pray and I’m sure you know why you pray; however, today I have some interesting scientific data, regarding even more benefits to us as a result of engaging in the act of prayer. Yes, God always knows what He’s doing for us and He’s always working on our behalf. I believe it just takes us awhile to discover all of His miraculous ways and gifts…and I’m certain we’ll never-ever know it all. We’re just human, He’s God!!

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The Scientific Study of The Relationship Between The Brain and Spiritual Phenomena – Dr. Andrew Newberg, founder of “Neurotheology”  – 

Strengthen Your Brain Through The Power of Prayer/The Benefits of Prayer: Restore Your Brain and Your Memories.

Not only can prayer be measured as brain activity, but it has been scientifically proven to help the following : 

*Improve the Immune System

*Reduce stress and lower your blood pressure

*Build resistance to disease

*Enhance your memory

*Prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

*Reduce your suffering from pain and ultimately give you a healthier, longer and happier life.

Can Prayer do all this? YES, of course, prayer changes everything!

Prayer is all about God. God is in charge of it all – His Earth, His People, His Gifts.

I consider myself a Prayer Warrior, however, I intend to be an even better, more dedicated Prayer Warrior from this new knowledge forward.

This week, my prayer for us all is that we will be mindful of the incredible access we have to all of God’s Gifts…through our faith in Him by engaging in PRAYER WITH HIM – More than ever. Amen!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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WHO Are You?!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog, everyone! Thank you for your time and inspiration! It’s important to me that you know how much I value your comments and support. Ya know, my Mondays are extra special. Of course every day is special, however, Mondays bring me added Blessings as this is the one day of the week I have private time to share with both my Savior and you at the same time. It starts my day with a special Joy – Thank you!!

I was chatting with a group of kids over the weekend and observed the immense Joy these little souls express as they think about what they want to be when they grow up. It seems to me that children are exceptionally intuitive at such young ages these days. When I was a youngster, I remember my dear Mother listening to my siblings and me as we would all express with delight, exactly what we were going to be when we grew up. Gosh, we had every occupation covered and we all were most serious about our choices. There was, of course, the usual:  doctor, nurse,  minister, policeman, teacher, veterinarian…you know the occupations we, as children were exposed to in our daily lives way back then…in the stone age.

So, let’s fast forward to the present day and these little ones I was querying this weekend. The career goals were quite unique, even surprising. Let’s see now, there was this one little girl in particular, who had her mind made up and no doubt about it, she was going to be an astronaut for the first 10 years of her career and then, she was going to become a brain surgeon. I asked her why she had chosen these two awesome specific “jobs”  –  she told me that as an astronaut she wanted to find out if global warming was real, and then she wanted to become a brain surgeon so she could operate on any child who had a “sick” brain. She added that, “children should be happy and not have to worry about global warming.” With excitement in my voice, I agreed with her and congratulated her on her fine choices…by the way, she’s almost seven.

I’m just wondering: Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? Who are you right now, this minute? Are you feeling good about yourself, your choices? How about when you look in the mirror? Are you pleased with yourself?

I have this little game I play with myself and before I look in the mirror, I remind myself of two things: be honest and take a good long look. Then as I look into the mirror, I ask myself this question: “Are you happy with yourself?” 

This question is about me and only me:

I am not allowed to blame anyone for anything I don’t like about the person I see in the mirror – Why or how something happened or turned out the way it did. I am responsible for me, my choices and my actions – regardless of the outcome. If I do well, I praise myself, thank the good Lord and feel good. If I do not do so well, I pray about it and thank the good Lord for the lesson and ask for His forgiveness and guidance so that I may be a better Christian no matter what “hat” I’m wearing at the time. My goal is that no matter what career I’ve chosen in Life, and at what plateau I’m on, no matter what anyone else tells me I should or should not be or do, I thank them for the input, pray about it and trust my heart, my gut and my Savior. WE have this ONE life – truly a gift – what will we do with it? Amen!

My prayer for us all this week is that we’ll look in the mirror every once in awhile and get our bearings. Ask ourselves if we’re pleased with that image and are we living that image as we believe we should. If we need to make a change, let’s find the courage to do so.

“And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3:17

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day, my friends!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

In America, today is the day we honor our fallen heroes. Today’s Blog is dedicated to all our  heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the incredible freedoms we enjoy. May we never become so busy, self-righteous or complacent that we forget our heroes and how they, alone, fought and still fight our battles for us!

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  – John 15:16

*The Battle Hymn of the Republic:

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord; he is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; he hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; his truth is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah, his truth is marching on! His truth is marching on.

I have seen him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps, they have builded him an altar in the evening dews and damps; I can read his righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps; his day is marching on.

 He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; he is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment seat; O be swift, my soul, to answer him; be jubilant, my feet! Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, with a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me; as he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, while God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave, he is wisdom to the mighty, he is honor to the brave; so the world shall be his footstool, and the soul of wrong his slave. Our God is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.”   

It’s been a year now, probably, since I’ve read these almost unbelievably timeless lyrics…read them once again. I had chills, you probably will as well – I hope you do.

What we, as Americans must never do, is to take our precious freedoms for granted! The past, present and future sacrifices which are ultimately made for these, our freedoms, is one sacrifice that we, heaven forbid, will ever have to make!

As we go forward from this most important day in our history, and as we continue to enjoy our awesome freedoms, from this day forward, at every opportunity to honor our magnificent American Flag and what she stands for, let us stand, place our hand over our hearts and pledge our allegiance to Her and our beloved United States of America. Amen!!

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.          – Ronald Reagan, US President

Happy Memorial Day, my dear fellow Americans!! Let us honor and defend our beloved and extraordinary country at every opportunity we have!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

*The Battle Hymn of the Republic: Lyrics: Julia Ward Howe, Music: USA campmeeting tune

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MOTHERS

Monday, May 14, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog, dear friends! You’re all so appreciated and I’m so grateful for each one of you! You’re such a blessing to me in so many ways and I thank You…for YOU!!

Today, the first day after Mother’s Day, I’m just considering what we do between now and next Mother’s Day. In my case, my dear Mother went to heaven in 1997; however, I know without a doubt that she’s with me in spirit every single day. There are times when I can feel her presence…matter of fact, I could share with you some experiences I’ve had over these past twenty years, since she left here, but some of you may not believe me.  That’s OK too, because some things are meant just for the receiver. I believe this is how our heavenly Father works in our lives… when we let Him. You know, He doesn’t force anything on us. He has given us all the gift of choice…in everything.

I choose to believe my Mother is one of my heavenly guardian angels and still to this day, watches over me and mine. Many of you have read my book and know how much I love and admire my Mother and why God in His infinite wisdom, has no doubt, continued to bless me with my Mother, to guide me on her path to righteousness, even though she no longer “walks” this Earth with me, figuratively speaking. Yes, I’m blessed and I know it!

What does God say about Christian mothers?

*” Being a mother is a very important role that the lord chooses to give to many women. A Christian  mother is told to love her children (Titus 2;4-5), in part so that she does not bring reproach on the Lord and on the Savior whose name she bears.”

Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3-5). In Titus 2:4, the Greek word philoteknos appears in reference to mothers loving their children. This word represents a special kind of “mother love.” The idea that flows out of this word is that of caring for our children, nurturing them, meeting their needs, and tenderly befriending each one as a unique gift from the hand of God.

Several things are commanded of Christian mothers in God’s word:

Availability – morning noon, and night  – Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Involvement – interacting, discussing, thinking, and processing life together: Ephesians 6:4

Teaching – the Scripture and biblical worldview – Psalm 78:56, Deut. 4:10, Eph. 6:4

Training – helping a child to develop skills and discover his/her strengths: Prov. 22;6, and spiritual gifts – Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corin. 12

Discipline – teaching the fear of the Lord, drawing the line consistently, loving, firmly:  Ephs. 6:4, Hebrews, 12:5-11; Prov. 13:24, 19:18, 22:15, 23:13-14, 29:15-17

Nurture – providing an environment of constant verbal support, freedom to fail, acceptance, affection, unconditional love: Titus 2:4, 2 Timothy 1:7, Ephs. 4:29-32, 5:1-2, Galatians 5:22,   1Peter 3:8-9

Modeling with Integrity – living what you say, being a model from which a child can learn by “catching” the essence of godly living : Deut. 4:0, 15,23: Prov. 10:9, 11:3, Psalm 37:18, 37

The Bible never states that every woman should be a mother. However, it does say that those whom the Lord blesses to be mothers should take the responsibility seriously. Mothers have a unique and serious role in the lives of their children. Motherhood is not a chore or unpleasant task. Just as a mother bears a child during pregnancy, and just as a mother feeds and cares for a child during infancy, so mothers also play an ongoing role in the lives of their children, whether they are adolescents, teenagers, young adults, or even adults with children of their own. While  the role of motherhood must change and develop, the love, care, nurture and encouragement a mother gives should never cease.”

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A Mother’s job is quite clear and it’s obvious that a Mother’s work is never done! My dear Mother has been gone from here for twenty years now, however, she’s still loving me and teaching me every single day that I wake up. I love her so much!

“Honor thy Father and your Mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord, they God is giving you.” – the Fifth Commandment –  Exodus 20:12

The role of a Mother is probably the most important career a woman can ever have.

It’s my humble opinion that while we celebrate Mother’s Day only one day of each year, there are 364 more days in the year that we have an opportunity to show  our love, appreciation and adoration for our dear Mothers.

I tell my Mother daily how much I love her and miss her being here…if only I could put my arms around her sweetness and hold her close to me, once again – oh, how wonderful that would be! Since I can’t do that, I pray and talk to her and thank her for all she did and still does with the unconditional love she bestowed upon me while she was here.

My prayer for us all this week is that whether your Mother is still here with you or gone on, please love and honor her as the Bible tells us. If you’re fortunate to still have your Mother here with you, then consider what else you might do to show her how much you honor and love her…every  day of the year! Amen.

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

* A special Thank You to: Mothers of the Bible by Ann Spangler & Jean E. Syswerda

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The Mustard Seed!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy Monday my friends and welcome to my Monday Blog! A special welcome goes to all you new comers around the World, who are here for the very first time! I’m so grateful to all of you and hope when possible you’ll put me on your calendar for every Monday. I make an extra effort not to preach to you; however, sometimes I may get a little out of control and head up that path…trust me though, there’s always a good reason if you read between the lines.

I used to be somewhat rebellious. You know the type…”I can do anything if I really want to”…the only problem with that attitude is that it’s a bit singular and may not work in all situations. Also that style may give the impression that one doesn’t need anyone else. Actually I chased peace for a long time and then found it in my brokenness. That’s when I truly started listening to God, and in case we think God’s mighty Hand is not in everything, well, think again!

Helpless, weary, sick, in pain, broken hearted…LOST, No matter what we’re dealing with or even why, God’s mighty Hand is smack dab in the middle of every crisis we face! He loves us; he doesn’t want us to suffer; He even sent His only begotten son to suffer for us! What more can He do for us to prove His undying love for us?

If you don’t know God, but want to know Him, Church is always a great place to start. My pastor, Rev. Bryant Wright, always reminds us that church is not a Hotel for Saints, rather a Hospital for Sinners. Frankly, I shudder to think where I might be right now, had I not had the opportunity to regularly attend church at a very young age. When I grew up and could make my own decisions, I knew full-well where my faith, heart and devotion belonged, and Church was my way of witnessing for my Savior, Jesus Christ. That was my personal way of saying “Thank you, God, for everything, especially for Jesus!!”

You know, I believe the hardest thing about believing in “the invisible” is believing in the invisible. It’s not a trick. It’s not a joke. Believing in something/anything we cannot see, takes FAITH. How much faith?

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.” Matthew 17:20

Without faith, is to be without God. Without God is to be without Eternity with God. Without Eternity with God is to spend Eternity in Hell.

My prayer for all of us this week is that as Christians we will never doubt God and we’ll embrace our faith and share our love for God with someone who doesn’t know Him as we do. Amen!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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YOU Want ME To WHAT?!!

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my dear friends! I’m grateful for each one of you and invite you to continue to join me here each Monday. Feel free to leave a comment or post a question, anytime.

I always have a great deal on my heart and mind when I sit down to blog and share my feelings with you. Today is no different and I’m led to remind us all about one of the most important lessons in Life: Forgiveness

Easter has just passed a couple of weeks ago and I’m still feeling the incredible love of Jesus Christ and what He did for the World in the name of forgiveness! This is so important for us to know, understand and commit ourselves to doing for as long as we live here on this Earth.

Forgiveness/noun: the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven; to stop blaming or  feeling anger toward someone;

Psychologists generally define forgiveness as “a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings or resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.”

This definition is rather curious to me, as it states “regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness”, which of course is what forgiveness is all about.  If Jesus had died for only those who deserved forgiveness, then we would all be in a World of hurt right now!

I feel certain we all know what happens when we just can’t find it in our hearts to forgive someone. We suffer even more when we hold a grudge and can’t find it in our hearts to let it go, move on and FORGIVE the evil doer (s), already! Why is that, anyway?

We instantly become “teachers”, as in…“I’ll teach them a lesson or two…”,  then we proceed with the Grudge Lessons. It’s sad, pathetic, wrong…and we all do it. Ya know what else we do? We even hold grudges against ourselves! Not only do we have problems forgiving our transgressors, but sometimes we have even more trouble forgiving ourselves!

Here’s my take on this: If Jesus was willing to hang on a tree, suffering a horrible death, for the worlds’ sins (NOT His)…then, today and tomorrow…until He returns, then what is our problem!?

Can we possibly be filled with the pain, agony and suffering Jesus was that day on the Cross…as He hung there dying for all of us? No way! We fall into the category of self-righteous human beings. We love our Lord Jesus and we thank Him for dying for us because we’re sinners, but we are different; we are special. It’s alright for us to hold a grudge, because we are teachers and until someone learns their lesson we will hold onto that grudge…even against ourselves. We will forgive when they (or we) are worthy of  forgiveness, based on our terms. WRONG!!

So… YOU WANT ME TO WHAT?

My prayer for all of us this week is that we will all search our hearts and minds for the strength and courage to consider what is really going on inside ourselves when we are unable to forgive – anyone, everyone including ourselves.

“He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone…”  – John 8:7

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”  – MLK, Jr.

“Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.”                   – Maya Angelou

Amen!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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