Day 36 “52 Days of Prayers To Rebuild America!”

Day 36 “52 Days of Prayers To Rebuild America!”

Song: Surrounded (Fight Our Battles)/Michael W Smith

Scripture: James 4:2b

“You do not have because you do not ask God.”

“God opposes the proud, but He pours out grace on the humble.” James 4:6

Prayer: Jesus, you have called us to be a praying people and to pray without ceasing. Lord, sometimes we get tired, apathetic, and joyless. Please stir up within us, Holy Spirit, the desire to pray about all the issues of this life. God, there are so many, and evil is prevalent in our country. God, help us to be bold in prayer, asking for your divine wisdom, guidance, and intervention. God, we cannot muster up this faith ourselves; we need you to instill within us the desire to care, pray and intercede on our country’s behalf. Reignite our fire for you and your people! Jesus, help us to keep you at the forefront of our hearts, praying with the zeal of the Lord! Remind us, Lord, to put on the garment of praise, casting off the garment of despair. Thank you for moving on and hearing our prayers! In the Beautiful Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Decree out loud: I decree I am a praying person, and I care deeply about what happens to my family, children, adults, our country’s concerns, and the concerns of the nations of the world. I declare the joy of the Lord is my strength (Neh. 8:10), and He will help me to continue to persevere in prayer. I will not grow weary in prayer! In Jesus, I decree that I will stand strong and pray about what is on His heart.

Prophetic encouragement: I see prayer warriors increasing their prayers, fulfilling their assignment to pray! I see things changing because of the power of prayer, being united to the Word, our faith and worship, and our love of Jesus. I can see the look of joy on the prayer warrior’s faces when Jesus reveals to them how their prayers changed many courses of action for the better! Hallelujah!

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Day 30 “52 Days of Prayers To Rebuild America!”

Day 30 “52 Days of Prayers To Rebuild America!”

Song: Strength/Melissa Helser

Scripture: Ezekiel 3:8-10 (EB)

“See [Behold], I now make ·you as stubborn [your face as strong as their face] and ·as hard as they are [your forehead as strong as their forehead] I am making ·you [your forehead] as hard as ·a diamond [or flint; or the hardest stone], harder than ·stone [or flint]. Don’t be afraid of them or be ·frightened [terrified; dismayed] by them, though they are a ·people who turn against me [rebellious house].”

Prayer: Jesus, help us to set our foreheads as rigid and unyielding as flint when it comes to evil! You are the One who vindicates your people. You are the One who says, “enough is enough!” and cause the evil to fall. Help us to stand up against woke, cancel culture and stand strong for family values and what is morally upright for our children and grandchildren. We pray to be a people who honor and glorify you and your ways, all accomplished with your love. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.

Decree out loud: Jesus in your Name, I decree that my forehead (the center of reasoning, perseverance, creativity, and executive functioning in my pre-frontal cortex) is as hard as flint spiritually, physically, and emotionally.  I am absolutely trusting you no matter what happens in the world. I decree I will recognize the lies and the schemes of the enemy right away, call it out, and pray to you. You are more than faithful and trustworthy! I decree that your perfect love casts out my fear! I declare I will stand strong and tough in your love, strength, and fortitude!

Prophetic encouragement: I see God’s beloved learning her new authority and resurrection power as an heir to Jesus! I decree the blood of the lamb (Jesus), and the word of our testimony is powerful in casting down strongholds in wicked places. I hear the cry of the remnant giving out shouts of victory, roaring like the Lion of Judah!

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Day 25 “52 Days of Prayers To Rebuild America!”

Day 25 “52 Days of Prayers To Rebuild America!”
Song: You Keep Hope Alive/ Church of The City
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-4 (NLT)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us
strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us
run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus,
the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He
endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside
God’s throne. Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become
weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.”

Prayer: Jesus, there are moments and especially in these evil times, we may feel alone, but we
are not! We are surrounded by a great army of eyewitnesses! They have run the race of faith
before us and finished well. It is now our turn. Abba God, help us to stay focused upon you, and
choose to worship you more! Remind us to look to your Son, Jesus who willingly went to the
cross with joy in His heart! Thank you, Jesus for saving each one of us from our sins, and a life
that could be separated from your love. Jesus, we want you in our lives! Come into our hearts;
we confess our sins to you. Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross, so we can live with you
forever in eternity. Thank you for your resurrection. We confess with our mouths, that Jesus is
our Lord, and God’s Son. Praise you! In the holy and powerful Name of Jesus, we thank! Amen.

Decree out loud: I decree that someone just received Jesus as their personal Savior and many
more will follow Him! All the angels are celebrating along with us! I declare we will persevere
and not grow weary for such a time as this! I declare you are salt and light, and the glory of the
Lord is shining on your face, blessing others with His amazing love!

Prophetic encouragement: I see the remnant of the ecclesia rising in her true authority! She is
beginning to understand her royal identity, seated in the heavenlies with Jesus! (Eph. 2:6) The
remnant is pushing back dark, evil agendas with their decrees and prayers!

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If you give a mouse a cookie…

“If you give a mouse a cookie…the children’s story begins on a rather positive note.
Suddenly, the mouse also wants a cup of milk then a book read to him and so on and on! When I taught Kindergarten, this was an annual Fall read. We would watercolor chocolate chip cookies and then make and finally eat our warm, gooey treats. The kids loved this story. The repetitive nature of the prose helped them memorize the story. Memorization along with rhyming are the keys to learning to read.

This mouse’s desires are never ending. Reminds me of the task of staining our decks, which we are doing right now. My husband and I thought one day process, no problem. Noooo! First of all, he realizes he MUST power wash the deck I am taping off with pretty sky blue painters tape. He sprays most of the tape (accidentally, I’m sure) and it rolls off the side of the stairs. It’s a blazing hot day, so my plastic gloved hands are dripping with sweat and Russet acrylic stain. Thank goodness, it’s a water based stain. How many slats and railings do we have? It is amazing I haven’t noticed the 500 plus railings before! Well, (oh darn!) I’ve run out of paint. I have all the railings inside and out stained. Looking pretty nice, if I do say so myself. I’ll get more paint tomorrow after I teach at the gym and get the biggest latte I can find. I’m going to need it to finish this “one day project.”
2nd day: The hardware store has ran out of stain base. It’s on SALE, after all! (Woo-hoo! I get a break from the blistering heat!) “It will be in tomorrow,” the hardware man tells me. Too bad. I’m getting out of town to ride my bike somewhere cooler. The decks will wait for me, I’m sure.
3rd day: Darn. They have the stain base in so I buy another gallon, more sponge brushes and rubber gloves so I can sweat some more. Hey! I finished the floors of two decks. Looking nice. Pretty blue tape everywhere.
Still 3rd day. Onto the small office deck since I have some stain left. My husband frantically tries to tape off the stairs before I leave little polk a dots of Russet stain everywhere. He is on the front porch blasting it with the water compression thingy. He’s off to the hardware store, again. He needs deck cleaner and some new brushes. Hubby comes back with all the above, plus a new American flag and headlight cleaner for my car. Boy, these decks are getting expensive!
Now, I’m out of stain. Quick, back to the hardware store for more stain and two pieces of redwood board to fix the super warped stairs. Oh, by the way: power outage at the hardware store. Just a slight “delay.”
On the front deck, the deck cleaner has worked amazingly well. Pick out new oil based Sequoia stain. Going to be beautiful. Must buy new oil based brushes, cannot use the water based brushes. What?!
4th day: We are finishing today, come heck or high water! I’m going on a run first and looking for the largest iced coffee I can find. Maybe I’ll add a shot or two of espresso. I’m going to need it. FYI…Training for a 1/2 Marathon is easier than staining your decks.
Well, we are all finished now. Whew! A one day project turned into four days, a couple hundred doll hairs and seriously seven trips to the hardware store. Our decks look beautiful. The really good thing is I have had a lot of time to reflect and be grateful.
Grateful for decks to sit and reflect on God‘s beauty in nature. Our Sierra mountain view is amazing! The hummingbirds that hurriedly come to our decks for nourishment are a stunning iridescent green and glittery ruby red. Our two dogs come and lay at our feet as we drink our morning coffee. Our kitty sits on my lap, just for a moment.  A neighbor whistles nearby. I rest and reflect on God’s love and presence on these decks. They look great. The time (and sweat) were well worth it. Now, I have peace and joy. I muse, I’m like this mouse with the cookie. If I start with one project, I might as well complete the rest of the projects while we’re at it. And so, I persevere, rather hilariously at times.
“We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance,
perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” Romans 5:3-5 NIV