Prayers For The Week

 

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Are you too busy to pray? As a single mum you have less time than other moms. But you need prayers to keep you strong, motivate you and help you cope with problems.

I’m a single mum and I know how important prayer is to me. And I also know that when I don’t pray, it affects me negatively.

So, I’m going to pray for us this morning for the week ahead.

Lord you said when two or three gather together in your name, you’re there with them.

Prayers of thanksgiving

Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for waking us up this morning. Thank you for our children and families. Thank you for the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Thank you for the ability to see, hear, eat, walk, taste, smell and talk. We take these things for granted. But there are people in hospitals and hospices who would love to do these simple things.

Prayers for forgiveness

Jesus taught us to pray for forgiveness in Matt. 6:12. We ask that you forgive us our trespasses (sins) as we forgive those that trespass against us. Fill us with your love so we can love others regardless of how they treat us. Give us a forgiving spirit to forgive others so we don’t hold grudges.

Prayers for worrying

Life is tough sometimes. But in your word, it says, ‘Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.’ Phil. 4:6 (NCV)

Today I bring all our worries to you:

  • Worries about not having enough money to pay the bills.
  • Worries about getting ill and not being able to look after our children.
  • Worries about debt.
  • Worries about not having a job.
  • Worries about loneliness.
  • Worries about our children being attacked at school or on the streets.

Lord, sometimes our minds are full of worries. But I know these worries won’t change anything. They only wear us down. So, I bring them all to you today. I surrender them to you. With you all things are possible. So I ask that you remove all traces of worry from our minds. Fill us with your peace instead. And help us to hold on to your promises.

Prayers for our children

Please keep our children safe. Protect them from getting stabbed or shot. Stop them from getting tempted to get involved in arguments and fights. Because it could cost them their lives. Give them wisdom to choose the right people to become their friends. Show them how to put their talents to good use. Reveal yourself to them. May they find you in their search for a true friend. You’ll be a friend who will love them, speak to them and guide them.

Prayers for protection

As this week unfolds, protect us from harm. May your holy angels lift us when and keep us from hurting ourselves. (Psalm 91: 12). “I run to you, Lordfor protection. Don’t disappoint me. You do what is right, so come to my rescue. Listen to my prayer and keep me safe. Be my mighty rock, the place where I can always run for protection. Save me by your command! You are my mighty rock and my fortress. Psalm 71: 1-3

Help us to trust you more so you can work properly in our lives. Help us to hear you when you speak to us so we can obey you. And help us to live within your will. In Jesus Name. Amen

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Work in Progress

Work in ProgressThis is the last in the series of Ruth Synder’s Blog Hop. This week I’m writing about my work in progress. It’s been inspirational meeting other writers as we read and commented on each other’s blogs.  

Click on this link to read contributions from the other writers.

The Fatherless Bride

I’m writing a novel based on Ezekiel 16 ‘Jerusalem – The Unfaithful Wife’. The idea came to me as I read the passage. I felt led by The Holy Spirit to write it as a novel. Continue reading

Advice For a Newbie Writer

Newbie Writer

This is week 4 in our ‘Blog Hop’ and the topic is ‘Advice for Newbie Writers’. Please click on the link at the end of the post to see what other writers are saying. :-)

Writing is a joy. When I was a little girl I dreamt of becoming an author. I used to picture myself sitting down and churning out books. I thought all you had to do was sit at a computer, and turn your imagination into written words. I couldn’t wait to start writing.

Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. I’ll share my story and give you some advice as you pursue your writing dreams.

I didn’t do anything about my passion for writing for many years. Until one day, after my ex husband cheated on me.

First, I reverted into my shell. Next, I cried and wallowed in self-pity. But that didn’t help the heart ache. Continue reading

My Hero

This is the third post for Ruth Synder’s Writers’ Blog Hop. This week, it’s a character sketch about our hero. My hero is my dad. I wanted to share a little about him and how he impacted my life. 

My new life

I stared miserably through the car window. Thick grey fog danced around us. My dad’s face gazed rigidly ahead. He looked like he was getting ready to take a photograph. My mother sat solemnly beside him, mouth spiralled into a frown. Next to me in the back of the beige Morris Minor car sat my little sister. Her eyes roamed over my body like a revolving yo-yo.

‘So, this is England and my new family.’ I thought gloomily trying to fight the tears from occupying my eyes.  Continue reading

Writing Tools I Use

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When I saw the title of this week’s contribution, I had to stop and think. What writing tools do I use? Well, I guess it’s the ones that make my writing life productive and comfortable.

Here they are:

  • My first and most important writing tool is the Holy Spirit. He gives me wisdom and increases my knowledge. He leads me to resources to use, books to read and courses to complete to improve my writing skills. Without Him, I wouldn’t even have a talent for writing.
  • The other writing tool is my mind. I use it to come up with ideas for articles, poems or stories. It’s my most valuable tool. Without it, I wouldn’t have a clue about what to write. I thank God for blessing me with my mind, the generator of divine ideas.
  • f.Lux is a fantastic tool I use to get rid of the computer glare when I’m writing. It adjusts to natural light. It’s bright in the day and turns into a warm relaxing colour at nights. It makes it easy on the eyes, especially if you use your computer well into the night, like me. Continue reading

How to Combat Loneliness as a New Mum

How to Combat Loneliness as a Mum

Please raise your hand if loneliness have ever made you feel fed up? To make matters worse, no one understand how you feel.They think because you have a baby you shouldn’t feel lonely. 

Your friends have deserted you because you’re a mum now. Your lifestyle has changed. You don’t have much in common with them anymore. When they visit, you’re knee-deep in nappies, feeding or calming your crying baby.

You can’t go out shopping or meet up with them like you used to. Your life is centered around your new baby. You feel isolated. No one understands what you’re going through. Even when you’re with your family, you feel lonely.

They’re free. They can do what they want, when they want. Continue reading

My Writing Goals for 2014

Personal Writing Goals for 2014

I’ll need to be really focused to manage my writing goals for 2014. I’ve got a lot planned. This year is one of the first that writing will be one of my main activities, apart from spending time with God. I’ve got a passion for writing, but I’ll need to turn that passion into writing energy in 2014.

2013 was an eventful year for me. I gave up my teaching job to become a full-time freelance copywriter. I did it because it was what God instructed me to do. I’m now a freelance copywriter. So I’ll be doing lots of writing this year, especially if I want to make money to pay the bills. :-)

Below are my writing goals for 2014: Continue reading

10 Inspirational Quotes to Encourage You

 

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What do you do when your spirit needs a lift but there’s no one around to encourage you?  You probably feel heavy, frustrated and burdened by the pressures of life.

What makes it worse is when you can’t get a hug when you need one. Or a shoulder to cry on when you just have to let the tears out.

So what do you do?

When I’m in that place, I cry out to God. I pour out my heart to Him. I ask Him to take away the burden that’s dragging me down. That’s when I also remember Jesus saying, “Cast all your burdens on me because I care for you.” 1 Peter 5:7.

Those words are so reassuring.

Today I want to share some inspirational quotes with you to encourage you. And lighten your mood.

But remember! You can and should always hug your child. They’re the best ones to give you warmth. Because they love you unconditionally. There’s no sweeter love than the love of your child. Continue reading

Priorities

I found this beautiful inspirational poem by Mother Theresa that I want to share with you. The essence of it is about making love and acceptance of people priorities regardless of their faults.

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,

People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies,

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;

Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and if may never be enough;

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway.

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Snatched out of Darkness

Have you ever been lost in a place and felt like you couldn’t find your way out of darkness? I used to be in that place until someone snatched me out.  Read my story to find out who freed me.

The atmosphere was thick with smoke and the aroma of alcohol. We exchanged new year’s greetings. Someone tugged harshly at my blouse. “Aren’t you going to wish me Happy New Year? No time for me eh?”

I reached out to embrace my ex husband. He pushed past me and marched to the other side of the room. My body shuddered with feelings of uneasiness. Thirty minutes later his pent-up rage exploded. I took shelter in my sister’s room from the blitz of verbal abuse. He left the party and I went home. 

I sat on my bed. One hand clutched a large glass of brandy, a packet of cigarettes dangled out the other. Our explosive history was being repeated. The violent fights, humiliating slanging matches, tears and name callings resurrected in my memory. My dad warned me about rushing back to my ex. I didn’t listen.

I thought about the vicar who often invited us to the local church. We were too busy having fun, however. Church didn’t blend with our lifestyle of drinking, smoking and partying. I was dirty, full of sin and not clean enough to mix with holy people.

I believed God existed, and recited the Lord’s prayer when I was depressed. And I shouted out Psalm 23 at nights as a weapon against the invisible hands pressing me down into my bed. I would lay there paralysed and couldn’t breathe. It was scary. My uncle said it was spiritual attacks.

Click on the link below to read the rest of the story:

Snatched Out of Darkness – My Testimony

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