Thursday, January 08, 2009

Blogger Friend School #115 -- Prayer Box

Memory Verse: Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 2 - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

Intro: My Prayer Box is a unique personal declaration of faith. It’s a place for our family to lock our worries, wishes, desires and prayers–even keepsakes or photos of loved ones. It’s about gathering thoughts and prayers that allow us to pursue dreams and to recognize that we are never truly alone. My Prayer Box represents faith, which is a force that allows us to believe in things—things you can’t hold in your hand, but can always feel in your heart. Here is a post about prayer boxes and how to get started using them, it’s not too late since it’s early in the year.

Assignment: Tell about your prayer box, if your family has one that you peruse at New Year’s Eve or New year’s Day and share those prayers, thoughts and acts of faith on the next year.

Happy New Year everyone! I've been AWOL for the past couple of weeks. In addition to the normal hustle of the Christmas season, we had some friends come from Oregon to visit for a week. We had a fantastic time, but I didn't sit down to the 'puter once. Is that a bad thing? I think not!

So, getting back into the swing of posting...

Nancy handed out a rather difficult assignment this week. (Thanks, Nancy! ;^) ) I've heard of prayer boxes before and although the idea is good, I think it's just one more thing I would flake out on. If a thing is not "in my face" day in and day out, I forget about it.

SO, instead of prayer lists tucked into my Bible or stuck on my nightstand, I've put my daily prayer reminders someplace where I'll see it everyday -- several times a day. It's tacked to my computer desk, right at eye level. With our internet as slow as it is, I sometimes wait minutes for pages to load. What a great time to lift up a friend in prayer!

Our family does have a "prayer request central", too. Doug keeps a notebook entitled "Look What God Did" where we write prayer requests and the way God answers them. It's quite amazing to read back over the years and see how far we've come with this great and awesome God of ours!!!

Praying together is one of the unifying forces in our family. Doug and I try to set aside time to pray together every day -- although some days we do flake out! We pray as a family before starting school and again before bed. It's a great way to begin and end the day -- and hopefully it sets the tone for the rest of the day and opens the door for prayer "at all times" during the day.

So what are our family's prayers for the coming year?
  • That our children would continue to grow in their faith and in maturity...but not too quickly!

  • That God would provide for our winter furlough.

  • That God would continue to direct our ministry as we serve the people around us.

  • That we would be able to finish construction on our house.

  • That our van wouldn't die a horrible death on the side of the road while we're driving it, (It's making "noises") and that God would keep us mobile! :^)

  • That we be open to learn the lessons that God has laid out for us to learn -- that we would have teachable spirits and not be stiff-necked.

1 Tesalonicenses 5:17 Oren sin cesar!

Pray without ceasing!!!

Here is a photo of our family praying for our Oregonian friends as we prepared to return them to the bus depot (sniff, sniff).


Kathleen said...

Great post! I love prayer journals because they are a reminder of how God is constantly at work in our lives!

Sheri said...

I like the prayer journal too...maybe it is the way I will go. I figure many new prayers will pop up during the year and it will be more fruitful to list them in a journal and then just go back and write when and how it was answered. Hmmm. Thanks for the idea.

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