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Pause In Prayer – EXHAUSTION (Friday, August 9, 2013) August 9, 2013

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Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”


There are times when we feel physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted.  Right now is one of those times for me.  We know that as we “plug into” You, we can expect a guaranteed recharge.  Help us not to be so concerned about “getting everything done.” Guide us to be balanced, allowing ourselves to rest when we are depleted.  In the name of Jesus, I break off the enemy’s lie that we must stay busy.  Strengthen our spirits and refresh us completely.  We know that you command the Sabbath, and help us to recognize that we must be obedient to this command, and pause on a regular basis.  I am grateful you did not create me to be a “Lazy Susan” but provide me and anyone reading this prayer to honor You by recognizing sufficient margin in our lives so that we can learn to rest in You daily.  Forgive us for trying to do everything on our own. Thank you that you desire to carry any and all of our burdens.  

In Your Precious Name,



Pause In Prayer – HEALING (Thursday, August 1, 2013) August 1, 2013

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Isaiah 53:4a

Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses,
and He carried our pains.


Today, I am moved to pray for the sick and injured.  Forgive me when I complain about minor issues, when there are so many suffering serious physical pain and discomfort. I ask you Father to give each person who is struggling in this area a reminder of Your healing touch. You are the GREAT PHYSICIAN, and we can count on You and believe in thorough healing, because of JESUS and His work on the Cross.  Your Name is above ALL ailments and ALL injuries whether physical or mental.  I ask Father that anyone who is reading this prayer would agree with me and trust that you desire for ALL to be healed.  May miracles take place today in people who are weak and don’t know what else to do.  May their cells line up with Your prescription for full and complete healing!





Verse and Message – “Disarm Distraction” – July 21, 2013 July 21, 2013

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–click on the picture to grasp how distraction manipulates–

Proverbs 4:23-27

Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust. 

My heart goes out to the Luong family this week after distraction became deadly when a young mother, Katie Luong, inadvertently left her eleven month old daughter asleep in her SUV to die in sweltering temperatures. Luong began what would seem to be a typical workday this past Wednesday, when she failed to make the stop at the sitter’s, a normal part of her morning routine. The distraction of overwhelming stress and distraction was said to have been the cause of this mother’s tragic mishap that fatal morning.  

I couldn’t help but consider how distraction has become a major issue in our society.  I am a fan of a very popular blog written by Rachel Stafford called Rachel’s insight and wisdom got my attention a couple of years ago, when I suddenly became aware of how distractions were taking over my life. Rachel shares her story on how she was extremely distracted with the demands of life and increasing technology, and one day she recognized she was missing out on what was most precious.  Rachel has recently published her first book based on her incredible blog. I am sure everyone will be able to relate to her story; be sure to check out her blog.

Ever changing and developing technology continue to promote more distraction as we all feel we have to keep up.  But, where do we draw the line? Our brains become inundated with information, and we attempt to obsess in multi-task mania at work and at home. 

I for one have to fight this battle daily, as I have had distraction issues since grade school.  However, it does not have to be this way.  The Answer is to FOCUS 100% on Jesus.  It’s more than just giving Him His rightful place at the top of our daily agenda.  We have to surrender our entire agenda to Him.  JESUS is not just #1 – He is the ENTIRE LIST.  When we are not fully surrendered to HIM,  then we are at risk.  The inventor of distraction, our enemy, wants nothing more than to wreak havoc  in our lives. The devil uses distraction and busyness to take our focus off what’s most important.

Dismissing distraction is a daily task.  It cannot be shut off just once.  It continues to hound us if we allow it to.  This is why it’s so important to READ and LEARN the WORD OF GOD,  SPEAK IT, and PRAY IT daily.  Distraction can be downloaded when we give the enemy a foothold to take over our agenda.  The way to derail distraction is to move our attraction closer to the ONE WHO is the LOVER OF OUR SOULS.  It’s all about choosing what we do with control.  When we relinquish control to our Savior, we are more apt to have laser focus on what’s most important in our daily lives.  Distraction cannot be ignored, because it’s available at every turn.  However, when we choose for our lives to have order and not be clustered in confusion, we are given the freedom to focus on True Significance and Purpose!

Father God,

First, I pray for the Luong family. Please strengthen them through this devastating time of pain. Provide Your HOPE so that they won’t give up.  Please protect us from dangerous distractions.  Even though distraction is unavoidable, guide us by showing us the significance of more time with YOU.  Provide us REST and direct our steps for safety, healthy relationships, and good choices.  May we never forget that fully surrendering to Your control is the best antidote for distraction.  May we seek Your presence consistently and appreciate your gifts and blessings each day.  Help us to make full use of our time wisely in communion with you.

In Your Holy Name,



Pause in Prayer – THE LOST (July 11, 2013) July 11, 2013

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Lost Sheep 2


LUKE 15:4-7  (The Message) 

“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.”


My heart hurts knowing there are so many who do not know you.  I want to be a vessel to share your LOVE and LIGHT not just to believers, but most importantly, to those who don’t know you personally.  I want those who are lost to desire what I have in YOU.  I want them to recognize they are missing something, and that something IS YOU. I ask Father that you would touch the lives of every single person reading this prayer, and give them the faith and knowledge that You are working in “the lost” family members, friends, and even co-workers in our lives.  Give us boldness and strength against our enemy who is out to steal, kill, and destroy.  May our highest priority be your number one goal to find the lost sheep who wander aimlessly.  Thank you for Your LIFE and FREEDOM in JESUS CHRIST…we want to be closer to You than ever before! We love and honor you!

In Jesus Precious Name,



Pause in Prayer – FREEDOM (July 4, 2013) July 4, 2013

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The Lord placed on my heart to write more consistently, but to send out something simple that people have time to read.  Since I am passionate about prayer, I wanted to experiment with an additional format for my blog.  Each week I plan to write a simple prayer with a theme.  It will be called “Pause in Prayer” and I will attach a prayer theme.  I am still planning to continue my current format “Verse and Message” however, that particular format will be posted periodically, whereas the prayers will be shared weekly.

Today is my official kick-off to my additional, yet simplified format for “Pause in Prayer” to celebrate this Independence Day.


John 8:36

So if the SON sets you FREE, you will be FREE indeed!

Heavenly Father,

We are so blessed to enjoy the freedom we have in our country. I am grateful for the men and women who have sacrificed their lives so I could live free in the United States of America. Freedom is not free.  It comes with a price for someone.  I praise You for the source of TRUE FREEDOM, JESUS CHRIST.  Many cannot comprehend genuine freedom, for they do not know You–they live their days in bondage. I pray Father that you use me as a vessel to proclaim the good news, encourage and bind the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives, and help release prisoners of our enemy from darkness! (Isaiah 61:1) Help me NEVER take for granted the freedom that I have in my country, but most importantly the GIFT OF FREEDOM in CHRIST!




Verse and Message (Week of June 29-July 6, 2013) July 1, 2013

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Roxanne & Chris of WDJC Birmingham


1 Peter 5:8 (The Message)

Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. 

The enemy’s goal is to steal, kill, and destroy.  The devil is interested in causing confusion and he will stop at nothing in an attempt to thwart God’s plan for our lives.  The enemy wants to distract us and rattle us so that others see us as incompetent or weak. His ultimate objective is for us to get lost with the lost! He definitely doesn’t want us to be vessels to find and encourage the lost.   

I had the honor and pleasure of being a guest on “A Call to Prayer” earlier this month on WDJC, Birmingham’s Christian Radio Station.  I was humbled to be a part of this exciting opportunity to encourage others through prayer!

I prepared for this particular morning as I typically prepare for each morning. I got ready and sat down to read the One Year Bible.  I had also prepared by compiling some of my favorite Scripture to use when praying over others.  I knew I would be nervous speaking on the air, therefore, I wanted to have a reference guide of verses available.     

After I left my house, I used my notes to find WDJC. I didn’t use the GPS device on my phone, because I didn’t want to be distracted by my phone.  I left in plenty of time, and I am next to never directionally challenged.  NEVER SAY NEVER!  Satan distracted me, and I kept driving in circles. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. Finally, I had to stop and send a text to Roxanne to ask for help. Thankfully, I made it to the station, but I was quite rattled by the morning drama!

Interestingly, the enemy wants us LOST or he wants us to think we are LOST.  In other words, he doesn’t want the lost found, and he wants to distract believers into thinking they too are lost. I thought I was lost that morning, as I allowed the enemy to lie to me about my confidence.  The devil knows who my TRUE NORTH is, and he wants me to question the PEACE that resides in me

Another interesting thing about my morning, I didn’t reference my guide of verses when I prayed at the station, as God placed into my spirit exactly what He wanted me to say. It’s good to be prepared, but God showed me that HE has been preparing me for 45 years for this moment.  That increased my faith.

So, the next time the enemy tries to distract you, rattle you, or to make you feel lost, simply speak the Word of God with…..



Tell the enemy to “GET LOST!”

Father God,

I refuse to listen to the lies of the enemy.  When he tries to distract or rattle my spirit, remind me WHO IS IN ME.  He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. Thank you for the gift of prayer and the opportunity that I can pray with boldness, because YOU SPEAK THROUGH ME. You have equipped me to be a confident warrior for your Kingdom; a vessel to find and encourage the lost. You will not let me lose my way, because you are right by my side! I trust you to keep my paths straight. Thank you for being my TRUE NORTH!



Verse and Message (Week of May 5-11, 2013) May 7, 2013

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Racing Dach

This Dachshund intends to FINISH WELL!

Hebrews 12: 1-2 (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. 

I just received a copy of the May issue of  Boston magazine.  The image on the cover was designed with an assortment of colored pairs of running shoes formed in the shape of a heart.  Each pair of shoes represents a participant of the 117th Boston Marathon. No doubt, the cover of this issue will be remembered. No doubt, the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 will be remembered. The words in the center of the framed photo captured my attention, “We Will Finish the Race.” 

After soaking it all in the past three weeks, I was moved to share today’s message. I have never been to Boston, yet it is a “bucket-list” dream for me.  Having qualified three times for this elite race–it’s the training and the character developed prior to the finish line that carry the weight for a strong finish. Today, I wanted to share my heart with the following acrostic – F I N I S H.


“Never, never, never give up!”  (Winston Churchill) 

One is not able to finish well without laser focus.  Road blocks will always be present. However, a keen eye on the prize will dispel the power of any distraction. When watching clips on television after the first bomb went off, I recognized some Boston Marathon runners a few steps away from the finish were stunned, yet they kept running. Friends–our enemy has a primary goal–to steal, kill, and destroy.  We must not get stuck.  If we fall, we must get back up and keep running no matter what.



“Insanity:  doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.”  (Albert Einstein)

Don’t become complacent, lest you fall behind.  Work on improving with each step you take.  Improvement is the catalyst of growth and change.  Be open to opportunities and challenges. Trust the Lord to guide you. Strengthen your faith by stretching yourself.  Take chances.


A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.(Eccl. 7:1)

In a race everyone has a number. In life everyone has a name.  Be known for a good name.  Reflect excellent character and Honor His Name in word and action.  When you cross the finish line, your name will be remembered.  How do you desire for your name to be remembered?


“Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything. (Henry Miller)

Picture yourself crossing the finish line strong.  When you become tired and weary, imagine what awaits you at the end.  In fact, pray for fresh vision along the way, vision to make the most of each mile marker in life.


Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. (Romans 12:10-11)

Serve God and people.  We are blessed to be a blessing to others. The joy of running isn’t so joyful without others.  Camaraderie is the key to success.  We need each other.  We were designed for relationship.  By loving people and offering a helping hand, we grow in capacities beyond our comprehension. 


“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.” (George IIes)

Nothing can be accomplished without hope.  Christ is the source of true hope.  When we partner with Him in this race called life, we won’t lose hope.  As a bonus, we reflect the hope He gives us.  Our hope becomes contagious.  We become a beacon of hope on the road to the finish line.  If we are able to lead others to the finish line with us, we have finished well.

Father God,

Give me the strength to finish well.  There are times when I want to give up.  However, I know that you are there to provide the Living Water I need to sustain me along the way to the finish.  Give me laser focus so that I won’t lose sight of the prize. Give me the perseverance to improve and grow while not losing vision of what’s most important. Please use me to reflect your likeness, so that when others see me, they see You. Give me the passion to serve others in a way that I may be a beacon of hope to the world. 

In Your Precious Name,



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