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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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A Prayer for My Husband

posted by Mark and Jill

…You are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him—to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy […]

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Love, Attention Deficit, and Dementia

posted by Mark and Jill

Love… is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it – it pays no attention to a suffered wrong.   1 Corinthians 13:5 (Amplified) Love pays attention to the right things. It […]

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Win As One

posted by Mark and Jill

…Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:2 …Stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith. Philippians 1:27 …So that with one […]

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Repent and Rebuild

posted by Mark and Jill

“Joash decided to repair the Lord’s house.” 2 Chronicles 24:4 King Joash of Judah didn’t make the mess he found himself in; his ancestors had neglected the temple and abandoned God, but he took it upon himself to do something about […]

A Prayer That Gets Results

posted by Mark and Jill

“See what an incredible quality of love the Father has given, shown, bestowed on us.”  1 John 3:1 Amplified Love never fails, never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end…    1 Corinthians 13:8 Amplified Our love runs […]

Jumping into the Stream of God’s Love

posted by Mark and Jill

“We love each other because he loved us first.” 1 John 4:19 Stop whatever you are doing right now and jump into the stream of God’s love. It is a river of giving and receiving love that never ends. Love […]

Romancing the Zone

posted by Mark and Jill

Take me away with you—let us hurry!     Let the king bring me into his chambers. ~ Song of Songs 1:4 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory… ~ Psalm 45:8 This […]

Agree to Agree in Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19 Mark and I are opposites in most things: we […]

Reconciliation Is God’s Business

posted by Mark and Jill

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.”   2 Corinthians 5:19-20 NLT We are made in God’s image, and we are […]

Family – A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Here’s a prayer for our families echoing Jesus prayer from John’s Gospel, chapter 17: Jesus’ prayed: “You have granted [me] authority over all people that I might give eternal life to all those who have given [me]. This is eternal […]

My Father-of-the-Bride Toast

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It rained on Saturday, the day my daughter, Ellie married Andy. It rained from the skies and it rained from heaven. In every way, the day was a slice out of heaven. I can’t imagine that more joy could be […]

A Prayer for a Family Grieving the Death of a Child

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Who can explain a child’s suffering? This week an 18-month old child died in St. Paul, Minnesota when equipment malfunctioned at a chiropractor’s office. The small boy crawled under the spine therapy table to which his mother was strapped and […]

A Prayer for Those Waiting/Preparing to Adopt a Child

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Brian and Lisa are ready for a child. Like many couples they expected to bring a boy or girl into the world in the conventional way. That didn’t happen. Now, some years later they’ve embraced the option of adoption and […]

A Prayer for Engaged Couples

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday, our daughter Elisabeth announced that she is engaged to be married to Andy. Ellie and Andy spent yesterday making the rounds to their family and significant friends to share their news.  I’ve never seen her more radiant, and I […]

Fathers Day Gratitude

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It’s Father’s Day. Bittersweet. My father died a little over two years ago. I miss him. I miss him today. But his absence has given me more appreciation for the gifts he gave me. My father was a great man. […]

A Parent’s Prayer for a College Graduate

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My daughter Emily waltzed across the stage on Saturday, took the  diploma handed her by the academic dean, shook hand with her college president, then true to form, turned, smiled and kicked up a little ballet jig I’ve seen her […]

Prayer for a Toxic Marriage

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I heard yesterday from a friend who confessed that he and his wife are struggling severely in their marriage. He admitted they are considering separation. I’m praying for them today, and with them all those trying to battle through toxic […]

Prayer of Thanks for the Older and Wiser Among Us

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Grandma had it right: Listen to your elders! Research released this week indicates that the elderly are actually smarter when it comes to knowing how to deal with conflicts, uncertainty and change. Imagine that… Age it seems may erode memory, […]

A Prayer for Those without Fathers

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sometimes conversations come out of the blue to change our day, even our life perhaps. A moment ago I walked into Caribou Coffee expecting to sit quietly in the corner with a mug of dark roast and plan out my […]

A Prayer for Travelers

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My wife and I will be traveling today, flying from our home in St. Paul Minnesota to Hawaii’s big island of Kona. Jill and I both will be attending important meetings there, so there is real business involved. But the […]

A Parents’ Prayer for the Safety of our Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Brent and Kelly King of San Diego, California are living every parent’s nightmare. On Tuesday searchers found the body of their 17 year old daughter, Chelsea. She had been raped and then murdered. The following day police arrested John Albert […]

A Prayer for Domestic Violence

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Shocked, sickened, grieved…. At the moment I’m sitting in my Caribou Coffee shop trying to collect myself. I come here most Monday mornings, and over the months have struck up friendships with several regulars. Five minutes ago Gayle, who works […]

“Hope Takes a Miracle – Ask for it!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

If you’re anything of a sports fan, then you know the feeling. Your team is down and time is running out. Anxiety and doom begin to settle over everyone. And then, strangely, through some subtle shift in the air, a […]

When I’ve screwed up my kids… it’s time to pray

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Well, it’s official: we are a dysfunctional family. One of my kids is taking a college course called “Family Relationships,” and according to a standardized metric this family of origin is wacked out, screwed up, messed over, and unhealthy inside […]

Prayer for Adoption

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I know two families – Erik and Sheryl, and Shelley and Ed who are presently in the process of adopting siblings from 3rd world nations. Both are having very difficult times closing the deal because of nonsensical governmental bureaucracy in […]

Praying for the Family of Byrd and Melanie Billings

posted by nsymmonds

One of the reasons why I started this blog was to serve as a place for prayer on breaking news. A little while ago, it was brought to my attention that Byrd and Melanie Billings, a couple in Beulah, Florida […]

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Learning To Love Yourself
To acquire wisdom is to love yourself. Proverbs 19:8 Loving and forgiving others is a skill that few of us fully perfect. Loving and forgiving oneself is no less of a challenge. Reading in Proverbs today, this Scripture stood out as though I ...

posted 2:49:01pm May. 27, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Remember The Fallen
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15:13 "The Lord cares deeply when his loved ones die." Psalm 116:15 "...That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they ...

posted 12:12:34pm May. 25, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Victims of PTSD
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8) The Lord is well aware of our need for compassionate eye contact. Looking into the eyes of a fearless person has power to ...

posted 12:44:13pm May. 21, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Promote Peaceful Plans
"Joy fills hearts that are planning peace!" Proverbs 16:20  "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 What are you plans ...

posted 11:12:52am May. 20, 2015 | read full post »

A Gardening Tip from the Bible
May the nations praise you, O God.     Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests,     and God, our God, will richly bless us. (Psalm 67:5,6) We have a large garden that yields us great fruit (and ...

posted 11:47:32am May. 19, 2015 | read full post »

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