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Let’s Pray


On my blog Prayer page, I received the following comment and request from Judy.  She says “Please pray for my daughter Sheila McLean. She just found out this past Friday that she has a mass, the size of a quarter, in her lung and a spot on the kidney, and they both are malignant”.

Oh.  My heart just nearly stopped.  I remember as if it were yesterday when my sous-chef dishwashing mom received the phone call that changed our life.  Her mammogram biopsy was malignant and she needed treatment to start right away.  Heart stopping — that is what happens when you hear CANCER.

As the fear starts rising up it takes everything a person has inside to say “No, I will not fear.”   That is the time to turn to scripture, turn to God and let His strength replace our weakness.  It is easier to say than to do.  However, I have to believe He knows that and that is why we read 365 times “fear not” in His Word.  He knows we fear!

When prayer replaces fear I have seen God move in ways that can be only described as supernatural.   I found a series  on Focus On The Family about prayer.  I am reprinting the titles and linking to their website because I am living proof that prayer changes everything.

prayer at cross
“Hear my prayer, O LORD, listen to my cry for help.” –Psalm 39:12 (NIV)

Prayer and The Difference It Makes

“Prayer is an open door which none can shut,” wrote Charles Spurgeon in “Morning and Evening.” “Devils may surround you on all sides,” he continued, “but the way upward is always open, and as long as that road is unobstructed, you will not fall into the enemy’s hand.”


The Availability of Prayer

2 Chronicles 30:27 (MSG)

The priests and Levites had the last word: they stood and blessed the people. And God listened, listened as the ascending sound of their prayers entered his holy heaven.

Prayer Has Its Reasons

Pray with Simplicity   Matthew 6:5

“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?


Learning From The Prayer Life of Jesus

Ask for What You Need

One day he was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Master, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”  Luke 11:1

It is a privilege to  pray for Judy and Sheila.  I know prayer makes a difference in our world. But it is up to us to offer our prayers humbly and regularly with praise and thanksgiving to the one who created us, hears us, and loves us.

Blessings, Catherine


You Really Aren’t Going To Believe This

Richard, Lee, Cat
Catherine, Richard, and Lee

Our 51-year-old nephew, Richard, is confined to a wheelchair due to a degenerating spinal stenosis.  A couple of years ago a fall in his place of business rendered him a quadriplegic.  A life-saving surgery fused rods in his neck leaving him unable to move his head from side to side, but allowing his lungs to expand and continue providing him life-giving air!  Through the grace of God he has enough mobility in his hands to operate a power wheelchair.  It is a blessing to have a room and care in a skilled nursing home. But it is also a curse.  He is a young man in an old man’s world. But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Soul Food: God’s Everlasting Love

God Bless American Psalm 33-12 copy
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”  Romans 8:31-32 (ESV)

Many people claim this scripture verse as “their favorite” and rightly so.  When God says, I, the creator of universe am with you, how in this world under the sun can I feel alone?  I too claim this scripture as one of my favorites and often times the one I run to when I feel the world closing in on me.  Thank you LORD for reminding me to stop my striving and switch my focus from my problems to Your Presence.

Dear Heavenly Father, what an everlasting Father you are! When you tell me -  You, the Creator of the Universe, are with me, I am awestruck and speechless.  This mental picture brings me to my knees in worship of you.   LORD, I understand that you are sovereign and your thoughts are not my thoughts and your ways are not my ways.  And when I look at the mess I tend to make of my days, I am forever grateful that you are with me.  It is because I believe you and feel your presence in my life that I can accept your gift of grace and everlasting love.  Thank you for the sacrifice Jesus made so that you and I can have this relationship. The sacrifice that shows that You are for me even when the world stands against me. Thank you Lord for loving me today, tomorrow, and always.  Thank you for blessing the nation I live in.
 In Jesus Precious and Holy Name, Amen.

Have a blessed day,

Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.


Psalm 33:12 (ESV)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!


Are You Ready?

nativity tree lights
Every where I go these days I hear people say, “Are you ready for the holidays?” “Are you ready for Christmas?” “Do you have your shopping done?” From there the conversations seem to be the same. “No! I can’t believe it is less than 2 weeks to Christmas!” “No! I have sooo much left to do.”  “There isn’t enough time in the day I need more hours and more energy.”

Does any of that same familiar?  The first two weeks of December I was running from pillar to post.  Cooking, cleaning, shopping, cleaning, cooking.  Early one morning as I was sleepily trying to spend time in devotion I had this overwhelming feeling that God was asking me for a gift this Christmas – the gift of time. My time.  Time spent alone with Him.  The more I thought about it I began searching scriptures about praying and spending time with God.  Here is just a snippet of what I found:

Mark 1:35  And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

 1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Romans 10:17  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

My list went on and on and the more I searched the more scriptures I found directing me to spend time alone with the Lord.  The most beautiful thing has happened to me.  The more hustle and bustle in my day, the more energized I have become to seek out quiet time, alone time with God.  Time for just He and I.  Time to pray, reflect, and listen.

My prayer is for you to find that quiet time during the noise of this season.  As we prepare to celebrate the first coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, are we ready?  Are we ready for the second coming of our Savior?

Praying you will make space for time alone with God this Christmas season.



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