Power of Prayer

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving…”
Colossians 4:2

 “I will praise the name of God with a song; magnify him with thanksgiving.”                                     Psalm 69:30

I would like to preface this with, I know that it has been awhile. A lot of things going on, but most importantly I don’t just want to write to write. With this being said…

This morning, I was reminded of a song that the Lord laid on my heart last summer. It was pretty cool how He did it, too. Early one morning, I woke up to a phrase in my head. The phrase was, “Can you hear that thunder?”.   At that time I did not give it much thought, I was not familiar with the phrase. Later that morning, the Lord reminded me of that phrase. I knew that it was a song because I could hear the music. So, what do we do in this day and age? That’s right, google it! I did just that, I googled the exact phrase I heard and came across “The Sky Spills Over” by Michael W. Smith. I knew immediately that it was the one.  As I listened to the song, I was blown away. It was as if the Lord was bowing down, whispering in my ear saying, “can YOU hear My Thunder?” The chorus is this:

Lift your eyes, Look to the horizon now
There’s still a hope for us, Reach up from the dust
And call it down
Can you hear, Can you hear that thunder
Sing His name, sing it out
‘Til the sky spills over

Prayer is such a beautiful, powerful link that connects us to God. Prayer is and should be our first line of defense. There is power in prayer through the Name of Jesus. We are powerless without it. I felt like God was saying that we, as Christians, were missing the boat. We need to be on our knees crying aloud to Him. That is where the real battle is, not against flesh and blood. We have a very real enemy who is seeking to destroy all of us and we cannot fight against him without the power of Jesus’ Name. Just as Colossians 4:2 says, we need to devote ourselves to prayer and to stay alert of Satan’s sneaky conniving ways. His only purpose is to steal, destroy and kill, praise God that he has been defeated!

I would encourage you if you are feeling defeated to lift your eyes to the Maker of heaven and praise His Name in ALL things. He is there every step of the way. There is always a song to sing, some even with new horizons.  Put your trust in Him.

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.”
Psalm 121

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It is a privilege and honor to pray for others, it is like having a front row seat watching God work good in the lives touched by Him through prayer.
In closing, I would like to leave you with a few things to ponder.
1. Where does your help come from?
2. Can YOU hear His Thunder? Do you hear His Thunder?
My help comes from the Lord and yes, I can hear His Thunder.  I will continue to sing His Name, to sing it out ’til the sky spills over. My heart’s desire is to worship and praise God’s Name so that He alone will be glorified in all things.
I will also leave you with this sketch. skyspillsI think this one is going up on our wall soon as a gentle, daily reminder to turn to the One who saves and to the only One who remains. I would encourage you to listen to the song if you haven’t already.  It is one of my favorites, among many.  Worship songs grab my heart because I absolutely love to praise the Maker and to be in His Presence!

“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.”

Psalm 96:1

Blessings,

Jennifer

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
― Corrie ten Boom

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Wholly Devoted

 

“Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.”         1 Kings 8:61

Wholly devoted — what does this truly mean?

I believe wholly devoted and fully surrendered go hand in hand.  A devoted heart is a surrendered heart. The two are intricately woven in and out with the other.  These past few years, the Lord has taken me and continues to take me even deeper into what these two words mean.  I have been thinking a lot more about this these past few months.  What does this look like in one’s life?  To live a life wholly devoted, fully surrendered doesn’t just touch one part of my life or what I want to choose.  It is the whole package, surrendering my all to the Lord so that I can be wholly devoted to Him in all things that He brings into my life.

 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”                                            Matthew 5:16

I long to be wholly devoted to Jesus.  He is my center and my hearts desire is to please Him in all that I do. My desire is to serve Him to my fullest capacity,  to be a willing vessel.  I long to be fully surrendered to Jesus on a daily basis so that I can impact those that He has surrounded me with daily and the people I cross paths with.   I want to be a shining light for God to glorify His Name, telling the world that this is who I live for.  I want to make a difference in His Kingdom.   He has changed my life and He can change yours also.

One of the areas in my life that the Lord is using to shine His Light is through my paintings.  I have said this before: it truly blesses me that He is using me in this way.  I LOVE that with this gift/ministry He has given me, I can bless others with His Word. Plus, my prayer is that my artwork will continue to minister to whoever comes into contact with the particular verse He has given me.  I have wholly devoted and fully surrendered this ministry to God.  I can’t — or rather, I wouldn’t — be able to do any of this without Him.  I am just a willing vessel used by God, such a blessing.

I am currently working on a handful of paintings for people and I have finished a few this past month.   I’m beginning a few new projects, as the Lord has opened up a few potential doors for my artwork.  I am praying for direction and waiting for His lead.  I am looking forward to sharing with you once I get a clearer direction.  I want to use this gift/ministry to its fullest to draw people to Him to bless and encourage others in His Word.  So, again I am saying this, “Here I am, Lord…I am willing to be used by You in any way You see fit for this ministry to continue to grow.”

 Here are a few things I have been up to.22

This past month I have been playing around with burlap, what fun!

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I also created a set of scripture cards for a dear friend for her birthday.  This first time, I found the cards by Becky Higgins called “Project Life”.   I wrote out scripture on her cards and added my own flair to them!  They turned out super cute and I may just have to create my own cards from start to finish!  Let me know if you are interested.

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My husbands dad turned 70 last month and this is the painting that I made for his birthday.  It was a blessing to do and was great to be with the family celebrating together!

In closing, I would like to ask you, what does God see in your heart?  In 2 Chronicles, it says that He seeks those whose hearts are fully committed, fully devoted to Him.

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him…” 2 Chronicles 16:9a

Is your heart longing to be closer to Jesus, to be that shining light for others, to make a difference with what God has given you?  I know that is my heart’s desire and, though we all fall down sometimes, the Lord’s lovingkindness and compassions are new every morning!

“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.  “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”   Lamentations 3:22-24     

I encourage you to seek Him and ask Him how He can use you to impact those around you.  Fix your eyes on Jesus, great is His faithfulness!

Just give me Jesus and my heart will be happy.

Until next time!
Jennifer                                                                                                                                       inspiredbyjennifer@yahoo.com