Thinking About A New Year

Hey, Sweet Things! I’ve been praying for you this very day. I’ve especially been praying for those of you who’ve commented about how much you want to do the Scripture memory but you’re scared of failing. First of all, I pray that God is going to give you a glimpse of what your brilliant little mind is capable of doing when doused in His Word. Second, if you spend the year meditating on 24 verses, I pray that you’ll realize that you cannot fail. It will produce a harvest whether or not you get each Scripture down word for word. The captivated mind that tears down strongholds is what we’re after. Keep that before you. Pray for a supernatural unction to internalize Scripture then thank God for it in advance. He makes a way for us to obey what He wills for us to do.

Now, on to something that I keep pondering this morning. Like many of you, I’m a thinker. Years don’t come to ends or beginnings without me getting caught up in what’s behind or in front of me. That’s good if it leads to change. That’s bad if it leads to dread. We’ve all heard this definition of insanity: doing the same thing the same way and expecting something different. Yet, for the most part,  we live life in that maddening loop. One of the things God has taught me along the way is to try to hear from Him about one area at a time that He’s pinpointing for change. Much more than that is too overwhelming. Anyway, He’s a God who’s into process with the lives of His children. We need look no further than Philippians 1:6 for proof of that. What He may begin in an instant He may complete over a lifetime. Instead of making a list of resolutions for 2011 that are broken by the time they’re spoken, is there simply one thing about us we really wish to change? I could think of a dozen things I’d like to change but this is the one I think God is pinpointing as our joint effort for the top of 2011: a mental loop I tend to get into when I get offended or hurt by someone I love. I have come to believe that my first minute’s reaction is what determines the cycle of the next (usually miserable) two days. So, here’s my specific prayer for the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011.

My Dearest Abba Father,

I’ve lived long enough to know that any 12-month period of time on Planet Earth winds a pathway through thicket and thorns. It’s just too long a period of time not to get hurt or offended. I also know that You have tucked many joys in the oncoming year and I don’t want to miss them because I can’t quit obsessing over what’s hard. You’ve gone to measurable lengths in the last year to show me how the enemy of my soul operates in one specific area: he can’t block You from blessing Your children so he tries to block Your children from enjoying it. I do not want him to cheat me of reaping from anything rich You send my way this year. Even the treasures hidden in darkness. As this year ends and a new one begins, I am so thankful that I have Your Spirit without limit in my life and that, with You, change in a long pattern really is possible. You’ve done it before in my life. Come do it again. I am asking You in particular, Abba Father, to run to my aid in that first moment when an opportunity for offense happens and urge me by Your Holy Spirit to head into a thought-loop that spirals upward rather than downward. Simply put, help me to get over things fast. Honestly, Lord, sometimes I just make life harder than it has to be. Some things that wound me aren’t even about me. Help me to see where I’m jumping into somebody else’s loop and to quit getting hung by my own. I choose joy in resting this petition at Your feet, Lord, and I refuse self-condemnation or fruitless regret. You never would have brought this to the forefront and called for it in prayer if You didn’t have something good in mind. You began this work. Now come and take it to the next level. I’m excited about it, Lord, and see a glimpse of liberty on the horizon. Thank You, Father.

If you also want to post a prayer about ONE THING you’re asking God to do in you toward a more victorious 2011, feel free. There’s something about writing it down in a public place that makes it memorable. A record you can go back and read can be a beautiful thing. Try to resist wallowing and writhing in these  public requests. It’s Satan who tries to make prayer a dreaded exercise in self-loathing. In God’s economy, even when our prayers are mostly pleas of repentance, they lead us to relief.

Hey, Siestas, let’s not respond to each other’s comments this time. By all means, let’s pray for each other but let’s leave the response space to God.

I’m honored to walk with you into 2011, dear sisters. We’re getting closer to the 1st! Hold your head up or you might miss your new beginning!

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  1. 101
    Harmony says:

    Dear Lord,
    As this year closes I pray for good things and a positive attitude. This year we have lost several from our family and extended family and I pray that you lay your healing hands on them in the coming year. Raise the depression and fear from them Lord. I pray for you to unsettle me Lord. Help me to lean on you and not on myself or others. I expect good things Lord, and I pray for good things. I echo the prayers of others on this board to stop circling the mountain and turn north. I know that not all things are beneficial for me, and help me to discern the difference. I pray for blessings on my marriage Lord and help me to not put it on the back burner, but bring it to the front. Thank you for my many blessings Lord. I stand in awe of you.

  2. 102

    Dear Lord,
    I need to be more disciplined in all that I do! Lord give me the strength and power to do it! I am going to need it more then ever this year!! Thank you Lord, for giving me the desire for it!! I praise your name!!

  3. 103

    Dear Heavenly Father,
    I have been bound too long by the chains of fear and insecurity. I’m tired of feeling like life is passing me by. I don’t want to come to the end of my life and look back with regret because I was too afraid to step out in faith and really LIVE. This morning in Bible study Isaiah 61:3 really jumped out at me. I so want to exchange my “spirit of heaviness” for the “garment of praise”! Let me praise You for You alone are worthy of my praise! I want to see you “high and lifted up” in my life in 2011. Thank you Lord for the promises you have written in Your Word!
    In Your Precious Name I pray….Amen

  4. 104
    Deanna Gott says:

    Oh Father, I delight in what you are teaching Tony and I, I ask that You keep it coming and that You would place more perserverence inside of me that even when I don’t understand something after reading and pondering on at length, I will not give up till I have an answer! You are Awesome! You are Holy! You are Worthy! I am thankful for Your Word that speaks life into my situation and that you are teaching me to speak it, live it, not just love it.

    Your daughter,
    Deanna

  5. 105
    Beth Herring says:

    oh, sweet Lord, I echo the prayer that Beth gave so beautifully! Please help me to take this to heart and to keep my attitudes pure and holy. Help me to bind all things that go against your Holy Word and help me to be what you intended me to be for Your Kingdom!

  6. 106
    Kristi says:

    I want to learn to listen to God this year, instead of my emotions which are usually all over the place. They make me afraid, guilt-ridden, and sometimes literally sick. They steal the joy in the blessings God gives me, just as Beth said. I want to learn (partially though the SSMT) to replace my “feelings” and thoughts with God’s Word. I want to know in my head and my heart that He loves me, no matter what, and that I can’t accidentaly, or on purpose, mess up so badly that He stops loving me. He knows my shortcomings and faults, He is not surprised by them. And He loves me lavishly anyway. I want to learn to lean on that and not on what I feel at a given moment.

  7. 107
    Connie says:

    Precious Father,
    I pray that 2011 will be a year for me to get real with the people you have brought into my life at church and those you will bring into my life. Father, help me when a sister shares with me a hurt shes experiencing and I say “I’ll pray for you” to mean it and do it! Holy Spirit, I ask that you will give me compassion and love for people. To love one another, as You have loved us! Thank you Lord for the love and grace You have showered me with.

    In You name Jesus I pray.

  8. 108

    My one prayer for the coming year is for God to increase not only my faith, but my sphere of influence. A mighty request I think, but one birthed in prayer and searching out the Lord through His Word. It’s a Jabez kind of prayer. But, I often see myself so limited by my circumstances.

    El Roi,

    My heavenly Father who never fails to see to and perfect everything that concerns me, I come to You today with a heart full of expectation. Thank you for seasons of treading water in the tumultuous waves and the seasons of riding out the storm in the boat with Jesus.

    I’ve been praying to You, Lord these last few weeks about increasing my faith and my sphere of influence. Grow me up in that, God. Help me to recognize when I’m in the midst of building my faith and when the doors are open for me to affect my surroundings for Your Kingdom. But, more than that I pray not just for the opportunity, but also the capacity and the character required to see it through.

    Grant me faith that moves mountains and sustains me in every season along with a place to pour out the measureless truth you’ve been revealing to me. I choose, Lord, to believe that You’re answer is already on its way and anticipate its arrival at the appointed time. Do not tarry a moment longer than necessary Lord Jesus – Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

    In the Sweet Name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

  9. 109
    Andrea says:

    Oh Heavenly Father
    Beth’s prayer spoke right to me. I am exactly as she described herself. She articulated what I have been thinking for so long but could figure out how to say it. Your timing is incredible! You knew I was slipping into that loop SECONDS before I read her blog. You knew I was looking for a Word because I could feel the emotions taking over me and I briefly asked you for something. I wasn’t sure what but something. Help. Yesterday and today I can feel you stirring in my life. Something I haven’t felt for a while. I know you’re there but I’m now listening. Listening so intently, desperate for you, your Word. Lord I pray that this New Year brings great changes, a positive look in all circumstances, me staying in your Word on a daily basis. I pray that I receive the scriptures you want me to memorize. I know any of them are from you but I want to make sure they are the most effective ones you want for me in my life right now. I pray the changes you make in me will reflect in my whole family. Lord I want a Jesus Year! I know that means I have to work at it too. Keep nudging me. Snatch me back when I go astray. Speak to me so clearly that I know it’s you. I know none of this is possible without the precious blood of my Savior. Thank you Lord for Jesus. Because of him I can be close to you. Thank you Lord, thank you!

  10. 110
    Heather B. says:

    Lord,
    More than anything this year I want to create discipline in my life. I realize that you made my personality to be laid back, easily acclimating, and always up for fun BUT you did not create me to be lazy, unmotivated, and stagnant. This year is going to reqire a lot from me as a wife and mother with the new position you have given my husband. My lack of discipline has taken its effect on me for far too long, but now it is slowly seeping its way into the lives of my children and our homelife. I know you have placed me in the postion I am in, knowing full well that I am capeable of doing it in a way that glorifies you. Please grant me your strength to make the right decisions with my time and efforts so that I can be all you want me to be. And thank you for being a personal God who pursues be to be victorious over these things. I love you for that.

  11. 111

    Jesus, I want to want you more than sleep, food or my own comforts. Come and find me Father!

  12. 112
    Tammy says:

    Dear Father,
    I pray for stillness and simplicity in the next year. I am to a point where I need that. More now than ever. I feel the lack of it has kept me from getting closer to you. You know how I can get with my organization and feeling out of my comfort zone when things come with fast change. I know with you I can find stillness and simplicity. Two of which I have not been in a long while. I want you to dwell in me from head to toe and let me truly know what stillness and simplicity with you at the front mean. I adore you and treasure you so much Father. Amen.

  13. 113
    Lindsey says:

    My Abba Father, My Deliverer, You allowed things to come into my life, lies and betrayel to be revealed, that have THROWN ME OFF! I havent allowed myself to slow down and to spend time with you. To really lay everything at your feet and rest with you because I know when I get down on my knees all of my hurt will come pouring out. And I dont want it to be there AT ALL!! I know you are my healer and the only right answer for me. I just dont want to face the hopelessness and the brokeness that I feel. As I lay these feelings at your feet please give me comfort and your perfect peace. Please give me some joy and kindness so that I can share them with someone else! I need your strength! Help me Father. In your name I pray, Amen.

  14. 114

    Father this past year I got so caught up in all the “goods” that I very nearly missed your “best”. As 2011 approaches, I pray you would be a light to my feet and a lamp to my path; that you would keep me on the straight road that leads to your best and eliminate the thoughts of the devil that tell me that if I don’t do it it won’t get done. Lord I know that’s a lie. I know I need to step aside in order for others to step up. Push me out of the way if you have to God! Keep me on that road to the one thing you have called me to and help me run there with joy! Amen

  15. 115
    shannon says:

    I have the same prayer request..I just cannot get over some things..I have an aunt who refused to see me this christmas and that didn’t seem to effect my christmas but OVER A YEAR ago I lost my job unfairley at an office where I worked with people I went to church with(it was a bad situation) I had to change churches and I can’t seem to get over the “wrong” I just keep trying everyday 🙂

  16. 116
    Karen E says:

    Hi Lord! Thank You for hearing each of our prayers. We need You so much! I need help from You this year in the area of being real — having my transformed heart show in my actions without fear of other people’s reactions. Thank You that You are unfailing in Your love and trustworthiness. I love You, Lord!

  17. 117
    rhonda says:

    The one thing this year…that Lord I would stop seeking to please man and need his(or her) approval. In what I say, what I do, how I act, what I eat (to not even please my own flesh in that). That I would seek to please you first, no matter how hard, or humbling, or emotional. No matter how I feel, that I would seek to be faithful to You and to run thusly. Confident in Who You are and in Who I am in and by Your grace and love.

    1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (New King James Version)
    And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

  18. 118
    Janie says:

    Father God,
    I pray that in 2011 my marriage will be a better marriage. Right now and for the past several years, (maybe even our whole married 16 years) it is not good. We fight, tear each other down, and we are only still together because we do love our children and say we love God. He is in a leadership position at our church, and I feel so alone and that I can’t share anything about this with anyone. I so want to have the kind of marriage God desires for us but we are so far apart I just don’t think it can happen. Please send the Holy Spirit, God, and protect and keep us and help us find our way in 2011.

  19. 119
    Renita says:

    Father God,

    As We (You and I) begin a new year, I thank you for changing my life this past year in a way I could have never imagined or designed for myself. But as always, Your Ways are higher than my ways and Your Thoughts are higher than my thoughts. As I am committing to putting this One Thing that you continue to bring to the forefront of my mind in prayer in such a public fashion I ask even now for the strength and courage to place it at Your feet and trust that You have just been waiting to take the reign in all areas of my life but most specifically this area. Father I have lived in a house of disarray for several years, dreading to clean even dreading to come home because of all that needs to be done in the home. This year I ask that you specifically pull me from the pit of uncleanliness. This has been going on for so long that God I know that if my house stays clean for any length of time it is truly because of You and no man or woman will be able to take the glory. I trust that You can do all things, including this One Thing that seems undoable. I am so grateful to have the opportunity for this life change that will come from you and I thank you in advance that is already done.

  20. 120
    Susie H says:

    PLEASE PRAY ALONG WITH ME TO HAVE MORE PATIENCE LIVING AND CARING FOR MY SOON TO BE 91 YEAR OLD MOM WITH DEMENTIA.
    THANKS,
    SUSIE

    • 120.1

      Praying with and for you, Susie. Lord keep her in the eye-the calm-of any storm she finds herself in. Hold Susie and her mom tight. I pray for moments of clarity and peace as well as your love to reign in every circumstance. Mercy, Lord. Mercy.

      Blessings.

  21. 121
    Nancy says:

    I sooooo miss Amanda’s posts and pictures–is she coming back soooooon???? God bless 2011 for The Moore Family….

    Nancy

  22. 122
    flip flops says:

    Heavenly Father, I want to be rid of fear in my life about everything.
    You did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power ( I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me),
    love (I am loved with an everlasting love)
    and sound mind (As I keep my mind stayed on Thee, Thou will keep me in perfect and constant peace because I trust in Thee).
    When the fear starts bring my thoughts captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ and put songs of praise on my lips and in my heart.
    I ask You for victory in this area of my life. I will not go on my feelings but the truth of Your Word. Thank You, Father for the good work that You have begun in me.

  23. 123
    Laura says:

    Father, you know the deep struggles and hurts my husband and I have had in the intimate areas of our relationship. Please heal me and help me to be obedient to that which I’ve heard you calling me to for several years. Please let 2011 become the beginning of something good and honoring to You. Amen.

  24. 124
    Yanna says:

    Father most of all I want to serve You. Open my eyes and heart Lord to see what another may need. Help to see, hear, feel through Your love. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

  25. 125
    Rebecca says:

    Lord,

    I need and want to be encouraged and sustained by Your Word more than ever before. Help me to hide Your Word in my heart and help me to listen to and heed the Holy Spirit when He brings it to my rememberance.

    Lord, thank you for loving me. Help me to receive Your Word like never before. I want it to be the very breath I take.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  26. 126
    Shawna says:

    I just want my son home safe and in one piece from Afghanistan. Then I just pray that we will all recover from it.

  27. 127
    Vickie says:

    Heavenly Father,

    Please Lord, everyday, I desire to know you. I so desire to believe you. I desire to serve you above all else. I.am.so.in.love.with.you,Lord!

    Always in Jesus,
    Amen

  28. 128
    AnaLisa says:

    Lord, let my thoughts be your thoughts. Let my ways be your ways.

  29. 129
    Sherry Smith says:

    Lord you have allowed unemployment to permeate our years away. Then call my husband into the Army Chaplains Corp and He has finished all the requirements. Done! Now the house is behind and almost lost. Also the cars! I don’t mind not having a Christmas, I know that you are the reason for it. But Lord not having any family left to boot is very hard. I miss having my mom and grandmother to lean on. Lord it is our 11th hour and you know the needs. Please provide a job for my husband. And as you know the needs of a Chaplain really go beyond a regular job’s hours. I know that you are in control and we are trusting in you. Everything I read in your word says wait on me….I am waiting and trusting!

  30. 130
    Tiffany Morse says:

    Lord,
    You are everything! I am broken in a thousand pieces and have been for some time. I desire to do Your will, always have, desire all You have for me to do in this life. In this upcoming year, I ask YOU to bring healing, wisdom, perspective and rebuilding in all the things You have allowed to crash. I trust YOU and Your will, Your sovereignty, YOUR ways! This year Lord, I desire to delight in my season, in the things you are doing now and not just what are be in the future! I am thankful for the major resurrection in my marriage You are bringing, help me to nurture my home in away that delights Your heart…just love YOU so much! I know there is much to come in 2011, open my ears, eyes, and heart to follow after YOU in all things…

  31. 131
    Julie says:

    It’s as though you were writing directly to me, Beth. I became a new Christian 4 years ago – after pretending to be one for many, many years. I was full of anger and built a wall around me. I never allowed myself to be hurt – I bottled it up. Six months ago, I was hurt beyond measure and I can’t seem to get past it. I desire to move forward – that is what I am asking. I want to stop obsessing about it and realize that God is God, He’s my sovereign Father. I desire to walk where He desires me to walk…

    I, too, am a nailbiter – older than 40 and I, too, wish to stop…it’s an addiction I can’t stand!

  32. 132

    I’m wanting to post about being part of the 2011 Siesta scripture meomry team on my blog and use the photo of Beth holding the index card pack. Is it OK to use the photo?

  33. 133
    Kristi Walker says:

    Heavenly Father,

    Thank you for this opportunity to come before you, Lord. As this new year approaches for us, I’m reminded that not even time binds You. I’m comforted that I serve a God so big that nothing can bind you or change you. Lord, I ask in this coming new year for a heart that is pure. A heart that desires nothing more than it desires to love You. Please take this imperfect and fickle heart and turn it toward You with a passion and fierceness that cannot be measured. I ask that my love for You would overflow into every action, every thought and every word. Please change me, Lord, until my heart loves You with all the strength that I have. Thank you, Lord for hearing me and for assuring me that You love me. Thank You for understanding and searching me.

    In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

  34. 134
    Jessica says:

    Oh Father, I thank you for your faithfulness. You know I have struggled with weight and body image for as long as I can remember, and Lord, I’ve been begging you to show me what is at the root of this struggle. Lord, you have spoken, and I see how I seek to find satisfaction in food, no matter the emotion, food is involved, and you Dear Father, want to be the one to fill and fulfill me. Please help me Pause before I try to fill myself. Help me to seek you and find satisfaction in You. Oh, that this year, would be a year of believing, truly believing that You are The One who will truly satisfy.

  35. 135
    Susan says:

    Dear Father, I can see myself going into 2011 carrying all of the baggage that I needed to drop in 2010. Lord I pray that learning Scripture and holding it in my heart will show me how to move forward as your person not as a people pleaser. As I face the trial of dealing with a very damaged marriage and the need to find a new Church show me how to make wise decisions, seek wise companions, use my words wisely and not stray from the path that you have marked out for me to serve You. Lord be the centre of my existence.In Jesus Name I pray.

  36. 136
    K says:

    I pray most this year for my biopsy on Tuesday to be benign. And for the health of my husband and 2 little boys. Please God deliver us from any unwholesome thing–draw our attentions to all things that please you.

  37. 137
    Steph says:

    I’m asking that Jesus become even deeper and more real in my life this next year. To experience him to the full. I desperately want 2011 to be the year Jesus reigns supreme, not the other junk.

    • 137.1

      Praying with you and for you. Jesus, come and fill her up to overflowing with who You are…Help her to see herself through Your eyes and feel the love of Your heart in her life. [Hugs]

  38. 138
    Jenn L says:

    Father God, this year my prayer is that you will bring peace to my mind. That I would learn to take my thoughts captive and to refocus them on you. That I would leave my problems at Your feet and that I would stop thinking that I am big enough to solve them. I will trust my sweet little ones to You and raise them with my mind on how You want them to be raised. I love You…You have blessed me more than I ever could have imagined.

  39. 139
    The Capricious but Caring Cat Lady from Upstate SC says:

    Father, where to begin? With the new year before me, I am filled with a mix of hope and horror. Jesus you came that I might have life and have it abundantly. I want to know and live out what that means.

    I am asking you to save my family and show them your mercy. God you have got to show up and be who only you can be–do what only you can do.

    Have mercy and when you show up, make it so clear that even we can’t miss it.

    And through your Spirit, help me keep my part of the deal. You know that without You, I just can’t pull it off. I want this to be a year like no other where You live out Your life through me.

    You know a couple of years ago when I said in desperation, “If You feel like leading and want to show up, I am going back to bed You know where to find me!” You were so merciful to me. Thank You for showing up. I am ready for the next step that You have planned.

    I love you. Thanks for not making me pretend to be in a place I am not. Thanks for finding me where I am and leading closer to You.

  40. 140

    Beth,

    Your prayer spoke the exact words of my heart. My prayer this year is to know in my heart of hearts Col 3:3. that my life is hidden with Christ in God. I am choosing to memorize Col. 3:1-3 as my first verses because I need to live there and there alone. I am certain God is calling me further up and further in and the only way I am going to be able to move is if I am looking up. My feet and my heart are too often planted in the wrong world, and I am left feeling unloved. This year I choose NOT to exchange the TRUTH for a lie, but to believe what He has given me in Himself. Thank you for your words, that was hand delivered from above. Blessings dear sister!

  41. 141
    Melissa says:

    Father,

    I pray that you would renew my heart and strengthen my inner being to know and experience the truth of the title Beloved. Teach me about Your love. I want to be secured in your love that I can unreservedly love others, no matter their condition or situation. Thank you Jesus that this love is already true. May it become a true and present reality of my identity.

    In Jesus Name,
    Amen

  42. 142
    Lindsey says:

    Dear Lord, my request is simple, yet, will not go without challenges. As I anticipate the arrival of our 3rd child, I want, more than anything, to be the mother you want me to be. Thank you for forgiving me for the times I have failed as a mother. I ask that 2011 would be devoted to loving you, loving my husband, and loving my children in the way you have always intended. Help me to recognize their needs and put them ahead of my own. I hate how selfish I am! I want this year to be the year I take/took my family back. I ask this in the name of the One who never gives up on me-Jesus. Amen and amen.

  43. 143
    Angela says:

    Dear Jesus,

    I thank you for this opportunity to claim that there is always hope for new beginnings! I am claiming Isaiah 43:18-19 in my life that “something brand new” is coming my way. It’s never too late and I’m never too old as the enemy would want me to believe. Thank you for being the lover of my soul! You are everything to me! I pray this in Jesus’ Holy Name!

  44. 144
    christina says:

    Lord, the only sense of theme or calling I discern from you so far for 2011 is “delight.” I’m not sure what that means yet, and I’m a little nervous of how costly it may prove to learn delight the way You mean it.

    Strengthen me (and all these Siestas!) for the year You have planned for us, and grant us courage to keep walking with you when becoming more Christlike is painful and scary.

    Thanks so much that He went and goes before us and is with us and that You hear all these heart-cries because of Him.

  45. 145
    Dori says:

    Lord Jesus, thank you for being the Faithful One who calls us to live a life set apart for You and then turns around and accomplishes in us the very thing you call us to do. Astounding! Thank you for another year ahead. Alot of mistakes were made in 2010, but I praise You for being the God of the second chance, do-overs, chance after chance to learn and then do it right! I want to live intentional, determined, resolved this year, Lord, to being the looking glass to everyone around me that makes me look smaller and magnifies You. I want everything I do this year to be the best that I have to give so that Your glory may be seen in my life — whether in good times or in bad. Happy New Year, Jesus! This one is Your’s and Your’s alone! Now…show me Your glory! Paint beautiful, bright and vivid colors of Your love, Your power and Your goodness onto the canvas of my days in 2011! Make it new. Make it beautiful. Make it glorious! Amen.

  46. 146
    Becky Roode says:

    Dear Father God,

    You have spoken to me over and over again that you have not given me a spirit of fear, yet a spirit of fear has loomed large over my life for several years.
    I claim the freedom you have offered me and ask you to hold my hand, never let me go, as we enter into 2011 FEAR FREE.

    In Jesus’ holy name I pray…

  47. 147

    Dear sweet Father,
    You have been ever so faithful to show me that you are, today, this moment, Immanuel. This year has been one where I feel you’ve hidden in the shadowns but through those darker valleys, I’ve learned you are before me and behind me even when I can see or feel you. You are holding me, even holding me together. And unexpected blessings have come my way after passing through them. I praise your name and testify to your love and goodness.

    and now Father, I want to trust you with this new year. I want to walk in and by Faith and see with spiritual eyes the new thing you are doing here in my new city, new church, new friendships, new season of life. God your glory will be revealed and I don’t to miss it. Show me MORE! I trust you with the pain and will stand firm though I don’t understand. May my trials let others see your Hand and bless your name. I know you are worth it. May I remember this in 2011.
    I love you so much!
    your daughter,
    rachel

    • 147.1

      Psalms 52:8 (AMP)
      8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in and confidently rely on the loving-kindness and the mercy of God forever and ever.

      For you, Rachel. For you… You are like a green olive tree in the house of our loving, gracious and merciful God.

      [HUGS]

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    Shanna Rainey says:

    Oh Lord, draw me closer to you each and every day. Help me to focus my mind, heart and head on YOU each day and trust You, Abba Father, through the thorns and praise Your Holy Name through the daiseys. I love You!
    In Jesus’sweet name I pray,
    Amen.

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    Father, my prayer this year is to cherish my husband being the head of the home instead of cringing when he suggests new ventures and ideas for our family. He so wants to follow Your lead. I’m praying the Spirit of the Proverbs 31 Woman to reside in me this year.

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    Geri says:

    Father God,
    You are a cycle breaker. And I pray Lord for this year to stop falling into traps of self pity and ungratefulness. Lord, you have blessed my life beyond what I could ever imagine. As much as is possible to bless a human being on this earth you have done so!! And I have let the enemy for to long, to cloud and steal those gifts. Open my eyes Lord’ really wide, let me see the lies of the enemy coming twenty miles away, with flashing hazard lights. And then, precious Lord, in those moments of temptation PLEASE help me be self controlled in my thought life and in my soul and choose deep gratitude,truth and love as the new cycle of my life. I love you Father, I lay it at your feet, giddy to see how you are going to come in strong on my behalf. I LOVE YOU!

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