Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Peace Prevails

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 (NIV)

I will sing praises to my Father in heaven.
My hands will raise in worship.
In Spirit and Truth, I offer you praise, Lord Jesus.

I trust You, O Lord my God, for You are forever faithful.
I trust You, my Savior, for you have been faithful to me.

Each morning proves a new day as the sun emerges over the horizon.
Even if clouds conceal the sky, the sun exists.
A new day begins, life starts afresh.
Every single day presents a time of restoration.
Even if dismal circumstances overwhelm life, the Son lives,
To offer forgiveness and grace, peace and comfort.
Receive a new beginning.

I trust You, O Lord my God, for You are forever faithful.
I trust You, my Savior, for you have been faithful to me.

Forgive me, Lord, for my failings,
Things I’ve done and left undone. 
As I move forward into this day, 
Guide my path and light the way.
Assist me, Lord, when worldly ways confront me. 
May I focus on You, no matter my surroundings.

Clouds of dismay and discouragement may hover and hang
Where I walk, where I work, where I live.
The gloom of disagreement from the devil himself
May attempt to attack me through family and friends,
Or through my own thoughts, words, and deeds.
Yet I trust You, Lord, to strengthen me in your might
And supply the courage I need to stand firm in Your Word.
Then will I be filled with a peace that passes all understanding.

I trust You, O Lord my God, for You are forever faithful.
I trust You, my Savior, for you have been faithful to me.

May I exhibit Your character of love and humility 
As I interact with those around me.
Give me words sweet as honey for the needy
And a sting to quiet my enemies.

You have spoken through Your holy Word,
I offer obedience as I listen to You,
Because Your words ring out truth and life.

Jesus, You lived in this world and experienced troubles daily,
Like all of humanity. 
But You desired relationship with Heavenly Father,
And through prayer and time alone with Him,
He daily strengthened you.

Lord, I desire a personal relationship with you, 
Help me to confidently trust in your authority.
Give me an undivided heart, focused eyes, and open ears
To hear and obey your words of truth. 

I trust You, O Lord my God, for You are forever faithful.
I trust You, my Savior, for you have been faithful to me.

Through your death and resurrection, 
You overcame the things of this world. 
You triumphed over tribulations.
You destroyed the deadly d’s of distress.
You conquered worldly temptations.

Now Lord God, give me courage as your worshipping warrior
To abide in your mighty Word,
And encourage those who are stressed with worldly woes.

Strengthen me with your compassionate comfort.
Sustain me when I express your gift to others.
Unite us with perseverance in your power, love, and wisdom,
May our praises be offered in your holy name with one accord.

As our worship increases, 
No matter if we perceive clouds hide your presence,
Help us know, without doubting, you are nearby.
Allow your authentic peace to radiate in our hearts. 

I trust You, O Lord my God, for You are forever faithful.
I trust You, my Savior, for you have been faithful to me.

Receive our praises as we receive your peace.
Thank you for the sweet exchange.

In you, Lord God, we overcome the troubles of this world.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.           2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

Hillsong's Prince of Peace.....

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Deadly D's

“If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest.”             ---Corrie ten Boom

Disorder and upheaval prevail all over the world. Television images document unrest across the globe. Seeking a solution to peace in the world gives rise to distress. 

The world’s wretchedness generates angst among people. Disturbances lie within churches, schools, homes, and families. But an honest evaluation within individual hearts produces even more despair. Destruction, disorder, demoralization, discouragement, distress, dejection, depression, desolation, disappointment, despair, disease, death—focus on these deadly conditions and humanity drowns. Where is the solution to peace?

Sin and sorrow reigns everywhere. Gloom and doom dominates present day as it did during Corrie ten Boom’s generation. She suffered under evil Nazi rule during the second world war, but thrived when she looked to God for help. She understood the origin of her strength. She knew where to place her focus. She spoke from conviction. Can we repeat her quote with confidence? 

If I’m honest with myself, sadness overwhelms me when I concentrate on the misery around me, whether nearby or through television images. When I’m focused on troubles, I’m filled with much discouragement. Yet when I turn my eyes to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I find help and hope. And when I offer praise and worship, I find peace and rest.

Are you swimming in a cesspool of sin and sorrow? Do you desire to be rescued? There is a Savior who yearns to save you. 

God Himself offers you salvation through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. Believe on the name of Jesus and He will deliver your soul from the depths of disgrace. 

The Lord Jesus Christ offers His love, forgiveness, and generous grace. And even though you may still be surrounded by worldly woes, He provides peace when you remain focused on Him. Look to Him with praise and find rest. 

Psalm 9 (NIV)

1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

3 My enemies turn back;
    they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
    sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
    you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
    you have uprooted their cities;
    even the memory of them has perished.

7 The Lord reigns forever;
    he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
    and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
    proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
    he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
    Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
    in the gates of Daughter Zion,
    and there rejoice in your salvation.

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
    their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
    the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
    all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
    the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
    let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
    let the nations know they are only mortal. 

Hillsong - "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Power in Praise

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NASB)

Does darkness seem to surround you? Do you feel chained by disappointment, despair, disease, or even death? There is Someone who can rescue you. 

His name is Jesus, Savior of the world (John 3:16). 
   He is available 24/7 (Hebrews 13:5-6). 
      Cry out to Him; He hears you (Psalm 4:3). 
         Praise His worthy name (2 Samuel 22:4). 
            Worship God Almighty, He is near (Psalm 34:18).
               He fears no storm (Mark 4:35-41). 
                  He desires to set you free (Luke 4:18).
                     Rest in His power, He is God (Psalm 46:10). 
                        He is mighty to save (Zephaniah 3:17).

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.  2 Timothy 1:9 NIV

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 (NIV)


O sing unto the Lord, people of the Most High God,
For He is Lord over all the earth.

He comes in glory to rescue His people,
To rescue those who love Him and proclaim His holy name.
His Name prevails above all names, 
Jesus Christ, Lord of all.

And one day, at the mighty name of Jesus, all knees will hit the earth in humility or submission. 
So worship Him, unhindered, in Spirit and Truth. 

He created you, knitting together body, heart, soul, and mind.
Why resist and rebel against Almighty God?
Do you allow other gods to intrigue you?
They are worthless, manmade, of no spiritual value.

He is God, your God, 
Creator and Savior of the world.
There is no other.

And one day, at the mighty name of Jesus, all knees will hit the earth in humility or submission.
So worship Him, unhindered, in Spirit and Truth. 

He willingly became like us, bound in humanity, demonstrating true life.
His body, heart, soul, and mind faced horrible pain and death.
He could have chosen to save Himself, 
But instead He chose to save you and me. 
His mission—to save us from eternal death, 
To set us free from the tensions and strains of this world.

Praise Him, praise His holy name.
He is our Savior, 
Our salvation, strength, and song.

And one day, at the mighty name of Jesus, all knees will hit the earth in humility or submission.
So worship Him, unhindered, in Spirit and Truth.

Offer praise to the One who is worthy,
Bless and praise His holy name,
Bow before Him in reverent worship,
For He fights for you.

Give Him honor and glory
For He is mighty to save.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.
And He has lifted up a horn for His people,
Praise for all His godly ones;
Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him.
Praise the Lord!  Psalm 148:13-14 (NASB)

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”  Revelation 4:11 (NASB)

"What a Beautiful Name" by Hillsong Worship

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Victory in Ash Wednesday

It’s Ash Wednesday, a Christian holy day. This day begins Lent, a six week season for the preparation of Easter. It is a time of self reflection and repentance. And even though to some it may represent sadness and gloom, God says VICTORY!

“Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:55-58

The power of darkness has been dispelled and Christ Jesus is the VICTOR. When fear and worry seems to crouch in upon you, remember the name of Jesus. Praise the One, Jesus Christ, who breaks our chains of sin and darkness and sets us free. No matter what trouble you face today, cry out to JESUS and believe He will deliver you. Let go and let God. 

The darkness of this world will never overcome the Light of the world, which is Jesus Christ. When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12 (NIV)

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.  Acts 19:11-12 (NIV)

When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.  Acts 19:17-20 (NIV)

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ today and always. 

“Nothing that is attempted in opposition to God can ever be successful.”  ~John Calvin