May 7, 2012

Prayers and Praises for the week of May 7th- May 13th


                                     
  "Commit yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."  Colossians 4:2

Please list your prayers and praises in the comment section below this week.  Our praying SHINE girls are commiting themselves to pray for you!

Praying is for the BIRDS, right???!!!  Several months ago, it was cold and wet outside.  The bird feeder, sitting just outside our dining room window, had gone neglected and empty.  I mean, we had seed, I was just lazy, y'all.  I would walk by the window and think, "I need to fill that feeder!"  Days and weeks ticked along, I would just walk by and kick myself.  One day, enough was enough, I slipped on some flip flops, took a giant cup of seed outside and filled that feeder all the way up to the top.  Shivering, I ran back inside.  I was walking by the dining room window on my way to the kitchen, and within seconds, I saw a bird fly by and perch on that feeder and start eating!!!!

 A beautiful Cardinal, boy, he ate like it was his usual stop during the day.  I was ASTOUNDED.  Feeding birds is a little different than feeding most other things.  They have to smell the food and a new feeder can take a lot of time for the birds to find, several days even...

It made me wonder if that bird was begging his Creator for food?  I mean, seriously!  Do you think he was starving and wanting to eat in the dead of winter?  Probably! Did it just take my obedience for that to happen?  Well, it sure seemed that way to me!

When you think a little prayer or a little thing God is urging you to do doesn't matter---
think again!  Pray with us and we want to pray for you!
List those little urges below
, girls, it's just the kind of support you've needed.  Let's pass them on to our gracious Heavenly Father.  He's all about prayer and so are we!!!

Filling my feeder,
Rebekah 
 :)

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen! I love the story! Waiting to pray, Sarah

Anonymous said...

Please pray for Nathaniel, he has had a rough time. Now making college decisions and plans for future and I pray that Christ is smack dab in the middle! I pray that my family can be the support he needs.

Melissa Martin said...

Ashley Moon, you are precious! I love your story and your willingness to share it. I am blessed to know you, study the Word with you, run with you, laugh with you...thanking God for putting you in my life! Thanks for an inspiring start to my day - I love your perspective and cheerful outlook on life!!

Melissa Martin said...

oops - wrong spot for posting...should have had my coffee before SHINE-ing this morning!!

Anonymous said...

I have two prayers this morning. Please pray for my friend Judy she is going to court today trying to keep her daughter.We love Destiny so much. Also please pray for Linda her daughter was found dead a couple of weeks ago and she is in so much pain. She is not a follower but has reached out to me (of all people we are not really friends) Pray for me to help not hurt

Samantha said...

Beka -

I LOVED the visual above!Thank you for putting the issue of prayer in a way we can all understand and recall! Blessed to call you a friend! Praying for you and all the SHINE girls daily!!

Anonymous said...

Father, we pray that You cover and protect Nathaniel at this time and always. Please guide him, lead him, protect him, and provide for him. We ask for a hedge of protection around him. Please let his family be wonderful support for him and all he does, and give them wisdom and knowledge needed to do so straight from you Father. Let him lean on You and trust You at this time in his life and always. We pray that You open and close the doors that You see fit. Let Jesus be the center of it all. Give him the mind of Christ as he ventures out into the world. Thank you for hearing our prayers and for keeping Your mighty hand on this young man. "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 In Jesus Name, Amen! Believing for God's best for him and you! Sarah

Pepper Helms said...

Dear God, I pray your blessings in the courtroom today for Judy and her daughter. Only You know the best place for Destiny right now, so we pray for your divine wisdom for the judge right this very minute.
I pray also for Linda, that your great Comfort will be her life line today. I pray the death of her daughter, although heart wrenching, will be the catalyst to bring her to You. I pray this friend to be open to the Holy Spirit prompting her so she knows what to say and do for Linda so that it will be most effective and healing for her, but most of all, lead her to Your love & comfort, which is unfailing & always available. We pray You will move in a way that brings glory to You and a testimony to those around us. Amen.

Rebekah Hudgins Vepraskas said...

We pray for your will Lord, to be done. We trust you that you love us and want to manifest Yourself in our lives. Be with Judy, restore her child to her, dear Father. Babies need their momma's, no matter how old they are. Give Destiny just the right placement so that she can grow and thrive.

I pray for Linda, how horrific to experience the death of a child in this way! God, You can come through LOUD AND CLEAR through the worst tragedy and I pray you would here, in Jesus name. Give Linda peace just when she needs it most. I pray that she opens her heart to You, dear God and that You are known by her. Holy Spirit cover her heart and mind. Give her a hunger for the Love of Jesus Christ that will fill her hurt, Lord. In a way only You can!!

Thank you in advance for working on behalf of Judy and Linda's lives, Lord. We are excited to see how You will work and the masterpiece You are creating, we praise Your name! Amen.

With Love and prayer,
Rebekah

Rebekah Hudgins Vepraskas said...

Thank you, Sam!! The Lord had brought that to my mind over and over for months. Jill asked me to do a little prayer post and I was mulling over the story again-- just when I got her message. I LOVE the Holy Spirit!! :)

Rebekah Hudgins Vepraskas said...

Agreeing with Pepper, Lord, in every way. We trust You in this-- completely.

Anonymous said...

In agreement with you Rebekah. Father, please be with Judy and Destiny at this time. Hold them close to You, and I pray that your will be done in their lives. We pray that You are the ultimate judge in that courtroom, and that You oversee the matter and the outcome.
I pray for Linda Lord as she grieves the loss of her child. Praying that You come in and replace her pain with Your hope and Your love. Bind up her wounds Father, give her a hope and a future in You. In this disaster she is facing, let her find You. May she see You through others and want to run towards Your light and love. May she respond to that still quiet voice, the Holy Spirit. We thank you in advance for doing awesome works in the lives of these women in Jesus Name. We love You, we praise You, we believe in You, and we adore You. Thank you for hearing our prayers. In Jesus Name, Amen. With expectancy for Him to fulfill His promises, Sarah

Anonymous said...

Agreeing with you Pepper! Love, Sarah

Women Who Pray said...

I pray in agreement for all who have been prayed for on this page...I pray for all the prayer warriors, in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen. LORD, children are Your heritage...our reward...Thank You, for these priceless jewels...gems...LORD! Thank You Father for filling these voids with Yourself...Your manifested presence LORD...in Jesus' Name. Thank You for the story by Beka, LORD! Thank You, for Your reminder to us...that Your eyes is on the sparrow...the trees...the lilies...in Jesus' Name!! You most definitely watches us!!! in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.

Anonymous said...

Please pray for my daughter. She is struggling with kids teasing her and calling her weird at school and it is absolutely breaking my heart. She is a great little girl who loves her Jesus.

Anonymous said...

Oh anonymous, this just ripped my heart in two. There is nothing worse than being teased as a child! I come before the Father right now, and ask Him to intercede on behalf of His precious child. May He step in and be her ultimate defender. I ask for a hedge of protection around her, a blanket of His peace to fall upon her, and for Him to fill her with confidence. May she be rooted deeply in His love for her, and may He send Godly friends into her life, to speak life to her and encourage her. Praying that this heavy burden is lifted off of her in Jesus Name. Father, please give her parents and family the discernment and wisdom that they will need to help her through this time. Praying for Your presence to fall on her right now Father where ever she may be, and that peace, happiness, security in You, and joy would fill her heart no matter come what may. We ask that you bind the enemy off of her life. "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." Ephesians 6:16 Claiming goodness and mercy to follow her all the days of her life. Believing for victory for your sweet baby girl! In Jesus Name, Amen. Love, Sarah

Terri Abbott said...

Isiah 59:19 says..... 'When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him'. I pray, in Jesus name, that the Lord God send a standard against the mocking enemy. I call your name, Devil, for who you are. You shall cease mocking this child in the name of Jesus. The vessels you are mocking thru will close right now in Jesus name and I pray you fill them with your love and compassion. Cause the hearts of those that intend harm, whether in sport or premeditated, to change even this moment. Release this child from the torment and raise a STRONG standard to protect her from these fiery darts. I ask also Lord that in agreement with Sarah, you fill her with self confidence, rottedin your love and that Godly friends will flood her life. I pray in agreement also for that hedge, yes, supported by your angels. We count it done in Jesus name and will return to give you the glory. Amen.

Rhonda Harrison said...

Matthew 5:10 Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! (GNT)

Praying for your sweet girl!

Rhonda

Terri Abbott said...

rooted in your love sorry ):

Susan and Jason said...

Please pray for a little 10 year old boy in my community who ran away from school on Tuesday. As of Wednesday night they still hadn't found him. Apparently he has a pretty bad home life and doesn't want to be found, he has run away from several volunteers who have been looking for him over the past couple of days.

Anonymous said...

Susan, this absolutely breaks my heart! I just want to scoop babies like that up in my arms and bring them comfort. Bless you for bringing this child before the Father. Lord, I ask that You rescue this precious child of Your's. "Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. (Psalm 25:20) Protect him even now, bringing him hope and a future. Please send Your chosen ones to help him and deliver him from trouble. "I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4 Please give them the wisdom, knowledge, and discernment they need to be his help and support. Claiming Psalm 91 over him and his life, and asking that You see him through this and set his feet on solid ground. Believing for You to bring healing into his life, security, comfort, and love. Bring him home Father, to the home You have prepared for him, in Jesus Name, Amen. With love and hope, Sarah

Anonymous said...

Susan, how is your Daddy? Sarah

Terri Abbott said...

God deliver this child from his bondage, prepare a table before him in teh presense of his enemy, DELIVER him I petition you Father to save him from that which seeks to destroy him. Deliver him from fear, give him a keen anoiting to discern from God and evil. Lead him to those he can trust. Lead him out of evil into your arms and lift him from the deep waters into safety. God I beseech you in Jesus name, hear me in your ears and send angels to guard over him giving a protective hedge around him. CAre for him and bring him home to LOVE, only love. Your love in those that you prepare for him. Isiah 46:4 says 'Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.' I claim these WORDS for this child and that you will perform them Father. I thank you now in Jesus name. Amen

Susan and Jason said...

So much better Sarah!! Thank you for asking :) the last Dr he went to finally listened to him and his symptoms and they believe it it simply adult exercise induced asthma...such a PRAISE!!!! Many of the things they thought it could be we're not good at all.

Susan and Jason said...

PRAISE!!!! They found the little boy yesterday safe!!! Thank you for praying SHINE sisters this was just such a sad story to me. Now I just pray they get him the help he needs and don't just send him back to live with his father. It is such a sad situation.

Terri Abbott said...

PRAISE again and again and now I ask God to please complete the work He started and to perform that which is petitioned to him and more. If He surfaced the plight of this child, he called for the intercession and He will perform freedom and love and provision in his life. Amen.

Anonymous said...

Agreeing with you Mom! Let it be done, and let the Father do His work! Praise to Him! Susan, I have a feeling the Lord will bless him and keep him. Love, Sarah

Anonymous said...

Yay! He found the right doctor! Awesome news, so thankful! I know you and your family are relieved. Praying only good health will follow him, and bless you for loving your Daddy so much! :) Love, Sarah

Anonymous said...

Please pray for one of my long time friends, her husband is on the warpath of trying to destroy her mentally, physically, and threatened her with his own hands, if, she objects to a divorce. Married over 40 years, she so wants to have the Lord's intervention in a miraculous way. Prayers for her safety, and wisdom to continue to stay in God's will as she is striving to have peace and comfort from the immense pain he is causing her. He moved out, and only text her, yells and screams when he comes back every now and then to the house. Praying that her relationship and love for God opens the doors for his grace and mercy to be abundantly received. Thank you already, I believe in our prayer warriors and shine beauties to intercede for blessings from God that shocks every person involved in this horrible time in her life. I told her to read Psalm 91.

Heather said...

Please pray for my daughter. She has a dance recital at 10 am in the morning that she has worked very hard for and loves to dance. She has been sick to her stomach today and last night had literally got sick once. Unfortunately I think that she is having a hard time with the girls not being nice to her and has really took it hard that she is ugly and can't dance out of jealousy because she is the youngest who has helped with a class as an assistant regularly which she loves. She has wanted her own studio when older forever. She loves Jesus and we have talked and prayed, but she has cried on and off yesterday and today a lot. It is breaking my heart. She receives her 5 year award which she is so excited about it, but satan is really working over time to bring her down. Please agree with me in praying for her and against Satan for I know this battle is not against flesh and blood but principalities of evil. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Asking right now for a hedge of protection around your friend anonymous. Praying that the Lord would lead her, guide her, protect her, and deliver her. Praying that the Lord would carefully watch over this marriage and bring healing to where it is needed. May she find comfort in the Lord's love and presence. Praying that her ears would be sensitive to His voice. "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Isaiah 30:21 When she looks back on this very difficult time in her life, she will know that You carried her through Father and took care of each and every detail. And claiming Psalm 91 over her! May she feel Him watching over her even now, and may it bring her great peace.

Please soften her husband's heart to the things of You. May rage be filled with peace, may confusion be replaced with clarity, and may violence be replaced with Your love. I ask that You speak to this storm and command it to stop Father in Jesus Name. "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, "Peace, be still!", And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." Mark 4:39 Speak to his heart in only the way You can Father. Believing for You to heal the pain and the brokenness in this relationship in a mighty way. In Jesus Name, Amen. With hope and expectancy! Love, Sarah

Anonymous said...

Agreeing with you Heather and binding the enemy off of her sweet mind and emotions and this situation. As we pray and agree, may her confidence level begin to soar. May she be filled with good thoughts only straight from the throne of God. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8 Praying that the Lord would cancel the enemies plans against her right now in Jesus Name. May He step in and be her mighty warrior, chasing away doubt, fear, anxiety, and lies. Let your peace wash over her Lord, bring her peaceful sleep, sweet dreams, and a renewed mind when she awakes. Claiming a good day for her filled with accomplishment and joy tomorrow. Bless her momma for interceding for her, and give her all she needs to help her baby girl at this time. In Jesus Name, Amen. Believing for good things! Much love, Sarah

Women Who Pray said...

Thank You, LORD, for WOWing the whole group. May You show up in all Your might to defend the little one and also show the other how special they are at the same time. We thank You, LORD, that time like what she is going through make us stronger even though it hurts so bad! We bind bullying and chiding, mocking, scorner, and rejection. We loose the love of God in that class and school in Jesus' Name. We thank You, LORD, for teachers, counsellors, and all called to be there seeing and handling what is going on. Thank You, LORD for the hedge of protection around this precious girl and her Mom! in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.

Women Who Pray said...

Amen!

Women Who Pray said...

Amen!

Women Who Pray said...

Father, here's another long-term...long-time marriage under attack! Age...hormones...changes in their bodies...in Jesus' Name...causing them to change how they act toward each other and how they respond to circumstances. We rebuke the adversary who has come to steal, kill, and destroy the people and their marriage. In Jesus' Name, LORD, we thank You in advance for intervening here! May she do the will of the Father and be all that she is to be as his helpmate. And, may he do the will of he Father and honor her as Christ does the Church. LORD, when our mind is stayed on You...when we begin to praise even when we don't feel like it...the devil runs and You are inhabiting the praises of Your saints...In Jesus' Name. LORD, if they are tithers, then You LORD rebuke the devourer for their sakes, in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.

Women Who Pray said...

Amen!

Anonymous said...

In agreement with you Aunt Teddi! Awesome. :) Love, Sarah

Terri Abbott said...

Amen and Amen. Claiming victory in Jesus for this precious girl. Agreeing with Sarah and Aunt Teddi in Jesus name.