The Counterfeit

Abba Father,

Lord I come before you right now and ask that you will reveal to my friends when a man is a counterfeit quickly. Another broken heart among us, Lord please restore her heart. Lord there are men who check the box Christian but do not know you. Like the folks you mention in the Matthew 7:23 when you say “Depart from me. I never knew you.” Lord I pray your daughters will see your true character reflected in the life of their suitor. Lord the counterfeit man has learn the art of saying just enough to lead a woman down a dead end path. Lord give your daughters wisdom to see his true intentions quickly and the strength to walk away if he is not your promise for them.

Lord I pray your daughters to recognize when she is pursuing a counterfeit man out of fear of being alone. Lord if a man wants to marry a woman, he will pursue her. If he just wants to play games he will allow her to pursue him. Lord I pray the dream of being married will not cloud her judgement. Lord I pray she will learn to be content in the waiting and not settle for a counterfeit. Lord I pray she will keep a heart of flesh and not of stone in the waiting. Lord I pray she will know her worth and identity in you. Lord I pray she will wait for your timing and your number one choice for her.

Lord I pray for husbands for my friends not just boyfriends. Lord bless them with a true love that will last for generations. Lord bless them with a true love and not a selfish love. I ask all of this in the name of Jesus – AMEN

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Treated Like a Queen

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Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the unexpected gesture of kindness from someone who cares for me more than I knew. In that moment I was treated like a Queen.  Lord I ask that you bless him and move in his life. Lord I pray he will receive an unexpected blessing as well. Lord it took my breath away. I had not a clue what to say or what to do. All I could do was say THANK YOU.

Lord when you send me gifts they are so extravagant I get lost in the moment. I was shocked, stunned and felt loved. It came when I was feeling low and with a lot on my mind. But the gift reminded me how much you love me and send me love letters in such unique ways. Lord I can’t say it enough – THANK YOU!  Lord I ask that you bless him and his business. Lord I pray you will send an outpouring of your love. Lord I pray he will continue to be used by you to be blessing to others.  I ask all of this in Jesus name – AMEN

Tender Moments

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Heavenly Father,

It was such a tender moment to see. A dear friend holding her mother who has Alzheimer’s. Her mother has always had such a peaceful face with a radiant smile. Growing up she welcomed me into their home and served me such amazing food.  Love abounds is the best way to describe their home. Her abounding love is still pouring out of her as her mind begins to lose memories.

Lord I pray for her children and grandchildren who are painfully watching her slip away. Lord I pray they will always greet her with a smile like she always gives us. Lord I pray for an increase of tender moments with her. Lord I pray you will give them the courage to keep visiting even if it means she can’t remember their name or who they are. Lord I pray you will appoint a historian who will record down her story for their children and future generations.  Lord I pray for more time with her. Lord I pray for laughter and more joy. Lord I pray you will be the comforter for the family on the hard days.  Lord I pray you will continue to send her angels in her room and fill her heart with your love. Lord I pray you will hold my friend as she watches her mother struggle to remember things. Lord continue to wipe away her tears and fill her heart with hope. Lord I pray you will bless her and her family.

Lord I pray for husband who is watching the love of his life slowly walk away from him. Lord I am sure he would move heaven and earth to bring her back to him. Lord I pray you will comfort him as well. Lord I pray you flood his mind with their love story. Lord I pray there will be increase of joy and less sadness. Lord I pray you will become his best friend and that he will talk to you on the good, the bad and the ugly days. Lord I pray your loving arms would embrace him at night as he cries himself to sleep. Lord remind him that you will never leave him or forsake him. Lord I pray the Holy Spirit will hover over his home. Overflow his heart with your love Lord.

I lift up their family Lord and ask you to move in a mighty way. Lord bless their family and continue to go before them on this journey. I ask all of this in the name of Jesus –  AMEN

Be A Light

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Father God,

Lord you have called us to be the salt and light of the World. Lord teach me how to be a light in turbulent times like this. Lord teach me how to guard my hope and not allow fear to creep into my daily life. Lord many of us are battling to keep our freedoms that are being stripped away by Executive Order.  Lord the administration came for the Mexicans, Muslims and Syrians – who will he chose next?  Lord I pray for marginalized (which includes me) that we will look to you for our strength. Lord I pray we will shine our light and represent you well.  Lord I pray we will be known for showing the love of Christ and serving our neighbors.

Lord thank you for the encouragement found in Matthew 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Lord I pray there will be an uprising within the body of Christ to extend a hand of compassion to the marginalized communities. Lord I pray we will walk alongside each other and seek your wisdom together. Lord the spirit of division has become rampant in our country right now. Lord I pray for an increase of the spirit of unity. Lord I pray we will stand together and fight the injustices before us. Sealing this prayer in the name of Jesus – AMEN.

 

2017 Prayer Journal

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One day while I was sitting with Jesus ( i.e.my quiet time) a thought popped in my mind. You should write daily prayers for 2017.

Ummmmm Jesus, you sure you have the right girl?

I have friends who dream of being an amazing writer. But that’s not me….are you sure want me to do that? Your daughter Delonna, not someone else  (Yes, I still have lots of Moses moments – LOL)

For almost a month I have been wrestling with the idea and decided I would take the leap of faith. I feel like this is one of  my adventures for 2017.

My hope is the right person will discover the prayer at just the right time. My prayer is for a new wave of God’s love to fill this earth. With all of the dreary news in the world, I pray the written prayers will be a source of hope for whoever reads it.

Here is the REALLY COOL part about this experiment. If you are reading this post and you do not know me directly (i.e. family, friend, co-worker, from college or high school), then know God just sent you a LOVE LETTER directly to your heart. He wanted to reach so desperately that he sent a love letter to you via a person who does not know your name but knows the one who is pursuing your heart.

GOD LOVES YOU!

I know in a world where you can read that at NFL game, it might seem like a rather casual statement. But the truth of the matter is – GOD LOVES YOU TONS!

And one of the best ways to learn more about that love is through prayer. So I hope you will find yourself at this site often discovering about his marvelous love.  

I hope you will come back again but if this only chance we will ever meet – please let send up a prayer of blessing over you

Heavenly Father –

Thank you for every person who is reading this prayer. Thank you that you placed them on my heart. Lord I love that you love us so much that you will use unique ways to capture our hearts. Lord I pray that today will be a new beginning for those reading this prayer. I ask Lord that you will restore hope to their hearts. I pray they will lean in closer to you so that they can hear you whisper what the next step will be. I pray for those who are being asked to be still, that they will continue to have faith in you and your promise to them. Lord I pray they will fall madly in love with you and will continue to seek your face. Lord we pray 2017 will be a year of hope filled moments. We ask all of this in the name of Jesus – AMEN

 

 

 

Praying for Him

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YES! YES! YES!

I want a husband like that.

Come on Jesus bring me a man who meets that description.

YES HEAVENLY FATHER A MAN LIKE HIM!

Strange how we often send up the request of what we want in our future spouse. Yet very rarely do we ask God the uncomfortable question, what do I need to put into practice to become a better wife?

CONFESSION -One area of growth for me was definitely my prayer life. 

For years I would pray one time for something or someone and think that would cause a breakthrough. LOL. The spiritual discipline of praying without ceasing was not evident in my life. I was a Post -It-Note Prayer Warrior. My prayer time was one sided and never a conversation with God. Just a wish list of my wants and needs.  And when it came to praying for a husband I had become silent.

As I waited for Mr. Wonderful’s arrival I started to agree with the enemy that God would never bring me a husband because ……”I’m too curvy”, “I’m too old”, “I’m too independent”, I’m too much of a tomboy…oh the list goes on and on of all the lies that I would speak over myself.

My prayers for my future spouse remain in the safe zone to prevent my heart from getting hurt from disappointment. Even a mustard seed of faith seem like a big request with every passing year that I was not being pursued by Mr. Wonderful.  Hopelessness had taken root in my heart.

Thankfully my Heavenly Father would not allow my hopelessness to remain. Just like a gardener pulls out the weeds, God began to pull away the roots of hopelessness in my life. God became my HOPE GIVER.

The Holy Spirit began to whisper in my ear “if you want a man to pray big dreams over you shouldn’t you do the same for him?”  There it was the little nudge that I should be praying for my future husband. My weary heart was still a little leery but I took a baby step of faith and agreed to start praying for Mr. Wonderful.

Then one day I was watching either sports movie or talking to my brother who said “You play the way you practice”

AHA MOMENT – If  I pray shallow prayers now before the vows, what makes me believe that I will be a prayer warrior for my husband afterwards. If I practice with safe prayers then how will I learn to stand in the gap for my man?

God already knew in my heart of hearts I wanted to be a praying wife who covers her husband daily. I want to stand at the front door with my husband in the morning before he leaves and pray over him and his day. I want to kneel at my bed and pray over my family with my husband. Bottom line – I want to be a praying wife who makes declarations over her husband and children’s lives.

I made the decision to get in the game and practice the way I want to play in marriage. I have started to pray for my husband.

Now for the Doubtful Debbie’s out there, I understand how scary that small act of faith can be. I understand how it might seem like a crazy thing to do when you don’t even know who your husband is.  I want to encourage you to take that step of faith. I want you to dream again. I want you to have hope again. To believe in love again.

Will you take that step of faith with me?  Let’s pray for our Mr. Wonderful’s together –

Father God, 

Thank you that you’ve seen every tear I have cried and been with us through every heartache. Thank you Father for promising to heal our hearts and give us the strength to patiently wait on you.  

God we are extremely nervous about embarking on this crazy thing called praying for a husband I can not see. I do not know when he will arrive or when this courtship will begin. Yet God you are asking us to cover him in prayer daily. YIKES!

God give me the courage to pray for him like I will when we are married. Give me the courage to pray for him like I have daily conversations with him. Holy Spirit give me the scriptures I need to pray over my Mr. Wonderful. 

God give me the strength to wait for Mr. Wonderful. God continue to embed scriptures in my heart so I will not fall for a counterfeit but I will recognize the real Mr. Wonderful because he will be a reflection of Christ.  

God please encourage my Mr. Wonderful to practice praying for me as well. God I pray together we will leave a spiritual legacy that will impact future generations. God continue to teach me how to pray and intercede for my Mr. Wonderful until the day he arrives and I can begin to pray more specific prayers. 

Until Mr. Wonderful and I meet, please help us knit our heart together. We ask all of this in Jesus name – AMEN

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a moment pray and dream again with God. YOU ARE ONE BRAVE SISTER! Proud of you!