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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Praying Circle

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Heavenly Father,

Lord tomorrow is her wedding day. YAY! Soon she will be married and will begin a new journey but tonight we have committed to circling her in prayer. Lord we thank you for making their paths cross. Lord their love story is incredible for you have been the author of their love story. Lord thank you for honoring your lady in waiting by giving her hand in the marriage to her soulmate. Lord we pray you will knit their hearts together. Lord we pray you will help them to remember the vows they say to each other on the good days, bad days, and the very painful days. Lord we believe that with YOU as the anchor their marriage will weather any storm.

Lord may you continue to be the foundation by which build their home together.  Lord we pray they will find time to read your scriptures and pray together. May they continue to learn how to edify and support each other. Lord we pray they will not go to sleep angry but they will learn how to resolve conflict without holding a grudge. Lord we pray on those intense days, they will both spend time seeking your wisdom and asking the Holy Spirit to give them ears to hear.  Lord we pray they will leave a spiritual legacy for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lord we pray they will speak life over each other. Lord we pray they will honor each other with their words and deeds. Lord we are honored to be present for the wedding and circling them in prayer. We ask all of this in the name of Jesus – AMEN

My Heart is in His Hands

God is My Matchmaker

Photo Credit: Meg from Purity of Heart

“The best place for a RELATIONSHIP to start is in the hands of God” – when I read those words I quickly said YES!

Meg’s words captured my belief that God will make a much better matchmaker than I ever could. And I have the track record to prove that my way did not work at all. ROFL

You see, I have tried the other routes (old fashion dating, blind dates, online dating etc) and left God out of the equation in my love life and let’s just say BAD IDEA.

I was using the world’s standards by which I should measure a man. I was looking at temporal characteristic rather than looking for traits that will endure the test of time. I was compromising on values that were once dear to me to rush to my wedding day with anyone who would accept me.

I repeat BAD IDEA! LOL

My method leads to a heartache and loneliness that God never intended for me to experience. I was giving away my worth when all God wanted to do was cherish it. I was living out my love story with the wrong author holding the pen. I needed to let go of the pen and hand it back to God.

I love that during my wilderness years that God never left me. Even when I did things that did not honor Him and broke His heart, He didn’t let go of me. He patiently waited for me to have my aha moment. Now that’s UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

The Holy Spirit kept giving me glimpses of true love that is centered in Christ. I would interact with couples who were authentically in love with each other and were committed to their marriage. They allowed God to remain the center of their relationship. The promise of Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV) was alive and active right before my eyes.

12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

You see my friends don’t have perfect marriages but they work at keeping God in focus in all that they do.  They are working on leaving a spiritual legacy with their families. They work at honoring each other with their words and deeds. They make sure they are loving each unconditionally.

There are days when I wake up and thank God for His great wisdom to put up barriers and obstacles so I would not make a vow to “Mr. Better Than Being Alone”. I thank God for giving me the strength and courage to wait for Mr. Wonderful.

I have made a declaration that “My Heart is in His Hands”. <=== Click to Tweet.  I want God to teach me how to love and to bring my earthly love. I hope you too will wait for your God sent mate.  Don’t lose hope or give up on the promise. God’s adventure of love is 1,000 times better.  I PROMISE YOU!

Thank you so much for spending a few moments with me. Before we depart let me cover us in prayer.

Abba Father,

Thank you for all the readers who have come across this post. I pray that the Holy Spirit will speak directly to their hearts. I pray they will find the courage to remain in the waiting room with you. I pray that they will spend time getting to know you. I pray they will learn how to love people unconditionally – which is really hard to do Lord cause our pride wants us to say we have the right to be treated a certain way. And if we are honest with ourselves most of our rights center around us being self centered and not Christ centered. So Heavenly Father, I ask that you give us the strength to love like you do, with all of our heart, soul and mind. I pray we will love with abandonment and trust that your love never fails. Thank you Lord for all that you are teaching us already. We continue to remain faithful to the promise that you will send us our helpmates.

It’s Jesus Name we ask all of these things – AMEN

Until we meet again – BE BLESSED!

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