Prayer Warriors For God

Prayer Warriors For God

by Kelsi Barkman

prayingAre you a praying warrior? Are you even a praying person? Do you know how to pray?

Recently, I’ve been asking myself these questions and I have to confess that I can’t say that I always am. But my desire is that God would show me and that He would teach me how to pray and to become a prayer warrior. Someone that spends more that just a a couple minutes in prayer but is in tune with God all day. You don’t even have to stop what your doing but PRAY. Pray about everything. Pray when your depressed or stressed or in a hard situation. Pray also and thank God for the way He HAS blessed you. God hears our prayers and he cares…he really does. And we might ask the question…why doesn’t he always answer our prayers?Sometimes we’ve prayed and prayed…and God still chooses to not answer the way we want. Your prayers are not in vain. Just because he answers differently than we think doesn’t mean he hasn’t heard us. It takes sacrificing our own wants and wishes to become at rest with God’s plan. We may not always understand but God really does know best. Surrendering of ourselves and letting go is difficult…but with it comes peace. and rest.

There is a desperate need for prayer warriors in our world today. People that are committed to prayer and seeking souls for God’s kingdom. You know…we hang out friends late into the night, when was the last time we hung out with God for awhile? When was the last time we interceded for a friend? Or just spent time with God, seeking His face and being open before Him so he can fill us with His love and strength. The Christian life can’t be lived on our own. It’s when we can’t, that God CAN. In our weaknesses, God can be strong in us and be glorified.

When we pray, are we asking God to fill us with his Holy Spirit?And when the Holy Spirit tells us to do something, do we listen?Pray. Ask God to show you what he wants from you and if He’s telling you to go and pray with someone, go. If he’s telling you that you need to forgive, forgive. If he’s asking you to let go, give everything to Him.

So my challenge is: become a prayer warrior. Stand strong in your faith. Stay in tune with God and when He speaks to you, LISTEN.

Strand of Pearls

Strand of Pearls

by Deb Livingston

In my memoir, Strand of Pearls, I describe the moment that broke my spirit. When I was two years old, I broke my mom’s pearl necklace. It was the first time my father beat my little hands purple. I begged him to stop through my terrified eyes as tears of pain rolled down my innocent face. That day I broke as well. I was the broken strand and the pearls are my life lessons. It took a life time of synchronistic events for the Universe to prepare me to find peace within myself and repair my strand. One of my sparkling lessons after self-realization, that I was able to string on my strand was forgiveness but it didn’t happen until I endured 16 years of abuse and decades of self-destruction, tragedy and addiction. I suffered for decades in the darkness.

My message is based on personal experience and I believe that the essence of life is a graceful balancing practice of polarities using the natural state we are all born with inside of us, peace. For every life challenge there is a lesson. Without darkness we wouldn’t know or be grateful for light. For every negative there IS a positive. For every sorry there is happiness. For every hurt there is healing and for every ego there is a heart. They key is to be open minded and open hearted enough to acknowledge these as the seeds with. We then cultivate them into luminous pearls of lessons and knowledge that shine uniquely and individually but all are connected on our strand of life.

While in the darkness of life challenges, sometimes it may seem impossible to ever see the light of hope and faith and we seek relief outside of ourselves and even find numbness in a chemical, drug, alcohol etc. but if we embrace these moments and the emotions that accompany them instead of resisting, the sun will shine again. There is peace within us all waiting to be unveiled. When send the dark clouds of processed emotions away that seem like the never ending storm, ultimately unlocking the luminous infinite treasures within our soul, we are finally able to live through our hearts and not our ego.

One of many treasures I was ever so blessed to discover within myself was/is the ability to accept. For many years, I was completely paralyzed to the thought of accepting life on life’s terms or other people for who they were. After years of suffering and turning to a destructive live and alcohol, today, after having a spiritual transformation and discovering and uncovering my heart and soul from under many layers of armor and releasing my ego from and it’s duty of protecting me, “letting go,” I am able to accept. Acceptance doesn’t mean we have to like what we are accepting; it allows us to stop resisting. Living through my ego and fear were my enemies. Facing our pain and emotions are our friends. Tears are little magnifying glasses to our inner most truths of our heart and soul.

Today living through my heart and going with the flow of life instead of trying to control it is what enables me to cultivate the pearls compassion and love and most important forgiveness. Forgiveness releases us from ourselves and others from limitations. It also enables us and those who we have forgiven to learn and grow from the lesson in the act of the forgiveness. Some of us view forgiveness as a weakness of defeat, losing, or giving in. In actuality, forgiveness is a pearl we find within us. It’s strength! Forgiveness is to abandon from judgments and fears of others and life, making space for positive attributes of peace and love and our own light within.

In my memoir Strand of Pearls, I have weaved my internal reactions to the experiences of my life’s adversities, varying from abuse, loss, tragedy and addiction with the thematic flow of pearls of life lessons and challenges. The following passage from my memoir is a declaration of forgiveness to my parents. “Today Mom has labeled herself an unfit mother for allowing those beatings to happen. When I was a child, I blamed her for not saving me. I’ve assured her that I no longer blame her. Forgiveness softens us and others. Now that I am an adult, I understand the position Mom was in. I don’t even blame my dad, because he was sick and didn’t know how to recover. I forgave him and have compassion for him.”

Forgiving is not always an easy act to follow through with but it is a form of healing oneself and extending a hand to help others heal as well. By forgiving my mother for circumstances out of her control it has enabled us both to heal and love. My father passed when I was 23 and it took me almost as many years to forgive him. The forgiveness of his abuse has released me from his control that he once had over me physically and for years mentally and emotionally. My body, mind and soul are now free and living in peace and love.

It’s Not Yours

It’s Not Yours

by Nadia Gyane

equationThis life is not yours but God’s. You are no longer in the equation.

You died a long time ago and you now live for Him. At work, at school and even at home, because your life belongs to Him; and because your life is not your own you must treat it with extra care. Just like a new jacket that is not yours or a precious set of earrings. We have to take care of His life because it does not belong to us, we therefore must stay healthy, keep fit, look good but most importantly be good.

This life is not yours so quit acting like it is. He did not die, rose from the grave on the third day for you to do things exactly the same. The life He has given you is very important.

Take care of yourself, your body and His life, because there is a reason why He has given it to you, to honor Him with it, because your life is not your own, its God’s!

Practice Makes Permanent

Practice Makes Permanent

by Autumn de Forest

autumn de forestMy name is Autumn de Forest and I love to paint.

I started painting in my “late fives”. One day, I hopped out in the garage and saw my father staining some wood. I asked him, “Dad, can I mess around?” “Sure”, he said. When I picked up a paint brush and I started to express myself, I realized that this was what I wanted to do to change the world.  My father turned around and was so surprised, but I did not understand why. My parents began putting canvases and paints in front of me, and I would take time and express myself everyday.

I was invited to participate in a few “Art-In-The-Park” type shows. I realized at that point that it was so much fun painting, but it was also fun speaking with people about my paintings, and finding ways to express myself verbally. My parents told me that the world did not need another artist. What the world needed was an artist who could also express the importance of the creativity and self-expression of art.

Then, the Discovery Channel called. They were doing a show about kids who they considered geniuses. They invited me to be included, and I appeared with a six year old math whiz, and another boy who was “the smartest child in the world”. Soon, The Today Show called, and I was interviewed by Matt Lauer. I was so excited.

I was invited to speak to kids and adults all over the country -  even at Harvard University  – about the importance of the arts in the schools. When kids have the opportunity to express themselves through creativity it strengthens their minds, imaginations, and empowers them to believe that they can do incredible things in their lives.

With every step I have made on this journey, I have learned how important it is to not be discouraged on your first try. Just because you are not perfect the first time, does not mean you will not grow. Practice, I have found, makes permanent. The more you practice, the more likely you will want to continue to make an effort, and the more likely you will grow as time goes by. I hope to inspire kids that they can do the same. Whatever it is you love – a sport, dancing, drawing – you can do it. Don’t focus on how good you are, focus on your love of doing it.

To learn more about Autumn and her amazing artist accomplishments check out our other article, Autumn de Forest: An Inspiration at 9

 

It’s Your Move

It’s Your Move

by Nadia Gyane

checkersSometimes we get frustrated and upset with God because we feel that He is not listening to us and not moving on our behalf. When the truth is He has been waiting on us to make a move.

Stop waiting on God to do something, because he has already equipped you with all that you need to make your move and follow your dreams. God has already done all that He needs to do, it is now your turn, so make a move.

You can make a move by living right, acting right, forgiving those who have hurt you, loving your enemies and being good to those who mistreat you. Applying for that job, going to that audition, sitting that exam. Do what you need to do, so that you can move onto what God has for you. God is waiting on you to make a move and won’t move until you do. He has provided you with a way and the tools that you need in order for you to make your next move, and even if you don’t have all the tools you need, you still have the first tool, so use that.

All you may have right now is a pen and paper, so use that to write down your ideas. That is a move, your move. God will guide you but He won’t make the move for you, that’s up to you. However He is patient and will not move until you make your move, because He already has.

Now, its your move.

Your Heart

Your Heart

by Nadia Gyane

heart_and_flowersYour heart was never meant to be broken. Your heart was never meant to be misused or taken for granted. Your love is to be treasured and catered to because it is precious. God never wanted you to have your heart broken, that was not His plan for you. You were meant to fall in love with Him, He was meant to be your first love, because He knows how to safeguard your heart and love you like no other. He sees your worth, values your beauty and knows how to keep your heart safe in his hands. You have a strong foundation of someone who truly loves you first, so that you know how you should be loved. You need to know that your love should not be taken for granted, because your heart was never meant to be broken, you were not meant to experience heartbreak. Your heart, your love, your life should be rooted in Christ and Him alone. Any man who wants your heart needs to go to the One who holds your heart in the palm of His hands. Your dad, your heavenly Father. He will test the suitors, the potential mates who will safeguard your heart, treasure your love and love you the way you should be loved, because God has, and will therefore never accept anything less than what He has already provided. No man can get to your heart without His permission.

Give God your heart today, He will keep it under lock and key. There’s no need to worry about those men who come and go, because they were turned away by your heavenly Father. Do not lose hope, the right person will come and pay a great price for your heart and will give His all to get it, because He knows where to seek permission for your treasured love, your heart. So give it to God, He’ll love you until the right man comes along and will still love you once he’s acquired your love because both hearts will be His, both joined together in love and kept in God’s hands to hold and secure with His love. God is the Father of Love and the maker and mender of hearts all over the world.

Give your heart to the Lord today, you know your heart deserves it.

The Air We Breathe

The Air We Breathe

by Nadia Gyane

seasonsWe need the Lord as much as we need the air to breath, because without it we die. It’s not something we even think about, it’s just something we constantly depend on. If we were to stop breathing life would immediately end, no more Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter and no more you, and without God that is exactly how it’ll be.

No life, no love, no joy and no peace. If He was out of the picture we would cease to be, a distant memory, a thought or a nice idea. Without having God in our lives to wake us up with the morning sun or provide us with the April showers so that we can enjoy the fruits in Summer and the quiet times to reflect in Winter. We would miss all this, if He wasn’t here to ensure that we were here. Without Him you and I are non-existent and just as we depend on the air to breath we depend on Him to live. His mercy, His loving kindness, His grace and love to see us through the seasons.

He is what we need to get through each and everyday and if we don’t realize that, we might as well stop breathing.

I Love You

I Love You

by Nadia Gyane
heart_shaped_flower_petalThere is just one important thing that I need to tell you.

I know you read a lot, listen to many different things and talk with your friends and family about different subjects and topics. But there is one main thing that you must know…..

I really love you!

That’s all.

I’ll be here waiting to tell you this again. Same time tomorrow.

Love Jesus
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Your Time

Your Time

by Nadia Gyane

your timeFrom the moment you were born, there was a divine plan for your life. Your parents may not have realized it, but I have always known about it, I was the one who wrote it. You will not know yet, but you will soon find out. You have a mandate on your life to fulfill before your time on this earth is up.

You will be told many things, important things, necessary things but also unnecessary things. You will have to discern between what is right and wrong and choose Me over everyone else. You will be guided but the decision will ultimately be yours, there won’t be a lot of time to make mistakes or undo any wrongs. Time is of the essence and distractions are at every turn, but if you stay focused you will not be caught off guard, you will run your race and complete your course and would have completed what you were born to do.

You were born for such a time as this, to show the world who I am and who I have created you to be. Magnificent in every way.

I love you very much, you are special and there is no one like you on the earth.

This is your Time!

The Right Time

The Right Time

by Nadia Gyane

girl watchGood things will come to you at the right time, a good time, a perfect time, the best time, because God is into the details of your life and loves to display His affection towards you. He does this by placing the right things in your life at the right time, so that you can truly enjoy and appreciate the wonderful gifts He has for you. So don’t worry about when this is going to happen, when you’ll get that, or have this because your time is in His hands and He is not about to waste any minute of it. He has a divine plan that will bless you and encourage you at each and every stage of your life in Him.

God only has the best for you and the good gifts He has for you will all be delivered to you at exactly the right time.

So wait and trust that in His time you will get those wonderful gifts, because God knows your Heart and its desires.

You will get it all at the right time!