Saturday, January 7, 2017

Prayer for the New Year



Dear God,
Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you've allowed into our lives this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded us how much we need you and rely on your presence filling us every single day.
We pray for your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that you will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. We ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask that you would help us release our grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within our hearts.
We ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within us. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to you.
We pray that you’d keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run, and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground.
We pray for your protection over our families and friends. We ask for your hand to cover us and keep us distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that you would be a barrier to surround us, that we’d be safe in your hands. We pray that you would give us discernment and insight beyond our years, to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways.
We ask that you would keep our footsteps firm, on solid ground, helping us to be consistent and faithful. Give us supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call us away from a close walk with you.
Forgive us for the times we have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, forgetting our need for you, living independent of your spirit. Forgive us for letting fear and worry control our minds, and for allowing pride and selfishness wreak havoc over our lives. Forgive us for not following your ways and for living distant from your presence.
We confess our need for you…fresh…new…again. We ask that you make all things new, in our hearts, in our minds, in our lives, for this coming year. We pray for your refreshing over us.
Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds us where we have been, hissing his lies and attacks our way, we trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, as you remind us we are safe with you and your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you will be our defense and rear guard, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on your level ground.
We ask that you would provide for our needs, we ask for your grace and favor. We pray for your blessings to cover us, we pray that you would help us to prosper and make every plan that you have birthed in our heart to succeed. We pray that others would take notice of your goodness and could not help but to say, “These are the ones that the Lord has blessed.”
Help us to be known as great givers, help us to be generous and kind, help us to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only our own.
May we be lovers of truth, may the fruits of your spirit be evident in our lives - your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before us. May all your plans succeed. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.
To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

July Family Birthdays

July was full of family birthdays.  Mark's birthday is July 4th.  Dawn's is July 14th and Mitch's is July 19.  Lo

 


Friday, August 9, 2013

Fourth of July Service

Tom preaching the special Fourth of July service at Moriah Baptist Church in  Ft Oglethorpe, GA.   He wore his Marine Corp dress blues that the soldiers in our church in Germany presented to him several years ago.  

  

New Missionaries To The Military

We have given the rest of our lives to raising the awareness of missions, and in particular the field of military missions and to also challenge young men and couples with the need of missionaries who will take the gospel to our troops stationed on foreign fields.  Tom spoke at Bethel Baptist Church and Tri-State Baptist College in Walls, MS a couple of years ago and Patrick Wolfe, who was a married student at Tri-State at the time, surrendered his life to military missions .  It has been our privilege to encourage Bro. Patrick and his wife, Sheila, as they have pursued this commitment through Baptist International Missions.  We were especially privileged to be able to pin their official BIMI pin at the conclusion of their first year of candidate school.  They would love to go to the  U.S. military in Germany if the Lord opens the door.

The Patrick Wolfe Family

 





Happy Birthday, Tommy ~

My sweetheart celebrated his 73rd birthday on May 9.  He is the most energetic and passionate person I know.  He is more excited about serving the Lord than he has ever been.  Happy birthday, sweetheart.  I love you.


Mark's Physical Issues


Mark after his first surgery to try to eliminate the nerve pain  - a neck fusion.  

We are so grateful for all the prayers that have been lifted up on behalf of our son, Mark.  Mark recently had his 10th surgery - 9 of them in the last two years:  2 hernia surgeries, 4 heart ablations and 4 back related  surgeries. His heart rhythm issues are much better for which we are so thankful.  But none of his back related surgeries have eliminated the debilitating and excruciating nerve pain in his leg.  As I am writing this article he has an appointment in a couple of weeks with a neurologist to see if he can help find the answer since the orthopedic route has not been successful.  Please continue to pray for Mark.  He has had the sweetest spirit through all of this -- always smiling even when you know he is in severe pain.
Julie has been his rock through it all, always close by his side to help and encourage him.  Their heart has been with their people at Grace Baptist Church in Weisbaden, Germany.  Our former associates at Rhein River Baptist Church, Larry and Phyllis Simensen, are filling in for Mark.  Please pray for the church and that the Lord will give wisdom as to the future.




Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Lord Is My Shepherd - Ps.23:1

         From "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23"  by Philip Keller

"It is no accident that God has chosen to call us sheep.  The behavior of sheep and human beings is similar in many ways... Our mass mind (or mob instincts), our fears and timidity, our stubbornness and stupidity, our perverse habits are all parallels of profound importance.

Yet despite these adverse characteristics Christ chooses us, buys us, calls us by name, makes us His own, and delights in caring for us."