FAMILY & FRIENDS


When tired or torn, unable to collect my thoughts, I come to these pages to help regain my focus ~ praying for my family and friends
and for your family and your friends...
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If you abide in me, and my words abide in you,
you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you.
John 15:7 AKJV
 
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.
He prowls around like a roaring lion,
looking for someone to devour.
Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.
Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters
all over the world
are going through the same kind of suffering you are. 
I Peter 5:8-9 NLT

 

Father,
we want You to be the all-consuming passion of our families, loving You with all our hearts, minds, souls, and energies. We want Your Presence, Your Word, and Your Power to be our primary craving.
We long for our husbands to lead us in seeking You and Your Truth together inside our homes, making them houses of prayer for all nations.
May Your Word guide us and be the Source of resolution in every conflict, never allowing the sun to go down upon our anger as this gives a powerful victory, authority, and presence to the enemy (Eph. 4). May Your Word be exalted over every personal opinion or experience.
May we recognize that the children You assign us - that their needs are worthy of an extravagant personal sacrifice of time, energy, and resources.
May all personal possessions and obsessions be as rubbish compared to the treasure of knowing You and serving You - sharing life with our families and friends with the God-appointed task to invade the world and lead the lost - those whom You so desperately desire - into Your eternal Love so that we may be counted as Your faithful, faith-filled friends.
For Your glory may we live and breath and pray and die…


I will lead a life of integrity
in my own home.
Psalm 101:2 NLT

Father God,
within this home, there are no walls to hide behind – no grand facades that can be erected to conceal the real me. The personal characteristics and values that comprise who I am are visibly exposed. My home and my heart are often the battleground of private struggles, as well as a primary target of the enemy of our souls. Our home is a training ground for our children, our grandchildren, as well as all You send our way.
Help us to keep the Flames of Your Love, Presence, and Light burning here at all times that every seed of darkness may be revealed and removed.
Help me to maintain it as a safe haven from the fierce storms of life. In this home, Lord, I long that we bring a smile to Your Face by the fruit of our lips, motives of our hearts, and our personal conduct, for nothing can be hidden from You. How I long for our home to be a place wherein You delight to dwell.


Authentic love refuses to give up, cares more about others than for oneself, isn't jealous - nor does it boast, doesn't behave rudely, exchanges selfish for selfless, is not easily angered, does not accuse or keep records of wrongs, refuses to rejoice in evil, celebrates Truth…
Love always protects, relentlessly clinging to hope with faith. Love endures all things. Authentic love cannot fail.
 
(Inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
 
May this characterize our hearts and homes.
    

So do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed,
for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you
with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 NIV
 
Father God,
life is hard and the times are evil. I understand that suffering is not a bad thing – but fear… Father, I do not want my family and friends to fear. Help me to daily strengthen the bonds of trust they have in You. Firmly prompt me in every opportunity to direct their hearts and minds to Your steadfast Love and unlimited Power. May this portion of Your Word be ever before them that they do not walk with the worthless companions of  terror, worry, or depression.
May the strength that You give them be eagerly received and offered to others.
May they feel Your righteous Right Hand upholding and guiding them at all times.
Father, thank You for this precious Gift of courage that You offer to those who love You.

FEAR NOT
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Starting a quarrel
is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter
before a dispute breaks out.
Proverbs 17:14 NIV
 
Father God,
this can be so very difficult. I need Your help. Give us ears to hear and hearts to understand and appreciate the sincere needs and desires of others, especially those within our own familes. When the enemy of our souls gains entrance to our hearts or homes seeking to hold our thoughts hostage to his manipulations, may we overflow with grace and mercy that we may perfectly humiliate him before his vast throngs of demonic forces, by honoring You with our personal motives and conduct. May the dams that burst within our home forcefully spill over with patience and love.



Do not let sin control the way you live;
do not give in to its lustful desires.
Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness,
to be used for sinning.
Instead, give yourselves completely to God
since you have been given new life.
And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right
for the glory of God.
Romans 6:12-13 NLT
 
Father God,
please shine Your holy light deep within my heart
and expose every sin that I have stored there.
I speak this verse over myself, my family, and my friends.
Help us to always firmly resist every dangerous desire or distraction.
May we faithfully long to honor You with every part of our bodies.
May we be swift to turn away from anything
that could ensnare us to any form of bondage
(possessions, food, inappropriate relationships,
unholy entertainment, foolish or sensual cravings…).
Give us hearts that are quick to discern the difference
between that which is holy and that which is profane.
May our tongues be free of complaints and overflow with gratitude.
May we be free of gossip and its companion, cursing.
May we be quick to encourage
those who are lonely, hurting or rejected;
may our hands be diligent to serve them.
May our ears firmly resist that which is evil,
seeking to hear Your Voice above all else that seeks
to gain our attentions and affections.
At all times may our feet remain upon the pathway
in which You are calling us to walk.
We are the work of Your Hands and Your Heart.
We belong to You.
Thank You for giving us this new and eternal life.
May we daily offer our bodies as instruments
to accomplish that which will honor and bring glory
to Your holy Name.


With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout praises with joy to You, the Living God.
My soul faints with longing to enter Your Courts.
Even the sparrow builds her nest there,
raising her young at a place near Your Altar.
Lord God, that is where I desire to be,
and it’s where I long to raise my children -
not positioned on comfortable pews observing from a distance,
but deep within Your Courts near the holy Flames of Your Altar -
the place of sacrifice.
May families throughout the world
delight to pursue Your glorious Presence,
and may You enjoy their praise.
May our weakness melt away as we stand in Your mighty Power
against the prince and principalities of the air.
May our hearts and minds be driven by a desperate desperation
to fulfill Your sovereign Desire while here on earth.
For Your Honor and great Glory
I cry out from the depths of my innermost being…
 
(Inspired by Psalm 84:1-5) (2002)



HUSBANDS
 
Father,
may a relentless passion for You and the expansion of Your Kingdom overwhelm every vain and earthly aspiration and distraction, allowing our husbands to become all You desire them to be and to accomplish all You designed them to do. May they be passionate about the spiritual condition and needs of their families, desperately desiring that all be used mightily to perform great exploits that are impossible within the realm of natural human abilities and energies.
May they be released from every material obsession that distracts them from a relationship with You, our families, and other Christians, or that might diminish their eternal rewards.
May they give it all and live it all for Your fame and glory.
    

Father,
please hold my family firmly in the Shadow of Your Wings that we may soar with You to heavenly heights. From this position may we appreciate and enjoy Your Kingdom View, for the things of Earth look very different from Your Eyes. May we rise above the noise and vain distractions to hear Your Voice, ever worshiping with reverent wonder.

   
            TROUBLED MARRIAGES

Father God,
please grant discernment and strength to those  struggling in their marriage relationships that they may recognize the destructive strategies of satan, the enemy of our families and our souls. *he studies our actions to detect our weaknesses and so orders his assaults. Please close ears to his vile accusations. Help them to make choices that draw them closer to You, and therefore closer to one another. 
Breathe a fresh Breath of Life into cold or broken hearts, for You come to make all things new. Squeeze them ever so tightly within Your tender Arms that they may melt together in the Fires of Your holy Love. Sing over them Truth that inspires mercy and forgiveness. May they hear Your Voice above all others. Strengthen them in the inner person, giving them a desire to fully commit to their vows and Your fruitful Vision for their lives. Inspire them to live victoriously – worthy of Your calling with all submissiveness and tenderness, embracing selflessness, walking together in Your Presence and in Love, striving to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. May You delight in their sacrificial dedication and obedience.
 
I never capitalize satan or his pronouns,
even when beginning a sentence.
he is an improper, lower-case creature.


I will lead a life of integrity
in my own home.
Psalm 101:2 NLT
 
Father,
as our family makes decisions regarding entertainment, give us the courage to pursue righteousness even when facing opposition from others. Make us fully aware of Your Presence whenever tempted to view something profane, even when no other human eyes are watching. Each time we begin to stumble, please give us no rest until we completely resist the enemy of our souls, thereby requiring him to flee from our hearts and homes. May we make all of our decisions with a fervent desire to continually remain within the safe boundaries of Your Protection and Will, seeking always to live in a manner that will bless and honor You.

  
“Call to Me,
and I will answer you,
and show you
great and mighty things,
which you do not know.”
Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV
 
Father,
please grant my family a relentless passion for Your holy Word. May all sincerely desire that Truth be planted within the deepest places of their hearts. May they desire it more than gold, yes, far more than finest gold. May they diligently seek Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding, longing to fully comprehend the deep revelations discovered within Your Word, in Your Presence, and in fellowship with other believers. May they be faithful and faith-filled in calling out to You daily that You might answer them and show them great and wonderful things which they do not know.

 
As Esther before King Xerxes,
so I fall before You,
pleading for my family
that we enjoy a relentless passion
to be used by You
to protect Your children
and lead vast multitudes
into Your eternal Kingdom…
For the honor of our King, I pray…
    

Father God,
please grant me Wisdom that I may speak life-giving Truth into the hearts of every member of my family. In every decision they face, may I always lead them closer to You and into the pathway of Your divine Will for their lives. I want my words and actions to be consistent throughout our daily activities regardless of our circumstances. I do not ever want to cause them to stumble.
Recognizing these extraordinary people as Your special treasures that You have delighted to share with me, may I always value them and honor them with the deepest expressions of my love.
    

Father God,
please turn the hearts of all husbands back to their wives, and the hearts of all wives back to their husbands. Rekindle the fires of love and admiration that first brought them together. May they regard the holiness of their union – and never move quickly or recklessly to desecrate or dissolve it.
Please turn the hearts of all fathers and mothers back to their children that the hearts of their children might not grow cold and hard. Breathe upon them with a spirit of compassion that their hearts might break for their families. May they look beyond the material aspects of parenting to recognize all desperate personal and spiritual needs.
Please turn the hearts of all children back to their parents. May they develop an attitude of sincere respect and appreciation for all efforts by their parents to meet their needs and desires.
Father, the enemy of our souls has been highly successful in distorting the image of father and mother, thus distorting our culture’s understanding of You, Your Love, and Your excellent Provision. Too many eyes have been blinded by dark counsel.
Please strategically plant God-honoring mentors and intercessors around those families in danger. May they prayerfully guard them with all diligence, speaking the Truth in love at all times.
Father, turn the eyes of all Your children back to You.
    

Father God,
may this day be one of total success for our family in giving honor and glory to our mighty Lord and Savior Jesus Christ despite any and every difficult circumstance that may present itself in the moments You have assigned us. May all of our steps be secure and directed by Your Holy Spirit. May our words be clear and expressive of our passions for You and our love for one another as we execute Your Plans for the expansion of Your glorious Kingdom. May our actions reflect the Love of Jesus so that others will feel an irresistible hunger to taste and see how wonderful You truly are.
For Your Honor alone I will always plead…


Resist the devil
and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God
and He will draw near to you.
James 4:7-8 NKJV
                                                                                                       
Father God,
faithful – how I long that my family be faithful to walk in Your holy Presence at all times. Help us to resist every lure of the devil to distract us by enticing us with the gold painted rubble of this world. Help us to not be drawn away by vain and foolish personal desires. Even if there were no Eternity, the Treasure of knowing You - of walking in Your Friendship - far surpasses every earthly acquisition. So please grant our family a desperate longing to abide in Your Presence and to serve You with reverent adoration.
 
 
Father,
help me to be a better _______ (husband / wife). I thank You for the opportunity to serve You by serving the family You’ve given me. Grant me a tender, forgiving spirit that’s not easily angered. Help me to conduct myself wisely in all circumstances. May I be an example for my children, grandchildren, and my spouse. Whenever tempted to cling to resentment or frustration, firmly convict me so that You may be blessed to live among us. Thank You for continually reminding me that this is a duty for which I will someday be required to give a complete account. Please help me to be faithful.
         

Father God,
I desperately desire that our family honor You in every aspect of our lives. Help us to have one mind, united in thought and purpose – with true harmony, that there might not be any division in our home. Help us to consider the needs of others above our own. Please bind our hearts together with unbreakable strands of holy Love. Your Word clearly states that a house divided against itself will surely fall.
Implant within us a firm resolve to stand firm against every assault from the enemy of our souls. You are our Shield, our Mighty Fortress. Guide us as we strive to live holy lives before You behind closed doors and before the watching world.
Show us the Purpose for which You have united us for serving You, and guide us to complete the mission to which You have called us.
In our home, Lord, may You be glorified.
    

Father God,
You have begun a good work within our family and we are confident You will continue until it’s complete. Help us to love one another sacrificially - as You love us – and to long for one another with the tender compassion of Jesus. We plead that our love for one another overflows more and more that families throughout the world might gain encouragement and hope.
Grant us an eager desire to continue growing in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, for we really want our family to know what truly matters so we may live pure and blameless lives before You and the watching world.
May our family be filled with the fruit of our salvation – those good things produced in our lives by Jesus Christ, because this will bring You much glory, honor, praise and pleasure.
    

Help us to not be entangled by the affairs of this life  so that we may be perfectly focused – praying for our children, praying for our families, praying for our friends and our children’s friends, standing firmly against every adverse influence that seeks to diminish or destroy the Plans You have ordained for each…
    

 

Father God,
breathe on every heart within every family
whose flames of love have grown cold.
Breathe on us that the fires may be rekindled,
igniting fierce flames of passion for You,

for one another,
and for a world so desperate

for authentic, eternal Love…

 


The Lord your God in your midst.
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you in His Love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV
 
O Lord, my God,
thank You for Your Presence! Thank You for Salvation – both eternal and from those forces that assault our family in the living out of each day! May our thoughts and conduct give You reason to rejoice over my family and me with great gladness.
Thank You for calming every fierce storm that attempts to engulf our lives by firmly planting Your Peace deep within our hearts.
O God, sing over me! Sing over my family! May Your Song of Love and Fellowship be heard above all else.
How awesome is The Voice of The Lord!
    
 
Father God,
please pour out Your Spirit upon my family and bind us together with cords of holy Love. May our hearts beat as one, fully united to pursue Your Presence and Purposes for each of us individually and as a family. You are our Destiny.
Please protect our bodies, minds, and souls from every vicious assault of the enemy of our souls.
May You always be to us our greatest Treasure.
With eternal devotion I pray…
    
   
Father,
I ask that You stand guard over the minds of every member of this family You’ve granted me. May our imaginations be wholly committed to You. Move us far from unproductive meditations. Keep us from thinking and speaking evil of others. Crush every wicked idea that dances through our thoughts. May we fervently long for holiness. May we desire and enjoy meditating on Your awesome Majesty and Your Word. Yes, Lord, may our every contemplation bring You honor and great joy.
    

Father,
we pray for all contemplating marriage, pleading that they understand the complexity of lifelong relationships and the seriousness of the commitments they seek to make. May they recognize both joys and sorrows they will be called to face. Teach them to love and honor one another with undying selflessness. May their commitments to You, to one another, and to their children be fierce and unyielding when circumstances close in on them.
May Your Presence be welcomed in their public and private times together. May they draw near to You and remain in Your Presence at all times, seeking always to honor You and live fruitful lives for Your Kingdom.    


How do I begin to thank You for the moments and memories shared with the family and many friends You have placed within the pathway of my life?
I ask that You pour out the blessings of Your Presence, Peace, and Purpose upon them. Fill their night dreams and daytime visions with thoughts and revelations of Your Faithfulness, Love, and Authority – as well as Your Will for their lives. Draw them near to You that they may hear the Beat of Your Heart, sense Your Breath upon them, behold Your Glory, and bask in Your Presence and Love.
May they desperately long to know and understand Your Word.
I plead that their intimacy with You might grow.
Thank You that when distance separates, Love binds our hearts together.
For this and these, I offer You my highest praise!
    

Father God,
I plead for every member of my family, desperately desiring they seek You and love You with all of their hearts, minds, souls, and energies, and with profound, relentless reverence. I long for them to enjoy the fellowship of Your Presence, the wisdom of Your Will, and to pour their love on You.
I plead that every deception and every hostility melt on the altar of Your holiness. How I long that they honor You every day with every attitude and action.
May our love for You and our love for one another bind our hearts together with fierce loyalty and unity that we may be a testimony to the watching world of the power of Your great Love.
For the honor of Your sacred Name, I pray…
        

Father,
I long that this house, our home, be a holy sanctuary wherein You delight to dwell… a place of enthusiastic praise and thanksgiving… a house of prayer for the people of every nation… May we walk in continual acknowledgement of Your divine Presence, seeking to bless You at all times. May our hearts be as sacrificial altars, fully surrendered to Your Service and Will…
    
 
Father,
I ask that You strengthen us to stand guard over our family’s moments together, keeping satan far from the entrances to our hearts. Help us each to recognize his assaults against our unity by assailing our attitudes, opportunities, and plans.
Help us to be flexible, sacrificing personal agendas, preferring one another over ourselves.
Help us to cherish and celebrate our differences.
Father, we want Your Presence among us. We do not want to grieve You in any way. How we long that You feel welcomed as The Guest of Honor in all of our moments together.
    
 
   With sincere reverence, I offer these petitions
upon the Altar of my heart
and set them ablaze with all my passion.
May they rise as fragrant incense,
resonating before Your holy Throne
until Your Work and Your Will are completely fulfilled
in our families, Father...

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