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5 Prayers For Our Children

There are more than 5 ways to pray for our children and grandchildren!

How can we pray for them as they go back to school?

Teachers are stressed…I know because I was one!

Parents are thrilled…I know because I am one!

Do we forget how stressful school can be for our loved ones?

This is the third blog post dedicated to all children and teachers who are

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

I cannot take credit for creating the 5 P’s, as you can tell if you clicked on the above link. Prayers for PEACE, PROTECTION, PURITY, PASSION, AND PERSPECTIVE are so applicable to children and adults.

That is why I researched scripture to find Bible verses that align with these five prayer requests.

Peace 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV

Protection

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” Thessalonians 3:3 NIV

Purity

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NIV

Passion

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15;7 NIV

Perspective

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthinians 4:18 NIV

How can we apply these verses?

  • We can pray these very words for the children we love.
  • We can read these scriptures to them and let them know specifically why we are praying for them.
  • We can ask them what the words peace, protection, purity, passion, and perspective mean to them.

I hope these scriptures and prayers comfort and bless you!

If so, please share this post with your loved ones and friends and encourage them to sign up to receive newsletters and updates!

 

Please feel free to leave any special prayer requests you might have in the Comments section below. Or, if you prefer, you can email me at karyn@openyourtreasures.com.

Tragedy’s Treasures, A Mom’s Journey Through Grief Is For Sale on Monday, October 10th!

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I am nervous and excited that this book is going on sale on Monday, October 10, 2016!

Six years…blood,sweat, and tears…

Why October 10th? For the last nineteen years, this day has cast a shadow over my heart. Bart died on this day nineteen years ago.

For the first time since that tragic day, I am excited for October 10th to get here. I am still sad that Bart is no longer with us, but I believe he knows that this book is a labor of love dedicated to him, his family, and his friends.

My daughter, Amy, and my grandchildren watched the emotional video of me opening my proof copy of the print version. In case you have not seen it on Facebook , I am including it in this post. She let me know that my grandsons think I am a celebrity. I was quick to tell her that they are a huge part of why I wrote the book.

I chose to self-publish to have control over the content, marketing, and pricing. Print on Demand is different in that I don’t stock books and mail them out. Anyone may go to Amazon.com and order the print copy. Create Space is Amazon’s print on demand company. They print it and mail it directly to your door.

On Monday, the e-book will also be available. You do not need a Kindle to read it. You can download a Kindle Reader App on your desktop, phone, or iPad.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200783640

For 24 hours, the e-book will be on sale for $.99. This is my way of thanking all of you who have helped edit the book (Bill Ungerer and Pam Schofield), create and perfect the cover(https://www.fiverr.com/pro_ebookcovers  and Joey Ungerer), photograph me for the cover (Allison Wofford), format the book (Amit Dey, and help me market the book on social media and on this website (Laura Cole Gonzalez and Jan Granger).

I also want to make the book available at a discount for anyone who has lost a child or loved one or who knows someone who is grieving.

The more people who buy the book on Monday, October 10, the higher up in the Amazon rankings the book climbs so that it is visible when anyone searches a book on grieving the loss of a child.

I would be SOOO grateful if you would leave a review (hopefully favorable 🙂 ) on Amazon. A five-star rating does not mean the book is perfect, only that is worthy of others buying and reading it.

I could not have written and published this book without my husband, Albert, encouraging me, spurring me on, and giving me the “kick” to get this baby birthed!

Beauty for Ashes

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WHAT IS MOURNING?

WHAT DOES GOD PROMISE?

WHY DO WE HAVE TO MOURN?

SETTING THE STAGE

In Luke 4:13-19, the Bible says that soon after Jesus was tempted by Satan, he began His ministry in Galilee. He went into a synagogue in Nazareth, boldly stood up, and quoted scripture from the Old Testament book of Isaiah.

16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,[j]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”[k]

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%204&version=NKJV



EVEN more amazing and reassuring is the fact that Isaiah (in the Old Testament) had spoken these same words about the Lord to his discouraged and heartbroken people:

Isaiah 61:3,4

3 To console those who mourn in Zion,

To give them beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning,

The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

That they may be called trees of righteousness,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins,

They shall raise up the former desolations,

And they shall repair the ruined cities,

The desolations of many generations.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+61&version=NKJV


This is OUTSTANDING NEWS!

Jesus of the Old and New Testaments, and the Jesus of today and tomorrow consoles and comforts us anytime we are grieving or mourning.


WHAT IS MOURNING?

Does this just apply to death? I don’t think so…

Perhaps it also refers to the “ashes” left from sadness or mourning after the loss of:

  • a job
  • financial security
  • a relationship
  • a pet
  • our health, etc.

WHAT DOES GOD PROMISE?

In the painful, lonely, and debilitating process of mourning, God promises to give us:

“beauty for ashes”

Christ comforts us and sustains our most pressing needs. He knows we cannot stay in the “pit” of our sadness, isolation, anger, depression, and desire to give up.

Through

  • believing in Him
  • staying connected to Him through honest prayer (telling Him how we really feel)  
  • learning more of His limitless grace by reading and studying His Word (Bible)

We receive:

1. “the oil of joy for mourning” We are eventually able to feel joy and sadness again, instead of building a thick, “feel nothing” wall around ourselves.

In trusting that God is in control and knows what is best for us, we draw on our faith in Him. This provides the power to keep thanking Him and praising His Son until we receive:

2.“the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”


WHY DO WE HAVE TO MOURN?

Then comes the hardest part for me to take…

The Reason For Our Suffering:

3.“That they may be called trees of righteousness,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

When we suffer and continue to trust the GRACE God supplies through faith in His Son, God uses us as trees planted and rooted in the Lord to glorify God. WOW!

This brings me to tears! 

Not only because I have to wait to see my son, Bart, in Heaven.

Not only because I still cry remembering his death and how much I miss him!

BUT BECAUSE:

When I accepted Christ as my Savior, mentor, and provider, I signed up to be a tree planted anywhere God chooses, so that He may be glorified.

Just as the high wind makes a tree’s roots grow deeper and stronger to support the tree, my grief and mourning have made me stronger.

MOURNING HAS FORCED ME TO DEPEND ON HIM MORE.

It hurts, it is painful, I didn’t want it, and I don’t understand it.

But, I TRUST God to continue to give me:

“beauty for ashes.”

“the oil of joy for mourning.”

“the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”

This blog post was inspired by the July 14, 2016, daily devotional on the website, Our Daily Bread.


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