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My prayer for us all is that the promise fullfilled with the birth of Jesus will fill our hearts with the pure joy of the Lord. Amen
IS 7:10-14
The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel.

Gospel MT 1:18-24
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.



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Grateful for the posted prayers for all the team!



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My prayer today for all of us is that our Father grant us peace in our world.....the peace of Christ and all that that means. Help us Lord to shine Your Light through out the whole world as the star of Bethlehem lead the wise men to you Son in that blessed manger there. Give us in our hearts the wonder and amazement this Advent and Christmas that the shepherds felt on that night and the love that filled the stable then... not just from all the pageantry, lights and those man made things but the true love that our Savior came to earth....for each of us.....to give his life for us. Father God, place that amazement in our hearts....our first Love, Christ our Lord. Remembering as if we were right there, that First Noel. In His precious name, we pray, amen.

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11/28/14 9:00 P

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Dear Father:
Please Bless all of our team members.
Keep us safe and order our steps.
Help us to do all that we need to do to take the next step forward.
I give You all Praise.
Thank You Father!



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PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Walter Rauschenbusch
O God, we thank you for this earth, our home;
For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever



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11/22/14 9:12 P

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Dear Lord -Please Bless each member of this wonderful team. Keep us safe! Order our steps so that we may do what will please You!



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Dear Lord God:
I give You all Praise Lord God!
I Thank You Lord God for all of my Blessing!
I Praise Your Holy Name!
Please Bless each member of our team!
Thank You Lord God!



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Psalm 91:1King James Version (KJV)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
emoticon Dear Lord Almighty, I pray in Jesus name that we will all dwell in the secret place. That we all abide under Your shadow for ever and ever. Amen.



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Dear Lord I am praying for this wonderful team. Please lead us Lord God. Order our steps so we will do what You want us to do! Thank You Father for all of our Blessings! Amen!



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My prayer today is that Our God will touch us and heal us!
Dear Heavenly Father- I Give You All The Praise! I Thank You for all of our Blessings! I ask that You Touch Us Lord God! Help us to do what You want us to do. Please heal our bodies and order our steps!
I Thank You for all of our Blessings!



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Dear God- I am praying for all living in countries torn by war and strife. Lord God I ask that you keep the people safe and provide for their daily needs. God please protect the children who grow up knowing nothing but war and hate. YOU are the only answer!
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Dear Lord God-I am praying for all dealing with Ebola today! Lord God let the fear go down and the positive help for those ill come forward! Protect the health care workers that are fighting this disease. Touch those suffering today! Lord let the needed help flow. I am praying for a cure!
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I am praying for all of the members of this wonderful team today!
Dear Father- please Bless each of the members of our team. Father God - Touch us, Heal us and Order Our Steps!
I Thank You for all of our Blessings!
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Almighty God, we thank You for the job of this day.
May we find gladness in all its toil and difficulty,
its pleasure and success,
and even in its failure and sorrow.
May we look always away from ourselves,
and behold the glory and the need of the world
that we may have the will and the strength to bring
the gift of gladness to others;
that with them we stand to bear the burden and heat of the day
and offer You the praise of our work well done.
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I pray we all remember why we choose to be obedient to God. There is so much more to the reasons I want stop committing the sin of gluttony. It is so much more profound than even I can put into words or totally comprehend.
Here is something I read through biblegateway that really reminded me of whom i strive to serve. I hope it touches your heart and soul as it did mine and I pray it changes my actions immediately and profoundly.
Sincerely,
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Obedience to God's Commands
In The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer penned the words, "Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate" (1959:47). Cheap grace means living as though God ignores or condones our sins. But forgiveness means that sin is real, and must be dealt with. We cannot ignore it, because God does not ignore it. The denial of sin is not grace: it is a lie. Cheap grace means living without the demand of obedience upon us.
And where there is no call for obedience, then all things are tolerated. "Do your own thing" becomes the motto. And so nothing can be labeled as "sinful." No act is clearly right or wrong. Thus, there is no need of forgiveness. But because John insists that God calls us to obey the com mands that have been given, he also reminds us that when we fall short of keeping them, there is forgiveness in Christ. And, to come at it from the other angle, where there is forgiveness available, it follows that cer tain actions--whether thoughts, words or deeds--can be dealt with only when one confesses and is forgiven. In short, the call to confession and the offer of forgiveness go hand in hand with the call to obedience. Cheap grace is grace without obedience, and the Elder knows no such grace. It is not the grace given to us in Jesus Christ.Obedience: The Basis for Assurance (2:3)
Even before we come to the question, What does God want of me? many of us may begin with another question, How can I be sure that I know God? Many faithful Christians struggle with this question. How do I know I'm a Christian? How can I be sure that I do indeed know God? How can I know that I'm not mistaken? The Elder assures his readers that they can have con fidence before God. The confidence that he promises is not a subjective feeling or emotion. It is not necessarily equivalent to feeling good about ourselves. Confidence comes from knowing what God asks of us, and knowing that our aim is to live in conformity with God's standard. Now surely this sounds like a recipe to trouble souls, rather than for calming the troubled soul. And yet John speaks with encouragement and assur ance as he promises we know that we have come to know him. Where does he derive such assurance?
The statement we know that we have come to know him is the first of many such statements offering assurance to the readers of the epistle (2:5; 3:19, 24; 5:2, 15; compare 2:18, 21, 29; 3:21; 4:13; 5:14, 18-20). Here the author is surely casting a glance at those who have left the church, for they undoubtedly claimed to know God. How does one decide between such personal and conflicting claims? Anyone can claim to know God. Is there a way to begin to assess that claim?
The Elder offers the "test" of obedience as the basis of having assur ance of knowing God. Those who know God are obedient to the com mands of God. And yet such a test scarcely seems calculated to offer the needed assurance to the readers! After all, John has just finished writing of the sinfulness of all people (1:8--2:2). Can one really depend, then, on one's obedience to God's commands to give assurance of right re lationship to God? This idea is so central to 1 John that we must examine it more closely.Obedience and Knowledge of God (2:4)
It is important at the outset to put knowledge and obedience in the proper order. Obeying the commands of God is not a test we must pass in order to gain knowledge of God, a prerequisite of knowing God or a condition that must be fulfilled in order to come to know God. Rather, obedience is the manifestation or evidence of knowledge of God.
In light of what the Elder has written about human sinfulness and the need for confession, we can conclude that obeying God's commands does not require perfect obedience, if by perfect obedience we mean living without sinning. But obedience to God's commands should be more than an interesting addendum or occasional accompaniment to our lives. "Obeying God's commands" points to the shape of the Chris tian life as a whole, to the consistency of our discipleship, and not to individual acts taken in isolation. What is not in view is hollow adher ence to a check list of rules or directions to be followed, as one follows a map to a destination or a recipe in a cookbook. If we try to map out obedience to God down to the last detail, then the life of faith loses its character as pilgrimage. Discipleship becomes an obstacle course to see whether we can negotiate each successive obstruction on our own. Obe dience ceases to be response to a living God, and becomes instead a check list of rules. This is a dry and sterile view of Christian discipleship. I am reminded of the student who once asked, "Do you want us just to memorize this, or do we need to understand it?" Some Christians seem to live their lives with the grim intent to "just memorize it," enjoying none of the fullness and mystery that comes with wholehearted response to the God of our faith.
Some readers may be frustrated to think that all we get by way of answer to the question, What does God want of us? is the response, Obedience to God's commands. But this is deliberate. We are not given directions, but direction. That direction can be summarized as "walking in the light," as striving to conform our character to that of God. What C. S. Lewis wrote in another context fits here: "We might think that God wanted simply obedience to a set of rules; whereas He really wants people of a particular sort" (1952:77). And the sort of people that God wants are those who hope to conform themselves to the very character of God.
Anyone who has had a hand in raising children knows about the process of shaping people of "a particular sort." When my daughter throws her food on the floor and I tell her not to do it, I am giving her a command that I would like to be obeyed. But in the end I do not want her to stop dropping her cereal on the floor just because I say so, but because she too recognizes the mess and waste it creates. Rules are given to guide behavior, but they are meant to be appropriated as internal guiding norms, not as external sanctions and prohibitions.
And yet we recognize that the words obey his commands direct the reader toward the concrete and practical. In the Elder's view, it is inev itable that what is interior must express itself in external and concrete action. "Knowledge of God" is not a sort of vague, unformed, abstract or indefinable private experience, although it may be extremely person al. "Knowledge of God" may express itself in various ways--through love and service to others, in prayer and worship of God, and so on. Here John is concerned to remind his readers that knowledge of God ex presses itself in obedience, and obedience is always measured by con crete actions. After all, Jesus' obedience was made manifest in the ulti mate sacrifice of his life on the cross.
Thus knowledge of and obedience to God are not entirely equivalent, nor are they unrelated to each other. We may best speak of "keeping God's commands" as characteristic of knowing God. " `Keeping the commandments' (like fellowship with one another, 1:7) is not the con dition, but rather the characteristic of the knowledge of God. There is no knowledge of God which as such would not also be `keeping the commandments' " (Bultmann 1973:25). We might say that the question behind these verses is not, How do I get knowledge of God? but, What does knowledge of God look like? How does it express itself? So too the child who knows her parents well also knows their expectations well. And the child who loves and respects her parents, honors their expec tations.
The idea that knowledge of God expresses itself in obedience has its roots in the Old Testament. The prophets especially spoke of knowing God, though more often they rebuked the people for not knowing God (Job 36:12; Jer 9:6; Is 1:3; 5:13; 1 Sam 2:12). The lack of knowledge of God does not imply intellectual inadequacy in comprehending God. Rather it points to a moral failure, to a lack of faithfulness and obedience. Those who know God live according to the way that God prescribes. "Knowing God" is understood in personal, intimate and relational terms.
To claim to love and know God without acknowledging God's claim upon us is simply hollow. Worse, it is a blatant contradiction in terms. Such a claim manifests a lack of relationship with God, a lack of being in him (v. 5). This phrase calls to mind a sphere in which we live our lives, a realm in which our decisions, choices, behavior and character are shaped. Those who are "in God" are those whose character and behavior are shaped by God's truth, righteousness and love (Kysar 1986:46). In fact, God's truth is viewed as something that is active, indwelling and powerful, something that shapes the person in whom it dwells. Obvious ly, then, those who have God's truth within them, and who know God, will manifest God's character.
In verse 6 the author speaks of this relationship with God with a new phrase, live in him. Live is the same word that older versions translated "abide"; other modern translations use "remain," or other variations. "Live" or "remain" strike those of us familiar with the old "abide" as colorless and flat. But the ordinary live serves well for "ordinary people." First, the term describes "the way in which a human life is determined by a fundamental relationship" (Kysar 1986:46; compare Marshall 1978:127). One lives either in the sphere of light or in the sphere of darkness. Our lives, our daily "walking," are shaped by the sphere in which we live. Second, in Johannine literature, live regularly connotes faithfulness, steadfastness, perseverance or continuing in allegiance to someone (Jn 8:31). It speaks to ordinary people of the consistency and faithfulness that is required of us. In short, the author's concept of "abid ing" points to steadfast faithfulness. This is what God wants of us.Obedience and Love for God (2:5)
We come then to the asser tion that if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. Two important items should be noted. First, obedience and love of God are inseparably linked. Love of God, like knowledge of God, is expressed through "keeping God's word," through our allegiance to God. Second, note what the author does not say. He does not say that the more we obey, the more we show that we love God. In other words, the Elder is not criticizing Christians for failing to "do enough." Rather, his statement is directed at those who had left the church and who may have denied the need for obedience in the Christian life. John contends that it is simply impossible to claim to love or to know God without also living in obedience to God. In obedience to the commands, our love for God is truly made complete, that is, not made morally perfect or without flaw, but lived out as it should be.Obedience and the Example of Jesus (2:6)
The perfect expres sion of love for God is found in Jesus' own example. And so the Elder writes, whoever claims to live in [God] must walk as Jesus did. This statement seems to raise the stakes to an impossible level. Who can live like Jesus did? All of Jesus' life demonstrated obedience to God, and that obedience was manifested above all in his death on the cross (see Jn 5:19-20; 10:15, 17-18). Again, the point is not that we must manifest perfect obedience in all that we do. Rather we are to reflect on our lives, asking whether our thoughts, words and deeds show that our primary allegiance is to the God who is light.
The point of the admonitions to be obedient, to live righteously or to follow the example of Jesus is not to get us to start doing a number of things simply for the sake of doing them. Rather such admonitions remind us that we have already charted a course for ourselves. As we walk in that course we are reminded to ask ourselves, do these actions belong in the circle of light? The key here is reflection. We are not to be made anxious, but are rather prodded to reflect on what we say and do, how we think, pray, spend our time and money, raise our children, treat our coworkers, spouses and neighbors. Our aim is to live for one master, God alone, in and with all that we do. That is walking as Jesus walked.
So can we ever be sure that we know God? Some people have deep inner peace in their relationship with God. Others seem continually plagued by confusion and doubts. In seeking peace it is wise to keep the ends and means in proper order. Those who seek God are granted a sense of God's love and acceptance of them. This is the bedrock to which they return in times of crisis, discouragement and anxiety. Those who chase desperately for feelings of assurance usually do not find what they are looking for. If we focus on God and what God has done for us, we are oriented within the circle and guided by its fixed centerpoint. If we focus on ourselves or our own feelings, even with good intentions, we drift without direction or anchor.



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May your day be like the beauty of a poem.

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by Robert Frost

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.

But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.

I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.

Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who's to say where
The harvest shall stop?



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AMEN!
THANK YOU LORD FOR THIS POWERFUL TEAM!
THANK YOU FOR THE POWERFUL LEADERSHIP OF SUNFLOWERGAMMY!




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Dear Lord, My prayer today is that each and every SONflower experiences your promises.
We will not worry about tomorrow, we will trust in our Heavenly Provider to meet all the needs for today. For when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. Thank you God for protecting us and caring for all of our needs. We are well taken care of; through Jesus Christ your benevolent Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, in Oneness and power, now and forever. Amen



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Ephesians 3:14-16
For this reason [[a]seeing the greatness of this plan by which you are built together in Christ], I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name].
May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].




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A Prayer to Lose Weight

Guide us lord, as we strive to lose weight You are our light and our anchor, and with you we know all things are possible.

Help us this day to make healthy choices and give us the strength to fight against destructive cravings that negatively effect our health.

You said, “The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. As we bow before you today, raise us up help us towards our goals.

We have been taught that anything that replaces God is an idol. Help us to reject any unhealthy habit in which we seek false comfort. For you are our one true comfort and salvation.

In your name we pray, Amen




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Please click on the link below it will take you to my sparkpeople blog.
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MY PRAYER TODAY IS THAT WE ALL ARE SAFE, HEALTHY AND REMEMBERING THAT WE HAVE A POWERFUL & LOVING FATHER!
BE BLESSED TEAM MEMBERS!
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“May God the Father bless you, God the Son heal you, God the Holy Spirit give you strength. May God the holy and undivided Trinity guard your body, save your soul, and bring you safely to his heavenly country; where He lives and reigns forever and ever."
Amen.



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MY PRAYER IS THAT WE WILL ALL REMEMBER TO GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY!
I PRAY THAT ALL SUFFERING IN THE WORLD FIND PEACE AND BE HELD SAFE IN THE ARMS OF GOD!
BLESS EACH MEMBER OF THIS TEAM!
JOIN ME AND PRAISE OUR GOD TODAY!



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MY PRAYER TODAY IS THAT WE WILL ALL SEEK THE LORD TODAY!
I PRAY THAT WE WILL REMEMBER THAT THE LORD LOVES US!
LEAN ON HIS EVERLASTING ARMS IN TIMES OF NEED!
OUR GOD IS THERE FOR US!
LOVE HIM AND HONOR HIM!
GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU!
AMEN



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DEAR LORD I THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL TEAM!
I PRAY THAT WE ALL TAKE TIME TO OFFER YOU PRAISE THIS DAY!
THANK YOU JESUS FOR ALL OF OUR BLESSINGS!
KEEP US SAFE IN YOUR EVERLASTING ARMS!

SPARK FRIENDS- LET US GIVE GOD ALL GLORY TODAY!



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Dear Savior, help us remember as we begin our weekend activities. Whether work or leisure will engage us, keep our thoughts and actions centered on You. Make them days of contentment for us, no matter if the activities we face are pleasant or tedious. Keep us through the Holy Spirit from willful sins and from those sins we do not even realize we are committing. Help us be positive influences in others' lives as we go our way. Let our inner rejoicing in Your salvation be evident in all we say and do so that we bring glory and not shame to Your most holy name. Amen emoticon



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Good Morning God!
You are ushering in another day,
untouched and freshly new.
So here I am to ask you, God,
if You'll renew us too.

Forgive the many errors that we made yesterday
and let us try again dear God
to walk closer in Your way.

But Lord, I am well aware,
We can't make it on our own.
So take our hands and hold them tight,
for we cannot walk alone
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I AM PRAYING THAT YOU REMEMBER THAT GOD LOVES YOU!
GIVE GOD ALL THE PRAISE TODAY!
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GOD BLESS YOU!



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AMEN!
THANKING GOD FOR THIS TEAM!
STANDING IN AGREEMENT WITH SONFLOWERGAMMY!



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8/2/14 9:36 A

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A Prayer to Lose Weight

Guide us Lord, as we strive to lose weight You are our light and our anchor, and with you we know all things are possible.

Help us this day to make healthy choices and give us the strength to fight against destructive cravings that negatively effect our health.

You said, “The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. As we bow before you today, raise us up help us towards our goals.

We have been taught that anything that replaces God is an idol. Help us to reject any unhealthy habit in which we seek false comfort. For you are our one true comfort and salvation.

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Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed in our lives. You have provided us with more than we could ever have imagined. You have surrounded us with people who always look out for us. You have given us families and friends who bless us every day with kind words and actions. They lift us up in ways that keep our eyes focused on you and make our spirits soar.

Also, thank you, Lord, for keeping us safe. You protect us from those things that seem to haunt others. You help us make better choices, and you have provided us with advisors that help with the difficult decisions. You speak to us in so many ways so that we always know you are here.

And Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to give to them the same kindness they have provided to me. I am just so grateful for all of your blessings in my life, Lord. I pray that you remind me of just how lucky I am, and that you never allow me to forget to show my gratitude in prayer and returned kind acts.
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Dear Lord, I receive Your blessings for this day as I walk with You—I ask for Your hand to cover all the SONflowers, Your power to keeps us, Your face to shine upon us, Your love to fill us, Your strength to sustain us, and Your sufficiency to be our portion in every need we face. I ask You to bless the work of our hands as we serve You in your appointed place. Amen emoticon



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I am praying for all the victims of the plane shot down.
I am praying for all of the victims of violence today!
God is our refuge!
WE MUST PRAY FOR ALL THAT DO NOT UNDERSTAND RIGHT FROM WRONG!
PRAY FOR ALL WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND EVIL FROM GOOD!
ONE DAY WE WILL ALL HAVE TO ANSWER TO A POWER GREAT THAN OURSELVES!
PRAYING!



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ADIRONDICMOM from the Hopeful Hearts Team sent out a link to Let Jesus Come into my heart. I went to it and found this toe tapping rendition that is starting off my Bible Study time this morning with our Lord. I hope you enjoy it!
May all the words of the song fill your heart to overflowing with the Power and Love of Jesus. Amen



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“Therefore, my confession of faith is: ‘God has begun a good work in The Sonflowers lives and He will perform it and bring it to full completion until the day of Jesus Christ, in Jesus’ Name.’ Amen emoticon




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Dear Lord,
May we remember that no temptation has overtaken us that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let us be tempted beyond our ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that we may be able to endure it and grant us the fruit of the Spirit , love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
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Hi team ,
My prayer for you is that God helps each and everyone of you in every way He can strengthening you guys making right decisions helping you reach your goals in gaining better health , weighloss or whatever your goals are .
Takecare and may God bless you all . Garnie emoticon

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MY PRAYER IS THAT WE ALL STOP AND THANK JESUS TODAY!
THANK YOU JESUS!



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Dear SONflowers,
My prayer for you: I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. Amen
Blessings always,
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Dear Father I pray that all members of our team are safe and focused on our goals. Touch us
Father and lead us ! Thank You Father!



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Lord, I give you The SONflowers and thank you for them.
I thank you for everything that they are
And for all their gifts and talents.
I thank you for the many things that they have given to others
And for all the kindness that they have shown me.
Lord, at the beginning of time You breathed Your life into creation
May you breathe Your life into them now
So that each step they take is filled with Your faith
Each thought they think is filled with Your hope
and each moment they live is filled with Your love.
May they fully know Your life
And fully live in Your love
This day and every day
In Jesus name Amen






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My prayer for all is that God will give us more opportunities to show His love through us to others. Hugs to all.

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My prayer today is for all dealing with drought! I am covering you all with prayers!



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AMEN!
Thanking You Jesus for my Spark Friends and the leadership of SONFLOWERGAMMY!



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Dear Lord,
I lift up each and every member of the SONflowers team today and thank you for allowing me the privilege of getting to know them better and praying with and for them as we travel the path of life. Keep them safely in Your arms and fill them with Your love. Amen

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My pray today is that we all keep our mind focused on the positive! Remember- Jesus Loves You!
Take time to be thankful for all of your blessings!
Let us just Thank Jesus today!



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emoticon I am praying that all team members are remembering- God is just a prayer away! Pray and GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY!
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I pray today that all our team members will remember that JESUS LOVES YOU! Cling to HIS everlasting arms today and forever!
God Bless You all!



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I pray that we all are comfortable enough in our relationships with God that we can express to Him when we are scared and unsure. Amen



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The Prayer - You Are Christ (By Saint Augustine of Hippo.)
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You are Christ,
my Holy Father,
my Tender God,
my Great King,
my Good Shepherd,
my Only Master,
my Best Helper,
my Most Beautiful and my Beloved,
my Living Bread,
my Priest Forever,
my Leader to my Country,
my True Light,
my Holy Sweetness,
my Straight Way,
my Excellent Wisdom,
my Pure Simplicity,
my Peaceful Harmony,
my Entire Protection,
my Good Portion,
my Everlasting Salvation.

Christ Jesus, Sweet Lord,
why have I ever loved,
why in my whole life
have I ever desired anything except You,
Jesus my God?
Where was I when I was not in spirit with You?
Now, from this time forth,
do you, all my desires, grow hot,
and flow out upon the Lord Jesus:
run... you have been tardy until now;
hasten where you are going;
seek Whom you are seeking.
O, Jesus may he who loves You
not be an anathema;
may he who loves You
not be filled with bitterness.

O, Sweet Jesus,
may every good feeling that is fitted for Your praise,
love You, delight in You, adore You!
God of my heart,
and my Portion, Christ Jesus,
may my heart faint away in spirit,
and may You be my Life within me!
May the live coal of Your Love
grow hot within my spirit
and break forth into a perfect fire;
may it burn incessantly on the altar of my heart;
may it glow in my innermost being;
may it blaze in hidden recesses of my soul;
and in the days of my consummation
may I be found consummated with You! Amen
Dear Lord, please carefully tend Your gardend and gather the SONflowers to Your bossom in sweet embrace. Amen




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I read this prayer and wanted to share it with you my dear SONflowers. May we join together this weekend for prayer for others as well as each other. I thank God for my beloved family. I don't know what I would do without them.

A prayer for Mother’s Day
BY BRUCE WILSON

Gracious God, today is Mother’s Day and we think of how we have been blessed by our mothers. Many of us have been blessed by our mothers in ways that stir deep emotion and loyalty and today we give overwhelming thanks for a strong mother’s love.

But God, I also think that today is a tough day for many women. Mother’s Day does not bring thoughts of solace and joy, but troubles the heart.

God, please hear my prayer for women who are having a hard time as mothers. I pray for the mothers who are estranged from their children, who don’t know where their children are, whose children will not speak to them. I pray for mothers whose children have hurt them and disappointed them and used them. I pray for the mothers who have given so much and their love is threadbare and tired. I pray for the mothers who are trying to do it alone because their husbands have left them or their husbands don’t care. I pray for mothers who realize too late they messed up as mothers and the guilt is overwhelming and they wish they could go back and fix things, but they don’t know how. Everyday they look for an open door.

God, I pray for mothers who have buried their children. I think of the mothers of children who have been senselessly killed. What a grief these mothers must carry, what a burden of sorrow. I think of the mothers of soldiers who have fallen this year in war. Mothers who have lost their children to starvation, to storms and floods, to violence in the street, to disease. In your mercy, comfort them today.

There are other women, God, for whom I pray. I pray for the many women who want to be mothers, but cannot and on this day they feel awkward. May they know you are with them, Lord.

And God, I pray also for those children here today whose mothers have died and they miss their mothers so much. I pray for those whose mothers are sick or far away. I pray for those whose mothers abandoned them, ran off and left them. I pray for those who would give anything to see their mother, but instead feel an emptiness today.

I pray for those children whose mothers were not good mothers, but who were distant or selfish or hateful, who were so preoccupied with their own problems and their own desires that they had no room left for their children. I wish the world were not like this God, but I know it is and that there are children in this room who ache today when they think of their mothers. They do not have happy thoughts; they have sad thoughts. Be with these today, Lord. Comfort them in your love.

Loving God, being a parent is joyous, yes, but it is also challenging. Help the mothers on this day, and the fathers, too. We need your help, we really do. Strengthen us today and tomorrow and every day. In the tender kindness of Jesus we pray. Amen



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Dear Spark Friends- take time to Praise God! Thank God for all of our Blessings!



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AMEN!
THANK YOU LORD JESUS!
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF OUR BLESSINGS!



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Dear God,
Please protect and heal the hearts, minds and bodies of each and every member of the SONflower's team. Each of us are unique because you made us that way. You and You alone know what we truly need and I thank You for loving us enough to meet those needs. Amen emoticon



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I pray today that we will all remember that Jesus Loves Us! We are worth the effort needed to push toward a healthy life style. May God Bless each team member!



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God so loves us and shows it in big and small ways! When I read GARDENSFORLIFE's prayer for us today I smiled because I was just praying for God to help me work the 12 "Steps" of Overeaters Anonymous. When I saw the prayer for God to order our "steps" right after praying I knew it was a little nudge from God to let me know I am on the right track.
Praying in agreement for our team. Amen

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My prayer for today is that God will order our steps! Lord God- I THANK YOU for all of our blessings!
JOIN ME TEAM IN GIVING GOD ALL THE GLORY!



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My prayer for today - Dear FATHER: Please order our steps so that we can do what you want us to do. May this team remember to always give You all the praise!



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I adapted this using the St. Francis Prayer.

Lord make us instruments of your peace
that where there is hatred, We may bring love
that where there is wrong, We may bring the spirit of forgiveness
that where there is discord, We may bring harmony
that where there is error, We may bring truth
that where there is doubt, We may bring faith
that where there is despair, We may bring hope
that where there are shadows, We may bring light
that where there is sadness, We may bring joy.

Lord, grant that we may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted
to understand, than to be understood
to love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life. Amen.

I PRAY THAT WE PLANT THIS IN OUR HEARTS THIS DAY AND IT TAKES ROOT THAT WE MAY GO OUT INTO THHE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL, the Good News, OF OUR LORD!


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Thank You for that prayer!
My prayer for today is that we all remember to give God all the glory!
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Dear SONflowers,
There is someone who loved you enough to die for you. He would do it for you if you were the only person on the planet. He finds you worthy of His love, worthy of His affection, worthy to know that even though He created everything around you, everything you see and breathe, that He will still prove to you that He loves you. Jesus wants your self-doubt, your feelings of unworthiness, your judgemental thoughts, your entirely messed-up view of yourself and your life. He wants to replace it with what you need; peace, love, kindness, gentleness, self-control, and to show you that you are worth His life. The cure is giving it all to Jesus and receiving His image of you in return. Remembering to do it daily is the hard part.
For today I pray that we remember to give it all to God and receive Him fully.
Amen



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Dear Father:
I want to ask for a blessing for all of our team members!
I also want to Thank You for all of our past blessings!
Thanking Jesus!
Have a blessed day!



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I pray that each of us will embrace the day and squeeze every bit of life, that God has provided for us, out of it. Thanking God for every drop. Amen



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AMEN! THANK YOU JESUS!



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Lord, how shall we pray?...
Our Father which art in heaven hallowed be they name they kingdom come they will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen



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Dear Lord God- I want to thank You today! Thank You Jesus!
Thank You!



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Here are a few prayers for us today emoticon

Prayer at Daylight

Lord,
as daylight fills the sky,
fill us with your holy light.
May our lives mirror our love for you
whose wisdom has brought us into being,
and whose care guides us on our way.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.

Prayer in the Morning

God our Father,
hear our morning prayer
and let the radiance of your love
scatter the gloom of our hearts.
The light of heaven's love has restored us to life;
free us from the desires that belong to darkness.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.

Prayer To Be Your Witnesses

God our Savior,
hear our morning prayer:
help us to follow the light
and live the truth.
In you, we have been born again
as sons and daughters of light:
may we be your witnesses before all the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.


Prayer To Begin the Day

God our Father,
yours is the beauty of creation
and the good things you have given us.
Help us to begin this day joyfully in your name
and to spend it in loving service
of you and our fellow man.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.


Prayer To Spend the Day For Your Glory

God our creator,
you gave us the earth to cultivate
and the sun to serve our needs.
Help us to spend this day
for your glory and our neighbor's good.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN



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My prayers for you:
Dear Lord we give honor and praise You for giving us everything we need to succeed in this life and the life hereafter. May we all come to know just how wonderfully and fearfully made we really are. By You we were formed in our mothers womb by the sacrifice of Jesus we have been transformed. Thank You. Amen



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My prayer today is that we all give God all the glory today!



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I am prying for all who do not have a personal relationship with our God!



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