Declutter to Prayers: Our Nation

Lord, our nation is at a major crossroad. We need Your order, favor, and anointing to fall fresh on our leaders. We need them to agree for the greater good of our nation.

Their unwillingness to do so in an effort to be malicious is not favorable for those relying on our government on any level. Lord, mend their hearts, and settle their minds to be mindful of those they serve.

Make way for jobs, order, and peace.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Written in 2011

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Declutter to Prayers: Friendships

I have several people who call me friend, and I the same. I, however, don’t believe they all care for me as I do for them.

I desire for one or both of the following:

Surround me with like-minded friends who embody friendship as state in the Bible, desire to enjoy activities in our community, and out, want to try new things, be helpful to me, and are compassionate.

OR…

Give me the spirit to deal with those folks not like above.

AND…

Remove those not in accordance with true friendship.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: (Husband) Spouse

Lord, You certainly have been amazing to me and I am sincerely gracious. I have in my life much of what I need. I am missing my husband in every way imaginable.

My desire is to have a mate that understands, appreciates, and supports me. I need a mate who is strong, energetic, family-focused, God-centered, loving, affectionate, has a good sense of humor, open to receiving love, desires to have more children, enjoys giving to the community, and being a man like You.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Family

Please

  • Connect
  • Unite
  • Reward
  • Acknowledge
  • Strengthen
  • Revive
  • Increase
  • Cover
  • Heal

my family!!!

Allow us to be beacons in our communities. Bless what we say, do, and think. Create an atmosphere of peace and joy as we gather with and depart from one another.

Keep my mommie, daddy, stepfather, son, sisters, brothers, nephews, niece, cousins, aunts, and uncles (INSERT YOUR FAMILY ROLES.) connected.

Remove from us ALL illness, sadness, grief, contempt, and disorder from our personal and familial interactions.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Finances

Help me be a better steward Lord!

Enlarge my territory like only You can. Send Your financial overflow…give me an exceeding amount of financial blessings along with a humble heart and mind that will use the money correctly for Your good, and my joy.

I pray that finances will meet my needs and wants according to Your riches and will.

increase…INcrease…INCREASE!

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Relationship with God

Allow me to draw closer to You so I can grow and bless others even as I am being blessed. Teach me Your ways, grant me biblical knowledge to be able to quote scripture.

Remind me You’re here, close, and available to me. Remind me to be open and available to You. Help me increase my Bible study and prayer time.

I want to be closer to You so I can better serve You, be prepared, and be positioned for blessings.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Career

Lord, please give me a dance, arts, youth-related career (INSERT YOUR CAREER OF CHOICE); a career that will utilize all of my skills and talents…where all that I bring to the table is valued and recognized.

I desire to be in a career where people respect and honor one another and work hard towards a common goal.

Lord, please increase my income and improve my benefits (cost and options). Please also upgrade my schedule to allot for flexibility in my schedule.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Covering-Abiding

Lord, please cover me and my family from all dangers of the enemy’s doing. Whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, I am seeking Your covering so we can continue our journey and walk to doing Your will on our jobs, in our church, family, and communities.

Please Lord abide in our every activity of thought, word, and deed. Open my heart, ears, and spirit to You so I can “hear” You and follow Your direction. My goal is to be one with You regularly. I want to feel and hear from You because I want to be “in order”. Order positions me for knowledge and blessings.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Intro

This week I had a rough day. But I forced myself to get up and do some decluttering around my home. There really is not much. But I figured every little bit counts, and opens space for more blessings and positive energy.

After putting away my Christmas tree (Yes. I know is April.) and decorations I went to my bookshelf. I came across a notebook full of meeting notes from a fantastic job I held for 3 years here in Columbus, Ohio. As I leafed through it I found several prayers I had written for a prayer fast that I was doing. After reading them I am more amazed at God’s grace and favor. So, I debated about sharing them.

I have a way of keeping to myself; thoughts, beliefs, opinions, hopes, aspirations, joys, lows…my life I guess. I don’t really mean to. But I learned at an early age that many people don’t want to hear what I have to say. I believe that our society discredits young people, assuming that a younger age equates to less knowledge. So, I have held things back over the years.

But I have decided to go’on ahead and be all of me out loud…on purpose! So, I am going to share these prayers with the world. The awesome thing is that you all can use them too. You’ll see in some of them how they are fitting even today.

Shine Bright

My (clean) laundry began to stack up.

My bags began to stack up.

My books and pens started to go missing.

My body started to ache.

I started to feel miserable.

Since yoga (asana class) is usually my go to for realigning things I made plans to go. But I just couldn’t seem to get there. Stuff kept interrupting my time. I mean…it was important stuff, but so is my yoga! It all (stacks of stuff, missing stuff, pain, sickness) frustrated me just enough as I prepared for Christmas. I chose to not have a meltdown no matter what.

So what did this all I mean? Of course my intelligent self tried to figure this out on Christmas Eve while wrapping gifts and my eyebrows needed to be snatched. Well, I put it on the back burner until the day after Christmas. It meant that I needed to declutter. Because I had so much clothing piled up I enlisted my son to help get it all on hangers while I sorted through all the other stuff (gifts, bags, wrapping, pens, books), and then hung up the clothes. As I looked over my freshly made bed I was pretty pleased with what I had done.

Before I could plop in there I noticed one corner that kept calling me. I truly was tired and didn’t feel like going through those books and notes…why? I kept thinking it could wait. NOT! After I started going through it all I see why waiting was not a good option.

As I leafed through the pages of my “ideas” journal I discovered the visions and plans I saw for my life (much of which is taking shape now). I found my business plans and marketing samples and strategies. I cam across 2 books I wrote, and the complete outline for another. If that wasn’t enough, I also discovered the materials I created for my dance workshops. And amongst it all were several affirmations and scriptures that I needed to hear right then.

Every piece was in a perfect place, and reflected the light that’s OBVIOUSLY been inside me for years (at least 8). I was surprised and overjoyed to say the least. I was largely in awe of how these things molded and shaped who I am right now. The other part was, I don’t have to recreate the wheel!!! To think, I would not have found any of it had I not listened to my inner voice. After my discovery I was ready to stay on track with my visions. So I committed to getting on the mat…I had to clear my mind too.

I spent most of Tuesday frustrated that Yoga On High was closed for the holidays. Where would I take class? I mean I can guide myself through. But for this I needed an outside guide. Finally late in the day I saw a post with several donation classes at YOHI! The joy I had was crazy. I was going to take class with Jeremy Grace who had just friended me on Facebook (WOOT!WOOT! lol, it’s the little things).

As I drove to class I thought over my intentions for class, the month, and 2017 while listening to “The Unmaking” by Nichole Nordeman:

“This is the unmaking
The beauty in the breaking
Had to lose myself
To find out who You are
Before each beginning
There must be an ending
Sitting in the rubble
I can see the stars
This is the unmaking
This is the unmaking”

It was very clear: BREAKTHOUGH-ABUNDANCE. It’s time to break through the blockages in my life and allow my light to shine. [BTW, I know this is long.]

During class I stayed on task with my intentions, even though I had a few second thoughts. But as class wound to savasana Jeremy drew our attention to the song playing, “Bowl of Light” by Trevor Hall:

“Don’t you carry stones
Don’t you carry stones
Don’t you carry stones
Don’t you carry stones
Don’t you carry stones
Don’t you carry stones in your bowl of light
In your bowl of light
In your bowl of light
In your bowl of light”

I cannot even give justice to his description of the song. But it completely affirmed my intentions and what I had come to realize over the past 24 hours; I’d been hiding my light.

No longer would I all the rubble/debri/stones of doubt, anxiety, introversion, skepticism, deceit, limits, comparison, or worry to block my light. I am here to shine and share my light with as many as I can.

For this I am grateful!