Praying for the Persecuted

In all the years I’ve supped with Jesus, a common dilemma many fellow Christians talk about is prayer. We’ve been taught not to pray in repetition, to pray selflessly, to use just the right words, and much more. Does lighting a candle or rubbing some beads really help to elevate the prayer up to God’s throne room? Is the point of prayer to make it travel heavenward or is it to help transform who we are as individuals? Does prayer get answered swifter if we kneel or lay prostrate on the floor? Will tears help God to hear our hearts better or should we pray silently in the closet? Is there a better way? Because the persecuted really need our prayers.

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I know this, when our daughter was in her darkest moments, it didn’t matter to me how people prayed. I was just very thankful that loved ones were praying.

Now there’s a call to prayer for those suffering at the hands of terrorizing religious extremists. Regardless of what religion the victims practice, can we pray for them without prejudice?

And what do we pray for? Who do we pray for? When lives are on the line I want to make sure I’m not praying amiss.

How do we aim our prayers? Is there a specific target?

We naturally want to pray for the victims and their families, but how do we also pray for our enemies?

Can we pray they will witness true love and sacrifice? Shall we pray that these victims speak the words “I forgive you” as they take their last breaths?

May these terrorists realize that God is a God of love, not hate. Pray they witness deeply inspiring love that transforms them into new creatures.

Whether you pray with candles, beads, on bended knee, hand in hand, or shouting out towards the sea, just pray.

 

*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

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Can I get a New Year’s Do-Over?

January 2015 hit us head on as our daughter was hospitalized and the day she came home to ‘rest’, our kitchen cabinets had fallen apart and we needed to replace them. So an entire kitchen remodel began and every kitchen gadget, food, and cleaning products were all moved into every room of the house. To top it all off, the new cabinetry didn’t fit with how our flooring sat so we had to redo the flooring too…the entire house. The clutter drove us batty! I need a New Year’s Do-Over.

Each day we had to move furniture from room to room to get the flooring in. Our diet was awful. It was difficult (at times impossible) to cook healthy meals. I am sure we each gained at least 5 pounds during this remodel. Most of the hard work is done and we have some touch ups to do, but I can finally cook again and the house looks incredible!

During January and part of February, I slumped back into a bit of depression. From hospital visits to a chaotic home environment, my mood was frazzled. Then we got hit by some virus that knocked us down for a week.

This last weekend I spent hour by hour putting things away, cleaning my new floor, and wiping down the dusty new cabinets. Even in the midst of the chaos our son says to me, “Mom, when we get this house back together, can we please have a day when you put on that nice music and just rest and read books?” Even this 12 year old was overwhelmed with all the mess and busyness.

I’m back to my home blessing practice that I told you about a year ago. Starting and ending each day with gratitude and blessings for our home and family makes a huge difference and really helps to kick start my 2015 goals.

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Here’s to hoping the roughest part of the year is over.

*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

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When Your Kid Suffers, Your Faith Gets Tested

I used to write a lot about spiritual abuse on my other blog, but it got exhausting rehashing each heartbreak over and over again. I lost a lot of friends when I spoke out, so I took an enormous break from writing about my beliefs and my faith to focus on something more practical, home remedies and essential oils. When our daughter was hospitalized and toxic doctrines came flooding back during her psychosis, I was faced with reliving it all over again through her eyes.  When your kid suffers, your faith gets tested.

Doctrines and practices don’t bring comfort or hope. The argument of whether a woman should wear pants or not, or if you should vote Conservative Republican or as an Independent, nor even whether you baptize in a pool or a creek…these debates won’t offer what a desperate mom needs when she sees her daughter’s mind and personality disappearing.

Battling with people on Facebook about whether you should attend church weekly, tri-weekly, or monthly won’t bring your daughter’s mind back. Throwing down a gauntlet on whether you should tithe ten percent or give to the homeless on the corner won’t give your daughter’s her health back.

Trying to memorize verses and sitting silent as a woman in the church won’t be what you grab a hold of when you’re bracing yourself for caring for an adult child who may or may not get her life back.

I’m deeply grateful that she is healing now and will be able to provide for herself, but in those moments when we weren’t sure… in those moments when I slipped out to the car so I could sob, when I bit my quivering lip in front of the nurses, when I had to face her younger siblings…when holding back the tears to be strong… yes, those moments that made me feel so weak and unsure.

It wasn’t which denomination to belong to that held me up. It wasn’t which bible version I read. It wasn’t wearing a cross necklace or rubbing beads.

When these kinds of moments hit you like a ton of bricks and you feel like you can’t even catch your breath, it’s  times like these that you look within and realize a lot about your faith.

There’s a huge difference between faith and religion. This experience has taught us a lot, it’s brought us closer together as a family, and it’s made us each re-examine our own individual paths.

All of a sudden things just don’t seem to fit into neat and tidy little belief boxes. Thank God, Jesus is found in the chaos.

*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

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