Category Archives: prayer

Foster Parent Prayer for May 8

It was a long weekend at Casa Smallwood. I wasn’t able to post prayers on Saturday or Sunday because I was dealing with a situation with one of my kids. That situation led me to this prayer for today (I had it scheduled for later in the month but I myself need to pray it today).

 

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. Isaiah 50:4

These kids have seen things they shouldn’t have, had things done to them that shouldn’t have been done, been exposed to situations their little hearts and minds weren’t ready for and had their hearts broken by the people that are supposed to love and protect them. Heartache has one cure and that is the everlasting love of Jesus Christ. We need to be on our knees interceding for our foster children and imploring God to heal their broken hearts and redeem their impossible situations. Will you join me in that prayer?

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First Things First

Life is going well- we love Florida, we are getting settled in our home, Matt survived {and enjoyed} his first week at a new high school and we think we found a new home church! Yet, I had this nagging feeling that something was off.  One of those I-can’t-put-my-finger-on-it type of things. Today, I sat inContinue Reading

Important prayer request + miscellaneous multitasking

I have let go of many online commitments and obligations in the last several months as I returned to the work-outside-the-home-in-corporate-America world.  I was sad to release many of them and prayed through each decision.  One commitment that God did not release me from {and I’m really glad He didn’t} is writing for The MOBContinue Reading

Giving Up On God {part two}

Read part one here. Why was God letting this happen?  What did I do wrong?  This isn’t how it was supposed to be. It didn’t take but a few days for my family and the authorities to find me when I ran away.  The family court judge deciding my fate took my “strong feelings” intoContinue Reading

Short Fuse

  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But doContinue Reading

Plugged In: Session 7

Hi friends! This prayer study has been so helpful to me in this season of my life, with a new job, leaving full-time ministry and juggling the demands of teenage and young adult children (plus a hubby, two dogs, still volunteering with teen moms, church stuff, etc).  It has helped me remember that my accessContinue Reading

Plugged In: Session 6- Pray Without Ceasing

This week we are focusing on the verse in Ephesians that instructs us to pray without ceasing.  Is that really possible? I don’t know about you but I find myself praying much more often than I used to. In the car, when I see an ambulance drive by, when I drive by a cherry blossomContinue Reading

Plugged In: Session 4 {Pray and Start a Prayer Journal}

Hi friends! Here we are at week four of Plugged In: Accessing God’s Power Through Prayer. Thank you for sticking with me for this journey and I pray you are being blessed by what God has laid on my heart through this study. In this session, I recommend using or starting a prayer journal. IContinue Reading

Plugged In: Session 3

In today’s session {session 3 of Plugged In: Accessing God’s Power through Prayer}, we are finishing up with the barriers to an effective prayer life. If there is one book of the Bible I could point you towards as a practical “how-to” for the Christian walk, it would be the book of James.  You willContinue Reading

Plugged In: Accessing God’s Power through Prayer {session 2}

I am so encouraged by the emails and messages I have received from our first week of this study.  I have been praying for each participant this week, that God will bless your desire to grow closer to Him through prayer. Today begins the Lenten season.  Although the church I attend doesn’t celebrate Lent, IContinue Reading