National Day of Prayer

Today, May 6th, is the National Day of Prayer here in the United States. It is the 59th annual National Day of Prayer. On the National Day of Prayer website, you can watch a live webcast from Washington, D.C. from 9 a.m. to noon.

If you have DirecTV or cable or satellite provider that has the GodTV channel, you can watch from your home television.

Today, my prayer is for our leadership regardless of whether or not I agree with who is in charge or how they govern my city/county/state/nation. God placed them in a position of power for a reason. I pray that they will find a relationship with God and good Godly counsel. That they will go to God for counsel on the hard things. That they will use Godly discernment in the people they place around them and that if there are those who need to be replaced, that God will bring in the right people.

Lord, I thank You for this nation. Thank You for blessing this nation as You have. Lord, I pray that this nation will again turn to You. That we will turn from our wicked ways, repent and seek Your face and that You will heal this land (2Chronicles 7:14). Lord, I pray that I will continue to seek Your desire for my life. Lord, lead me, guide me. I am not worthy of Your love but you still chose to love me and I thank You for taking me out of the pit of hell that you found me in. In the Mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

What is your prayer today?

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Teenagers Connected to Phoebe Prince Indicted today

If you’ve read my About Me page, you know that I’m from Western Massachusetts. Chicopee, to be exact.

If you’ve watched the news in the last couple of months, I’m sure you’ve heard about Phoebe Prince and the bullying that occurred prior to her suicide. Her family moved here last summer from Ireland because her father’s company sent him to work locally for a year or so.

I work in the town where she lived with her family. In South Hadley, one of the most talked about topics since her death.

Bullying is also a major topic.

Many people are upset about the fact that prior to Phoebe’s death there was no anti-bullying laws or that the school districts had no anti-bullying rules. (Heck, I think people even question whether or not anti-bullying rules in school would be enforced by the faculty and administration.)

Today, however, something major happened. A grand jury in the Northwestern Hampshire County District has indicted 9 – you read that correct, 9 – teenagers in her death. More so in response to their actions that led up to her death as opposed to her death specifically. (Click here for a report on today’s indictments.) No faculty or administrators are being indicted.

For me, one of the hardest things about what happened to Phoebe and the actions that occurred from the day Phoebe started school at South Hadley High is how different yet how similar teenagers are today from 10 years ago when I graduated from high school.

Teenagers were mean then but they are a lot meaner NOW. Teenagers don’t just use words and actions but they also use technology, too.

Young people today know so much about using the internet and computer programs like Adobe Photoshop. And with social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it’s so easy for everyone to know where you are every second of the day.

If this is how teenagers treat each other at this age, before they go out into the world and have to take care of responsibilities, how will they act when they are out in the world – when they have jobs and families. Will they raise their children to treat other people that way?

These are the questions that I’ve asked myself, that people I know have asked.

My other question is this:

Is this how these children are being raised? Because if their parents aren’t raising them this way, how are they learning that it is okay to treat other people that way?

Any thoughts on this?

When New England Prays

The video above was posted last month (I’m going to interject quickly that I can’t believe it’s already March but that is a whole other post) by JHOP Boston. We (collectively PVHOP) have come to know them through gathering together in prayer over the last year and a half. Darrell and Bethany Temple lead JHOP Boston. (Click here for their about page.)

On March 1, a group (not quite sure how many at this point) of people allover New England are coming together to fast and pray for 40 Days for an awakening of the Holy Spirit in New England and also a simultaneous 40 Day fast on college campuses around the nation for students. There are many things that are changing locally, regionally and nationally. I could try to put all of the reasons people are in prayer and fasting for these 40 days but it may not do it justice.

I will not mention whether or not I am fasting because, as the bible says, we should not announce that we are fasting as it gives glory to the person fasting and not to God but, I will say that I am committed to praying with them because I believe that praying for the college students and for the spiritual condition of this region I live in and love is a worthy reason to spend 1 hour a day in prayer.

March of Dimes March for Babies 2010

I’m sure you’ve noticed the new badge to right of this post. For the past 4 years, I have been participating in the March of Dimes March for Babies. The reason is my friends, Ron and Kelli. They have been married for almost 19 years. For the first 9 years of their marriage, they were unable to have children. They went through IVF to conceive their sons, Samuel and Gabriel. Samuel was born premature and Gabriel was born with a rare blood disorder. Although they are both healthy, active young boys, Ron and Kelli know what it is like to have both of their children spend time in the NICU at birth. So, I walk to raise money to help the March of Dimes help families and children.

If you would like to sponsor me and help our team continue to help this wonderful organization, please click on the banner below or to the right.

Blessings!

I {Heart} Windows Live Writer

So for a few weeks now, I’ve seen these apps on the WordPress site that you can download to your iPhone (which I don’t have) or your BlackBerry (which I used to have but it became to expense) so that you can post to your blog from your phone. It’s great, especially for someone like me, who will get an idea for a post while I’m out and I need to write it down somewhere but I have no paper with me.

Well, I also noticed that there were apps you could download for your computer where you could post to your blog without having to go on the website. The only one that looked promising for me, since I am a PC, was the Windows Live Writer.

It’s great. I can just open it up and start to type. If, for whatever reason, I need to walk away, I can still save it as a draft – either locally to my computer or to WordPress so I can edit it on the website. It also gives me all of the same formatting options that WordPress does.

I think this will change the way I blog. 🙂

Now I am off to eat some breakfast and read more of The Hole in Our Gospel for my BookSneeze review. I’m almost halfway through the book so I should be posting my review of the book soon.

I’ll be posting again later tonight or tomorrow about our Bible Study. We have been studying the letters to the 7 churches in Revelation and tonight is our final night on this study. Next week we will be returning to God’s Man in the Son’s of God by Edwin E. Sexton. (Brother Sexton was my pastor’s pastor and he wrote this back in the 1960’s but it is still very relevant today.)

Blessings to you all and I hope you have a great weekend.

Swimming Thoughts…

I have much going on in my head. There is much going on in my ‘real’ life. I will try to write more tonight. I have a blog post waiting but needing refining before I can post so I pray you are patient as I try to make my thoughts more cohesive.

Blessings!

Jen

Praying for My Husband

Yes, you are reading that correctly.

No, I did not elope. I’m still single.

I think I might have said this before but it’s true. Although I haven’t met him yet (or have I?), I pray for him. I was reading A Life in Need of Change earlier today and her post today was on how she was going to pray a specific prayer for her husband every day for the rest of the year and that got me to thinking about praying for my husband.

photo from photobucket

photo from photobucket

I’ve come to realize that most people either think I’m crazy (which is true) or agree that it is a good idea. Here’s my thinking behind it: Although I don’t know 100% that I will ever get married, it is a desire of my heart to one day be married to the Godly man God has chosen for me (others include children, going on more mission trips, etc). As such a desire, I feel that it is necessary for me to start to pray for him BEFORE we meet (or, if he is someone I already know, before we start dating/courting) so that I am already in the habit/routine of praying for him.

I pray that he is a Godly man, that he seeks after the heart of the Father for his life, that he prays for me, that he is patient and that he can handle my craziness. I pray that he is kind and loving. That he would like to have children (biological and adopted) someday. I pray that if he doesn’t know Jesus that someone will come across his path and lead him to the Father before we meet but if they don’t, that he is at a point in his life when we do meet to come to know Jesus. If not, I pray that I am patient with him.

I pray for myself a lot during this time. Although my pastor warns against it, I pray for patience. (The reason why my pastor warns you about praying for patience or discernment is because God isn’t just going to give you patience or discernment but He will put you in a position and a situation where you are going to have to be patient or be discerning.) I pray that while I am waiting on God’s timing, I will still seek His face, that I will find how He judges the situation. I pray that I will grow in the fruits of the Spirit.

Will you also pray for me? I find it difficult some days to be willing to wait. (I can be quite impatient.) I have found that the enemy likes to use my singleness against me quite often, especially with all of these weddings and new babies just around the corner! So please pray that I continue to find my strength in Him for I know He is faithful.

My current memory verse is Philippians 4:6&7

Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

and it is very appropriate for where I am in God….