Wow! Happy New Year! With the last two months being hectic because of the holidays, celebrating the new year can add to the leftover stresses from the prior year. It’s not only a new day but it’s a new year! And we have the opportunity to plan and make big changes! Woohoo!
It’s a good time to reflect on things we wanted to do and didn’t or things we started and never finished or we can even reflect on our failures and learn from them. But the following questions beg answers: How important were those things? And if you complete them today how do they add value to your life? And is that value a significant force that will change your journey where you’re living on the plus side?
This year I hope to be more active in my public prayers. My focus will be living on the plus side and the seven deadly sins, pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth. Happy New Year, my beloved!
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Get good at telling your own stories. Some of the world’s best speech makers were storytellers like Mark Twain and Will Rogers. Never get caught giving someone else’s speech. People know immediately, and it’s embarrassing. Talk about the experiences that have impacted your own life–they’ll be more meaningful and interesting to your audience.
David W. Anderson
You know what! I gotta tell a short story here. I have this family member that must tell everybody’s story including her own. It doesn’t matter what the story is about or if it should stay private or go public. All that matters is that she must tell the news, as she adds and subtracts to every story. Her lack of respect for the privacy of others causes her to cross boundaries, creating wounds that have long lasting emotional scars. And! Lord help if the story is about someone she hates and or dislike her. Yet, the funny thing about this person is that I believe every family, every circle of friends, every aspect of life where people come together has at least one toxic busybody. Let’s pray!
Father God, thank you for another day to make a difference. Lord, today we’re praying about the spirit of destruction that has people captive. We’re asking you to bind it in the name of Jesus! Render it useless and replace it with a spirit of restoration allowing victims to find their voices and heal. Amen
Get a burning passion in your gut. Start letting the world know what you’ve got to say is important! Believe that God put you on this earth for a reason. Your higher purpose is to make a difference by what you have to say.
David W. Anderson [Founder of Famous Dave’s BBQ]
Father, today we’re revisiting a continued request from yesterday. Again I ask for you to give those that struggle with confidence their voice. Speak peace to their tormented souls so they realize their life is important. Amen
No one has ever succeeded in life by being shy or timid. Right now you may be thinking to yourself, “I will never get the job I want because I am too afraid of selling myself” or “I could never be a leader because I am too afraid to speak in front of groups. I even have a hard time expressing myself in small groups?” Guess what — you’re not alone.”
David W. Anderson
I’ve shied away from having long prayers for many reasons when sharing them publicly. But today is special because of a conversation I had with a phenomenal person/woman. She and I have been friends for over thirty years. I thought I knew all there was to know about her. Then she shared with me that she liked parts of her job but was marginal at the parts that made her uncomfortable. Out of curiosity I asked what made her uncomfortable. She said, “having to meet with the customers face to face.” My jaws dropped! How could that be! She being a minister’s wife caught me off guard with her statement of truth. She’s always speaking to people face to face. So, is it her truth or just someone else’s perception embedded in her character?
Father, thank you for another day to do things better than the day before. Today I ask that you give people who struggle with speaking up for themselves their voice. Show them how wonderfully made they are. Teaching them that sometimes truth is an illusion that changes with self acceptance and self knowledge. Amen
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
Lord, I pray for every relationship to flourish within healthy boundaries. And should a person find themselves in a toxic environment, I ask that you uncover the root of the discord and show each individual the roles they play concerning the situation. Amen
Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, but he who regards reproof will be honored.
Father God thank you for your grace and mercy. Keep those that follow you and seek you from stumbling. Let our souls find and maintain your peace so that we can live discipline lives. For we truly seek your plans in living prosperous lives as stated in Jeremiah 29:11. Amen
A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
A couple of months back a friend took over her daughter’s broken relationship. It became [to me] a Facebook tell all shame a thon. It was done to shame the cheating boyfriend and restore the jilted daughter’s honor. Unfortunately, mom and child became victims of bad advice; mainly, because those that care for them wanted the best for them. Sadly, we live in a time where we avoid pain in an effort to feel wanted. And we rob the soul of searching and seeking greater understanding of our existence.
Father God, thank you for another day, please bless all who read this simple prayer with at least one friend that is faithful to their relationship and be a beacon of your truth. Amen
“Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.”
Father God, thank you for your grace and mercy. Today we ask that you allow your people to see the hope you’ve promised for dark days. Amen
Lord, I’m praying for Gina and her family. Yesterday her uncle died from COVID. His death has impacted the family with grief and bewilderment. Bring the light of hope, understanding and comfort to this family. Amen