God’s Direct Hotline

You know that feeling you get right after you have a big, juicy steak? The satisfaction (and also the tightness of your pants) is overwhelming! The kind of satisfaction that makes you just want to take the rest of the evening easy. That kind of satisfaction is what we need to have in our daily life. We need to be so satisfied with God that we don’t need any other wordly fulfillment to briefly appease us.

I have a problem with modern day communication, if you want to even call it communication. Facebook is full of whining, Snapchat can’t even be considered communication, and even worse phone calls seem to be a thing of the past. Instead of communication they serve as distractions from the life and people in front of us, and that disappoints me. Like any 22 year old I am probably on my phone more than I should be. I check Facebook and Snapchat multiple times a day to keep up with my friends and family BUT I try really hard not to fall into the trap of letting it become my primary source of communication. I can’t hear their tone of voice or their emotion through Snapchat or Facebook. There have been times where I have deleted Snapchat because I have gotten so frustrated with its use. I was once asked one time, “What if we picked up our bible as much as we picked up our phone? After all it is our direct line to God.” We can search for satisfaction through social media but we will never find true satisfaction until we are satisfied through God.

Likes and watches can’t make you feel better. Having your phone blown up by a multitude of people on the daily only temporarily boosts your self-esteem. You have to find your true value through God, not the value of this world. Don’t look out, look up He’ll be there every time. I encourage you next time you desire to look for satisfaction outwardly, instead pick up God’s direct hotline. You will find just how much God loves you there and the satisfaction will be much much greater.

You have been bought and paid for by Christ, so you belong to him—be free now from all these earthly prides and fears. 1 Corinthians 7:23

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11

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Not Today Satan

By 7:30am this morning I needed a Dr. Pepper (DP) something fierce. DP is my go to when I’m stressed out. I LOVE me some DP. At approximately 6:12 this morning the tire of my tractor swiped the concrete mount of a fence post while I was feeding the cattle in the feedlot. I didn’t even realize I had done it; I couldn’t even feel it. I make that pass twice a week on my feed rounds. If you look at the tire there you can see the mark where several graduate students have scraped the side of the tire, it just happened to pop with me. At 7:15 I realized I had a flat tire. Yay.

Sometimes it’s a bad day. That’s all it is, a bad day. I fall into this rut when things are somewhat rough where I am just exhausted, mentally and physically. Then, I remember a conversation my dad and I had on the first day of my senior year in college:

Dad: How was your day?

Me: Eh, fine I guess.

Dad: Shiann, life isn’t that bad.

It was so simple, but it stuck with me. It kind of slapped me in the face and woke me up. Life is what you make it and honestly it isn’t that bad.

About the time the tractor tire popped is when I realized Satan was attacking me and he had been all week. Through a series of emotionally exhausting events Satan had managed to get me very discouraged, then I thought, “If Satan is attacking me then I must be doing what God wants me too, why else would Satan try to steer me away?” That has given me some encouragement to keep praying and following God even as it gets difficult. God never promised us that following him would be easy, only that it would be worth it. Sometimes life is just hard; thank goodness we have an awesome God.

Several days before this happened I told Satan that he was no longer allowed in my life, he must have laughed and said, “I’ll show you.” But I hope God said the same about me as he said about Job, “Have you considered my servant Shiann?” (Job 1:8) I had been praying for confirmation, this morning Satan showed me that I was following His path. Instead of deterring me, Satan momentarily discouraged me and, oddly enough, encouraged me to continue on this path. He may have gotten me down, he may even keep trying but my God is big and I have faith that he’ll help me pull through.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Prodigal Resources

There is a prodigal that I have been vividly praying for. I wasn’t sure what to pray so I began looking for some resources. I found two really great articles and put together a list of prayers that I gathered from Kathie at The Character Corner page and B.J. Reinhard at the Encouragements From the Piper’s Wife page. I also did my own research and put together a list of awesome bible verses that will help you and your prodigal as you begin this journey of praying for them. I need visual things when I pray… I tape verses, prayers, etc. to my bathroom wall. I keep notecards with verses and prayers in my prayer journal so I can flip through them easily. Here is the list of verses and prayers BUT I also provided a download where you can print them off onto index cards! These new awesome printers these days have the awesome ability to change paper sizes to allow you to put little things like index cards in there! Give it a try! (I find it really helpful to put the cards on one of those nifty little book rings!)

Love,

Shiann

Verses:

1 Peter 5:8
Be alert and of a sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Galatians 6:1
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

Matthew 6:13
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Isaiah 58:6-9
“This not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free,And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’

Isaiah 55:8-9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Isaiah 50:10
Who among you fears the Lord
and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on their God.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Hebrews 12:11
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Psalm 31:2
Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.

Psalm 40:11
Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
may your love and faithfulness always protect me.

Psalm 40:2
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.

Galatians 6:9-10
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Prayers:

  1. “Father, please allow their path to be filled with misery, frustration and irritation.” (Hosea 2:6a) This isn’t to be mean. We pray this because we love them. (Proverbs 19:11)
  2. “Father, please make them unable to clearly see what to do; please cause confusion.” (Hosea 2:6b)
  3. “Father, please keep them from finding the satisfaction for which they are searching.” (Hosea 2:7a)
  4. “Father, please allow her to see herself as You see her and create a desire to come back.(Hosea 2:7b) No prodigal will come back to God until they first come to themselves. This means that they recognize that they got themselves where they are, and it’s their responsibility to do what it takes to get out.
  5. “Father, please bring to their mind the good and allow them to forget the bad, pain, hurt, etc.” (Hosea 2:7c-8)
  6. “Lord, protect them.  Build a hedge around them to guard him physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Block their paths so that he cannot move toward activities and relationships that would harm them.” (Job 1:10; Hos. 2:6-7)
  7. “Deliver them from evil.  Rescue them from a destructive lifestyle.  Restore them to their senses, bring them home from the land of the enemy.”  (Mt. 6:13; Ps. 91:14; Lk.15:17; Jer. 31:16-17)
  8. “Guide them into truth.  Teach them to recognize deceptive ideas and thoughts.  Make them alert to the lies of the enemy, and teach them how to resist the devil by faith.” (Jn. 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:16; 1 Pet. 5:8-9)
  9. “Give them the courage to be honest with their self and with You.  Spirit of God, convict them of sin and their need for You.  Don’t allow them to blame other for troubles in his life.  Show them that he alone is responsible for their choices.” (Jn. 16:8; Gen. 3:12-13; Ezk. 18:20)
  10. “Lord, thank You for drawing them with love and tenderness to Yourself, even in their desert place.  Show them that You are with them.  You delight in him them.  Amid the clamor for their attention and affections, may they hear Your voice calling to them and respond to Your deep, deep love.” (Jer. 31:3; Hos. 2:14; Zeph. 3:17)
  11. “Cause them to call out to You in their distress and confusion.  Cause them to seek You with abandon.  Thank You for promising to answer him.” (Ps. 91:15; Jer. 29:13)
  12. “Remove their heart of stone and replace it with a new, soft heart.  Make this heart into a bed of fertile soil so that the seed of truth sown into it will grow deep roots and bring forth a rich crop of life.” (Ezk.36:26-27; Mt.13:23; Col.2:6-7)
  13. “Lord Jesus, reveal to them that lasting refreshment and satisfaction can only be found in You.  In You they will find an abundant life.” (Jn.4:10, 10:10; Ps.1:3)
  14. “Lead them to friends who will graciously point them to You.  Cause them to be attracted to those who are attracted to You.  Scatter like chaff in the wind any friends who will bring them harm.  Give them the courage to please You, not man.” (Prov.13:20; Gal.1:10)
  15. “Produce in them a humble spirit that is yielded to You. Teach them how to live in You, and show them that apart from You they can do nothing.” (Jas.4:10; Ro.6:13; Jn.15:5)
  16. “Lord, reveal to them how valuable and significant their life is.  Give them a vision for their purpose in the world, and show them the possibilities for their future.  Through You, they can do all things.” (Is.43:7; Jer.29:11; Phil.4:13)
  17. “Help them to see that they don’t need to condemn themselves.  Show them that they can experience complete forgiveness through the work You’ve already finished on their behalf.  Give them the grace to repent of and let go of the past.” (Jn.19:30; Acts3:19; Is.43:18-19)
  18. “Thank You for offering hope and comfort to them.  Thank You for restoring the years the locusts have eaten and bestowing on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair.” (Is.57:18; Joel 2:25; Is.61:3)
  19. “Teach them that following You is not about following rules.  Show them that what You long for is a genuine relationship with them.” (Ro.6:14; Jer.9:24; Phil. 3:8,10)
  20. “Lord, cause them to grow up in You, maturing into an oak of righteousness for the display of Your splendor.  Help them to grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with You and with man.” (Eph.4:15; Is.61:3; Lk.2:52)
  21. “Teach them to live in freedom, animated and motivated by Your Spirit and in step with Him.” (Gal.5:16,25)
  22. “Teach them to walk by faith.  Help them to see beyond their circumstances and trust You with every part of their life.” (2Cor.5:7; Heb.11:1; Prov.3:5-6)
  23. “Impress on them the need to protect their mind, guarding its purity through the choices they makes about what they looks at, listens to, and thinks about.” (Phil.4:8; 2Cor.10:5)

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Verses.

Prodigal Prayers

B.J.& Kathie’s Pages

http://thecharactercorner.com/5-things-to-pray-for-the-prodigal/

http://fromthepiperswife.blogspot.com/2011/12/prayers-for-prodigals-by-bj-reinhard-5.html

Prayer Strategy

Hi ladies!

It seems all I find myself doing in my free time is praying although sometimes it just doesn’t feel like I am doing it right. I wanted to be more prolific in my prayer life so I decided to attempt to model it after Mrs. Clara’s prayer life in War Room. However, when I began to research ways to improve my prayer life it took me awhile to find suggestions that I actually thought were in the direction I wanted to go in. When I did find it I needed some way to organize my thoughts. So, I put together this little prayer strategy sheet to help me out and thought it might be beneficial to y’all as well. Enjoy!

Love,

Shiann

 

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If you need guidance filling it out this amazing article is where I got my inspiration for this worksheet!

http://www.rosilindjukic.com/write-prayer-strategy-war-room/

I Fear for the Likes of my Generation

As a young dating adult I am slightly intimidated by the odds marriages have of surviving these days. I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge but the thing with marriage is it takes two people with the same heart and desire to do whatever it takes to make things work. The majority of the research I’ve read claims that 50% of marriages are expected to end in divorce, something that has haunted me as I have begun to think about that part of my life.

I was fortunate enough to come from a home where my parents did everything they had to to make it work. They set a great example for my brother and I to look on. I realized at one point that I came from a family who would rather fix things than throw it away. For the people who know my family and I, I’m sure they would tend to agree by the amount of broken down equipment found around our place that hasn’t been fixed just yet.

Yes, I have my parents to thank for a wonderful upbringing but I’m frightened at the thought that someone else may not have the same mindset as me and my family; those kind of people are becoming harder and harder to find.

As I began adulthood my dad told me that everyone of my decisions from this point forward affects my future family and that remains in the back of my mind as I make life choices. For these reasons I have begun praying for my future marriage. I pray that God sends me someone who will put God #1 and his family #2. Someone who is the Christian leader of our household. I pray God sends me someone tough enough to take care of his family and the hurdles life throws at him, yet gentle enough to dry his daughter’s tears. A man who will show her how she should be treated and how his son should treat a woman by treating her mother with the utmost respect. But I am concerned for the people of my generation. I am concerned that they have grown too accustomed to thinking there’s always greener grass on the other side of the fence when problems arise. I’m concerned that they don’t know how to put others before themselves and I’m concerned that they don’t know how nor want to fix things when they’re broken. I’m concerned, that by my parents definition, the people of my generation do not know how to love.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I know that all things will work together for good of those that love God (Rom. 8:28) and so I believe that God will put that kind of man into my life but I encourage other young adults to begin praying for your future spouse. God molds and shapes us into the people he desires us to be by taking us through the valleys; pray that your future spouse makes it through those valleys. Pray that their heart is open to receive God’s corrective guidance and ultimately his abounding blessings by putting someone as wonderful as you in their life.

Love,

Shiann

A Letter to the Dating Farm Girl

Dear farm girl,

For you dating sucks. You’re constantly caught between educating people (guys) how to do things and deciding whether to open your mouth at all. You’ve been told your standards are too high because you want someone who can help you fix fence (even if they have to learn) because let’s be real we don’t want to drive a t-post unless we have to. You want someone who will make late night trips hauling cattle and let you sleep in the passenger seat. Someone who says, “We will manage if I have to get another job” when the cattle market falls out. Someone who would go without sleep for 2 days because he had to work the night shift of that job he had to get but he wanted to be at his kids’ livestock show. Why? Because this is the man we grew up with and we called him dad.

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We owe a lot to him for making us into the women we are today. He taught us how to be independent and take care of ourselves. Just like him, you’ll try to fix it yourself before you take it to someone else. But let me let you in on a piece of advice that I’ve learned over my few short years:

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“For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalm 13-14a

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Darling, just be you. God made you just like you are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made and the right man will see that. God will put him in front of you and he will be in complete awe of the woman God designed you to be. You may not be perfect, but you’ll be perfect for him. So, don’t settle for anything less than a Godly designed relationship. To the right man, you won’t be intimidating, he’ll laugh at your little hot head, and he’ll appreciate your dad for raising you like he did. To the right man you’ll be fearfully and wonderfully made.

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We can’t forget to thank mom for making sure dad didn’t take over and we still turned out like a lady as well, but that’s an entirely different post!

Love,

Shiann

P.S. I write this as I am waiting for molasses to run on my 2 out of 3 batches of feed for the morning.

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