4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
By: Melissa Pope
I was only going to put Philippians 4:6 as my headline verse but the surrounding verses were so beautiful! Reading all of the book of Philippians would only take you a few minutes, I recommend it!
On Friday night my family of five slept in five different locations. On the way to a family funeral in Ohio, my husband dropped our youngest daughter off in Kansas City to visit with her aunt and cousins. Our oldest was invited to a sleepover, our middle had a sleepover birthday party and I was home alone! Not being totally in control of what was happening with my family I resorted to a lot of praying.
Prayer is a powerful tool. I am on a journey of discovering its power and trying to become a more faithful prayer servant. I personally use the ACTS prayer method to keep my thoughts organized while I pray.
Adore – prayers of adoration to God recognizing His attributes
Confess – repenting of my known sins and asking God to reveal areas where I need to change or ask forgiveness of someone else
Thanksgiving – giving thanks to God for His specific blessings in my life
Supplication – praying for specific needs for myself and others
As busy moms we sometimes feel like our prayer time is inadequate. I am reminded of the rules for sacrificial offerings in the Old Testament. People who were rich were to sacrifice bulls and goats. The poor were to bring pigeons. If you are time-poor, bring what you have to God and He will honor it.