Protection by Angels. Praying God's Great and Precious Promises for the Children in Foster Care and in Orphanages around the World.
Father, I come to You today to pray for Your promise of protection by angels for the children in foster care and in orphanages around the world. In Your word, You say that angels are Your messengers that are sent forth throughout the earth; servants of Christ to minister to Your people; to assist, care for, counsel, guide, tend to, and direct us. I once heard a pastor say God spoke to him and said, “My people do not use angels enough”. Lord, I come to You today and stand in the gap for my children in foster care and in orphanages and their protection in this world on this earth. I believe there is an unseen world of angels created by You ready for their assignment. I believe Your word in Psalm 91 that says You command Your angels charge over us to guard us in all our ways. I do believe Your angels have a divine role in each of our lives today; in these children's life today. Lord, I call forth Your angels. Release Your angels today over the children in foster care and orphanages; release Your angels over them; release Your angels over each of the foster parents and the caretakers of all these children. In Hebrew 1:14 You reiterate that Your angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation. I thank You these children will inherit salvation; Your angels are available for these children so today, Lord, send forth Your angels to these children. You know their thoughts, their struggles, their temptations. You know what necessities they need. You know their interests, Lord. You know where they hurt. Protect them today and every day, Lord. I thank You and trust You, Lord, when they are not in our sight that You are taking care of them. That You are sending out angels to encamp about them, to guard them, to protect them in all their ways. Lord, You sent angels to shut the lions’ mouth so that they could not harm Daniel. Lord, You sent angels to comfort Jesus after He was tempted by Satan. Lord, Your word says in Psalm 103:20, “Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word!” I bless You Lord that You send Your angels forth; who are mighty in strength, who perform Your word, who obey the voice of Your word. I thank You this is what is happening over the children in foster care and in orphanages around the world. You are sending Your angels forth to these children today and every day to perform Your word and obey the voice of Your word for all these children. I kneel before You in praise! I raise my hands to You to worship my Almighty Father! I thank You that these children are protected by angels; they are protected. I pray all this in Jesus’ name Amen.
Simple. Marriage is tough. Marriage is a blessing. Marriage is God’s heart and His greatest tool used in teaching me to be a more selfless human being who is stronger with my husband than solo. That was kind of tough for me to grasp at first, especially after 30 years of doing things my way. Marriage for me has been the road to allowing my Heavenly Father to take the rough edges that are exposed often so he can refine, polish, and chip them off. I look back at my wedding day and think what a great day that was but whoa, I wouldn’t go back to that starting point of who I was for anything. I am a work in progress still, but aren’t we all? Won’t we always be? My goal is to allow Jesus to constantly work on me with the gift of the Holy Spirit who resides in me. Sometimes it feels like I accomplish a milestone in one area and then He exposes another several I overlooked…and frankly, I am ok at with that. It keeps me humbled and realizing that I am a sinner and apart from Him I can accomplish nothing and through Him I can conquer His great and mighty plans.
So, because of one of these humble moments years ago, this controlling nature of mine, broke me down. I realized with my husband starting a business, financial limitations, a growing family, an adoption, a delayed second pregnancy…I was not in control. Never have been. He spoke to my heart very clearly, ‘there is more power in prayer my child than control.’ It was there my tears turned to joy because I realized, there are wives all over struggling with trying to strengthen their family with their own efforts and the challenges and stresses that life presents often are wearing down many. I can still see it that day….my place in the kitchen, where I was standing, when the vision of A Praying Wife was birthed in my heart APrayingWife.com
I had a true and passionate desire that day to create a group guide so women from any location or any income level could download the guide for FREE that would encourage wives praying for their husbands. I formed one, and man, my friendships, conversations, accountability and intentional prayer time for my love became big and bigger! My focus on so called issues, obstacles, or problems became redirected to this prayer focus for my husband! It was joy. Not a perfect life, but it became a joyful one! And my husband will tell you, it was contagious to even him. I think it can encourage the walk of many husbands when they feel loved and respected by a praying wife!
A praying wife is driven with passion for her marriage and her home. This passion removes her fear of recognizing her flaws because she understands it is God's grace that makes her whole. She also knows that her loving God will guide and grow her spiritual maturity in her marriage. She has fully embraced the truths that there is nothing too hard for her God and that by his goodness and through her dedication to praying over her husband she will see wondrous things blossom in the man who captured her heart!
A Praying Wife was launched with the vision of groups of women coming together to fellowship and to witness the power of prayer for their husbands. With a free 14-session series download, women can facilitate their own small groups. This purposeful time will bring women together to encourage each other, drink lots of coffee (of course!), and spend time intentionally and powerfully praying. The sessions will help to guide, challenge and teach women to pray boldly and specifically for their husbands. They will be driven by prayer topics related to their husbands’ jobs, passions, faith, leadership abilities, relationships, parenting and most of all their walks with God. APrayingWife.com is a starting point for those who want to start their own groups focused on their husbands and marriages. God is GOOD and intends for us to have joyful marriages.
I hope you enjoy! You will find the download, FAQ, and much more on APrayingWife.com – there is also a bonus guide I wrote for 14 days of prayers for healing for your child. Our son we adopted from China has a special need that has placed us in the hospital and through some trying times and painful moments, my Heavenly Father placed this project in my heart too!
From Naomi: Perhaps you’ve heard hope is an anchor for our souls. It’s part of a rather popular worship song. There are bracelets and home décor featuring anchors for this very reason.
But are you familiar with the first part of this scripture? Let’s take a moment to dig into this passage from Hebrews 6:17-20 (NIV):
“Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
When we talk about hope being an anchor for our souls, it’s imperative that we know WHO that hope is anchored in. I know it can be tempting to gloss over a portion of scripture – especially when it’s one we are familiar with – but let these truths sink in and saturate your soul:
Re-read those truths if you need to. Let them become the pure and lovely you’re dwelling on.
It is easy to speak of hope anchoring our souls when the winds are still. But when the waves are pounding and the storm is surging, we must be more conscious of WHO our hope is anchored in, than hope itself. Jesus, the high priest. God, who cannot lie. That is WHO our hope is anchored in. He is unchanging. His love never fails. And our hope in Him can never disappoint.
Father, I thank You that Your Word does not return void, but accomplishes that which it was sent forth to do! Thank You for preserving Your Word, and for Holy Spirit who guides us in all truth. Father, I ask that You would be with each person reading this post. That Holy Spirit would minister peace to their spirits, joy to their hearts, and hope to their souls. Thank You for Jesus, our High Priest – who promised to never leave nor forsake us! Thank You for Your faithfulness, and that in You our hope is secure. Set our mind on You this day, and show us how we can surrender to the hope found in You alone. Make us conduits of blessing and hope to others, and allow us to bring You glory! In the Name of Jesus.
“However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.” Valerie Harper