Sisters For Sunshine

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Recycled Post: Good Morning!

Today’s post is from the second month we started blogging, back in November 2012.

Good Morning!

“Good morning! Wake up with the Lord and God will guide you through your day. Stay yielded and open. Blessings will always follow.”

It’s a great feeling to know that when we wake up, we have a new day ahead of us. To start fresh, to experience new moments, and to grow as a person. If we had any struggles or disappointments the day before, that’s ok because we can try again. God is with us and all is well. There can be wonderful things to happen today, and we need to be ready!

When I wake up, I say the following prayer to get me moving and feeling positive.

Good Morning God! You are ushering in another day, untouched and freshly new. So here I am to ask you, God, if You’ll renew me too. Forgive the many errors that I made yesterday and let me try again dear God to walk closer in Your way. But Lord, I am well aware, I can’t make it on my own. So take my hand and hold it tight, for I cannot walk alone.

Let us ask for God’s grace and guidance as we live our day.

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Weekly Prayer: Refuse to Live In Fear

In her book, The Power of Being Thankful, Joyce Meyer provides inspirational daily gratitude devotionals. My husband and I enjoy reading one each night at bedtime, as a way to reflect and be thankful for the day and to focus on God for the day ahead.

Today I want to share with you her words about to Refuse to Live In Fear.

Have you ever been afraid and unsure how to act or what to do? Has fear limited you in your capabilities and achievements? Joyce tells us Christians that we should “not give in to the fear” we are facing. “Do it afraid.” “When fear attacks you, you need to go ahead and do whatever God is telling you to do anyway… That’s what it means to fear not.” 

“Thank you, Father, that I don’t have to give in to a feeling of fear. With Your help, I can press forward and do what You have called me to do regardless of my feelings. Thank you, Father, that I can do it afraid.”

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Have Courage and Be Kind

My husband and I are big Disney fans and went to see the new Cinderella movie this past week. We loved it – it was magical, heartwarming, and a perfect flashback to the classic animated movie. Cinderella herself was enchanting, both in looks and her lovely personality!

I loved how this new Cinderella movie focused on remembering her parents, gave us a little glimpse of the joy she had with them, and emphasized the message of goodness.

Cinderella continually remembers her mom’s special words “Have courage and be kind. Where there is kindness, there is goodness and where there is goodness, there is magic.”

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Sparks of magic blog writes a lovely article on the movie here.

When I left the theater, I felt happy, loved, empowered, and hopeful. It was so sweet, touching, magical, and beautiful. I even loved the little mice – especially Gus! This live version was perfect.

The credit songs – A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo – take me back when I was a kid watching the animated Cinderella. Such memories! Thank you Disney for love, magic, inner beauty, and meaningful movies.

So remember, be like Cinderella. Always strive to be kind, strong, courageous, and forgiving, full of love and innocence.

God is working magic in your life when you follow goodness.

Thank you God for teaching me to love and look for the good in people! Make me stronger and help me to work on always being kind no matter what. Amen.

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Weekly Song: Time of our lives

If you looked back on your life right now, would you say that you had the time of your life? Have you experienced a new chapter in your life and remembered to look back to see the good in those times? Are you cherishing the people and friendships you gained?

Tyrone Wells writes in this song, Time of Our Lives, about not forgetting the memories and the people in the best of days past.

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Recycled Post: A Simple Hug

We thought to start a new weekly post, where we “recycle” a post that we previously did. Today’s post is from the first month we started blogging, back in October 2012.

A simple hug is more than you think

Words cannot do what hugs do to the soul. When a hug isn’t enough, that’s where faith kicks in.” – Nick Vujicic

Little acts of love make all the difference, even a simple hug. We must go farther than just speaking words of love, showing it through our everyday actions. And we must remember that our greatest blessing to embrace is our faith, our love for God. He will hug our souls for us when we need love the most.

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Weekly Prayer: Healing Life

 

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Weekly Song: Everything Must Go

Brandon Heath’s song,  Everything Must Go, is a raw and personal song about the need to declutter our lives. The more we let it go, the less weight we feel and the more clarity we have for what matters in life.

What can you let go in your life? What extra weight are you carrying that can be thrown out?

Saturday from 8 to 5
1120 East Valley Drive
Power tools and a few guitars
Atari and some vintage Matchbox cars
And a new bass boat
Everything must go

I ain’t broke
And I ain’t dying
I just felt like simplifying
Flat screen TV, recliner chair
Broken in real good from sitting there
You better bring some rope
‘Cause everything must go

Finally got it figured out
What I can live with or without
Get rid of what’s crowding up my soul
What’s the cost of living free
What I own and what owns me
Make a little room for love to grow
And a stereo
Everything must be go

Bow and arrows, croquet set
Still in the box
It ain’t been opened yet
Harley jacket, western shirts
I’ll throw in an old juke box that still works
And some GI Joe’s
Everything must go

‘Cause the more I let it go
The less I feel the weight
Tell everyone that you know
Come sunshine, come rain

Toaster oven, Nordic Trac
Make me an offer
I don’t want it back
You better bring some rope
Free Oreos
Everything must go

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Raw Praying

What is “Raw Praying”?

For me, praying should be “raw” – just praying as you are at that moment. You don’t have to be structured to pray. You don’t need to follow a fancy prayer.

When should you pray?

Following the principle of “raw praying”, you can just pray to God as your thoughts come. Even if it is as simple as “Lord, please lift up my concerns, Amen.” He understands and he’s there hearing your prayers.

How should you pray?

I think anyone can pray however they think is best for them. Some people use prayer beads to guide them in their prayers and thoughts. Journaling might be another form of prayer – writing down your concerns. And then just as simple as “Bullet Prayers” – pray as it comes to you and lift it up to God at that instant.

Pray as you are. Not in how you think you should be. 

Happy praying!

 

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Weekly Prayer: Pregnancy Prayer

My sister, Krista, is in her 2nd month of pregnancy, and I wish her a healthy and beautiful pregnancy. Below is a prayer I though to share, from the blog, Mothering Spirit.

A Prayer for Joy

God of joy,
Our hearts sing to you
In our moment of discovery!
We saw proof with our eyes
That new life has begun,
And we saw that it was good.

As a heart begins to beat
And a mind begins to grow,
May my own heart and mind
Rejoice in the wonder of this gift.

Even if sickness turns my stomach
Or tiredness takes over,
Let a deeper joy
Run through my days,
Fast and strong and true.

And if, as weeks pass,
Worries start to circle round,
Threatening to steal my joy,
Let your perfect love
Cast out my fear.

Help me believe
That you hold us both,
My child and I,
In the palm of your warm
And safe and loving hand.

In joy I pray,

Amen.

© 2014 Laura Kelly Fanucci

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Weekly Song: The Heart of Worship

I had heard of this song, The Heart of Worship, written by Matt Redman, but I never really noticed the meaning of the lyrics until my pastor told a background history of the lyrics to this song.

The Heart of Worship tells us that worship is for God, praising Him and focusing on Him. It’s not about fame, good music, good speeches, hanging out with friends, or entertainment. These are not required for worship.

Worship is all about Him! It’s about coming together to learn about God, to pray to Him, and to follow His ways.

When the music fades and all is stripped away
and I simply come.
Longing just to bring something that’s of worth
that will bless Your heart.

I’ll bring You more than a song, for a song in itself
is not what You have required.
You search much deeper within, through the way things appear,
You’re looking into my heart.

Chorus:

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
and it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
when it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.

King of endless worth, no one could express
how much you deserve.
Though I’m weak and poor, all I have is Yours,
every single breath!

I’ll bring You more than a song, for a song in itself
is not what You have required.
You search much deeper within, through the way things appear,
You’re looking into my heart.

Chorus

 

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Friendship with God

Have you ever thought of God as a friend? People may think He’s all powerful, He’s Lord, He’s Savior, He’s Father…but He is also a friend.

Jesus told His disciples, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” -John 15:15

“A friend loves at all times…” -Proverbs 17:17

 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.” -James 2:23

What is friendship?

Wikipedia describes friendship as “a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association…”

“Certain characteristics are present in many types of friendship. Such characteristics include affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend.” 

Remember:

  • God showers you with blessings, love, generosity, forgiveness.
  • He’s always there for you, watching over you, comforting you, giving you hope and joy.
  • He knows everything about you– He SEES the real you, yet He loves you anyways.
  • We can come to Him knowing He will always listen and be on our side.
  • God shows mercy and gave Jesus to us as a sacrifice.

*These are beautiful examples of a great friend.

Dan Delzell writes about friendship with God in Christianpost.com. He reminds us: “Jesus gave up His body for you on the cross. What more could He have given to show you how much He loves you? And without Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, you and I would have no access to the Father. But through Christ, we have an open door and an open heart from our loving God.”

I love that reflection – that we have an open heart from our loving God.

How can you be a great friend to God? What are ways you come to Him to share your life and improve your relationship with Him? Christianity Today writes some steps to better your friendship with God. http://www.christianitytoday.com/iyf/truelifestories/ithappenedtome/8-steps-to-better-friendship-with-god.html

First step is taking more time with Him. We can’t be good friends with someone if we never spend time with them!

As you find God in your life and feel His presence and spend more time with Him, you will gain new understandings and love. “God might give you an understanding of something you’ve never noticed before.” “‘Any time that you spend with God, He can use it to teach you and to grow your faith.'”

Prayer: Thank you Lord, for being a good friend. Thank you for your gift of eternal life and thank you for opening up your heart to us. Fill our hearts with your love and make us better friends. Amen.

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Faith in all things

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

Having faith takes effort, concentration, and commitment. But God wants you to keep your faith strong, for he will bring good things to those who believe and follow Him.

So today and everyday, look to God for strength, guidance, and peace in your life. Rely on Him in all you do. Work hard everyday to remember, to follow, and to seek all good things in Christ. For with your Faith, He will.

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