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Monday, September 21, 2009

My Prayer Walk

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
My prayer walk begins as I pull the crumpled blankets from a sweet nights rest up "Lord, bless the man who slept here last night - give him strength for todays trials, integrity for today's temptations and wisdom for today's decisions." I go around to the other side of the bed and pull the blankets up "Lord, help me, help me be a blessing to my husband today, be patient with the children, and wise for today's challenges."

I walk into the bathroom - bathtub toys are strewn across the floor, I pick up the match box car "Lord, bless my little boy who dreams big and plays hard - help him use his strength for you." I lay my daughter's bath baby back into her bucket - "Lord, bless my little girl, she has so many words to say, help her be wise in her word choices."

I walk down to the kitchen, crumbs are wiped from the morning breakfast table "Lord, use this table to comfort weary souls and encourage my little pilgrims on their journey". I wipe the first chair "Lord, help our leader husband to be healthy so he can complete the ever mounting tasks on his plate." I wipe the second and third chair "Lord, give the children laughter in their adventures together - knit their souls together."And then the fourth... "Lord, help - I just need help...tears bubble under the more words for her need to be said - the Spirit already understands what words cannot express."

Then into the living room, pillows are straightened prayers are said for visitors, friends and family who once sat there. Dust is wiped from the piano as praise bellows in my heart for the joy that has come through the blessing of that black wooden box with ivory keys. Memories of children singing and dancing flood my heart with overwhelming joy. The joy is broken...the newspaper is lifted from the entry way - the world's troubles vomit on me - prayers are lifted for my city, state, country, and President.

My heart is heavy as I lift the heavy laundry basket and carry it out of the room and up the stairs - the basket seems to get lighter as I thank the Lord for giving us these clothes in abundance. The drawer is opened, the clothes slip into their comfy home ready to be used.

I walk past the television and pause - "Lord, have we dishonored you by the things we have watched on there? Help us to not waste our time on useless viewing which turns into useless living."

I walk to my computer...there it sits...the world at my finger calls my woos me to come and sit for a while.

My Bible is right beside the keyboard...there it sits...God's only written truth there at my finger calls my woos me to come and sit for a while.

Why am I so torn - why does the computer's wooing seem stronger than the Bible's? Pause for repentance - "Father forgive me for weak moments where time spent on my computer has caused me to neglect your word."

I open my Bible and drink a tall glass of refreshing living water that is spilt on every page. Sweet refreshment - I rise refreshed as distant little voices call out "mommy"...temptations to carry my heavy burden rise with me. I move forward leaving my burden to lie at the feet of Jesus. My heart is light - I walk in peace - I walk with the King - the King walks with me.
Today - pause, take the time to pray over the people in your home, over the places they sleep, their toys, the television that will capture them and keep them hostage for as long as you allow, the computer which can bring life or death into your home. Let God use a daily prayer walk to transform your family...if you don't pray for them - who will?

Walk with the King!



Anonymous Tina said...

Great blog today....loved the reminder to pray over your family as you clean behind them instead of thinking why can't they just clean their mess as they go :)

September 21, 2009 at 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Vickie said...

What an excellent, encouraging and inspiring blog...thank you Courtney!

September 21, 2009 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Joyfull said...

Loved the encouragement as we walk through our home to pray! I try to pray for my husband as I make the bed, but am inspired to extend my prayers all through the house!!

September 21, 2009 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Thanks for the reminder that we can pray throughout the we walk through our day. For some reason I remember to pray at night...why not all day long??!! Especially in the morning as our family goes off into the big wide world!

September 21, 2009 at 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amen. amen. amen. thank you so much for this today. i appreciate all that you do here. Thank you for following the Lord.

September 21, 2009 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Mom24Blessings said...

What a beautiful idea! I am going to do this as I straighten up around my house this Morning. Thank you for sharing!!!

September 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I needed that this morning, Thanks!

September 21, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger shopannies said...

beautifully written post my daughter and I both do this in our house. Not only does it comfort us but makes us feel closer to our Lord

September 21, 2009 at 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Julie@comehaveapeace said...

Courtney ... thank you. :)

September 21, 2009 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Trudy said...

Great encouragement today Courtney! Thanks for the reminder that we are blessed to serve those that we love and honored to pray for all of them!

September 21, 2009 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Missy said...


September 21, 2009 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Kristi_runwatch said...

lovely - thanks, Courtney.

September 21, 2009 at 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Have to admit, I read Monday's on Tuesday! :-) Glad to have read it though! Great stuff Courtney, you brought tears to my eyes!

September 22, 2009 at 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Steph Crawford said...

Excellent post! Not only is this a great idea, but I love the style you've written in - as if we are following you through your house.

September 22, 2009 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Jolanthe said...

Thanks, Courtney. :)

September 25, 2009 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Gertha said...

Your "Prayer" label became a part of my "quiet time" today. I was soooo moved. I read each post and gained much needed wisdom and insight. Thank you Courtney:-)

May 19, 2010 at 9:10 AM  

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