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Spiritual Refreshment for Women
By Rachel Quillin
Barbour Publishing, Inc.Copyright © 2006 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
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If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.
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I can't take it, Father. It sometimes seems like others deliberately do things to upset me. Maybe it's just how they are with everyone, but I have trouble not retaliating. I try so hard to be like You, but it's a struggle. Please help me control my anger; help me not to be so sensitive.
A Waste of Time
I did it again, Lord. I ruined an entire evening because of something incredibly ridiculous. I didn't sleep well because I was still fuming. My anger is always such a waste of time and energy. Forgive me, Father. Give me strength to control my temper, and don't let me ruin any more evenings for myself or for others.
The Right Time and Place
One of the most interesting stories in Your Word is about the time You cleansed the temple. It has taught me that there is a time and place for anger. Sin is always something that should invoke fury. Just help me to direct my anger at the sin and not the sinner.
Father, You know the emotional roller coaster I've been riding. I want to be happy for my friends when they rejoice, but the pain in my heart is so raw. It seems like my loved ones are flaunting their joy, and I can't help but react angrily. I know this hurts them and isn't pleasing to You. Please help me through this struggle.
I was just trying to help. I knew from personal experience that he was about to make a mistake. I tried to be gentle and loving, but he became so angry, telling me it was none of my business. Now he won't even speak to me, and that hurts. Please heal the breach, FatherCHAPTER 2
We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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From the time I was a child, one of my greatest dreams was to be a mother. I did pretty well when I pretended with my dolls, but reality is a lot different. Now that I have children, I'm not always so sure of myself. Please, God, give me wisdom and courage to be a good parent.
Children can sometimes be so comical, Lord. They say the funniest things or make the silliest faces. Sometimes all I need to do on a tough day is watch them. They'll do something so hilarious that I can't help but laugh. I feel better right away. Children are a wonderful gift.
Lord, my children love it when I play with them, and sometimes my participation in their activities contributes significantly to their development. But to be honest, I'm not very good at their games. I'm often distracted by other things I need to do. Please don't let me lose sight of the truth— that playing with my children is an important accomplishment.
There's so much I need to teach my children about You, Lord. Throughout their lives there will be so many questions. They will face people and situations that will cause them to doubt You. Give me opportunities to instill Your Word so that when doubts come, they'll stand strong.
A Prayer for My Children
Just the other day someone reminded me of how important it is to pray for my children. So here I am, Lord. Please protect my kids. Work in their lives, so that they will want to serve You with body, mind, and soul. Provide those things that they need, and fill them with contentment as they bask in the warmth of Your love.CHAPTER 3
Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.
Alexis de Tocqueville
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My Church Family
My church is special to me in so many ways, Lord. I am so thankful that You have placed me among such a wonderful group of believers who encourage me and pray for me. Allow me to be a blessing to them, as well, and help me to never forget how important they are in my life.
Preaching the Truth
Thank You for my pastor, dear God. He loves You; and he loves those to whom he ministers. Knowing that his desire is to present the truths of the Bible is a great comfort in a world that is full of false teachings. Bless my pastor as he continues to preach Your Word.
There are many decisions being made on issues concerning our church, Father. They aren't easy decisions to make, and everyone has a different opinion on what the outcome should be. Please give us direction and unity. Work in our midst so that we might bring others into Your kingdom.
There are many precious people who offer their time and talents for You, Lord Jesus. I just want to thank You for each one. I appreciate those who make a public contribution as well as those who work behind the scenes. They mean more to me than I can say.
The Pastor's Family
I ask You, Lord, to be with my pastor's family. He puts in many long hours serving You; and although he makes a point to spend time with his wife and children, they still have to make some sacrifices. Bless each one of them as they work to bring Your love to our church and community.CHAPTER 4
The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn, another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.
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There are many ways to be involved in my community, Father, and I ask You to show me what to do. I want to choose the activities that will help others and that will bring glory to You. Help me to weigh the possibilities carefully and to make the best decisions. Thank You for these opportunities to honor You.
A Witness in My Community
Lord, there are so many people in my community who either don't care about You or who think they will please You by their own merit; but several of them don't truly know You. I ask You to open doors so I may witness to them. My prayer is that many will come to You.
I've noticed many disturbing events in my community, Lord– activities that in no way glorify You. I don't become involved, but some Christians do, either out of peer pressure or simply because they don't know it's wrong. Open their eyes. Help us band together to offer Your Light in the darkness.
We live in a close-knit community, Lord. In some ways it's nice because we all stick together. At the same time, it can be really hard for newcomers. Some of us try to welcome them, but they often move away before long. Help us, Father, to be more open to new residents in our town.
A Christian Community
I'm thankful for the Christians in my town, dear God. It is such a blessing to fellowship with them. Recently we've started a Bible study that is mostly intended to be an outreach program. Please let it be successful for Your sake.CHAPTER 5
God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.
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It's a fast-paced world where everyone wants to get ahead, Father. Sometimes contentment is frowned upon. Some folks think of it as laziness or lack of motivation. But I know that if I am in the center of Your will, I'll be content. That's the only true contentment there is.
Consider the Cat
It doesn't take much to please a kitten, does it, Lord? Put him on your lap, rub his head, and listen to him purr. What contentment! I wish I were like that, but it seems the more I gain, the more I strive for. There's not much contentment in that. Let me learn from the cat to be satisfied no matter what!
Sometimes my attitude is so "poor me" that I even get sick, Father. I keep thinking that if only I could have this or that, life would be easier. I know I'm missing out on a truly abundant life by whining so much, and I ask You to forgive me. Fill me with contentment.
Labor and Contentment
I am exhausted, Lord, but I don't think I've ever felt better! There's nothing quite like a hard day's work to bring a tremendous amount of satisfaction. And I'm really anticipating the good night's sleep ahead because I know I pleased You with my effort today.
"I Will Never Leave Thee"
You've promised to walk with me all the way and provide all that I need, dear God, and I'm rejoicing in that guarantee. What more do I need? It doesn't matter that the world presents shiny trinkets. Their luster dims in the brilliance of the blessings and contentment that You give.CHAPTER 6
Permanence, perseverance, and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
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Change of Plans
I feel like crying, Father. We planned to leave for vacation next week, but today my husband was a victim of downsizing. Vacation is now out of the question. He has to find a new job, or we won't be able to pay our bills. Help me to remember that all things work together for good to those who love You.
I was staying on top of my duties for once, Lord. But then the dryer quit working, and I still had piles of laundry to finish. It was fun hanging the clothes out to dry and pretending I was a pioneer— until the rains came. The clothes were drenched, and so were my spirits. I wanted to give up. Please remind me that You are with me through the storms.
Lord, I don't want to be a quitter; but I've tried so hard to be like You, and I keep messing up. I know You said that with You all things are possible, and I need to be reminded of that daily. Don't let me give up. Help me to remember that You aren't finished with me yet.
Count It All as Joy
It's hard to see discouragement as a blessing, Lord. But You said we should count it as a joy. The trials will increase my patience and mold me into a more mature believer. When I look at it that way, it's much easier to thank You for the difficult times.
You gave me an amazing opportunity today, Father, and it's all a result of a discouraging situation. You helped me as I struggled through the problem, and because of that I was able to encourage someone else who faced a similar difficulty. You really are an awesome God!CHAPTER 7
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
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Among Your many blessings, my family ranks near the top. They share my joys and help bear my burdens. Dear Jesus, I know that You selected each of my relatives to be a part of my life in a special way, and I thank You for each of them. May I bring happiness to them in some way, too!
Dear Lord, I got my first glimpse of You through the lives of my parents. What a blessing to have two such godly people as an intimate part of my childhood and early adult years. Thank You that they cared enough to instill godly principles in me and loved me enough to introduce me to You.
We had a family reunion the other day, and I was surprised at how much our family has grown. I used to never really enjoy these gatherings, but this time was different. It was a reminder of the great blessing You've bestowed on me. I realized, also, the opportunity I had to present a testimony of Your love to those who'd never heard. I guess reunions aren't so bad after all.
Lord, as large as my family is, there are bound to be some members whose life views are significantly different than mine. At times this gets annoying, particularly when they attempt to force their outlook on me. Give me the strength to stand for what I know to be true, and help me to love my family despite our differences.
As much as I love my family, I am infinitely more grateful to be part of Your family. To have other believers laugh and cry with me is a beautiful picture of Your love. To be able to pray with them, knowing You are in our midst, is great joy. Thank You for making me Your child.CHAPTER 8
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
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Peace in the Midst of Terror
Lord, when I think about the world in which I'm raising my children, I tremble. Crime, hatred, terrorism— they're everywhere, and they scare me. I know I should remember that You are in control, and I try, but sometimes I get too caught up in what's happening. Please forgive me, and give me peace.
Fear of the Unknown
I have to laugh when I consider the silly childhood fears I had— mostly fears of the unknown. But when I consider the truth, even now my fears are mostly still of the unknown. It's not so silly now, though, because I should be trusting You instead of worrying. Please help my thoughts to be on You.
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom" (Psalm 111:10). Sometimes this passage from Your Word seems almost contradictory, Lord. But there is healthy fear, and then there's crippling fear. I know this passage means that my respect of You is so deep that I abhor sin. Please help me to have this wise fear.
The Color Yellow
One of the cutest songs I know is about a child peering into a box of crayons and comparing the colors to the Christian life. Yellow represents the cowardly believer— one who is afraid to share Christ's love with others. Please don't let me be yellow. Let me be courageous for You!
Afraid to Surrender
Why are people afraid to surrender their lives to You, Lord? I know some are fearful that You will ask something of them that they can't bear. Can't they understand that You'll strengthen them through every task? Don't they realize the joy they're missing? God, break down the barriers that hinder Your work.CHAPTER 9
The real measure of our wealth is how much we'd be worth if we lost everything.
J. H. Jowett
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It's funny, Lord. It seems like I always wish I had more money, but dealing with it can sometimes be a pain. Keeping it organized, making sure my bills are paid— at times it's overwhelming. Please give me a clear mind and wisdom to handle my financial responsibilities according to Your will.
My Rich Father
Sometimes I find myself worrying about my financial situation. I have a tendency to forget that my Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills— and everything else, too. I know You'll take care of me. Although I might not fully understand wealth in this life, I have amazing riches to anticipate. What a thrill that is!
So often, Lord, I see relationships crumbling, and much of the time a money issue is what starts the process. Some people are careless or dishonest in their spending; others just want too much. As a result there is a lot of bitterness and hatred. Please help me to have a proper outlook when money is involved.
The Widow's Mites
Lately there have been times when it's been a little hard to tithe. We have trouble paying our bills, so we do without things. The worst thing, though, is thinking about how little our meager contribution actually benefits. Lord, I've been trying to remember the widow's mites, and that does help. Let me take courage from her example.
Dear God, I am so thankful that You have provided for me. Sometimes that blessing even goes above and beyond my needs. I now ask for wisdom in handling these gifts. My desire is to glorify You and to make sure that I'm not controlled by money. Please help me use it in a way that honors You.CHAPTER 10
Forgiveness needs to be accepted, as well as offered, before it is complete.
C. S. Lewis
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Opportunities to Forgive
Growing up with ornery siblings, I had plenty of chances to practice forgiveness. I guess that's good because I still have opportunities to forgive. Sometimes it isn't easy, but it feels so much better to let go of the hurt than to hold a grudge. Thank You for giving me these occasions.
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