Prayer Journal Challenge Week 3 Reflections

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Honestly I can not believe that I am entering in the last week of this challenge. It has truly been enlightening trying align my life with scripture. It has also been interesting how my problems are spoken about in the Bible. No matter what year it is some problems are just universal. This week has been a huge struggle for me. Even staying committed to the challenge. This week my biggest problems were my lack of faith and trust. I know its crazy to admit but there are moments in my life when I am like seriously :”wtf God”. I get angry and challenge him but I do this with all the important people in my life.

 

Trying to hold it together has been very hard. Especially when you think you’re going down the right path doing everything “right” and that was when it hit me. If you are so busy about doing it right, your desire for perfection tends to shut down any attempts to try. God is there for me and when I do trust him and stop trying to control everything I end up feeling better. Working on this relationship with God has help me see my own flaws and my strengths as well.

Unreasonable Hope: A Review

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Unreasonable Hope is a chronicle of Chad Veach holding on to his faith while taking care of his daughter who was born with a smooth brain. I was blown away by the honestly that Veach conveys in this story. I find him and his wife to be very admirable. I do not know how my faith would be affected  if I was to fall onto this type of trial. I was so moved by this story. Veach’s faith and down to earth writing style really makes you feel like he is sitting across from you, sharing his testimony. And I must say that his testimony is profound. Veach really does take you on this journey and my heart and prayers go out to his family and his daughter Georgia. I loved this book, I laughed and cried. This book is one of those stories that stick with you. If this family can maintain such a strong faith, then us with lesser problems can get through it as well. The book is more about coping, and how you can use your christian faith to cope with any problem. Veach is very open on how he would not be able to over come this trial in his life with out God. The book is a true testament that faith does not fix everything but it can help you cope, change your perspective, and show you a love that you never knew existed. I really enjoyed reading this so much that I have already given it to some one else to read. I feel blessed that Book Look Bloggers allowed me to review this story.

 

 

Week 2 Prayer Journal Reflections

 

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I have to say that as this process continues to go forward, I am shocked about how much I am learning about myself and my relationship with God. I am newly returned to my faith and trying to make the right choices in accordance to scriptures while dealing with worldly problems. I have learned this week that if I cast my burdens to God, he blesses me with motivation from the Holy Spirit. I am actually shocked about how much closer I am to God at the end of these two weeks. I can not believe How well this is working. I am so grateful for the 15 mins a day I have devoted to God, are beginning to show results!!!

 

If you are interested in participating please contact me.

Prayer Journal Challenge Outline

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Hey everyone I love that people are interested in doing the 30 day prayer challenge I wrote. I received a lot of questions so I created an outline for people to follow. This is not set in stone just a basic idea for you to build off of. Weeks 1-3 are available for you now. Week four will be available in week four.

 

Week One Questions

  1. How Do I feel today?
  2. What does the Bible say about my feelings? (My Advice is to use your feelings as key words and list the key words in your journal for future reference; this applies to all verse questions.)
  3. Where was I weak today?
  4. What advice does the Bible give about overcoming my weakness?
  5. What is God’s Message today?
  6. At the end of week one you write a reflection and Prayer to carry you into the next week.

 

Week 2  Questions

  1. How Do I feel today?
  2. What does the Bible say about my feelings? (My Advice is to use your feelings as key words and list the key words in your journal for future reference; this applies to all verse questions.)
  3. Where was I weak today?
  4. What advice does the Bible give about overcoming my weakness?
  5. Where was I strong today?
  6. What verses in the Bible encourage my strength?
  7. What is God’s Message today
  8. Prayer
  9. Week 2 Reflections

Week 3 Questions

  1. How Do I feel today?
  2. What does the Bible say about my feelings. (My Advice is to use your feelings as key words and list the key words in your journal for future reference, this applies to all verse questions.)
  3. Where was I weak today?
  4. What advice does the Bible give about overcoming my weakness.
  5. Where was I strong today?
  6. What verses in the Bible encourage my strength?
  7. What can I do to be better tomorrow?
  8. What encouragement does the Bible offer me?
  9. What is God’s Message
  10. Prayer
  11. Week 3 Reflections

Week 4:

  1. How Do I feel today?
  2. What does the Bible say about my feelings. (My Advice is to use your feelings as key words and list the key words in your journal for future reference, this applies to all verse questions.)
  3. Where was I weak today?
  4. What advice does the Bible give about overcoming my weakness.
  5. Where was I strong today?
  6. What verses in the Bible encourage my strength?
  7. What can I do to be better tomorrow?
  8. What encouragement does the Bible offer me?
  9. What did I do today to improve my relationship with God?
  10. What encouraement does the Bible offer me.
  11. What is God’s Message
  12. Prayer
  13. Week four Reflections.

Chai Honey Almond Filled Puff Pastry!

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You guys are going to laugh when you find our how easy this is. The filling makes enough for two dozen.

Recipe:

  • 1 package of instant vanillia pudding mix
  • 1 cup of milk
  • two tablespoons of honey
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 2 table spoons of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of nutmeg
  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry

Cook puff pastry according to the box but remember they have to cook on the pan for about five mins. So make sure if the box says 20, 15 in the oven 5 mins on the pan. Also brush the tops with eggs.

Combine pudding mix and milk, whisk until thick. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg and continue to whisk. Add honey and empty the tea bag.

Once the pastry has cooled put filling in icing bag and fill. Garnish with Honey and Cinnamon. To me it taste like Greek Pastries in general because of the flavor combinations however it is really good.

The Conclusion of My Saga of My Novena to Our Lady of Candelaria

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Last night was the final night of my Novena. I can’t believe it is over. I can happily say that this Novena brought me closer to God and Our Blessed Mother. It feels bitter sweet that it is over as I felt our connection was growing. So now she has a candle on my alter at home for daily prayer.

Day 9 Prayer:

Immaculate  Virgin of Candelaria, by your
obedience to the Father, conscious of our
pride, we ask you to help us humble ourselves.
We want to accept God’s will and make our
life a constant “yes” to the invitation of the
eternal Father. Amen.

Allowing my life to be a “constant yes” to the invitation of the eternal Father.  This can be taken a few ways and as I lit my candles last night I realized that this constant yes is a daily struggle and test of my faith.

Our Blessed Mother trusted God, she was a constant yes. As for what she went through  I think I would have been happier if God asked me to jump off a bridge. So clearly there was a reason why I was not a part of that plan (lol just a joke).  The goal of this Novena was for protection against poverty and illness.

Walking away from this I have been blessed with the following information.

  • Our riches are no defined by money
  • Our health and quality of life are not defined by illness
  • That everyday we take a leap of faith and if we trust in God, our leap will be well worth it.
  • I have also learned by the example of the Blessed Mother, that I must allow God to do his work for me and stop trying to control things I do not have control over.
  • That no matter how successful a person is they will still face the same judgement.

I think though the most important thing that I can take from this is that the Holy Spirit is a gift given to us through Pentecost. We must not take this blessing lightly. For when we do you’re pretty much leaving the door open for the enemy to fill our head with doubts and other sins against God.

I feel blessed that I have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. I feel even more blessed that sine this novena I have actually been able to use my five senses to interact with the holy spirit. This was an amazing experience! I am grateful I was able to share this with you.

The Saga of my Novena to Our Lady of Candlaria Day 8

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Day 8 Prayer:

Immaculate  Virgin of Candelaria, give me
your Son Jesus and let him live permanently
in my heart. May Jesus’ presence in my heart
enable me to be humble, serene, and at
peace, enjoy the purity of heart, body, and
spirit. May he inspire me to be persevering and
patient, prayerful and always looking forward
for my final union with him in heaven. Amen.

First I really want to say that with tonight being my last day of my Novena there is a bitter sweet feeling. I definitely feel that the Holy Spirit has been working in me and that my prayers did not fall on deaf ears. This has been a very humbling experience.

The wording of the prayer for day 8 was extremely intense. This Novena is for protection against poverty and illness. And as I recited this prayer last night, I silently contemplated the meaning of each word.

“Give me your Son Jesus and let him live permanently in my heart” – Let’s be honest there isn’t a better protection you could ask for.”

“May Jesus’ presence in my heart
enable me to be humble, serene, and at
peace, enjoy the purity of heart, body, and
spirit.” – When seeking protection from poverty and illness. There isn’t anything you better to ask for. Allow me to be at peace because if I am at peace then I will be successful.

May he inspire me to be persevering and
patient, prayerful and always looking forward
for my final union with him in heaven. Amen. – His inspiration is what makes us successful. We have to keep fighting. We must move forward. Even if that means to move on from failure.

Remember you are not a pillar of salt. Don’t look back, keep going.

The Saga of my Novena to Our Lady of Candlaria Day 7

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Day 7 Prayer:

O Holy Virgin of Candelaria, conscious of
our defects, we take refuge in you. We
know that you have Jesus in your arms and
you give him to those who seek and wait for
him. Ask your Son to give us the necessary grace  we may be able to live our Christian
vocation, to imitate your virtues and win the promise of life eternal. Amen.

After saying this last night a saying my father tells me popped in my head. “If God wants you to have money, you will have money. Money doesn’t define success.”

In my quest for protection from poverty, after reading this prayer I have come to realize. That if I am walking right with God the other things will fall into place. If we can take refuge in our Blessed Mother and Christ, we can over come our obstacles. We must “seek and wait”. I can tell you at this point I can feel the Holy Spirit working in my life and I do feel truly blessed.

Prayer Journal Challenge Week 1

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This is the end of the First week of my 30-day Prayer Journal Challenge! I am very happy to share this experience with all of you and I hope you will join me in the challenge. It is so simple and only takes about 15 minutes. I used my Holy Bible App to search for verses but you can use google as well.  Also as you can see with mine. Do not go crazy and spend money on a journal. This is a .97 cents binder from WalMart and Paper. Seriously don’t get crazy, you will miss the point.

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Week 1 Questions.

  1. How do I feel today?
  2. What does the Bible say about my feelings (only 2 or 3 verses that speak to you)?
  3. Where was I weak today?
  4. What does the Bible say about over coming my shortcomings (only 2 or 3 verses that speak to you)
  5. What is God’s message for me today?
  6. Write a Prayer to help you deal with your day according to what you feel you should pray about.

 

Week 1 Reflections :

At the end of each week you will reflect on the week prior and take note on how the journal has or has not helped you. Then write a prayer based on your reflections.

I will share my reflections with you guys but I feel like everyone’s daily prayers should be kept private.

This week’s message for me was that I need to have trust in God, faith in his plan and patience. I feel that the prayer journal has helped me cope with my shortcomings. Since starting the Journal I feel more level headed, more motivated, and more relaxed.

Now we begin Week 2’s Questions:

  1. How do I feel today?
  2. What does the Bible say about my feelings (only 2 or 3 verses that speak to you)?
  3. Where was I weak today?
  4. What does the Bible say about over coming my shortcomings (only 2 or 3 verses that speak to you)
  5. Where or How was I strong today?
  6. What does the Bible have to say about the strength I felt today?
  7. What is God’s message for me today?
  8. Write a Prayer to help you deal with your day according to what you feel you should pray about.

Now with week 1 complete I will post at the end of week 2! I look forward to seeing what the next week will bring. I am excited! I hope that more people join the challenge and if they do I would love to see your reflections and hear your testimony!!