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Six Four-Word Prayers for When We Need to Release, Refocus and Reset

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Six Four-Word Prayers for When We Need to Release, Refocus and Reset

For several years now, I have worked my way through the book, A Clearing Season, by Sarah Parsons during Lent. I’ve never finished it. Maybe one day I will. But in one particular reading, in one particularly hard season of my life, I read this:

“’Thy will be done’. These may be the most revolutionary words we will ever say. Saying them can change our orientation to life: we put our little boats into a great stream and drop our oars. We lose a bit of our old control over things; we clear the space and allow God to fill it, agreeing to tend whatever growth God engenders.” ~Sarah Parsons, A Clearing Season

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Prey tell, what are you praying for?

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Prey tell, what are you praying for?

I’m off to London for a quick fun trip with my sister next week. I realized today that we’ve never been on a trip together as adults. Neither of us have been kids for quite a while but it’s fun to think about a trip with no parental supervision. haha! We are both huge fans of all things Jane Austen. Although someone recently told me I can’t really be considered a true fan if I’ve only seen her movies and not read the books. haha! Bonus ultra fan points for those who have read her books multiple times. Anyway, on those terms, I suppose I’m not as much of a fan as others but  I will argue, that ANYTHING Jane Austen is fan-worthy and anyone who loves anything Jane Austen can be in my fan club, lame as some may think it.

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Dear Future Daughter In Law – A Guest Post by Julie Presley

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Dear Future Daughter In Law – A Guest Post by Julie Presley

Welcome my new friend, blogger and author, Julie Presley! We “bumped” into each other in cyberland, introduced by a mutual friend, and I couldn’t be more grateful. She is the author of the Christian romance novel, Stones of Remembrance, which I have read, devoured and loved and she has a new book coming out sometime this year. Her heart is for women to experience freedom in Christ-centered romance but the biggest piece of her heart is dedicated to her family, her husband and their two sons, as you will see as you read her words. Thank you, Julie, for sharing with us here at EPFH. You can find more of Julie’s writings at JuliePresley.com. Subscribe to her mailing list and keep up with news about her upcoming novel.)

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A Prayer for Our Sweet Daughter – A Guest Post by LaRae Humes

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A Prayer for Our Sweet Daughter – A Guest Post by LaRae Humes

Please welcome, LaRae Humes, as she shares this beautiful and heartfelt prayer for her young daughter for this new year of life. As a “seasoned” mom, it is so special to me to see young moms caring so well for their babies. And by caring well, I mean leaning into God’s provision through prayer. Prayer is the very best thing we can do for our children. Thank you, LaRae, for sharing your heart with us. It is a true joy to have you with us. For more of  LaRae’s writings, visit her blog, My Musings. You’ll be so glad you did.

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A Marriage Prayer and #SYMBIS #Giveaway

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A Marriage Prayer and #SYMBIS #Giveaway

Today marks 27 years of marriage for my husband Tommy and I. This is nothing short of a miracle. Anyone who has been married longer than a week could say the same thing.

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Because the Bride Smiled

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Because the Bride Smiled

Today, 2 years ago, I woke up to what would be the longest and most exhausting day of my life to date. I finished November 2, 2013 with not one ounce of anything left in my body. Energy, emotion, thoughts, words, nothing. It was also one of the most wonderful days of my life.

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Saturday Share {!!LINK UP!!}

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Saturday Share {!!LINK UP!!}

I want to welcome as many of your stories as I can so on this Saturday, and if it works out, all the Saturdays to come, I’m hosting a link-up post sharing extravaganza.

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I’m Praying Psalm 3 With Your Name In It

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I’m Praying Psalm 3 With Your Name In It

I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that prayer works and I couldn’t be convinced otherwise. I know several people who are praying for me right now. Either because I asked them to or just because they’re good to me like that. They are praying over me to have hope, to have peace, to sustain, to allow God to continue writing my story. I am praying for them too.

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How To Pray When You Have No Room

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prayer.room in your heartAs I sat watching the movie War Room with a girlfriend this weekend, I was stirred. My soul longs for a deeper, more passionate prayer life. I found that I was becoming distracted by THE ROOM. The prayer closet. “How cool is that”, I thought. I have been privileged to know women for years that have a prayer room or prayer closet but it never really stirred my soul to make my own prayer closet until I saw this movie.

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Guest Post: Let’s Pray, by Kelly Johnson

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God has recently put me in touch with some amazing bloggers whose stories need to be shared. Please welcome our new friend, Kelly Johnson.


We were all a mess. Everything felt really, really hard. My teenage daughter was struggling with a heavy burden and we simply didn’t know what to do next.

We had come at this problem from every angle that made sense and nothing had changed.  She felt hopeless and overwhelmed and we felt powerless to make it better. It broke my heart to see the defeated look on her tear stained face, although it more accurately reflected the state of my own spirit than the mask of cheerful confidence I was trying bravely to maintain. We sat there in silence and I thought to myself “I’m the mom.  I should know how to fix this.”

Then I felt the gentle tug on my heart.

Feeling foolish for not thinking of it before, I said, “Let’s pray.”

So, we joined hands, bowed our heads, and we prayed.  We told God that we didn’t know what to do next to fix this situation and we were tired and frustrated.  We told Him that we had tried everything we knew to try and needed Him to show us the next step. We acknowledged that we felt hopeless, but believed that He loved us and wanted to help us out of this mess. We asked that He bring healing and guidance and focus and patience.  And then we said Amen…and tried again.

During the rest of the day, we kept talking and listening.  We cried a little bit at times.  We made brownies and tried to just breathe.  And then we talked some more.  Towards evening, we expanded the circle to include some friends who brought hugs, understanding, and laughter.

It wasn’t until the day was over that we realized that we were better… maybe not fixed…but definitely better. The burden felt lighter and the way seemed clearer.  We didn’t have to try so hard to breathe deeply.

As I lay in bed that night thinking about the day, I gratefully realized that the shift happened when we stopped to pray.  Not a lightening bolt or a miraculous healing, but a way forward that felt manageable.  A letting down and a letting go that allowed us to wade through the fear and worry to a place of hope and calm.   A place that felt safe…a place to begin.

As I said my tearful thank you, I felt Him say “I was just waiting for you to ask.

Originally published on Grace Notes www.kellyjohnsongracenotes.com


Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson is a counselor, writer, speaker and teacher with a passion for the poor and hurting in our community. She leads a weekly bible study at the Lamb Center, a day shelter for homeless individuals in Fairfax, VA, where she also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. Kelly is married to her high school sweetheart, Steve and is proud mom of two college-aged daughters, Alexandra and Brooke. A long time blogger, she writes about life, faith, and her newly empty nest at www.kellyjohnsongracenotes.com