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Ready to Live

She sat in a frozen-like position on her couch. Preoccupied and bewildered, she stared at nothing, but fearfully expected anything. Supposition rushed through her mind like frenzied traffic, terrifying and hollow. She was desperate to run anywhere, but stayed in fear of everywhere.

Her hands tingled, and chills and sweats alternately washed over her with every sound that she heard. Her body had become emotionally and physiologically reactionary; sounds were magnified and people were complicated, yet silence was stifling, and aloneness brought dread.

In moments of intense fear she would whisper the name, “Jesus”.  His name was her entire prayer.

The woman described above was me. For some of my adult years I struggled with anxiety, depression, and finally panic attacks. I was in emotional bondage; dying inside, but desperately wanting to live.

heavenly raysEverybody has their own version of happiness. Mine was to understand and liberally embrace the life that Jesus died to give me. So, even in the dark times when I could not see beyond my fears, I fumbled and reached in God’s direction. Thankfully He was there.

The Bible tells us that God would dwell in a dark cloud. So even in our most desperate times, He is with us. He became a very personal help in my time of need. He showed Himself strong when I was weak, and He embraced me with a love that radically transformed my spirit, soul and body.

I still pray the name “Jesus”, but not out of fear, as I am no longer the woman on that couch. One day I looked up and HIS light had undeniably pierced my dark cloud. I was thawed, calm and unafraid; ready to live that life that He died to give me!

2 Chronicles 6:1 NIV Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud…”

Psalm 46:1 NKJV God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 7/25/2009 11:21 PM

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National Day of Prayer

38652129_sbThis week, on May 7th, we observe the National Day of Prayer in America.  Established in 1952 by President Harry Truman and the U.S. Congress, this event is in its 57th year!

It is a blessing to consider the scores of people who pray throughout the country on that day.  It is a time when unity and the purposes of God are advanced, and the plans of the enemy are pushed back.  I add the prayer that is written below to the millions that will be boldly proclaimed, or silently breathed, on this powerful day.  I will be honored if you pray it with me.

FATHER we thank You for Your amazing grace that truly saved us from an eternal hell.  Your selflessness has delivered us from a life of bondage and endless suffering.  How could we repay You?  We cannot.  When we spend time with You we see glimpses of Your heart – Your thoughts – and we become very aware of who we are; how unworthy.  But yet at the same time we are stunned by the way that You love us no matter who we are, or what we do.  Full of gratitude and worship Father, we bow before You.

JESUS, we do not come to You with fluffy prayers, or eloquent words.  We do not come with a system, or a laundry list of needs.  We do not come because we expect You to perform or because You owe us anything.  We come to You because of who You are and because You have the words of life.  We come to You because You know the intents of our hearts and we empty ourselves before You for the needs of many.

We honor You as the Most High God, the One who died to prove His love, the One worthy of our lives, and the One who will never forsake us.  We regret that we have forsaken You.  We have sinned; wash us Lord with the blood spilled at Your cross. Cleanse us from human filth and selfish intents.  Purify us Lord, and give us ears to hear and eyes to see so that we can pray according to Your will.

HOLY SPIRIT, we vow to listen for Your promptings, Your direction.  We thank You for abiding so richly and faithfully within our frail tabernacles.  Thank You for never giving up on us; for seeing us through and empowering us to run this race. We honor You Lord, we desire more of You, and we seek to reflect Your love and Your power on the earth.

For the people, for the people, we cry for the needs of the people all over this world!  Such suffering, devastation, war, terrorism, sickness, oppression, broken families; sin is rampant and so many do not have the hope that You offer.  So many fear, so many do not know that they can find peace in the midst of it all. So many do not know You.

God, we plead with you today for the people.  Drop a blanket of deliverance over us all.  Release the captives from emotional, spiritual, and physical bondage.  Intervene dear Lord in the injustice and tyranny that abounds and comfort the lonely, desperate, and afraid.  As we live under Your covering, teach us quickly how to help the poor, how to feed the hungry, and how to reach the lost.  Motivate us Lord by revealing more about Yourself and Your heart’s cry to love people better, to put ourselves aside, so that we can be effective and reach beyond our human opinions and limitations.  Save, save, save the people Lord!

Lover of our souls, You deserve our faithfulness, You deserve our time, our resources, our very lives and we give ourselves to You again in this moment. Mobilize your people across the earth; let us hear the voice of our Commander; dispatch Your warriors.  We will go where You send us, and do what You ask.  We will be Your hands and feet.

We stand in Your presence willing to fight for what is right, we rebuke the enemy from coming near, and we contend for those who cannot contend for themselves.  We pray for protection from the evil one and we throw ourselves, our churches, our families, our cities, our states, our leaders and officials, our nation and our world on Your mercy!  Help us great God.

Thank you.  Mere words are not enough to express our gratitude, or your magnificence; we invite you to look upon the intent of this prayer – written across our hearts.  WE LOVE YOU FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT, WE LOVE YOU.  May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!  In JESUS’ name we pray. Amen.

2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 5/2/2009 8:24 PM

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It Can Be Better

I recently celebrated my birthday and it brought back memories of a conversation that I had with my mother years ago concerning my entrance into the world.  She described my grandmother’s reaction when my mom informed her that my name would be Donna.  My little Italian grandma loved the name because it had an Italian origin. She waved her arms and joyfully skirted around her kitchen.

14464964_s(1)Then my mother said that on the day I was born my grandfather stood outside the hospital nursery and danced. She said that one of the nurses actually asked my mom if she knew who the funny little man at the window was!  That was my grandpa, loving his new baby granddaughter, and rejoicing over her entrance into the world.  Wow, what a marvelous beginning I was given to build my life upon.

As I reflect on my gratitude for this warm welcome, my thoughts drift to the harsh and cold reception that many babies face when they enter the world.  I think of those who are not received by love; those who are abandoned, thrown onto trash heaps, or born into domestic or other war-zones.

My heart would shatter if I could not raise my eyes to God and pray, confident that He holds their lives in His protective hands.

We do not have the ability to solve every injustice.  But we were given an amazing privilege to pray, and prayers absolutely do affect change.  Additionally, we can carry the hope of Christ to others by getting involved in a righteous cause, or act of kindness outside our world.

Has God called you to step out of your comfort zone to feed the hungry, serve the poor, comfort widows, spend time with orphans, or care for the sick or elderly?  Has He put a burden on your heart to pray for someone?

While not everything in life has the gift of great beginnings, with our willingness and God’s help, the end of any matter can be better than it began!

Ecclesiastes 7:8a NIV The end of a matter is better than its beginning…

James 5:16b KJV …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 2/14/2009 10:18 PM

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Be a Contagious Influence

Now that we have raised our three kids to adulthood, I marvel at the super-human efforts of my own parents.  Growing up, I figured that my parents were responsible to take care of me, so they probably knew what they were doing. When I became a parent myself I realized that parenting is mainly a “learn as you go” experience; an education gained on our knees, under-fire, and quite often, just in the nick of time.

783474_20039271It is not unusual for a parent to take a militant stand concerning a child-rearing matter, when at the same time he or she shudders at the thought that the decision could be wrong. Fortunately, we are not expected to know all the answers.  We are, however, responsible to put great faith and effort into doing our best, and living an authentic life before our kids.

Author Clarence Budinton Kelland said, “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”  So, if your decisions are caring and deliberate, and your witness is consistent, your believability will be a contagious influence on your children.

God is a present help in the time of our need.  Pray and trust in His established and eternal principles to give you the wisdom you require. As parents it is our challenge to live the life, keep the faith, and to remain hopeful and positive while our offspring navigate through time.

As babies, they won’t know what you’re doing.  As pre-teens; they won’t want to know what you’re doing.  As teens; they won’t care what you’re doing, but as adults they will marvel at what you’ve done!

Proverbs 22:6 NIV Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Matthew 5:16 NIV In the same way let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 1/19/2009 10:34 AM

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What Moves You?

We cry for the people of Bangladesh who suffered the death of loved ones in a tragic cyclone.  We mourn for those who died without knowing Christ, whose cries from an eternal hell cannot be remedied.  Our hearts ache for the parents whose children were lost, and for the children who live in a world that they must now rebuild.

When I was a child I used to write poetry, and as I look back through the handwritten pages in my time-worn binder, I see that I wrote frequently about human suffering.  I was young and impressionable and the injustice in the world played a large part in the formation of my character.

22878268_sForty years later tragedy is still a part of life. How grateful I am, however, to know Jesus.  Through my faith in Him I now have access to the throne-room of God. In that holy and powerful place, God’s children can lay their prayers for a hurting world directly at His feet.  The Bible says in Hebrews 4:16, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most”.

Like the formative words in my poetry binder, I encourage you to notice what realities arrest your true character. Your natural inclinations may be bottled up. Pop the top, let the tears flow, and empty yourself at the feet of your God.

Isaiah 30:18 NLT Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him.

Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 1/11/2009 12:39 PM

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