Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Prayer, Spiritual Help

            Paul’s Pattern of Prayer for People in Colosse When you don’t know how to pray for someone, use Paul’s prayer pattern for the people in Colosse in Colossians 1:9-12. “…We ask God to give you complete understanding of what he wants to do in  your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God’s only people, who live in the light.” Ask God to help the person or people you are praying for to: 1.  understand what God wants them to do 2.  gain spiritual wisdom 3.  honor and please the Lord 4.  continually do good, kind things for others 5.  learn to know God better and better 6.  be strengthened with God’s glorious power 7.  have great patience and endurance 8.  be filled with Christ’s joy 9.  give thanks always to the Father All of us as believers have these same basic needs. It is important to pray to God to fill them with spiritual wisdom and they will be wise in their discernment. Pray they will grow to love God better and better and know Him on a more personal level. The knowledge of God is available for everyone and we all can grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God. God’s desire is for us to draw closer to Him, learn more of Him, and put our beliefs into practice by serving, helping, and loving others. Brenda Luther

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Emotional Trash

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Personal Growth Tips, Resources and Materials, Spiritual Help

We all suffer from emotional trash. The question is… What are we going to do with it? Are we going to hold on or get rid of it so that we can move forward and become the person that God designed for us to be? If you are struggling today overwhelmed by life, unhappy, tired, and feeling bogged down by your emotional trash, I recommend Georgia’s book to you. The following is a short description written by Christian psychologist Georgia Shaffer about her book Taking Out Your Emotional Trash. Feeling Tired? Overwhelmed? Unhappy? Do you want more energy, more peace, more happiness? Christian psychologist Georgia Shaffer offers a proven “toss and recycle” program to help you evaluate your emotions, keep the life-affirming ones, and discard the ones that hinder healthy relationships. Step-by-step you’ll discover how to: reduce destructive anxiety, fear, guilt, and shame eliminate persistent, toxic emotions experience greater intimacy in relationships handle life’s ups and downs more easily introduce more hope and joy into your life Through real-life stories, insightful questions, and wisdom from God’s Word, you’ll discover transforming truths that will help you be free to be who you are—loved, talented, valued, and forgiven. Georgia, we can all relate to the job of “taking out our trash,” but what led you to write Taking Out Your Emotional Trash? Like many listeners, I grew up in a home where I never learned the skills I needed to handle my disappointments, insecurities, or anger in a healthy way. As a result, those hurts and feelings piled up and created more pain in my life. It took me years to learn how to deal properly with my negative emotions. There’s a free self-assessment at under “Free Resources.” Use this tool to check and see how you’re doing on taking out your emotional trash. Here’s the bottom line. Waste management today can take twenty plastic soda bottles and make a Polertec fleece out of them. But that’s nothing compared to what God can do with your emotional garbage. He’s the master of waste management. He can take your junk and make something beautiful out of it—but you have to be willing to give it to him. As I mentioned earlier we all have emotional trash . . . the question is what are you doing with yours? Are you holding onto it or are you getting rid of it so that you can be free to be who God created you to be?  ...

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