Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 31 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 31 - A HEART FOR MISSIONS “Lord, please develop in them a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, your marvelous deeds among all peoples”.

Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. Psalm 96:3 (NASB)
Today is my last post in my series of 31 days/ 31 ways to pray for my children...I have had to get busy making sure I posted everyday, but I have enjoyed praying for my children and grandchildren in these 31 specific ways, along with my other prayers for them. I hope that you may have gain some inspiration through my posts. Most importantly, I did this for my children and grandchildren to see these characteristics and values apparent in their lives, and I am so proud to say that I do, this is just extra prayer (that never hurts!)

Heavenly Father, I pray that You would give my children a love for people of all races and nationalities. Show them the way You want them to be involved and build in them a strong desire to deliver the message - personally or through giving money for someone else to do it.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 30 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 30 - GRATITUDE “Help them to live lives ‘overflowing with thankfulness’; that they may ‘always be giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ’”.

having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:7 (NASB)

always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;
Ephesians 5:20 (NASB)

Gracious God, in the busy-ness of my day, I sometimes forget to stop to thank You for all that is good in my life. My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to see the everyday wonders of creation. I pray that my life will always be an example to my children and grandchildren to be grateful for all the blessings You have given us, and most importantly for the gift of salvation! I thank You, too, for those things in my life that are less than I would hope them to be. Things that seem challenging, unfair, or difficult. When my heart feels stretched and empty, and I feel so overwhelmed, still I rejoice that You are as near to me as my next breath and that in the middle of everything, I am growing and learning and I pray that my children and grandchildren will continue to rejoice and be grateful for the mountain top experiences, and rejoice and give You praise in the valleys as well!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 29 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 29 - PRAYERFULNESS “Grant, Lord, that their lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to ‘pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests’”.

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, Ephesians 6:18 (NASB)

Gracious God, I just want to thank You and praise You that we have the privilege to come to You in prayer. I ask You to give my kids more than respect for prayer; give them a heart for prayer that grows and grows until they spend more time with You than anyone else. Teach them to be transparent and not act like something they're not.  Make each of them true worshipers who prayerfully come to Your throne room. Give them a passion to please You. Teach my kids to dispense kindness in such a way people will see You and not them.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from the Worthey's

We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating love...we plan too! :)

Day 28 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 28 - SELF DISCIPLINE  “Father, may they develop self-discipline, that they may acquire ‘a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair’” (Prov. 1:3).

To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity Proverbs 1:3 (NASB)

My prayer today is that my children may develop self-discipline that they may acquire a prudent life. Lord, continue to develop self-discipline in my own life so I may exemplify a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right even when I don’t want to do it. Give my children the desire for You and a calling to do the right thing at all times so they may become all You have called them to be.  I pray for Chase that she might be self disciplined in the area of being prepared for school.  I pray for her as she continues to learn spiritual disciplines to draw her closer to You, Lord. This is my prayer for all my children and grandchildren! I also pray for my children when they lack discipline in using their time wisely. Help them all to be disciplined in making healthy choices. Hebrews 12:11 says “No discipline seems pleasant at the time but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”  Discipline is not all that fun in the moment.  But a life of discipline is a life of righteousness and peace. I pray this for all my children as well as my grandchildren!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 27 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 27 - A PASSION FOR GOD " Lord, please instill in my children a soul that "followeth hard after thee," a heart that clings passionately to you.

My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me Psalm 63:8 (NASB)

Gracious Heavenly Father, I pray that you will give my children and grandchildren a passion for loving You that not only rivals their love for anything else in their lives, but surpasses it and then revolutionizes it to be something pleasing to You.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 26 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

DAY 26 -The willingness and ability to work hard. “Teach them, Lord, to value work and to work hard at everything they do, ‘as working for the Lord, not for human masters’”.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, Colossians 3:23 (NASB)

Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to do it with all their heart, as working for You and not for men. I pray that You would give them a willingness to use the gifts You have given them and to not take for granted their abilities, but to work hard. I pray that in all things they will always give You thanks and praise!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 25 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 25 - H O P E - “May the God of hope grant that they may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit”.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NASB)

Heavenly Father, I pray that You would give my children and grandchildren a desire to be faithful through hard times by understanding You have a plan and purpose for their life.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 24 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 24 - A SERVANT HEART - “God, please help them develop servant hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, ‘as if [they] were serving the Lord, not people’”.

With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, Ephesians 6:7 (NASB)

God, please help my children and grandchildren develop a servant's heart for You so they will please You through their willing spirit. Equip them to serve effectively and use them to facilitate the work of the kingdom. Help my kids see what needs to be done regardless if anyone else notices it or not. Then give them a heart to do what they can without being noticed if possible.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 23 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

DAY 23 - FAITH “I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them”.

The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
And the Lord said, "If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and be planted in the sea'; and it would obey you. Luke 17:5-6 (NASB)

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
For by it the men of old gained approval.
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;
for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.
Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN IN NUMBER, AND INNUMERABLE AS THE SAND WHICH IS BY THE SEASHORE.
All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.
And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son;
it was he to whom it was said, "IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED."
He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come.
By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's edict.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,
choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.
By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them.
By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned.
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.
And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,
who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,
quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection;
and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated
(men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.
And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. Hebrews 11:1-40 (NASB)

Lord, Great is Your faithfulness! Lord, You are faithful and just and You forgive all our sins and unrighteousness as we confess and repent. Thank You Father, that You are so faithful and full of grace. I am thankful that Your fruit will keep my children and grandchildren trusting firmly in You until the end, I pray that they will be known as being faithful, one who is trustworthy, dependable, reliable and who keeps their word. I pray that my children and grandchildren will be faithful at school, at work, no matter how small, trival or unimportant the matter may seem.
I pray for my children and grandchildren's continual faithfulness to You, Lord, that each one of them may continue to trust You unwaveringly and be able to receive what You have promised.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day 22 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 22 - Contentment  "Father, teach my children 'the secret of being content in any and every situation. . . . through Him who gives [them] strength'".

I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13 (NASB)

Lord, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don’t need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity. Lord, help me to be an example of contentment to my children and grandchildren!  Father, I pray that my children and grandchildren would have contentment that brings about a lasting peace and grateful hearts that only You can give to them.  Help them not to focus on the material possessions that they lose sight of what is really important. May the character of their souls and the fruit of their actions be of much greater importance than the perishable things that get their attention! Help them to look to You for proper balance in the things You have so richly blessed us with and the attitude in which they receive these things from Your hands.

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Rosacea Study

As you may remember starting back in October I started a research study for my rosacea. I think I must have gotten the placebo, or either the medicine just did not work for me because I still have all the same redness, but hopefully they gained information from the study that will help to create new medication for the treatment of Rosacea.

I think I shared with you in my October post, (sorry I don't know how to link the post) that along with all the fun I had at my long visits, we were also getting compensated for our time! The grand total came to $2500 dollars...this was totally unexpected I was more interested in having the redness gone from my face, but we do plan to put the money to good use! We started that day making plans to go on a CRUISE during Chase's winter break! This was our gift to each other for Christmas, 7 days with no interruptions, just the 3 of us! I didn't want to blog about it until I knew it was a done deal, Tommy and Chase had to get passports, and we had to find a cruise that would work for the time period we needed and for our budget! Well, we booked the cruise Saturday! We believe we have found a really great trip and we are so excited! We leave on the 19th to head to Galveston, TX and the cruise leaves from there on Sunday, the 20th and we will return to Galveston on Sunday, the 27th!

Here are a few pictures from my time in the study:

These are a few of my research buddies (from left to right Karla, Me, Cherie and Kim), we look alittle rough, but keep in my mind we had been there almost 12 hrs at the time this picture was made! LOL!

This is Tammy and Ron they were the puzzle makers!

Cheryl (in blue) was also part of the study, and Amy was our nurse, she kept an eye on us, checked on vitals and such through the long 12 hr days!

This is Nancy and Karen! Two of the other nurses that work with Dr. Ling! Nancy was our entertainment...LOL! She was wonderful, providing us with movies, and games, and she always got us the best food (we weren't allowed anything hot to eat or drink, but she kept us full all day!! :) Along with everything else, Nancy also provided hand and foot massages! I really think I should have paid them for my time there, but I'm not complaining!! :)

This is Dr. Ling, he is a great doctor, and a really great guy!

This was me getting my eye pressure test, since the medication they were testing on our rosacea was similar to a glaucoma medication, they had to do this test every visit! It looks painful, but it was actually pretty cool! :)

I can't wait until they have another study that I can be a part of...I had a great time, and reaped some awesome benefits, not to mention, I made some new friends!

Day 21 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

DAY 21- RESPONSIBILITY “Grant that they may learn responsibility, ‘for each of you should carry your own load’”.

For each one will bear his own load. Galatians 6:5 (NASB)

Heavenly Father, I pray that You would give my children and grandchildren a sense of responsibility. Give them a sense of responsibility, so that they may never waste the gifts which You have given to each of them; a sense of responsibility to their teachers, so that all their patient teaching of them may not go for nothing; and a sense of responsibility to their jobs, that they would not take them for granted, but that they would have a good work ethic and work hard using the talents and abilities You have given them.
A sense of responsibility to their friends, so that they may never disappoint them; a sense of responsibility to those who have gone before them, so that they may never forget what our freedom and liberty cost. A sense of responsibility to the world, so that they may put into life more than they take out. Most importantly a sense of responsibility to You Lord, so that they may always remember that You loved them so much that you gave your only begotten Son for each of us!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 20 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 20 - COMPASSION “Lord, please clothe them with the virtue of compassion”.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 (NASB)

Dear Lord, I pray that You will give my children and grandchildren a heart of compassion, I pray that they will know that compassion is not pity, but yet love in action! I pray Lord that they will show the love of Christ in their words, and in their actions and that all they do today and everyday might lift up the name of Jesus!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day 19 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 19 - HUMILITY "God, please cultivate in my children the ability to 'show true humility toward all'".

to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. Titus 3:2 (ESV)

(This is a picture of a dear sweet lady at our church, Joann Hudson, this was taken on her trip to the Holy Land, this is the stone where they laid Jesus' body after he was crucified, I thought this was a perfect picture to go along with my prayer for humility.)

Kind Heavenly Father, You are Lord of heaven and earth. I am nothing apart from You. Lord, I am so glad that You know each of my children and grandchildren by name. Thank You for sending a whole hedge of angels around each child. Thank You for protecting them all today. I pray Lord that You would please turn their minds and hearts toward You and pleasing You. I thank You for a husband that is such a godly example of humility before his children and grandchildren, and I pray that each of them would show true humility in their individual lives! I thank You Lord for my family, I thank You for my husband, for my sons, for my daughter, for my grandsons, and for my granddaughters. I also thank You for the privilege of being a foster parent. I pray for little Destiny that You would be with her and comfort her like only You can. I thank You for all Your many blessings upon our family! We know that all we have we own to You and You alone Lord!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Day 18 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 18 - Endurance "Lord, teach my children endurance in all they do, and help them especially to ‘run with endurance the race that is set before [them]'".
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1 (NASB)

Heavenly Father, I pray that as Jesus as their example that my children and grandchildren will run with endurance, that they might run when they are out of breath, run when the prize seems to be too far away, run when the hot sun is too much to bear -still -let them run with endurance the race that is set before them! Thank You Jesus for Your example!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 17 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 17 - JOY "May my children be filled 'with the joy given by the Holy Spirit'".

You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit. I Thessalonians 1:6 (NASB)

Lord, You promise that the Holy Spirit in our life will produce the fruit of joy. Lord, fill us with overwhelming joy. Cause Your joy to grow and overflow in my children and grandchildren's lives. Let my children and grandchildren experience deep joy that is dependent not on circumstances but on their relationship with You.
Thank you, Lord for your joy which is our strength. Thank you for taking the spirit of fear away from us and replacing it with a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind that greatly produces joy in our innermost being.
Thank you Lord for giving my children merry hearts. Give them cheerful countenance which will help others to see Your joy reflected in their lives.
I pray that my children and grandchildren will continually praise You. In Your presence, Lord there is fullness of joy, and I thank You for filling my children with all joy and peace!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day 16 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

DAY 16 P E A C E - “Father, let my children ‘make every effort to do what leads to peace’”

So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. Romans 14:19 (NASB)
O God, you are the source of life and peace. We know it is You who turn our minds to thoughts of peace. Grant us your peace; in an age of violence, teach my children peace. Fill their souls with harmony rather than discord. Protect them from injury and harm! May they, trusting in Your love, find rest and peace in the knowledge that You are with them.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 15 of 31 Ways to Pray for my Children

Day 15 -Generosity. "Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age".

Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. I Timothy 6: 18-19 (NASB)

Heavenly Father, My prayer is that generosity and grace would be hallmarks of our family so others may see You in us. Please show us who the poor and needy are in our community so we can share with them as You have provided for us. We ask that our generosity would result in others giving thanks to You. May we find joy in refreshing others by being generous with our possessions. You modelled true selflessness when You died on the cross. You gave Your life for us. May our generous kindness to others be a testimony that You are living in us. Lord, I pray that You would forgive me for times when I have been inconsiderately selfish with the resources you have given us. We as a family want to be generous with these blessings so we can be a blessing to others.