Summing it Up...

Now, that I'm way on the wrong side of sixty, I feel that being true to self is important. "I yam, what I yam." Kindness and smiles are to be given away. Women are strong. Men are more vulnerable than we believe. Husbands may come and go...but one thing I know for sure is that I will NEVAH live without a corgi or coffee in my life if I can prevent it. Come piles of dog fur or hot water!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Thoughts...

Today, I did some reading about Prayer, and its effect on people.
Personal experience has taught me well about the power of prayer.
Our family had prayer chains linking across the nation for my brother's daughter in law this Fall. She went in to have a baby, and ended up in the hospital for several months in ICU, with almost no hope for recovery. She did, and is home now, reconnecting with her two daughters, thankful that she got her life back.

Prayer can get you through a crisis; and be extremely meaningful. Did you know that it can enhance the relaxation response in us, and perhaps our health? It's not easy to document the power of prayer. We do know that prayer can offer solace and comfort.
It can lessen hostility and anxiety as well. Prayer can lower blood pressure and affect your quality of life.

Not everyone who "believes" is a congregant.
Many non congregant's are extremely spiritual, they just choose to do it alone, or with nature. There shouldn't be "rules" about where you find your religion. Prayer soothes and heals. Church fellowship can do the same, if you are so inclined. Good can be done without being connected to a church. There are many ways to be a Christian, and to live a godly life. The building with the steeple really doesn't have anything to do with it.

Prayer is the answer however, whether you do it in groups, as you drive, lie in bed, feed your dogs. Small offerings of emotion sent up above on an updraft of good will are accepted by the big Guy. He knows where your heart is. Without Him, you probably don't have a prayer of a chance to get through all we have to in this world. I forget, too often, to give thanks and to say my prayers, unless a crisis pops up. I'm going to work on that.


Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

You are so right, you do not have to be in church in order to pray. You do not have to have a large crowd to help lift up your prayers to God, all you need is yourself and a willing heart.
I am so glad your Brother's DIL is doing good. I believe very strongly in the power of prayer. So many people say, well God doesn't answer my prayers, yes he does, he just doesn't always give you the answer you want.
I find that I am so quick to pray and ask for help when I'm in a crisis but forget to say thank you, when it is over and everything is going smooth. I will also work on this. Thanks for reminding me to do better.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

A very thoughtful post, me dear! I agree that a person can be very spiritual without going to church, and that you sure don't need to be in a church to pray, or to have yer prayers count.

ClassyChassy said...

Just because you go to church doesn't mean you are a Christian - any more than going to McDonalds makes you a hamburger. Worship and prayer can be done anywhere, but your Church is a place to fellowship with other believers and to give glory to God as an entire unit. The Bible offers encouragement to get together with others of like-mindedness, saying 'Wherever two or more are gathered together in my name, there am I, in the midst of them.' But God is accepting of praise, prayer, thanksgiving, and meditation when a person can offer it at home or out in the nature that He created for us. Thank you for the reminder, as we humans often forget!

Chatty Crone said...

You are so right. Prayer is critical. Just taking the time to stop and clear you mind. Resting. Praying.

Good thoughts my friend.

My Bucket List said...

Thanks for your note...I am doing good and am reading some awesome books. I just can't wait for a little warm weather to take the motorcoach out. Probably will go to Oklahoma City in March for the grandkids livestock show. My little Corgi will be so glad when I can romp and play with him again.
Love your prayer post, think it hit home with everyone that reads it.


I so agree...seems like some folks only "pray" when they "NEED" something! I find myself crawling into bed at night and just thanking God for the day...that I made it thru,I ask him for strength for the next day! Thanks for helping us all remember the simple side of prayer!

Lily said...

I just discovered your blog and I enjoyed it so much! We bought a camper last year and have not had the chance to use it very much. We are looking forward to loading our two doxies in the surburban and heading down the road next summer.

a corgi said...

interesting entry :)

I totally agree with your statement about without the Lord, we won't get through anything in this world; He definitely is our only hope :)


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