2011 New Year’s Resolution

2 01 2011

Let me wax a couple of stats on ya.  Stat #1:  50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce.  Doesn’t matter what your belief system is, your political affiliation is, or whether your lifestyle is liberal or staunchly conservative, and anymore, how long you’ve been married; if you have uttered the words “I Do” sometime in your life there’s a one in two chance down the road you’re gonna you’re gonna declare “Oh No I Don’t!  And yes, I realize that some of you have already experienced that.  Ok, there’s the ugly stat, now here’s the brighter one.  Stat #2:  When surveying couples who pray together regularly, the divorce rate, (you ready for this?) falls–to less; than 1%.  Studies also tell that couples relate to having a fuller and happier marriage when they began to have a prayer life with their mate.  Pretty cool, huh?!

Now then, saying all this, and with all you good people reading the title, ‘New Year’s Resolution,’ let me now say; that’s not mine and my Lady’s.  We already do pray together regularly and have for several years now.  But, if you haven’t made a resolution yet and were looking for one, I highly recommend you give this one a whirl.  Ok, guess it’s time for Windy, the Gray Blow Hard to get his resolution, since I did say earlier that it involved all of you. ;o)

My Lady and I hold to the position that praying for someone is the best way to say, I care about you.  Be it a personal trial that a person might be going thru or maybe it’s for a loved one or anyone you want pray for that matter; or maybe it’s just to ask for a good day for that individual; we count it all joy to have the honor and privilege of binging someone or their request to the Throne Room of God.

Now I won’t make anyone promises that because we pray for you, all your troubles will go away, you’ll find a million dollars under your pillow and you’ll look like a movie star in 6 easy prayers.  Hey, take a gook look at the guy writing this!  That’s proof enough it doesn’t work that way, ok?!  But I do believe earnest prayer offered with the right attitude and intention does get answered.

Each day we will contact several of you (privately) that you are on our hearts today and we will be lifting you up in prayer; because we care for you.  Why you might ask?  Well let me assure you it’s not to build some worldwide tele-evangelistic network via FB.  I’m trying to do better not to criticize ones who have that aim, but that’s not this old boy. Maybe it’s to get everyone believing just how great, wonderful and groovy kind of guy I am; NOT!  My Lady is sent from Heaven in my book and I thank God for her every day, but me, I’m just your stereo-typical bugger-head who has stumbled thru life, made a whole lot of mistakes and finally, by the Grace of God got a few things right.  One of those that I got right was not being religious, but rather a person of faith.  And one of the best ways I’ve found to share that faith is to let someone know we’re praying for them.  Personally, I love to hear someone has been praying for this man.  I’m convinced that prayer has saved my life more than once.

We don’t have a large FB friends list, so we’ll get thru everyone rather quickly; then what?  We’ll just start all over!  Can’t have too much prayer the way I look at it.  Some of you are already a regular part of our prayer life because of friendship or family ties. We’re just making sure we really are a ‘friend’ to all who have befriended us here.  If anyone would like to send us a prayer request privately, you have our promise we will not share it with anyone but our Lord.

Thanks to all of you for what you have come to mean to us and for taking time to read this.

Blessings to you and you loved ones this coming year!

Philippians 4:4-7

4Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


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3 01 2011
Naomi

Sam & I made a commitment to pray together every night this year. We missed the first night, because he wasn’t feeling good, but I still believe it is a worthy goal!

Before this year the only time we prayed together was before we’d photograph a wedding. I realized when I confessed to Sam it was my favorite part of the wedding that we needed to do it on a more regular basis!

We’re hoping that we can grow together as a couple, and hopefully, eventually, a family. 🙂

Thanks for lifting us up~ Naomi

3 01 2011
David and Clelda Benning

Thank you both for this wonderful way to pray for others.David and I pray several times aday and always at night.We would love to be apart of this praying for each other.Your testimony is so wonderful.Blessings,Clelda

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