A Thanksgiving Prayer

protecting me
i had
no idea of danger
even before
i asked
Your presence
Your love
Your word
i am

O Lord my God, I will give You thanks forever! – Psalm 30:12 NLT
Photo: Veggie Collage
Taken at: Farmers Market, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Courtesy of: Skipper Farms
Chesapeake & Virginia Beach
Previously shared with: GraceInside

Happy Holidays?


In a recent online article entitled Holiday Depression, Dr. Richard Boyum states “We generally
think of the holidays as a joyous, happy period. The period of time between Thanksgiving and
New Year’s is a time in American culture for much celebration. People come together to eat, sing,
share gifts, and enjoy the camaraderie of each other’s presence. But there is an increasing body of knowledge that says that the holidays are a period of time that is, for many, stressful at the least and for others, downright depressing.”

This Holiday season, let us be sensitive to those around us who may be
experiencing a time or stress, loss, or depression, and may need a listening ear,
a word of encouragement, a voice of hope, a voice of support, or a voice of prayer.

Heavenly Father, help me to touch lives during this Holiday season,
as Your voice of hope, love, and encouragement, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Photo: Harvest Red Winterberry Holly
Taken at: Norfolk Botanical Garden
Shared withGraceInside

Today’s Prayer

American Coot #3 - Mt T - 100_1107
On my recent walk through my favorite park,
I observed this American Coot. My heart immediately
overflowed with  another prayer from the Psalms:
Heavenly Father,
Today lead me beside still
waters1, guide me with Your Eye2
and set my feet on the Rock3
In Jesus’ name,
1. Psalm 23:2; 2. Psalm 32:8; 3. Psalm 40:2

Background Music Desert Place: Nathan S. Elliott
Photo: American Coot
Taken at: Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach, Va.
Previously published 12/13/2015

Today’s Prayer

IMG_0643_20150824201919975As I walked recently with my 11 year old nephew Cairon, his keen eye spotted this Great Blue Heron. Its beauty stirred a prayer in my heart. I pray you enjoy its beauty and the prayer as much as I did.Heavenly Father, help me today to remember: that you love me with an everlasting love; you care about every situation in my life; you have given me the gift of peace; You made me in an amazing and wonderful way; You will be with me to the end of the world, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

References: Jeremiah 31:3; 1 Peter 5:7; John 14:27; Psalm 139:14; Matthew 28:20 Photo:Great Blue Heron