Thursday, February 12, 2009

And The Winner Is...

I went to bed last night longing to be able to give all of you this book! As I have been praying for each of you & your marriages God is giving me such a heart for you. I could not decide on my own. My daughter saw my internal frustration and said, "We'll help you mom!" So I wrote out each of your names and placed them in this basket. We shook it all up, and...

The winner of the book, "The Love Dare" by Stephen Kendrick is...

Littlest one was not being cooperative for a photo moment this morning; so I decided to throw in one of my latest favorite pictures of him. He has most definitely been a part of the process too! He is carrying the basket around right now pulling out names and saying, "Yeah!" for each one.

Although all of you could not win the book; I am and will continue to pray daily for your marriages through Valentines Day and as you come to mind after that time frame. Today I am praying specifically for woundings of the heart to be healed as only God can do. Some of you have large seeping wounds right now. Others may have small scratches that just haven't healed and are possibly on the verge of infection. Unnoticed daily, but occasionally "give you trouble" as my husband's Bubbi used to say. Here are a few of the Scriptures the Lord has led me to today as I pray for each of your marriages: (bolding emphasis mine)

Psalm 103 (NIV)

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-

3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,

5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

John 10: 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (NKJ)

Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. (NIV)

Standing with you as you pursue your marriages!



Janice said...

Darn, I was hoping I'd win. Congrats to the winner. Thanks for your prayers and I will pray for you. I will keep you in my prayers until V-day also. You are a good person and deserve to prayed for as well. Thanks for your concern and help. I love having a healed heart. I was able to receive my healed heart last Fall. It is such an amazing experience and a feeling a work hard to never lose. Satan wants us to fail and have heard hearts so that we can't feel the spirit of the Lord. It is a choice of how we let our hearts feel. I choose to not let Satan win and when I feel my heart hardening and I hurry to let it go. I enjoy the lessons that I have had to learn because it has made me who I am today. Thanks again, Have a great day!!

RosyRose said...

Oh Shanda thank you so much!
Such a treat! And even more special to have such adorable little people holding up my name!!!! So sweet! Thanks again friend!:)

Kathryn said...

Congratulations, Rosy Rose! You'll love it. :-)

Shanda, thank you so much for "standing in the gap", interceding and encouraging with your prayers. They are precious to the Lord, and we covet and appreciate them!

Michelle said...

He is a doll!

I have no idea how I found your blog today...but I was reading someone's who was reading someone's...something like that.

Anyway, thanks for letting me visit.