For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:5-8 (NIV)
26 days of doing anything likely creates a habit. 26 days of consecutive sacrificial prayer for my husband has created several good habits (and yielded good things). It brought something fresh to our marriage (which wasn’t stale, but fresh is always good). It broadened my prayer life, and the reward seems to be blessings across the lives of our friends and family. It would appear that a simple, soulful act of obedience has opened up the windows of Heaven, and what pours out has fallen all over like rain, not just on one house, but across the expanse of an endless sky. If I can learn this much in only 26 days, imagine what other blessings might be in store…
Like what about becoming more effective and productive? My beloved is assuredly effective and productive, it is one of many qualities about him which I both admire and for which I thank God. It is an easy prayer to beseech God’s continued blessings upon his character, but what about the residuals? Can I get some of that?
When I began this prayer challenge, somehow I thought it would be a good idea to blog about each day’s prayer. Writing here has been a blessing to me. I’ve found a place to work out “my stuff” and discovered that sometimes people listen in…sometimes they get their own stuff worked out. That’s a blessing. I’ve had more people put eyes on these pages in the last month than have viewed my “blog baby” in the entire first year I published it. If that means it’s had more opportunities to bless and share The Good News, that’s good too. I’m staying humble and hopeful. I acknowledge right here and right now that if wonderful things start happening to and through this blog, God gets ALL the Glory.
I’ve also realized that writing daily is a tremendous commitment. It makes me respect those gifted who do it regularly and well, and challenges me to be effective and productive to succeed. (thank God I have a role model so close by…when my 31 days are over, I’m increasing the frequency of my publishing, but maybe not to every day just yet…)
Finally, and this is certainly God, I won my first award. It’s the Liebster for blogs, given by peers to blogs with less than 200 followers. We find and support one another, paying it forward. Anna, a wonderful friend I’ve never met, writes Universal Gibberish, which I happened upon, followed, and refused to give up. She is witty, kind, bright and interesting. She earned her Liebster, German for darling, or beloved (see, God again), and shared it with me.
How does one acquire a Liebster? Someone who appreciates your musings decides to share them in their world, and synergies occur. If that’s not Grace, what is? Lord, for all that is, and for all that is to come; I am astonished by Your Grace. I am compelled again to declare God is Good.
In accepting a Liebster, a recipient:
- 1. Thanks the grantor and links back to their blog.
- 2. Identifies and publishes 5 new winners.
- 3. Notifies winner’s via a comment on their blogs, and
- 4. Posts the Liebster on their blog (while doing the Grateful Happy Dance)
The tough part is choosing 5. I’ve found so many distinctive writers since I started, but these stand out. Please read, enjoy, follow, and share liberally what you find in these links here-all remarkable, all remarkably unique. I think I see, or wish I saw, a little of myself in each …
· Christian wife and mother in a home overflowing with love http://www.allthingshis.com/
· a writer/runner/yogi/strategic optimist/phenomenal woman http://whattowearrunning.blogspot.com
· someone who puts words into “sometimes neat, sometimes messy, word packages” (I love that) http://www.brownpaperandstrings.com/
· a late-sleepin’ flip-flop kind of gal, http://irishpenn.blogspot.com/
and last but not least,
· someone who is already a friend in my head….the magic coming out of her kitchen is certifiably DANGEROUS (or dangerously, delightfully CERTIFIABLE)! http://mandyxcakesandcompany.blogspot.com/