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Praying Out of Time

I read a quote recently in which the writer reflected that she wished she could pray about a situation, but “it was too late”. Here is something to consider:

God is not within the time line, but with out. Time is His Own creation. He is able to manipulate it to move a shadow backwards 10 steps (2 King 20:9), to stop the sun in its tracks while a battle is being fought (Joshua 10:13). He knows and has told us in His Word the events of what we consider to be the future for even several thousand years, has done so repeatedly since His Word and His prophets were first given to us, and been proven True time and time again. Time constrains the Lord from acting no more than taking fleshly form constrained Him to the grave.

Prayer is not about changing God’s mind, but about changing ourselves. Prayer helps us to seek His will for our lives; it puts us in communication with Him… especially so, if we will be quiet from our requests long enough to listen to His answers. Therefore, if the purpose of prayer is to grow our relationship with Him, and if He is Infinitely God, then the effect of our prayer is no more limited to today and tomorrow than HE is limited to today and tomorrow. He can fix yesterday.

His Word promises that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [His] purpose.” (Romans 8:28) This means that the God who is not constrained by space or time is also not restrained by our failures and mistakes. He knew us in our mother’s womb before we ever drew breath (Psalm 139:13)… knew the mistakes we would make, knew the grief He would suffer with us over our choices, knew the pain we would bring on ourselves. He made us, remember? We did not make ourselves. But He still made us just that particular way, knowing exactly what would happen in our lives. More importantly, He was with us then and He is with us now, and He still loves us. He can take our past and turn it into something beautiful for Him. It might not be something we understand, a piece that makes sense to us right now… because that time that He created is something that does delineate our own thinking and understanding. We don’t need to understand it; we only need to know Him.

I love the perspective that it gives us to realize that God is not within our time limits. The perspective to… pray for your spouse for the years before you knew them… pray for the spouses of your children when they grow up, or for your grandchildren before they are even born. Pray for your parents when they were young and struggling or your mother as she was giving birth to you. Pray for your grandparents as children going through the Great Depression. Pray for the victims of the terrorist attacks during 9/11. Pray for our current and past presidents, for Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E Lee, Martin Luther King, Jr! Pray for the unnamed soldiers lying in shallow graves all over the world. Pray for your children’s Kindergarten classes, for their teachers and administrators and the choices they will all someday make. Pray for Mary and the disciples when Jesus was being crucified… pray for Jesus. No prayer is wasted or without purpose. It brings us closer to His perspective, doesn’t it? It is of value.

WE are of value to Him, and our efforts to approach Him bring joy to His heart. He rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). Nothing we can do or have done can prevent Him from being able to wash us clean. It is a lie and a grievous error to assume otherwise. The Lord God of the Universe gave Himself for us, for me, for you… because His death was the only thing that could clean us up and let Him approach. He loved you too much to live without you; in the most powerful, healthy, Godly way it is possible to mean that.

In her Mitford series books, author Jan Karon mentions “the prayer that never fails”… and explains this to mean, simply and magnificently, prayer for God’s will to be done. If we understand that God’s will is to work things out for the best possible purposes (Romans 8:28), that He is with us always even unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:20), and that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), then we should therefore be able to trust Him with our yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows. Jesus Himself in Matthew 19:26 assures us that “With God, all things are possible.”

Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” And in Ephesians 6, we are reminded that our battle is not of this world, but of powers and spiritual forces.

Philippians 1:9 “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.”

Pray out of time. Pray to have His heart and to be brought closer to Him. Be a participant in this world He has created. We will live forever… shouldn’t we Pray Like It?!

Favorite Zucchini Bread

1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups white flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3 TBS (yep, Tablespoons!) vanilla
1/3 cup butter (real stuff)
1/2 cup applesauce
2 cups grated zucchini (leave the skin on)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon
1 cup minced nuts (optional) – we like walnuts

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat to 350.
2. Combine all ingredients in one huge bowl, mix well.
3. Pour into two greased (or Pam-ed) loaf pans, or 1 bundt cake pan.
4. Bake for one hour. Here at 3500 feet, we bake for 1:10 or so – use the toothpick inserted in the center to come out clean test.

I double this recipe and make one bundt cake and 2 loaves, trying to stick at least one loaf in the freezer before my ravenous hordes get to it. It’s low fat (comparatively), loaded with good stuff, and makes a pretty decent breakfast-in-a-hurry! Or a snack… or dessert…

Francine Rivers Giveaway from Tyndale House

Francine Rivers Giveaway from Tyndale House Publishers!

Remember the first time you really connected with what you were reading or when you first discovered an author whose words always seemed to lift you off the page and carry you to a different time and place? Francine Rivers is that author to many people. She may even be that author to you. If she is, you’ll be happy to know that there are several ways you can learn more about her and connect.

FrancineRivers.com—This is the official website for Francine Rivers. You’ll find information on her books, her life, upcoming events, and even access to her personal blog.

Francine Rivers Facebook page—This is a must for the true Francine fan. Here you’ll find the latest news and information on everything Francine Rivers. You can connect with other fans, discuss her books, and even receive exclusive content.

The Francine Rivers Facebook page is well on its way to reaching 100,000 fans. To celebrate this milestone, we’re giving away some fantastic prizes!

Until April 4, you can get a free e-book of Leota’s Garden. You don’t even need to own an e-reader to take advantage of this special offer.

Visit one of these sites to download your free e-book:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Sony

Christian Book Distributors

We’ll also be holding a drawing with these prizes. (Each prize listed is for the regular, non-e-book edition.)

Grand Prize—complete Francine Rivers Library

Subsequent Prizes –

First Place Prize (1)—1 copy each of Her Mother’s Hope/Her Daughter’s Dream

Second Place Prize (2)—1 Mark of the Lion boxed set

Third Place Prize (3)—1 copy of A Lineage of Grace

Fourth Place Prize (4)—1 copy of Sons of Encouragement

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win: go to http://www.tyndale.com/blog/?p=1042 – Good Luck!!!

Tie One On!

Apron Memories: Tie One On - An Apron Of Course !

It doesn’t get much cuter than this website – http://www.ApronMemories.com – Tomorrow, Nov 24, 2010 is National Tie One On Day!! I’ll be tying on my bucking cowgirl apron (thanks Mom!) with a nice big pocket for rings to hide out in, instead of getting gunked up with bread dough etc!

Btw, is it just me, or… what’s the purpose of a short/half apron?? I mean it gives you a POCKET, which is nice, but… am I the only one who splashes food/drink all over myself when I’m cooking and baking?? I need the top part alot worse than the cute skirt! Although the cute skirts are definitely cute…

Francine Rivers – Her Daughters’ Dream

Her Daughter's Dream (Marta's Legacy, #2)Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ever so rarely, a book comes along that makes you rethink your own life. Francine River’s new book Her Daughter’s Dream is just such a book. But not only does it challenge your own experiences, it helps you see the lives and relationships of those around you in a new light. Mother-daughter relationships seem to be naturally fraught with possible misunderstandings and hurts… this book actually lends hope that not only are things not always as they seem, but that there is hope for bridges built and understanding blooming.

This isn’t a book you can read quickly before jumping on to the next book on your shelf. It is rather one that you have to slow down and leaf back through to think over situations, and one that will likely stay with you long after you unwillingly close the back cover. The characters are so real (based on the author’s own family) that you feel an honest emotional attachment and literally cry with joy, and heartbreak, as the book progresses. Francine Rivers doesn’t tell a story as much as draw you into a world.

This is a book to own, not borrow… but you will feel compelled to lend it! It is, absolutely, WONDERFUL.

Thank you to Tynedale for allowing me to preview and review this book!!

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Francine Rivers – Her Mother’s Hope

Her Mother's Hope (Marta's Legacy, #1)Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book!!! It shed light on possible motivations for my own family… Francine Rivers has an amazing way to understand and explain personalities and motivations. Just wonderful, I highly recommend it!

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Howdy All!

Welcome to My Western Home – a site dedicated to all the things that make our western homes our own!

We’ll discuss Christian parenting, homeschooling, running a farmgirl kitchen, horses, and what it’s like living and enjoying the western lifestyle.

Buckle up your kids and saddle your horses, bowtie your apron and Let’s Go!