Donna Collins Tinsley is a sister among you, a sojourner, who writes a word of hope for mothers who have been affected by the pain of addiction in their loved ones lives. She prays for them also through Somebody's Mother Online Prayer Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/119408188089314/.
She lives in Port Orange, FL and has been included in 17 book compilations, several magazines and online. She is a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s Monday and we pray for families today; strong
families, intact families, dysfunctional families, happy and sad families
today. Even hot mess families. You’ve got to fit into one of those categories,
and guess what? The Lord loves you all with an everlasting love.
I would love to live with no regrets, show me how
to do this Lord. Show me how to let go and let You do the impossible with
people in my life. Nothing is impossible with You. Each one praying can insert
the name of the loved one or situation and say Lord, __________ is not
impossible with You. You are the God of Possibilities, OUR GREAT HOPE AND HELP!
You may be a mother with a family member that you
don't think will ever get out of the pit they are in. Don't give up. Find a
verse and cling to it. All your children will be taught of the Lord and great
will be the peace of your children. Praying every day, in every way for you:)
Fix us, Jesus, please and let us live to ever serve
You. Put our families on a path that You can bless and humble the hardhearted
in Jesus name we pray. Let’s not only worship today, but praise Him with the
Saturdays to prayers for those who have lost loved ones to death. Many among us
have lost loved ones, mates, parents, children and young adult children. The
most unnatural thing in the world they say is burying your child. Lord, send
your strong father arms of comfort to those who are grieving. And for those
grieving the death of a dream, we pray also.
We are reminded
that there will be a day, don't miss this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtud5pvF08A
Max Lucado says in
Grace for the Moment:
In the Arms of God
We don’t like to say good-bye to those whom we love.
Whether it be at school or at the cemetery, separation is tough. It is right
for us to weep, but there is no need for us to despair. They had pain here;
they have no pain there. They struggled here. They have no struggles there. You
and I might wonder why God took them home. But they don’t. They understand.
They are, at this moment, at peace in the presence of God……When it is cold on
earth we can take comfort in knowing that our loved ones are in the warm arms
of God. And when Christ comes, we will hold them too.
Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never
ever die New Living Translation
I believe He is still an “On-time God” even when the way
looks hard and barren and hope seems far away.
“No prayer is lost. Praying breath was never spent in vain.
There is no such thing as prayer unanswered or unnoticed by God, and some
things that we count refusals or denials are simply delays.”--H. Bonar
On Mondays we pray
for our families and extended family. Some of us are in times of transition and
questioning why our loved ones go through what they are going through. Some
need help for grief, some need provision and jobs. There are times and seasons
for all things and our seasons are in the hands of the Lord. We pray especially
for those in authority and for those grieving for lost loved ones. Lord, send
wisdom, protection and help.
The Morning Prayer comes from Cecil Murphey: “Ever-wise and
ever-loving God, thank You for not letting me choose the season. If I had my
choice, I’d learn only the easy lessons. Remind me that there are difficult and
painful things I need for my growth. You know what I need long before I figure
it out. You choose so that I’ll become more Christlike and loving. Amen.” Cecil
“I wonder if that's the secret of changing people. If we
focus on being who we are and refuse to let another's attitude upset us, we
might actually change them.” Cecil Murphey
Ending with a quote to knock your socks off: “Loving God
show me the truth about myself, no matter how wonderful it may be.” Cecil
morning People! It's Thursday and a great day for recovery in the state of
Florida. Go to a meeting, spread some love and hope and work your program! Make
a gratitude list and truly think about what you are writing down and what you
have to be grateful for, we ask for grace today as we pray for those in
recovery and their families.
is one of my favorite parts in the book, “From Survival to Recovery”:
we willingly surrender ourselves to the spiritual discipline of the Twelve
Steps, our lives will be transformed. We will become mature, responsible
individuals with a great capacity for joy, fulfillment, and wonder. Though we
may never be perfect, continued spiritual progress will reveal to us our
enormous potential. We will discover that we are both worthy of love and
loving. We will love others without losing ourselves, and will learn to accept
love in return. Our sight, once clouded and confused, will clear and we will be
able to perceive reality and recognize truth. Courage and fellowship will replace
fear. We will be able to risk failure to develop new, hidden talents.
Our lives, no matter how battered and
degraded, will yield hope to share with others. We will begin to feel and will
come to know the vastness of our emotions, but we will not be slaves to them.
Our secrets will no longer bind us in shame. As we gain the ability to forgive
ourselves, and our families and the world, our choices will expand.
dignity we will stand for ourselves, but not against our fellows. Serenity and
peace will have meaning for us, as we allow our lives and the lives of those we
love to flow day by day with God’s ease, balance and grace. No longer
terrified, we will discover we are free to delight in life’s paradox, mystery,
and awe. We will laugh more. Fear will be replaced by faith, and gratitude will
come naturally as we realize that our Higher Power is doing for us what we
cannot do for ourselves. (From Survival to Recovery)
video: Oh my Lord! don't miss it;
another version of The Chain Breaker. I'm posting separate and with prayer post
so those who need it will see it. Many moms will relate to this.
SANCTUARY is the word on my heart. He is our sanctuary but
isn’t it good when we have that with a loved one, a friend, a family member.
Right now there is so much chaos surrounding some of our homes, a sanctuary
seems distant. That’s not as it should be. May the Lord have mercy and make us
a sanctuary to someone and give us a journeymate to be that to us we pray.
Jesus You are my SANCTUARY!
for all who need healing in any way today. We ask for a healing touch from Your
hand and relief from pain, infections and diseases. I have some special loved
ones on my heart today. Lord I can’t fix them but You can.
Praying for good results from tests for those
in the hospital and that the doctors will have the wisdom of God as they work
along with You, Jesus, to bring about healing. I'm adding prayers for single
mothers and fathers. Lord please provide for their needs and wrap Your big
Father arms around them and their children.
I've got some things on my heart, and a great quote
from the book, "Fervent" but first I’m praying for all who feel that
aren't going to make it and need a journeymate today. I’m praying for people
who need healing, for families that are falling apart at the seams, for the
mentally ill and those who love them.
Yes, It starts with me, and you!
About Fervent prayer:
"Because this is war. The fight of your life.
A very real enemy has been strategizing and scheming against you, assaulting
you, coming after your emotions, your mind, your man, your child, your future.
In fact he's doing it right this second. Right where you're sitting. Right
where you are.
But I say his reign of terror stops here. Stops
now. He might keep coming, but he won't have victory anymore.
Because it all starts failing when we start
praying." Priscilla Shirer
Let's WAR today!
From 2 Corinthians: "Remember, our Message is
not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is
messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light
up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood
God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness.
We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our
ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable
power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for
yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered
by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know
that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t
left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to
Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did
among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’
sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going
through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life.
Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we
believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus
will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your
advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more
and more praise!
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though
on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the
inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding
grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times,
the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the
eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we
can’t see now will last forever."
I’ve been praying about
this for a while and really need to pull out of most groups that have added me.
I have many needs in my family that come first, have very little time to try
and write for publication (praying that the well hasn’t run dry) and just need
to have a life. The last seventeen months have been very hard on my family and
me personally. BUT I’M STILL STANDING! I give all credit to my Lord and Savior,
Our family stays in a
state of transition, it seems. Pray for us, please.
I’m the type of person
that takes prayer needs that I see online deep within my soul, I sometimes
literally feel the pain of the one posting. My main ministry is through
Somebody’s Mother Online Prayer Support Group that was started some years back
because of the burdens I hear about daily.
You can always find me
on my homepage: https://www.facebook.com/donna.c.tinsley
Or on: Somebody’s Mother
Online Prayer Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/119408188089314/
Yesterday it seemed like
something was in the air, to twist and distort things between people. It seemed
to be everywhere. I had to remember as one version says, we wrestle not against
flesh and blood, our people may be hurting us, but it’s the enemy behind them,
trying to destroy families. Ephesians 6:12 the Amplified Bible reads “ For our struggle is not against flesh
and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers,
against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural)
I reminded people as the Lord led, that we
have to bless the Lord, think higher than our thoughts, think on good things or
we will all go under.
A good slogan is
expectations=resentments. I found this quote taken from an Al-anon site :
"Any time I am in resentment, I am not taking care of myself. I am blaming
someone else for something I need to do.
The higher the
expectations, the lower the serenity. I try to keep my boundaries high, my
expectations low, and my heart open."
So, it’s Thursday and a
great day for Recovery in the State of Florida! Go to a gathering attend a
small group, pray with a loved one, read something encouraging. Be gentle with
people and may they give gentleness back to you. Smile at someone even if there
are tears in your eyes.
Take care of your body and soul and you will
have something to give to others the Lord puts in your path.
Praying especially with
those who are struggling in their mind with wanting to use again or contemplating
leaving a recovery path. Sometimes it just takes pressing through that wall!Put the beauty of music and worship into your day:
Song for the day
And LOL Phil Collins song
WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS is the third book in the Misty Willow
book series and the first book that I’ve read by Johnnie Alexander. I became an
instant fan and can’t wait to get the other books she has written.I didn’t realize that Johnnie was a romance
writer but this book is also very suspenseful. I was not sure she would be able
to bring things to a conclusion as I got closer to the end but was very pleasantly
The characters in the novel were believable and drew me into
the story, especially Tess, a woman who owned Whisper Lane Stables and had a
heart of gold, especially towards her nephew, Gabe.
There were some magical moments as Gabe, a discouraged
former Marine, and Amy, a high powered former lobbyist, renewed their friendship.
She was a young woman who had battled an eating disorder which is a subject
that isn’t always covered in novels. What Hope Remembers gave hope to families that healing can occur. There were details about
the pain, the hunger and trauma for those with the disorder that showed that
Johnnie did her research in a lot of areas to write this book.
As this couple tried to make their way back to each other
things were very complicated; the scripture verse included at the beginning of
the book was perfect. For thus says the
Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In
quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 (NKJV)
Thanks to Revell for providing a copy of this book in
exchange for my honest review.
Sometimes the name of Jesus is all we have strength to pray.
And in those cases, it is enough. I think that as I found out about the tragedy
in Manchester, England. Please pray for
these families, unknown to me, but known to the Father. Jesus, please send
strong comfort to the parents, the grandparents and all who loved those who
perished. Only You can come in at a time such as this with peace. I think of
all the people that I know who have empty arms and I pray, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.
I say Jesus, lover of their souls, bind their wounds and make them whole.