Prayer for Stronger Faith in Spiritual Warfare


Dear Lord,

Thank you Lord for all of Your active promises in the Word for they are my shield of faith. Thank You that I pray & believe, ask & receive, and I won’t be discouraged. Help me to keep a list of my experience with You so I can quickly recall Your work in my life when discouragement does begin to creep in. Help me use my faith as a shield, my faith comes through Your Word and I pray You keep a hunger in my heart & mind to build that desire more & more. Lord I want more fellowship with You, this builds my faith too. Through prayer I bring my shield of faith into action. Dear God help me use my faith so I am moving forward with holy confidence, courage, growing, and with hopeful anticipation for what comes next.

Protect me Lord from fear, worry, guilt, and perceived failure. Help me move forward even when my faith is small. I am willing to be obedient to You God. My faith works because it is directly connected to Your faithfulness. God please help me remember that my faith gives me access to what You intend to do for me. I trust You God!

I know where all Your truths are and that is where I support my faith. I will use my faith responsibly. I will be obedient but ask you to help me Lord be patient.  Please God never let me get hung up and not seek you. I don’t want to get stuck and rush things that are not your will either. I will not fear, I will trust! Thank you for the good things You have in store for me as I walk in Your purpose for my life, my hope is in You and those hopes are secure in Your faithfulness. I am not afraid because, Lord, You are with me!

In Jesus Name I Pray!!!
Let It Be!!!!

God Is Faithful! So I can be Faith Filled!

“O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You. I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” Isaiah 25:1

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

“But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound min.
2 Timothy 1:7

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer & supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“Know therefore that the Lord Your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Ephesians 6:10-20, read it today! Read it tomorrow! Priscilla Shirer’s, The Armor of God, Bible study had such an impact on me. I guess that is why I keep writing the prayer strategies I came up with during my time in that study. This was the fifth one I wrote on the shield of faith. It gave me a whole new perspective and a whole new confidence that I can be successful in the daily battles I face.

Prayer for Peace in Spiritual Warfare


Dear Lord,

Thank You for the peace I find WITH You and OF YOU. Thank You that my confidence is in You and my trust of You will not be shaken. Forgive me for those times I get overwhelmed and begin to trust my thoughts more than Your word and help me refocus. Lord, whenever I feel that overwhelming sense of unrest or distress, help me recognize the enemies presence and not be crippled by it. Let always that peace beyond comprehension rise. I can detect it, measure it, and I can stand fast with spirit infused confidence and stability.

Thank You for that peace that anchors my soul, tethering it to Your gospel. Help me God focus on relationships with others as a soldier of Your peace. Only you God can bridge the gaps and divides and bring healing and restoration. This unity will put Satan in his place. Dealing with people in a way that is healthy and promotes peace requires a supernatural endowment that can only come from You God. Not only help me walk in peace but please help me pursue peace with others.

Peace with You is the Gospel and its forgiving graces that bridge that gap between me, a wretched sinner, and You the Holy Creator, thanks to the blood of Your Son. This leaves me with in-explainable peace as a gift, the peace of God. Help me keep it activated as I pray, asking humbly, and full of thanksgiving for all my blessings. Help me choose this thankful prayer over wallowing in anxiety and worry, this will demonstrate how I trust You.  Help me concentrate on You and not my worry.

Thank You for responding by enacting peace in my heart, thus activating my faith. This, God, is how I will understand which direction you are leading me. I will pray, trust you, and be grateful. Help me carry the message of peace everywhere I go. “Our God Reigns”!

Help me always be alert and ready to declare peace to anyone, even those who aren’t peaceable. Help me to stand firm not only defensively but also offensively. Help build my confidence in what I know so I can receive this peace and also give it and experience it! Please Lord break the tether of the enemies strongholds of fear, worry, and guilt and propel me forward with the peace of God so we will have victory.

In Jesus Name!

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” Colossians 2:6

“and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” Ephesians 6:15

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaim peace, who brings glad tidings of good things who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

Ephesians 6:10-20 is so critical to any daily walk. Priscilla Shirer’s, The Armor of God, Bible study is awesome and can bring a lot of growth in our spiritual warfare! This was my fourth prayer strategy I developed after week four in that study on the shoes of peace.

Prayer for Righteousness in Spiritual Warfare


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for instilling Your righteousness in me when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit that guides the growth of that right living in me through the understanding of Your truth. Thank You God for the protection the Holy Spirit gives me in my growth. Please God keep my mind aligned with Your expectations. Please forgive me as I stumble through this growth in You. When I step off the path bring it to my attention quickly so that I can fall instep again and learn. Mold me Holy Spirit! Reveal anything in my heart that might give a foot hold to the enemy so I can confess and repent of it.

No one is good, for sure not me. Only God, You are perfect. All my over reaching struggles to appear all together are futile. I can not compare my walk with the Lord to others. I thank You God for the blood of Jesus and old things have passed away, new things have come. Lord help me practice righteousness. Help me make a conscious effort to act in a way that is consistent with my life in Christ. Renew my mind, realign my passions, attitudes, and give me strength to live in a way that is pleasing to You God. Keep me focused on my spiritual health Lord, keep my soul operating in alignment with Your heart. Continue my growth in You. Help me recognize Your true convictions vs the enemies false condemnations.

In Jesus Name I pray,

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth, buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,” Ephesians 6:14

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13

I will continue to study Ephesians 6:10-20. I can not say enough how I enjoyed Priscilla Shirer’s, The Armor of God, Bible study. This was my third prayer strategy I developed after week three on the breastplate of righteousness. This is truly life applicable and needed resources in our daily Christian walk.



Prayer for Girding in Truth during Spiritual Warfare

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Dear Heavenly Father,

Your truth is my truth. Remind me to look in Your Scriptures for all the answers to all the questions in my life. Help me to focus on what Your Word says about my situation, not how I feel about it. In every situation I must put it under the light of Your Word and I pray you show me the path You have prelit for me. Gird me in Your truth so I can be confident in all future actions I must take.

Please God help me stay aligned with Your true standard, Your Word, and Your truth which is the core of my existence. Teach me Your character and Your purpose. Give me a tangible belt of truth that holds me upright in all life’s trials, questions, situations, and relationships. Help me memorize Your Word and know You and who I am in You so that I can receive divine favor and wisdom. Please don’t let me be injury prone or over sensitive.

Dear God please help me not be trapped by “How I feel”. Please God don’t let the devil distort the facts in my mind. Thank You that I am a recipient of Your grace Lord and as Your child I will become more like you each day. I will then extend grace to others.

Thank you God that I am a strong child of Yours not lead by various impulses but held steady and strong by Your belt of truth. Thank you God that I can move freely and don’t have to carry my own righteousness. I will hold steady in your non-negotiable ways.

Dear Lord give me the courage to hold it as a banner over my life. “This is the way, walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Continue to study Ephesians 6:10-20. I really enjoyed Pricilla Shirer’s, The Armor of God, Bible study. This was my second prayer strategy I developed after week two on the belt of truth. So many valuable lessons I encourage you to check it out.

Prayer for Power in Spiritual Warfare

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your gift of understanding given through Your Holy Spirit that dwells in me. Forgive me for my doubts and strengthen my resolve to rely on You. Let the eyes of my understanding be enlightened that I may know the HOPE of Your Calling, Your Inheritance, Your Power, and Your Dominion in my life and also those around me. For this I bow my head and heart and ask to be empowered through Your Spirit for the battles that surround me and that I may have the greatest of confidence in Christ Jesus who dwells in my heart and mind so I can draw courage from the Love He has for me. Because of these things and what Your Word tells me, I know the enemy is not powerful, he can not read my mind. Only You God are omnipresent, omniscient, and can work miracles. Only You God are eternal. I am already seated in heavenly places with You because of my relationship with Jesus. The place to my spiritual battle is accessible, my weapons are physical, and my victory is absolutely guaranteed. I have every spiritual blessing in high places. I will put on my defenses, the armor You gave to me God: Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation, and Prayer. I am equipped and I will use these tools to stand firm.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Study Ephesians 6:10-20. A good resource is Pricilla Shirer’s, The Armor of God, Bible study. This was my first prayer strategy I was able to develop after week one. It is a valuable lesson and tool we, as Christians, need.

My Kind of Chicken Keeping & A Haiku Memorial


Being raised a city girl I never really thought in middle age I would be such a farm animal FREAK. Like freak out over goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, the list could go on and on. I have been at this hobby for almost five years now. I always want MORE and in the spring it hits me pretty bad. My husband is fine with it because he would rather be financially responsible for animals than more children so we have our two AWESOME boys and a backyard full of well loved and pampered critters, mostly chickens. Chickens do not require college educations, orthodontics, or piano lessons. Well maybe piano lessons if you are one of those chicken keepers.

I am not that chicken keeper, the one who has chandeliers in her coop and an herb dispenser with freshly dried organic, uhhh, whatever it is those ladies use. No that’s not me. In some regards I wish I were like that, maybe one day I could paint my coop and hang a few pictures, I’m not much on organics though. No, my chickens might be considered a little ‘hood. I have roosters that are meaner than Mike Tyson and I can only feed them if I enter their pen with a large bucket for them to attack while I attempt to fill up their feed bowl. I love them anyways, it is an abusive relationship. All of my chickens are tough, not all of them are mean though, perhaps indifferent would be a good way to describe most of my flock. The ducks are downright anti social. They have all faced down hawks, raccoons, chihuahuas, snakes, and 90% have lived to tell the tale. Their coop is not heated and their housekeeper has been known to call in sick, regularly. She is a bit of a slacker, but don’t call the authorities, it does get done.

What those birds do have is an endless supply of layer pellets, water at all times, and they forage for whatever they can find in their quite extensive run that was built out after the predator issues. My chickens have some real estate. They have claimed it on Zillow. I will throw in some food scraps from the house every now and then. All of them get treats everyday in the form of birdseed, it is not what they live on and I do not confess to know if this is good for them or not but they love it, like I love my cookies, we all have vices. Don’t judge.

My chickens thrive without the fluff. I have lost chickens to predators during free ranging and when my run was not yet fortified. I did loose one hen to a choking incident and that was really strange. I was in denial for a few minutes when it happened but fortunately I had a good friend there yelling, “GIRL THAT CHICKEN IS DEAD!”, everyone needs that friend. Maybe I’ll write about that one day. For the record all of my chickens have been buried in my pet graveyard. I guess I am THAT kind of chicken keeper.

The mama hen and her babies in the featured picture are all alive and well down in my chicken pen as I write this blog, all grown up and egg laying. They were my biggest triumph and also my greatest heartache. In the few years I have been keeping chickens I raised many baby chicks to adulthood, this was the second time I let a hen go broody and hatch babies. Most of my chickens were lovingly raised in my guest bathroom tub, with a heat lamp and round the clock in house attention. What took this hatch up a notch was I ordered baby chicks from a hatchery, their arrival carefully coincided with the hatching of this hen’s eggs. I slipped those little doodles right under her and she was not one bit the wiser. It was what I called a level 10 chicken keeping move. She hatched four “biological” and had four “adopted”. In my over confidence I did fail. I lost one of those sweet adopted babies that had traveled through the post to me by a tragic food bowl incident. They were tiny but I didn’t think tiny enough to get into that feeder. One did and died. It broke my heart when I found it a few hours later. They can’t live long without Mama’s heat.

I share this bit because it is discouraging to lose the babies. A wise man once told me that if you have live stock you will have dead stock. I’ve repeated that saying a million times every time it happens. I am that one though that mourns the deaths. Every single time it breaks my heart. I scream, and cry, and clutch my non existent pearls, and I write eulogies that would make a funeral director proud. Funeral directors run in our family so maybe that is why it comes naturally to me. It is therapeutic. I have written some great ones. Pulitzer Prize winning ones in my humble opinion. Although my husband wouldn’t let me publish them at the time because he said people won’t get my humor in grief, so I have those tucked back. It is hard when you loose one of your farm babies. Especially if it is because of an oversight on your part. The death of this one was my fault so in my sincere heartbreak I wrote a poem. My version of a Haiku, if you know what that is, I had forgotten but was reminded in one of my kid’s home school Literature programs. So without further adieu, here is my Haiku (sorry), in honor of my baby chick I lost this time last year.

Chick Haiku

Baby Chicks Yay
Happiness Awaited
Travel by Train, Plane, Automobile
New Mom is Trying Hard
Only to Have One Freeze in Jar

This is not one of my best memorials, I know it is awful quite honestly, I believe I wrote it in the amount of time it takes me to walk from the coop to the house, I may have paused by the woodpile long enough to thumb out the letters in the notes app on my phone. That app is where I ran across it and thought I should put it out here for prosperity’s sake. It is time for spring chicks, I’m thinking baby quail this year!!! I hope your chicks all grow to be big, beautiful, egg laying hens. If you lose one don’t take it too hard. It goes with the territory. Keep on keeping on keeping chickens, and ducks, and goats, and all the other creatures God has given us to be in charge of.

Friendships – Ties That Bind

I just finished a Bible study. It was one of those REAL good ones where you are sad it has ended. It was not a big group of ladies, as a matter of fact there were only three of us. This study literally was the beginning bridge to a brand new friendship and a precious extension to a friendship that had already been established. The study itself was so valuable, it had real applicable tools that can be used in our daily lives. We are three friends that ended up unexpectedly at my kitchen table and there we met every Friday for 7 weeks. There was no grand plan for that to happen, it was not months in the making. As a matter of fact my newest friend did not even live in this state when I ordered my book in October. My attempts to get into that study kept stalling, not because my heart wasn’t in it, because it was, I literally went over that first week’s introductory lesson for 8 weeks by myself. I knew it was awesome, I couldn’t get enough, God kept my heart excited but it wasn’t time. I had to wait for my friend I had not even met yet to move here so we could walk that journey together. It was orchestrated by Him! How awesome is that??? Thank you Lord!

I have friendships all over the country and world. Some are brand new, some are old, some have been constant, some have been for a season, some are because of my kids, some are because of work, some are because of church, one sweet gal I literally met on the beach one summer and she had boys and I had boys and viola a Facebook friendship was born. I have been invested in praying for her, and her kids, and her pets, and her parents, and she for mine for over 7 years. We have only met one time, one weekend, face to face, but there is something special about that connection, I’m hanging on to her tight in my social network life, there is some tie that binds me to her. Our friendship was orchestrated by Him and I want to say thank you Lord!

I have one friendship that is older than time, my time anyways, as we were born a few months apart to families one house away. She was a redhead, I was a redhead, we fought like cats and dogs, hair pulling, wrestling matches on the front porch, then we would run off to play Barbie’s. She moved away but by the graciousness of a neighboring family they hosted her for summers on end to ensure we remained close. We grew into teenagers and went to parties and double dates, then as if in a race with time we were young women and stood at the altar together as witnesses to marriages, and births, and deaths, in life as confidantes forever. We do not see eye to eye on some major things but we always stay in close contact. God has always had a plan for our friendship, the fact we are still friends can only be explained as a supernatural endowment. There are many times she doesn’t like me and I don’t like her, we are just too grown to pull hair anymore. God gave us each other and a special tie that binds our hearts together, we have things to accomplish together, so, remarkably, we have walked in relative peace for 44 years. I will write more about our story one day. 😉😘🤐 Thank you Lord!

I have girlfriends from high school, a pack of them. Like literally a small tribe, most of us carried the name Becky, well three of us did anyways, and the others were all original. We learned to drive together, we celebrated birthdays with sleep overs watching the movie- 16 Candles, probably 16 times in that one year that we all marked that big birthday on our calendars. We ran the mall together, partied together, dared each other to race trains on high bridges…. I can not believe we lived through that stage of life. We all have kids the same age now and I am gunning for some arranged marriages because they are people I could “in-law” with, I want more history with them. There are ties that bind all our hearts together even today from long ago teenagers to middle-aged mamas, it is something special. Thank you Lord!

I remember when I left home, home being Kentucky, and got on the plane to Florida to live with my sister I was worried. I prayed that God would give me friends in my new life down there. Real friendships that were built on solid ground. Roots and all. God seems to have granted that teenage request all the adult years of my life, everywhere I have gone. One of the best friendships I ever could have imagined came in the form of a co-worker I met during the first two years of living in Florida. I was such a young woman, just out of high school, dropping out of college to move into the business world. I had acquired a fast car and needed to make the car payments. I was shy and bashful and she saw me sitting at the front desk of our company and she took me under her wing. She showed me how to behave in the corporate world. She was ten years my senior, a New Yorker, and was proud of it. She taught me to be tough, speak up, don’t take crap, and to be independent. I had never looked up to anyone like I did her, she turned out to be one of the very best friends I will ever have. I lost her a few years back to cancer, but I rejoice because she knows Jesus, present tense. Boy is that a tie that binds!!! Thank you Lord!

One of the scariest times of my life was when my husband and I had to move 2500 miles from our home in Florida to California. I had two babies under 2 years old and knew no one. Not a soul. It is remarkable how being obedient to a nudging from the Holy Spirit in the simplest act of kindness can bring about a life long relationship. I remember feeling particularly lonely and the door bell rang. It was my neighbor who I had never met, and she brought me coupons for diapers. I believe if I could see in the spiritual realm at that very moment I would have seen Jesus introducing me to my family there. That one act of her walking across the street to tell me she saw me and that I had babies and thought I might be able to use those coupons for their diapers was the beginning of a connection to the people that made my time in California feel safe and like home, it was the family God gave me to lean on there. To this day even though we live back on the other side of the country they reach out to me, even if it is just a nudge to say I am here, they will always be my family and I theirs. For the rest of our lives, it is a tie that binds. I am so thankful to God for them! Thank you Lord!

Some women are networkers that link others together and that is beyond awesome, it is a gifting, I was first introduced to a dynamo like this when we lived in California and my kids were toddlers. She was in my mom’s group and had an easy way about her. Everyone was special to her and she had time to give each of them. Granted it might be because she hosted 15 mom’s and 40 kids at her pool but “Oh Bo!”, did I learn from her and love her still even though we are miles apart. She taught me how to be a friend to  many, she is a bringer of people, a connection, a tie that binds. I thank God for her example.

These friendships are not necessarily rare, or specific just to me. Most ladies can relate to these friendships. We all experience those ties that bind, whether we realize it or not. That tie might not last any longer than the length of time it takes to chat with the lady at the checkout, or help that mama who is juggling one too many babies on the airplane, or to pray with the elderly lady who is sitting outside the market waiting for her ride. Our desires to come beside one another and walk in life together is truly spiritual, inspired. It is not because we are good but because He is good and He is our friend, it is a gift from our Good Father in Heaven. These relationships help us to get through the mess of living here on earth. One day soon we shall find each other together rejoicing on the New Earth. Completely enlightened and then aware of how these ties that bound us as friends on this fallen earth furthered the Kingdom of Heaven. Thankfulness will abound!

We are Christ’s friend. (John 15:15) We are Christ’s ambassadors. (2 Cor. 5:20) Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint again another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all, put on love- the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be Thankful (Col. 3:12-15) For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know in whole. (1 Cor. 13:12)

Pray Specifically My Love💗

When I was 20 years old I started a journal with all my prayers to God. In a couple of entries I prayed specifically for the husband I wanted. Whoever he was, wherever he was at, I had no idea but I was very specific. Right down to the number of children, names, character traits, and so on. I can look back at those prayers now, the ones I wrote to the Lord when I was 20 years old and use them almost like a check list for my husband, our children, and the life I have now. The Bible tells us:

John 14:12-13 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father. 13 “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.

It took 7 years of me messing things up by taking life into my own hands and not trusting God. Oh I believed, I just didn’t fully trust it to be done without my own intervention. I was impatient. Many heartaches later when God did send my blessing I almost missed it. I was cold and calloused, shut off to something sweet. God’s grace worked through a few friends who told me to snap out of it.

The man in front of me was special. And my heart changed back. He was not perfect but neither was I. Just by saying yes Lord, I opened the door to the rest of my life walking in the very path I know without a doubt God wanted to bless me.

Those old tattered, tearfilled pages are the written record of God’s forfilled plan in my life. It shows me He is real, actively working, and totally by my side as long as I seek Him and His will in my life.

If I could speak to the younger me I would say, sit back and wait. Enjoy your family now, go spend time with your mom and dad, and stop chasing rabbits. God has everything worked out in His time and sister it is more than you can even HOPE for. Trust me on this. I have my written record to remind me.

I encourage you to journal your prayers to the Lord and ask without abandon. Pray specifically my love.

A Reminder from a Friend

I am blessed with so many precious friendships. I am truly thankful to God for the relationships he has planted firmly in my life. I love getting that surprise message from a dear friend with an encouraging word and recently that encouragement came through a song (Thank you LT – you get me, I love this, & I love you). I’m sharing it here as I have already forwarded along to many other friends. The words are timely. They are for me. They are for you.

Always Remember

by Christy Nockles

Hey there beautiful one, you there shining with glory
Would you let your heart hear, if I sang about you
Did you know that every fairy tale you love
They have borrowed your story
Of a maiden so lovely, and her hero so true

It’s just that this world is hollow
And it wants to swallow
Any memory of who you really are

Always remember to never forget
When you look in the mirror, the answer is yes
Yes you are pure as gold, yes you are beautiful
So always remember to never forget
(Always remember to never forget)

Like a treasure in the deep, your heart is a diamond
And your hero will do what it takes to find it
So he can hold it tenderly, and become your defender
Even lay down his life, to make your heart his

It’s just that this world is broken
And it wants to hold back
Any evidence of, that kind of love

My darling your light, his favorite parade
On a bright sunny day, in the middle of the mossy
forest you’ll dance in your favorite dress
And oh he loves when you never forget

So always remember to never forget
So always remember to never, baby never forget.

Monday Fog

img_20190211_074748_1695817323722441354955.jpgThe fog is heavy this morning. Outside of the house and inside of my head. Mondays come so quickly, they truly roll up on you faster than a 15 year old with a new driver’s permit. I’m praying for this week, yours and mine. I pray we are quick to repent when we fall out of step and quick to say thank you when the blessings, small and big come regardless of the mess we are working with. I pray that God reveals Himself in big ways to each of us and that revelation of His goodness will fall on an unbeliever that is reading this message right now. He is Real, He is Alive, He is Looking at us for a deeper relationship. Just talk to Him, ask for forgiveness for unbelief and doubt, and confirm your Faith to a fellow believer. His revelations will blow in like a spring breeze and clear all the fog. He always answers. Eternity is coming like a Monday, be ready.