Muy Interesante: The Prayer of Faith

*taken from today’s (3/6/12) Sabbath School Lesson

The Prayer of Faith

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb. 11:6). What important principles does this text teach us in regard to what is required for prayer and what it means to us?

In a sense, prayer is a way of coming to God, of opening oneself up to Him. We don’t pray so that God will know the things that we need. After all, Jesus Himself said, in the context of prayer, that “your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matt. 6:8, NKJV). We pray because prayer is a way of exercising our faith in God. It’s a means of making our faith stronger, more real, and practical. Who hasn’t experienced how fervent, unwavering prayer, offered with a sense of dependence and need, has increased one’s faith and deepened one’s relationship with God?

Prayer is a way of helping empty self of self. It’s a way to die daily. It’s a way to reconnect with God on a very personal level. It’s a way to remind yourself that you are not your own, that you have been bought with a price, and that left to yourself you would crumble and die in a world full of powers and forces that could, in an instant, trample you into the dirt.

So often we hear the phrase, to “seek the Lord in prayer.” What does that mean to you? See Dan. 9:3, 4Zech. 8:21.

To a great degree, every prayer is an act of faith. Who can see their prayers extend to heaven? Who can see God receive them? Often we pray without seeing immediate results, yet, we go on faith that God hears and will answer in the best way possible. Prayer is an act of faith in which we reach out beyond what we see or feel or even fully understand.

How much of your prayer life is rote and static, as opposed to deep and heartfelt? How can you move away from the former toward the latter?

Love and God Bless,

– T

Drug Store Haul! Walgreens & CVS

So I finally got around to going out and getting some things that I’ve been eyeing via YouTube and other blogs around the web that I haven’t been able to find for some time.  Got some tips from the Gurus as to where to find some of these items and I’m glad I listened.

So let’s get started!

CVS

Night Time Facial Cleansing Towelettes – CVS Brand

– I raved about the Ponds brand of this product in my last Favorites Video. But for some season I have not been able to find it in stock every time I go to the drugstores.  The set I have hasn’t run out yet but just wanted to have reinforcements ready anyway.  Hopefully I like these just as much.

Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner

– Back to old faithful. In case you didn’t know this is THE best drugstore creme eyeliner out there, and definitely one of the best period.  It was about time for me to replace my eyeliner (I’ve definitely had it for at least 4-5 months…no bueno; you’re supposed to replace items like eyeliner and mascara every 3 months soooo…yeah I’ve been failing smh) so took this opportunity to do just that 🙂

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows

– I’ve been hearing SO MUCH about these bad boys right here and I’ve been dying to try them.  I finally found out that they were available at Walgreens and CVS so I definitely hopped on it!  I still want to get two more colors (there’s purple and a teal that I have my eyes on…), but they weren’t in stock at either CVS or Walgreens, so hopefully I’ll be able to get them soon:-)

 WALGREENS

Burt’s Bee’s Sugar Scrub and Body Butter in “Honey & Shea” Scent

– So I realized that my body care regimen didn’t include exfoliating my skin (other than the skin on my face) on a regular basis *hangs head* Yeah, I’ve been missing out on life.  And recently I also decided that I wanted to start using body butters instead of lotions. Lotions have never really done much in the way of KEEPING my skin well moisturized though out the day.  The good thing about body butters is that they have the best of both worlds: MOISTURE (by way of water) and SEALANTS (by way of oils).

Now the reason I liked the Burt’s Bees Body Butter was because the very first ingredient was water; and you guys know how I feel about that; ANY legit moisturizer should have water as its first ingredient or it’s not worth my time.  The very next ingredient is Sunflower Seed Oil and then after that is my FAVE: GLYCERIN! The oh so awesome humectant that helps draw moisture into the skin and hair.

So I’m excited to see how this body butter experience pans out 🙂

WET N WILD MEGA LAST NAIL POLISH

– I’ve been hearing so much about these nail polishes! I actually picked up a few more earlier but they were the old formula (which was GREAT as it was actually!  Smooth application, glossy finish, long wear…LOVE!). Not to mention they’re just $2 a piece which is AWESOME! I just grabbed a few colors that I wanted to add to my nail polish collection (speaking of which…I really need to get a new storage plan for my nail polishes…but I digress).

The colors that I got were:

Break The Ice

Disturbia

I Need a RefreshMint

That mint green color! *swoon* …I am so looking forward to trying that out. Don’t know how it’ll look on me but hey, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” right? 🙂

So that’s it for my little drugstore haul.  I hope you all enjoyed this post and feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Love and God Bless,

– T

Muy Interesante: How Does Prayer Even Work?

*taken from Sunday’s (3/5/12) Sabbath School Lesson

One day, a young man received a letter from a former co-worker, someone who had retired a number of years earlier. The two workers, to put it mildly, hadn’t gotten along; the one who had left, from the start, had treated the other one badly. Anyway, the worker still there opened the letter and started to read. Among the words were the following: “You know, I don’t understand how prayer works, never did, at least intellectually. I do know, however, that we have been told to pray and over the past few weeks, as I’ve been praying, I’ve been greatly convicted about how I treated you all that time. I see that I was wrong, un-Christlike, and a horrible witness for my faith. I know I should have done this a long time ago, but I do sincerely apologize. I have to claim Christ’s forgiveness for what I have done, no matter how unworthy I am, and now I ask for your forgiveness as well.”

In many ways, this story exemplifies the power of prayer. It’s not so much to get God to move mountains, though that can happen. Instead, it can cause something even more miraculous: it can change the human heart.

As the person wrote, prayer isn’t always easy to understand. Why ask God for something if He knows about it already? Will God not do something unless we ask for it first? Can our prayers really change what the Creator God will do?

Whether we understand how prayer works or not, one thing is certain: without it, our walk with the Lord is destined to failure.

Read the following texts. What’s the main point that they all have in common? Matt. 26:41Luke 18:11 Tim. 2:81 Thess. 5:171 Pet. 4:7Col. 4:2Rom. 12:12.

No question, as Christians we are told to pray and to pray often. That we might not understand how prayer works is, really, beside the point. Most of us don’t fully understand how anything works, be it secular or sacred. If we waited until we fully understood all the issues regarding our faith, then it would hardly be faith, would it? The very word faith itself implies that there are elements beyond our intellectual grasp. One thing, though, that anyone who prays consistently and fervently—and according to the will of God—can testify to is that prayer can, and does, change our lives.

What is your understanding of prayer? How has it impacted your life? Where would you be in your Christian walk without prayer? 

Love and God Bless,

– T