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The Power of a Simple Prayer in the Garden…

It was my son’s birthday. He turned 7.  All he asked for was a new Lego set. I teased him all week that I hoped it would arrive in time for his birthday {meanwhile it was hidden in a closet. It had arrived days ahead.}  That morning he awoke and ran downstairs to see his Lego set, all wrapped on the kitchen table.

He was so excited to have it in his hands, after waiting for so long.  I told him after his school work was complete, he could begin building it.

As any mom of boys has learned about Legos and Star Wars Legos, many of the sets come with “mini figures.” These little “guys” are quite a treasure to my boys. They collect them, trade them with their friends, etc.

So that afternoon it was unusually warm. The schoolwork was complete and my son set out to play in the yard, with his new Star Wars Lego set and mini figures in tow. They ventured into the garden which is full of mud and old leaves from fall. They were getting filthy, but having a blast with their new treasures.

I went inside to do some laundry and then I heard crying. Sobbing. Uncontrollable.

I ran outside and there was my son, seated in the garden, in the mud sobbing.


“What happened?”


“I….lost….my…..GUY!!!!”


“Ok, calm down. We’ll find it. Where did you drop it? What color is it?”

He explained he dropped it “somewhere” in the garden and the guy is tan and gray. The same color of the mud and leaf piles mind you…

I got a shovel and started to comb the whole garden. Nothing. We all took different areas of the garden and searched. And searched. And searched.
While my son sobbed.

I kept praying in my mind to please have God let us find it. Let the kids see your power.

After what seemed to be defeat, suddenly my 3 year old screams, “let’s pray to Jesus!”
Immediately he beings,

“Dear Jesus, please…help…find Johnny’s Lego guy….”

As he was saying the prayer,  I hit something hard in the mud.  It didn’t look like anything, just mud. But then, I started scraping, and the mud pulled away and buried deep into a heap of mud was the Lego Guy.

I screamed, “We found it!”
All the kids squealed and screamed, “God answered our prayer!!”

I looked them all square in the eye and said, “Never, ever, doubt  God. He is real.”

In such a small circumstance I have never felt so close to God. Felt His presence so near. And felt Him so real. It was almost as thought I could touch Him and say thank you. 
He was there in that moment.

I think God knew I needed that lesson even more than the kids did that day. I had been having a few issues on my mind, and He knew just then how much I needed to see His work in our lives everyday..even in the small stuff.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Psalm 40:2


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25 Days of Simple Christmas- Define Neccesity

Welcome to the 25 Days of Simple Christmas!  Each day I will be posting an idea about keeping the holidays simple- so that we can focus on Christ and the real meaning of Christmas!

While Christmas is such a special day, so much of the joy gets lost in the busyness.  

Each day I will be writing about a simple way to celebrate the season.  To focus on family, joy, and memories, without the elaborate extras that can bring added stress. Simple can be more meaningful if it gives us more time to focus on the huge GIFT we are awaiting-Jesus Christ, our Savior.

This picture has been circulating online and it really hits home. {I do not know the original source to give credit to, but have seen it several places}

I just want to focus this post today on praying for those who really are without.


As we run around trying to provide our kids with their “wants,” let’s pray for those truly in need…


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Praying over your Christmas Cards


One tradition that we started last year is that we pray for each family/person as we receive Christmas cards in the mail.  Every year we receive many cards from family and friends and it always fun to see how children have grown in the last year, and to read about what exciting things have taken place in their lives.

So last year we decided as we receive those cards, we will pray over each family’s card.  During our usual morning prayer time, we will take an extra time to pray for the person or family who sent the card. How wonderful after the season is over, we will have prayed for around 100 people! 

What a simple, but easy way to remember loved ones in our prayers, especially those we may not see very often.

It is my prayer each day, that all those who do not know life with Christ, would come to know Him. He is the best gift that I have received, and I only want every single one of my loved ones to have that free gift.

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Prayer Board…

For many years we have hung a prayer board in our kitchen.  It is a simple bulletin board with Philippians 4:6-7 above.

We post pictures of people we are praying for or write out their names and tack them up.

We have our World Vision sponsor child’s picture up there.

It is a simple reminder to pray.  It is a great visual for us all to remember to present our requests.
It is also a testimony to those in your home that you are a praying house.

I remember many years ago, a non-Christian friend was over.  Several days later she confided in me that her son was ill and she was scared. She said she had noticed the prayer board and was wondering if we could add her son to our prayers.

What a beautiful moment for me. It gave me the chance to share Jesus with her, as well as pray for her family.
A prayer board is a great way to remind of us all who we are praying for and keep God in the forefront of our minds throughout they day.

“Pray without ceasing”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

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