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My Gift to you~ The Prayer Planner

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!   This is the gift given season so I wanted to share something special with you this Christmas to propel you into the New Year.

A few years ago I was casually talking about New Years plans with a friend.  My plans were the usual.  I would be gathering with family and friends for games, food, fun, and watching the ball drop.  I was surprised to hear her plans were to pray in the New Year.   In all honest my heart was jealous and I wondered how I could do that too.   It was too late to change plans so I prayed about how to honor my hearts desire and pray in the New Year too.

Did you know the Lord is in the prayer answering business?   In a few days the New Year Prayer Focus Planner became a draft plan that I put into action that New Years Eve.   Today I am making it available to you as a free download.  It is amazing what can happen when you spend time in prayer~ especially as you are celebrating New Years!

All you need to do is follow this link to download your free copy  http//www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/sherryeifler/content .   Please leave me a private comment if you decide to join the prayer focus.  I’d love to hear from you!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

 

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Week #50 Ephesians 6:10-11

Ephesians 6:10-11

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

What does it look like to~ Be prepared for anything?  ~ Be strong in the Lord?

How do we build strength in the Lord?  The strength Paul is referring to in Ephesians 6:10-11 is developed through building our relationship with the Lord.   We are strengthened through gaining knowledge of who the Lord is, living in relationship with him per his design,  and recognizing and trusting his unmeasurable power and the protection he provides.  Paul shares these power building principles with us in his description of the Armor of God: the Belt of Truth,  Breastplate of Righteousness, Shoes of the Gospel of Peace, Shield of Faith,  Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit.  Each piece of the Armor of God represents us living strong in the Lord and his mighty power.

How is your power level?

This Christmas season remember to stay powered up with the Love, Joy, Peace, and Hope of Christ~ the reason for the season!I invite you to visit the Adore Series this Advent season for times of seasonal reflection.  click here.

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #49 Isaiah 62:10-12

Isaiah 62:10-12

” Pass through, pass through the gates!  Prepare the way for the people.  Build up, build up the highway!  Remove the stones .  Raise a banner for the nations.  The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth:  “say to Daughter Zion, “See, your Savior comes!  See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.”  They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.”

Happy Advent!  Today marks the beginning of the Advent season~ the preparation for remembering Christmas~ the birth of our Savior.   I pray you are able to experience fully the hope, peace, love, and joy of the season of Christmas!

What does this weeks verse Isaiah 62:10-12 speak to your life?  My prayer is that you hear that you have been sought after by our precious Savior who came first as a babe to redeem the world from sin’s grip.  May you also hear that your Savior is making proclamation that he is coming again.   Until his return he calls us to pass through the gates, build up the highway, remove the stones, and raise a banner for the nations in preparation for him coming again.

This Christmas season let’s walk through the Gates as his sought after and his redeemed ready to prepare for the Kingdom!

Will we do our part to build, clear obstacles, and raise a banner for the sought after to find there way to through the gates of hope, peace, love, and joy?I invite you to visit the Adore Series this Advent season for times of seasonal reflection.  click here.

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #48 Psalms 54:4

Psalm 54:4

“Surely God  is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”

On the days when I feel like the mountain before me is too much;  Lord please  help me remember to trust in you.  You alone Lord sustain me in the valley, on the mountain top, and on every road in-between!

Help us keep our eyes fixed on the Lord– the one who sustains us!

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #47 John 15:5

John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the bountiful harvest of  life; the fruits of our labor, the blessings of family and friends, and most importantly the grace and mercy from our Lord.   As we take time to reflect on 2017 I’m sure we will find the principles of John 15:5 very true in our harvest blessings.

I realize that we will all be looking at 2017 from different perspectives.  Some may be scoffing at the word bountiful from their vantage point of pain.  Others may be questioning where to begin because there basket is overflowing.  Either way, I believe if we take a prayerful reflection from God’s perspective He will reveal the greatest harvests of the year were  produced when we remained in Him not when we were creating on our own.

Our greatest treasure is not that which we experience on earth but what awaits us in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20).  So let’s reflect on our transformation blessings.  Let’s give thanks today for our bountiful harvest of “spiritual fruit”~ love,  joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:23)

Happy Reflecting!!!!

 

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #46 Proverbs 4:23

Proverbs 4:23

“Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.”

Happy Veterans Day to all of my Veteran friends!  I thank you dearly for your selfless service to our country and pray for your continued peace and protection.

It is hard to believe we are in the middle of November already!  For many, this time of year for many marks the preparation for the amazing holidays ahead and for reflection on all the memories already made.

Part of my reflection is the journey of these weekly “Wisdom Wellspring” page posts.  Each one has taken shape in a way that reflects where the Lord is taking me that particular week.  This weeks verse, Proverbs 4:23, is the verse I chose because putting the Word of God at the forefront of our minds creates a mighty fortress; a fortress that will guard our hearts above everything else.   Our heart is a wellspring that our choices, our attitudes, our responses, and our wisdom flow.

What is the overflow of your heart?

How is your security system?  ~~  Do you need an upgrade?

Philippians 4:6-7 is a good place to start when looking for guidance on a security upgrade.  Check out this related “wisdom wellspring” post.  Click here.

Keep the wellspring of your life vibrant with the living water of God’s Word and watch your life  and those around you flourish!

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #45 Colossians 3:2

Colossians 3:2

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Everyday is full of choices.   We get to choose our attitude, our thoughts, and our responses as we navigate the bombardment of each days activities and responsibilities.  Would you agree that our attention is given to the things that we place the greatest value on?  It is challenging to keep our minds set on any one thing for very long.    To set our mind is a deliberate choice to direct our thoughts with fixed attention, with or without care  I know it is a challenge for me to remain diligent with my mind set how about you?

Where is your mind set……

the things of of God or the things of this world?

What do we value most?

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #44 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

  1 Corinthians 16:13-14

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.”

What does it mean to do everything in love?  Let’s apply this to our relationships.  Why would I take that leap? I am doing it because  here in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he starts and ends addressing relationship issues within the church.  1 Corinthians is full of rich instruction that crescendos with his description of what love is meant to look like in our relationships.

How do we apply the “Be” and “Do” statements in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 to our relationships?

Be on our guard in love…….

Stand firm in the faith in love………

Be courageous in love……….

Be strong in love………….

Our relationships have times that call for us to be on guard,  to stand firm in our faith, to be courageous, and to be strong is part of living a life of love like Jesus.  All throughout his ministry on earth he left examples of how to love people well with strength, courage, and standing as a firm guard of the faith.   Love fulfills the greatest commands and knows no boundaries.

 I have room for improvement how about you?

Love is….. kind, patient, it rejoices in truth, it always–protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres– never fails.

Love is not…… boastful, envious, prideful, self-seeking, angered easily, or delight in evil.

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #43 Proverbs 17:24

Proverbs 17:24

“A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.”

How do we know if we are keeping wisdom in view?  In this day and age of focused attention difficulties I know I struggle to keep wisdom at the center of my attention.  Honestly, I struggle to stay focused on a regular basis but does that make me a fool?

I don’t think so.  I think this proverb is probing us to be discerning and have wisdom detection sensors activated to help keep us from falling into traps.  Similar to the newer cars that have the sensors that warn drivers when they are drifting from their lane or getting too close to other vehicles or objects.  The last rental I drove even informed me when the car in front of me had moved forward.

What program level do you have your wisdom detection sensor on to keep you on the path of righteousness?

Does the system need an upgrade?

Keep wisdom in view— don’t get lost wandering!

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #42 Psalm 27:13-14

Psalm 27:13-14

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Last week we talked about having to wait and this week we are again being encouraged in our waiting.  I love it!   Psalm 27:13-14 inspires me to remember why I can be confident in the Lord, why I can be strong, and why I should take heart in the Lord even as I wait for the Lord.  How can I do it?

Be Confident:  I have to take time to recall the Lord’s faithfulness in the past and reinforce my attitude of thanksgiving.  Sometimes when the waiting has been lengthy or the situation isn’t looking very good I have to literally write out my list.

What do you do?

Be Strong:  I get my strength from the Lord and do my best waiting when I keep myself in a prayerful mindset.  I usually turn to a verse that speaks to what I’m waiting on the Lord for and personalize it in prayer.

What do you do?

 

Take Heart:  I keep my heart connected to and focused on the Lord.  The word “take” gives a picture of capturing and controlling my heart as an act of power to continue to turn to the Lord for strength as I wait on him to lead me through my situation.  Again, it calls me to turn to the power of the Word of God to fortify my heart with his truth. Usually, I start with Philippians 4:8-9.

What do you do?

However we do it we must~

Be Confident, Be Strong, and Take Heart in the Lord alone!

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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