Shalom {Free Prints + Prayers}

Last month I had some extra Isaiah 61 prints that I got to give away. It created some unexpected really sweet connections that I didn’t anticipate. I loved it so much, that I thought I would do it again.

If you can’t tell, I LOVE prints like this. Seriously Pinterest and Etsy are full of incredible prints for under $5. You just download the PDF and print it yourself. *Be careful when you decide to start browsing, this is a black hole my friends. lol. You may not come up for hours. Here is my “Printables” Pinterest Board >>

If a verse or word is significant to a particular season I love to find a print online and hang it in my house with the idea that each time I see it, it will prompt me to meditate on that truth and pray. I think of Eph. 5 where it says the “washing of the water of the Word.” I think this means reading the Word, re-reading it, asking the Lord to re-order my thinking to align with his thoughts, meditating on it until it sinks into my soul, letting the Word change me, praying it, and calling it into existence.

So “Shalom” came into focus for me when I was working on a website for Community Leadership & Development here in Billings. Their vision is “Seeking the Shalom of our City.” As I learned more about the concept and the original meaning it really moved it. Yes, it means “peace” but much more than that. It is the complete peace that is rooted in the wholeness and full restoration that only comes through Jesus.

I love to pray this. I pray it over my own life, over my family and my home, and over our city. I have found that prayer works best when we simply ask for what He has already promised. I love to find the promise scriptures in the Bible, and simply pray “Yes, Lord. Do this in my life.”

I went online to find a print and could not find one! So I made this one for our own home. When I was ordering prints I thought I would get extra for you guys. No cost. This is just for fun.

So, if you would like a “shalom” print, I would love to it send you. More than just that, I would love to come into agreement with you and pray this over you and your family. I am not promising hours of intercession here. But, I have a long road trip coming up on Friday. So while my big kids are watching movies in the back I will put on some worship music and dedicate my windshield time to praying for each of you by name.

Only ask here… I would love it if you all would pay it forward. If you want a print, I will send you 5. Then you can keep one for yourself and have 4 to give away to friends. I would love it if you would pray the same for them.

So just fill in your name, email and address at the bottom if you would like to be included. I have enough for up to 40 people total, and your request must be in by Friday. 


I thought I would make Psalm 103 my focus. So these are the words I will pray over each of your lives:

1Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul.


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For My Little Ones { Mother’s Day }

This week I saw a mother post a picture with her youngest daughter who was about to graduate high school. I have often envisioned who I want to be and what I want to do when my kids are older and I am a bit more free… but her post made me think more about what my kids might be like when they are leaving my care and what my hopes for them might be.

I don’t actually have huge dreams for them in the way of tangibles, but more in positioning and posture. I prayed for them this morning and have the hope of seeing them journey out with eyes upward and a quiet trust and confidence. I want them to live from a place of rest in Him… from depth of knowing His love, His voice, His provision. From this place there is certain immunity to the noise of the world and the voice of the enemy. You can perceive the way and walk in it without fear or insecurity or pride or shame.

I don’t know all the steps from here to there. I think it has to do with making margin and space to just be together. For me to make the choice daily of living with a quiet trust myself. Standing in as a shield and strength and voice of truth until He comes and takes my place. Praying the Lord would love them through me and continually fill them up to overflowing.

My little ones… I release everything to you that is given to me. When I look up, I can see to the ends of the Earth. But today I am reminded of the treasure of tending my own little garden.

Add Waiting to Your Faith

Two years ago, I ended the year heartbroken. There was so much we had prayed for, hoped for, believed for that just had not happened.

Not that God wasn’t good, or wasn’t faithful. But, He had planted specific things in our hearts that we had labored for and we had not seen the breakthrough that we had faith for.

The end of the year is always a time to assess, realign… I needed to balance the books. Somehow make sense of it all. Make a decision on how to move forward.

What do you do with disappointment? I think this is an important question. Left unattended, I think disappointment grows into other things….. anger.. bitterness………unbelief…. You just stop believing.

I didn’t want that. I needed to hear from the Lord. I needed His word. Something firm.

Our precious friends from our time in DC, Justin and Kristin Ruzinok, amazingly offered to bring us out to visit them in Florida. I was hoping it was a divine appointment. It was.

The night we got there was New Year’s Eve. After we got two cranky kids to sleep, we all found ourselves gathering around a campfire in the backyard to bring in the new year. We sang songs, worshipped, shared stories. We talked about our year. At one point in the night Kathy Kurpe (Kristin’s mom) shared part of her journey and said the words “Add waiting to your faith.” I knew it was the word of the Lord for my year.

While we were there, they had a well worn copy of “God’s Promises for Your Every Need” sitting around their house. It is a book of all of the promise scriptures in the Bible. I opened it up and leaned into my “waiting” word.

His speaking voice in scripture soothed my wounds. Eased the pain. It sustained my hope. It gave my feet footing. Something firm to face uncertainty.

These words became treasures to me. I read them, wrote them, reviewed them, prayed them. Meditated on these until they sank deep into my soul.

If you have been full of faith and find yourself ultimately disappointed ending the year, I pray these truths minister to you the way they did to me.

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Psalm 62:5
My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him alone.

Hosea 6:3
Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord, His going forth is established in the morning, He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the Earth.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Psalm 138:8
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the work of your hands.

James 5:7-8
Therefore, be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the Earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

Hebrews 6:12
…do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

1 Thes. 5:24
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Psalm 130:5
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word do I hope.

Hebrews 10:35-37
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. “For yet a little while and He who is coming will come and will not tarry.”

Habakkuk 2:3
For the vision is for yet an appointed time. But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it, because it will surely come. It will not tarry.

Hebrews 3:4
For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.

1 Peter 1:7-9
(Faith) tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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I will add that the year to follow did include breakthrough. It was a banner year in every area. We got to see fulfillment, at least partially. But, I will save that for another post. Because even without the ending to the story, these Words hold power. As is, they are strong enough to stand up to an uncertain immediate future.

Here is the book God’s Promises for Your Every Need >> on Amazon.

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Mother Teresa’s Daily Prayer

DEAR JESUS, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.