Praying Colossians 1

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Currently, I am doing a bible study on Acts. Before each lesson, we are encouraged to pray through Colossians 1: 9-12. So far, the study has been about the Holy Spirit. This comes at a time in my life when there is every possibility of great change, and I am relying on the Holy Spirit for many things. This scripture makes a meaningful prayer to me each time I sit to study God’s word, as well as each time I face a decision about my changing life.

This has been journaled in my Bible, and I turned it into a coloring page for you. It is narrow enough to slip into your bible as a bookmark, to add it to your own journaling bible. You can tack it to your bulletin board, or wherever. Let me know if you have a creative purpose for it.

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Print this on cardstock or watercolor paper any size you desire, and color it in. Enjoy! I pray you will find great use and meaning in it, as I am.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Ephesians 6:18

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Prayer Flags

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Prayer flags are fascinating to me. They come in all shapes and sizes. They can be stitched or painted, made of paper or fabric. They can be triangles or rectangles. They can be anything you design from your unique perspective or creative brain. You can get tons of inspiring prayer flag ideas on this blog.

Prayer flags have a long history. They were first just colorful pieces of cloth, hung on the mountain tops in the Himalayas. Then words were written on them and they were taken into battle. For early Buddhists, the colors symbolized different things, and Tibetans believe hanging them make their prayers one with the universe.

For me prayer flags are simply a visual reminder and a record. When I see them hanging there, they remind me to pray for whatever is written on them. When God answers those prayers I can take them down or exchange them with new prayers. They are also pretty, especially if they are hung outside where they have movement in the wind.

It is a great idea to do in a class. Each person writes out her prayers and everyone can see them each week.

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To make some like mine, you need: fabric, batting, ribbon scraps, safety pins, straight pins, scissors, permanent marker, and a sewing machine.

1. Make yourself a paper pattern of a triangle or rectangle. Trace it on the fabric and batting. For each flag, you need two triangles of fabric and one of batting. I cut mine out with pinking shears.

2. Layer the three pieces. Pin them together. Pin two pieces of ribbon (folded in half) at the top so you have something to string the rope through. Stitch around the outside, holding everything together.

3. Cut a smaller piece of a light color fabric. Write your prayer on this, using permanent marker. Safety pin the small triangle to the front of the flag. String all of your flags across your rope.

4. Commence praying! Write words on them and take them into battle!

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In all your ways acknowledge Him. (Proverbs 3:6),

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My Man Nehemiah: 1

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My small group is studying our way through Kelly Minter’s Nehemiah: A heart that can break. Nehemiah is one of my favorite guys in the bible. I can relate to some parts of his story. I have learned and am continuing to learn from him. You know how every time you study some passages, you find something new? Nehemiah is like that for me. And Kelly’s study has tons of life application.

In lesson 1, one of the things that really struck me was the importance of intercessory prayer. When Nehemiah found out that his people were in great distress and the wall of Jerusalem was broken down, he prayed. He seriously prayed with weeping and mourning and fasting for four months. He prayed God’s character to Him, he prayed God’s own words and promises back to Him, he confessed the sins of the Israelites, and he really believed that God would move in response. Day and night! Four months of this! And God did move in response to Nehemiah’s heart for his people….in amazing ways.

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(Card #1, print, size, and put inside your envelope)

It made me think about the way I pray. Wow, I am really lazy compared to Nehemiah. But, it made me realize that God does appreciate when we are really moved by something. Maybe I can’t tell Him or ask Him too many times. After all, what God wants most from us I think, is our attention, our time, our desire to be in relationship with Him. God called Nehemiah to pray and he did not stop praying until God gave His answer.

My small group loves to make their own visual reminders with me as we study, but this time, because I missed them all summer, I have made each of them these cards….one for each lesson (print them out for yourself if you want!), tucked in a velum envelope. You can make an envelope very easily. Print out the pattern. Size it as desired. Cut it out and trace it on a piece of vellum scrapbook paper. Cut it out. Fold where the lines are.

Use any paper adhesive you like. I used double stick tape to hold it together.

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Print out these words, or design your own. Slip it inside the envelope, trace on the front of the envelope with a Sharpie. Slip your cards inside.

Take time today to pray for your country.  (1 Timothy 2:2 NIV),

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