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Go a Step Further!

I saw a facebook post of a friend recently that said we are not forgotten.  When a friend sees a mug we gave them, they think of us, a picture they see, they think of us, a joke they hear, they think of us, and smile, or chuckle at the memory...

And I thought, yes, I do that too. I have a bowl that reminds me of someone, a wall-hanging, a plant, a necklace, etc, and these things remind me of the one who gave them.  And I think about them, for a moment....

Then I thought, we should take that further... we should pray for that person in the moment!  Yes, we should.  Think of that item as a reminder from the Lord to pray for that person.  


I have things from people I remember fondly.  But I also am reminded of people who have hurt me.  Yes, I have a bowl from someone who hurt me, and I use it often.  I should pray for them. 

Nothing is for nothing.  That gift from someone or to someone.  God uses it all.  I cannot make roast potatoes without thinking of a certain someone who hurt me big time, but now, I can use those memories to pray for her.

It is after all a perfect opportunity to give God all the glory.  Glory to Him for that person, for friendship, for the ability to love them or forgive them, for good memories... for whatever it means to you, give Him the glory.

1 Corinth 1 vs 4:  I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thess 5 vs 11:  Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Eph 6 vs 18: Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.

Matt 5 vs 44:  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Next time you pick up that something that someone gave you, pray for them.  God hears us (1 John 5 vs 14: And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us).  It'll impact them without you even knowing it, and, it will impact you too, for God's glory!  Sow seeds of prayer, reap seeds of prayer!

God bless
Tracy


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  1. Sow seeds of prayer, reap seeds of prayer. Love it! I don't have much around me from others because I get rid of things that no longer serve me however when someone asks me to pray for them, I do so immediately. Or whenever I'm on social media and someone posts a prayer request, I stop what I am doing and I pray whether I know them personally or not.

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    1. Hi Yvonne, I think what you say is very true, when you say you'll pray to do so. God bless and thanks for visiting :)

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  2. I love the idea of praying for loved ones each time we think of them. Can you imagine how God can use us when we partner with Him in prayer! SO EXCITING!

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    1. Visting from #TellHisStory

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    2. Hi Barb, absolutely, we could change the world through obedience to God in prayer :)
      God bless

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  3. Yes, "I can use memories to pray," is love in action today.

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  4. Nothing is for nothing... I like that Tracy. God is so much into details (yeah, like paying attention to the hairs on my head and the sparrows on the roof), it is amazing. We often miss the details, but that is where it starts. Great post, thank you!

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    1. Hi Marja, yes it certainly is in the details. I have a book of yours, I should use that as an opportunity to pray for you when I see it there in my bookcase, and I will! :)
      God bless

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  5. Tracy, I find myself doing exactly what you talked about. When I see something a friend has gifted me, or they pop into my mind I say a little prayer for them in the here and now. I loved reading this today as it was just last evening when I had looked at a gift from a friend and said a prayer.
    Visiting today from Remember Me Monday #4&5

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    1. Hi Paula, I'm so glad you can relate. And thank you for the visit :)
      God bless

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  6. Tracy, dank je wel. This is such a beautiful, practical blog. I've never thought about it this way.

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    1. Hi Aritha, I'm glad I have encouraged you in some practical way :)
      God bless

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  7. This is so good! Just "thoughts" aren't edifying - nurturing. It's like saccharine for the soul - empty calories - but when we think of them and pray - oh, my! So good, Tracy! I know I need to become a better steward of my relationships like this! Preach on, my friend!

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  8. (Sorry for the double comment - not used to the new configuration for commenting) This is so good! Just "thoughts" aren't edifying - nurturing. It's like saccharine for the soul - empty calories - but when we think of them and pray - oh, my! So good, Tracy! I know I need to become a better steward of my relationships like this! Preach on, my friend!

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    1. I love that analogy Maryleigh, saccharine for the soul, empty! Put thoughts into action!
      Great point! God bless

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