Monday, September 8, 2008

"...Strengten My Hands..."

"Now, therefore, O God, strengthen my hands . "
Nehemiah 6:9b
As Nehemiah, of old, dear God, strengthen my hands today and every day. Strengthen my hands as I
  1. wake the kids for school. Let my hands be open as their little hands take a hold of mine to start a new day.
  2. make their meals for the day. Let my hands find nutrious foods for them to eat and cook the food to strengthen their little bodies.
  3. drive them to school. Let my hands and the rest my body be aware of what is going on around me so everyone keeps safe.
  4. carry gifts of love into LB's school. May the people who are receiving these tiny gifts know they were bought and brought with love. May they come to know the truth through these simple gifts.
  5. welcome little C to the house. May she know that even though she is not mine, I love her as though she was mine.
  6. do the laundry. May my family know how much I love and care for them through daily tasks like this.
  7. choose a wedding present for a friend's son. May they use the present to welcome others into their new home. May they know many people are thinking of and praying for them as they begin a new life together.
  8. make cards for new freshmen and transfers. May the cards be a simple act showing the how much their new family loves them and is there for them.
  9. open the door for college students today. May they know our door is always open to them.
  10. make snacks for college students today. May the snacks be a small gesture telling them we love and appreciate them so much.
  11. open my Bible to study. May my heart be open to Your words and may they make a difference in my life each and every day.
  12. clean the house. May our visitors in the house always know they are welcome and that God is the head of our house.
  13. turn on the tv. May we choose shows that are appropriate for our family and that will reinforce what we are trying to teach our children.
Dear God, may You be glorified as I work with my hands. Please strengthen my hands each and every day to do the work You have laid out for me and all my friends.

64 comments:

Julie said...

Amen! Thanks for sharing, it was very encouraging to read!

Melissa Lester said...

What a sweet prayer and wonderful application for that passage. You are truly a virtuous woman, stretching out her hands in kindness.

Cheryl Wray said...

What a wonderful way to put a list together. I love it!

Smelling Coffee said...

This was beautiful. Thanks for posting it so I could pray those truths into my life today.

Jamie said...

What a great post! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Katie Stacey said...

What a beautiful prayer.

Stesha said...

So beautiful!

Congrats on your saucy blog!

Femina said...

Amen! (and enjoy your SITS day)

April said...

Happy SITS Day to ya! What a beautiful and touching post...so glad you shared it with us!

Thrifty and Chic Mom said...

what great prayer

mommytoalot said...

Such a beautiful prayer.
xo

Astrid said...

Beautiful post!
Happy SITS day!

Ronnica said...

Not too long ago I was on the receiving in of college ministry and was incredibly blessed!

jubilee said...

Amen and amen.

HeatherY said...

Such a beautiful prayer!

Karol said...

Love it. This really gave me something to think about as I'm starting the morning. Thank you.

Blue Castle said...

This is lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Erika said...

Wonderful prayer!! Congrats on the SITS feature!!

Shalee- Be Speechless said...

That was beautiful and inspiring.

Thank you

And congrats on being featured on SITS

Angela said...

It's funny --- this is exactly what my Bible study was about this morning. What a beautiful way to think about a busy day!

Vickie said...

What a nice prayer/to do list.

Creative Junkie said...

I'm not a particularly religious person but I have to say, I loved this prayer.

Ryan Ashley Scott@Opitimistic Cyicism said...

Something any mother would be blessed to read. Thank you.

Joy said...

Very beautiful.

Karen said...

What a sweet and thoughtful list. It reminds me of the song "Oh be careful little hands..." to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it.." Do you know that song? Anyhow, this post brought it to mind.

Tara said...

Beautiful! you need to print that and hang that up in your home... ♥

ScrappinAway said...

I love it that you took the time to write this down. I agree with Tara, you should definitely print and hang this up!

pumpkinpatches said...

Wow I have no words...I pray that one day I can be a mom/wife that thinks like that, instead of complaining about tasks that I do them prayerfully. You are the Proverbs 31 wife! Thank you for such and encouraging post!

Melissa Lester said...

Thanks for extending your hand in friendship to me, Becky!

♥Reeni said...

That was so beautiful!

Michele said...

Amen, sister!

Sherrie said...

That was beautiful!

Mimi said...

Wow, you are good!

Thanks for blessing us by sharing these thoughts.

blognut said...

Very Nice!

Laura said...

Amen! Happy SITS day!

blueviolet said...

What a lovely post. Happy SITS day!

Heather and Daniel said...

What a great post!
Heather B(not that Heather!), fellow SITSta.

Melinda said...

What beautiful sentiments!

Beth said...

Hmm. Maybe I need to write down a daily prayer like that. That was beautiful and powerful. And God recently led me to re-read Nehemiah, too.

vsmphotography said...

what a beautiful post... gave me goosebumps

Katy Lin :) said...

AMEN! thank you so much for this! i love it! gave me goosebumps all over!

Mandy said...

Very nice. I just may print this and have it around the house for myself.... :)

Preston said...

I am not a religious person but that sure was a nice prayer.

Nicole said...

Beautifully said! Thank you!

dddiva said...

Wonderful post- happy SITS day.

Anna Lefler said...

What a sweet and positive post.

Happy New Year.

:^) Anna

ann ominous said...

That's so great that you do the cards for the new freshmen and transfers, I work for a really large university, and though we do alot...it's really hard to make that kind of personal connection.

Happy SITS!

Irene said...

Lovely. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful prayer. I am so happy to have found your blog through SITS!

Rachel Ann said...

That was wonderful!

Elle MD said...

That was beautiful!

- a SITSta

Susan said...

That is awesome! I think I am going to have to borrow that idea and stick it on my bathroom mirror!

Jeanne said...

What a lovely and humble prayer.

Nicole O'Dell said...

I needed that. Thank you.

Tracy P. said...

Awesome post to share--thanks for the great reminder!

jori-o said...

Very nice reminder that Heavenly Father can be with us in every little thing if we invite Him. Lovely!

Elizabeth M Thompson said...

What a beautiful prayer! Sounds like you have a beautiful heart. I'm glad I stopped by from SITS to get acquainted.

Dee from Downunder said...

visiting from SITS, lovely list.

Katie said...

These are beautiful sentiments.

Michelle said...

What a beautiful prayer. May God strengthen your hands just as you ask.

FairyWonderful said...

Thank you for sharing this... it is lovely:0)

Casey's trio said...

Beautiful!

Misadventurous Mommy said...

That was beautiful!

Living and Baking in Boise said...

Awesome! I love what you did here. What a blessing to read.

Jenn @callwhenyougetthere.com
(my real identity)

Rachael said...

What a beautiful post!

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