Glorifying God in Catholic Fiction, by M. R. Zapp

I was checking out the home page for the American Christian Fiction Writers because I was contemplating joining (in addition to being a member of the CWG). While I was on the page, they were featuring one of their authors, Laura Hilton. In her bio, one of the comments she makes is that she wants to make sure all of her writing glorifies God.

As much as I disagree with — and, in truth, must condemn as false — her religion, I have to admire her motive here. It made me question whether that is what I am doing with my writing.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, For the Greater Glory of God, is written on every one of my handwritten letters, not only in recognition and adoration of my Creator, but also as a reminder of the purpose of what I am doing (and it helps cut down on sharing gossip).

Since I add words to my novel via Word, it’s not as if I type AMDG before every session, but I’m starting to think that I should. Is there any better way to ensure that my writing is true to my intent as a writer than to pray about it? And praying before a writing session isn’t something I do with any great frequency. If I do, it’s more along the lines of offering my writing to God to do with as He wills, and that helps me to let go and write because then there’s no pressure. I just do my best and forget the rest (thank you, Tony Horton).

If I think about whether I am glorifying God in my writing, I realize I probably don’t do it as much as I could. And there is a distinct possibility that I will find myself doing some serious revamps (groan) of existing works in progress in the near future.

Of course, the dilemma of glorifying God in fiction without preaching lies at the heart of what it is to be a Catholic writer. As a fiction writer, a good story is the most important part of a book. But as a Catholic fiction writer, writing fiction takes on more responsibility than the work merely being devoid of objectionable content. But what does that really mean?

Does that mean we have to be writing stories centered around the Catholic faith? Does there have to be a priest in every book? A major conversion? Struggling Catholics? Can they just be struggling people? How does this work in dystopian and sci-fi? All of these are questions I, and other Catholic fiction writers, ask ourselves. In what way does our Catholic faith shine through?

The solution to finding these answers, I think, must be prayer — praying that we are glorifying God with our talents as He would desire us to. The Benedictine mantra is Ora et Labora, Pray and Work. It’s a maxim that holds no matter what we’re doing, and it’s past time I apply it to my writing.

On a side note, tempting as it is to join a group that could give me and my writing more exposure, I am deciding against joining the ACFW. But thanks, Laura Hilton!

M. R. Zapp is a mother of five, an avid fan of Regency history, artist, and writer. She has recently taken on a labor of love as editor for Altar and Hearth Magazine, is contemplating the indie publication of her first novel, and blogs at Apostolate of the Pen. She nurses babies, wipes noses, hates ironing and folding clothes, is working on several more novels, and loves to cook.

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Catholic Writers Conference, July 29-August 1, 2014

EWTN Bookmark interviews at the CWG Booth

EWTN Bookmark interviews at the CWG Booth

Headed for Catholic Writers Conference next week? Are you excited? You should be! Take a look at this photo to get a sense of the energy and opportunities that await! What an opportunity to rub shoulders with industry professionals, to put names and personalities to folks you’ve met online, to renew friendships, and to network. This is a once in a lifetime experience; make the most of it. There will never be another gathering of exactly the same people at this point in their faith and writing journeys. Truly you are in Chicago, Illinois, because God has called you to be there!

Each of you has a specific reason for attending, a goal you hope to accomplish. If this is your first conference experience, the coming days are likely to be a roller coaster of euphoria juxtaposed with self doubt. Be assured that you are not the only one grappling with these feelings. I hope this knowledge translates into a greater sense of ease in a new and sometimes intimidating environment. Here are some words of advice (of wisdom, too, hopefully!) for both newbies and veterans, for authors, for agents, and for editors, geared toward making this conference the best it can be for everyone:

1) Everyone’s goals are the same, ultimately. Editors want to find the next diamond of a manuscript to publish. Agents want to discover the next author whose career they can guide to new heights. Authors want to find a publisher and/or agent to promote their awesome work. And in this particular setting, all of these people want to serve God with their talents and gifts in the way that pleases Him the most.

When viewed through that prism, competition loses the edge of greed and rejection loses its sting. We’re all on the same side, and God’s looking out for the good of each person’s life and career. This doesn’t mean you should fail to promote your product, just that there is no need for fear. Which brings us to the next point.

2) Be confident. You have something no one else does: your voice, and your work. These are gifts that God has given you, gifts that you have honed with hard work and prayer. No one can duplicate your contribution. Take heart in that fact, and know that your work will find its home. Maybe through this conference; maybe not – which leads to…

3) Don’t take rejection personally. Sometimes it just isn’t a good fit for the publisher or agent. Imagine a library with thousands of books. You have three days to find the best two. You will have to create a system to sort and discard the ones that aren’t suitable for your purpose. Do you see that many wonderful, deserving books will be overlooked? This does not reflect on the worthiness of each one, the same way it does not reflect on your particular project. And in today’s climate, many options are available. So…

4) Be open. There are many possibilities that we may not recognize in our limited, human view. Be open to new ideas, new directions, new options. You may discover a brand new path, or even a calling! You may discover it through…

5) Networking. This is the whole purpose of a conference. Meet people! Ask them what they write, who they want to represent, what they want to publish. Have a brief answer ready when others ask you these questions. (I write ____ and my current project is about ____.)

This is a remarkably small community, and the contacts you make in the next few days will serve you for your entire career. Do not discount the importance of these interactions. They are crucial for your success. But remember…

6) Be nice. This should go without saying, especially in this setting, but we are human and sometimes we need to be reminded. Keep your comments positive; you never know who might overhear or repeat something you said in a frustrated or disappointed moment. Again, this is a remarkably small community even though it may not seem that way.

Also, restrict your interactions to appropriate venues. Don’t try to pitch to an agent or publisher in the restroom, or shove your manuscript under the door of the stall. I have seen the first and have heard of the second, so these are not as far-fetched as they seem. Be considerate of folks. If the target of your interest has a headache or gets a pained look on their face when you approach, be brief. Introduce yourself and say you’d like to send them a query if that is acceptable; believe me, they will remember and appreciate your kindness. And that goes a long way. Which leads to the last point…

7) Be yourself. This may call for leaving your comfort zone, though. If you tend to be shy (many writers are!) push yourself to be more sociable. It’s not hard; smile and ask people around you about themselves. You’ll be glad you did. If you are an extrovert, recognize your tendency to overshadow the more timid among us and let them shine, too.

8) Use social media to keep the non-conference-goers among us updated! There’s the CWG Facebook page and your personal Facebook/Twitter, etc. accounts. The ripple effect can be unlimited. Share the love!

I hope each one of you has a wonderful experience at the Catholic Writers Conference! And… Oops! I forgot the most important words of advice! HAVE FUN!

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Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance by Neal Lozano

I discovered Neal Lozano’s book, “Unbound,” when our covenant community planned an Unbound Conference with him. About 50 of us learned how to cooperate with the Lord to gain freedom from the influence of evil spirits and then guide those coming to the conference in this prayer method.

We learned the five keys that unlock the doors we have opened to intimidating spirits and how to close them. The five keys are not complicated when we understand that not our power but the power of the name of Jesus accomplishes it all: Repentance and faith. Forgiveness. Renunciation of evil spirits. Taking authority over those spirits. The Father’s blessing. That’s the strategy that answers to our prayer “deliver us from evil, freeing us from the lies Satan tells to keep us from God’s plan for our life.

As we learned these keys, we tried them out on one another. Instead of believing the lie that I could never do this right, my confidence grew that the Lord could use me in this ministry. That attitude developed from many healings I experienced through ordinary people in the Unbound ministry with no extraordinary powers within themselves.

Using the keys, I then helped them discover and renounce the hidden roots of their difficulties that blocked their freedom. I heard reactions from “I feel lighter as if a heavy load of furniture shifted from my core” to ““Unbound by the Blood of Christ. My spirit is dancing and celebrating with the Lord.”

The Unbound conference displayed the Holy Spirit working beautifully among many strangers with the common goal of freedom, yet with such different blocks to unlock and remove. The blocks are lies we believe are part of us such as, “I can never do anything right. I don’t belong. God could never forgive me. I’m a victim.”  When the light of God’s truth shines on these lies, the pain of traumas such as addiction to pornography, death of a child or parent, child abuse, abortion and abandonment are healed. Forgiving others and ourselves is no longer impossible. As we recognize hidden guilt, fear and self-condemnation we are able to take responsibility for our sins and renounce their roots. The Father’s Blessing restores our self-worth.

Neal says that the Unbound model works from several basic truths:

  • Because of Jesus, we have hope and can ask for the blessing we need.
  • Jesus is our hope; he is our savior.
  • Jesus saves us from sin and from Satan’s plan for our lives.
  • Jesus reveals to us our hearts so that we can repent.
  • Jesus gives us the power to forgive others and to renounce the enemy in our lives.
  • We have authority over the devil’s influence in our lives in the name of Jesus.
  • God wants to bless us by revealing who we are, so we might fulfill our destiny.

The “Unbound” keys are my do-it-yourself healing kit to apply Neal’s guidelines to the hurts and sins in my life that preoccupy my confessions and my depressions. I began to heal as the examples and reflections peeled back layers of lies I believed. Keeping a journal and engaging in the Unbound deliverance prayers with a trusted friend or small group benefits me even more. Many pastors, spiritual directors and confessors add the Unbound keys to their toolbox.

The keys help me keep resentment and unforgiveness from settling in my soul.  I no longer routinely Xerox my list of sins before Reconciliation, Some of them are gone and Jesus and I are working on some others. Every day my awareness of God’s conviction, presence and power to transform me, grows as well as my freedom to live as the woman he created me to be.

(© 2014 Nancy H C Ward)

 

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: July 21, 2014

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

Psalms 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

Lord, you are kind and forgiving, rich in faithful love for all who call upon you. Yahweh, hear my prayer, listen to the sound of my pleading. All nations will come and adore you, Lord, and give glory to your name. For you are great and do marvellous deeds, you, God, and none other. But you, Lord, God of tenderness and mercy, slow to anger, rich in faithful love and loyalty, turn to me and pity me. Give to your servant your strength, to the child of your servant your saving help.

  The power of prayer and the power of people praying.

JULY INTENTION PRAYER (from Psalms 103)

Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy name;
bless Yahweh, my soul, never forget all his acts of kindness.
He forgives all your offences, cures all your diseases,
he redeems your life from the abyss, crowns you with faithful love and tenderness;
Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger and rich in faithful love;
his indignation does not last for ever, nor his resentment remain for all time;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor repay us as befits our offences.
As the height of heaven above earth, so strong is his faithful love for those who fear him.

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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On the Shoulders of Hobbits by Louis Markos

On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and LewisOn the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis by Louis Markos

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We need the truth, but we also need to know how to live in and through and by that truth.

What we need, in short, are stories.

Louis Markos begins with the idea that in the past stories weren’t only told for children’s entertainment and instruction, but for that of adults as well. We’ve lost not only that idea but a lot of the time-honored values that we used to teach and cherish in such stories. The author “mines” two of the most honored stories in modern times, the Lord of the Rings and, to a lesser extent, The Chronicles of Narnia, to show how they can help us return to classic virtues these days.

Ancient literature, modern culture, and scripture are all woven into Markos’ book. The main emphasis is on Tolkien and Lewis, but the depth of material means that it hits you where you live.  Before delving into the virtues, Markos begins with the idea of the hero’s journey and the road. These are the heart of good story telling, after all, and so are themes that are returned to repeatedly throughout the book.

In the greater tales, the ones that matter—the ones that change both us and our world—the heroes do not so much choose the Road, as the Road chooses them. For our part, we must be ready, prepared in season and out, to answer the call, whenever and however it comes. And we must be prepared to press on, trusting to an end that we often do not, perhaps cannot, see. It is easy to claim that we would have done what Abraham did, but that is only because we stand outside the story. We see the good end, the fulfillment that Abraham could not see from within the story.

Markos is not detached with his subject at arm’s length. He loves these stories and the themes they embrace and his enthusiasm comes through to make a warm, lively reading experience.

I’ve read several other books looking deeper into The Lord of the Rings, in particular, and this book still managed to provide new ideas for reflection. Markos really does a fantastic job of revealing the characteristics of various characters in Middle-Earth and Narnia and the virtues we can see in them. This is a thoughtful and thought provoking book which I can’t recommend highly enough.

I’ll be looking for more of Markos’ books in the future.

NOTE
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I originally wrote this review of On the Shoulders of Hobbits for the free Catholic Book review program, created by Aquinas and More Catholic Goods. I receive free product samples as compensation for writing reviews for Tiber River.

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An Amazing Mom

   My mom, Rita, was born in 1920.

Money was scarce and troubles were plenty.

But her faith was strong and her spirit was stoic.

In fact, I’d say she was heroic.

 

As the fifth of six girls she became the leader.

Everyone could always count on Rita.

She was generous, kind, and beneficent,

Though very humble and somewhat reticent.

 

On a rainy morning in May of ’57,

Rita wed George- a marriage made in heaven.

Throughout their lives the rosary they’d pray

And receive the Eucharist at Mass each day.

 

A prayerful request at St.  Anne de Beaupre Shrine

Produced a true miracle that’s impossible to define!

Though the doctors all agreed, “Rita cannot bear a child,”

 Our omniscient Lord is gracious and His will is undefiled.

 

In June of ‘58 I was born healthy and strong;

However, there was still something very wrong.

My mom‘s prognosis was once again bleak.

As she lay dying in the hospital and oh so weak.

 

Defying the odds, my mom did survive.

The miraculous power of prayer is still alive!

She lived almost 94 years with joy and gratitude

As a loyal Roman Catholic with a Christ like attitude.

 

My mom’s vitality suddenly came to an end

When she lost her husband and very best friend.

Yes, George, my beloved dad, was the love of her life,

And his passing last December caused deep grief and strife.

 

 Rita so wanted to be with her George

And I prayed that God would quickly forge

A happy reunion between Mom and Dad.

To see Mom like this was just too sad!

 

Finally, one dark February night

Mom apparently saw the light!

All of a sudden, her eyes opened wide

While I expressed to her all I felt inside.

 

And sure enough at 3:15,

With eyes wide open and totally serene,

Rita peacefully entered eternity,

Joining George in blissful unity.

                                                               by Anne Marie Vale, Ph. D.

 

Anne Marie Vale is proud to be a lifelong Catholic.  She was an elementary music specialist and an elementary classroom teacher for 29 years in Rhode Island before retiring five years ago.    Anne Marie also has a Ph. D. in organizational leadership from Regent University. She returned to Regent as an adjunct professor.  Since 2009, Anne Marie and her husband, Michael, have been living in Sarasota, Florida.  They belong to the Church of the Incarnation, which is in the Diocese of Venice.

 

Editor’s Note:  Thanks Anne Marie, for this sweet poem.   It’s never out of season to honor our Moms.  CWG members should keep a close eye on the Blog site.  There will soon be a new set or protocols and encouragements to invite members to post and put their writing in the public space.   If you’re only writing “in your room”  it might be time for you to take a leap of faith and put your thoughts “out there” for all to see!

 

 

 

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Why did you join the Catholic Writers Guild?

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Shipwrights, joiners, rope-makers, sail-makers, coppersmiths, coopers and other craftsmen, including a member of the blacksmiths’ guild, have revived the 173 year old whaling ship Charles W. Morgan. The blacksmith described his guild as a society that preserves for posterity the secrets of the forge and anvil developed over the centuries. To this end, he has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years for the love of the trade. He has trained young apprentices to absorb the knowledge, the feel and his love of the craft. He impressed me not only with his skills, but his genuine passion for his craft and his zeal to share and preserve this aspect of our culture, history, and tradition. He serves as a model for the Catholic Writers Guild which has set its heart on another revival: the Catholic Literary Revival.

By definition, guilds live, grow, and reproduce. To promote life and progress toward the Catholic Literary Revival, The Catholic Writers Guild invites participation.

1)     The Catholic Writers Conference lives in Chicagoland from July 29th – August 1st, 2014.  Meet other members, develop your skills and connections with publishers. To register, visit CatholicWritersConference.com.

2)      The CWG Blog is open to participation by all members, thanks to the Blog Team and Blog Coordinator, Jen Fitz. Look at the Guidelines as you prepare to let the rest of the Guild see your work. Poets, illustrators, fiction writers and non-fiction authors, let’s see what you can do. When ready, forward your piece to submissions@catholicwritersguild.com. The collector of submissions will in turn pass your work to an editor who will assist you to post on the Guild Blog.

3)      Facebook provides a dynamic opportunity to converse with other members. If you are not already a “Friend” contact Karina Fabian.

4)      The revised and updated Guild Web Site will offer new dimensions in communication and participation, especially the forums. Look for it soon.

5)      Critique groups? Do you belong? Let’s start something new, right now!  Which group could the Guild build for you now? Of course, you will be the organizer. I’ve been looking for a fiction critique group where someone will look at chapters from my fiction, offer suggestions, and in turn I will look at their chapters and offer suggestions. I’m mainly interested young-adult fiction, but I’m open to any kind of fiction: humor, adventure, romance, suspense, you name it. Interested? Use the comment section below.

6)      Hey, why did you join the Catholic Writers Guild? Is there something you have yet to find in your travels toward the Catholic Literary Revival? I’d like to know. Let’s do something about it! Make comments. We are a Guild. That means we help each other.

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8 High Tech, Low Tech Healthy Writer Tips

Here’s a few tips for writers spending way too many hours at the computer:

interval timer1. I got an interval timer and set it to goose me every 40 minutes, at which point I MUST get up and move, shake, stretch, and otherwise un-vegitate until it rings again 2 minutes later. Research shows that we really should not be sitting down as much as we do, and that this regular interruption is of great value. I can tell you I feel great now after a long day at the computer, instead of feeling rather like a cross between a dense loaf of bread that failed to rise and a shoe caked with mud and grass clippings. If you can’t quite figure that out, you probably need a break for an interval of use-it-or-lose-it movement!

2. While sitting at the computer, I love my little rubber ball – a dear, low-tech foot massage that adds a touch of spa-like luxury to the work day. A tennis ball also works well in this capacity.

3. Flu.x is a free computer app that gradually simulates the outdoor light in your area so as to prevent the dastardly way a computer’s blue light wreaks havoc with your circadian rhythms. It’s lovely the way the computer light looks more natural and soothing at the end of the day. I can just feel my circadia dancing slower and getting ready for a night of gentle rest. I so recommend this!

gyro ball4. The gyro-ball: Google it, but don’t confuse it with a fancy baseball pitch. This is a workout toy for your wrist that foils carpal tunnel syndrome and reinvigorates your hands, arms, and wrists after hours at the keyboard. If you stand up while holding this crazy little ball, it counts as your two-minute anti-desk-potato interval. Beware: people will try to steal your gyro-ball, so take steps to thwart them. If there is a pianist in your family, buy an extra one, or you’ll be fighting over it!

5. Concrete blocks. Really! This is low-tech. Put desk on blocks and either stand up, sit on a huge rubber ball (also low-tech, and the best thing that ever happened to my lower back), or get an under-desk treadmill/stepper/dog-who-demands-tummy-rubs. This fits right in with our resolution to write without dying over-early. If you actually earn money writing, you might want to buy a treadmill desk and stroll gently down the path to your next best-seller.treadmill desk

6. Wall-mounted power strip; Handy dandy colored twisties with space for labeling (How many times a week do you have to say, “Wait till I figure out which cord connects the router to the computer” to your tech guys??); Velcro strips to bundle up the ten feet of unneeded cord. How long would it take the average professional writer to stop complaining about the tangle of cords underfoot and actually do something about it? Well, I don’t have to tell you, but now I’ve saved you the trouble of griping anymore about it. Get back to work!

koosh7. Koosh ball. Keep one handy in case anyone comes in to chat while you’re trying to write. It’s been my experience that there is no magnet as powerful as a person actually trying to get work done at the computer. People seem to come out of the woodwork to have prove-I-am-a-higher-priority-than-writing conversations the moment I get going. The Koosh ball can be tossed back-and-forth gently to dispel my interruption agitation and make it seem I am playfully unaware of the clock ticking, the deadline looming, or the idea escaping. Enjoy!

8. Peppermint Oil. This is a very effective pick-me-up. Sniff it now and then from the bottle, or plant a drop on your upper lip for a vivifying and brain-clarifying hit of God’s essential goodness. I keep a bottle handy on long drives, too, by the way. Toss a drop in your water glass and give yourself even more health points for staying hydrated. In fact, if you drink enough water, you won’t need that interval timer!

Well, eight is a great number, so I’ll stop there. If any of these tips have changed your life, recharged your battery, or added a few years to your life expectancy, and you want to return the favor, I have a book out that needs lots of new readers. PLEASE go get copies of Souls at Work: An Invitation to Freedom, and THANKS to all who do!

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Holy Hide and Seek

Sometimes I think that most of the population of the world has been completely ruined by our modern, so called “accouterments”.  Did you know that many in third world countries have a hard time finding work and/or feeding family but still own a working cell phone?  Yikes. We are awash in items of convenience that supposedly serve the purpose of making life easier. Look around, you be the judge! As people who share an interest in faith and growing spiritually we can be bamboozled into thinking that our modern devices have nothing to do with how our spiritual life is proceeding and whether or not we are growing and moving forward.  Take a closer look.  At times I hear people talk about how God disappeared or deserted them or left after years of regular consolation in their prayer life or never showed up in the first place. Who taught you that?  As you grow and develop in your prayer life who taught you that your relationship with God and the way it manifests itself will always be the same?

There is no question that the strong presence of a societal ethic that demands and gets everything right now has had an influence on how we think about and practice our faith life.  After all, we reason, I pray daily, go to Mass weekly and even have taken a shift at the Adoration Chapel but God has still deserted me!  I bet everyone has known someone who has left the Church or quit going to Mass for a reason that resembles the above thinking. So where do we get the concept of what our relationship with the Father should look like?  That could come from our heroes of the faith or believers we admire or pastors we have known or a spiritual director or our own ego.  However, when you think about living this (believer’s) life, have you ever taken time and stock to examine how much of the culture is coloring your thinking?

If we check out scripture, the Saints and the history of the Church we quickly see that the life of a believer and our relationship with the Father is anything but consistent and predictable.  Like any teacher with great intuition the Father moves the relationship along in a manner that benefits the student in one way or the other. We need to give up all preconceived notions of what it will be like when we have finally “perfected” our relationship with the Father.  Even Mother Theresa revealed that after years of tangible consolation from God she spent the final years of her life in what seemed to be utter desolation with the Lord speaking not at all!  Father Donald Haggerty, professor of moral theology at the Capuchin Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Ethiopia gives us this observation:

“The Law of divine concealment is inescapable in all deeper prayer. No contact with God in prayer, no spiritual experience or encounter, does not quickly hide him again. He always manages to flee. … Only partial understandings of God’s love are ever given and these are never stable.  The experience of God’s hiding can entangle our soul in a morass of useless questioning.  …..[W]e may think sometimes that God’s hiding is the most familiar mark of his divine personality.”

 n the end it comes down to trust.  We all “get” that God is ever present all the time, everywhere.  In his personal relationships he offers us the schooling that will do nothing but hone and sharpen our faith, prayer and ability to let go of all the notions of what the world calls normal.  God’s hiding is not a bad thing and not a good thing.  It’s an opportunity to grow.  Maybe we are all a little spoiled because we go into panic mode when things don’t go the way we want them to.  So who knows better about the presence of God in your life, you or the Father?  He has His ways, you decide!

 

 

 

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: July 13, 2014

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

Romans 8:18-23
In my estimation, all that we suffer in the present time is nothing in comparison with the glory which is destined to be disclosed for us, for the whole creation is waiting with eagerness for the children of God to be revealed. It was not for its own purposes that creation had frustration imposed on it, but for the purposes of him who imposed it with the intention that the whole creation itself might be freed from its slavery to corruption and brought into the same glorious freedom as the children of God. We are well aware that the whole creation, until this time, has been groaning in labour pains. And not only that: we too, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we are groaning inside ourselves, waiting with eagerness for our bodies to be set free.

  The power of prayer and the power of people praying.

JULY INTENTION PRAYER (from Psalms 103)

Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy name;
bless Yahweh, my soul, never forget all his acts of kindness.
He forgives all your offences, cures all your diseases,
he redeems your life from the abyss, crowns you with faithful love and tenderness;
Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger and rich in faithful love;
his indignation does not last for ever, nor his resentment remain for all time;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor repay us as befits our offences.
As the height of heaven above earth, so strong is his faithful love for those who fear him.

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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