He Knows Your Secrets

This truth might terrify you, but it also might be the comfort you need today:

God knows your secrets.

Pretty scary, eh? He knows our every thought. He knows our every hope and dream and disappointment and sin.

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)

Sometimes in fear we hide from Yahweh, thinking we’re too messed up to approach Him, thinking He’s too holy to love us sinners. Other times we get so caught up in ourselves, our lives, our self-righteousness, that we’re blind to the broken places in our hearts.

We all have brokenness. And it’s in those broken, human places that the light breaks through. It’s in those ugly places that He wants to meet with you. In those secret battles in our minds and hearts, He wants to be victorious. In our weakness He is glorified.

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Maybe you don’t feel like you have much faith today. But you can come before Him anyway, knowing that He sees you and loves you and wants to bring you out of the brokenness that haunts you.

Let Him do what His Spirit always does.

Let Him heal. Let Him redeem. Let Him do a new work. Let Him break your heart of stone, and give you a heart of flesh. Let Him change your course. Let Him be the one in control.

Truth be told, I need these reminders everyday.

Surrender isn’t easy for any of us. A life lived for eternity is often a painful road, yet it’s filled with the deepest joy–a joy that circumstances can’t steal away, and that hardship only strengthen. I want that joy. How about you? And there’s only one way to receive it.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:9-11)

Where does your soul need healing?

Surrender those secret places of your heart to the One who loves you more than any other. And prepare yourself to be amazed at what He does.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

 

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A Prayer for Our Veterans (And Other Ways to Show Appreciation)

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 each year in the United States. It was the day that Germany surrendered in 1918. On November 11, 1918 at the eleventh hour, the Great War (later called World War 1) was over.

Americans have this day to honor our veterans and thank them for their service to our country.

Whether you live here in the States or somewhere else in the world, we should thank those that have risked their lives for us to live in freedom.

Here is a prayer that I have written in honor of Veterans day.

Heavenly Father, there is none like You! Thank You for my country, the United States. Thank You of the freedom that I have to freely worship You. I want to take this time to pray for the veterans of my country. Thank You for those men and women that have risked their lives for my freedom. Help me to have a new appreciation for those that have served in the military. Amen.

Her are some other ways to thank veterans:

1)When you see a hat that says, “Vietnam Veteran”, take the time to walk up to the person and say thank you.

2)Write a letter to a veteran that you know thanking them.

3)If you have a family member that served, be sure to call them up and thank them.

4)Anyone in uniform, be sure to thank them for their service to our country.

5)Make something and take it by your local VA or Post for the veterans there to thank them for their service.

6)Be sure to pray for those that are serving our country now.

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Guest Post: “A Chance” poem by Faith

A Chance

You have a chance
To have a private conversation
With the God who has made you
And remade You in His image,
The One who made The earth and all that are on it
The sea and all that dwell in it;
The heavens and all that fill it.
The King of Kings,
The Lord of Lords,
The One who holds the world in his hands.
The One who can do anything,
Who loves you more than anyone could,
Who died on the Cross for you,
And who wants the best for you.
Your Father who adopted you,
Who knows your deepest secrets,
And wants to hear your voice.

So why don’t you pray?

-Meet Faith-

Faith is a thirteen-year-old writer who loves her Savior most ardently. She enjoys sharing her love and teaching good lessons through her writing. You can find more of her work at StoriesOfFaithBlog.com

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A Fun Way to Remember What to Include in Your Prayers

Here’s a fun way to remember what to include in your prayers. It’s an acrostic that spells the word ACTS. Each letter stands for something that we should remember to include in our prayers.

I hope that you enjoy using this acrostic!

A Fun Way to Remember What to Include in Your Prayers

(A) Adoration: Praise Yahweh for who He is!

(C) Confession: Confess any sins that you know about, and then ask Yahweh to show you sins that you have missed.

(T) Thanksgiving: Thank Yahweh for what He has done for you!

(S) Supplication: Ask for wisdom from Yahweh, or any requests that you might have.

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Let’s Have Fun With This!

Hello, ladies!

A bit of fun this week. What do you think? I think that we need some fun! Here we go!

So, Joy has a blog called Blog of Joy (You should really check it out!), and she got tagged in a summer questionnaire! Joy tagged a friend of ours, Sarah (Who has a really awesome blog too!), and Sarah tagged me!

Anyway, I am going to answer her tag and then do something else fun!

1) What is a nickname only your family calls you? None! I am Peyton!

2) What’s a weird habit of yours? I like to prepare speeches in the shower!:)

3) Do you have any strange phobias? It really scares me when I miss a call or a meeting, because I like to be on time.

4) What’s a song that you secretly like to blast and belt out when you’re alone? Good question! Probably “You’re a Grand Old Flag”.

5) What’s one of your pet peeves?  It drives me crazy when people don’t listen, or they are “listening” and I know they aren’t interested in what I am saying.

6) What’s one of your nervous habits? Hmmm… (If I answer this everyone will know when I am nervous….) I best leave this one.

7) What’s a YouTuber that almost always makes you laugh? Yay! I get to promote myself! Haha! My own channel always makes me laugh because I have so much to learn! You should check it out!

8) What was your first stuffed animal and what was its name? I never had many stuffed animals, but I did have a stuffed snowman and a stuffed cat named Snowman and Kittycat respectively.

9) What’s the drink you always order at Starbucks? I’m not a huge coffee fan, but I do love frozen yogurt!

10) Do you have any weird body skills? I can stick out my tongue and touch my nose!

11) What’s your favorite comfort food that’s bad but you eat it anyways?   Frozen Yogurt

12) What’s a phrase or exclamation you always say? Ooooh! This is hard! I have a new one all the time! Right now, I think it is, “Stars and Stripes Forever!” 🙂

13) What did you use to wear that you would never wear now? Onesies!:) Haha!

14) What did you want to be when you were young? A teacher!

15) How tall are you? 5’ 3’’

Ok! Was that fun? Now you know all about me (and if you followed the links you know all about Joy and our friend Sarah!)! Now, for the next fun thing!

I want to get to know YOU! So…send me an email at sistersonourknees@gmail.com or comment below answering the questions! Let’s have some fun and make some friends! Yay!

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Do You Need a Getaway?

Are you worn out? Tired? Losing hope? Discouraged?

It’s time to plan a getaway.

You need some time away from the chaos, away from people, away from the grind of life, away from even your hobbies.

You need this, and here’s how you can get it–free of charge.

Go find a quiet place and sit with God.

That probably sounds odd. Maybe that sounds too good to be true.

Can spending time alone with our Maker really make that big of a difference?

The Bible tells us it does:

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. (Psalm 73:28)

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues. (Psalm 31:19-20)

In prayer, we can pour out our hearts to Yahweh, but we can also rest in His presence.

So often I forget that. I rush into prayer, make my requests, thank Him, and leave.

Silence can feel awkward. We are accustomed to fast-paced lives full of noise and distractions, but with God, we don’t need to rush. We don’t need to impress Him with our zillions of words, or well-phrased poetic prayers. Nope, sometimes all we need to do is rest in His presence, like Mary did:

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-43)

So…Do you need a getaway?

You can allow yourself today the privilege as a child of God to spend time His presence.

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3 Ways to Pray for North Korea–And Why We Need To

I sat watching the news the other day, as President Trump of the United States addressed the United Nations. He talked about the things that are going on in our world, especially in North Korea. It saddens me to think that there are people in North Korea suffering. Christian persecution is very high there.

In writing this post, I hope to encourage you to join me in prayer not only for the persecuted Christians, but also for the entire country.

3 Ways to Pray for North Korea

1)Pray that Kim Jong-un will see the light, and that God will open his eyes to the truth.

2)Pray for the believers over there that are suffering. Pray that God will give them endurance and strength.

3)Pray for the citizens in South Korea that may have family in North Korea. Pray that they can find hope in Jesus Christ.

As things worsen and rumors spread about the people in North Korea, let’s remember to stop and pray for our fellow people. People who aren’t much different than us. People that love to do the things that we do, only they don’t get the chance. CNN recently put out a documentary on North Korea. It is a fascinating one to watch. Here is a link to the documentary.

One last thing I want to share ithis link that will show you the contrast between North Korea and South Korea. How sad to see how dark the northern country is.

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In Memory of Nabeel Qureshi

Nabeel Qureshi loved Jesus.

So much more could be said about his accomplishments in life–as a physician or as a Christian apologist–but that one statement is what everything else hung upon.

Peyton and I had the privilege of hearing Qureshi speak at a Summit Worldview Conference in 2013. There was a stage for him to stand on, but that’s not where he chose to speak from. Instead, he stood down on our level. He talked straight to us hundreds of students, sharing his testimony of how Jesus took him from being a devout Muslim to a devout Christian. (You can find his story here: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus)  Later during the conference some friends and I talked with him. We were inspired by this powerful speaker that was also so down-to-earth.

When I heard the news that Nabeel Qureshi had lost a battle with cancer, my heart was grieved like so many others who have been touched by his testimony. Ravi Zacharias shares in his article on The Washington Post about the life and ministry of Qureshi:

“I mourn for our broken world, where so much hate and destruction abounds. We have a cancer called sin. The disease that kills the body is minor, but the disease that kills the soul is eternal. Nabeel would want more than anything else that we carry the message of Jesus to help change the world. Only then can we understand that the sad news of Nabeel’s death is temporary.” (Ravi Zacharias on The Washington Post, “Why this Muslim-turned-Christian speaker resonated with so many before his death at 34,”)

Qureshi lost the battle with cancer, but he won the race of life.

He received his prize. He’s now free from cancer, free from the hardships of this life, and safe with His Savior that he devoted his life to.

In memory of Nabeel Qureshi, I want to share these three prayers that we can pray during this time:

1)Pray for outreach to Muslims. Qureshi was a powerful voice in this world, not only sharing the Gospel to Muslims, but also sharing his testimony that has encouraged so many Christians. Pray for more people to have a heart to share the Gospel with the Muslim people.

2)Pray for Nabeel Qureshi’s family. We know that Qureshi is safe in the arms of Jesus, but he left behind his wife, Michelle, and his two-year-old daughter, Ayah, and countless friends and others whose hearts are broken. Pray for comfort for them during this time, and that God will do a new work of healing and redemption in their lives.

3)Pray that Yahweh will continue to use Qureshi’s testimony to reach many. We only live so many years on this earth, but legacies live on, and so does Qureshi’s testimony.

Today let’s live life on purpose.

We can’t take any day for granted, so let’s “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly” before our God (Micah 6:8). Like Nabeel Qureshi, let’s live a life that leaves behind a legacy for the glory of God.

 

 

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5 Prayers to Guard Your Mouth (+ printable prayer guide!)

Many of us have fiery tongues.

Words fly from our mouths without a second thought. Guarding my mouth is something that I have struggled with and continue to struggle with!

Praying about my words is something that I do on a daily basis.

May this printable prayer guide help you have words “seasoned with salt” (Colossians 4:6).

Click for printable PDF:
5 Prayers to Guard Your Mouth

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