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I Rise Today

I rise today
with the power of God to pilot me,
God’s strength to sustain me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look ahead for me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to protect me,
God’s way before me,
God’s shield to defend me,
God’s host to deliver me,
from snares of devils,
from evil temptations,
from nature’s failings,
from all who wish to harm me,
far or near,
alone and in a crowd.

—”Saint Patrick’s Breastplate,”
Old Irish, eighth-century prayer

Women of the Word: Mary, Mother of John Mark

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Acts 12 recounts one of several instances in which Peter was miraculously delivered from prison. In the middle of the night, an angel appeared to Peter, freed him from his chains, and led him out into the city. Peter thought that it was all a dream, but when the angel left him and he found himself standing alone in the middle of a street, then he knew for sure that God had sent His angel to deliver him. Verse 5 of this chapter says that while Peter was kept in prison, prayer was made without ceasing by other Christian believers unto God for him. One of the places where prayer was being made for him was at the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark. Verse 12 reads:

And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

To read about another woman who makes an appearance in this Scripture passage, see Rhoda; but first, here’s what we can learn from Mary, mother of John Mark. Continue reading

YOU ARE

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You are the shade in the heat, You are shelter in the cold, You are eyes to the blind, You are a staff to the pilgrim, You are an island in the sea, You are a stronghold upon land, You are healing to the sick. You are the luck of every joy, You are the light of the sun’s beam, You are the door of lordly welcome, You are the pole star of guidance, You are the step of the roe of the height, You are the step of the white-faced mare, You are the grace of the swimming swan, You are the jewel in each mystery.
– Gaelic prayer

Women of the Word: Jabez’s Mother

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We are introduced to Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 via way of his mother who gave birth to him in pain. The passage reads:

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. Continue reading

The Twelve Brothers

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #7 (Original story)

Story Scripture: Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” – Genesis 4:9

Story Saying: Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet. – Vietnamese Proverb

Behind the Story: The sibling love in this story runs strong. A king and queen had twelve children, but they were all boys. The queen was going to have a thirteenth child and they all hoped it would be a girl. The king wanted a girl so much that he promised to kill the twelve boys if the wife had a girl so she could have all of their possessions and be the only one to inherit the kingdom. Continue reading

Call Dad Often

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God wants to hear from you. He wants to hear from everyone about everything – whether it is big, small, important, or insignificant. God doesn’t want us to walk alone so whenever you are sad, troubled, worried, lonely, or have a problem, turn to Him and talk to Him. He will hear you. He will always answer. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)