Monday, February 15, 2010

Foundational Prayers

It is with JOY that I take a moment to thank my dear Sister, Edie, from:
Edie worked with me to create our
new Prayer Button
to link you to Shepherd's Walk.
The Prayer Walk at Sweetbriar
is a real place here
- but for those of you who do not live in NJ,
or may not have a chance to pray on the path here everyday, you can come on by to offer prayer requests [through e-mail] or just spend time in prayer on the posts that are shared here. Welcome
- if this your first time here
or you've been a long time prayer partner!
I hope you will grab my button
and pass on the path of prayer to those in deepest need!
May your heart be blessed here today!

Father God ~~~

We come before You on bended knee today
to humble ourselves before Your throne of Grace
so freely given by the blood of Your Son,
The Lord,

You - in all Your Glory are Majestic.
The earth sings with Your Praise!
We CONFESS our sinful, selfish ways, Lord.
We are humbled in Your very Presence.
Cleanse us this day and renew a right spirit within us.

Thank You for Who You Are!
Thank You for what You have done in us
- for us - and through the ashes of our pasts.
and we give You THANKS!

Give us HOPE! Grant us HEALING - in spirit - in truth - in our mind - in our body and especially in our emotions that tend to go in every wrong direction.

Break our hearts
with what breaks Yours, Lord!
Have mercy on us and show Your Favor to us!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The HEART of the CROSS

2 Corinthians 4:5-6
5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
This is the exact same Cross - photographed one day after the blinding blizzard snowfall. It was barely visible in the last post picture as the snow was coming down hard and fast. Now, just one day later.... sunlight hangs on the Cross and the beauty returns - like the light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in your life and mine.
"If we glory - may it only be in the Cross of Christ!" May His light shine into our hearts and lives so that we may turn and receive the very reflection of His glory - and splash that light onto the lives of others around us.
I cannot think of a single emblem that overwhelmingly draws the human heart to the HEART of a Holy God. But for the Cross!
Thank you for the obedience that Jesus Your Beloved Son endured for the sake of redeeming us - a sinful and wicked people who were never capable of saving ourselves. You knew that - He knew that. Before time You set Your plan to rescue us and to restore the relationship we had with You - the one lost in the garden. It was always Plan 'A' - not some afterthought because we fell! O LORD, how I PRAISE YOU for YOUR HEART of REDEEMING LOVE. You are the Giver of Life - the Sustainer of Life and the RESTORER of LIFE! Praise Your Holy Name!
by the Cross of Jesus.........Amen

Saturday, February 6, 2010


The Race of Faith
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Discipline of God
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. [emphasis added]
In our pursuit of holiness... the Cross is the very encouragement we need to run, persevere and finish the race you have set before us! May we do it all in abundant JOY with hearts turned inside out over what you have done for us! All for the Cross of Jesus in whose Name we Praise and say Amen!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


As you walk the Prayer Path at
Shepherd's Walk
and come to the Sanctuary Circle
you will meet the Father heart to Heart -
here in ...
The Circle of Love
Stephanie K. Brower c 2008
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[Inspired by: The Sanctuary at SHEPHERD’S WALK of Sweetbriar
Isaiah 40:22 / Psalm 23 / Psalm 103 / Psalm 40:1-4 / Exodus 16 /
Song: You Are Good by Point of Grace]

I come to the Circle, bound by Your love.
Your Presence awaiting, from heaven above.
It’s all about You, LORD, encircled I stand,
Embracing the touch of, Your mighty right hand.

In sunlight, or moonlight, on cold rainy days,
Here in the Circle, upon Your face I can gaze.
Your Presence is spread like a canopy sheet,
Without wrinkle or blemish, just perfectly neat.

In the Circle we dance, and sing, and rejoice,
You whisper my name in Your most tender voice.
You’ve lifted me out of the pit of despair.
Replacing with praise, every worry and care.

To the Table I come, to feast and devour,
Your manna provided for this very hour.
Your forgiveness and love, both mercy and grace,
Held out in fullness, for my heart to embrace.

When I come to the Circle, surrendered, bowed down,
You meet me by faith and with joy You astound.
Holy, holy, holy, are You LORD, God Almighty,
As I stand in the tent of heaven’s canopy.

To the Altar I come in worship and praise,
With thanksgiving to offer for Your marvelous grace.
Love so amazing, encircled – enthroned –
My heart and my life, offered to You alone.

written in Journal:
Circle of Love =
Shine the Light
November 8th, 2008

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