Thursday, October 28, 2010

TOS Review: Buckets O Fun

Talk about one of the most fun products I have ever been asked to review!    The boys couldn't wait to get their hands on Buckets-O-Fun when it arrived in the mail.     Of course, what boy wouldn't want to play with packages that are labeled, "chunky yuck", "snowy yuck", and "sticky yuck".   

After reading the instructions we realized that these little packets packed a lot of power, but took quite a bit of  time to absorb the water to become the product.    Although the boys were a little disappointed they couldn't have instant gratification, they still enjoyed watching the transformation process and the anticipation of being able to play with the finished product.

Snowy Yuck
Doesn't this look just like snow?   It kind of feels like slushy snow except it isn't cold.   When it is dry it feels like sugar.     I am having a Sunday School class party in a few weeks and I am going to order more of this for part of our games for that night!    You can order snowy yuck in 1 pound ($16), 5 pounds ($70), or 50 ponds ($400). 
 

Chunky Yuck
It looks like rock salt when it is dry.     It feels weird.    You can hide items in this for kids to "hide and seek".    You can order chunky yuck for 1 pounds ($18), 5 pounds ($80), or 50 pounds ($475).





Sticky Yuck
You know this was the favorite, right?    It is slimy and disgusting.     It is everything appealing to boys.    Put this in a balloon and you have hours of fun.     This can be ordered at 1 pound ($20), 5 pounds ($90) or 50 pounds ($600). 


I definitely advise playing with the yuck products outside.   Well, because they are fun and things get messy and slippery.     As the Buckets-O-Fun advised, you do NOT put this stuff down your drains in your home.   You throw it away in a trash can or even put it around your plants in your flower gardens.

Our middle school ministries at church holds an event called Fear Factor every October.     Next year I hope we will definitely be using Sticky Yuck as a part of our event!  


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Season of Miracles

Looking back on the 1971 Little League season, Zack Ross relives the summer that changed his life…


Gunning for the championship is all that matters until twelve-year-old Zack meets Rafer, a boy whose differences make him an outcast but whose abilities on the baseball field make him the key to victory.


Admired for his contribution to the team, Rafer turns everyone’s expectations upside down, bestowing a gift to Zack and his teammates that forces them to think—is there more to life than winning or losing? And what is this thing called grace?


If you would like to read the first chapter of A Season of Miracles, go HERE.






Book Review

"Why did you pick this book?", I thought when I opened the package from the mailbox and saw a book with a cover depicting a baseball scene.     After reading just one chapter of the book, I almost felt like the book had chosen me.   

Maybe if I knew more about the game of baseball that this book is centered around I could tell you that this is a "home run" or that Rusty Whitener "hits it out of the park".    However, while this book is definitely about a team of boys playing baseball and their hopes of winning the league championship.  More than that it is about how one special little boy brings them together to be a team.      It is a lesson in how letting your light shine.

If I had to pick one book out of all the books I have read to tell you to buy and read, this would be it.   This definitely goes to the top of my "Must Read" list.     

TOS Review: PG Key

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While we have the computer in our family room and they are never on the computer when we are not around, I still worry about what may pop up or what may accidentally be found.    I have tried quite a few computer filters since my boys started using the computer almost ten year ago, but none of them have worked successfully.


The PG Key was created using input from a team of people that included experienced software professionals, law enforcement, education, the medical community and concerned parents.

PG Key Program Features and Functions:

• Simple, easy to use solution that any parent can use- Just plug it into the family or childs PC and immediately create a safer, supervised, kid friendly environment.
• A total solution that gives parents everything they need to follow the advice from experts.
• No annual fees required.
• Website blocking, filtering, access and time control, notifications – 10 essential parental controls are activated.
• Designed and endorsed by experts from law enforcement, education and children’s and family psychology.
• Works with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7

When the PG Key arrived I installed in on my boy's computer.    After installation I handed the computer back over to my son to do his schoolwork.     His first question, "Mom, I can't go to this website.   It says it is blocked."    

I checked the settings on the PG Key and asked it not to block any websites except the ones I specified, but it still was blocking a LOT of websites including my own blog.      I asked my son to try to do something else.     Both of my boys said that the computer was running so much slower with the PG Key installed that they were getting frustrated.

By the end of the first day, I had emailed technical support of PG Key about 18 times trying to solve our problems with blocked websites as well as the problem that I could not get the program to uninstall.

Because of the fact that this is such a highly rated product, I am hoping that our experience was not typical.   However, this product was just not a good fit for our family. 

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Lydia's Charm

Widowed and jobless, Lydia King moves her son and herself to Charm, Ohio, to be close to her mother and help with her grandfather. Menno Troyer, a furniture store owner, is also recently widowed and the father of four energetic boys.


Levi Stutzman, another newcomer to the area, is the only one in his family not handicapped by dwarfism and has dedicated his life to caring for them. As fall colors the countryside, will anonymous gifts left for Lydia bring her hope for a new life and romance, or will another tragedy flood her with infinite despair?


If you would like to read the first chapter of Lydia's Charm, go HERE.



Watch the book trailer:



A Very Private Grave

Felicity Howard, a young American studying for the Anglican priesthood at the College of the Transfiguration in Yorkshire, is devastated when she finds her beloved Fr. Dominic bludgeoned to death and Fr. Antony, her church history lecturer, soaked in his blood.



Following the cryptic clues contained in a poem the dead man had pressed upon her minutes before his death, she and Fr. Antony—who is wanted for questioning by the police—flee the monastery to seek more information about Fr. Dominic and end up in the holy island of Lindisfarne, former home of Saint Cuthbert.



Their quest leads them into a dark puzzle...and considerable danger.



If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of A Very Private Grave, go HERE.



Watch the book video:




Book Review

You know how some books just aren't for you?   Well, this book fits that category for me.    The author of this book is obviously a student and lover of Anglican church history.    The sheer volume of that knowledge packed into the book is proof of that.   However, while I can appreciate some tidbits of history to understand the story line I really began to glaze over when the history parts overwhelmed the plot.

Another problem I had with this book was the main character:  Felicity.    She is supposedly studying to go into the priesthood, but her attitudes and character are so far from Christ-like that I wound up not liking her at all.    


I think that this is supposed to be a series of books, but I as for me.   This is the first and last of this particular series that I will read.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Washed By The Water

I feel so behind in my postings.  My computer has been afflicted by a crazy "Blogger" issue which has prevented me from being able to log on to my own blog.     I was using Little Guy's computer to just do the necessary things like post book reviews.    However, recently I was sent a product from our homeschool products to review which is a web blocker software.    It blocked ALL blogger websites.   It has been QUITE a mess trying to get that uninstalled from Little Guy's computer.   Needless to say, that product will not get high marks from me.    So I am cautiously using the house computer to make this post which I have been wanting to do for several weeks now.   

On October 25th, Big Guy was baptized in an amazing way at the reservoir.      Big Guy has been a Christian for quite a while, but the decision to be baptized was one that he has been very reserved about making.     Our youth pastor explains to our youth that baptism is not something that you should do just because your friends do it or because it is expected of you.     It is a true symbol of your faith.     In Jesus' day people went to the Jordan River -- the most public place there was -- to be baptized.    To be baptized there meant everyone knew what you were doing and who you were following.      Pastor Matt said that taking the step of baptism should be just as important.    You should be making the same statement.    You don't care who knows that you are following Jesus and who sees.      



Being baptized at the reservoir is pretty much the most public body of water in our area which is why he chose it for our youth baptism service.       The picture above is of Big Guy and Pastor Matt.      It is my favorite picture taken during that day.      









Seeing this photo reminds me of the lyrics...  "Even when the rain falls.   Even when the floods start rising.   Even when the storms come.   I am washed by the water!"      






So proud of this group of middle school and high school students who were baptized.    What you see here is just a small example of what is happening in our youth ministries at our church.    


"Don't let anyone look down on your because you are young,
but set an example for the believers in speech, in life,
in love, in faith, and in purity."   
1 Timothy 4:12

While We're Far Apart

In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother.


Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war.


And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary. But during the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front will go from bad to worse.


Yet these characters will find themselves growing and changing in ways they never expected--and ultimately discovering truths about God's love...even when He is silent.


If you would like to read the first chapter of While We're Far Apart, go HERE.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

City On Our Knees


When we step across the line we can sail across the sea

Amazing, beautiful things happen when people have the courage to live, work, and pray in the spirit of unity and peace. Often, though, to make these amazing things happen, we have to step out of our comfort zone and into a world we find uncomfortable or intimidating. Sometimes that world is physical; other times it can be emotional, relational, or spiritual.

City on Our Knees shows this, encouraging you to take the first step. It offers stories of people who have stepped across lines. Lines of discrimination, persecution, doubt, prejudice, pride, bitterness, self-isolation, and despair. I pray and hope that you will be inspired to see how just one person, or one small group, can be a mechanism for change.

God can use us right here. Right now. All we need is faith that He has our best in mind. And believe me—He does.

Book Review

Before you read anything anyone has to say about this book, I highly recommend you go and read this excerpt from City On Our Knees.     Does that not take your breath away?    Does it leave your challenged or overhelmed?    My boys are fans of TobyMac's music, but after reading this book I have a great admiration for the devotion that drives the heart beat of his ministry and his day to day life.    

However, this book is NOT about TobyMac.  It is very much like the excerpt you just read.    It is the accounts of people who have been willing to be a "city on their knees".   

If you have heard the song upon which this book is entitled then you know this line, "If we gotta start somewhere why not here?"     Why not here indeed, Toby!  

TobyMac punctuates his book with an incredible amount of Scripture which makes this book such a worshipful read.     I can't wait for both of my boys to read this book. 

Embers of Love


This week, the



Christian Fiction Blog Alliance



is introducing



Embers of Love
Bethany House (October 1, 2010)



by
Tracie Peterson






ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 85 novels.

She received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.



In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with author Judith Pella. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers.



She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research.



Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests.



Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max. She's active in her church as the Director of Women's Ministries, coordinates a yearly writer's retreat for published authors, and travels, as time permits, to research her books





ABOUT THE BOOK



The logging industry in eastern Texas is booming, and Deborah Vandermark plans to assist her family's business now that she's completed college. Unexpectedly, her best friend, Lizzie Decker, accompanies her back home--fleeing a wedding and groom she has no interest in.



Deborah, the determined matchmaker, puts her sights on uniting her brother and dear friend in a true love match. Deborah soon meets Dr. Christopher Clayton, a much-needed addition to the town. As their lives intersect, Deborah realizes that she has a much greater interest in medicine and science than the bookkeeping she was trained in.



But when typhoid begins to spread and Lizzie's jilted fiance returns, Deborah wonders if true love can overcome such obstacles...for those dearest to her, and for herself.



If you would like to read the first chapter of Embers of Love, go HERE.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Snow Day

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


When you’re raised in small-town Virginia by a redneck father and a Mennonite mother, certain things become ingrained. And when you marry a small-town girl and have two small-town kids, all you want to do is pass those ingrained things along.


Like believing the best life is one lived in the country enjoying the pleasures it provides—summer nights beneath the stars, rocking chairs on the front porch, deer grazing in the fields. And believing that no matter how iffy life can get sometimes, there are some things that are eternal and unchanging.


But above all else, believing that in everything there is story waiting to be told.

That’s where I come in.


Billy Coffey was raised on stories. The first ones came on the front porches of relatives, tales laced with local charm and deep meaning. Then came the stories from people like Max Lucado and Robert Fulghum, who write with a charm and deep meaning of their own.


Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. If you drive by his house, you’ll probably spot him on the front porch. If you do, give him a wave. He’ll wave back.


ABOUT THE BOOK



In this debut novel, Peter is a simple man who lives by a simple truth--a person gains strength by leaning on his constants. To him, those constants are the factory where he works, the family he loves, and the God who sustains him. But when news of job cuts comes against the backdrop of an unexpected snowstorm, his life becomes filled with far more doubts than certainties.



With humor and a gift for storytelling, Billy Coffey brings you along as he spends his snow day encountering family, friends, and strangers of his small Virginia town. All have had their own battles with life's storms. Some have found redemption. Others are still seeking it. But each one offers a piece to the puzzle of why we must sometimes suffer loss, and each one will help Peter find a greater truth--our lives are made beautiful not by our big moments, but our little ones. (2010)



To read an excerpt from Snow Day, go HERE.

Book Review

Reading this book brought back such sweet memories of my friend, Bob.    He was an author too and loved to tell amazing stories like this author.     Snow Day has the easy going style which reminded me of sitting with my sweet friend listening to his stories which is why I loved it so much. 

Although it is being promoted as Billy Coffey's debut novel, each chapter is like a stand alone vignette which warms your soul like a warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day.    I was so fortunate that we had just experienced our first little cool snap here in Mississippi while reading this book.    I wrapped up in a light blanket and enjoyed this book on our back patio with a cup of coffee while watching the deer eat their morning breakfast.        

As Peter (the main character) introduced us to the people in his town I could easily relate them to people in my own life.    People who would truly find encouragement in this book.    The hard part will be deciding who to share this book with first!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hiding Away

Last week hubs was out of town with his work again.    I am so thankful that his business is busy enough to require him to travel, but sometimes it can get lonely when he is gone so much.    After so many weeks of craziness we decided it would be good to get away.    We went home to Vicksburg and stayed at my parent's house.

One of the fun parts of going there was that my parents keep my twin nieces which meant we got to play with them.     One morning while we all went down to the Catfish Park to play.    







Even as their aunt sometimes I am amazed at how smart these girls are.     LK walked up to the balance ropes when no one was watching and just walked across.    As my sister said, "She got the gymnast gene."   She must have because I don't know any other 22 month olds who have that kind of balance.
Out of all the pictures we took at the park, this is my favorite.  I don't think I have seen my Big Guy smile that much in quite a while.   It is hard to smile when you are hurting.   


The boys had a good time just picking on each other and being brothers...








But mostly just enjoyed having fun with Nana, Papa and their sweet twin cousins, MM and LK.   

Loved hiding away with my boys.

Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe

Two Christmas stories - one historical, one contemporary - under one cover!


Love Finds You under the Mistletoe: An Appalachian Christmas


A promise to her dying sister compels Julia Mayfield to take her young nephew to Mistletoe, Kentucky, a tiny town tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains. Sparks fly when she meets David Armstrong, a World War II veteran like herself. Even as shadows from the past weave a dangerous web around Julia and David, will their love flourish like the mistletoe that blankets the nearby hills?



Love Finds You under the Mistletoe: Once Upon a Christmas Eve


Hollie Goodnight's store has just been voted best Christmas shop in America. All the new publicity draws flamboyant novelist Van Keaton to the cozy town of Noel, Missouri, demanding to write Hollie's story - a dramatic tale of misfortune and triumph. She is swept up in his world of beautiful words and fanciful interludes. . .until Owen Quigly, her lifelong best friend, launches a plan to win her back.



If you would like to read an excerpt of Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe, go HERE.



Watch the book trailer:





Book Review

I definitely know it is time to start Christmas shopping when publishers start sending Christmas books to read and review.       Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe isn't just one great Christmas book to get you in the Christmas spirit, but two great books.    Their stories are intertwined through two common factors:   family and mistletoe.   

The first book is set in the Appalachian Mountains.    Julia has returned from WWII and instead of having time to recover from all she has experienced she is immediately charged by her parents with the care of her nephew.     They insist she travels across the country to take him to his other grandparents.    Nothing goes as planned.


In the second book the story has been brought to a modern setting in a Christmas store.     Holly is happily surrounded by her father and her best friend.   The only thing that is the missing piece in her life is the reason why her mother abandoned her on her dad's doorstep when she was a baby.

For these families mistletoe means more than kissing.    It means promise.

After you finish reading this great book, be sure and pass it on to a friend!

Monday, October 4, 2010

The INSPYS

Have you heard of the INSPYS?    They are the awards for excellence in faith-driven literature. What makes the INSPYs unique among award programs is that we invite nominations from both the Christian booksellers’ domain and the general marketplace. The INSPYs are not about conforming to expectations, they are about faith.

There are different categories:   general fiction, creative non-fiction, historical fiction, thriller/suspense/crime, speculative fiction, amish fiction, romance/romantic suspense, and young adult fiction.

Bloggers are chosen to be judges for each of these categories.     Last week the judges were announced for these categories and I was shocked and honored to be chosen as a judge for the romance/romantic suspense category.   You can see all the other judges in my category here.  

The book in my category which I will be judging are...

A Lady Like Sarah by Margaret Brownley, Thomas Nelson
Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris, Zondervan


Seaside Letters by Denise Hunter, Thomas Nelson
  

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Patillo, Guideposts
 

Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren, Summerside Press

 If you would like to see a complete list of all the books nominated for the INSPYS you can see them here.   

All of the judges will be reading their book nominees and then going through the discussion and voting process through the month of December.     I am very excited about being a part of this year's INSPYS.     I can't wait to read these books and meet with the other judges.

Within My Heart

Widow Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat and provide for her two young sons, though some days it feels as though her efforts are sabotaged at every turn. When her cattle come down with disease and her sons' lives are endangered, she must turn to Rand Brookston, Timber Ridge's physician and reluctant veterinarian. While Rachel appreciates his help, she squelches any feelings she might have for Rand--her own father was a doctor and his patients always took priority over his family. Rachel refuses to repeat the mistakes her mother made. But when she's courted by a wealthy client of the local resort, she faces a choice: self-sufficiency and security or the risk inherent in the deepest of loves.



If you would like to read the first chapter of Within My Heart, go HERE.

Friday, October 1, 2010

TOS Review: Foundlings


THE CHRONICLES OF PELEG
Book one



Copyright 2009 by Matthew Christian Harding

Publication/Street Date: September 1st, 2009
$11.95/Zoe and Sozo Publishing
ISBN 978-0-9823484-0-6
256 pages (232)

Ages: 10 and up


Book Summary...
Foundlings, book one of The Peleg Chronicles is Historical Fiction that takes place in the time period of Peleg, soon after the tower of Babel dispersion. In its pages we meet dragons, giants, false priests, the death hunt, an under-city of the Dwarven Brotherhood, and many memorable characters.

The story begins with Lord McDougal and his faithful shield-bearer, Fergus Leatherhead, departing their lands with giants at their backs, while before them lie in wait denizens of the bog-land and forest.

Ever ready to protect and serve others, they gather in tow an assortment of displaced adventurers and find themselves embroiled in a mysterious search for the foundlings: orphaned Thiery with his companion Horatio
the white wolf, and Suzie who has been deceitfully retained by the thieves Elvodug and Flemup.

Others also seek the foundlings, and their purposes are most sinister - Dragon Priests who practice cozen sacrifices, and their leader Count Rosencross who is torn by his God given conscience and his pursuit of personal glory.

Onward toward the city of Hradcanny they travel, meeting with treachery, beast attacks, camaraderie and psalms of praise with an eye toward the gospel. Though their battles are at times fierce and the outcomes uncertain, the author maintains the integrity of these noble characters, who through weakness are made
strong by Him in whom they trust. 

Foundlings weaves together the Biblical principles of chivalry, truth, courage, duty, faith and love within the framework of Genesis, and a bold adherence to its historicity. It's an exciting page turner that leaves you wanting more, but more importantly it leaves the reader with Godly heroes to think on and
emulate, and a young earth creationist view of history that conforms to the Word of God.



What did I think about it...
I loved the concept of this book from the very beginning.    Every time I visit the bookstore or even the library I get so disgusted at the books on the shelves being targeted towards the teen audience.     Everything is magic, vampires, witches, demons and all the things that the Bible says strictly to avoid.  (Deut. 18:10-12, Lev. 19:26, Eph. 6:12-13, Gal. 5: 19-21)     

Being able to offer this book to my son without worrying about the content was a BIG plus to me.

What did my son think about it....
I asked my 13 year old son how he would feel about reading this book and he said, "no problem".     About two days later he asked if he could put it down for a few days because he just couldn't get interested in it.   We bought thought it might be because he was so fascinated with another book that he was reading at the time.    He put it aside for a week until he was finished with the other book.     He said that definitely made it easier to read, but that he still kept getting distracted.   In his words, "It isn't a bad book.  It just isn't capturing my interest."

We have decided to put this book aside until later.     This is a good book and I think that my son will discover that later when his mind isn't so preoccupied.


Disclaimer:  As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive this book for free from ZOE and SOLO Publishing.  The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review.  It does guarantee a review. A fair review. But I am not going to praise something unless I think it deserves the praise.  If I don't like it, you'll hear that.  And hopefully with enough detail as to why so you can decide for yourself if what I hate about it makes it perfect for your family. 

Pray For Your Pastor

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. What a great month to devote time to praying for him. Surrounding him with your encouragement and love by spending time each day on your knees in prayer.
Day 1. Pray that we realize that our inheritance and hope as a church family is in God’s incomparable and incredible great power which is available to us (Gal. 1:12; Eph. 1:18-19; Phil. 3:10).

Day 2. Pray that our Church, Leadership and Pastoral Staff becomes more surrendered and poured out to Christ, so they can have spiritual breakthroughs by seeking the fear of God and the mind of Christ and the Spirit’s leading (1 Cor. 2:16; Gal. 2:20-21).

Day 3. Pray that your Church and Pastor have and continue to take hold a growing, consistent walk with Christ with a devotional life and prayer that is steadfast. Pray that they realize and allow Christ to work and use them as they grow closer in their faith, spiritual formation, maturity and love (Psalm 16:8-11; 73:28; Rom. 8:31; 2 Pet. 1:5-7).

Day 4. Pray that all of the leadership exhibit good Christian character and integrity with all of their relationships and dealings in life (Micah 6:8).

Day 5. Pray that your Church leaders and Pastors families will be cared for and respected and receive good consideration, so they can to grow too, as they are usually misunderstood, under-appreciated, and ignored or overworked. Pray that all the staff be committed to their families with authentic love and care, that they will be strong and learn in the midst of trials, their homes a refuge and haven of rest and not be condescending or withdrawing from their own families (Psalm 91:9-15; Phil. 4:19; 1 Peter 2:23).

Day 6. Pray for discernment in exposing any plans of the enemy against our Church or attacking our pastors and staff. Ask Christ to protect us as we wage spiritual warfare against the enemy on behalf of our Church (Eph. 6:11-12, 16; Col. 2:6-8; 1 Pet. 3:12).

Day 7. Pray for an increase of vitality, renewal and vision that is from God for the pastors and leaders personally and collectively so that the church can be galvanized then take a hold of, and then be revitalized as a caring committed community for His Kingdom and purpose (Isa. 61:3; Rom. 12).

Day 8. Pray for the willingness and ability to authentically confess and repent of any wrong doing, false dependencies, misplaced ideas and loss of spiritual passion (Luke 13:1-3; Acts 2:38-39; Rev. 2:5-6).

Day 9. Pray that you and your church commits to follow the biblical mandate to support and encourage the leadership of the church (Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 Pet. 5:1-2).

Day 10. Pray against gossip, negative criticism, false expectations, unhealthy burdens, strife and weariness that will seek to invade our church family (Psalm 91:5-6, 11; Luke 10:19; Eph. 4: 17, 32-5:1).

Day 11. Pray that your church be a community of grace and forgiveness. That your church has an atmosphere of encouragement by being grateful for Christ’s work in them that enables the congregation to be inspired to give genuine hospitality to all who comes though your doors (Rom. 15:4-6; 2 Thess. 2:16-17).

Day 12. Pray that your church commits to a healthy understanding, wisdom and accounting and handling of its stewardship and Finances to better receive God’s blessings (Prov. 3:9-10; 1 Cor. 9:15-18).

Day 13. Pray that your Church and Pastor will have the strength and endurance that they need to serve with excellence by the power of the Spirit and the support of the congregation (Philippians 4:13).

Day 14. Pray for healing, forgiveness and reconciliation for any misplaced expectations, criticism, ungrateful attitudes, flawed thinking, grief, hurts, and abuse (Isa. 61:3; Mark 11:22-24, 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 4:32-5:1; Phil. 4:19).

Day 15. Pray that your church would receive God’s direction and vision. That the congregation gets nourished from the substance of His Word and the needs of the congregation are met (Psalm 119:9-12; Matt. 18:20).

Day 16. Pray that our church becomes real authentic disciples of Christ who are learning, growing and making Fruit and in turn making more disciples (Prov. 19:23; Mal. 3:11; Matt. 28:18-20; John. 15:16; Gal. 5:22-23)

Day 17. Pray that the spirit and practice of Humility is utilized and practiced in and outside of your church, and that false humility does not take root (1 Pet. 5:5-7).

Day 18. Pray that pride does not set in with our Leadership and Pastoral Staff (Psalm 10:4; Prov. 8:13).

Day 19. Pray that our church commits to place our focus on the Supremacy of Christ and be dependant upon Him (Gal. 6:14; Col. 1: 15-17)!

Day 20. Pray that our Church and Pastor give real biblical help and Counseling from God’s wisdom and Word to those in need (Isaiah 61:3).

Day 21. Pray that our church family will give Christ real authentic adoration, praise, impassioned worship and glory in private and collectively as a Church. That worship is never to be a show, entertainment or talent focused, rather God is the audience to our praise (Gal. 6:14).

Day 22. Pray that our Church and Pastor take accountability seriously and each be protected and have people they are accountable too. Also, that each would cultivate and pursue healthy relationships (Gal. 6: 1-10; Eph. 5:21).

Day 23. Pray that the Word of God will never be compromised, cheapened or dumped down; rather be delivered in confidence with power, conviction, clarity, boldness, with love and in truth (Acts 6:4; Col. 1:28; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; 2 Tim. 2:15).

Day 24. Pray for discernment to seek God’s leading and direction for the leaders and pastoral staff, that they seek His ways and not trends, traditions, personal agendas or anything that is not from the Spirit and Word. Pray that they can discern and prioritize what is important and precious and what is not (Isa. 6; 2 Cor. 11:14; 2 Tim. 3:5; 1 John. 4:1; Rev. 4).

Day 25. Pray that God protects our Church, Leadership and Pastoral Staff from sin and misdirection and they have the wiliness and boldness to flee and confront sin (Prov. 19:23; 1 Pet. 1:16).

Day 26. Pray we all draw near to Christ and seek holiness and His presence with more prayer (Acts 1:14; 1 Thess. 5:17; Jas. 4:7-8).

Day 27. Pray that we as a church family remain faithful and good stewards, so the financial needs are met (Psalm. 91:15-16; Phil. 4:19).

Day 28. Pray that negative thinking, stress, being overwhelmed, the ways of the world, the tyranny of the urgent, being overcommitted, over busyness, fatigue, compromise, pressures, overworked, under-appreciated, misunderstandings, and stress to not get in our Spiritual Home and take over (John 14:1; Acts 6:2-4; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 4:17).

Day 29. Pray that Unity infuses your church so that your congregation is binding to Christ in love so the work of the Kingdom is promoted (2 Chron. 30:12; Psalm 133:1; Rom. 15:5).

Day 30. Pray that congregation is willing and able to come and support the church and staff with grateful hands and words. That you all realize that the pastors and leadership are necessary and called and accountable to God (Matt. 9:37; Acts 14; 1 Tim. 3:1-7, 10-15; 5:22-23).

Day 31. Pray that our church community commits to pray for our church, pastors, staff, missionaries, those in need, community and issues powerfully every day (Acts 1:14; 16:16; 1 Thess. 5:17).