Can You Hear the Lord Speaking to You?

pray copyThis is Day 20 of the 31 Days of Writing Challenge! Quite the milestone. I haven’t missed a day, and I have been stretched, as I know all of the writers have. How about the readers? We’ve all been fervently trying to read as many posts as we can so that we can encourage others, learn from others, and make friends. Many of us want to establish regular readers who care about what we are saying. I have stretched myself by researching the subject of prayer and conversation with God through the writings of respected author, teacher, and missionary, Frank Laubach.

A bend in the road is here for me, and as I take this turn I will write about some of my experiences in playing the Game with Minutes and learning to hear God’s voice as well as talk with Him continually.

Listening prayer is as important to our conversation with God as it is in our conversation with any person. If we are talking all of the time, we never grow or learn anything.

  • It is by listening that you learn the heart of the person you are talking to.
  • It is by listening that you show respect for them.
  • It is by listening that you build a relationship with them.
  • It is by listening that you can benefit from the wisdom that they have.

When you apply these to listening to God Himself, your benefit will be magnified exponentially. I am listening, and here is what I “feel” He is saying:

prayerMy Wisdom is readily available to you. First you will find it in my Word. Take my Word into your life and eat upon it as you would daily bread. Meditate upon my Word, and let it sustain you . By taking my Word into your life you will learn my voice. You will learn my truth. You will learn about my love for you. My love for you is greater than anything you can imagine. For I am Love. Can you meditate on my love every day? Can you feel my love for you? Can you let my love totally consume you? Do you feel how much I accept you? I delight in you. I see the tree in the acorn, the flower in the bud, the apple in the seed. I delight in you. I delight in the acorn, the bud,and the seed just as much as I do the tree, the flower, and the apple. You are my beloved. You are mine!

Keep listening.

He’s asking you and I to meditate on His Word and His Love. I can do that today.

Dare to Pray, “Help us to be aware of Your Great Love for us today, and let that love flow through us to others. God bless the United States of America.

Continue to Day 21

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Dare to Be Happy

Dare to Be Happy

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Although this is Day 19 of the 31 Days of Writing Challenge, Dare to Pray, you are about to read one of my favorite posts from the Hope for America Prayer Challenge taken from the archives especially for today. Instead of writing something new on prayer, I will share this so I can catch my breath and regroup for the next 12 days of writing on Prayer. I hope you’ll enjoy it and comment with your thoughts! Most of all, dare to be happy, today! It will be good for you and everyone around you.

americaThis is the last day of the 30 Day Hope for America Prayer Challenge. I don’t know if anyone else has benefited as much as I have. I do hope so!

News headlines still scream destruction, racism, violence and hatred, but to me, it is like they have no voice. The sound has been muted. What I am hearing is the Voice of Hope that God is delivering us. He is protecting us, and yes, even prospering us as we keep our trust in Him.

praise-dance-1I am hearing the quiet lapping of waves against the side of the ship as it turns toward Him. I am hearing the sound of prayers repenting and lifting our country up to the Lord. I am hearing the sound of dancers dancing out praise to the Lord for what He is doing in our land. I am seeing people stand up for America and declare the goodness of God over our land.

What else can you do for America? Be happy! Proverbs 17:22 tells us,

“A merry heart does good like a medicine.”

Who is the medicine for? Is it for you? Or is it for someone else? Is it for your fellow Americans? Is it for your country? When you are happy, you can lighten the load of those around you. Love your family, love your country, love God. Let your heart sing with thanksgiving. Let your happy heart claim the things you desire through prayer. Be happy. God is with you. Rejoice in the good you see and the hope you have. Dare to be happy.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

John 16:33 tells us that we have our peace in Him. In the world, there is trouble, but be happy, He has overcome the world. Our heart can be happy, even while we are going through trouble of our own. Our heart can be happy as we reach out to those who are hurting. Our compassion comes from the peace, love and joy that sustains us. This is what gives us the resources to provide the comfort and kindness that others need. Be of good cheer. Dare to be happy.

Daily Dare: Dare to be happy. It’s good medicine for all of us.

 

Here is a list of the 23 posts on The Hope for America Challenge. We have now completed the first 30 days of praying daily for America. Will you join me for the next 30 days? The key is to pray at least a simple prayer or declaration whenever you see a symbol of America.With all of us praying, God is moving and all of heaven is at hand to perform the works of the Lord. Don’t stop! Keep praying, and encourage others to pray. Review the Daily Dares and add your comments. We’re in this together, and you can make a difference.

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Hope Through Prayer: The Daily Dare August 31, 2014
Daily Dare: Dream for America September 2, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Believe September 2, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Resist Negativity September 4, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Be Grateful September 5, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Leave a Comment September 6, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Share the Dare September 7, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Persevere September 8, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Trust September 9, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Stand September 10, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Dedicate Ourselves September 11, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Speak the Name of Jesus September 12, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Let Hope Rise Up September 15, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Say September 16, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Rest September 17, 2014
americans on the mapDaily Dare: Dare to Love September 18, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Repent September 19, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Be Faithful To Pray September 22, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Believe He Keeps You Safe September 26, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Turn the Ship Around September 27, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Look for the Good in America September 28, 2014
Daily Dare: Dare to Dance September 29, 2014

 Continue to Day 20

Where, When, and How to Play the Game With Minutes

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This is Day 18 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” You can go back to Day One by clicking here.

 Is It Easy?

The Game with Minutes is trying to call Christ to mind at least one second of every minute. You do not need to stop other things or forget your work, but invite Him to share everything you do or say or think. When you try this Game with Minutes, you discover that spiritually you are very weak at first. A baby learning to walk may pull up, wobble a few steps and then fall in exhaustion. Then he tries again standing a little longer than before. When we try to keep God in mind, we may be like this baby, but there are some people who will learn to keep Him in mind as much as 90 percent of the day.

“You will find this just as easy and just as hard as forming any other habit.”(Laubach, Practicing His Presence, p.31.)

Can You Keep God in Mind While Having Fun?

God is interested in our fun as much as we are.

“If a thing brings health and joy and friendship, and a fresh mind, God is keenly interested because He is interested in us.”

You can easily pray while playing any sport, running, or playing any game. In fact, we can learn to pray during any activity.

“We gain purity of heart, because when we are maintaining the Presence of Christ, our minds are pure as a mountain stream every moment.” (p.36)

Can You Keep God in Mind as You Go Throughout Your Day?

skyWhen you wake in the morning, you can bring Jesus into your mind by saying, “Good morning,” and you might say His name in your mind several times to focus your attention on Him. Then you can say,” Lord, shall we get up now?”

You can talk to him as you dress and prepare for the day. As you leave your home, He goes with you.

“Men have found they can keep the Lord in mind while engaged in all types of work, mental or manual.” (p. 34)

Those who have intolerable circumstances to face find that they have greater strength while recognizing their Unseen friend at their side. You can take a stroll and easily call the Lord to mind as you walk. Ask Him what is on His mind, and “answer back aloud with your voice what you believe He replies to you.” (p.33) You may not always be correct in guessing His answer, but there are times you will be very sure it was what He would say to  you.

When reading, you can talk with Him about what is on the pages you read. You will be surprised when greater insights come to you while you read.

Mothers can keep Christ in mind while caring for children and doing household duties like sweeping, doing laundry, and other household chores. They can whisper to the Lord about every small matter knowing that He can help.

Making all thought a conversation with God is the greatest, most productive, and joyous activity we could possibly engage upon. Multitudes have turned despair into joy and defeat into victory by playing the Game with Minutes.

“This practicing the Presence of Christ takes all of our time, yet does not take from our work, it takes Christ into our enterprises and makes them more successful.” (p. 30)

At the end of the day, you can make sure that your last thoughts are of Jesus as you fall asleep.

And throughout your day, when you see a flag or a symbol of America, or when the Lord brings our country to your attention,

Dare to Pray, “Draw the hearts of this nation back to your, Lord.”

Continue to Day 19

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Flash Prayers, Breath Prayers, 7-Second Prayers

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This is Day 17 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” You can go back to Day One by clicking here.

If you haven’t tried it yet, today is a good day to play the Game With Minutes. To play, we turn every thought to Christ, teaching ourselves to quickly turn a thought into a prayer. If we don’t know what to say, we can bring up what or who is in front of us.

“Lord, speak to them.”

“Make yourself known to them.”

“Let them know You love them.”

“Your will be done.”

These can be called, “Flash Prayers,” Breath Prayers” or “7-second Prayers” because they are so quick;  they can take only a breath or a few seconds to pray. You can have one ready at all times.

The “breath prayer” is simply repeating a prayer phrase that comes quickly to your mind in a given situation. Author and speaker, Jan Johnson,  gives this example of using a breath prayer.

I am afraid of upcoming surgery-Into Thy hands.

I don’t want my job to end–Into Thy hands.

I want this person to love you, but he doesn’t– Into Thy hands.

You can pray,

“I give this to You, Lord.”

“What do you think about this, Lord?”

“Your will be done.”

“Your thoughts, Lord.”

sky flagOver the past sixteen days, we have dared to pray these prayers for our country. These are flash prayers,  “7-second prayers” or “breath prayers.” When we see a reminder of our country, we can be ready with a prayer, God hears every prayer prayed from a heart of love and faith, and He will answer.

Day 1:  Dare to Pray: God Bless America.

Day 2:  Dare to Pray for Divine Safety and protection over the United States of America. Declare that our country abides under the Shadow of the Almighty. He is our refuge and strength according to Psalm 91:1, 2.

Day 3: Dare to Pray for the President of the United States, for our Congress and all national and local leaders. Pray for wisdom and for God to make an entrance into their hearts for His will to be done.

Day 4: Dare to Pray: “Your thoughts are higher than our thoughts, Lord God. Give us your thoughts today about our country, our leaders, and our neighbors.”

Day 5: Dare to Pray, “Lord,  heal our land.”

Day 6: Dare to Pray, “Open our hearts toward you, Lord, that we would hear Your Voice and know your Will for our  lives and our country.”

Day 7: Dare to Pray for teachers everywhere today. What an influence they have upon our children and our youth! Pray that teachers will be open to hear God’s voice and teach His children in love and truth.
Day 8: Dare to Pray, “Holy Spirit, help each one of us to bring You into our thoughts every minute of this day.”

Day 9: Dare to Pray, “Lord, let Truth fill our hearts, come forth from our lips, and reign over the United States of America.”

Day 10: Dare to Pray for pastors. Declare the name of Jesus over this nation.

Day 11: Dare to Pray “Thy will be done in the United States of America, as it is in heaven.”

Day 12: Dare to Pray for families in America to be strong and for hearts to be healed.

Day 13: Dare to Pray: “Let Your love flow through me to others today; this will change America.”

Day 14: Dare to Pray, “Father, get involved in the lives of all I meet today. God bless America”

Day 15: Dare to Pray, “Turn our thoughts to you, Lord.” God bless America.”

Day 16: Dare to Pray, “Thy Will be done in our country today and every day.”

And today,

Dare to Pray, “Let me be a Light in our country today, Lord.”

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Continue to Day 18

Who’s In For 15 More Days of Prayer?

pray copyThis is the Middle Day of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge, Day 16, hump day. After today there will be 15 more. Where will these posts lead us, and what can we accomplish between now and then? You can start here if you need to catch up from Day One.

At the beginning of this adventure, I promised you would find inspiration and motivation to pray. I mentioned the little book called, Prayer, the Mightiest Force in the World,  by Frank Laubach which gave us insights into the why, how, when and where of prayer.

As promised I used quotes and excerpts from the book  to inspire us to pray and to pray specifically for the United States of America.

Nine Notable Quotes from the Past 15 Days

  1. “Enough people praying enough will release into the human blood stream the mightiest medicine in the universe, for we shall be the channels through which God can exert His infinite power.”
  2. “We help God when we pray.”
  3. “People would pray if they knew that prayer can save the world. They are waiting for us to lead the way.”
  4. “Nobody but God knows how often prayers have changed the course of history.”
  5. “If we believe that prayers change the course of history, we will pray more.”
  6. “As a nation thinks,so it is.”
  7. ” The moment I turn to Him, it is like turning on an electric current which I feel through my whole being.”
  8. “I am finding every day the best of the five or six ways that I try to keep contact with God is for me to wait for His thoughts, to ask Him to speak.”
  9. “Our perpetual self-talk–the chatter in our head as we commute, prepare sandwiches, or do exercises–can be transformed into a continual conversation with God.”

Day Six introduced Flash Prayers and this led us naturally into the Game With Minutes which brought us through Day 15. Througout these 15 days, we have used three books by Frank Laubach. I want you to be able to easily order any of these three so here they are with links to Amazon:

Prayer, the Mightiest Force in the World  2012 reprint of 1946 edition. Covers the why, how, when, and how of prayer. Amidst his work with the hostile Moros tribe of the Philippines, Laubach experienced an extraordinary breakthrough of the sense of the Lord’s presence as he prayed.

The Game With Minutes 2012 Reprint of 1956 American Edition. In this book, Laubach urged Christians to attempt keeping God in mind for at least one second of every minute of the day.

Practicing His Presence, 1973. This book is a condensation of other books by Laubach and also includes chapters written by Brother Lawrence who was born in 1611, three hundred years prior to Frank Laubach, yet practiced the Presence of God daily, and moment by moment.

Another important part of the last 15 days has been the Dare to Pray Challenge.

Dare to Pray for America

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Since September 1, I have challenged myself and others to continue to pray for America. You can read the Hope for America Challenge to Pray starting here. Throughout the 31 Day Writing Challenge, along with being inspired to pray, I have offered suggestions for prayer for America at the end of each day’s writing. I hope you will join and pray for America every day. We can all be reminded to pray every time we see a flag or a symbol of America. I invite you to share what you see that reminds you to pray. Share in words or pictures on my Dare to Be Happy Facebook Page. Encourage others to pray. I can see a mighty move of God in our country, and I want to be a part of it. I want you to be a part of it, too. Comment here if you are in for the next 15 days. God bless you, and God bless America.

Dare to Pray, “Thy Will be done in our country today and every day.”

Moving Forward

 Moving Forward, we will find out what a “Breath Prayer” is. We’ll have more on the Game With Minutes, and the where, what, when and how of prayer. And every day, we will continue to pray for America.

Continue to Day 17.

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Are You Ready to Get in the Game?

The Game With Minutes is simply trying to see how many minutes in a day you can bring Christ into your thoughts for at least one second of every minute. It is the gentle pressure of your will to bring your mind back to Him as it tries to wander away on whatever comes along. By sharing your minutes partnered with the Savior a miraculous, often amazing lifestyle develops.

pray copyThis is Day 15 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” If you are stopping by for the first time, you may want to start at the beginning on Day One by clicking here first.

 

The Game With Minutes originated with Frank Laubach in 1930. He was a missionary and teacher to the Philippines who created written languages for some of the tribes so that they could then read and understand the Bible. In addition to teaching others the minute-by-minute life with Jesus, he became known as “the father of literacy” being quite literally responsible for teaching millions to read. Others have picked up the mantle and brought Jesus into all of their thoughts. Here’s the beginning of a true story told by Jan Johnson illustrating the same principles as Frank Laubach’s Game With Minutes.

“I told the pastor I’d be glad to pass out brochures door to door. But when he handed them to me I thought, I’d love to go home, curl up, and read a book.

Jan tells of shyly approaching the first door that day and getting ready to hand the lady of the house a brochure about her church and leave. The door was opened by a weary mother with a toddler on her hip. Jan says she stepped into her habit of turning whatever is going on inside her into prayer. She prayed, “Give her patience, God. This little one isn’t potty trained.” When Jan left the house, she was invigorated. She knew that her real task was to pray for everyone she encountered. The dreaded task had become a “fun and interesting experience through prayer.”

“Our perpetual self-talk–the chatter in our head as we commute, prepare sandwiches, or do exercises–can be transformed into a continual conversation with God.”

Let each “annoyance” become a catalyst for prayer. Jan further tells of being annoyed each time she saw the basketball backstop in her backyard. A neighbor had pulled the basket down and broken it. The Johnsons had not taken time to repair it, so every time she saw it, she felt frustration.  This same boy had been battling drug addiction and had been in and out of rehabilitation. One day, a magnanimous idea came to her. Why not use the broken backstop as a reminder to pray for the boy. And she did.

We can take every day irritating events or frustrating circumstances and turn them into life-changing adventures by praying. We can turn mundane events into exhilarating exploits by talking them over with God. Play the Game With Minutes. Bring God into your thoughts and ask Him for His thoughts to be yours.

Dare to Pray, “Turn our thoughts to you, Lord.” God bless America.

Continue to Day 16

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Does It Really Matter?

 Your thoughts can be prayers. When your thoughts are directed to God moment by moment, your whole life becomes communion with God. This is how we become one with the Father. This is how He gets involved with everything that concerns us.

Tpray copyhis is Day 14 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” If you are stopping by for the first time, you may want to start at the beginning on Day One by clicking here first.

Be sure to check out the Giveaway at the end. Deadline to enter is midnight October 15.

 Stuff matters

Today I was speaking with a young man who expressed his success with the Game With Minutes. He said he has often heard people say that Jesus was all that mattered. This had always made him feel condemned because it wasn’t true for him.There were other things that mattered-a lot. He said that Jesus was number one with him. In fact, Jesus was everything to Him, but to say He was all that mattered would be lying.

By playing the game, this young man realized that what matters to him, matters to God. He could bring Jesus into all of his moments, and God would enhance everything that mattered to him. This was immensely freeing for him. He doesn’t see Jesus at a distance pointing a finger at him for thinking of something else. He now sees Jesus close to Him caring about what he cares about. It’s a relationship where Jesus brings life to everything that matters.

What are things that matter to you? Someone very close to you wants to talk to you about these. Play the Game With Minutes today, and see how much better your day goes. You are not alone!

“This game is not a grim duty. Nobody need play it unless he seeks richer life. It is a delightful privilege. If you forget to play it for minutes or hours or days, do not groan or repent, but begin anew with a smile. It is a thrilling joy. Ahead of you lie limitless anticipations”. (Laubach, 1933, The Game With Minutes, p. 28)

Dare to Pray, “Father, get involved in the lives of all I meet today. God bless America”

Continue to Day 15

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Don’t forget the:

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Have you been over to Dare to Be Happy on Facebook, yet?  All you need to do is post an original patriotic picture of any kind, (example below) and leave a comment here telling why you want to win one of Frank Laubach’s book. You have a very good chance of winning. You could also choose to receive an Amazon gift card instead.

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Tips, Hints, Helps, and Strategy for Playing the Game With Minutes

“Any hour of any day may be made perfect by merely choosing. It is perfect if one looks toward God that entire hour, waiting for His leadership all through the hour and trying hard to do every thing exactly as God wishes it done, as perfectly as possible. Just the doing of God’s will makes the hour a perfect one.” (Practicing His Presence, p. 11)

pray copyThis is Day 13 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” If you are stopping by for the first time, you may want to start at the beginning on Day One by clicking here first.

You’ve come along just in time to get in on the BIG GIVEAWAY! See instructions at the end of this post to enter to win one of the free books mentioned in the 31 Days of Dare to Pray or an Amazon gift card.

The Best Times in Your Life

When you think back to your best hours, your best days, the best times in your life, weren’t they your most spiritual times? Were they the times you felt closest to God? We’ve had great times with family and friends, for sure, but when we set the best of those times beside of the best times we have had with God, we can clearly see the depth of the joy experienced in God’s Presence. This reminds us that any price that is paid, is enormously worth it! The price we pay is a gentle pressure of our will to come back to thoughts of Jesus and awareness of His Presence. When our mind wanders away, as it will, we gently bring it back. Every minute is a new beginning.

  • “The way to a more consistent high level is to take Him into everything we do or say or think.” (Game With Minutes, p. 6)
  • The silent words that make up our thoughts are really inner conversation with ourselves. Instead, as we turn all of our thoughts to God, we make all thought a conversation with God.
  • We are attempting to hold God in our mind every minute we are awake. We will meet with failure, but even the smallest amount of success is splendid!
  • ” The moment I turn to Him, it is like turning on an electric current which I feel through my whole being.” (Practicing His Presence, p 17.)
  • “I am finding every day the best of the five or six ways that I try to keep contact with God is for me to wait for His thoughts, to ask Him to speak.” (p.15)

My personal technique:

  • I set a timer for an hour. At the end of the hour I evaluate my percentage of success.
  • I set a 5 minute timer to see if I can spend all of the 5 minutes thinking of Jesus without wandering.
  • I picture myself in a quiet place, usually by a stream and from there I think of Jesus with me talking and listening to Him.
  • I ask Him questions and listen for His answers, or I ask Him questions and wait for His answers.

“This concentration on God is strenuous, but everything else has ceased to be so. I think more clearly. I forget less frequently. Things which I did with a strain before I now do easily and with no effort whatever. I worry about nothing and lose no sleep. I walk on air a good part of the time.” (p. 16)

Please, please, please share what works for you in the comments below, and read about the GiveAway. You can even take a picture of a family member with a flag or American t-shirt and enter it for the GiveAway.

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Every time you see a symbol of America today, take a picture, post it,(See GiveAway below) but most importantly remember to:

Dare to Pray: “Let Your love flow through me to others today; this will change America.”

Continue to Day 14

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Have you been over to Dare to Be Happy on Facebook, yet. All you need to do is post an original patriotic picture of any kind, and leave a comment here telling why you want to win one of Frank Laubach’s book. You have a very good chance of winning. You could also choose to receive an Amazon gift card instead.

 

Why Should I Play the Game With Minutes?

“The sense of being led by an unseen hand which takes mine while another hand reaches ahead and prepares the way, grows upon me daily. I do not need to strain at all to find opportunity. It piles in upon me as the waves roll over the  beach, and yet there is time to do something about each opportunity.” (Practicing His Presence, Laubach, 1973, p 5-6.)

pray copyThis is Day 12 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” If you are stopping by for the first time, you may want to start at the beginning on Day One by clicking here first. You’ve come along just in time to get in on the BIG GIVEAWAY! See instructions at the end of this post to enter to win one of the free books mentioned in the 31 Days of Dare to Pray or an Amazon gift card.

Frank Laubach has described his experience living his life moment by moment with God. Today I have included several direct quotes from his books that illustrate the prizes that can be won while playing this game.

“I feel simply carried along each hour, doing my part in a plan which is far beyond myself. This sense of cooperation with God in little things is what so astonishes me. I need something and turn around to find it waiting for me. I must work, to be sure but there is God working along with me. God takes care of all the rest. My part is to live this hour in continuous inner conversation with God and in perfect responsiveness to his will, to make this hour gloriously rich. This seems to be all I need think about.” p. 5

“And I must witness that people outside are treating me different. Obstacles which I once would have regarded as insurmountable are melting away like a mirage.” p. 6

“All who have tried that kind of abiding for a month know the power of it–it is like being born again from center to circumference. It absolutely changes every person who does it. And it will change the world that does it.” (The Game With Minutes, Laubach, 1933, p4

You’re in the game, play to win!

Dare to Pray for families in America to be strong and for hearts to be healed.

 

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Have you seen any unusual “reminders to pray.” I’m going to do a giveaway on Day 15. Submit your pictures showing a symbol of America like the jeep below. Upload your original photo to my Facebook page, Dare to Be Happyand leave a comment on the blog post here. Let me know you want to win the book and wny. You can post your photos anytime between now and midnight on October 15. Photos can be flags, people in t-shirts, pocketbooks, shoes. I am becoming more aware of the patriotic symbols that I encounter on a daily basis; all are reminders to pray.

I will send three winners a copy of a Frank Laubach book or an Amazon gift card. 2 Winners will be chosen at random and 1 by most unusual photo. Keep praying!

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Continue to Day 13

How Do You Play the Game With Minutes?

pray copyThis is Day 11 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” If you are stopping by for the first time, you may want to start at the beginning on Day One by clicking here first. You’ve come along just in time to get in on the BIG GIVEAWAY! See instructions at the end of this post to enter to win one of the free books mentioned in the 31 Days of Dare to Pray or an Amazon gift card.

Here’s how to play the Game With Minutes:

Game Equipment: Bible, pictures of Jesus, anything that reminds you of Him, notebook

To Start the Game: Choose a favorable hour, one in which you will not be intensely involved in mental activity toward other endeavors. As you begin, you invite Jesus into what you are doing and ask Him to help you remain aware of His Presence with you.

Object of the Game:See how many minutes you can bring Jesus into your thinking during any hour during the day. High score-60 Low Score-0

Game Play:

Choose any of these actions and use in any order:

  • Start by thinking the name of Jesus, saying His name over in your mind many times
  • Picture Him in your imagination
  • Read from the Bible
  • Say a favorite scripture
  • Memorize a new scripture
  • Imagine yourself in the midst of a story form the Bible
  • Send flash prayers to strangers or those nearby
  • Send thoughts of Jesus to people as you talk to them (example: “Jesus loves you.”)
  • When you are reading, imagine you are reading with Jesus. Ask what he thinks about what you are reading.
  • Ask Him questions
  • Listen for His answers
  • Give Him thanks for things you see
  • Give Him thanks for things you have
  • Give Him thanks for people you know
  • Give Him thanks for what He has done
  • Tell Him how you feel about Him

Variations: When you find new ways to bring Jesus into your thoughts, please share in comments below.

Winning: “The results of this game begin to show clearly in a month. They grow rich after six months, and glorious in ten years.” (The Game With Minutes, Laubach, p. 6)

When you see a symbol of America,

Dare to Pray “Thy will be done in the United States of America, as it is in heaven.”

Continue to Day 12 after reading about the Big Giveaway.

giveaway

 

Have you seen any unusual “reminders to pray.” I’m going to do a giveaway on Day 15. Submit your pictures showing a symbol of America like the golf cart below. Upload your original photo to my Facebook page, Dare to Be Happyand leave a comment on the blog post here. Let me know you want to win the book and wny. You can post your photos anytime between now and midnight on October 15. Photos can be flags, t-shirts, pocketbooks. They do not have to be unusual like the golf cart. I am becoming more aware of the patriotic symbols that I encounter on a daily basis; all are reminders to pray.

I will send three winners a copy of a Frank Laubach book or an Amazon gift card. 2 Winners will be chosen at random and 1 by most unusual photo. Keep praying!

 

americaPhoto taken by me at BI-Lo in Myrtle Beach

Photo taken by me at BI-Lo in Myrtle Beach