Author: Marcia Gunnett Woodard

A Prayer For Parents

The past few weeks of my life have seemed to have children and parenting as a trending theme. Our church held a baby dedication. Five of my grandkids are in school this year. In the next couple weeks, my oldest grandson will turn 6 and my next-to-youngest granddaughter will turn one. And last week, my youngest son headed off to college! With that one event, I feell as if I've reached the end of a parenting era. So, this week's prayer is for all of us who are parents. For the parents of little ones, and for "empty nest parents," too.   A Prayer for Parents Dear God, Thank You for this child. Even though he about drove me nuts today, He is a gift from You. Lord, I did the best I could today But I'm sure I screwed up somewhere. Please, Make up the slack for me. And when this child messes up, Help me remember That even You, The Perfect Parent, Have children who sometimes choose wrongly. Thank You That Your mercies will be new again Tomorrow morning. I pray this all In the name of Your Son, Jesus, The only Perfect Child. Amen.   As a child, Marcia Gunnett Woodard was an avid reader, often disappearing into a book for days at a time. By her late teen years she realized that she wanted to...

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The Prayer of a Plain Clay Flowerpot

Well, let's see…. If I've calculated the posting dates correctly, then you're reading this on my birthday! And I'm not afraid to tell you, I'm 56. I have to admit, though, that I don't particularly like the idea of growing old. Our society puts such a premium on a trim figure, dewy wrinkle-free skin, and thick non-gray hair, I sort of feel like my stock is trading lower. God, on the other hand, keeps reminding me of what's beautiful to Him. So this week I'm offering: THE PRAYER OF A PLAIN CLAY FLOWERPOT O, Master Gardener, Today, like most days, I feel like a plain clay flowerpot. I always wanted to be a porcelain vase— Shapely, refined, beautiful. But I never was. Sometimes I was a painted clay flowerpot But a clay flowerpot I've always been And now, Lord This plain clay pot Is showing little chips And cracks. And I realize that someday Not too far This plain clay pot Will crack and split Into— Something, no longer a flowerpot But in this moment Make me your sturdy, faithful flowerpot Filled with soft, receptive soil And bearing Your life Planted within me Grant That as unrelenting time Demands its payment From clay and porcelain alike The beauty of Your life Will grow and expand within me Until all that is seen Is the beautiful Rose of Sharon The fragrant...

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How To Pray For a Friend Who Is Struggling

A couple years ago, I attended a class on prayer-writing. I enjoyed the mental exercise, and it offered a much-needed release, anytime my emotions threatened to overwhelm me. Then, I discovered that God has blessed me with a gift for expressing universal emotions in prayer. So, that's what I'll be doing here. I'll take my inspiration from the news, or my life, or your life. (Seriously, message me with your ideas for prayers you'd like to see, or you think we need to pray as a group.) Let's find out what God does in response to the prayers of a whole bunch of broken, beautiful, BOLD women, all requesting the same thing. Okay, on to this week's prayer! The death of Robin Williams has left me with a sore little spot on my heart…kind of like a bruise. It hurts that a man who did so much to bring hope, comfort, cheer to others apparently felt such a lack of comfort and cheer, such an absence of hope, that life no longer seemed "do-able". And I find myself asking, "Where were the believers in his life? I know the entertainment industry can be pretty Godless, but was there no one? Nobody to be the hands, the feet, the heart of Jesus? Did they not see? Not care? Or simply not know what to say, what to do?" Now, I...

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