Prayer Changes Everything

Prayer Changes Everything

If I never prayed I would live a different life.
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I will never understand how people don't believe in prayer, it's real and it works. I wouldn't be able to make it day to day without prayer. I pray constantly as if Jesus is actually right next to me holding my hand. I'm thankful that I have people praying for me. I hope they aren't just praying for my well-being but for angels to wrap their wings around me and keep me from harm. I pray before I get in the car, I pray before I go to bed, I pray before I go to sleep, I pray when I'm sick, I prayer for friends and family, etc. The list could go on and on, which with that many things to pray for I should be praying every second of the day.

I know we have all heard someone say "you are in my prayers" but do they really mean that, with a sincere heart? Praying takes patience and sincerity. Some people think they aren't good enough to pray but that is not true -- but to pray and to know God is answering your prayers you need to be saved by Grace and pray for the redemption. We are all sinners, not one of us are perfect. The only perfect person to walk the earth was Jesus and no one can ever compare to his radiance. Before I got saved, I never knew how to pray and when I did pray I couldn't understand why my prayers weren't being answered. After I got saved and I began to pray Psalms 51:10, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me" I felt his present in my prayers immediately. Sometimes when praying with a worried heart won't do much good for your prayers either, because if your praying for healing or peace and still worry, you're not getting anywhere. If you're gonna pray, why worry? If you're gonna worry, why pray? These are words I repeat to myself all the time because I am guilty of those kind of prayers.

Prayer does change everything, because like I said before, to pray sincerely for answered prayers you must have Jesus in your heart. And, if you are receiving answers to your prayers you are a child of the King. Many can argue that anyone can pray, which is true but anyone can stand in a garage and that doesn't make them a car, just how anyone can pray doesn't make you a child of the King. Praying is simple, the only thing you need is Jesus. Praying is uplifting and encouraging to people like me. It gives me hope in tomorrow. But, whether or not there is a tomorrow, I know who holds it.

Prayer changed my life forever. Jesus changed my life. His never ending love changed my life. Thank you Jesus. We all have struggles and trials we face in our lives but if you just let Jesus in he will "create a clean heart" and "renew a right spirit" within you. If you are seeking Jesus, please understand that prayer is to be respected and you must be sincere when praying. Jesus is to be respected. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. To think that our world if full of so many people who hate Jesus for no reason breaks my heart. When Jesus was on the cross he cried out to God "Father forgive them for they know not what they do", Jesus prayed for the ones who scorned and mocked him. If you don't mind let me share a few lines from two of the most powerful songs I know, you may recognize them.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see.

Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, we are weak but He is strong. Yes Jesus loves me, yes Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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8 Phases Of Lent As Told By 'Jane The Virgin'

Nobody understands Lent like Jane.

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Every person that participates in Lent knows that there are different phases — almost like the stages of grief. Now that Lent is coming to an end, I wanted to review the challenges we have all faced so far. Easter is just around the corner and we have earned it. Although everyone's Lenten experience may be a bit different, we all know the struggles of giving something up, cheating, remembering to skip the meat on Friday's, etc. The pain is almost over, so enjoy a recap of everything you've been through in the past few weeks. Here are 8 scenes from "Jane the Virgin" that understand your struggles.

1. Thinking of what to give up

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Thinking of what to give up for Lent can be so stressful, especially when your whole family won't stop asking you about it. Leave me alone!

2. Fat Tuesday

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I hope that every Catholic family out there is having a full-out FEAST on Fat Tuesday! Don't worry about your food baby; it's called Fat Tuesday for a reason, right?

3. Getting weird looks on Ash Wednesday

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You just know everyone is looking at you like this when you have that big, black smudge on your forehead. But hey, at least when you pass another ash-covered face you can give each other a solid nod. They know what's up.

4. Cheating

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This is how every Catholic grandma looks at you when they catch you cheating during Lent.

5. Telling yourself you won't cheat again

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You tell yourself, "hey, we can do this, no more cheating during Lent." You are happy and confident.

6. Cheating...again

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Let's face it. It just isn't your year. Don't worry, Lent is almost over and the shame can finally end. Be gone, shame!

7. Eating a fish sandwich for the 100th time

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Fish sandwiches are delicious. That is until you eat one every week for almost 6 weeks.

8. When it's finally Easter

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Lent was long, but the wait was well worth it. Now go have some brunch and hunt for Easter eggs!

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