A Morning Prayer

"Gracious Father,
Invade our waking thoughts with thankfulness
for the most basic things -
for breath, and life, and life eternal,
for bread, and words, and for The Word made flesh.
May we be pulled toward light and work of day,
not held by night time thoughts and regrets.
Let first words turn to prayers,
and may our hearts not rail
but bow in morning worship to You, Precious Lord."

modified from a book of prayers for college students, copyright 2008 Kathleen Nielson

Back in the Philippines

Kirsten and I returned to the Philippines today, Sunday 9/8. It is so good to be back with Kurt, Ben and James. We are thankful for safe travels!

Enjoyable Times in Michigan


picking sweet corn

shucking sweet corn. It was a great supper. We also froze
about 40 bags of sweet corn.

enjoying time with relatives

Aunt Meredy and Kirsten

Top Hops

We recently toured a hops farm in the area. It was very interesting as I'd never seen a hops before.
Hops are the female flowers of the hop plant, Humulus lupulus. They are used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, to which they impart a bitter, tangy flavor, though hops are also used for various purposes in other beverages and herbal medicine.

A Prayer for Mikayla as she starts her college life

Prayer for My College Student

Lord, we pray for the protection of Mikayla
We ask that you would guard her heart and her mind in Christ Jesus
That you would wrap her up in Your love
And deliver her from all evil
Lord, we pray that you would give Mikayla great enthusiasm for her studies
May you inspire her each and everyday
May each seminar and class bring fresh inspiration to her work
May each moment be filled with the energy she needs for her tasksĀ 
Lord, we pray that Mikayla would know the hope to which she is called
That her life would be transformed by revelation from Heaven
That You would inspire her direction
And gently lead her into her destiny You have ordained for herĀ 
Lord, we especially pray for Mikayla's friends at college
May they come to know Your goodness and love
To walk in Your freedom and grace
All the days of their life

And now, Father, may You strengthen Mikayla with power through Your Spirit
in her inner being so that Christ dwells in her heart through faith,
and that she, being rooted and grounded in love may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that she may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Grant her Your peace.
And now to You who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to You be glory and honor and praise forevermore.
In Christ's precious name we pray,
Amen.