Have You Lost Your Blooms?

Last year our fruit trees were loaded with fruit. I gave away as much as I could to whomever would come take it but still my freezers are full from the abundance of fruit. This year as I walked the property expecting to see the same thing, buds galore I found hardly any, a few here and there on some trees and not a one on others. The not so hard winter and the cold frosts late in the season have destroyed or never allowed the blooms to appear. Alas no fruit from the blooms this year.

My own life has been much like that this past year, a time of upheaval and change. We moved into a new home as well as many other things took place and in all of that I lost my blooms as well. I was in a cold winter place dry and parched separated from the water of the word and my God. Not intentionally of course but just a gradual replacement of Him with other things, distractions and business that slowly crept in separating me from my source. Have you ever been there?

 

They crept in so slowly like the cold darkness of winter destroying the new buds, killing them before they had time to produce the bloom from which the fruit would grow. I looked much like my fruit trees do now, no flowers, no promise of fruit and much like this poor hydrangea I’d forgotten to water. How about you? Are you feeling or looking a little like this hydrangea as well?


Praise God that He doesn’t leave us in that state. Slowly like the spring rains He has been watering me with His word. He has allowed me a season of rest just as my fruit trees will receive this year so that my fruit trees and I are able once again to produce fruit for our gardeners, I for the Master Gardener and they for their humble homeowner.

Praise God I look like this hydrangea bloom now instead of the previous one. It’s amazing what a little water and time will do for the blooms and what a little water of the word and time with Him does for us.

Do you need some rest and rehydration? Return to the well, drink fully from the source. Allow Him and His word to fill you full again, until you are as full of the water of His word as those hydrangea blooms are of water, filled to over flowing; until you are soft and pliable again. Filled to over flowing with His Holy Spirit, full of life again ready to once again produce the fruit the Master Gardener is waiting for.

Matt 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

 

 



He Never Lets Go

A few weeks ago I got to be a “Love Lady” at our Community Bible Study. What is a Love Lady? She is a lady who gets to go in and spend some time with the precious children that come to learn of the love of God while their mommies get to learn the same.

Not having been a “Love Lady” for many years, it’s been about six now and knowing that each year makes me that much older and knowing how I feel after spending an afternoon with my now 2 year old grandson having had a wonderful time with him but exhausted after his visit; I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing. Will I be able to make it through the time required? Will the children warm up to me and with quite a few more questions running through my head I entered their world. I of course had nothing to be concerned about because the teachers were amazing and kept everything on track and in order moving from one thing to the next. We read to them, played with them, helped with crafts and snacks. Through all these activities I noticed this one little girl that seemed a little shy at first not really sure that she wanted to participate. I could so relate to that little girl. I had been that way most of life, not really sure I wanted to participate either.

As we went from one thing to the next it came time for some playtime in the gym. So we headed in that direction. That little girl attached herself to me and it was apparent to me that I had a new friend and off we went to the gym.

The teachers lined all the children up on one wall and they were directed to run from one side of the gym to the other becoming various animals along the way. All the children were quite excited and happy to participate, all of them of course except for this one little girl. She had grabbed my index finger in her hand and would not let go. So I said “You can do it, come on let’s go.” So she hanging on to my finger the whole way made it about four times back and forth with me encouraging her the whole time and never once letting go of my finger.

I could so relate to her. I am so like her. My Father does the same for me continuously. He constantly encourages me “You can do it. Not on your own but I am with you always.” He extends His index finger and I hold on to it for dear life. If you notice it appears at the top of this page and has been there since the beginning of this website. It’s how I do life. Hanging on to my Father’s hand and never letting go. I love that He shows me my life in real time illustrations and says to me “You are just like her.” “Yes I am, absolutely I am. I wouldn’t have it any other way and it’s not so much that I hang on to His hand as it is that He never let’s go of mine.”

I pray it’s how you do life as well. Thank you Father for reminding me in the sweetness and innocence of a child that that is how to live our lives in You.



Weeds In Our Gardens

Spring has finally come to our neck of the woods and I being so anxious to get out into the flowerbeds before the weeds begin to take over and yet before I could get there I injured my back. As I walk in the garden seeing the weeds overtaking the flowers I so long to yank them up at the roots but alas my back injury stops me from getting to their roots. I thought well I could just cover them over with mulch but I know that doesn’t work either. The determined ones always manage to find their way back to the surface. I know that weed killer is the only thing that is going to work. As I thought about that last night, as I lay in bed unable to sleep I wondered if we don’t do that as well in our own lives. Do we just cover our sin with mulch so to speak hoping it will just go away?

I have some weeds that put out runners and I rip and I pull and finally I get to a place where it looks like they are all gone and yet I have not applied any weed killer. If I look away for just a moment it seems I find them popping up again all over my garden. Maybe my lack of proper weed killer application and diligence in my monitoring of my garden is what causes their return. Ok definitely my lack of proper weed killer application and diligence in my monitoring of my garden causes their return. Lol Sometimes I think I’ve gotten control over sin in one area of my life only to find its runners have popped up in another area of my life.  Am I the only one?  What is the solution to this dilemma? Proper application of the sin killer (The word) and diligence to keep an eye that it doesn’t pop back up again would do the trick I imagine. I have to admit I’m human and sometimes I am very diligent to apply that sin killer and sometimes I am not. Obviously I need some help with consistency how about you?

Father, please help us to be consistent in applying your word to the roots of sin in our lives. ;)



The Ratty Sweater of Regret

It’s a New Year. How do you see this New Year that is approaching? Is it with much hope, joy and anticipation of what is to come or is it with heartaches, regrets and much disappointment that you say goodbye to the year that’s past. Do you see it as another chance to live the life God intended for you or do you see it as just more of the same. I have to say that I have for many years now lived in the past of heartaches and regrets. When we spend so much time looking into our past we can never move forward into the future. I don’t know about you but the past has been my comfortable home for quite some years now. Living in past hurts, past events and regrets. Things I wish I could change but are impossible to redo because they are over. Unfortunately they have happened and there is absolutely nothing we can do to change them although we try so hard to do that. Apologies are made and we wait for forgiveness that never comes and we finally realize that it probably never will and so we settle into regret like a favorite sweater that becomes old and worn, pilling and unraveling and yet we refuse to take it off. Well lately I have come to the conclusion that I don’t like the old sweater any longer so I’m not going to wear it anymore. I’ve taken it off and oh my goodness what a beautiful women I found under that ratty old thing. If you are tired of your old sweater of heartaches, regrets and disappointments may I suggest you take yours off as well and allow the beautiful woman that you are to shine through.

It is a New Year a new beginning after all. Living in the past full of heartache and regrets, wearing them like an old ratty sweater is not where God wants us. He’s not there. His name is I AM not I WAS. He is in the present and the future and I think I’m going to live there now. I think it just might be a much more vibrant and alive outfit to wear than the old ratty sweater. So check me out next time you see me. I’ll be sporting that oh so stylist up to date outfit called present. Try one on for yourself and come with me. I think you will like it there.

A few scriptures come to mind. 2 Cor 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. That’s how I feel this New Year. All things have become new.

Phil 3:12-14 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Leave the past behind. Look forward to the New Year with much hope and anticipation.

This year I am so hopeful for the year that lies ahead and I move forward in this new life of hope. Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead….. Wise words of course and I believe I will go ahead and follow them.  Come along with me. What have you got to lose? Oh I know heartaches, regrets and disappointments.



The Ultimate Lesson From Elsie

 

If you have been following this website than you know that Elsie our beloved German Shepherd has taught me many things over the years which I have shared with you. It is with sadness that I tell you that she is no longer with us. It has been just exactly a week since she left this world on August 13th to be exact. Elsie’s life had span 13 years. Quite a feat for a little runt of the litter with oh so many issues, and at the very beginning as a new pup in our home fear being her first issue. I could so relate to her at that time. Her health had been going down hill for a while but took a quick turn on Monday and by Tuesday it was apparent the time had come so a call to the vet was made and an appointment was set for Wednesday at 4:30. Wednesday was a difficult day. I spent it with her as she lay almost motionless her breathing so much heavier than normal now as the pain was taking it’s toll yet she continued to look at me with those trusting loving eyes unaware of what was to come later that day for her. I knew it was what was best for her as she was in so much pain as the pain relievers stopped working and her quality of life had left her yet I still cried at the loving trusting way she looked at me with those big brown eyes. When the time had come for the trip to the vet my husband put her leash on her for the last time and she trustingly and obediently followed him to the vehicle. She knew she could trust him. She knew he loved her and wherever he was taking her she would obediently follow.

I guess you know by now how God has taught me through her life and this was no exception. She knew that we loved her and she trusted us. God reminded me today as I sat to write this that she had many fears as a pup just as I did. It took her a long time to trust us just as it has taken me a long time to trust Him. Her life it seems has been a shortened version of my own in a way. Now I know why she came into my life. 1John 4:18 says there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. She had no fear in trusting us. I believe thanks to Elsie I am beginning to understand that verse. The one thing above all else that I learned from her is the importance of obedience to follow Him out of love, His love for me not my love for Him.

And so it is with us. We have to learn to follow Him obediently with trust even to death if that is His will for us. I have to admit that I have not always wanted to follow even unto death. I pray I learn to be as obedient as Elsie, trusting and following completely the one who loves me even though I know not where I go, but knowing that even if I am led there even that will be His best for me at that time because I know He loves me. I pray I put my absolute trust in His character even unto death that as in 1John 4:8b it says that God is love, for precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints it’s says in Psalm 116:15. I pray you do as well.

Thank you LORD for teaching me in such ordinary things and even though some lessons are so much harder to learn than others I thank You for them all. I thank You for the privilege of having Elsie in my life to learn from and although many people would not have thought of her as a gift with her many issues, I know now what a precious gift she was from You and I thank You for bringing her into my life and teaching us all so much through her.

 

 



Light Reflection

We are planning our next Faith Lift event for women on August 9th. The topic is the Holy Spirit. We have this beautiful picture of a multicolored dove and as you look at it it’s as if this rainbow of colors of light resonates from it. It is absolutely beautiful. Being part of the decorating team for the event I will be making origami doves for the centerpieces for the tables. I was completely stumped as how to replicate this beautiful rainbow colored dove so the other evening I asked God what paper to use and immediately the thought of iridescent wrapping paper came to mind. Well then I asked “Where do I find that Lord?” I haven’t seen iridescent wrapping paper in a long time but I thought of a party store. So in the morning I got up early to head to my closest party store about 25 miles away from my house and as I was passing this one small store in my town I had an impression to go in there and look for iridescent wrapping paper but it was early in the morning and the store wasn’t open yet so I continued on to my destination. I didn’t find my wrapping paper but I did find other decorations for our tables, then I was off to meet with my friend to decorate our signup table. In just a short amount of time our mission was accomplished so I headed home and as I made my way into town I was again impressed to visit that little store. I followed that impression and went in and as I was scouring the boxes of wrapping paper I came across what I had been looking for.

The one and only roll of the most beautiful iridescent paper I had ever seen. As I played with it in the light I noticed depending on the angle of the paper the reflection of the light would change. As I would turn it one way the reflection would be quite bright displaying all the rainbow of colors and as I turned it the other way hardly any reflection at all could be seen. As I stood there doing that turning it first this way and then that I thought we are also just like that paper.

How brilliantly we shine depends on how well we are reflecting the light. When I am turned toward the light I reflect its’ brilliance and it flows to me and through me like a beautiful rainbow of color for all to see but I have to admit that sometimes I turn away from the light, not intentionally of course but mostly through neglect. In those times I can always, after the fact it seems see that hardly any light flows through me at all. That is when my flesh is displaying itself for all the world to see. In those times my light is so dim it scarce can be seen at all by me or by anyone else.

How about you? How well are you reflecting the light?

Matt 5:16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Father help us when we turn in the wrong direction and our light goes dim to turn toward You and reflect Your light in all it’s brilliance and rainbow of colors. Thank you Father for teaching me. I so need it every single day. ;)



The Father’s Day Question

Yesterday was Father’s Day, the day for fathers. How wonderful our earthly fathers can be if we are blessed enough to have that relationship in our lives.

On Friday as I was attending a blessed ladies luncheon I received a phone call, a voice mail and a text from my daughter frantically trying to get hold of me. I thinking something terrible had happened immediately returned her call. “What is it? What is wrong honey?” “Mom I just don’t know what to get Dad for Father’s Day. I’ve been racking my brain and thinking and thinking and I just cannot come up with anything so I had to call you. Do you know what Dad wants for Father’s Day?” Oh my goodness crisis averted in my mind anyway but not in hers. This was so important to her. She loves her Father so and so wanted to please him on this special day.

Aren’t we like that as well with our walk with our heavenly Father? We so want to please Him and so our questions are similar and go something like this. What is Your will for me? What can I do for you? What do You want from me Father? In the end the question is the same. What does Abba (Father) want?

I knew the answer to my daughters question and said “He wants time with you. That is all that he wants.” So she called him and arranged a Father Daughter date. He texted me a little while later with the announcement “I have a date Saturday night with our daughter.” Even though it was a text I could feel and hear and see what that one request from our daughter did for her Dad because truly that is all that he wants from his children.

The answer to what does Abba our heavenly Father want from us is the same. He wants time with His children, that is all. Out of that relationship grows everything else. I pray when you ask the question “What do You want Father?” you hear His still small voice reply, “Time with you my child, that is all.” And I pray you arrange a Father Daughter date. I had one this morning and it was wonderful. ;) I thank Him and am so blessed that He is my Father.

 



Erasing Heart Scribbles

We have been learning to forgive in our small group study that a wonderful Christian women and I have been leading and the other day as I read through our study on Unforgiveness I remembered this post I wrote more than two years ago on Heart Writing and in it I mentioned God erasing the scribbles on our hearts placed there by the hurts of others. As we walk this journey with Him we grow as we go and so I have updated what He continues to teach me. Please read through it and find at the end just how our loving Father erases those scribbles for us and brings us through to the other side because He is faithful.

 

I just have to say that we had another wonderful Women’s Faith Lift event yesterday. We all had such a wonderful time talking, sharing and being built up by God but when I left there I wondered why don’t I let people into my life? Our pastor always talks about doing authentic community together and connecting with others and I wondered why I can’t seem to do that.There are very few people I ever let get close to me and I asked God “Why?”

Have you ever been hurt in life by people or relationships? What a no brainer question that is. Of course you have. We all have but sometimes we can be hurt so deeply by a friend we trust and sometimes more than once by that same person. Sometimes the cut can be so deep that it changes who we are and how we interact with others. Sometimes we come up with a plan of protection. I know what I will do. I will build walls to protect my heart from that kind of hurt. Have you ever done that? That’s what I did. God answered my question “Why?” this morning on our drive to church when I realized that what that friendship taught me was that I would rather be safe than to risk being hurt like that again. I didn’t know that about myself. Have you ever thought that? This one realization has brought such healing to my heart already and it’s only 2 in the afternoon. lol

I am sure that that is not how God wants us to live. We can dwell on that one negative or we can chose to develop authentic Christian friendships.

We all have people in our lives who write on our hearts. Just because someone scribbles on our heart doesn’t mean we should stop allowing others to write on it. As I thought about it God showed me all the wonderful women friends over the years who have written beautiful things on my heart.

I know I’ve mentioned before that I asked God to teach me to love like He loves and He told me it would cost me everything and that scared me but I don’t believe I have a choice if I am going to grow in the character or Christ. So on this journey of learning to love like Christ loves this morning as I spent time with God I realized that I was confusing trust with love. Jesus himself did not trust man because He knew what was in their heart it says in John 2:24 yet He loved them. We cannot protect our hearts from hurt but we can trust God that He will help us deal with that. In my conversation with Him this morning He asked me “Do you love your children?” “Yes I do.” “Do you trust them not to hurt you?” “No, I don’t.” They have hurt me in the past and I know that at some point they probably will hurt me in the future but I love them anyway. Just know that going in, that people probably will hurt you but love them anyway and trust the love of God to overcome that.

Here is my learning update.

This morning as I said to God “But I don’t want to be hurt like that again God.” He said “Don’t give your heart away like that.” “How do I love if I don’t give my heart away?” His response overwhelmed me. “It is not your heart you are giving away. It is Mine.” Wow. Know that the heart you are giving away is not yours but His. Trust God to erase the scribbles on your heart through forgiveness. When we forgive through the power of the Holy Spirit God literally erases those scribbles on our hearts and then He gives us the ability to allow others to write beauty on our hearts instead of hurts. If per chance someones scribbles make their way to your heart again just keep the eraser handy. I’ll admit that sometimes I need an industrial strength eraser like Mr Clean. ;) That’s when I pull out the word of God. He helps me apply my industrial strength eraser until the scribbles are all erased for He tells me

Matt 6:15 For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. ”But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Matt 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Luke 7:47 “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” “Love much Beth.”

Eph 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

He used many others over the years but you get the idea. Forgiveness is a tool God uses to keep our hearts free of scribbles. lol Remember God knew what was in the heart of man and loved them anyway. That is agape love. Father, I pray you will teach us to love like that.

I would like to say it was quick and easy but alas it is a process. Somedays I would wonder if I would ever make it through to the other side but with God’s help I did. After a a couple years of using the industrial strength eraser I can truly say the scribbles on my heart are gone and it is now being filled with the beautiful heart writings of God and other wonderful godly friends and family so don’t give up with God’s help your scribbles will be erased as well. ;)

What are you writing on the hearts of others? As women let’s be careful not to scribble on others hearts but let’s be the ones that write beautiful things on them.

Thank you Father for continuing to teach and grow us. We so need it every single day. ;)

 



Love and Muffins

We just finished a wonderful Faith Lift Ladies event where Janet shared about the heart and love of God, so appropriate for this time of year. All the ladies had a wonderful time. They shared with me how special they felt as they entered seeing all the decorations and food that had been prepared for them. The candle light and the roses at each table lying as if He had just been there, lit the candle and left the roses just for them. We learned much that day about the heart and love of God and with that I thought a reprint of a previous reflection of that special day of love would be appropriate. I also had many requests for the recipe of the gluten free muffins I brought for the occasion so you will find that at the end of this repost. I hope you enjoy.

 

This Special Day Of Love

This morning I got up early on this special day of love in hopes of seeing my husband before he left for work but alas I missed him by minutes. I did find the most beautiful Valentine’s Day card waiting for me on my laptop though. Guess he knew I’d see it there. lol After reading it my heart was just filled with love and thankfulness to God for bringing him into my life. He truly is the closest model of the love of God in flesh I could receive here on earth.

As I thought about love on this special day of love, my heart was so longing to know more of the heart of God, to really comprehend and understand the love of God for us. What kind of love is it that causes the God of the universe, Lord of Lords and King of Kings to be mindful of us? What kind of grace is it that continually forgives us over and over and over and over again when we ask in sincerity? What kind of love was it that caused the God of the universe to lay down His life for us? What kind of love is it that would cause Paul to write in Romans 8:38&39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. What kind of love is it that makes sure we never have to be separated from it? I know the term is agape but I’m talking about the depth.

I’m not sure that I will ever be able to comprehend the depth of that kind of love. I sooo want to. I’m sure it will be a life long journey for me to the center of the heart of God. I pray I get there someday. I pray you do as well.

On this special day of love and everyday Father, I pray you help us to love well.

Thank you Father for teaching me. I so need it every day.<3

 

Love and Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten and Sugar Free)

3 eggs, beaten

1/4 c canned organic pumpkin

1/2 c butter or coconut oil, melted

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 banana, mashed

1/2 c almond flour

1/4 c coconut flour

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 c or so milk

1 tbl pumpkin pie spice ( I used apple pie spice as I did not have pumpkin )

3 c grated carrots

1/4 c raisins

1/4 tsp stevia or more if you like it sweeter

Preheat oven to 350*F

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, butter or coconut oil, vanilla, and banana. Mix in the almond and coconut flour, salt, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, carrots and raisins. Stir until well mixed. Fill paper muffin cups until full as these muffins do not rise with baking.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

And of course we prepare and serve these with love as well. ;)

 

 

 



In Jesus’ Name I Pray

Have you ever noticed how we all seem to end our prayers with “In Jesus name I pray” and not really give it much thought as to exactly what that means? I know I have been guilty of that in the past. This morning a little contemplation on that has led me to think just what does it mean to pray in Jesus’s name? I’m sure we all know what it means but sometimes a little refresher can be a good thing. As I look to the scriptures for my answer I see we have been told by Jesus in John 16:23 that the Father will give us whatever we ask in Jesus’ name. Ask and you will receive that your joy may be complete He says in verse 24.

Does that mean if we just tack on in Jesus’ name I pray at the end of our prayer request that we are good to go? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I think there is more to it than that. A little examination of the scriptures and I can see at least 3 criteria that must be met before a prayer is answered with a yes from God. Number 1 is what is the purpose of the prayer? Motivation of the heart is always God’s number one concern. I believe a look at Jesus’ words in John 14:12-14 gives us the answer to that question when He says “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” So the purpose of our prayer should always be to glorify God.

Number 2 and 3 are belief in Him, which gives you authority to pray in His name. If we do not believe in Him then no authority has been given us to use His name and 3 faith in His name. We see that is Acts 3:6-7 when Peter sees a lame man at the gate of the temple and when asked for alms says to the man “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and anklebones received strength. In Acts 3:16 just a few verses below we read as Peter explains to the people “By faith in the name of Jesus, (In His will, His authority and His character) this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” Here is Peter showing belief in Jesus, faith in His name and giving glory to God. We will always find these criteria being met in a prayer that is answered by God.

Just a few chapters later in Acts 19 we see some Jews trying to do as they had seen Paul do but they lacked the motivation to glorify God. They also lacked belief in Jesus and faith in His name therefore they lacked the authority to do so and we see the results in Acts 19:13-16 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil sprit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in who the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Clearly they did not believe in or have faith in the name of Jesus nor did they want to glorify God in any way shape or form. Therefore they could not stand in His authority or character and it didn’t work out so well for them. lol

Every instance where the name of Jesus is used in Acts it is to glorify God by a believer who has been given the power of attorney so to speak to use the name of Jesus in all His authority and character and by His will.  So just tacking that phrase on the end of our prayer does not guarantee an answer from God but with a motive to glorify God, believing in Him and having faith in the power and authority of Him and His name and knowing who He is and what His will is and understanding the power and authority we stand in when we pray in His name those are the prayers that will find an answer from God.

Oh by the way if you are a believer then you also have been given that power and authority. Use it in the Authority of His name for His glory and watch what happens. ;)

Thank you Father for teaching me. I so need it every single day. ;)