Sunday, November 14, 2010

Begin the week prayer

On my way to school, I drive over two bridges that span Seneca Lake.
 I love looking across the lake at what's left of a big farm.
 It's now mostly a wonderful old farmhouse complete with picturesque barn.

It's that time again.  Tomorrow is Monday and a new school week.  We have parent /teacher conferences
 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

I'm on the committee that feeds our fellow staff at the high school.  As part of the union we have
to be on at least two committees, and I choose this one every year.  It's fun and satisfying. 
 I'm fixing beef stew with a recipe from a cookbook my sister-in-law P. gave me years ago.
 It's still one of my favorite recipes and it's great for a "helping out" meal after an illness, baby, etc.

Someone else is making a soup.  There will be sandwiches and crackers and rolls to go with the soup
and stew.  The the band director's wife makes awesome deserts as does the choir teacher.  The band director is on the committee, but his wife does the baking part. However, he is great at doing dishes and cleaning up.

We eat in the home-ec room around 3:30.   Conferences are from 4 - 7.  It makes for a long day,
but we have fun too.

So here's the prayer for this Monday:

From one of Stormie Omartian's prayer book:  "When I Need to Be Delivered from Fear"


I lay my fears before You and ask You to set me free from them.
Help me to not be led or motivated by fear,
but rather to sense Your presence in my  life setting me free from all fear.
Thank You that You are my God who gives me strength,
and that You hold me up and help me to stand in courage in the face of fearful things.
Thank You, Lord, that You are far greater than anything I fear.


Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 

Literally taken from my car on my way home from school one day.
 This view will be on my left side tomorrow morning.

Blessings to you all for a wonderful week!


  1. Blessings on your new week ... that stew sounds inviting.

  2. Love, love the view from your window - and the fact that the pic shows your side mirror, too!

    Isaiah 41:10 is such a special promise to me, one that covers anything that may come my way.

  3. Hi Beth, you do have a nice drive to and from school... Beautiful area!

    I would love that committee also---actually any committee that would make the teachers SMILE..... What other committee are you on????

    Prayers for a good school week.

  4. Yep. Haven't had enough stew for ages... used to make it; should. Get side-tracked.

    The photo is lovely... and your week sounds, as my husband would say, "productive." Bless the work of your hands.

  5. Back at 'cha, hope you have a marvelous week!

    What beauty you are surrounded with as you travel along on your way to school!

  6. ohhh man...stew sound so good now that it's cool out.
    nice to see the views.

  7. What a truly beautiful ride you have. That farm house looks just perfect to me.
    Thank you for your beautiful prayer. It is so precious and comforting.

  8. I love that prayer, especially this line: "Help me to not be led or motivated by fear, but rather to sense Your presence in my life setting me free from all fear." It reminds me of the verse that says, "For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."" Thank you for that reminder.

    Also, have I ever told you that you leave fantastic comments? I loved what you said about the sailboats standing sentry.


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