The Importance Of Prayer + (“Incense Rising” Giveaway)

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(Psalm 141:2 NLV- May my prayer be like special perfume before YOU. May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening gift given on the altar in worship.)

Today’s focal verse holds such a special place in my heart. On January 10th of this year, I had a dream in which I saw the words of this verse come to life.

In this particular dream, I saw myself lie down and start to pray, yet there was this immediate cognizance that I was in PAPA GOD’S PRESENCE. The words of my prayers were leaving my lips and ascending before HIM in what appeared to be hundreds of little folded journal pages.

I didn’t have revelation of what the dream actually meant until I woke up the next morning, sat before THE LORD in worship, and began to write it down in my prayer journal. It was in that moment, that HOLY SPIRIT revealed to me that GOD was giving me heaven’s view and HIS perspective of what it looks like when I pray. HE was allowing me to see how sacred and dear my prayers were and still are to HIS heart.

I share this with you guys because if you’ve been a follower of AS-KS for any amount of time then you know that I’m avid prayer journaler. I keep record of my personal prayers, how ABBA answers those prayers, and also how HE speaks to me whether it be through HIS WORD, dreams, visions, or simply just the sweetness of the inner voice of HOLY SPIRIT whispering  truth to and within my heart and spirit.

You see, because GOD knows how much I treasure writing out my thoughts and prayers to HIM, HE designed the structure my dream in a way that was special and personal to me and the intimate way that HE and I converse in the secret place with one another.

How many of you know that what THE LORD did for me, HE’LL do the same for you? HE will reveal things to us in a way that is sacred to our personal relationship with HIM just to let us know that HE’S listening, but we first have to be willing to speak.

I think sometimes in our humanness we may feel or think that our prayers aren’t heard or that they’ve simply gone unnoticed. But, I sit here writing you this morning as a living testimony that PAPA not only hears, but sees our prayers as well. When we take the time to intimately commune with HIM our words truly capture and ravish HIS heart. 

However, I believe the true treasure is found in HIS response to us. HIS answers to our prayers are always immersed within this profound love that is so pure, perfect, and true. HIS WORDS don’t just capture our hearts, but THEY cling to the soul and spirit radiantly providing light, love, hope, beauty, promise, life, and truth.

It doesn’t matter how we choose to converse with GOD, the only thing that matters is that we do. Our words are sacred to HIM whether they’re spoken or written. HE just simply loves when we make the choice to be with HIM.

Just in casual conversation with other believers, I’ve found that praying doesn’t come natural to everyone.  And not that there’s this secret magic formula that you have to remember when it comes to prayer. I think the majority of my most precious moments in GOD’S PRESENCE have been the times that I’ve just sat with HIM, spoken very little, but listened very intently.

At the same, I do believe that there are a few essential tools that help usher us into THE LORD’S PRESENCE and help us to connect with HIS heart a little more intimately.

One of those things being a good devotional. I say that because a lot of devotionals will not only aid you in becoming familiar with Scripture, but can also help you to commit and focus on setting time aside daily to be alone with GOD. A lot of them also end with a prayer that you can read through and speak over your life which I think can be helpful in developing a habit of praying everyday.

If I had to recommend a great devotional for you to read it would be “Incense Rising: 60 Days To Powerful Prayer” which was actually written by my lovely friend, Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Within the pages of “Incense Rising”, each day, you’ll find a different topic to focus on that will help inspire you to seek THE LORD on a deeper level, a focal verse or passage of Scripture to read, an encouraging word from Carolyn, a verse to commit to memory, a recommended passage of Scripture that you’ll have to open your Bible to read, a different name of GOD that will help you to call out to HIM more intimately, practical words from Carolyn to aid you in truly walking in your new found intimacy with THE LORD, and then an ending prayer that all you have to do is read and receive.

I know that this book will be an incredible blessing to you all, but I have honor of giving away only one signed copy. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I will be praying over each person who does and I’ll give it away to the person that I hear HOLY SPIRIT saying could benefit from it the most. The winner will then be notified via email and social media. If you would like to purchase a copy of “Incense Rising”, you’ll find the links to do so located below in the Sunday Soul Kiss book of the week.

In closing, this is my prayer for you: I pray that as you seek THE LORD HE would fill you with the precious gift that is HIS PRESENCE. I pray that you would truly come to know HIM intimately and that HIS pure and perfect love would overtake you drawing you deeper unto HIM. I pray that your greatest joys would be found in the moments that you’ve simply said yes to being with HIM. I speak life and love over you and I bless you in JESUS’ name— Amen and so be it!

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Happy Soul Kissed Sunday! I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed!🙂

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Come Away With ME, MY Love

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(Song of Songs 2:10 NIV- My BELOVED spoke and said to me, “Arise, MY darling, MY beautiful one, come with ME.)

My one word to focus on for this year is “be”. As I was spending the last few hours of 2015 entering into 2016 praying and just soaking in THE PRESENCE of GOD, HE whispered to my heart, “Just simply be with ME.”. And so, my only focus this year is to just continually and intimately “be” with HIM— reveling in HIS PRESENCE and getting to know more of HIS heart every single day.

I’ve been meditating on the entire Song of Songs for the last couple weeks and if you’re a regular here at “AS-KS”, you know that my heart delights in intimacy with THE LORD. But the reason today’s focal verse truly echoed within my spirit is because a few months ago, THE LORD said to me, “I’M taking you higher in ME.” and so as soon as I read— My BELOVED spoke and said to me, “Arise, MY darling, MY beautiful one, come with ME”, those words came alive to me because the deeper THE LORD allows me to experience HIM and to know HIS heart— HE’S still always in the midst sweetly and gently whispering to my soul, “And yet, there is deeper still. Come away with ME, my Love.” .

There have been days when I’m cooking or just doing simple chores and HE’LL say, “Come be with ME.”. You would think that if THE LORD calls you to the secret place it’s because there’s something urgent on HIS heart that HE’S longing to share with you. Well, in my experience, sometimes that’s true and I love those moments, but sometimes it’s not and I love those moments even more because sometimes HE just simply wants to be with me and know that I’ll be obedient when HE calls.

I’m sharing this with you guys because I want you to know that mere words cannot express how deep THE LORD’S love is for you. You are HIS most treasured. HIS heart desires and delights in simply being with you. (Song of Songs 7:10 NIV- I belong to my BELOVED, and HIS desire is for me.)

And as HIS beloved and HE is lovingly calling out to you, “Smile, MY beautiful one. Come away with ME, MY Love.”.

ABBA, today and everyday forth, our hearts will fearlessly and faithfully respond to the deep in YOU whispering to the deep within us to come closer. I ask that as YOU continually draw us near to YOUR heartbeat that YOU would give us a divine understanding of WHO YOU are as THE LOVER of our souls and what it truly means to be YOUR beautiful ones. We are endlessly grateful for YOUR perfect, unconditional love for us. LORD, we love YOU, we exalt YOU, and we are lovers of YOUR HOLY PRESENCE.  In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

The song below is my go-to song to sing to THE LORD when I just want HIM to know that I love HIM and HE’S on my heart. I encourage you to listen first and then sing along as token of affection from your heart to HIS.

Dear Hearts, welcome to week 14 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me today and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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by Betsy de Cruz @ Faith Spilling Over

Waking Up to the Awesome Wonder of God

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May Our Prayers Be A Sweet Aroma Before THE LORD

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(Psalm 141:2 NIRV- May my prayer come to YOU like the sweet smell of incense. When I lift up my hands in prayer, may it be like the evening sacrifice.)

The NLV translation of today’s focal verse says, “May my prayer be like special perfume before YOU. May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening gift given on the altar in worship.

In mulling over the words of today’s focal verse, they began to deeply resonate within my spirit and have been permanently tattooed upon the walls of my heart since yesterday morning. I love intimacy with THE LORD— the joy and peace that comes in sweetly communing with HIM.

It is my heart’s prayer that my words would always be a sweet-smelling fragrance of praise and honor before HIM and that the lifting of my hands would be a sacred gift to HIM on the altar before HIS HOLY PRESENCE in heartfelt worship.

I have my very own love language with GOD and every single morning as I enter HIS PRESENCE, I believe that my words leave a lasting impression upon HIS heart in the same manner that HIS WORDS are so deeply ingrained upon mine.

If I could leave you guys with one thing to reflect upon today, it would be this: religion means nothing without relationship. With religion you get to know about HIM, but with relationship, you get to know HIM. It’s in knowing HIM that our prayers become impressed upon HIS heart— that they become like a fine orchestra of music to HIS ears and a sweet aroma wafting before HIS HOLY and perfect PRESENCE.

And so, my prayer for you guys this morning is that you would seek HIM in the secret place for yourself and that you would not be content in just hearing about HIM, but that you would long for an intimate relationship with HIM; THE ONE WHO has not only given us life, but perpetually sustains our lives through HIS LIFE within us.

ABBA, we enter YOUR PRESENCE with one desire this morning, and that is, with each second that passes by— our souls yearn to know and experience YOU in a deeper way. FATHER, we give YOU not just our hearts, but our entire lives. With every fiber of our being, we long for more of YOU. With every beat of our hearts, I pray that it be a sweet perfume that is forever arising before YOU and all of heaven. And with every breath we take, may it be a sacred gift of endless and fervent worship that lies upon the altar for YOU and YOU alone. Our heart’s desire is to forever intimately commune with YOU. We love YOU and we treasure each and every moment in YOUR PRESENCE.  In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.

“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with THE CREATOR of Heaven and Earth.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

Dear Hearts, welcome to week 11 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me this morning and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. I didn’t get a chance to write last week, so I have two features for you guys this week! Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.

Happy Friday! I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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1.) by Kristi Miller at Finding Our Feet

Instilling a Thankful Heart in Our Kids: 6 Tips from Colossians

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 2.) by Lauren Gaskill at Making Life Sweet

Advent 2015 Week One: Clinging to Hope and Truth In the Waiting

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Thank you so much for joining the “Faith ‘n Friends” Blog Hop, Kristi and Lauren !

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