[Prayer Cafe]: September 18, 2017 – 1 Peter 2: 9-10

"You Are Chosen"

When you introduce yourself to someone for the first time, what do you say about yourself?

Do you talk about your business? Or about your family?

We often use these things as our identity. 

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptist reminds us our identity is truly found in  God!

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[Prayer Cafe]: September 15, 2017 – 1 John 3:1

"The Great Love"

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste talks about 1 John 3:1. 

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

We often call God “Father” in prayer. But isn’t it amazing when you stop to think that he loves us like we love our children? Even more (though that seems impossible)! But the most amazing part is – that we don’t have to, and can’t, earn that love. It just is.

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptist reminds us that we are precious and loved, even when we feel unworthy of love.

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[Prayer Cafe]: May 10, 2017 – Mathew 5:13-16

"Let Your Light Shine"

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste talks about Matthew 5:13-16 where Jesus calls us “salt of the earth” and “light”.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

But what in the world does that mean? And how does that direct our work as mothers?

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptist tells us how important it is for us to be salty and full of light!

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[Prayer Cafe]: May 4, 2017 – Romans 12:1-2

"Offering a Sacrifice"

 

The Old Testament is full of stories and guidelines for offering sacrifices to God.

People took things that were very valuable to them, and gave them up as a way to show their commitment to God.

What is something very valuable to you? For many of us, it’s time.

Do we give God our freshest time? Our most alert moments? Or do we use that time to achieve our own goals and desires? Are we giving our ‘throw aways’ to God?

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptist takes a verse from so long ago, and reminds us how it translates and guides our lives today.

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[Prayer Cafe]: April 19, 2017 – Romans 8:18-27

"How to Have Hope"

 

It is so easy for our children to have hope. In fact, their entire day is filled with hopes. They hope to have pizza for dinner, for dessert, for a new toy, for staying up past bedtime, etc.

Sometimes, these things are just wishful thinking, and sometimes their hopes come to fruition.

Do you find it as easy to have hope as an adult? In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us that hope is God is not wishful thinking. Our hope in God can be solid based on His promises!

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[Prayer Cafe]: March 27, 2017 – Galatians 6:2

"Carry each other’s burdens"

 

 

Over the past several months, I’ve gotten to know the ladies at my MOPS table. I know about their kids sleep schedules, whose husbands travel for work, their pre-mom lives, etc. But it’s all surface level.

So at the last meeting, 4 women got up and told their truths. They spoke openly about their struggles with postpartum depression, abuse, and post traumatic stress disorder after nearly losing a child. They told their stories so that we would have courage to open up about our own struggles. Then we prayed for each other, and have continued to do so in the days following that meeting.

 The keynote speaker said that no one wants to be friends with the perfect mom who has it all together, because we feel shame about ourselves. So then she asked, if we know WE don’t want to be friends with that person, why do we pretend to be that person?

 

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us that we can help bear each other’s burdens, just like I’m praying for specific women in my MOPS group now that I know their stories. But we can’t do that if we don’t open up and tell our truths.

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[Prayer Cafe]: March 8, 2017 – Luke 10:38-42

Mary & Martha

 

It was my son’s birthday party and I was stressed out. I was running in and out of the house bringing out food, drinks, cake, plates, etc. Meanwhile, my husband was standing around talking to the guests and enjoying the party. Needless to say, I was pretty irritated at him and I’m sure I made some rude comments about how I was missing the whole party.

So when I think about the story of Mary and Martha, I can understand how Martha felt! And just like Martha did, I had lost sight of what was important that day.

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us that when we truly get to know Jesus, our work will take on a new meaning.

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[Prayer Cafe]: February 1, 2017 – John 4:7-21

No Fear

Do you ever hesitate to start something new because you are afraid you won’t succeed?

 We have all tried and failed at something, and sometimes that lingering fear gets in the way of our future. There is no guarantee that we will be successful. 

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us not to put our hopes and trust in human efforts, but instead to put our trust in God, knowing that He has a perfect plan.

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[Prayer Cafe]: January 18, 2016 –

Putting on the Armor of God

Have you ever had a disagreement with your husband, child, parent, sibling, friend or co-worker? Of course! It’s our human nature to disagree from time to time. But when it goes beyond a disagreement and feels like more of an attack, maybe it goes deeper. 

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us we do have an enemy, but if we put on the armor of God, we will be able to see the true threat and defeat it.

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[Prayer Cafe]: January 11, 2016 – 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

Will our work survive?

We mompreneurs know the meaning of “work”. We work on our businesses, we work raising our children, we work around the house. I don’t know about you but I feel like my day is just bouncing from one task to the next. 

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us that we can please God even while doing the mundane tasks that no one else even seems to notice.

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