Sunday, October 27, 2013

Manners - Part 1

What are manners?

A quick google search tells me there are two dictionary definitions. 

manner
ˈmanə/
noun
plural noun: manners
  1. 1.
    a way in which a thing is done or happens.
    "taking notes in an unobtrusive manner"
  2. 2.
    a person's outward bearing or way of behaving towards others.
    "his arrogance and pompous manner"

I'm more referring the the second definition; a persons outward bearing or way of behaving towards others. Or my translation -- how we should act or interact socially, using kindness and respect. To be courteous and thoughtful. 


A few examples of manners: 

Manners in conversation:
Saying please and thank you
Saying good morning or good afternoon 
Looking and listening to someone when they are speaking to you
Not barging in on a conversation
Introducing new people to a conversation/room
Using the correct tone of voice (inside or outside voice) 
Saying excuse me when leaving a conversation or room

Manners at the table:
Give thanks to The Lord - say grace
Using a knife and fork correctly while eating 
Asking if you can leave the dinner table

Manners when in public:
Offering the elderly or pregnant ladies a seat
Men open the door for ladies
Holding a door open for those following behind you
Saying pardon me when you burp or rumble (aka fart, bottom burp, relieve gas etc.) 
Saying God bless you after a person sneezes
Offering assistance to those in need 
Waiting your place in line - don't push in! 
Wear appropriate clothing
Don't use bad or rude language
Be polite

Manners for friends:
Sharing with others
Ask for something don't just take it and don't snatch
Offer a guest first pick of the meal
Think of others feelings

Why write about manners?

It has been brought to my attention (and it's obvious) that this is an area that over time is being forgotten and neglected. I'm not sure if it's because there are more working parents or if people just don't care anymore but I think these are the basics that we should be teaching our children. Manners are not difficult. Toddlers should be learning these basic principles at home and I feel as it is a mummy's job the teach them. 

Manners help us throughout the rest of our life. Manners help us to build good character and in the future they will help us to: make friends, be a good example, be a leader, get a job, find a soul mate and to be successful at whatever we pursue. How can manners do all this you might ask... That's easy, we will will have learnt the basics in how to be good, kind and thoughtful that it will be second nature, natural and effortless. These qualities can be hard to come by in the world. 

Think about it... How many times do people cut I front of you while driving? Or at the supermarket have you ever had to ask for assistance instead of having it offered? 

I grew up being taught manners. They have certainly kept me in good stead. They are like a moral compass. Treat others as you would want to be treated and use good etiquette - these basics will set you apart and more importantly it's the right thing to do! 

If you want to read more examples of manners see this link... 
http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&id=2526&np=287 

Chicken Soup

My favourite soup when it's cold outside or when I'm sick is Chicken Noodle & Corn Soup. It's my favourite because it tastes good but also because it is soooooo easy! 

I decided to share it with you. Even though it's supposed to be warming up -- it's almost summer time -- here in Melbourne this week the weather has been cold and wet and my whole clan has been unwell. Including me. So it was made up once more this year because there's something about it that just makes you feel better. 

Ingredients
1 sachet of Chicken Noodle Soup mix
1 litre of tap water
1 can of creamed corn
1 egg whisked lightly
1 cup of shredded chicken (optional) 

Method
1. Combine the sachet of soup mix with 1 litre of water. Bring to the boil. 
2. Turn heat down. Add corn and chicken. Stir gently. 
3. Allow to heat through for 5-10 minutes. 
4. Turn off heat/stove and slowly pour the egg into soup while stirring soup. 

Ta-da! It's ready to serve. Enjoy. 

Tips: 
1. The heat of the liquid immediately cooks the egg. By slowly pouring the egg into soup while stirring soup you are left with a white stringy egg look. If you pour the egg in all at once you will get a big clump of egg in your soup. 

2. Don't worry if you don't have any chicken to add. I usually eat it without and it's still awesome. 
I'm so glad my mummy taught me this recipe. I'll definitely be passing it onto I my girls. 

I hope your family is well and enjoying nice weather wherever you are. 

Love Nat xx


Monday, October 21, 2013

Spiritual Blessings

Tapping into the spiritual blessing that God has for each of us... 

God has an inheritance for us even now while we are living on earth. As sons and daughters of the King we are entitled and privileged. We have resources and authority and power that others don't have; and God wants to give us more! 

God wants to bless us abundantly more than we can even think possible. Just as we love our children and want what is best for them, God feels this way towards us. We are His children. 

God does not call us to be strugglers or under achievers. He calls us victorious, over comers in Christ Jesus. We are above and not beneath. We are the head and not the tail. This applies to all areas of our lives. Not just a portion of it. 

So how do we tap into Gods amazing spiritual blessing and goodness for our lives? How do we be the head and not the tail? 

1. Praise! 
Praise Him in the morning. Praise Him during the day. Praise Him in the evening. With every breath that you take let it be a breath of praise. 

If you are not naturally a praiser. Then pray that God will help you sart a new attitude and renew your mind to be free to give praise and honour. Give thanks to Him. Be grateful for all has given you and all that He is doing. 

Start talking about His goodness. Even if no one else is listening. Speak to the walls of your house. Speak it out. The spiritual realm cannot be seen but when we praise God things happen! 

If you have children encourage them to praise Him. No matter their age. Praising God has no age restrictions or conditions. 

Are you doing the laundry today? Thank God that you have clothes! 

Are you sick in health? Praise God that you have accessible doctors and healthcare in your good nation. 

Are you being a mum taxi? Put worship music on while driving. Tap the steering wheel. Smile and sing. 

Are you tired? When you lay your head down to rest, thank God you have shelter and a bed to sleep soundly - no matter how many times you may be woken. 

Eating today? Say grace before your meal. 

2. Read Gods Word! 
Even of it is just a paragraph in the morning get some of Gods Word into you. The Bible tells us that His Word is like living bread. It sustains us. It literally feeds our soul. 

If you are driving get the Bible on cd. 
If you are bored on a lunch break, download a Bible app n your phone. 
I know some people are not readers. But God wants to impart things to us. Give it a try. 

God is sitting at the kitchen table waiting for us to come and take some delicious, homemade, nutritious original recipe, living bread. He made it and it is good! 
God did not compile the Bible just to tell of His story or His goodness. It is for our benefit. To tap into all that He has for us. 

Make time for His Word. 

2 Tim 3:16-17
'All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.' 

I hope you feel encouraged today. God has been speaking to me about this for my family and I'm sharing this because I want your family to tap into all God has for you and your family too. It is there for us to take. Why not?! 


Thursday, October 17, 2013

No More Dummy

Yesterday while shopping as a family our oldest, Miss Olivia lost her dummy. Nobody noticed for the first hour. Until we got back to the car. 

It was deduced that she had put it down or dropped it while looking at the toys in Target. 

At first we told her she would have to wait till we got home. Then whilst driving home my dear hubby suggested that maybe that's it... It just stays lost. 

So after I agreed with hubby that 'yes we can roll with it', I thought to myself we'll just see how it goes. I can always cave and give in later if it became too difficult. 

I hadn't planned on her having a dummy this long. My plan was to wait till just after she turned two. After the final big teeth were cut. She was not a happy girl when getting new teeth. 

But not long after she finished teething, we were house hunting, and then Grandpa and Granny passed away. While she was grieving for Granny it was difficult for us all and was just not the right time. She needed that constant and comfort that her dum dum provided. 

So five months down the track she's closer to 3 years old, we have settled in a new house and are living life again. Now seems right. 

We explained to her that she had lost her dummy at the shops so we would try to help her be a big girl and not have a dummy anymore. 

The rest of day was not too tricky. She asked a few times about her dummy and we gently reminded her that it had been lost at the shops. The reminders were taken well and she thought through what we were saying. Her expression was as if she was remembering 'oh yes, that's right'. 

Bedtime approached and we both as parents were anxious about how it would go. Her dum dum had always played a big role at bedtime since she was a newborn. 

She said goodnight to Daddy and we did her usual bedtime routine. It didn't go bad at all. It did take longer for her to settle and fall asleep. But 1 hour and 10 minutes later she was sound asleep, off to la la land. 

In that 70 minutes we talked, hugged, kissed, had a little pout, she told me she was sad, she had more milk, accidentally spilt some milk, prayed twice (once with mummy and the other with daddy) and then I promised her she could choose some new hair clips in the morning at the shops if she could be a big girl and go to sleep. 

Then she closed her eyes, rolled over and went to sleep. No tears. No dummy fairies. 

Thank you God that we could be honest with and help Olivia through this small milestone in her journey. What an amazing little girl. So brave!

She slept through the entire night and we went shopping for hair clips this morning. 

Still good with no dummy! 

P.S. we have nothing against fairies. It just worked this way for us. 


Children of the Light

Ephesians 4:17-32 
With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. 

Paul the author of Ephesians urges us to live as 'Children of the Light'. The put off our old, sinful behaviours and be an example of Gods love. We are to be His shining example. As it says what we do as Christians will be associated with His Spirit as we are now His. 

"And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own." 

So my encouragement to you today is: Don't take offence or feel condemned. Trust in The Lord and all His goodness, that includes forgiveness. Make a point of moving forward today - a step to making your light shine brighter. None of us is perfect. But by Gods grace and through His Holy Spirit we can be a shining light to those around us. How bright our light shines is up to us. 

"...let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes."

See the scripture tells us to let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. By then it says,

"Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy." 

We are the ones to put on our new nature. We have to use self control, patience, good judgement, our listening ears (as I would say to my little girls) to listen to the Spirits guidance. 

It's not always easy. If it was easy everyone would be doing it! 

As mums we can be a light to other mums. Eg; We can use gentle words with our children especially web they have done something wrong. We can also give them boundaries so that even from a young age they are learning how to use patience and self control. 

So go forth and be shining beacons that reflect Gods love today. Putting on a new nature. 

Nat xx


Monday, October 14, 2013

How do you feel loved?

The local Christian radio is asking families to ask this question. 'I feel loved when you...' 

So what makes you feel loved? I feel loved when I have my darling husbands complete attention. I don't like to compete with the television, his thoughts or anything else. I'm selfish in that way! ;) 

Start a conversation with your kids and ask them to finish this sentence, I feel loved when you... If they are little you might have to give them an example. As parents you may already think you know. But ask each child and give them the opportunity to give their answer. They might surprise you. 

Psalm 139:14 says, "Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. " 

We are all made individual, unique and special. We are not the same! Learn what makes your children feel loved. 

They will most likely feel some love just by being asked! 


Friday, October 11, 2013

There'll be days like this...

Ever had one of those days when you're feeling crappy, the kids don't seem to be themselves, you feel like no one is listening, the housework needs doing (badly!) and sadly all you can manage is to feed the children, throw a load of laundry on and to wash the dishes. 

Don't worry! If you've got little kiddies there will be days like this. 

There is a saying 'it takes a village to raise a child', I believe this is true. No matter how hard you try and how much you do, there will come a time that you will need help with something. 

We all have our weak spots... Some people are not good at asking for help, others need help with house work, cooking skills, moral support, motivation, a rest, advice, organisation tips, baby sitters. 

Identify your weak spots and reach out to someone. It's ok to need help! 

Jesus was perfect and he still went to His Father God for His needs. Also Jesus had the support of His family and the disciples. 

How is your support network? If you're struggling in an area or you need someone to come along side you for a period of time, ask God to bring the right person to mind and approach them with His guidance. I'm sure they will be willing to help. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

In The Name of Jesus

Tonight I was reminded of an old song that we used to sing in church when I was a young child. 

In the name of Jesus

In the name of Jesus,
In the name of Jesus
We have the victory,
In the name of Jesus,
In the name of Jesus
Demons will have to flee,
When we stand on the name of Jesus
Tell me who can stand before,
In the mighty name of Jesus,
We have the victory. 

Jesus spoke these words in Mark 16:17-18 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” 

This song is catchy yes but these words are powerful. Wanna know why they are powerful? Because it is the truth. And the truth will set you free! 

So I urge you right now to declare Jesus over your life and your family. Declare His love, His power and His presence, His goodness, His healing power, His joy, His blessing (...you get the picture) over your lives. Jesus Christ is victorious and we are in Him! 

Sing this song if you know it, and sing it with might. Declare it. Believe it. If you don't know this song, read the words out loud over and over. Let the words sink into your spirit. Believe it. 

Do you know Jesus? Or do you just know about Him? If you don't know Him in a personal way and you would like to, I want you to be encouraged to invite Him into your heart right now. 

Pray a simple prayer... 

Dear Jesus, I invite you to come into my life. I want to have a real relationship with you. I believe in you. Please forgive me of all my sins and help me to follow your ways. Amen. 

Now lets start living a victorious, powerful life in Him. Be bold. Declare the name of Jesus. Jesus is powerful and mighty. Amen!! 

Nat xx

P.S. if you prayed that prayer for the first time, please let me know. I want to send you a Bible and small gift. 


Monday, October 7, 2013

How I Met My Father... Part 2

And so the wait began... 

Not long after we had the initial phone call (in October 2008) from Find My Family, we got another call asking us (my sister and I) to take part in a DNA test. We didn't need to pay for it. A test kit would be sent to us each and we just had to make an appointment to see our doctor with identification. So off we went. A simple swab test. All done. 

Around May 2009 we got an email from Find My Family asking if we could both be in Sydney for a couple of days in July. Of course we wanted to go! But Robbie (my amazing husband) and I had had a difficult year and had already pre planned and paid for a two week holiday to Queensland. Which also happens to be the time of year that we celebrate our wedding anniversary. So it's a big deal. 
And so knowing that this might be our one and only chance, a chance of a lifetime but still wanting to honour my husband and our marriage, I rsvp'd that I could not make it. Thankfully my sister did not seem too worried or upset. So we convinced ourselves it would be ok. After all they had not told us they'd found him. It was only meant for initial filming, getting to know us kind of stuff. 

For the next year I called the Find My Family production a number of times for updates. I was given either a 'nothing to report' answer or even more annoying 'sorry we are not in production and are not sure we will start another series'. Boo! 

One day I believe it was May 2010 I got a call from my little sis saying that she'd had enough of waiting she was going to call them and tell them she needed answers because of health issues. Which was more than true. My sister does have a bad heart and we knew nothing of any medical conditions from our Fathers side. She was going to press the issue and be for some answers. So she told me to stay by the phone. Off she went to make the call. 

Bring bring, bring bring... I answered her call. "They found him!!" And my darling little sis had it arranged that we would get all the details they had within hours. They had contact details, they told her that he seemed very nice, all DNA tests proved to be 99.9% accurate. The only down side, she told us that we wouldn't be filmed and our story would not be used for television. Ah hello? We don't care! We didn't want to be on tv. Lol. 

We were so excited! {Insert happy dance and delighted screams here }

A lady from Find My Family called me called me to confirm. She suggested that because he lived in England that she would email all three of us the contact details at the same time. From there she recommended we let him make an initial call. 

Oh my goodness! Stop for a minute and imagine what it would be like after 26 years of hoping and dreaming to finally speak to someone of great significance to you. It was going to open a whole new world. 

Within an hour we had an email with contacts details for the man we had long been looking for, our Father. 

Now we know she said the wait for his call. Let him make first contact. Well we just couldn't help ourselves. That and we wanted our first contact with him to be together. We drafted an email by phone since we were living interstate from each other and sent it off. I'm not sure he received it before he called though. 

He rang me. Our first call was short and sweet. There were tears. Not a lot of words. We were both nervous. It was difficult to do this sort of thing by phone. I didn't know what to say! 

We decided to get to know each other by email. The emails were long, regular and honest. I loved receiving them. I'm much better at communicating my thoughts and feelings on paper so I was very happy with this. 

What a day! {insert smile} 
Thank you God! Thank you for giving me the desires of my heart. 


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Choices

These are my notes taken from a message by Pastor Darlene Zschech. She spoke this message at Adore women's conference 2013...

Choices

If there was one thing that u could do to change the world, what would it be? 

Read Duet 30:14-20
(read it here www.biblegateway.com ) 

Your choices matter. Every day has the opportunity to bring life or death. 

The Holy Spirit is a person not an atmosphere. Be open to Him as He directs our lives. That we would choose well how we spend our time and our lives. 

Esther had the responsibility of making great choices. Esther 4:13-14 

He calls us not out of his need but for our fulfilment of serving him. Salvation is not dependent on what you do. You can choose not to participate. But God created us for purpose: To bring change, answer, resolve. In advance he prepared things for us to do. 

You were created for warfare. What is bugging you/me? 

Perhaps you were born for such a time as this. 

Just like Esther; in verse 14 if you don't stand up someone else will. 

Us women have a lot to say. We spend our time talking about so much that doesn't make a difference or that we can't change. Use your words wisely. 
Don't be dulled down by the size of the challenge or paralysed by success or the fear of man. God wants you to say yes. 

Challenge: when the Holy Spirit speaks to you say yes. Don't let your no be automatic. Wait on God. Perhaps a yes! 

Read 2 Chron 16:9 God will strengthen you. 

Read again Duet 30:14-20 Put him first! 

1. Don't stay silent! 
Read Heb 11:6 
Faith without deeds is dead. 
Choose to be uncomfortable. Choose to believe. Choose to walk the walk. 
"Inactivity is the thief of our times."

2. Don't let anybody tell you that you are too young or too old. 
God will use you! God will use us to impact the lives of others. Esther didn't know she was saving her nation. She was just a young woman orphan. 

Read 1 Tim4:12 and 1 Pet 4:10
Employ your gifts

3. Don't allow time to talk you out of what you want to do. It might be an issue that's been around for a while. It might seem too hard and too big. Maybe you are here for such a time as this. Just because it has not been done before, doesn't mean it cannot be done. People will always try to eradicate hope. 
 
4. Gods answers often make no sense. He asks you to do crazy things. He takes the little things to change a nation. Once she speaks (Esther) she has to commit. Get some resolve some attitude. There's no going back. You have to trust Him. 
Without faith it is impossible to please God and with God all things are possible. Amen. 


Friday, October 4, 2013

How I Met My Father... Part 1

I thought that now was a good time to share part of my testimony... With lots of new friends (and some not so new) I'd like to share part of my story with you. So make some tea, get comfy, read on and get to know me. 

I was born in our nations capital, Canberra to a mum who had been desperately trying to fall pregnant for more than 10 years. I was born wanted and loved. I was like my mothers miracle baby... Finally she had a child to call her own. 

Although my Father was not in a committed relationship with my Mother, they conceived another little girl, my younger sister. We are thirteen months apart and I adore her! 

Our parents did not continue their relationship and so we grew up not knowing or seeing our Father. In fact we knew only a handful of details about him, which when the time came, made it very difficult for us to look for him. In my mind though, he was a good man and I dreamed about the day that we would first meet. 

The first time that I had a desire to find him I was 12 years old and in 7th grade at high school. I told my best friend everything I knew. Name, date of birth, he had been a scout leader in Ringwood Victoria, he had three children older than I from another woman, tall, curly hair and Irish/Maltese heritage. That's it! So my friend and I started a mission. We were going to find him. 

Over my six years of high school we attempted many times to the best of our ability, to find him. Once we tracked down a girl with the correct surname who we hoped would be my step sister. Another time we sent hundreds of emails during our library visits to men all over the world with the same name that we had found online using yahoo.com. Then llastly we called people of the same listed in the White Pages Victoria telephone book. 

We feel that we came very close with one of our emails. It was an email address registered to a man with the same name and date of birth. It was a United Kingdom email address which also made us more curious. My mum had said that he did plan on going to England after they went their separate ways. But did he go to England? And was he still there? The email we sent bounced back saying that the account had been closed. 

I never really discussed these plans or my feelings with my mother and it wasn't planned that way. It just was. 

At the age of fourteen, at the beginning of 9th grade, I gave my life to Christ and became a Christian. This did not change my curiosity and desire to know my Father, but it did give me a secure knowledge and a comfort that I did have a Heavenly Father, Abba Father who was watching out for me, loved me and would never leave me. My relationship with my Abba Father became strong! I depended on him, trusted him and by letting him into my whole world, I saw many miracles and answers to prayer. 

This flows into a lesson I learnt through one small scripture verse. That 'if I delight myself in Him, he would grant me the desires of my heart' (Psalms 37:4). So my search continued but less intense. I believed I wasn't doing it on my own and that it would happen one day. 

I tried to look for him again, the year after I got engaged (we were engaged for 19 months). There was a movie that was released to DVD titled What A Girl Wants. It was the story of a young girl who had a similar story who went to England looking for her Father. Well needless to say I watched this DVD a number of times. It always made me cry and it always gave me hope. Though this particular search got interrupted by the sudden death of my older adopted brother and our wedding preparations. 

In 2005 after I had been happily married for a just over a year my little sister got engaged. I was so happy for her! While visiting with her in Tasmania she told me she and her fiancé were looking for our Father. They were hoping to find him in time for their wedding. I wasn't too sure about the idea then, I was worried that she may get hurt and told her I didn't think the time was right. She didn't find him anyway.  

In September 2008 I tried again but with a new approach... Ask someone else to find him for us! I was casually spending time online one weekend when I saw an online advertisement for a television show Find My Family produced by channel 7. Basically they put families back in contact with each other. I thought this is just what I needed. So I applied online there and then. I don't remember even mentioning it to anyone. I didn't want to get anyone's hopes up. 

But amazingly one month later while in Tasmania for another sisters wedding (My mother married when I was two years old and had three more girls), I got a call. It was Find My Family! They called!!! I answered the call in my mums lounge room in Hobart, while there were people everywhere. it was just days before a big family day. People were flying in from interstate, being settled and catching up. I couldn't believe who it was calling and at such a time as this! They were calling to confirm all the particulars I had listed on the application and ask if I had anything more. I didn't but I quickly explained to everyone (in the room) what I'd done and who was on the phone. There were shocked faces, smiles of delight and screams of happiness. The phone was passed to my mum and she talked with the producers for what seemed like 30 long minutes giving them her side of the story and anything else she could think of that maybe useful. They had decided to take on our case. They would look for him on our behalf and be in touch. Of course it meant we would have to be on tv. But I'd decided that was going to be ok if it meant we found our Father. 

We celebrated loudly that afternoon and then we waited. 


To be continued... Part 2 coming soon :) 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

An iTool for Everyday Prayer Life

A few months ago God showed me a useful tool to help me keep track of all my personal prayers...

I was looking for a tool but I was hoping for a big old door or pretty frame that I could do up and turn into a blackboard, to dot point my prayer list, and then make it apart of my lounge. I thought it would be smack in my face each day, that it would help me to be more consistent and unforgetful. 

Unfortunately I couldn't afford or find what I was looking for at the time. So I shared my heart about my prayers and my prayer life with God. God had a great idea which I have been using ever since! 

And this God inspired tool is... the Reminders app on iPhone's and iPad's. You may not have even come across it or really used it regularly. I encourage you to check it out. It is a standard app. You don't have to purchase or download it from iTunes. 

See my pic below of the app as it sits on my iPad (using iOS 7)



Within the reminders app you can make lists of things. They can be about anything. I have many others lists. {More coming about those later} Have a little play if you are not familiar with it. 

What to do...

1. Create yourself a new list... Title it 'prayers' or whatever sounds good to you. 

2. In the list add as many dot point reminders as you like. Be short and specific. It's not meant to take a long time. It's there to make your life easier. 

3. Within each reminder you have options. You can add a time and date for it to remind you. Make it reoccur (daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly and yearly). Add a priority level. Add notes. It is very cool! So set up your prayers reminders up just as often as you'd like to pray for each matter. 

I add an alarm to most of my prayers. When it goes off I pray right there and then and tick it off as completed. I get a sense of achievement that way. But don't feel down or disappointed if you don't get to pray for something each time it's alarm goes off. This is not a legalistic tool. Any prayer is better than none! And God hears all prayers! Amen. 

Once you get the hang of it, a good idea might be to have two prayer lists. One for personal prayers and one for prayer requests of others. 

Here is as sceen shot of my prayer request list... 



I hope that this post inspires you and encourages you to boost your prayer life for you and your families needs. Be blessed! Love Nat xx