A Prayer for Healing

Right now more than ever health and well-being are likely at the forefront of our minds on a daily basis. Amidst this global pandemic it’s tough to see hope when so many of our friends, acquaintances, and family members are sick.

I don’t often blog about this heavy of a subject, and it’s not one I take lightly. Many lives have been lost not just to the coronavirus, but also countless other illnesses, accidents, and violence recently. The news is hard to watch, friends. But I don’t have to tell you that. You already know.

My goal today is to bring a bit of hope to your life with this prayer for healing. I won’t pretend to know what you’re dealing with right now, or what will happen after today. I (unfortunately, but also definitely) can’t promise God will miraculously heal all for whom we pray. But what I do know is this: God is good. God loves you. He hears you.

When you have no words left, he sees your tears and hears your sighs and feels your shudders.

And I also know this: He cares. He really does care so deeply.

So if you’re someone who needs healing this week or if you know someone else who does, but have no more words to pray, its okay to let God hear those prayers of slumped shoulders, sleepless nights and unsaid things.

And if later you find yourself still wanting for words to lift up for your loved ones near or far away, pray this with me. Let’s seek out the Healer together.

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Matthew 18:20
Father of Love,
Hold us in your hands this week. Pour your unending compassion out onto us and see our wounds and sickness and hurt.
Son of Righteousness,
Keep us safe from illness, disease, injuries and strife. Like a shepherd with his lambs, hem us in behind and before with your rod and staff of protection.
Spirit of Compassion, have mercy on us. Guard our hearts and minds as well as our bodies as we rest in you. Take from us our anxieties that too closely grip our hearts.
With thanksgiving and fervent appeal, we leave these things to you, Creator and Healer.
Amen.

“Healer of our every ill,
Light of each tomorrow,
Give us peace beyond our fear,
and hope beyond our sorrow.”

Marty Haugen

New eBook Release Coming Soon!

Hey, friends!

I’ve been waiting for the right time to divulge some more details about my latest project, and as things are falling into place, today seemed perfect!

With joy, I’d love to announce my first ever devotional eBook, Worship in the Waiting!

Available Nov. 6, 2020!

Worship in the Waiting was designed as a daily Advent devotional for busy, modern parents. To be honest, its the Christmastime devotional I’ve always hoped for and needed – a short and sweet daily collection of Scripture based thoughts and prayers. It’s all about discovering Jesus in the little things and worshipping the King throughout the Christmas season.

Here’s some more info about it, straight from my original draft:

“For busy parents, there doesn’t seem to be much time for worship, much less a devotional. But what if there was a way to enter into Advent with an attitude of worship that brought a sense of hope, joy and peace into your heart and home? What if you actually found that you did have time to worship the Savior while awaiting the celebration of His birth? Come grab a cup of coffee and worship with me. With these five minutes each day, you will be reminded of Christ’s deep love for you and how worshipping Him – even in the little things – can usher in a Holy Peace this Christmas Season.”

For now this is all the info I’ll be releasing, but with the Ebook launch well on its way, I’ll be dropping more hints at where and how it will be available for purchase SOON! I’ve also created several sneak peeks for you that will be sprinkled throughout my IG stories through the next few weeks!

Visit and follow @afreshbrewedfaith on Instagram and watch for these boxes!

If you just can’t wait and are interested in more information, feel free to leave me a comment or email me at lisafyoder@gmail.com. I always love hearing from you.

Blessings…

~Lisa

Reset

The morning started far too early. Or did the night just go super fast? Or did I lose track of time completely between diaper changes and feedings? Bleary eyed, I reach for the coffee. (Of course.) But lately, I’ve been pushing hard to reach for something – or rather Some One – else besides just the caffeine when the morning comes.

Early mornings with little sleep between them and the last evening are habit now. With lots of littles comes…well, very little rest. If you’re a parent, you know. 🙂 While this is nothing new to me three kids in, sometimes my lack of sanity and joy after a particularly tough night still surprises me.

In the more recent past, I am ashamed to admit that my attitude is less than stellar on these earlier mornings, and I’m prone to making bad habits out of grouchiness and bitterness and snappiness.

But something else has strangely become a habit, too. When I feel like I just can’t handle another stressful morning of making sure everyone does their chores and schoolwork and ticking off the boxes of to-dos, and when I have no energy to dive into a creative project or craft, I always end up loading up all the kids and heading out into nature. A park. A lakeside trail. A local garden. A nearby orchard. When the overwhelm sets in, I set out.

And miracle of miracles, its like hitting the reset button! Getting outside somehow helps me get out of my head. And when the brain fog finally clears a bit, I can hear and see and feel Jesus so much better.

The breezes kiss the yellow-tinged leaves. Thank you, Lord.

The grasshopper flits over a vibrant flower. Thank you, Lord.

The children giggle as the case each other. Thank you, Lord.

It’s like a liturgy created just for me in the time I so desperately needed it, but couldn’t create on my own.

While I strive to create a Christ-centered, Spirit-filled home, sometimes I need to breathe deeply the fresh air God created. It only makes perfect sense that being out in Creation brings us closer to the Creator. Without fail I am reminded of His love for us. His peace that passes understanding. The hope that comes with salvation in Him.

Today, by the grace of God, the baby only woke once in the night and this morning feels like a good one. But because life always throws curveballs (and messes and grief and overwhelm), I am now more aware of how practicing being in God’s presence outside is a form of worship too.

Maybe today I will seek God’s face out in His creation and find something completely new. Maybe I will find a fresh way to approach a hard situation, a sense of peace about a troubling event, a quiet word to focus on as I watch a bumblebee or a praying mantis or a swaying wildflower.

The great thing about habits is that I can start anew any time. Any day. Today, whether sleep deprived or rested, glad or upset, I’m aiming to breathe afresh the air God so graciously granted and in turn, breathe deeply His presence.

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you . Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

Job 12:7-10

Praying Through Cooking

I promise I didn’t originally plan for this post to come out the week after Thanksgiving…but it is fitting, isn’t it? 😉

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Praying Through Bathroom Cleaning

Raise your hand if you love to clean your bathroom!

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chirp.

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No one? Yeah, me neither. But alas, it must be done, right?

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