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Pressure Applied Prayer – S3E3

In general, most people have experienced or are experiencing some type of pressure. Hence, the need for this episode, Pressure Applied Prayer. Now, before going any further the educator in me wants to make sure we are all on the same page. Because the word ‘pressure’ has several different meanings. 

Photo 1 White woman sitting in front of computer trying to work while surrounded by her children and pet cat. Photo 2 Black woman sitting in front of computer with her hands in the prayer position. Both pics represent the message--Pressure Applied Prayer. Because when under great pressure, applied prayer is the best way to get direction and peace.

So, for this post, the pressure we are referring to means burdens of physical or mental distress. No doubt, we can all agree, the COVID-19 pandemic put families around the world under a great deal of pressure. For me, I could not go through the pressures of life without pressing back with prayer.  

Apply prayer to every situation 

Have you ever heard the phrase “Prayer changes things?” I am a witness; I know prayer works. You see, I know for a fact that when I pray, God always hears me. And He has shown me as such, time and time again throughout my life. 

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God Knows What We NEED —S3-DE3

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Romans 8:26-28 (NLT) says: 

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” 

“And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” 

Romans 8:26-28 (NLT) 

Woman outside with arms raised in worship position in thankfulness to God. Photo represents God knows what we need.

Devotional 

Who among you likes for things to always go your way? 

We all have at some point in our lives. I know I’ve had my seasons of asking God to do things—my way. Unfortunately, there’s a problem with—my way.  The problem lies with our limited knowledge of what’s ahead.  

But, Father God, being All-knowing, has the foreknowledge of what’s best for our lives. God knows what we need.  

And in, Romans chapter 8, verses 26-28, we find Apostle Paul teaching a valuable lesson. We don’t know what to pray, but the Holy Spirit does. We need to live with His leading—even in prayer. 

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To the Prisoner of Hope — S3E2

To the Prisoner of Hope. Photo of Woman head down in her hand and then with her hands raised high. Photo represents one breaking free.

In general, most people fit into one of two categories: the hopeless or the hopeful. The question then is how can a hopeful person become a prisoner of hope? Well, I’m so glad you asked.

Hence, the title — To the Prisoner of HOPE. Because some people may not realize they have become just that–a prisoner to their hopes. 

Thus, before we go any further, let’s look at some definitions for ‘hope’ and ‘prisoner’ so that we are all on the same page. Hope means to look forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence. A prisoner is a person legally held in prison for the punishment of crimes committed. Also, a prisoner can be a person who feels confined or trapped by a situation or set of circumstances. 

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Reliance on the LORD—S3-DE2

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Psalm 25:1-5 (NIV) says: 

In you, LORD my God, I put my trust. I trust in you, do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.” 

“No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.” 

“Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” 

Psalm 25:1-5 (NIV) 

Photo of Jesus in the clouds with arms open wide. Represents reliance on the Lord.

Devotional 

The oxygen of the believer is reliance upon the LORD. Our total trust in Him is vital to our survival and our walk with Christ.  Having faith in God’s guidance and total trust in HIS will keeps us on the right path in life. 

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PRAYER—Communication with God—S3E1

Season 3 Premiere of We R S.H.E.Talks Podcast 

A new year—a new beginning 

Caucasian woman standing with head bowed and hands claps together, surrounded by nature. Photo represents Prayer--Communication with God.

Happy New Year!!! We all can agree, 2020 was a doozy. The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world. Therefore, 2021 was a welcomed sight. A new year and a new beginning.

As a person of faith, I could not have made it through 2020 without prayer. Thus, praying is a major part of my daily life, because prayer is how I communicate with God. 

If you are reading this blog post then you are alive; that is a blessing. You lived to see a new year. And no matter how you got here; you are here. So, take this opportunity to begin again. But I would suggest you start 2021 with prayer because prayer is simply conversing with God. No doubt, He wants to hear from you. 

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The GOD of Salvation Hears You — S3-DE1

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Isaiah Chapter 30, verses 19-21 states, 

“O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, He will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left. 

Isaiah 30:19-21, NLT 

A woman with arms stretched wide in worship and prayer to God. Photo represents the God of salvation hears you.

Devotional 

It is ultimately impossible to go through life without battle scars from life’s many lessons. And although, some difficulties are great and some small; God’s mercy, grace, and love are interwoven in those ups and downs. 

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Let It Go and Receive God’s Best – S2E20

Season 2 Finale Episode 

The holiday season is now among us. And 2020 is quickly coming to an end. Of course, it is always good to do some reflection before entering a new year. But what does it mean to let it go and receive God’s best? Well, I’m glad you asked. You see, it is always good to take some time for reflection. 

So, before 2021 comes in, take a moment, and think about your life. When you see or hear the phrase ‘Let It Go,’ what comes to mind? Are there any mistakes or bad decisions you regret? Not only that, but have you found yourself unable to move forward because of them? 

Besides that, are there people who tend to always seem to remember those errors of judgment you would like to forget? Well, whether others refuse to let go of your past missteps — it is time for you to let it go and get ready to receive God’s best. 

Photo 1 Woman with her hands on her face. Photo 2 hands held out opened to receive representing letting go and receiving God's best.
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New Things to Come – S2-DE20

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

The LORD said: “Forget what happened long ago! Don’t think about the past. I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands.” 

Isaiah 43:18-19, CEV 

Photo of a sticky note with the words Change is Coming representing New Things to Come when one let's go of the past.

Devotional 

We all have a past. And past mistakes and bad decisions can hold us captive. And much like the children of Israel, those former things tag along for the ride as we travel into what’s next. So, it can keep us going in circles. 

In fact, it’s those mistakes of the past that can hinder us from seeing what lies ahead—something new

Thus, God wants us to forget past mistakes, and look to those new mercies which are available each morning. And not only that, He is working on something new.  

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Peace in Stressful Times – S2E19

Gone is life as the world knew it   

When New Year’s Day 2020 came in, the resolutions began and planners made their plans for the year. Some people already had dates in 2020 scheduled well before 2019 came to an end. Most people in America had no idea that in March 2020 everything would come to a screeching halt. Because COVID-19 changed life as the world knew it. So, with all that is happening daily, there are those who are searching for peace in stressful times.  

A young black man sitting at a desk with an open book and laptop in front of him. His head bowed, eyes closed and hands in the praying position. Photo represents seeking peace in stressful times.

Sadly, many people have lost their lives and others have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. In May of 2020, The Harvard Gazette published the article, The lesson is to never forget, by Liz Mineo. And in it, Olga Jonas, a senior fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute, compares COVID-19 to the deadly influenza pandemic of 1918.  

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The Peace of God – S2-DE19

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) 

The pages of an opened book transform into a dove flying into the sunset. Photo represents the peace of God.

Devotional 

People long for peace. Yet, anxiety and stress can steal one’s peace of mind with overwhelming success. So how do we deal with troublesome times? 

When we look to Jesus, THE WORD, we are reminded of how He always turned to Father God in prayer. His prayer life was constant, and His trust in God never wavered.  

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