THE POWER OF PRAYER

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Yolanda Conley Shields – Author Speaker Coach

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

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Prayer is not only good for you it works. I am strengthened to keep going as I meditate and focus on prayer, praise and studying the word of God. When I move away from this daily practice I notice a lack of focus and more distraction in my life.

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV – Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

I was meditating this week on the power of Prayer. As I look back over my life I realize the only reason I have made it is my focus on prayer. Prayer is a powerful force.
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Prayer is a direct communication with God. You are just having a conversation nothing fancy or hard. It is very simple, but sometimes we make it seem like it is hard and not doable. Now don’t get me wrong it is powerful and it will change your life and the life of others that you pray for. If you are not sure what to pray just pray the word of God. To get started you can focus on the Lords Prayer first. It covers a lot and has so many parts that you can focus on and study for a couple of weeks.

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Nothing is too trivial … or too big to pray about. Sometimes, we get overwhelmed by a situation and feel like prayer is not enough, but I am here to tell you that prayer is exactly what is needed.

Make a daily appointment on your calendar each day to pray and watch what happens. Make sure to intercede on the behalf of other people and not just focus on yourself. As you pray for other people watch God answer your prayers.

Prayer is where the action is.” John Wesley

“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.”
E.M. Bounds
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“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” Corrie ten Boom

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TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN TO LOVE

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“Children Learn What They Live”
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive. If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves. If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy. If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy. If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty. If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence. If children live with tolerance, they learn patience. If children live with praise, they learn appreciation. If children live with acceptance, they learn to love. If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves. If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal. If children live with sharing, they learn generosity. If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness. If children live with fairness, they learn justice. If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect. If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them. If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Copyright © 1972 by Dorothy Law Nolte

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Children do what they see, not what they hear.  You are modeling everyday for your children. What are they learning?

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FOUR THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN THAT WILL TEACH THEM ABOUT LOVE.

1. Model how they should treat others.

2. Have them give back by taking them to volunteer at a early age.

3. Let them know how you feel about them.

4. Teach them how to handle injustice in a peaceful way.

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© Amy R. Campbell Published: Feb 2006

To My Son

Oh how the years go by,
Oh how time can certainly fly.
From once just a thought in far away dreams,
now into my arms and in my eyes gleam
the presence of you.
Your laughter and smiles
which go on for miles,
warms my heart and soul.
You’re growing up so fast,
as I wish each moment with you to last forever.
My little boy will someday be a man
and right by your side I will forever stand.
I will pick up the pieces when you fall,
I will hold your hand and help you stand tall.
And when the day comes when you are on your own,
never feel that you are alone.
No matter how near or far apart
I am always right there in your heart.
Always remember whatever you go through
that no matter what, I will always love you.
 

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RAISING BOYS WITH CHARACTER AND COURAGE – LETTERS TO OUR SONS

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FROM THE BOOK LETTERS TO OUR SONS

Don’t just look at statistics about boys; look at what young leaders of this next generation are accomplishing. The next generation of young men with character will need:

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Courage: Courage, also known as bravery, will, and loyalty, is the ability to confront fear, pain and uncertainty.
Clarity: Clarity is clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity.

Competence: Competence is the quality of being competent; adequacy; possession of required skill, knowledge, qualification, or capacity.
Coachability: Coachability is the ability to take direction from others.
Character: Character is moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character; qualities of honesty, courage, or integrity.

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“The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte

 

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Countless books have been published suggesting self-help advice for mothers and their sons to nurture their relationship, but none have offered both no-nonsense insight and humor with impactful faith-based take-away tools to help a mother shape her young boy into a successful man of Godly character.

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“A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” ~Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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Father’s are Sons Too – Letters To Our Sons – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days.

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As we celebrate Father’s Day I want to salute and honor all of the fathers that have stayed the course even when it was hard.  Your children need you more than you know.  Your relationship with your sons and daughters will determine their destiny. 

Ephesians 6:2-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.

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What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…

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A good father is the one who loves his wife.

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Being a great father is like shaving.
No matter how good you shaved today,
you have to do it again tomorrow.

– Reed Markham, American educator

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GREAT LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN FROM YOUR MOTHER THAT WILL MAKE YOU A MVP AND GREAT FATHER

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KEVIN DURANT VIDEO THANKING HIS MOM – CLICK LICK TO WATCH

All I could think about during Kevin Durant acceptance speech for MVP was how he demonstrated what it looks like to be a great MVP because of the help of others. He was so emotional during that speech, as was his mother, and it was an absolutely fitting way for Durant to receive the biggest honor of his basketball career. He spoke about the sacrifices his mom made to ensure he and his brothers had enough to eat every night, how she worked hard to keep them safe and on the right track toward success.  These are the actions that create strong secure and confident men.  Even in the hard times she encouraged and motivated them.  In her lack she wanted the best for her sons.

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The speech will be forever remembered because he lifted up others and honored the sacrifice that his mother made. Because of the many sacrifices of others he has become the Man that he is.   He will continue to grow not just as a basketball player but as a man. I was also impressed with one of the first things Durant said in the speech. “Basketball is just a platform for me to send the right message as a role model”. Mothers are a big part of all of our lives, and it’s important to make sure they know that. A mother role will determine how well their sons do as husbands, fathers, leaders and friends. Letter to Our Sons

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In honor of Father’s Day we salute all of the Fathers that are standing strong in their role.

The difference between a boy and a man is not how they made the mistake but how they rebound from it.

What truly defines a father is not what he takes in but what he gives out.

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LETTERS TO OUR SONS FEATURE SONS STORIES OR LETTERS ABOUT THEIR MOTHERS JUNE 2014

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Letters to Our Sons will be featuring sons/men and their mothers during the month of June. If you would like to share your story please email Letterstooursons@gmail.com your story and pictures.  We look forward to sharing your stories that will inspire or challenge others.  LETTERS TO OUR SONS WILL ALSO HAVE FREE (Click link to enter) EBOOKS GIVEAWAY DURING THE END OF MAY AND FIRST PART OF JUNE.  VISIT FACEBOOK TO ENTER – DON’T FORGET TO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

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Letters to My Sons – Featuring Willodes Conley Thompson

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Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom

I am so blessed that she was able to share a letter in my book. I have heard from many that were blessed by what she shared. I pray that it will bless you as well. There is nothing like a mothers love for her children. I honor her today for not giving up on us and pushing each one of us to be our best. Yolanda Conley Shields

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Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont

Letters To Our Sons – My Two Sons

Mrs. Willodes Conley Thompson

From the Book “Letters To Our Sons”

Dear Kenneth,

The day you were born I knew there was something special about you. Now at 51 years old, to see all that you have accomplished has made me very proud of you: finishing high school and going on to get an established job and retiring after 30 years of labor with the State of Tennessee. This shows that you can accomplish things in life without having degrees, but being diligent in whatever you put your mind to. Your great sense of humor is the joy of our family. Continue to put God first in your life and all that He has for you will come. “Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” ~Matthew 12:33 (NLT)

Love you,

Mama (Willodes Conley Thompson)

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Dear Robert Parnel Conley (1964-1976),

My baby boy, the thought of losing you was my worse nightmare. I didn’t know what to do, where to go, or what to think. How could this have happened to you? You were so young and vibrant, interested in everything, and you had all the life around you and in you. I couldn’t help to think of all the love and nurturing that had gone into your young life – caring for you, raising you, nursing you when you were sick and taking you to the doctors when you needed that, teaching you all the things you needed to know to keep you safe in this crazy world and most of all, how to be a great man. It was like a bolt of lightning ripping through my heart when I received the message that my son was dead. It felt like I had been stabbed in the heart with a razor-sharp knife. How could it be that you would die before me? Why you? The pain was unbelievable and unendurable, but endure we did, badly, like zombies, wondering when the pain would subside, how we’d go on living our lives, how would we, how could we, ever be happy again. Your twelve years on this earth were short, but not incomplete. God needed you most.

As I write this letter, I can remember how you would crawl up in my bed at night to sleep with me. I would pick you up and put you back into your own bed and when I’d wake up the next morning, there you would be. You were always such a great helper to our neighbors. I miss the meekness of your character and your soft-spoken voice.

 Love you,

Mama (Willodes Conley Thompson)

 

WE HONOR YOU TODAY AND EVERY DAY FOR YOUR SACRIFICE

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My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.
– Michael Jordan

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My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.
– Michael Jordan
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My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.
– Michael Jordan
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My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.
– Michael Jordan
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Holidays/Mothers-Day/Inspirational-Quotes-About-Mothers.aspx?p=4#ZC9wUgjD0t3TEQjD.99

 

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MOTHER’S DAY IS A CELEBRATION THAT IS MEANT TO HONOR MOTHERS – LETTERS TO OUR SONS

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Mother’s Day is a celebration that is meant to honor mothers

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Mother’s Day is a celebration that is meant to honor mothers and rejoice motherhood, maternal bonds and the power of mothers in the society. It is always celebrated on various days in different parts of the world, most commonly during March, April, or May.

This year in the USA it is May 11th. How are you honoring your mother? Share your stories on the Letterstooursons Facebook Page.

Plan ahead what you want to do. Does she live near, if not, you’ll want time to mail or ship your cards and gifts. You’ll need to know when she’s available because you should always be prepared. Stay tuned for the post that I will share about my mother this week. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! ENJOY THE JOURNEY BECAUSE IT IS A BLESSING!

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A great Mother’s Day breakfast

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A great Mother’s Day breakfast

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Omelette with Green Onions

Whisk eight eggs and 1/4 cup heavy cream together in a large bowl. Heat 2 tbsp. butter in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add eggs and cook using a spatula to swirl the mixture for consistent cooking. When the eggs begin to set, add 1/3 lb. smoked salmon pieces and 1 cup room-temperature cream cheese. Sprinkle with chopped green onion and fold. Slide omelet onto a plate and slice. Serves four. Let me know how it turns out.

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You’re A Gift

© Kristi Gurney

Mom, there are no words
that can possibly express
how much you mean to me
and how much trust I feel for you.
you’ve given up so much for me,
more than I deserve.
no matter how bad it gets
I can always count on your smile.
when you laugh,
your eyes light up
much like the stars
in the night sky.
you’re my shoulder to cry on,
my leg to lean on,
that rope that holds me together
so I don’t break.
I hope you know I love you,
with every bit of my heart.
you’re not only a mother to me,
you’re a friend, a companion but most importantly.. you’re a gift

MAKE TIME TO HONOR YOUR MOTHER THIS YEAR!

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Letters to Our Sons – A Mother’s Journey

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A Mother’s Journey

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity; it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”~Agatha Christie

Being a parent is a gift from God and should be a life well spent, not a burden. Can you remember a time when your parents told you how special you were? Didn’t it make you feel good? Well, it’s the same for your sons.   When they think of their mother, you want it to be good thoughts and memories. I’m not saying everything has to be perfect, but there should be good memories that appear before the hard times. My mother disciplined us all, but I still have great memories growing up in my home as a child and love when I am able to go back. (Taken from Book Letters to Our Sons)

Take time out to write your son a letter this mother’s day to let them know how much you care and remind them that God has a great purpose for them.  In the next couple of weeks I will be featuring more mothers and their sons so stay connected with us on FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE FEATURED PLEASE EMAIL Letterstooursonsbook@gmail.com

I was sitting and thinking about Mother’s day that is coming up in a couple of weeks and wanted to send a big thank you out to all the mother’s that shared their story or letter in the book LETTERS TO OUR SONS.   See a few of them in the pictures below. Mother’s from all around the world shared their stories or letters. 

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LETTERS TO OUR SONS – FATHER’S ARE SONS TOO – MY EASTER STORY

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MY EASTER STORY – BY DR FRANK W SEMMES – FATHER OF STACEY HAMBY –

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

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John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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