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My favorite Resources for Praying in Devotional Tongues

Scriptures for study:

1Cor. 12: 1-11; 14:14-15; 2:9-16; 3:1-2, Rev. 5:8; 8:3, Ps. 141:2,1 1 Timothy 2:8, Jer. 19:11-14, James 4:16, John 3:8, Romans 8:26-28, Heb. 11:6

My testimony of letting Grace in and praying in the Spirit: http://destinyinbloom.com/a-basket-full-of-good-intentions/

Free Study Guide by Jack Hayford on the Holy Spirit and the gifts: http://www.livingway.org/articles/The_Spirit_The_Glor_Study.pdf

Gateway Passages bookstore: 817.552.7550

You can order the following teaching on Prayer taught at Prayer Tools class 9am at Gateway Southlake campus by Carin Prickett

This is an amazing resource:

She will also be teaching this Dec. on Sun. the 4th and Sunday the 11th.

You can order teaching by Date.

January 23,30-February 6-20 Prayer basics:  Material covered:  What the High Priestly ministry means and how that relates to my prayer life.  Praying ” In the Spirit”, connected to and cooperating with,  Praying in faith,  Tongues, what’s the big deal?,  Love the hard hat of prayer and filter for all hearing.

March 6-27  What does it mean to prayer something through, and how does that work.

July 3-31 Positioned in Warfare,  what does it mean to engage in spiritual warfare in the place of prayer, and how to cooperate with the finished work of Jesus.  Secrets revealed in the war camp of the Israelites and how it relate to how we stand in warfare now.

September 25, October 2,9,16,23,30 Cultivating a hearing ear.  God is a Spirit and He speaks in the Spirit.  We interpret HIS speaking by the Holy Spirit.  How to hear God’s voice and when hearing learn secrets to interpreting correctly what you hear and then put what you hear to use.

LORD TEACH ME TO PRAY CD set by Lynne Hammond:

http://shop.lwcc.org/Lord_Teach_Me_to_Pray_P145C16.cfm

Joseph Prince: http://www.josephprinceonline.com/2011/11/how-the-holy-spirit-helps-us/

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I knew a broken hearted Mama once …

Because I am the one that broke her heart.

Mother’s day holds a very special place in my heart because my children have changed my life … in the precious moments and in the struggle of parenting … they make me better. I also have a Mom whose unconditional love and unwavering support over the years has taught me a lot about a love willing to endure all things, goes to great lengths to nurture and who with out judgment lends her ear to me on days of difficulty in my own journey of being a mother.

This is my story now, a women who is reflective about her past through the lenses of what Jesus has done, able to be grateful for the sacrifice of those who’ve loved me.

This hasn’t always been my story,

I knew another story that went a little more like this …

I found myself at sixteen hanging around the wrong kids (it’s way more complicated than this, but I want to quickly get to my main point) and acting out in rebellion. I began a habit of lying about where I went and with who. I snuck out at night with my friends and boys looking for a sense of community (I guess) with others that shared in a similar adolescent identity crisis. As my defiance grew at home my Mom tried several avenues to try to get my behavior under control to no avail. Then at 17 when I had snuck out of my house, I was in a situation where I used Meph for the first time. Meph is a stimulant drug, and has many names; speed, crystal, ice, crank, etc. I literally felt like I hadn’t known happiness before that moment, I felt something I had never felt before, I felt alive. That night I fell in love with a deception and I fell in love with the drug that led me to live in that deception.

Everyday became about filling the void in my heart and chasing the illusive first high, at any cost. My life had become self destructive, if you got in my path you could get hurt so my motto became, “If you can’t handle it, get out of the way”.  It started out just days of me not coming home, then it would be two weeks at a time.

At one point I took my friend to the hospital because she thought her lung exploded from smoking meph, they took one look at me and admitted me as well. I was 90 lbs, I had sores on my lips, couldn’t keep my tongue in my mouth (I had it wrapped in a wash cloth) because the sores hurt so bad. I was severally dehydrated from not eating or drinking water. They gave me a shot to put me to sleep, it probably had been a week since I had slept and I woke up to my Mom standing over me. I will never forget her eyes as she peered over me laying in that hospital bed. She wasn’t concerned about drilling me about where I had been, because she was relieved to know where I was now. Something unexpected happened in my heart, I was sorry I had hurt her. I knew I had broken her heart and yet she still loved me. I wish this is were the story ended, but that was only rehab number two.

If you added up the scattered days I went to school my senior year of high school it would be about four months. After my fourth in-patient drug rehabilitation center my mom convinced my high school to let me walk with my class if I could get all my work in before finals. I barely graduated. The addiction went on to control my life until I was 19 years old. You can read my salvation story on Destiny in Bloom here.

I share this story not for you to feel sorry for me or air out any past junk. I’m more concerned about proving a point about the God I love and a Mom who has stood with me through thick and thin.

I felt the Holy Spirit ask me to write out my story for the Mamas struggling on this Mother’s day believing for their child to overcome some great odd. It may not be as severe as my story but a broken heart is a broken heart. This is my encouragement … God is big enough! His love arrested my life and if He healed and set me free, He can do it for your child!

I was recently at women’s conference and the Lord asked me to grab a young lady’s arm who I knew esteemed my family and say,

“I am not a “special” Christian. I went to rehab four times. I had a severe phobia of dying of AIDS. Everything I have I don’t deserve. You see if Jesus has done this for me, He can do what you need Him to do for you! All that I have, my husband and my children, I know has come from Him.”

Whether I’m teaching or sitting across the table from someone and I say, “Only I know who I was before I met Him,” this story is welled up in my chest with great gratitude for a God who was bigger than me, who rescued me and wants to rescue anyone who calls on His name.

If you have a child you are believing to come to know Jesus or find their way back, maybe they are just rebelling … I want to pray with you:

Lord,

I know you can love a child or grandchild so much your heart fills like it can explode in your chest. Fear and anxiety want to steal our ability to pray, Lord we lay those at your feet right now and we choose to instead throw ourselves on your faithfulness. Holy Spirit show us how to pray prophetic strategic prayers in agreement with your will. In 2 Samuel 14:14 (Amp) your words says, “We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. And God does not take away life, but devises means so that he who is banished may not be an utter outcast from Him.” You Lord devise a plan, show us how to pray in agreement with that plan. Show us how to love in the mist of disappointment and sadness. In moments we feel utterly helpless would you speak to us and stir up greater faith to see beyond what our circumstances yell. We pray that salvation would spring up in the heart of (add your love one’s name here) and Your kindness that leads to repentance would rest there for Your glory. Lord would you heal the hearts of your Mamas … in every place that has been broken, would you touch every piece with your truth and truly bless with peace every Mama on this Mother’s day!

In Jesus Name … Amen!

I dedicate this to my steadfast Mama and every Mama who’s known a broken heart!

Great Love! ~Ris

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I had the opportunity to teach a workshop at Gateway’s Women Conference, Pink Impact, on one of my favorite subjects, overcoming condemnation. The name of my workshop was the Devil’s Photo shoot, because how many of you know the enemy likes to take snap shots of us in our worst moment and tell us that’s who we are. Our worst moment doesn’t define us, Jesus does. Gateway Church has so graciously made the podcast available at this link. Please listen in and share your feedback in a comment.

Because my teaching included some visuals of women in their worst moments, I’ve included those pictures here to view while you are listening to the podcast. The first picture is of my family as I introduce myself and talk about them. Then there are five pictures that go with the teaching.

I pray the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart, reveals snap shots that need to be thrown in the bonfire of His great love bringing grace to you and a grace that extends to others.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, listen and share.

Great Love!

~Ris (Marissa Star)

A special thanks to Katie Coiner who was my host for this event and took the workshop pictures. See more of her photography here.