A Puppy Parable Journal Stirring the Pot

Puppy Replacement, Pt. II: Shape Up (Your Prayers)

June 7, 2016

I need to shape up (my prayers) – you, too?

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Philippians 4:6 MSG

Praise vs. Worry


Just like Holli-dog takes cheese over a slipper, I like the idea that my praises and petitions can replace my worries and concerns–when I shape up.

I need to shape up.

How does that work?

The Worry::

Lord, I’m worried about trying to teach a group of women who probably know more than I do about You. AND I just got braces for my birthday. What was I thinking? So now I not only don’t know enough, I might spit on the front row.

Shaping up::

Lord, I thank you for how You’re going to teach me what this next group needs to hear from You. Show me what that is and help me to get it, learn it, say it in a way that they get it and learn it. Without spitting. And I praise you in advance for all You’re going to do.

The Worry::

Father, I prayed for You to meet our needs (and some of our wants) and now all these students want to live with us! Are we a hotel? Will I be too busy to do what You want me to really do? The Man-in-Plaid always thinks its a good idea, but the Man-in-Plaid does not cook!

Shaping up::

Father, thanks in advance for providing for all our needs (Mom’s favorite prayer) and for many of our wants. I praise you for how You’re working all this out and for the wisdom you’re giving Mark and the patience You’re giving me.

What’s your Worry?

How can you Shape it into praise?

Thanking and praising–while praying–replaces the fears and the worried minds the MOST. Not magic, just fact.

Try it. Let me know how it goes.

Mom used to say, “It’s mother’s job to worry!” I didn’t think that was very spiritual. Then, I became a mother.

(Sorry, Mom. I was a brat.)

Mom lived this puppy-replacement theory. I would tiptoe past the dining room table where she and her friend Alice or Jan or Mabel or Velma or Marion would be sitting over forgotten cups of tea, bowed heads before God, working on that replacement thing.

Thanks, Mom, for the good example at the table.

Thanks, Susan, for the good stir on the couch.

Thanks, Holli, for loving cheese every time.

Most of all, thanks, dear Father, for providing a replacement for worry every time I pray and praise.

Prayer for today:

“Dear Father,

Thanks so much for what you’re already doing. I’m excited to know that You’ve heard my prayers and that you are working where I can’t see – nor do I need to! Of course, a glimpse is always nice, but I want to be a woman of faith–someone who believes and trusts and not just talks about believing and trusting. So, I praise You today for your great love and power and I’m so thankful for Mom and Susan. I know You are, too. Amen.”

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Praise vs. Worry


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  • Reply Karrilee Aggett June 11, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Oh I love this! This is such a needed and helpful skill… to literally turn our worry into faith-filled prayers! Amen and Amen!

    • Reply Sue June 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

      thank you, karrilee – yes, and I need it everyday!

  • Reply Crystal Twaddell June 15, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Love the imagery here especially since we have a new puppy and find ourselves doing the same thing:) I’m so visual, this one’s going to stick with me. Everything changes when we change how we look at things. So glad you are sharing your creative insight on Fresh Market Friday!

  • Reply Susan Ambrose August 30, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Just thank you! This was so practical…I so desire to be a woman of true faith as well. Your way of loving way of spiritually directing others is a model for me.

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