What A Time!! What A Year!!

Hello To All!!!  It has been an incredible time in my life and the lives of others since I last got a chance to share with you.  I know it has been a few weeks since our monthly fast and prayer day on December 1st but I have to share with you what a day I had.  I could not believe what was happening to me all day, I mean all day.  This was one of the worst days I had in a long time.  Before I even got out the house the devil got started on me.  I got up that morning and prayed getting ready for the fast and prayer of the day.  I felt at peace and wasn’t worried about any challenges.  Why would I worry that I would have anything other than a blessed day? I would be focused on prayer today along with at least 1800 plus other sisters in prayer throughout the country.  God is watching over us and he would be protecting us from anything that would hinder us from getting our work done. (Well that was what I thought when I woke to get ready that morning!)  Well I was disillusioned, big time!!!

I had not even brushed my teeth yet when the first argument with my husband started.  To tell you the truth, I can’t even remember what we were fussing about.  But whatever it was it ticked me off something terrible.  I do remember that I had gotten so mad that I wanted to punch the crap out of him (well I wanted to but I ain’t crazy – LOL).  But you can be assured I said a lot of ungodly words that I am sure the good Lord above must have been looking down and saying, “No she didn’t!!  I know my little praying mourning dove did not curse her husband out like that!!!”LOL!!!  The thing that came over me was incredible.  After I realized what I had done, I couldn’t even apologize because the devil was in me and I just didn’t feel like it.  Now I finally got dressed and felt that the rest of the day has got to be better because we are fasting and praying today.  Well, I barely got out the door, now I am into with my 21 year old son.  I must have fussed and cussed at that child of mine for at least a half hour.  It got so bad that while I was giving him a ride I had the nerve to pull over to fuss even more.  In making my point, I was banging my hand on the console in the car and tore the side of my hand up.  My hand is still sore today.  The crazy thing, if I am remembering correctly, all he did was ask me for a ride.  But I am sure it must have been more to it than that (LOL)!!!  As the day progressed it did not get better.  My attitude was terrible.  I haven’t acted this ugly ever.  I did not feel like praying.  I got ticked off because I was hungry.  My staff/coworkers would not even think about approaching me for anything.  I guess I must have had that look on my face that said you all just better leave me alone today.  Today is not the day!  This was the most bizarre thing that has ever happened to me.  I thought the more I focused on prayer the more peaceful my life would be.  Don’t get me wrong!  I don’t mean that problems would not still be coming.  I just felt that the more I prayed the better I would manage myself when stuff like that presents itself.  This was totally out of character.  I don’t even use curse (cuss) words but my goodness I had a good vocabulary of them flowing that day.  I was so messed up that day I had convinced myself that the devil had nothing to do with the way I was acting.   I even remember saying, don’t you blame your craziness on the devil.  God ain’t even going for that one.  I was truly crazed out of my mine. 

As the day came to an end, I told Karen about my day.  She explained to me that the devil was all over me that day because he knew that God had a mission for me.  There is something so powerful about prayer and the devil knows that.  So he attacked me right in the midst of my assignment by God.  He was trying to distort my beliefs to the point I convinced myself that my actions on that done was my own foolishness.  Thank God for his mercy and grace.  Thank God for surrounding us with people to help you stay focus and on track.  I just thank God for being a good God for allowing us to go through this craziness and not hold it against us. 

  I wanted to share this with all of you because I thought it was so very important for continuing on the mission of what we are doing in the Mourning Doves Movement.  Just because we are focusing on prayer with a mass of people doesn’t mean we are exempt from having bad days, even on a focused fast and prayer day.  Please remember that we are still in this world and we are human beings.  Things are going to happen.  The most important thing is to remember what to do when it does come our way.  We need to drop everything and send up that prayer.  If we get too weak or not in the mood to pray, call on your praying sisters and we will send that prayer right up for you. 

On another note, I just wanted to share that the New Haven Community and I have lost a good friend, Ben Hunter.  He was an Icon in our city and great supporter of young people. In learning about the circumstances around his passing, I want to remind all of us to check on our love ones often.  No matter what your relationship is with your loves, good, bad, or indifferent, find a loving way to stay in touch.  The way you treat people will have a reciprocal affect on what you will receive.  In this day and age, no one should have to die alone.  When you find someone without family and friends remember to just drop by and give a kind word or just send a note.  I have a good friend that reviews the sick and shut in list that our church creates every Sunday and she send notes to all the individuals listed.  I can only imagine how wonderful the individuals feel to receive a note from someone they don’t even know.  That someone took time out of their lives to think of them.  It is those little things that are so priceless in a person’s life.  Please continue to pray for those you can’t get to and find a kind word to say to someone everyday.  Plan to purposely make a difference in someone’s life everyday.

In closing, I am excited about the days coming for the close of this year and the awesome year that I know God has planned for 2011!!!! I want to thank all of the members of the Mourning Doves for being a part of the movement.  Don’t forget that the first Mourning Doves Fast and Prayer of the Year will be the first Wednesday in January, which is January 5, 2011 from 9 am to 5 pm.  We are planning an early mourning prayer to get us started, location to be announced.  Please continue to place your prayer requests on the Mourning Doves blog at www.mourningdoves.wordpress.com.  We also encourage you to right comments and give us suggestions on how to proceed with the movement.  We are asking that you invite us to your church and let us share with your congregation.  We can be anywhere anytime.  Thank you for being there with us!!!  On behalf of our praying sisters, I want to wish you a blessed holiday and a very blessed New Year. 

Your sister in prayer,

Larcina

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Ending Your Fast With Praise!

When you break your fast, praise God that he has heard your prayers and cries today!  Praise Him for his grace and mercy and bless His holy name!  Remember Hanna, 1Samuel, Chapter 1…Hanna was fasting and praying for a son from God… Mourning Doves are fasting and praying today for all of our sons and our daughters, our husbands, schools and communities.  God hears our prayers!  Rejoice and Praise Him!

Hannah was a woman who fasted and prayed.  She said, “I am a woman of sorrowful spirit.  I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.” (1Sam. 1:15)  Hannah was in sorrow of spirit (a mourning dove).  She cried out to God for a son and “did not eat.” v.7  After she fasted and prayed, she bore a son!  Immediately after her son’s birth, she went into the house of God and cried out, “My heart rejoices in the Lord” v.1 and “The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up” v.7  Hanna ended her fast with praise!

Excerpts taken from Fasting for Spiritual Break Trhough: A Guide to Nine Biblical Fasts by Elmer L. Towns p. 190.

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Monthly Day of Prayer and Fasting

Good morning Sisters in Prayer!!  Just sending out a reminder to join the Mourning Doves in Fast and Prayer this day, Wednesday, December 1st.  The fast is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We have some prayer requests that have been sent to us to be added to our prayers for specific attention during this fast.  These prayer request can be reviewed on the Mourning Doves Blog: www.mourningdoves.wordpress.com.  We want to thank you in advance for joining the thousands of women across the country that have committed to praying with all of us.  This movement is ever growing.  
 
I have a bible verse I want to share with you to focus on for today’s fast and prayer:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (KJ version):  Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In everything give thanks:  for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
 
We welcome feedback, words of encouragement or just send love that we can share with all of our sisters in pray.  You can send this via email or just respond in the Mourning Doves blog that has been noted above.
 
To all our sisters in prayer:  Have a Blessed.  With Love, Larcina
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Prayer List for 1st Wednesday in December

Please pray for Family Healing, and a finanicial blessing. Sometimes I feel so alone. I know that The Lord is working on this but I do need to be in continous prayer for me and my family.

Please pray for our young men and women who are in prison or are on their way to prison.  May God interviene on their behalf and turn them around for His Glory and purpose

Please pray for the next meeting of the 55 Men on December 8, that God will open doors for them and give the wisdom to make the needed changes in our schools and communities to help our young people become strong and self sustaining individuals.

Pray for all churches in the area that God’s will will be done in our communities, schools and families through the church leadership, staff and membership.

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Quote for the Day!

It seems to me that no one is so poor as an individual for whom not a single soul is praying, and who has no one who takes him or her personally and persistently to God in prayer.”  O. Hallesby  

(See his book Prayer, A World Famous Classic to Deepen and Enrich Your Life, Published by Augsburg Fortress, 1951, at p.80.)

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Submit Your Prayer Requests

Happy Holidays prayer warriors!  Thank you for submitting your prayer requests to the Mourning Doves for December. 

We encourage you to submit your prayer requests to us daily, weekly, monthly.  The Mourning Doves will be fasting & praying on the 1st Wednesday of December this month.  Our prayer list will be posted as the requests continue to come in for December. 

Please feel free to email your requests to us at mourningdovesmovement@gmail.com.  We will keep your name confidential and personal information confidential.

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Mourning Doves Celebrating The Thanksgiving Holidays

The Thanksgiving Holiday was such an enhancement of celebration for the Mourning Doves.  We were invited to start the celebration of the Thanksgiving Day with the Christian Tabernacle family.  We attended their Thanksgiving Day church service.  The service was fabulous. The praise team, the music, the testimonies just left you in awe.  We are truly blessed with the way the people of the church embrace us. 

The service was short but yet so rich.  Every minute was filled with remembering and reminding you how our God loves us.  Through the testimonies you were reminded that things are going to happen in your life but you have to keep your mind on your loving God to get you through.  He loves you and he will never leave you.  All he asks you to do is love him and be loved by him.

One of the members led us in meditation with a beautiful song that just constantly repeated “Thank you, thank you, thank you……..” As we sat with our eyes closed, we were encouraged to remember what God has done in our lives.  For me the tears just started flowing.  For all that I have been going through it is amazing how much I have to be thankful for.  God is amazing and incredible to say the least. 

As the service came to a close, the Mourning Doves who were in attendance gathered in a circle and was lead in prayer by Ms. Deb.  We stood in a circle right in the middle of the church members leaving the service.  As we were praying you could feel the Mourning Doves bonding and uniting.  There was such a true sense of sisterhood among us.  As we stood in the circle praying it showed the people that the prayer warriors were serious about their mission.  We will unite anywhere and in the midst of it all.  We will not be distracted by our surroundings.  When we are called to pray, we will drop everything, anywhere and be about the mission at hand.  God is our leader and when God calls us we will be there no matter where we are.

Everyday we are blessed with meeting or speaking to women who have gladly decided to join us in the Mourning Doves Movement.  When we send out an S.O.S for prayer, you can feel the warmth of all that has united with us at that specific hour.  Some will contact us to let us know they are ready and there are many that are not able to let us know right away.  However, you know we are united when we stop and do what we have to do for that specific, defined hour.

On Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I was talking with some co-workers about some of my challenges in my family.  As the discussion ended, I was so blessed with my co-workers guidance and understanding I asked one of them for a hug to thank her for talking with me.  As we embraced, she just held me and prayed for me.  This was happening right in our office cafeteria.  There was a time I wouldn’t even share what was happening to me more or less allowing someone to pray for me right in the middle of our office cafeteria.  Her prayer was so genuine, intense and loving at the same time.  I felt like I could get through anything when we were done.  I know that since I have been opening up to help and achieve in this movement that stuff like that might happen.  But I did not think I was the one to be on the receiving end.  These days have been incredible.  

In just the few days the movement has been launched the excitement and commitment from our sisters has been overwhelming.  With church families like Christian Tabernacle allowing us publicly to announce the Movement, we have been having many discussions with different organizations to collaborate our efforts. We are ready, as they say, “to take it to the streets.”  We are ready to wrap our families, men and children of our communities with intense prayer.  We women are ever so ready to take back what is ours.  We understand the power of prayer.  I have shared studies that prove that prayer changes things.  I know we don’t need studies to tell us anything.  We have our own testimonies that give the proof in the pudding (LOL)!!!! 

The tone for the Thanksgiving Day was set by the service at Christian Tabernacle.  It was one of the most peaceful, loving, and thankful holidays I have had in many years.  The tone set at the service allowed me to let my guard down and truly receive the love people has to give and share with you.  I realized later how my prayers were answered and I wasn’t even aware when it was right in my face.  It was a perfect day. 

In closing, over the last few days in participating in the launching of the Mourning Doves, my prayer life has been much more enhanced.  I don’t struggle as much about how to pray or what to pray about.  I have been blessed to be hanging out with some powerful praying sisters.  When I don’t know what to say, or do I just look to them.  I have been so blessed that God has put such beautiful, loving women/praying warriors in our lives. 

To all our sisters of the Mourning Doves, I want to remind you that this movement belongs to all of us.  Whenever you need us call on us and we will be right there in prayer.  Please do not hesitate because we know that prayer changes things.  Please continue to visit the Mourningdoves.wordpress.com for prayers, events, etc.  Thank you for joining the 1,800 plus women that have been contacted for uniting in prayer with us.  We expect that number of women to double by the end of the month.   Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to your sisterhood in the masses.  God bless you all.

 Your sister in prayer,

Larcina

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