Our life is nothing short of an adventure...

Wind in our hair and screams of delight but also unpredictable turns and unknown outcomes. We are a family of six; Dave, Susie, Nate, Jake, Sam, and Bella.

God has been faithful in our marriage and through the birth and blessings of our boys.

God has been faithful during our adoption journey and united Bella with us in May of 2008. We were privileged to visit with Bella's birth mother; therefore, Bella's family in Guatemala will always be dear to our hearts.

On October 16, 2008, Bella was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia. We are now battling the disease with 2 years and 3 months of treatment. We believe God will continue to be faithful!

Our family is committed to living life to the fullest...even on the hard days. Thank you for checking in and journeying with us!

Friday, April 10, 2009


Pray....we hear this all the time, "pray for me, pray for others, pray, pray, pray. In the last couple of years, I have really come to understand what prayer is, but never have I heard it put so simply until recently.

How simple....it's not the ritual prayers we speak, its not church every Sunday, but ever day relationship with our Creator and Father.

P raise
R epent
A sk
Y ield

Exactly how Jesus instructed us to pray through what we now know as the "Lord's Prayer".
I loved this simple explanation of how to pray, and I can't help but think how many more of us would spend time in prayer if we simply took a few minutes to praise, repent, ask and yield. I know the world would be better for it.


The Burk Family said...

So true Susie! Prayer is not merely words we speak..prayer is an act of the heart! A yearning to want MORE of JESUS!

Although I didn't realize I was using the P.R.A.Y method at the time, this is the way I always spent my prayer time with Serenity.
First, I always began with Praises entering into His presence with thanksgiving. For His Word says He inhabits the praises of His people and I wanted Him in the very midst of our situation. The next thing I would do is say "Lord if I have unknowingly stepped outside of your will or sinned on this day, I ask that you would forgive me. So that I may come to you with a pure heart." I wanted nothing to hinder me from reaching His Throne. Then I would offer my petition up to Him for that day and EXPECT Him to move.

P.R.A.Y. What a simple way of putting things into perspective...Praise Him in All things, Repent and turn from your wicked ways, Ask and ye shall receive...Be still and know that I am God!

I LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing!

Robyn said...

Our church recently did a series called "Reset" and it included this acronym for prayer. I really love it!! Hope you have a blessed Easter!!

Sara said...

One way I have taught my kids to pray, which also helps me is:
J=Jesus (praise him)
O=Others (pray for other people)
Y=Yourself(forgiveness & requests)

This keeps it simple and in the order God wants. Thanks for sharing PRAY.

Pineapple Princess said...

I love this, and hadn't heard of it before. Thanks for posting it.

Have a wonderful Easter, Susie!!

P.S. Looking forward to seeing Bella in her new Gymboree ladybug outfits that she just got!

Leslie said...

What a great post!!!


Rhonda said...

I never thought to put it that way. What a wonderful and simple way to understand God's will.

Alisha said...

So true