Sunday, September 27, 2009


"Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much."
James 5:16

When reading through the book of James there are so many things that speak to me and encourage me or challenge me. The verse above is one that challenges me. Especially the confess your sins to one another part. I totally believe that I need to confess my sins and I do that to God on a daily basis but the confessing to one another part.... that doesn't happen so much. I think about it sometimes and then something inside me makes me feel a little scared, shy, timid, PROUD, I don't know what all but then I shrink back from sharing and asking for prayer.

This is something I want to change. That doesn't mean this blog will become this tell all place (As far as I am concerned that isn't what blogs are for, I hope to make this an encouraging and uplifting place) but in life with my family and close friends and brothers and sisters at church, I want to be open with my struggles. Be willing to admit that I have problems and failures and then ask for prayer. It says that prayer can accomplish much and I really, really believe that but why do I not make use of that prayer to the full extent?

How about you? What do you think on this verse? Does it challenge you too or is it something that you have practised and seen the benefits of?


Anonymous said...

Hi! I just found your blog about a week ago and being a fellow Minnesotan I have really enjoyed it.

I have the dearest friends, who began as co-participants in a Bible study, and then became accoutability partners through the years. Confessing sins aloud is just hard, even when it is to people who will love you know matter what, but I do love the idea of someone knowing my heart and my struggles. It is worth the damage to the ego/pride. :)

LOVED the banana story by the way...I have a little one just like her!

{ L } said...

Thank you for giving me some good, solid thoughts to dwell on. This was a GOOD post and I appreciate it.

By the way...I hope you had fun with your fall wreath on your BROWN door! ;)

Also, I am doing my first giveaway on my blog if you're interested:

Abbi said...

Thank you Anonymous and {L},
I really appreciate you comments and encouragement!

Robin said...

I have followed yoru blog for a while now. I enjoy it very much.

Thank you for posting this. I do believe the LORD had me read this today. It is good to confess and get clean. So often as a mother I tell my children if you just confess it all it helps and makes you just feel better. This was a blessing to me today.

Thank you!

Abbi said...

I am so grateful to God that these words were able to bless you. Thanks so much for coming by my "place" and visiting!


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