about the power of prayer

I received the ‘GROCERY LIST’ as a forwarded message and thought to post it here because it gave me food for thought with regards to the power of prayer and the weight we give to it.
SQ Helper set 24
Thank you to the kind friend who forwarded this message to me.


Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries.
She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food.
John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store at once.
Visualizing the family needs, she said: ‘Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.’
John told her he could not give her credit, since she did not have a charge account at his store.
Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, ‘Do you have a grocery list?’
Louise replied, ‘Yes sir.’ ‘O.K’ he said, ‘put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.’
Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.
The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down.
The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, ‘I can’t believe it.’
The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more.
The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement.
It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, which said:
‘Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.’
The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence.
Louise thanked him and left the store. The other customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said; ‘It was worth every penny of it. Only God knows the weight of a prayer.’
After you’ve read this, say a prayer of thanks for all your blessings. That’s all you have to do.
Peace and Blessings… In God we trust!
Praise God, He is All Merciful.
 reprinted from unknown


Child Under Fire: Finding God’s Victory for a Child in Distress

CHILD UNDER FIRE as written by Kate Chattic.


Is your child out of control? Do you fear him?

You are not alone. I want you to avoid the mistakes I made and find God’s peace much sooner than I did. I want to give you hope and encouragement to keep going!

Do you want to keep the problem hidden?

CHILD UNDER FIRE .If we could just learn to trust each other and share our struggles, they may grow lighter. Too often, when we share what has happened (or is happening!), we are simply met with condemnation and harsh criticism. I decided to face that fear of trusting enough to share my story because I thought it might help someone else. This is not as easy as it sounds, but I have opened my heart to you in telling my story.

This book is the story of my pain, immaturity, emotions, joys, victories, and most of all, my learning experience as I let God mature me and change my heart through a spiritual battle.

You may find the answers for your distressed child, BUT more importantly, this is not a “parenting guidebook” or a self-help book. This is my story, both the ugly and the pretty parts, meant to be an encouragement to keep going. Don’t give up and don’t withdraw from your situation.


Intense and painful story. Heartbreaking really. But she persevered and it worked out in the end. With God, there is always mercy and hope. Beautiful message. I sympathise Kate! Well done for not giving up and trusting in The Lord.

Trust in the Lord and know that the experiences in our life will help us become better people if we allow HIS mercy and love to shine through.
Thank you for sharing Kate.


Kate Chattic is a mother of six children. Writing has been an enjoyable hobby for many years, but writing her story was not about enjoyment. It was about reaching out a hand of encouragement and love to other parents in need, especially so that they could avoid some of the mistakes that she made.

She knows the pain of a troubled child and a broken marriage. She also knows the rewards of seeking God and persevering through the toughest situations. Currently, as a happily married, home schooling mom, she finds life even more fun when she is learning new skills and researching the internet!
From DIY projects to organizing, gardening to raising meat chickens, nothing is off-limits!

A native of Minnesota, Kate was transplanted to central Illinois in her late teens. She misses the lakes and people of Minnesota, but her family in Illinois is enough to keep her roots there. She writes from a Christian perspective and has plans for more books in the future!


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