Pray & Don’t Give Up

  Pray & Don’t Give Up   I think my girls have taken a page out of “how to get what you want” from the woman described in the parable of this Scripture passage. Talk about persistence. This widow just doesn’t give up! She seeks justice again and again from this godless judge until he finally is so tired of seeing her, he is willing to give in and give her the justice she is seeking just so he doesn’t have to deal with her ONE.MORE.TIME. I think if we’d be honest, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? We all have a prayer or two that has gone unanswered over the years. We keep praying for “__________” to change, or “so and so” to change and year after year we don’t see any difference. Eventually we assume based on the outcome that God has chosen selective hearing…kinda like our kids on certain days when we ask them to empty the dishwasher or put their clean clothes away… , He too has chosen for some reason not to answer this prayer. So what must we do? What should be our response in these situations? Continue to pray and DO NOT LOSE HEART! Seek truth instead of your feelings or the opinions of others. Continue to abide in God. Turn to Him EVERY SINGLE TIME this prayer request comes to your mind. Intentionally fill your heart and mind with truth to combat the lies that are being spoken to you. Verses like: God answers prayer requests in his own way in his own time. Psalm 40:1-3 The Lord is near to...

GIVEAWAY: 8 Sets Of The Life Giving Home

In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, the importance of how we love, cherish and live within our homes matter. My dear friend Sally, along with her daughter Sarah, have recently written a book together called: The Life Giving Home. In it Sally and Sarah share examples of ways to turn a house into a home. An environment that cultivates love, belonging and grace. What I’ve enjoyed most about their book is the balance between inspiration and practical. Sally and Sarah do a beautiful job sharing with us the “Why” creating a “Life Giving Home” is so important, but they go further than just explaining the importance of the “Why” they share examples of the “How”. “How” to create a Life Giving Home through special traditions, celebrations, memories, meals and simple routines just to list a few. Today I’m excited to share that Sally & Sarah are giving us 8 sets of their books: The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience (co-written by Joel Clarkson) to 8 winners! You can also purchase their books online here: The Life Giving Home The Life Giving Home Experience   Enter the giveaway here: a Rafflecopter giveaway Please follow and like...

Choosing Prayer Over Worry

  Choosing Prayer Over Worry   I tend to struggle with worry. I honestly try not to…it just sort of happens. There have been days when I catch myself worrying that I’m worrying too much…seriously, I know….I’m a hot mess. And believe me, I’m an equal opportunity worrier. I worry about big things like world issues and small things like did I remember to pick up milk while out at the grocery store….which many times is, no. Yet, despite my tendency to worry, I know the cure for my anxiety is prayer and supplication. Turning my worries into prayers and focusing on the truth that God is in control, not me. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:5-7 God is near. What an amazing reminder that I need EVERYDAY! Do not be anxious about anything…sounds like the impossible, doesn’t it?!!! Many times I feel like the more accurate reading would be “be anxious only in a few things”…that sounds a little more realistic in my opinion. Because seriously…we have so much to be anxious for, don’t we? We are worried about what this crazy world will be like when our children or grandchildren are raised. We are worried about making the rent or house payment for this month. We are worried about the test results from this week’s trip to the doctor’s office. We are...

Our Prayers Matter

I can only imagine the heartbreak those who loved Tabitha were feeling when Peter was urged to go and see her. It was an earnest reach by those who were mourning and overcome with grief from the passing of their dear friend. Their request was filled with sadness, heartbreak, and yet a sliver of hope that maybe – just maybe – Peter could do something. Here, a dearly loved woman – a woman who many described as “full of good works and acts of charity” – lay lifeless. What had happened? We aren’t told. What we do know is that this woman lived her life well, and it showed in the response of those who had a hard time accepting the reality of her passing. Women from all over town began to fill the room where their beloved friend lay. They came to honor her and grieve together, each wearing garments that Tabitha herself had personally made. Tabitha had used her hands and her God given skills to better their lives, and the room bore evidence of a life that impacted many. Tabitha loved these women, and it showed in the beautifully crafted tunics and garments they so proudly wore. Yes, Tabitha loved others well… and it showed through what she left behind. Now heartbroken over her death, these women arrive showing the beautiful garments to Peter as he rushed in to see her. But instead of mourning the loss of Tabitha, Peter sends them out of the room and then gets down on his knees and prays. Though others saw only death, Peter saw an opportunity. And I...

Devoted To Prayer

  And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. – Acts 2:42 (ESV)   I don’t travel away from my family too often, but when I do I love to call home. Many times it’s because I’m speaking somewhere and when that’s the case, I’m normally very nervous and wanting to hear the familiar voices of those I love. Our conversations aren’t particularly unique… they’re pretty normal actually. Many times they involve the day’s activities, requests to have a friend come over to play, an exorbitant amount of details for a hurt booboo, and a play by play of who did what to the other kid. But nonetheless, it’s who is on the other end of the line that eases the ache of being away from home. It’s being able to hear their voices and them hear mine. The heart connection that occurs is what matters. It’s kind of like that with God. We are all pilgrims living in a distant land, and this land confirms that it is not our home as our hearts ache with pain, regrets, and disappointments.  It’s always good to call home to the One who truly understands and loves us. There’s something about calling home that does our hearts good. But don’t be mistaken. Our prayers don’t have to be fancy, nor do they have to only be spoken when high level decisions need to be made. The greatest truth about prayer is that our prayers don’t have to be impressive, articulate or refined. In fact, it’s okay for them to be awkward, simple, or...
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