Four Ways To Pray In Suffering

Four Ways To Pray In Suffering   If you could only pray for one thing every day for the next 30 days (in hopes that God would answer in the way you desire), what would it be? Stop. Don’t think too hard. Complete transparency here, girls. What’s the first thing that comes to mind? In my sphere of influence, here’s what some of you are asking for… A better job. A husband. Physical healing. Meaningful friendships. Financial provision. The return of a prodigal child. Freedom from depression. Reconciliation in a relationship. A vacation from the stresses of life. Though we each have a different story to tell, hardships often rise to the surface of our lives and land us at the feet of Jesus where we find ourselves begging for His intervention and grace. Girl, you’ve landed at the right place. But when we’re tied up in the weight of our every day personal battles, we sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture of God’s heart for the world. Paul’s prayers remained fixed on the heart of God even in the midst of extreme hardship. Our reading in Colossians 1 today finds Paul under house arrest in Rome, writing to believers in the small city of Colosse. Life was certainly far from perfect. While Paul was awaiting trial in hopes of gaining his physical freedom, the Colossians were facing constant pressure from false teachers who were trying to shake the very foundation of their faith. Along with these most current hardships, we also know that Paul is living with his perpetual thorn in his flesh (2 Cor. 12), and that he has...

Steadfast in Prayer

Steadfast In Prayer “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 I suppose there are a lot of fancy things you can say to a young man and woman who are about to get married. It was near the end of our pre-marital counseling sessions and we were pretty sure we were ready to take on the world. I mean, we had Jesus, each other, and the cutest matching placemats and plastic napkin ring holders (sporting true 90’s fashion) that you ever did see. Heh. I’m sure we should have felt the weight of this monumental undertaking more than we did, but we were young, naive, and mostly too busy gleefully skipping our way to the altar hand-in-hand to notice that we were slightly distracted by the fanfare of it all. As part of our final preparation before the big day, our pastor assigned us with the task of interviewing a seasoned married couple in our church. Our counseling session ended with these final words describing the couple: “Hey, someone sneezes in that house and you’d better believe that they’re talkin’ to Jesus about it.” Uh, okay. I get what you’re saying, but that might be a little extreme, don’t you think? Now back to aisle runners, pew flowers, and the final hors d’oeuvre selection if you don’t mind… As women, we often spend different seasons in our lives longing to be described in a certain way. Strong. Smart. Athletic. Happy. Independent. Married. Respected. Skinny. Mother. Leader. Fulfilled. {You fill in the blank…} But when was the last time that we pursued the title of “Steadfast”? There’s nothing...

Withdrawing To Pray

This is my reality… I live in a world filled with noise. From the time I get up until I lay my head on the pillow each night, there is almost always something competing for my attention. There are schedules to keep, people to feed, phone calls to answer, work deadlines to meet, laundry to fold, homework to monitor, projects to complete, service commitments to fulfill, extracurricular activities to attend… and the list goes on and on (no kidding, in the time it took me to type that sentence I just received four new text messages). And if I do happen to have a few extra minutes to myself? I either wonder what I’m forgetting, I habitually fill the empty spaces with even more noise, or I’m fast asleep in three minutes flat. Please, someone tell me you can relate. I know what you’re thinking. Of course noise is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, much of the fullness in our lives comes from the incredible blessings of people, opportunities, and callings that are straight from God himself. But without proper balance, life’s demands and this “noise habit” that we often fall into can rob us of spending intentional time with God that is so vital to real living. Jesus lived in a world filled with noise.  The assignment of coming down to Earth to seek and save the lost was definitely a full-time job. Jesus was bombarded by constant crowds, demands, and opportunities to do good. Even after putting in a long, hard day’s work, there was always another town, another need… another soul that needed His attention....

We fall to our knees in prayer…

She arrived home from school on a mission. It was written all over her seven year-old face from the second she peeked her big brown eyes though the front door window, signaling her arrival. She rushed in to find her little pink Bible and promptly tucked it under one arm, then with her free hand she grabbed mine and quickly ushered me to the couch… both of us nearly out of breath from the intensity of her lead. “Mom, *Kate’s sister told her that God is NOT powerful. We have to do something!” And so we ran to God’s Word together. __________________ There have been plenty of times in my life when I have doubted God’s power.  When I was so focused on my own desires that I forgot to put my faith in His sovereign plan. When I was so caught up in the temporary that I neglected the greater things that will last into eternity. When – in my weakness – I let the world wrongly convince me that God is less than who He says He is. When I was so consumed and distracted, that I walked away from communion with God and His Word. __________________ We opened that little pink Bible and found where God spoke the world into existence and parted the Red Sea. We talked about His name that is above all others, and about His promises that have stood the test of time. We read about the baby in the manger, the miracles, the cross, and that victorious empty tomb… and His mighty power that lives in us. Oh, how she wanted...

[Growing Through Prayer] is now available in SEVENTEEN Translations!!

  As we count down to the start of our next study, it is our extreme JOY and HONOR to announce that our Growing Through Prayer study materials are now available in SEVENTEEN TRANSLATIONS!! Just wow.  {Go ahead and jump up and down… I know you want to!} Read these precious words by our friend Edurne, Translator and Director of LGG Spanish, to get a glimpse into the heart behind these longed-for resources that are reaching women around the world: ____________________ “Every new session we run to translate our materials, to make graphics, and to get everything ready for this day… the day where LGG translations go live. We carve out all the time we can from the 24 hours we have every day. We skip sleep, we run through the day to feed our families, clean our houses, buy groceries, and bake goodies for our local churches. We make mental to-do lists at work, we take our laptops to our children’s practices, and hide our phones so we won’t be distracted. We’ve had to learn new skills and to tighten our schedules – our lives! – in order to meet deadlines. And sometimes people around us ask why. Why do you work so hard to do this? Oh, how I love to be asked why! It gives me the opportunity to tell the person who asks about Juana, the elderly woman in the jungle of Venezuela who waits for the translations to arrive to her village. I tell about this lady in Costa Rica who saw how her adult daughter came to Christ in one of her LGG group meetings....
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