Praying That We May Know Him Better

  “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened …” Ephesians 1:16-18   I love how Paul prayed for his friends; so direct, so purposeful…he didn’t mess around. In today’s passage we see Paul praying that God would give his friends wisdom and revelation and that the eyes of their hearts would be opened and ultimately they would know God better. I want to know God better. I don’t want to be satisfied in just knowing about God….I want to really know God. I want the eyes of my heart to be completely opened…I want to see the world how God sees it. I want to see people the way God sees them. I want wisdom in situations and the eyes of my heart opened so I can see what I’m really dealing with….ahhh so many times I need His revelation in my life. His ways are not my ways and knowledge about God does not equal a relationship with God.  Take the Pharisees for example in Matthew 15:8: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Matthew 15:8 There is a difference between knowledge and relationship, a difference between knowing about God and actually having a personal relationship with Him. Before I started dating my husband, I knew about Dirk. I knew facts like his...

From Brokenness To Freedom

    It’s called postpartum depression. It’s a depression that occurs after childbirth.  I struggled with it for a while but didn’t know what to call it.  It’s not the kind of thing that new mother’s like to talk about.  There’s something about it that makes you feel shame.  Having a child should be a happy time in life, but for me it wasn’t, and I knew something was wrong. I had been prescribed anxiety medications and they weren’t managing my anxiety or my depression.  I didn’t know what to do.  I would wait until my husband got home from work to leave the house and go out and get drunk.  I was doing whatever I could to make myself happy but nothing was working. I didn’t want to die, I just wanted someone to help me.  One day in an act of desperation, I swallowed all of my anxiety medication then called my husband and told him what I’d done.  He rushed home.  Heavily sedated from the pills, in and out of consciousness, I woke up to find myself in the hospital.  After stabilizing me, the attending physician wanted to release me, instructing me to call my psychiatrist for continued care.  That wasn’t good enough for me.  I was desperate, I was crying out for help, so I admitted myself for mental health treatment.  I remained at the hospital until my release one week later.  Before my departure, a person at the hospital gave me a piece of advice saying, “Go home and find a church.” God was working behind the scenes.    For months before that event, God was...

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...

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...
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