The Vital Role of Worship & Prayer

The Vital Role of Worship & Prayer

While I’m running around Europe with my mom, I’m loading you down with info on spiritual growth . . . it all started when my mom handed me my “Spiritual Growth” journal from when I was a teen (see Tuesday’s post). When my pastor gave it to me, it started me on a journey that keeps getting better each day!

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How to Pray for Your Man

How to Pray for Your Man

I remember the days when I would pray “God, get ‘im! Prayers,” you know, prayers from a heart of offense and self-pity: “Do you see how he’s treating me? Convict him . . . show him his hard heart . . . make him miserable!” (“Get ‘im” prayers). Today my conversations with the Lord about my husband sound a lot different. If we’re willing to practice empathy, we can pray with greater understanding of our husband’s daily challenges and spiritual needs. If we pray for them in light of the grace we’ve been shown, prayers will take on a less self-centered tone and turn to humble and loving intercession.

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Determined to Not Lose Heart

Determined to Not Lose Heart

I felt it hot and heavy breathing down my neck—the enemy’s lie. What’s it matter? Give up. This is too hard. I remember the exact spot where I was standing when his foul breath blew that lie across my face, the sound vibrating in accusing waves through my brain. That was almost 15 years ago, and there’s been many hard battles fought since then. And in every battle, the enemy tempts us to lose heart.

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Moving Beyond the Inauguration

Moving Beyond the Inauguration

We listened (by radio) to the inauguration as we traveled home from our cross-country travels. We heard the screams of the protesters and the cheers of the supporters. We listened to commentators as they bemoaned this day and kept referring to the new president as “their president” meaning “theirs but not ours.” We heard the division that threatens to rip our country apart flowing loud and clear through the airwaves. How should we enter this new era? How should we respond to a new presidency?

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Goals, Prayers, and Perspective for 2017

Goals, Prayers, and Perspective for 2017

Once again, I’ve issued you the challenge to adopt a spiritual focus for the year. I’ve invited you into an intentional pursuit of God that brings the joy of knowing Him more intimately. For those of you who are considering joining me in tackling a specific spiritual focus for the year, I thought I’d tear out the first page from this year’s journal and share it here (well, not literally, actually I’m digitally copying it for you). My Goals, Prayers, and Perspective for 2017

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