Be JOYFUL Always!

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  Be joyful always. Maybe your heart is saying, “Really?  Joyful?  My parents fight; someone is always mad at me.  My dad never acts like I matter.  I can’tContinue reading “Be JOYFUL Always!”

Crafting Prayers

I stumbled across a phrase in a book I am reading that set my mind and heart on fire, and I want to share it with you.  “Crafted prayers.” Does that stir your heart like it does mine?  The moment I read it, I recognized a concept that I wanted to invest in more deeply. Continue reading “Crafting Prayers”

Parents as Builders

Integrity is the key to building a solid life that will last for eternity.  The foundation upon which the builder’s life is established is critical.  We can not transfer our foundation to the life of another, but we can live in such a way that our foundation is revealed as trustworthy, valuable and worth imitation.Continue reading “Parents as Builders”

Growing Up in Christ

God parents each of us perfectly!  Growing in grace and knowledge as Jesus did is an individual responsibility.  But we all–whether we have children or not–have opportunities to disciple (or spiritually parent) others.  This prayer guide is a tool ifor the growing up process–for ourselves and others. Parenting is a privilege and responsibility that allowsContinue reading “Growing Up in Christ”

Prayer Tools

The last few weeks have offered numerous opportunities to share information on developing a prayer habit–especially through the use of a prayer journal.  One of the tools that helped me prayer fervently and effectively was ‘perpetual lists.’  The link below provides a document with three of those key lists: 31 Days of Prayer focused onContinue reading “Prayer Tools”

Difficulties Guaranteed. Choose Outcome: Weariness or Worship.

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 Difficulties and disappointments are guaranteed to come to every life.  The outcome of every situation is our choice.  We canContinue reading “Difficulties Guaranteed. Choose Outcome: Weariness or Worship.”

Why won’t he listen to me?

Jump, Scooby, Jump! She’s four.  She’s been on a horse for about four hours in her life.  She knew what he could do.  She knew what she wanted to do.  She spoke clearly and told him so. Scooby, who loves jumping, ignored her.    Her voice became more insistent until the words were a plaintive plea:Continue reading “Why won’t he listen to me?”

Hearing God in Horrors of Hurt

On the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, looking to Jesus–our INTERCESSOR–is a blessed endeavor!  May you enjoy this excerpt from my devotional, Fixing our Eyes on God. There are some wonderful, awe-inspiring revelations of Jesus that begin with “I.”  He is the I am, the Image of the invisible God, immortal, immutable,Continue reading “Hearing God in Horrors of Hurt”

What Good is Praying?

The coming elections evoke much heated discussion.  Every hot button topic of society flares up as the issues boil down to the choice of one candidate.  This won’t be a piece on whom you should vote for or what you should consider.  It is a glimpse of how God works individually in the midst of our lost world. Continue reading “What Good is Praying?”

Let’s Look Like Jesus: Prayerful

The prayerful spirit of Christ offers a shining facet to our transformed character! Christ’s commitment to communing with the Father is a design we must emulate. Despite being God incarnate, Jesus Christ demonstrated a high priority on prayer fellowship with God, the Father. Scriptural accounts show Christ seeking private prayer time throughout His earthly life.Continue reading “Let’s Look Like Jesus: Prayerful”