bless them often

At close of day, my thoughts go out to those friends who have lost loved ones, faced medical emergencies, received a bad report from their doctor or experienced another life changing situation in the past few days. For those friends, life was changed forever in an instant. Dear Hearts, we never know what tomorrow will […]

it’s about diligence

Our family enjoys the fun and refreshment of water slides and lazy rivers. At most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full, the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike wait […]

where to start

Sometimes prayer begins with a confession of wrong-doing. … I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. . _Psalm 32:5 For the child of God, confession of sin without an […]

the ‘right’ way

Does the Bible teach a Right Way to pray? Throughout the Bible effective prayer includes elements of adoration, confession and commitment, as well as requests. “When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days; and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. _Nehemiah 1:4-11 (RSV)  While Ezra […]

a conversation with God

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your […]