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…

The Word of His Grace

I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able…But as for you, continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for…

unanswered prayers

At that same time, I begged God: “God, my Master, you let me in on the beginnings, you let me see your greatness, you let me see your might—what god in Heaven or Earth can do anything like what you’ve done! Please, let me in also on the endings, let me cross the river and…

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…

learning to pray effectively

Prayer is, perhaps, the most universally practiced, yet least understood of human experiences. Prayer is one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith. Its simplest definition is communication with God, yet so often we approach prayer like a one-way telephone conversation, forgetting that God also wants to speak to us.

hear & forgive

Let us hear what the Lord will speak for he will speak to his people.  Open our ears that we may be in your presence fully. I love the Lord, because he hears and answers my prayers.  Because he bends down and listens.  I will pray as long as I have breath!  Psalm 116:1-2 Today…

secrets of prayer

If you would have power from God to accomplish the will of God it is necessary to follow the example and teachings of Christ. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.  When evening came, he was there alone…Matthew 14:23 And in the morning, a great…

prayer requests

It snowed in the night!  Well…not snow SNOW. The pears are dropping their blossoms. Everything is covered with petals.  After growing up in the Colorado mountains, I can tell you without question – I’ll take my snow this way!!! It’s been another interesting week here at the cottage….a very busy week…but interesting. The blog re-design…