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I have a favorite verse today.Tomorrow ’twill be another.So rich the Word of God does layUpon my heart the answer. For whatever is my urgent need,This daily bread He transmits.If anxiety plagues, I concede,Philippians 4 only peace permits. When sleep eludes in dark of nightPsalm 23 brings the Shepherd’s hope.Rest then comes ’til dawns new light;His word provides strength to cope. If trials plague and worry swells,Then Matthew 6 is where I camp.Reminders of where His promise dwellsLight the way with His great lamp. When my soul descends to doubtOr I wonder if this life is all,John 14:6 tells me Who it’s aboutAnd how He saved us from the fall. If I want to meditate on the cross,wondering why God cares for me;Not understanding God’s great lossI turn to the truth of Isaiah 53. I could go on li...

because prayer is more than words

I used to think prayer required words. Words to express thoughts. Words to articulate feelings. Words to coax quiet places out of hiding. Words to claim truth. Words to encourage life. Words were something I believed I never had enough of. Or, at least, not the right ones.  On a morning run – because sometimes conversations with God happen without a pen in hand. And I believed that to engage with God, words were required. After all, words form story. Words shape meaning. Ideas. Dreams.  And how could conversation with God–prayer–not involve words? How can communication take place without them?  That’s what I used to think. When my heart couldn’t find its way to God, I filled journals with words. My words. His words. It was through the words of conversation that God’s voice w...

April Scripture Writing Guide (2021)

Scripture writing plans are incredibly simple, yet incredibly effective for helping us read, interpret and absorb the Word of God. Rather than simply letting our eyes pass over a verse and perhaps miss its full meaning, writing Scripture down helps us absorb each word and really think through what the passage before us is saying. Each day in April you’ll have the opportunity to write down a verse. We suggest using a journal where you can add any additional mediations or prayers that the verse brings to mind. Click here to download the April Scripture Writing Guide! Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

Walking In the Rain

These days as we make the most of our restrictive environment, my mind wandered back to when I felt gloriously unrestrained. One particular day, I was walking home from school because I missed my bus. It started to drizzle, and I realized I had no umbrella, nor was I wearing a jacket with a hood. We had an unspoken rule that we never got our hair wet as it meant washing, drying, braiding again. I had a relaxer at that time, so I also thought if my hair got wet, no big deal! (after all, wasn’t that the point?) All of these thoughts ran through my mind initially as the rain became a steady downpour. I was still quite a ways from home. I could wait it out in a storefront, I could run, or I could just walk in the rain. I chose to walk in the rain, and it was one of the most liberati...

Parenting Tips for Single Moms

25 Parenting Tips for Single Moms                 If we surveyed a thousand single moms, there would be a thousand different answers on the best practices of how to parent your children well.  Different strokes for different folks, as they say.  That said, we want to provide some clarity and calm to what can sometimes be a difficult journey of parenting alone.  Let’s be real.  It is hard.  It is really hard.  There are droves of single mothers who have gone before you and have done it well. They have raised well-rounded, loving, respectful adults who are contributing to society in amazing ways.  Do not let the naysayers distract you from the task at hand.     &n...

The Ache of Beauty

As a girl, I remember buying a classical music cassette tape with my own money and pushing play in a pink bedroom tucked under the eaves. When I heard Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the first time, the perfection of that sweet melody caused a queer aching to well up inside of me. It was mystifying at the time, but I now know that it was my soul’s unconscious response to beauty. Decades have passed and I have experienced this feeling many times since: at the sight of a staggeringly stunning sunset off my own back deck, hiking amidst impossible shades of green in the Scottish Highlands, in response to rich, melancholy cello notes falling from my son’s bow. In his autobiography Surprised By Joy, C.S. Lewis refers to this sensation as “the stab, the pang, the inconsolable longing.”  Lewi...

Should Christians Manifest?

If you’re like me, you’ve seen plenty of online ads promising to teach you how to “get anything you want.” The promise sounds unbelievable and appealing at the same time. How can someone teach me how not only to get something I want, but anything I want? Most of these promises are founded in the teaching of manifesting. This new age term refers to one’s ability to use their thoughts and beliefs to attract the positive outcomes in their lives that they want. The idea is that whatever you focus on, you can manifest or bring into your physical reality. As I shared in my last video on the types of thoughts the Bible warns against, the scriptures have a lot to say about our thoughts. Manifesting raises the question of how should Christians be using our thoughts? Should we be using our thoughts ...

3 Types of Thoughts the Bible Warns Against

Oftentimes, we don’t really think about what we’re thinking and two problems arise when we do that. We accept any thought that comes into our minds. And #2, we fail to realize that we have control over our thoughts. We know that we don’t have to accept any thought that pops into our mind, or fall into the belief that we have no power over our thoughts, because the Bible gives us very clear instructions on how believers should think. Specifically, today I want to share with you 3 types of thoughts the Bible warns against.  #1 Anxious Thoughts The first type of thought the Bible warns against are anxious thoughts. A lot of the worry we experience first starts in our minds, and oftentimes is rooted in our own lack of control. This is why the Bible is straightforward about worry with a si...

The Beauty of Darkness

I don’t know about you, but I am on the lookout for beauty these days. It feels like so many things are ugly, marred, broken, and difficult. I long for the perceived “easy” days of childhood, when my parents navigated the waters of adulthood and brought magic and beauty into our days with a simple “look at that flower God created, isn’t it beautiful?” Maybe I feel this way because I’m tired. I’m tired of the mess of the world, and beating a path to find beauty feels long, hard, and uphill. Maybe I feel this way because it’s winter here; around me the ground is brown and barren, the skies gray and heavy with rain, the plants still dormant and waiting for the warm spring sun. Maybe it’s because I’m forgetting what real beauty is and where to look for it. I find that often beauty must be cult...

Giving Others the Benefit of the Doubt

As a mom, wife, sister, and employee, the need for God’s constant presence through prayer is inevitable and palpable. When I’m flustered by the day-to-day tasks of motherhood, it is then I turn my gaze upwards seeking the One from whom my help comes. When I feel alone or unheard, I turn to Him remembering that he always hears me. When I’m at crossroads with decision-making, I seek wisdom from His voice and His word. At the end of each day, no matter how it went, I’m grateful that I made it to the end of the day, with His help. A Prayer for Giving Others the Benefit of the Doubt Father, help me to believe the best of people. Help me not to live life as a victim, always thinking that someone is out to get me. Help me to understand that I’m worthy of love, kindness, and grace because You made...

love in the desert

The week with you in the desert was not what I expected. I always pictured it as a desolate place. A place of emptiness. And loneliness. An absence of goodness and hope and sound. But it wasn’t that, was it? When the Spirit led you into the desert, you were not dropped off and abandoned. Holy Spirit never left you. How could I have imagined, without you, that those 40 days involved this scene: a bonfire and mirth and story after story of your Dad—his character and his laughter and his adventures in creating all that is beautiful and wild and good? I couldn’t see this on my own. Now I admit, while I watched, I didn’t hear every inside joke the two of you shared. But thank you for letting me gather close so I could hear the fire crackling in the night and the sound of your voices as you both...

Ten Things Christians Argue About that Won’t Matter in Heaven

10 Things Christians Argue About that Won’t Matter in Heaven             Freedom is in knowing who you are in Christ and being able to let things go. It is the refusal to walk in offense and being quick to forgive. It is being slow to speak and even slower to anger.  Freedom is in knowing that you do not hold a grudge from a wrongdoing in the past that would potentially weigh you down.  It is truly, truly, truly a freeing feeling to know that you do not need to always be right. My precious elderly aunt once told me that her more than sixty-year marriage had lasted because she long ago gave up her right to be right.              Sadly, when I began this article, I rea...