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Mindfulness | an invitation for rest

I hear a strange sound coming from my phone. Different from what I’m used to. I grab my phone out of curiosity. “Your average screen time last week was 2 hours and 38 minutes a day.” Wow. That much?! I let the numbers sink in. Of the 16 hours that I am awake on an average day, I apparently spent 15% on my phone. That’s so much! It’s also just bizar. In my head I’m pretty busy. I get overwhelmed by the tasks that I still have to do. My thoughts are everywhere except for where they should be. And I actually lost the overview. So how does that work with my phone? Apparently I do have time to spend about 18 hours a week on my phone. I did not realize that at all!  It is time for some change. Time to be more aware of how I spend my time.  But where do I start?  Mindfulness I grab...

​​What does Jesus say about prayer?

“I don’t want to be afraid anymore.”  “Life will bring you down, but you can choose to rise again.” Have you heard this quote before? No, this is not a statement from the Bible. It is from the blockbuster Karate Kid. A young guy moves to China and is bullied there. When he meets an old kung fu master, this man teaches him all the tricks of the martial art. He gives him confidence. By watching the master, by practicing a lot himself, he gets better and better. The most important lesson he learns: focus & always keep going! And strangely enough, that is exactly what we hear from Jesus about prayer. Let’s look at the “master of prayer” and find out how you can learn to pray. [embedded content] ‘Master’ Jesus about prayer; If you want to learn something well, you look to the master. T...

Famous people who pray

This list of famous people who pray will no doubt surprise you. You’ll see names that make you think, really?!  Do you feel like praying is something for dull, boring people? Not according to these worldwide famous artists and actors! Read here what place prayer occupies in their lives. Famous people who pray:  1. Matthew McConaughey A celebrity who certainly does not hide that he believes in Jesus is Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, The Wolf in Wall Street). Even during his Oscar speech, he mostly thanked God. Prayer plays an important role in his life and helps him to remain standing in Hollywood. “What I love about prayer is that in that moment I am ‘just’ a child of God. Not that famous actor, not the husband of, not the father, but simply a man in conta...

Serenity Prayer

Do you recognize it? The feeling that it’s all a bit too much? The feeling that you are overwhelmed? That you just want to run and flee from a situation, cover yourself in blankets and forget everything? Pray this Serenity Prayer and let God help you. You are not alone! God is with you. He wants to give you his peace and rest. Do you want to pray but are you having a hard time coming up with words? Do you wonder how you should pray? Maybe this Serenity Prayer will help you. Serenity Prayer God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did...

What does the bible say about prayer?

Is praying really that important? Why would I pray? As a matter of fact, everyone should pray. Why? Because God thinks it’s important! What is prayer? One of the definitions that Google’s search results give to prayer is “contacting higher powers.” If you assume this definition to be correct, you will read the first spoken prayer in the Bible in Genesis 2:23. The Bible says quite a bit about prayer! Read on! Hopefully these Bible verses about prayer will encourage you. Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jere...

Learn how to pray

Standing on hold for hours and then suddenly you hear that terrible sentence: ‘this caller can’t be connected’. And just when you needed help or a complaint. So frustrating that you want to throw your phone across the room. Recognizable? That’s how it can feel when praying. You need help or have a complaint and you can’t seem to get in touch with God. Or you are not used to praying at all and you are afraid that you have the wrong number. You may think: what am I doing wrong? Where can I follow a Learn how to Pray course? Learn how to pray step by step Even if you have no idea how prayer works, you have already taken the most important step. That’s nice, isn’t it? The very first step for you to learn how to pray is that you want to connect with God. If you’re reading this article, you prob...

What is worship?

Picture this. A father and daughter are sitting in their church pew on a sunday morning. Topic today: What is worship? The preacher talks about Psalm 23: ‘the Lord is my shepherd’. As an experiment he has asked several musicians to play that old Psalm from the Bible. In their own favorite worship style.  First one up is a cantor, a singer who solemnly sings the song without any musical support. Next is the organ player. He gives a slow and steady performance of the psalm and the congregation joins in. Up comes the lady with the harp, who sings and plays the song. Last is the worship band: drums, guitars, the violin and a saxophone. The lead singers get everybody up on their feet and singing along.  My question to you: what is the best way to worship God? Best way to worship? The ...

What are famous songs about prayer?

Faith in God is a great source of inspiration for many artists. And certainly not only for performers of Christian music. You will also find many references to God and prayer in pop music. It is interesting to see what prayer means to the artists: a direct line to God, a habit or is it a nice expression? Through the songs you can often also discover something about their own relationship with God. And so you can reflect on your vision of prayer. Top 10 songs about prayer This top ten includes songs about prayer by the likes of Sam Smith, Kesha, Kendrick Lamar, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin and more. Listen to the songs, read the lyrics, and think for yourself: what does prayer mean to you? 1. Pray | Sam Smith ft. Logic We know Sam Smith from the James Bond title song Writing’s on the Wall ...

How can I stop worrying?

An old gray-haired woman sits in her bedroom. On top of her suitcase. It just won’t close. She can’t stop worrying. The suitcase is so crammed. With her full weight, she sits on it and then she hears *click*. The suitcase is finally closed. But now she has to get the suitcase down. The old lady stands at the top of the steep stairs. She tries to stop fretting, takes a deep sigh and takes her first step. Behind her she hears *click* again. This time the suitcase does not open, but bursts at the seams. Her belongings find their way out. The suitcase throws her off balance. And then… Suitcase full of worries Have you ever had such a full suitcase? A suitcase under high stress?Sometimes your heart and your head can feel like that too.Like a suitcase full of worries. You worry about your job, y...

Problems? Get the best advice here!

Taking exams? Problems with your family? Arguments with your friends? Discover the best advice you’ll ever get. Dani and Dannah don’t beat around the bush. In three little words (Pray about it) they explain exactly what you can do when you’re at a loss!  [embedded content] Pray about it! In other words: pray for it!  With the advice of these two girls, you can take on the world again for a while. These two sisters Dani & Dannah Locket have their own YouTube channel and like to send a piece of positivity into the world. Their videos have not gone unnoticed. After their video “Call Jesus” went viral and the invitations to appear on television poured in. Meanwhile, the girls are even acting.  [embedded content] Why should their videos inspire so many people? After all,...

What if the sky remains silent?

“It’s STILL across the street. It’s STILL across the street. STILL across the street!” Have you ever sung this along at the soccer stadium or in the schoolyard? Laugh it up! But do you ever feel like it’s really quiet across the street? Or rather the top? What if the sky silent? That it stays quiet in heaven when you pray. That you can’t get in touch with God. What do you do, when heaven remains silent?  The silence of God It’s enough to drive a man crazy, it’ll break a man’s faithIt’s enough to make him wonder if he’s ever been saneWhen he’s bleating for comfort from thy staff and thy rodAnd heaven’s only answer is the silence of God The silence of God. It is maddening, painful and sad. There is a great sadness hidden in this song by Andrew Paterson. What if heaven remains silent whi...

What does the Bible say about rest?

Do you have a restless heart? Do you fail to quiet your mind? The Bible is full of texts about rest. Already in the first Bible book Genesis it becomes clear how important God thinks it is for us humans to take rest in our lives. The Bible book tells how God made the world and how God himself takes rest to enjoy his creation. In addition to physical rest, the Bible often speaks of rest and peace for the soul. What does the Bible say about rest? Let these texts quiet your soul.  The bible about rest God is not a God of disorder but of peace 1 Corinthians 14:33 +++++ Throw everything you’re worried about into God’s hands He cares for you 1 Peter 5:7 +++++ Come to Me when you are tired Come to Me when you are bowed down under the weight of your problems! I will give you rest Matthew 11:2...

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