“Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; weâ€™re proclaiming Jesus the Messiah, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, â€œLight up the darkness!â€ and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.”- 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 Hello Friends, It’s now been a little while since you last.. Read More
Do Not Be Afraid: Keep Praying
â€œIt is of great importance, when we begin to practice prayer, not to let ourselves be frightened by our own thoughts.â€ â€• Teresa of Ãvila, The Life of Saint Teresa of Ãvila by Herself Sometimes in prayer, it’s easy to get distracted. Sometimes, it’s easy to get frightened. Sometimes, it’s easy not to pray at all. Sometimes, we just have to pick up where we left offâ€”not condemning ourselves for.. Read More
Peace on Earth, A Reality to Pray For?
Our prayer group this week will meditate on the words, Christ is all and in all. Then we have to make a choiceâ€”do we believe it? Not, do we say it, think it, regurgitate it. Do we believe it? “Let us make revolutionists and terrorists a matter of prayerful concern, asking that they may use their energies in the service of peaceful reforms.â€ â€” Richard Wurmbrand When I get too.. Read More
What Peter Said: Words We Can Pray
Hello Friends! The Scripture that our prayer group focused on this week was, “Let the message of ChristÂ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdomÂ through psalms,Â hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” (Colossians 3:16) It was the word “dwell” that really caught my attention. ItÂ catches meÂ different right now than at other times in my life, maybe due.. Read More
Praying For Peace
This kind of peace belongs to people with grit, people who trust in the middle of darkest darknessâ€”their own or the world’s. Pollyanna wishing can’t survive here, optimism blows away in the wind.
Forgiveness broadens our territory, a wonderful thing and sometimes frightening as well. It can be like turning the corner on a new road, unfamiliar, our breath may shallow or halt altogether if we can’t discern whether we’ve turned the wrong way on a one way or not. Having recently moved I regularly find myself realizing that there are many places where I simply cannot see beyond my current location, I’ve.. Read More
Praying HOPE: Through The Children’s Eyes (Edition 4)
Hope can seem elusive. It’s shadows are long ones draped across the landscapes of our lives but often instead of perceiving an invitation to adventure chasing toward the light, we hesitate at the darkness of the shadows, as though it is a darkness to be avoided. Children and adventures seem to go hand in hand, they are good at leading the way.Â I often need their help. Before I ever had.. Read More
The Beauty of Being Known: a.k.a. “Prayer”.
“The prayer preceding all prayers is ‘May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.’” â€”C.S. Lewis Time passes by us heavy some days. Days can pass and we pass with them like we’re drawn with bowling balls tied around our ankles; not sure whether we were here or there. But, if we have the grace to notice we are here.. Read More
For When It’s Easier to Look Away than At the Face of Suffering
I went “prepared” to help meet our persecuted family’s needs, yet, instead they held my hands and captivated my eyes. They told me how they pray for America to experience “the blessing of persecution”. My mind has spun with confusion and questions that felt like being alone in an empty room. These times must come. Undeniably, my spirit has been hungry with anticipation that I too could grasp their secret.. Read More
Through The Children’s Eyes, (edition 2)
Reading the story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5 was heavy with discussion and wide-eyes. Before I go further, let me be clear in the picture I paint for you: the 8 year old is coloring and listening half of the time (I think), the six year old is building with Legos and making a LOT of rocket blasting sounds, but still sometimes seems to be listening enough to tell us the last few things we said. (I’m just glad he’s still around the table with us.) And the 3 year old, well, that depends on the day. But I keep him as close by as I can because the 10, 12 & 14 year olds were that little once, and today, as I read the story…