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
Love Conquers All
My beloved is mine, and I am his; HeÂ pasturesÂ his flockÂ among the lilies. ~ Song of Songs 2:16 God’s story is a love story. We can read His storyÂ in the Scripture, behold it in the seasons, wonder over it in the oceans and maybe more than anywhere else, we can catch glimpses of His great love in ourÂ relationships, the completely broken and the less brokenÂ ones. The completely broken ones pointÂ the way,Â even.. Read More
About the Accuser: Through the Children’s Eyes (edition 5)
The accuser comes against the productive, alive, soul. Job, of the Bible, in the land of Uz, was one of these. The first thing we learn of him, that is repeated by God himself, is that he, “was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.”(Job 1:1,8) What does this kind of life look like? Here’s a picture of it from the book of Job: “… IÂ delivered the poor.. 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
How to Pray Continually
Hello Friends! Writing to you today from a different state and address and with a renewed heart. I have thought often of you all and am eager to share the encouragements and gifts that have come my way this past month. Also, delighted to be sharing the same article (by a different title), The Liminal Space of Prayer, over at His Israel this morning. So, let’s jump right in with.. Read More
Want to be Brave? Get Ready for Joy Beyond What You Can Reach.
The idea of designingÂ The Martyrs’Cross had been in my husband’s heart for some time before we got married. However, it was just a couple months before we wed that it fully ripened and became a reality. It was a symbol to us of our purpose in coming together. We met at a Voice of the Martyrs’ conference both sure we wouldÂ never marry and definitely not have any children. Well, almost.. 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…