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How to Know God More Intimately

How did you come to believe in God and Jesus, to be a child of God, knowing God as your heavenly Father? What is your story? Perhaps your story is still being worked out.  Faith in God through Jesus, means we enter into a unique relationship with God the Father.  That relationship invites us to be Read more…

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A Prayer to be Protected

When our children were quite young, we had chickens and pet bunnies. The chickens lived in a coop and the bunnies lived under the deck in a hutch. One day, as I drove down the driveway having just picked up my children from school, I noticed the door of the coop hanging off and  feathers Read more…

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When Forgiving Someone is Hard

Who do you need to forgive today? Who immediately came to mind with that question?  Perhaps the need for our own forgiveness is key to forgiving the people who hurt and harm us. “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12). It’s so easy to miss the little word Read more…

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Ask, and Keep Asking

Making sourdough bread became a regular activity for my husband and children during the lockdown in the pandemic. I know we weren’t the only people who decided to make their bread. I’m not sure why bread-making became so popular. Perhaps it was because we had plenty of time to do things, or because it was Read more…

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How to Pray for Someone Who Is in a Mess

As well as coming to Jesus with what is weighing us down and trusting that he will make our burdens lighter, there is a communal aspect of making the load easier for each other. We can ask a friend to pray for us, we can confide in a pastor, we can have small group or Read more…

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A Prayer For When You’re Weighed Down

What is weighing you down today? Perhaps it is health issues. Maybe you have financial worries, a lost job. Maybe you’re just tired, mentally, physically and spiritually.  The Bible talks about the weight of all these things as burdens. The word can mean to carry something heavy for a long distance. Jesus used “burden” to Read more…

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Praying to Have a Heart That Understands

Discouraged and disappointed. These are the two words that could be used to describe the two men walking along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Circumstances had not turned out as they hoped. They had placed their faith in Jesus, but he had not provided what they needed or supposed. They had more of a Read more…

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A Prayer to Know Truth Even When You Doubt

I feel sorry for Thomas, the disciple of Jesus, who is labeled “doubting Thomas.” He is known—all this years later—for his disbelief that Jesus had risen from the dead, instead of being recognized for his faith and the declaration he made about Jesus: “My lord and my God” (John 20:28) “My” announces a personal acceptance of Read more…

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The Prayer That Means We’re Never Abandoned

On Good Friday two thousand years ago, the criminal asked—prayed—for Jesus to “remember” him before he went to sheol, the land of forgetfulness. And Jesus replied with an affirmative yes! “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Then Jesus made his own prayer—not asking his Father to remember him, but asking why God had forgotten him.  About three Read more…

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Why Our Prayers Can Begin “Remember Me…”

I have to wonder about the words—well, they are more like a prayer—of the criminal on the cross next to Jesus.  “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Remember me… And Jesus said he would, quite willingly. He offered the man so much more. But, hang on a minute. Shouldn’t the Read more…

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Why Our Prayers Can Begin “If…”

If you had been here… This is the statement that both Martha and Mary make separately to Jesus when he eventually turned up at Lazarus’s graveside.  Their words echo the uncertainty, confusion, and lack of understanding we should express in our prayers. The word “if.” It’s such a small word but loaded with such weight—in Read more…

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The Unclaimed Gift

I read that in the USA, the total unredeemed value of gift cards purchased is estimated to be around a staggering twenty-one billion dollars. It made me think about the gift cards I have partially used or not used at all. I can think of one occasion I added to that figure of twenty-one billion Read more…

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How to love yourself

The Bible has plenty of teachings about love. We are to love God with all our heart, soul and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5). We are to love our neighbor (Mark 12:33). We are to love foreigners, those who are not like ourselves, and strangers (Deuteronomy 10:19). We are even to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44)! And Read more…

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The extent of God’s love for you

When I was a child, I looked forward to Valentine’s Day with great anticipation. I knew that once it got dark, Father Valentine would visit our house. Who on earth, you are probably wondering, is Father Valentine? As a child, I never knew who he was either. All I knew and loved, is that he Read more…

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2 Ways to Pray for Reconciliation

Esau and Jacob had a contentious and tumultuous relationship that could rival any antagonistic relationship that we have experienced or known. Twenty years had passed since Jacob deviously robbed his brother and Esau threatened and planned to kill Jacob.  Then the two men were to meet again. Tensions ran high. Esau approached with four hundred Read more…

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No Relationship is Out of God’s Reach

Most of us are dealing with difficult people, whether it is family or friends. Perhaps you think that’s an understatement when you think about the relationships in your life!  We all have stories of relationships with family or friends that have gone wrong. A brother or sister we haven’t heard from in years. A child Read more…

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Why You Can Open Your Home to God

Most of us don’t reveal in detail to other people the struggles going on in our families. Unless we meet someone who is going through the same thing we are experiencing. Then we are willing to open up because he or she understands the heartache, pain, problems, and frustrations. God, our heavenly Father, is also one who Read more…

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Praying for Your Family is Powerful

Perhaps you can instantly think of one or two of your relatives who are in desperate need of prayer. Others may not be in need but could still benefit from being brought before the Lord for his favor. Some of your family members may never have anyone pray for them unless you do. 

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3 Reasons Why Jesus is the Prince of Peace

Although the people of Judea may have hoped for their own leader and king of the Jews, they did live in relative peace within the Roman Empire. Yet, the announcement of the birth of Jesus came with the celebrations and fanfares of heaven because Jesus heralded a different kind of peace. 

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How Jesus is Our Mighty God

I wonder what people thought, thousands of years ago, when they listened to Isaiah’s words: “For to us a child is born…And he will be called…Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6).Perhaps they thought about the power with which God had separated the Red Sea for their ancestors. When we think about the word “mighty,” it is often with fear and trepidation. And yet, Jesus our Mighty God is like none of these thoughts or images.

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Knowing the Wonder of Jesus

I have never run, nor do I want to run a marathon. But from hearing and observing the experiences of friends and family who have, there are blisters, aching muscles, and exhaustion to endure along the way if one is to make it to the end. No wonder they need us and other spectators to Read more…

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Light that Changes Everything

On our first Christmas, when we moved from England to New England, I discovered some of the Christmas traditions I was used to didn’t make it across the pond on the Mayflower. Or at least they have been changed over the years. Having turkey for Christmas dinner was one of them. As the traditional dish Read more…

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Big-Heartedness is Always Appreciated

One year we escaped Thanksgiving. As most Americans sat down to turkey and trimmings and pumpkin pie we were somewhere between Ohio and Kansas, driving from Boston to Breckenridge. This wasn’t to avoid giving thanks for all the good things in my life. Believe me, I know I should practice being more thankful, instead of Read more…

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Three Habits to Keep You Grateful

When we’re in the middle of tough times, often we can only think about the basics needed for each day or even to get through the next hour. It can be hard to give thought to being grateful when we’re simply trying to survive. But, when storms pass and we have time to look back Read more…

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Remembering to be Grateful

How has God rescued you? Do you remember the significant moment when you realized God came to save you through his Son Jesus? I remember that moment when God answered my prayer. He heard my simple cry for help and he reached down and turned my life around. I am so grateful. The Bible teaches Read more…

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Having Confidence in God’s Love

Daniel, who survived a night with lions, was a man determined to stay true to God and follow God, wherever that took him.  Daniel was also completely confident in God’s unwavering love for him and his people. Daniel knew that God loved him and his people, even when they had turned away from God. That Read more…

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God’s Love for His Children

God loves children and babies. The Almighty, Eternal God who, with his breath and words, created our intricate world and commands billions of galaxies, is goo-goo over babies and children. You could have called me a career woman before I had children. I controlled large budgets, sat in boardrooms often as the only woman around Read more…

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Praise God for His Unwavering Love

Love hurts. Wherever this expression originated, we can relate to it. All of us know the pain of giving our heart to someone or something. However, it’s not the intense feeling of love that hurts but the response or the outcome of our love that causes sorrow or suffering. It may be losing someone we Read more…

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Praise God for His Universe-Sized Love

With technology such as the James Webb Telescope, scientists are discovering more about the universe than ever before. The telescope is giving images of star formation taking place 1,350 light-years from Earth, and challenging scientists’ knowledge and what they believed to be true. 1,350 light-years is a long way! The universe, scientists suggest, could be Read more…

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The Simplicity of Asking God for Guidance

Think about how you ask for directions. You make it simple, straightforward, and use words that you know, especially if you’re asking in a foreign language. It is the same when we ask God for guidance. This is the next lesson we learn when praying for God to guide us. We’ve already realized it is Read more…

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Common Sense and God’s Guidance

When we pray for God’s guidance, we don’t just appeal to God’s promises to guide us well. We use our common sense too. Abraham had sent his trusted servant Eliezer, the man who had run his household for years, on an important mission—to find a wife for his son, Isaac. Eliezer had set out on Read more…

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How to Ask for Guidance – Part 1

What do you need guidance on? Perhaps you have an important decision to make. Maybe you are trying to find the right person to fill a role or spend the rest of your life with. Perhaps you just need to know the right words to say. How should we ask God to guide us? Today, Read more…

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Praise God for His Guidance

Constantly throughout the Bible, we are told that God is our guide. And with God’s guidance we can be encouraged instead of discouraged, satisfied and feel content instead of being disappointed.

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Praise God for His Power and Authority

After my daughter and I had stood in line for thirteen hours to show our respects to Queen Elizabeth II and her reign, it led me to consider the sovereignty of God. Who is this sovereign God, and what does his power and authority look like so that we can worship him with complete reverence? Read more…

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Praise God for His Royal Rule

When Queen Elizabeth II died, my daughter and I traveled to London and stood in line for thirteen hours to pay our respects. We flew to London from New York, went to our hotel, showered, put a few bottles of water and snacks in a bag and headed to the beginning of the “queue” some Read more…

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Praise God for Being Faithful

Sometimes though, it’s hard to wrap our minds around the meaning of God’s faithfulness. It’s a term that can be so familiar to us that it can lose its meaning. Or we base our knowledge of faithfulness on our experience with other people. Here are two understandings that I hope help us grasp the extent of God’s faithfulness to us.

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Praise God Who Fills Us with Hope

Hope is not wishful thinking, but the living God who is around you and within you. You can trust him with your life and this hope will not lead to disappointment (Romans 5:5 NLT).

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Praise God for His Comforting Words and Actions

The idea of being in a place of physical ease and having a nice lifestyle is a more modern meaning of the word “comfort.” The origin of “comfort” in French and Latin has more to do with strength and support than freedom from hardship. This is the biblical meaning of the word too. In particular, it means to strengthen and console in times of grief and distress. 

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God’s selfless nature

when the Bible tells us that God is like a shepherd and Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd, we have to use our imagination and search in the Bible for clues as to what this means for us. 

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Praise God for Being Rock Solid

Use the prayer to praise God for being rock solid and commit to running and remaining in him whatever circumstances you face.

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Praise God for Your Breath

I have climbed Quandary Peak, a fourteener in Colorado, twice. It is one of the fifty eight peaks in the Rocky Mountains range that is over 14,000 feet (4200+ metres).   The trailhead starts at 10,850 feet above sea level and the elevation gain to get to the peak is 3,450 feet (1050 metres). The Read more…

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A Prayer of Praise for God’s Artistry

When was the last time you were amazed by the beauty of our world and fascinated with the universe in which we live? Perhaps it was this morning or maybe not for a while: the exquisite intricacy of a flower, the breathtaking colors of a sunset, or the magnificence of the ocean. For me, I Read more…

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God Meets Us in the Lonely Places

We can struggle to find time to pray when our days are full. Life can be busy from the moment we get up until we go to bed. Or when we do pray, our minds wander and we end up making our to-do list instead of talking to God. Prayer is hard to do. I Read more…

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3 Steps When You’re Struggling to Trust God

God wants us to trust Him. This might be easy to do when life is going well and we see God at work but when life gets difficult and we don’t see God doing anything, our confidence in him can waver. Here are 3 steps to being reminded of how God works: 1. Sometimes the Read more…

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A Prayer For When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

Sometimes, life is overwhelming. We can feel like we’re constantly fighting battles, both big and small. We may feel like we’re always on the go, with never a moment to rest. Or we may feel ill-equipped and poorly organized for the tasks ahead of us. If you are feeling this way, you are not alone. Read more…

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A Prayer to Move Forward

Don’t underestimate what God can use. Sometimes, those things we think are a hindrance or threat to moving forward are the very things God can use extraordinarily and mightily. For example, with the Roman Emipire in the first century, tension existed between the local people and their Roman occupiers. Jesus’ followers wanted his kingdom to Read more…

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A Prayer for Knowing and Following God

Like me, you probably don’t have much contact with shepherds or sheep. Although on one occasion, when visiting a local farm near our home that was also an education center for children, I came to understand what it must be like to be a shepherd. As we walked around the farm and came to the Read more…

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A Prayer to Step into God’s Transforming Power

Sometimes we’d rather stay with what we know best and where we feel safest instead of stepping out into the unknown and experiencing God’s transforming power at work in our lives. But a lakeside encounter can change everything. Pebbles crunched under my feet and reeds rustled in the light breeze–the only sounds on a peaceful Read more…

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A Prayer to Break Down Spiritual Barriers

Sometimes we may find it hard to pray. It can feel like a barrier, a brick wall, exists between us and God. Yet, on my trip to Israel, I found a wall to be a reminder of the freedom and open access we have to God through Jesus. To get to the Western Wall in Read more…

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A Prayer to Be Ourselves When We Worship

Sometimes, we can be unsure if the way we worship God is good enough or the right way. A visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, nestled in a corner of Jerusalem and accessed by the narrow streets of the Old City, gave me some insight. This large rambling church is built on a Read more…

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