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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 13

We know the importance and value of prayer. As James 5:16 (NIRV) says:  The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it.Sometimes, though, we need a little help to find a routine and pray consistently — to make prayer a habit. I want to help you get intentional in your prayer life. Each day I will provide you with an opportunity to practice prayer — to help you pray naturally. These will be simple, biblically-based prayer prompts with fill-in-the-blanks that you can personalize for yourself and your life. Here is today’s prayer prompt: The person of Jesus Christ is altogether powerful Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 12

We know the importance and value of prayer. As James 5:16 (NIRV) says:  The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it. Sometimes, though, we need a little help to find a routine and pray consistently — to make prayer a habit. I want to help you get intentional in your prayer life. Each day I will provide you with an opportunity to practice prayer — to help you pray naturally. These will be simple, biblically-based prayer prompts with fill-in-the-blanks that you can personalize for yourself and your life. Here is today’s prayer prompt: Jesus began His ministry announcing the Kingdom Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 11

We know the importance and value of prayer. As James 5:16 (NIRV) says:  The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it. Sometimes, though, we need a little help to find a routine and pray consistently — to make prayer a habit. I want to help you get intentional in your prayer life. Each day I will provide you with an opportunity to practice prayer — to help you pray naturally. These will be simple, biblically-based prayer prompts with fill-in-the-blanks that you can personalize for yourself and your life. Here is today’s prayer prompt: You’re as real to me as bedrock Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 10

We know the importance and value of prayer. As James 5:16 (NIRV) says:  The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it. Sometimes, though, we need a little help to find a routine and pray consistently — to make prayer a habit. I want to help you get intentional in your prayer life. Each day I will provide you with an opportunity to practice prayer — to help you pray naturally. These will be simple, biblically-based prayer prompts with fill-in-the-blanks that you can personalize for yourself and your life. Here is today’s prayer prompt: Sometimes we forget how much God has Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 9

Intercessory prayer might be defined as loving our neighbors on our knees – Charles Bent The Bible is full of examples of people praying for others. We are going to follow their example to pray for people in our lives. As 1 Timothy 2:1 (CEV) says: First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them. Also work for the success of the city I have sent you to. Pray to the Lord for that city. If it succeeds, you too will enjoy success. Jeremiah 29:7 Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 8

Tim Keller writes that “there is no situation or emotion a human being can experience that is not reflected somewhere in the Psalms.” “Immersing ourselves in the Psalms and turning them into prayers helps us pray in accord with God’s character and will.” A prayer for the nation Lord God, I pray for the nation and its leaders, specifically for ________________________________. I pray ____________________________ will turn to you and not turn their backs on you regarding________________________________. Forgive us all in our country when we have ignored you. As those in authority, particularly __________________, make plans, give them the wisdom to make decisions and rulings with Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 7

We know the importance and value of prayer. As James 5:16 (NIRV) says:  The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it. Sometimes, though, we need a little help to find a routine and pray consistently — to make prayer a habit. I want to help you get intentional in your prayer life. Each day I will provide you with an opportunity to practice prayer — to help you pray naturally. These will be simple, biblically-based prayer prompts with fill-in-the-blanks that you can personalize for yourself and your life. Here is today’s prayer prompt: God has many different names which express Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 6

Lord, so many times I fail; I fall into disgrace. But when I trust in you, I have a strong and glorious presence protecting and anointing me. Forever you’re all I need! Psalm 73:26 TPT Start with:Lord God, I praise you because you are strong and powerful, always protecting me and blessing me throughout my day. I worship you because you never fail. Think about the day ahead. Ask God to meet your needs. Heavenly Father, today I need you to be with me and protect me when: _________________________________ Pray for one person today who needs a reminder that God is still taking care of him/her. Today Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 5

We know the importance and value of prayer. As James 5:16 (NIRV) says:  The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it. Sometimes, though, we need a little help to find a routine and pray consistently — to make prayer a habit. I want to help you get intentional in your prayer life. Each day I will provide you with an opportunity to practice prayer — to help you pray naturally. These will be simple, biblically-based prayer prompts with fill-in-the-blanks that you can personalize for yourself and your life. Here is today’s prayer prompt: Forgiveness is at the heart of our Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 4

We know the importance and value of prayer. As James 5:16 (NIRV) says:  The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it. Sometimes, though, we need a little help to find a routine and pray consistently — to make prayer a habit. I want to help you get intentional in your prayer life. Each day I will provide you with an opportunity to practice prayer — to help you pray naturally. These will be simple, biblically-based prayer prompts with fill-in-the-blanks that you can personalize for yourself and your life. Here is today’s prayer prompt: Praying a Psalm or part of a Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 2

We know the importance and value of prayer. As James 5:16 (NIRV) says:  The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it. Sometimes, though, we need a little help to find a routine and pray consistently — to make prayer a habit. I want to help you get intentional in your prayer life. Each day I will provide you with an opportunity to practice prayer — to help you pray naturally. These will be simple, biblically-based prayer prompts with fill-in-the-blanks that you can personalize for yourself and your life. Here is today’s prayer prompt: Jesus began his ministry announcing the Kingdom Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 1

We know the importance and value of prayer. As James 5:16 (NIRV) says:  The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it. Sometimes, though, we need a little help to find a routine and pray consistently — to make prayer a habit. I want to help you get intentional in your prayer life. Each day I will provide you with an opportunity to practice prayer — to help you pray naturally. These will be simple, biblically-based prayer prompts with fill-in-the-blanks that you can personalize for yourself and your life. Here is today’s prayer prompt: At each and every sunrise we will Read more…Read More →

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 3

We know the importance and value of prayer. As James 5:16 (NIRV) says:  The prayer of a godly person is powerful. Things happen because of it. Sometimes, though, we need a little help to find a routine and pray consistently — to make prayer a habit. I want to help you get intentional in your prayer life. Each day I will provide you with an opportunity to practice prayer — to help you pray naturally. These will be simple, biblically-based prayer prompts with fill-in-the-blanks that you can personalize for yourself and your life. Here is today’s prayer prompt: The person of Jesus Christ is altogether Read more…Read More →

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Reduce stress by combining walking with praying

I rarely wake up, leap out of bed, throw back the shades with a “yay, morning.” Instead, I usually turn over, stretch out my hand and feel for a mug of tea, which I hope my husband has made for me. The caffeine gives me the kick I need to get out of my cocoon. Some mornings, I must admit, I do grumble — I’m not a morning person — yet there is one activity that changes my attitude and demeanor—a walk and talk with God. For years my regular pattern each day, when my schedule allowed, was to put on my fitness gear the Read more…Read More →

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How to Stay Strong in a Crisis

The challenge is how do we live confident and calm in the uncertain and turbulent world we face right now? In other words, how are we not overcome with fear? How does this crisis not paralyze us even when we are confined to our homes? Instead, how do we be like the tree described in Jeremiah 17:8 that does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit? We find our answer in the words of the previous verse: trust in the Lord and have confidence in him. Then Read more…Read More →

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How To Be Reminded God Is With You

We’re continuing our discovery of how to have courage whatever our circumstances. The Bible repeatedly says: “Do not be afraid.” And, we’re finding, God doesn’t stop there with his command. He gives us good reasons why we should have no fear. In this post, we’re learning we should not be afraid because: “I,” says God “am with you.” Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Genesis 26:24 This little phrase can be so familiar that it loses its meaning. But, there are actions we can take to hold onto its significance. God spoke these particular words to Issac, but God has repeated this promise throughout Read more…Read More →

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How You Can Be Sure God Hears Your Cries

If you are feeling nothing good can possibly come out of the situation your family is in, know that God hears and can work miracles.Read More →

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Learning How God Shields Us from Head to Toe

The Bible continually tells us to not be afraid. But, we shouldn’t be ashamed of being afraid, it’s expected. It was normal for many biblical heroes we look up to, too. You can be fearless because
God is your shield.Read More →

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Prayer Triggers to Help You Pray for Your Needs

When you do the following activities, be prompted to pray for your own needs.Read More →

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Prayer Triggers to Help You Remember You are Forgiven

When you do the following tasks, let them be a reminder — a prayer trigger — to thank God for forgiving your wrongdoing.Read More →

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Prayer Triggers to Help You Be Thankful

This August we’re using everyday objects and surroundings to remind us to pray in specific ways. This week we are centering on being thankful to God.Read More →

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Prayer Triggers to Help You Pray for Other People

In week 2 we focus on praying for other people — our family, friends, community, and world leaders.Read More →

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Prayer Triggers to Help You Praise God

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Four Ways we can Practice Prayer with Confidence

So, when it comes to prayer we should not be down on ourselves. Below, I suggest four ways we can practice prayer with confidence.Read More →

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When You’re Wondering “Why, God?”

I am terrified of spiders. Imagine my horror when sitting in church with my Dad, I saw a big — and I’m not exaggerating — hairy, eight-legged monster crawling down my coat. I was eight-years-old at the time. I froze. And in a whisper to my Dad, I cried out: “Dad, Dad, there’s a spider on me.” No response. My father didn’t even flinch. He just continued to sit still, with his eyes closed. Again, in an urgent plea, I begged for help. My Dad knew my fear of spiders. Nothing. Next, I appealed to God, my heavenly Father. I prayed as hard as I Read more…Read More →

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When We Ask and God Says “No”

When God answers “no” to my prayer request, my response can be childish rather than childlike. I become like a child peering through the window of a candy store pleading with her parent for the goodies inside. Children can be persistent in what they want. They whine and ask tirelessly, although tiresome for the parent.  There is nothing wrong with being persistent in prayer. In fact, the Bible encourages it. But, when we’re not trusting God in the middle of prolonged asking, then we are being more childish than childlike. And, that’s where I found myself. For more than nineteen years I made the same Read more…Read More →

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One Way to Focus in Prayer

Front row seats can be expensive. My husband and I discovered this when we bought tickets to a U2 concert. So we chose to sit a bit further back. Still, we had an exciting time. An ordinary-looking man stood right in front of us. We noticed how many people who passed by stopped to say hello and shake his hand. Turns out, it was Bono’s brother. Being up close is often where the action happens. But, being up front and close to Jesus can look completely different. With Jesus, it’s where the lessons and listening begins. One woman, in particular, Mary the sister of Martha, Read more…Read More →

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Staying Focused in Prayer Step 4: Seeing the Distraction Disappear

We don’t want to get stuck in our distractions. We want to be freed from them.Read More →

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Staying Focused in Prayer: Step 3 – Letting God Speak Through the Distraction

We moved to the States a number of years ago. Although I haven’t picked up an American accent, and I still sound very British, I’ve noticed my vocabulary has changed. I say “sidewalk” instead of “path,” “elevator” instead of “lift,” and use “cool” as an explanation instead of “brilliant.” My expectations have changed too. Things I like and have become used to in America, I now demand when I go elsewhere. So, I may come across more American. “Er, we booked a king-sized bed,” I exclaimed to the staff on reception after discovering a queen-sized bed in our London hotel. “Madame, a US king is Read more…Read More →

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Staying Focused in Prayer: Step 2 – Bringing What’s Distracting You to God

Sometimes we have a hard time seeing things directly in front of us. Take my phone, for instance. I put it down and then I’m frantic because I can’t remember where I’ve placed it. Quite often it’s right there where I can see it. Thank goodness for “Hey Google, find my phone.” One time when asking Google Home to find my phone, I could hear it ringing behind me. I turned around and walked into the next room only to hear it ringing behind me again. Totally confused, I walked out of that room and, guess what? The ringing came from behind me once more. Read more…Read More →

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Staying Focused in Prayer Step 1: Identifying What’s Distracting You

Instead of being hard on ourselves when we can’t focus on prayer, perhaps we should take notice of where our thoughts wander. It’s possible something else is going on that we need to consider and focus on. Maybe those thoughts are the very ones we should turn into prayers — the ones we should bring to God.Read More →

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How to be Consistent in Your Prayer Life

Understanding a little about habits can help us move from this start-stop treadmill to consistency in prayer.Read More →

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How to Pray for What You Need

So, when we pray we need to ask God, “give me what I need today.” Then tomorrow morning, again we ask, “give me what I need today.” Tomorrow is secure.Read More →

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The Gift of Forgiveness

God’s forgiveness is not like our efforts to forgive. There is an important difference. God’s forgiveness is always on offer to you and me. Read More →

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The Struggle of Seeing God as a Good Father

As Jesus is God in human form, we can look to Jesus and see what God our Father is really like — compassionate, kind, loving, moved by difficult experiences, always welcoming, and never turning someone away.Read More →

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When Other People Pray Better Than You

Who we are as individuals has to be taken into account when we pray. be you when you talk to God. Be yourself when you pray.Read More →

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How to Take Baby Steps in Prayer

Learning to pray is like learning to walk. A friend of mine posted a video on Instagram of her baby girl’s first steps. Her chubby little legs moved awkwardly, knees coming up at funny angles and feet planting down in different directions. She wobbled from side to side. I held my breath waiting for her to fall at any moment. Except she didn’t. Instead, she giggled as she came towards the camera. The baby had not only discovered a delightful new way to move around, but she also walked towards the safety of her mother’s arms. No doubt, her mom had been encouraging her. If Read more…Read More →

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How to Become More Natural at Praying

There comes a point, when you need to move from being an observer and on the receiving end of prayers, to being a participant and giver of prayer.Read More →

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What to do When You Need Guidance

When you need guidance remember God’s words prevents us from stumbling and falling down, wandering into danger, or going completely the wrong way.Read More →

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3 Steps to Being a Conqueror

In difficult situations we have to overcome fear. We must stop letting circumstances dictate how we react. We need to move forward with confidence instead of hesitating and holding back.Read More →

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How to be Strong When You Need It

When a crisis hits we want to be mentally and emotionally strong. I received an email from my friend giving details about her neighbor who had cancer. The cancer had been misdiagnosed and now nothing could be done — the weight loss, commode and hospital bed arriving at her home across the road — was not what I wanted to read. I had my own concerns to deal with as I was being called back for a follow-up mammogram. My friend was anxious for her neighbor, but I was tense too. I should know better. Faith in Jesus gives me a hope and a future, Read more…Read More →

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When Change Seems Slow

Change calls for patience. New York City is covered in scaffolding. Twenty five miles to be exact. It’s useless information for the average person, although it gives an idea of the amount of transformation going on in the city. The ugly metal poles and wooden planks stay in place a long time. The area surrounding the building site becomes muddy and mucky. Large puddles form when it rains. Boards make sidewalks uneven. It’s worth crossing the street to avoid ruining a nice pair of shoes. The only useful thing about scaffolding, to me as a passer-by, is it provides shelter and brief respite on a Read more…Read More →

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Choosing Love Over Stuff

I daydreamed of a beautiful old English house, with a flagstone hallway, big comfy sofas, and fine antique oak furniture. I pictured hollyhocks swaying outside the open windows and the scent of roses and lavender wafting in on a summer’s evening—not that I’m much of a gardener. The dream seemed within my grasp, until I watched international movers advance through my home like locusts, swiftly wrapping every item we owned in cardboard. It took four months for our possessions to reach us in America. They rattled along the road by truck before being transferred to a container and riding the high seas. They passed through Read more…Read More →

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When You Need to Discover a Turning Point

Are you at a turning point? When we’re hit hard, it’s usual to question God with “Why me? Why are you allowing this to happen?” We enter a spiritual darkness because it seems like God’s not there. He doesn’t appear to be listening. It’s like He’s turned His back. Or, maybe like me, you agonize over whether this is divine punishment. Sometimes, I even feel guilty sharing my doubts with other people because I should have an unwavering faith in God. On one hand, they might look down on me for not being solid, and on the other hand, they might question why I bother Read more…Read More →

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6 Ways You Can Change a Person

The reality is, it’s hard to change people. We can think we have the ability to modify their behavior or how they respond. But, our efforts are often in vain.Read More →

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The Wonder of Where God Moves In

When our hearts are frayed and needy, God moves in. When our our thoughts are dark and dirty, God digs in.Read More →

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The Beginning of a New Journey

My journey began that afternoon. My situation didn’t get easier immediately, but I found hope while clinging to God and trusting His promises for my life.Read More →

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God’s Got Your Back

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 (NIV) One of my twin boys is a picky eater. I used to blame myself for this. Now I realize because both twin boys have been brought up in the same way, they are just different. One is more adventurous with food than the other. I often encourage my son who turns up his nose at something he hasn’t eaten before. “Just try it,” I urge,“you might enjoy it.” In Psalm 34, David says putting our trust in God is like trying new food.“Find out for Read more…Read More →

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6 Ways To A God-Like Heart

I’ve wiped the slate of all your wrongdoings. There’s nothing left of your sins. Isaiah 44:22 You’re only as good as your last mistake. Sadly, this little saying is often quite true. When we hear the name Brett Kavanaugh, we are likely to think of his college antics for years to come rather than his achievement to be a Supreme Court Justice. Likewise, Justin Bieber brings to mind his past reckless behavior more than his musical accomplishments. Even with biblical characters, we easily recall their errors. Moses in his anger killed an Egyptian. Sarah laughed when God declared she would have a baby in her Read more…Read More →

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Having The Courage To Enjoy Using Your Gifts by Carrye Burr

I am delighted to have Carrye Burr as our #BeBoldGirl this week. Carrye is an excellent writer with truths to share about how we can all use our gifts boldly and not hold back. Make sure you check out Carrye’s newly published book: How To Be A Moon: Embrace Your Worth. Reflect God. Light Up Your Generation. I thought my bold purpose was to write a book, but I didn’t count on collateral courage. So often when I start a writing project I’m passionate about, I’m afraid of all the possible outcomes. I worry that I’ll make a mistake, disappoint others, or look like an Read more…Read More →

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