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How to pray when you’re tempted

A bag of leftover Halloween candy sat in our pantry tempting me to slip in my hand and take one piece as I passed the doorway. I knew the candy wasn’t good for me. I can fool myself, though. “One small piece does no harm at all,” I convinced myself. After all, they are only Read more…

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How to pray when you don’t feel thankful

I have been humbled by the thankfulness of my friends. I’ve shared in their Thanksgiving Day celebrations, sat as their tables and heard them express their appreciation. Even if someone has had a tough year, they have managed to find something to be thankful for. By listening to them and sharing one small thank you Read more…

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How to Pray When You’re Fuming

Sometimes, I’d rather stay furious than take seriously the words in the Bible: don’t go to bed angry. I find some satisfaction in being annoyed. If I back down too easily, it’s like I’m letting the other person off who has wronged me. I can think of at least one occasion when this has happened. Read more…

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How to pray when fear is close and God is far

Why is it God often seem distant in the middle of trouble? Often, when we’re struggling, he seems silent. I remember crying out to God when my six-week-old twins were diagnosed with meningitis, when I discovered a lump, when my son faced his second emergency surgery in two weeks, wondering if God was there with Read more…

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How to pray when you don’t feel respectable

We’re on our way to church. Three teenagers squashed together in the back of the car. My husband was driving and me applying last minute make-up in the passenger seat because, as usual, I’m running late. Our ten-minute journey should be uneventful. Yet, someone makes a comment, an argument breaks out and before we know Read more…

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Join God in Caring for the Poor

Living in New York City is a painful reminder of the complicated nature of homelessness and mental health issues and the inequalities and injustices in our world. Yet, at the same time, it is a continual nudge to do what we can as individuals to improve justice.

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2 Ways to be a Blessing to Others

God is the ultimate blessing machine, says Nicky Gumbel, pioneer of the Alpha course. And as his children, we can imitate him in being a blessing to others.

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The Art of Loving Well

Love is not only made of words and feelings, it is practical. The art of loving and being able to make an impact comes from understanding that love involves action, and it is inclusive. We see this with God’s love: “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and Read more…

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3 Ways to Tame Your Words

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23-24 Have you been on the receiving end of someone else’s road rage? I experienced something similar recently while riding a ski chairlift. As we pulled down the safety bar I heard a grunt from the snowboarder next to me. I turned to ask Read more…

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How to Make a Difference

Mother Theresa is quoted as saying, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” Like Mother Theresa, we want to make a difference. We want to make positive changes in our lives, in the lives of others, and in the world. When I think Read more…

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Having Confidence in God in Times of Distress

Previously, we have understood that God is unwavering in being there for us, even when we fail to be completely committed to him. We have remembered how he has held us up in the past so we have confidence in the present. Now, we can have confidence in our current needs that God will come Read more…

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The Power of Remembering

Whenever I read about the Israelites after God rescued them from slavery in Egypt, I am always shocked at how incapable they were at trusting God. Of course, it’s easy to point the finger at other people’s weaknesses than our own. Yet, one thing the Israelites were told over and over again was to remember. Read more…

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Prayers for When You Wobble in Your Faith

There is no doubt that we can, and do, wobble in our faith. And it’s clear from many of the Bible stories that we are not alone in our wavering. Think of Moses who questioned God when he was asked to lead the Israelites and confront Pharaoh, even though God assured him through specific signs Read more…

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A Prayer to Know God’s Supporting Arms

We know what unfaithfulness looks like. People let us down all the time, and it hurts. We may have let people down too.  God, however, is completely faithful. Even though we might know this, it’s often hard to feel God’s faithfulness and trust in his unwavering support in our day-to-day living. Today, and throughout the Read more…

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A Fresh Way to View Your Prayer Life

Talking to my young adult children on a regular basis can be a challenge. One of my sons lives 3,000 miles to the east. His twin brother lives 3,000 miles to the west. The son to the east is five hours ahead. The son to the west is three hours behind. As I get up Read more…

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Help When We Feel Drained and Distressed

Last time, we discovered trusting in God’s mighty power to protect us helps us overcome our fears. If you missed it, you can read it here. Here, we’re discovering when we feel weak, drained, distressed and overwhelmed, God gives strength to those who trust in him. Weakness comes in many forms—from our circumstances that cause Read more…

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Having the Power to do Many Things

Last time, we learned that Jesus has God’s power and when we trust in Jesus, he changes lives. If you missed it, you can read it here. Here, we discover we have God’s power, given to us through the Holy Spirit, to do many different, good things. Empowerment is a popular concept in our society. Read more…

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The power of God to give you strength

Last time, we discovered how trusting in God’s kindness shown to us enables us to be kind to others. If you missed it, you can read it here. Here, we discover Jesus has God’s full power to change our lives when we’re feeling drained, in distress, or overwhelmed. Jesus stated two things about himself. He Read more…

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When You Need to be Kind

Last time we were reassured of God’s kindness, especially his mercy and forgiveness, even when we don’t deserve it. If you missed it, you can read it here. This week we discover how trusting in God’s kindness shown to us enables us to be kind to others.  Kindness is an attribute of God and should Read more…

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When You Need to be Reassured of God’s Kindness

Last time, we discovered 3 ways to stay strong and trust in God in the battle. If you missed it, you can read it here. Now, we are being reassured of God’s kindness, even when we don’t deserve it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be the recipient of endless kindness? People giving the right of Read more…

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3 Ways to Stay Strong and Trust God in the Battle

In When You Need Victory in Your Battles, we prayed to trust in God’s perfect and unlimited power to bring victory in our battles. If you missed it, you can find it here. Here we discover 3 ways to trust God and stay strong in the battle: 1. Ask King David regularly talked to God Read more…

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When You Need Victory in Your Battles

Sadly, power in our world is often tainted with corruption and abuse. Often we see power used unfairly to win for personal gain or to control the freedom of others.   God’s power, however, is perfect and just says Job 37:23.  The Bible tells us, that God’s power and strength is unlimited. It cannot be defeated.  Read more…

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Discovering the Power of Earnest Prayer

Maybe you doubt whether your prayers can really be effective, especially when you’re asking for the impossible or what seems unlikely. In the back of your mind you’re thinking, “will my prayer really make a difference?” Or, as one of my readers asked, “Can I move God?”   I have found myself struggling with these Read more…

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A Prayer to Trust God’s Protection

On a trip to the Mediterranean some years ago, I let my imagination run loose as I stepped into a real world of medieval fortresses and tales of knights in shining armor on the Greek island of Rhodes. The old town of Rhodes, with the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights, looked in Read more…

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A Prayer When You Need Shelter

The Bible is full of words of encouragement telling us that God provides shelter. His shelter is described as a sacred tent, his dwelling, a pavilion, and the perfect getaway.

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A Prayer to be Overflowing with Gifts

God is generous with his gift-giving to us, too. The gifts we receive from God, though, are not like physical gifts from family members or friends. They are special in other ways.

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A Prayer to Make Lives Brighter

Spilling out onto the streets—seeing the soul of a restaurant on the sidewalk—has made NYC a brighter place. And it’s made me think about the new life we have received from God that we need to let spill out onto the streets of our lives.

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A Prayer to See Beauty in Everything

Sometimes our circumstances are like a dirty, dark street, a loud din, or a large gaping hole. But seeing the beauty is possible if we will only look.  Use this prayer to help you see beauty whatever your circumstances.

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A Prayer to Enjoy Your Forgiveness

Tied to the railings of an old stone church in our neighborhood is a big canvas sign. In large type with red and white colors, it says ENJOY YOUR FORGIVENESS. It’s a visible reminder to everyone who crosses the street at Park Ave and E 21st Street on their way to work, the coffee shop, Read more…

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Being Bold in God’s Presence

Quite often we are timid in our praying rather than being bold. We may feel we do not deserve to be in the presence of a holy God. But, understanding God’s mercy can help us. The other morning I pondered the words Lord, have mercy on me as I walked and talked with God. To me it is Read more…

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A Prayer for God’s Undivided Attention

We want God’s undivided attention. Selfish? Not at all. We need his attentiveness to our prayers because without him, we know life can become futile, and we lose purpose. There is one who has “the ear of God”—who is listened to. It is Jesus. No one has a closer relationship with God than Jesus Christ. Read more…

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Uncomfortable But Equipped

Waves lapped gently onto the rocky shoreline. The water shimmered and sparkled as the morning sun climbed higher in the sky. A gentle onshore breeze blew the hair away from my face and rustled the reeds behind me. I stood looking at the glistening water, pondering the historic moments of this place. This is where Read more…

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The Rewards of Faithfulness

Jesus says we are to have faith—great faith. But, even faith that is the size of mustard seed is rewarded.  Having faith, in Jesus, begins with the greatest reward of all—receiving forgiveness and being given a new heart and fresh start.  But, faith is more than an initial one-off step, it is an ongoing walk. Read more…

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Jesus Teaches Us to Act and Not Overreact

For many Christian visitors to the Holy Land, it is not how they imagine it to be, nor how they picture it from Bible times. The piercing call to prayer from the minarets scattered around Jerusalem, prompting the city’s Muslim inhabitants of their duty to pray, can be a surprise to the first-time Christian pilgrim. Read more…

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Putting Your Trust in Jesus in a Crisis

When I visited the Sea of Galilee the water shone like a mirror. The sturdy fishing vessels that lined the harbor seemed excessive for such a tranquil setting. Yet, the Sea of Galilee experiences an unsuspecting phenomenon. The “sea” is actually an inland freshwater lake fed by underground springs and by the River Jordan. It sits well below Read more…

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Allowing Jesus in Your Everyday Life

Nestled on the northwest shore of Galilee, Capernaum, lies in ruins. It was deserted long ago. I visited on an October day of bright blue skies. The sun high overhead burned the back of my neck and the tops of my arms. I sought relief under the branches of a Ficus tree, a species of Read more…

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Make Praise in What You Say, Think, and Do

I sing with gusto when it’s one of my favorite worship songs. Standing in semi-darkness, spotlights bathing the stage, the worship band drawing me into the mood, it is easy to give thanks to God in such an atmosphere. Drums, guitars, and the worship leader breaking into song, all invite me to join them in Read more…

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Build Your Life on Foundational Words

When I was a child, my Sunday School class would sing a song about wise and foolish builders. It came with actions. Perhaps you know it. It goes like this: “The wise man built his house upon the rock” — arms spread wide“and the rains came tumbling down” — hands raised high above the head, Read more…

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We must love each other

I’m sure your family is just like mine. We can be kindhearted to each other and get along, but we can also be inconsiderate and fall out. We say nice things one minute, but then criticize behind the other person’s back the next minute. In a crisis, when we should pull together, stress often seems Read more…

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God watches over your life

My husband is insistent that our whole family wears helmets to protect our heads when we ride bikes or go skiing. He purchased me a neon green helmet to wear when I’m zipping down the bike lanes of New York City’s streets. I do not look cool! And he urged me, some years ago, to Read more…

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When You Can’t Do It Alone

I am delighted to welcome my guest Leslie A. McLeod giving encouragement on an important prayer topic—praying with others. If you find yourself having or wanting to pray for a person in need, then you will be reminded of the privilege of doing so. And you can find some valuable guidance on specifically how to pray—keep Read more…

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God says forgive others – again

Forgiving others can be tough to do. It’s hard to forgive people who hurt us or frustrate us—he or she has said something or not said something, done something or not done something. The issues can be big or small, life-changing or microslights, from long ago or more recent, a one-off or persistent. The list Read more…

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God says commit your plans to me

Some of us are better planners than others. My husband, for example, is better at planning to get to the airport for a flight than myself. This is something I have worked on after a badly planned experience. I calculated how long it would take me to drive to the airport and drop off the Read more…

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God says you are his masterpiece

On a visit to a glassblowing and pottery studio in Vermont, I got to watch a potter working on a wheel. The skill with which he turned a grey, wet lump of clay into a beautiful and valuable object was truly amazing. With firm, but gentle, hands he pressed and molded the clay into a Read more…

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God asks “Where are you?”

We can rely on God’s generosity to show compassion and forgiveness and give us a fresh start. When we own up, then we discover God is willing to forgive, forget, and change us from the inside out. 

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God says come close

When we come to God in respect instead of fear of his greatness and holiness, with regret and humility because of our wrongdoing, and with faith in what Jesus has done for us, God comes close to us. He showers us with grace and forgiveness, makes us pure and holy, and gives us protection.

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Advent Prayers

As a child, on the first day of December I would receive an advent calendar. Each day up to December 25, I opened a little door on the calendar to reveal a Christmas image inside. If the idea was to focus on the lead up to the birth of Christ, then it was wasted on Read more…

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Creating an attitude of gratitude

The challenge is to quit complaining, and turn our gripes and grumbles into gratitude to God remembering everything he has done for us and continues to do for us.

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A Prayer Strategy for When You’re Troubled

Worry and sleeplessness seem to go hand-in-hand. Just this last week, running through the details a big event coming up left me tossing and turning, and rearranging my pillows in the hope it would bring the rest I needed.  As someone who believes the promise Philippians 4:6-7 has for us — that bringing our anxieties Read more…

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Prayer Inspired by Christian Meditation

I am delighted to welcome Sarah Geringer as guest on my blog. Sarah and I have known each other for a number of years through Proverbs 31 Ministries’ COMPEL Training for writers. It’s been wonderful to see how God is using Sarah’s gifts and skills as a writer to encourage others. Sarah is an avid Read more…

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