PRAYER PROMPT ••• When I get to heaven, and after I’ve met Jesus and hugged my Papo, the first person I want to meet is the Apostle Paul. But recently, I think I’ve picked a close second: the prophet Ezra. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah are both credited to Ezra and I’ve read them before. But as I read them again, I’m struck by … Continue reading 8.12.17 Prayer Prompt: The Gracious Hand of God
PRAYER PROMPT ••• My favorite verses in scripture are Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” These verses leave no ambiguity about it – nothing we do is good enough to earn a place in heaven. We … Continue reading 8.7.17 Prayer Prompt: Throw Your Good Deeds in the Fire
PRAYER PROMPT ••• From our coffee makers to our camera lenses, it seems everything is filtered. Filtering isn’t a bad thing; by definition, it either separates or removes impurities or unwanted components. How often are we filtering ourselves? On one hand – we should filter our lives, but only through the filter of God’s word, working to become more like Jesus. But what about the … Continue reading 7.26.17 Prayer Prompt: Filtered & Unfiltered
PRAYER PROMPT ••• I started these Prayer Prompts exactly three months ago, and at the time, I worried I’d run out of ideas. Left to my own devices, this project would have petered out quite a while ago. But early on, I stopped looking at my “inspiration list,” and turned to God for guidance. Since He is the Author of our faith, it’s ridiculous that … Continue reading 6.8.17 Prayer Prompt: Walk in Faith
PRAYER PROMPT ••• Faith. It’s what brings us to accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8). Faith is trust and belief, even in the unseen and the unknown (Hebrews 11:1). The very faith we have is a gift from God. Hebrews 12:1b-2 says, “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter … Continue reading 5.18.17 Prayer Prompt: Faith
PRAYER PROMPT ••• The name, My Grace-Full Life, was inspired by Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” I love these verses. They encapsulate so much in so little; this is the passage of scripture I claim … Continue reading 5.2.17 Prayer Prompt: My Grace-Full Life
PRAYER PROMPT ••• I have debated writing this for months, worried about how it would be received for three reasons: I don’t want to come across as judgmental those who know me before my relationship with God will likely call me a hypocrite people I know may be offended, and that’s not my intent. So with those three concerns out on the table – the … Continue reading 4.17.2017 Prayer Prompt: Is It a Sin to Cuss?