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 ••• Is YOLO still a thing?? I’m not always up to date on what’s trendy, so I’m not sure. I haven’t heard the shortened phrase for “You only live once,” in a while but it came to mind when I was reading the Bible this morning. Trendy phrase or not – it’s an attitude I know is prevalent in our society. So let’s … Continue reading 8.11.17 Prayer Prompt: YOLO
PRAYER PROMPT ••• When they say God speaks to us through His word – they aren’t kidding. So here’s what happened – last night, I went to my church’s women’s Bible study. When it came time for prayer requests, I didn’t speak up. Mostly because I literally cannot tell anyone my prayer request without crying and I hate to cry in front of people. But … Continue reading 8.10.17 Prayer Prompt: Trust God
PRAYER PROMPT ••• Have you ever made bread? It’s amazing how so little yeast can overtake the batch of dough and cause the whole thing to multiply. Ever put rising dough in a bowl that was too small? Yeah, me too. It’s like that old horror film from the 50’s, “The Blob.” Paul used an illustration of yeast as a warning in a letter to … Continue reading 8.9.17 Prayer Prompt: A Yeast Infiltration
PRAYER PROMPT ••• What fruits define your spirit? The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians about the Fruit of the Spirit. These are the nine characteristics of Christians faith — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These attributes are described in Galatians 5:22-23 and it may be human nature to enthusiastically say, “We’re going to work hard to have all nine … Continue reading 8.8.17 Prayer Prompt: How Fruitful Are You?
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 ••• My great-uncle lives beside this extraordinary Victorian home that has fallen into disrepair. It must have once been a stunning masterpiece and I’ve always wanted to go in it; unfortunately, it’s beyond repair and it would be downright stupid and dangerous to even try. My sentimental heart gets sad when I see it because I think of what must have taken place … Continue reading 8.6.17 Prayer Prompt: The Temporary Things