Since meeting my goal to read all the books of the Bible*, I’ve been asking, “Where should I start next?” God answered me in so many ways. First, I attended an IF:Local Mandeville/Northshore at St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church. This year’s IF:Gathering dove into the Book of John. Then the following Sunday at Vintage Church the message “Big Easy Jesus: I am the bread” focused on John 6:25-69. And finally, in conversation with a friend, she casually mentioned that she was reading through John this Lent Season.
Ok, God… Got it! John it is… Read more
Dear Heavenly Father,
I praise and thank you for all you have done from the small miracles of breath you give me each morning I awake to the amazing mountain moving miracles of healing broken hearts, sick bodies, and giving us your Son Jesus, our Savior. I sing out praises to you and all the wonderful and mysterious ways you create. My heart rejoices and overflows with all the ways you love me, each day and in each moment, directly and through other people who you have filled with your joy and love. I will continue to look to you for strength and perseverance and I will continue to look for you in all of your creation.
Another month goes by and my heart breaks just a little more. I had a simple question that I prayed with hands over my face, tears in my hands. I asked and He answered.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice,though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
“Bring the crazy stuff. Bring the unexplainable. Bring the story only God would write.” – Jennie Allen in Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul
My husband and I moved to New Orleans a few months ago completely in faith steps. He travels a lot for work and there was an opportunity for him to be on a project that was estimated to last 4 months. Relying totally on prayer and faith, the decision was made to move to New Orleans and be locals. I gave notice at work. We walked away from a security deposit on a pretty amazing apartment. We packed up a Pod, said goodbye to New England, and signed a 6 month lease in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans.
This was new for me, being obedient to a calling. I knew that there was something big here for us. I just knew that I was going to hit the ground running fighting sex trafficking or advocating for survivors or community outreach… something! There was so much momentum and fire. Then God pressed pause. Read more
Ephesians 6:12-18 (NIV)
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
I am drawn to these verses. I am naturally a fighter. Growing up, my brother and I used to bloody each other noses. Generally, I’m really not that competitive, so channeling this energy into sports wasn’t going to be as healthy of an alternative as it was for my brother. I was an angry kid, that grew into a rebellious teen before going to college (where I learned to fight with class and poise… most of the time). I get passionate about a cause and I want to charge at it with the same intensity. This year I’ve been charging toward Sex Trafficking. Read more
Jesus Prays to Be Glorified, Prays for His Disciples, and Prays for All Believers
Each week, Jennie encourages us to ask “God who are you?” and “What do you want from me?” This week’s scripture reference answered my question very simply. God is Jesus, they are One. He wants to be One with us. In Jesus’s prayer, He describes the Father as the only true God who is Holy. Our God has power in His name, is a protector and truth in His word. He also loves Jesus, who loves Him, and together loves us. Before we knew Him, He knew us just as the Father knew Jesus. Jesus is advocating with the Father for us in this prayer!
This is pretty intense!
I have two big hopes that initially come to mind. Read more
I am reading through the book Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked my God and My Soul by Jennie Allen. Anything is the journey of surrendering to God’s plan and saying the prayer “God we will do anything, Anything.” I’m also doing the eight week study that includes deeper dives in the Bible and a couple projects to do along this journey. Read more