Day 3: Strength when Weary

Marriage Devotional: Traveling Spouse

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31

Today I think about those marriages that are separated not by choice. Read more

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Prayer: Give praise to the Lord

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.

Open Letter to My Friends about Starbucks.

Dear Friends,

Peppermint MochaI’m starting to get excited about the upcoming holidays! I’m looking forward to eating myself into a stupor for Thanksgiving while trying to remember all the ways I’m thankful. I’m looking forward to the smells of cinnamon and pine in the air. I’m looking forward to glitter and sparkle. I’m looking forward to that awful Christmas music that we all love and hate. (You know you sing along). I’m also looking forward to my Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks. Read more

A devil said so…

Twenty something days on a Greek island and it’s been an interesting introduction to Greece. I’m submerged in a different culture but surrounded by a diversity of Americans. This island has fresh organic meals to enjoy, an abundance of wine to sip, and plenty of sand to be found in various spaces.

I’ve also been experiencing a tug of war in my spirit but a firmness in faith as finished reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Read more

Lessons from C.S. Lewis on a Greek Island

IMG_3629I’m always in awe how God speaks to me. He seems to give me answers to questions I haven’t asked yet. For example, whenever there is a controversy in the news (which let’s face it, is often), somehow it aligns to either where I am in my Bible, a recent sermon, or in study that I am doing. Currently for my travels to Greece, I brought the C.S. Lewis collection with me and I’ve started with Mere Christianity.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Kim Davis is making a mockery out of Christians. Read more

Pray for One

God please give me one person to share your love with, Amen!

… and then we are sitting at a bar…

Encouraged by leadership and mission of Manchester Christian Church, my husband and I have been praying for one person to share God’s love with and to be a light. Our small group has also been focusing on this mission and prayed for God to prepare the hearts of co-workers before we moved to NOLA. We have this as one of our family’s missions: individually, in our marriage, and anywhere or how God wants to use us. We’re also very human and have all the uncomfortable and too comfortable flaws that come with being human. Sometimes we forget or lose momentum in the prayer and have to remind ourselves and refocus. We submitted a prayer request, for one, with a new church, Vintage Church New Orleans, we attended and we prayed it together in our final prayer that evening.

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My Anything Project, Week Eight

Praise to God for a Living Hope

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, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 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. In all this you greatly rejoice,though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 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. 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, 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

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My Anything Project, Week Six

John 17

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