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There was once a woman who had great distress of mind and spirit because she had sensed the loss of the presence of God. She kept saying, “Why doesn’t God make me feel that he is here? How can he leave me so along? If I could only feel him near and know that he has touched me.” The woman to whom she was speaking said to her, “Pray to him. Ask him to touch you.” Continue reading
Have you heard of the ACTS Prayer? It’s a prayer model I like to use to give me focus and keep my mind from wandering while praying. Prayer is having a conversation with God—just as if he was sitting across the counter from you. The ACTS prayer acronym stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Yesterday we learned about Adoration and Confession. Today we continue with Thanksgiving and Supplication. Continue reading
Praying is having a conversation with God—just as if God was sitting across the counter from you. But sometimes my mind wanders. . .sometimes it seems that I just say the same things over and over. A prayer model which I really like to use is the ACTS prayer: The acronym stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Continue reading
What is the purpose of prayer? One of my pastors, Jill Russell said in a sermon, “We have asked and it has not been given. We have looked and have not found; we have knocked and the door was locked tight. We’ve prayed for healing for people who die. We’ve prayed for peace in a world that continues to be at war. We’ve asked and God has not given. Clearly prayer does not work in precisely that way: Prayer in equals blessing out. So what is prayer for?” Continue reading
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Providing hope to someone whose days are dark with worry or who is suffering with a serious illness is also giving them courage and the vitality to keep moving. What are some things we can do to bring that touch of hope? Continue reading
How can we give a suffering person something to look forward to? Hope. How can we give them hope? Martin Luther King, Jr said, “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all.” Continue reading
Jesus said, “. . . unless you become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. So today’s wisdom comes from children. I think that we adults can learn much about prayer, hope and trust by listening to some of their prayers. The following prayers are from a wonderful little book with the title: Children’s Letters to God. Continue reading
Do you know someone who is going through some dark days and needs a touch of hope?
A wonderful hospice nurse wrote a little book titled, ‘May I Walk You Home’. In it she says, “Even the littlest of hopes can bring a bit of joy on a dark day.” Help the person look forward to something.
Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, “I’m tired, and it’s getting late. I think I’ll go to bed.” She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal boxes, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning. Continue reading
Isaiah 43:19 – See, I am doing a new thing!