Sometimes, I wonder if we made a mistake purchasing our house eleven years ago. It's not in the best school district, we could have found a better "deal," we are rapidly outgrowing it. However, when I think about the godly women placed on this street and what they have taught me, I know that we are in the right place. One sweet neighbor taught me not to just promise prayers. If I ask her for prayer, she prays. Right then. She also taught me about the power of using God's Word to pray, inserting our husband's or our children's names into the Scriptures as we pray.
I have a confession to make: I am not very good at praying. While I grew up praying over meals, saying prayers in church, and saying prayers at bedtime, I just am not very consistent at meaningful prayers in my adult life. ...more
I have used many coping techniques in my life. I have used Ruffles and French onion dip. I have used sex. I have used alcohol.Today, I am much more mature. Today I pray. You can see me on the sidelines of a soccer game, hands folded under my chin, praying. Praying for Lea to do her best. Praying for no injuries. Praying I do not shout out any instructions to my soccer girl and then receive a penalty from her coach.I pray for the entire length of any race my Grace is running. Thankfully she is NOT a marathoner....more
My family is a family of faith. We believe in and love the Lord and strive to please Him in all that we do. Because of these convictions, our kids are attending church, reading Bible stories with us, learning to pray, and hopefully soaking up a lot of the things that we believe. Whether or not you are a person who believes in God, I think you might like hearing about some of the funny things that have happened in our home....more
The first thing you need to know is that for the first few years of marriage, I hated saying prayers. Let me clarify that... I didn't hate praying in general, I had no problem saying my own personal prayers, I just didn't like to pray in front of others. I hated how it made me feel, because I would compare prayers. Image: Ghislain & Marie David De Lossy/Cultura via ZUMA Press. ...more
Mk. 1:29-39: "Jesus went off to a lonely place where he prayed." I was in Vallejo for a wake, mass and funeral, and then on the streets where peoples needs are in my face.. Each time I walk out the door somoone is asking for something--but I I go away alone in my room, at the beach, on walks, and I pray daily and the "overwhelmingness" disappears and it simply becomes a need to to be met. It is in praying that we see how unimportant we are, and that it is Jesus who matters. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!...more
Because my spirit weighs heavy and my soul is downcast, and fear of facing an unknown tomorrow is gripping my heart with fingers like needles, literally squeezing the breath out of me, I know what I have to do at times like these. And that is to reach out to The One I know will hold my hand and keep me from falling.We each one of us have a place or someone we turn to for comfort, in times of troubles, but as for me, I turn for solace to my God, and the world is made right again!Psalm 121...more
In my last post, I explained how God began to teach me to stop doing things on my own and to start trusting Him to work in answer to my prayers, especially with regard to my husband. Lest anyone misunderstand, I didn’t just go sit passively in my closet and wait for the big God-change to occur in him; rather, I started to pray and listen to God real time, day by day. As I prayed, God started to show me how capable He was. He also started to teach me about the importance of the Bible, which is the Word of God....more
When I let go and let God things are more peaceful and go more
smoothly. Lately I've been trying to control other people and today I
realize it's made me frustrated and exhausted. I've learned I have no
control over other people and trying is a waste of time that I could be
using to enjoy my life. I've been trying to change my mom and have her
take responsibility for the bills but I've given up on that. I made a
decision today that I am going to do whatever it takes to change myself
and to take care of me and do what is best for me. Today I am letting
go and letting god.
can post nothing for a day or two. Even three--longer, if necessary. I
don't need to explain anything; no excuses required. I am not answering
to anyone here. It's meant to be an exercise, designed to dust off the
old writer in me: my daily writer's yoga. That's okay so far.