11 Scriptures to Pray for Your Child

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. ...more
Lexiquin  Thank you! My boys are still small, so prom seems so far away!  I know it will be here ...more

Learning to Pray with Full Purpose of Heart

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
Such a reality !!! We remember God when we are in trouble. We forget to thank him in our good ...more

Coping...the old fashioned way..

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
I love this:  “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His ...more

While we were praying...

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

I Hated to Pray

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
When I became an adult, I started to worry about my prayers and whether I was doing them ...more

Praying

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

Of Advent…6 Days Left: “Psalm 121” I Will Lift Up My Eyes…

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
I am trying to write honestly, and sometimes I worry about offending and upsetting someone. But ...more

The King and I: Things New and Old #5

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

let go and let God/adversity/in times of trouble

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. ...more

Can't Hide This

I 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. ...more