Prayers

Ever wonder after spending time with someone why it didn’t go better? Ever follow that up with, “Why didn’t I pray about our time together first?” More and more I am realizing that I need to be praying at the start of each day for my interactions with others that day. I am simply too…

World Events

Mark 13:7 NASB “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.” I wore my soccer uniform to school that day because we had a game scheduled after school. On my way between first and second period, one crazy student was going through…

What We Deserve

Daniel 6:22a NASB “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me…” Dr. Bill Thrasher, a professor at Moody Theological Seminary, often explained how because of our sin, we deserve death. Therefore, anything less than death is by the grace of God. Thinking this way really puts things in perspective….

Thoughtfulness

Do you know someone who’s thoughtful of others? One time, a 10-year-old girl was at a ski resort with her family. This 10-year-old girl put an extra $5 in her pocket, and her brother asked why. She said she had heard that if you didn’t have a lift ticket, $5 would at least let you…

Life and Death Situations

A certified midwife told a story about a home birth that could have been a deadly situation. Thankfully, she knew what to do. Her team had called an ambulance. Yet she told the ambulance crew they needed to stop messing around with checking the mom’s blood pressure and get her to the hospital to get…

Survival Prayers

Sometimes we go through what we call “survival” times in our lives. Whether you just had a new addition to your family, lost a loved one, or happen to be in another difficult season of your life, it’s easy to find ourselves simply praying for survival. “Lord, help me eat. Lord, help me sleep.” Or…

Mulch for Growth

We recently mulched most of our trees in our yard in order to make it easier to mow around them. Not only that, but it looks nice, is good for the trees, and we’re able to put pretty plants at the bottoms of the trees in the mulch beds. It reminded me of a prayer…

God Owns it All

Psalm 50:10 “For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.” Our church recently did a series on how God owns everything. While that sermon series was mainly financial, I have been thinking about the concept in more broad terms too. Think about the concept of God owning not only all…

Worth the Risk?

  Mother Theresa is said to have been one of the first to touch lepers. She saw them as worth the risk. Mother Theresa also is said to have gone through shipments of shoes donated for the orphans. She would take the worst pair of shoes donated for herself and give the rest to the…

Attentive to their Cries

No one ever had to notify me that my daughter was crying. I always knew the moment her first little whimper started. However, when she was a baby, sometimes I would not always run to her at the first cry I heard. Instead, we would watch the clock, listen intently, and decide if she actually…