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How To Pray by Listening

How To Pray by Listening

How would you describe your time in prayer? Do you do most of the talking, or is there a balance with listening? When we hear the words pray or prayer, we tend to think of speaking, not listening. When we pray, we talk to God, ask for things on our hearts, and express our feelings about what’s going on in life. But prayer isn’t to be one-sided. Yes, we talk to God and make our

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Drawing Near to God

Drawing Near to God

Are you feeling worn out and in need of some extended time alone with God to be refreshed? Are you having trouble finding time to do that? I understand. We live in a hectic, busy world, and each day seems to just get busier. How do we draw near to God when there’s so little free time? It’s easy to push aside our time with God, but that’s the very thing we need to keep

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The Impact of Fear

The Impact of Fear

Last night my cat Hannah got herself into a challenging predicament and panicked. She jumped on the top of the TV armoire in my den, which almost reaches the ceiling. She had watched Hobson (my other cat) jump up there many times, and I’m sure she thought it would be fun. So, she got into position and gave it all she had to launch herself off the arm of the sofa and land safely on

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How to Say No to Worry

How to Say No to Worry

Have you been worried about anything lately? I have. We all struggle with worry and anxiety from time to time. The causes of worry vary—illness, financial struggles, relationship issues, decisions about the future, children/parents. The list goes on. So how are we to handle those times we are prone to worry? Paul gives us direction in Philippians 4:6–7. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be

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When Your World is Rocked

When Your World is Rocked

“Your world is going to be rocked today,” I explained to my two kitties this past Monday morning. “You’re not going to like what’s about to happen, and it will stress you. Just know that the coming discomfort is temporary, and I will be with you through this. You will question if I still love you, and I do. I’m not doing this to hurt you. The result will be worth it.” I knew they couldn’t

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How To Respond to Feelings of Failure

How To Respond to Feelings of Failure

“I feel like a failure.” Have you thought or said those words? I have. Perhaps you feel like a failure in the area of parenting or marriage or your job or ministry or some endeavor you took on. When I start to have those thoughts of being a failure, I get discouraged and want to quit. Sometimes, it’s true that we have failed. Other times, it’s just lies from Satan, who would love to get

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How to Develop an Undivided Devotion to God

How to Develop an Undivided Devotion to God

Several years ago, our Women’s Ministry focused on the theme of an undivided devotion—a devotion for Christ unparalleled by any earthly devotion. Recently, I’ve been pondering what that looks like. Life pulls us in so many directions. Is an undivided devotion possible? Yes, it is. But we have to be committed to it and maintain it. How do we keep an undivided devotion for God when there are so many things screaming for our attention

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An “Only God” Moment

An “Only God” Moment

When was the last time you saw God do something that only He could do? This past weekend I was in Dallas for a book signing and to see old friends. It was a packed weekend, but every moment was rich. Sunday afternoon a major storm descended on Dallas—dark skies, strong winds, heavy rain, and quarter-sized hail. Power went out, and all we could do was wait till it was over. After the storm passed,

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4 Hindrances to a Healthy Prayer Life

4 Hindrances to a Healthy Prayer Life

How would you describe your prayer life? Vibrant? Dry? A ritual? A sweet time of communion with the Lord? For some, prayer has become nothing more than a routine ritual they go through out of a sense of obligation. But Jesus saw prayer as a necessity, not an obligation. No matter how busy He was, He always took time to pray. He knew the importance of spending time alone with the Father in prayer. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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Unexpected Interruptions

Unexpected Interruptions

Ever have one of those days when unexpected interruptions arise? This morning as I was turning into the church parking lot on my way to the office, I was delayed by an unexpected interruption—a family of Canadian geese crossing the driveway. There was no way I could get around them, and I obviously didn’t want to run over them. So, I patiently/impatiently waited for the entire group to cross. They didn’t move at the speed

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