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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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Drawing Strength From the Psalms

Drawing Strength From the Psalms

When I ask someone what they’re reading in their Quiet Times, especially when they’re not in a structured study, I often get the response, “I’m spending time in the Psalms.” I think we’re drawn to the Psalms because we can see ourselves in the words expressed by the psalmists. We can identify with their struggles, battles, discouragement, pains, and insecurities. The Psalms comfort us because we realize we’re not the only person who feels these

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Why Pray?

Why Pray?

Do you look at prayer as an obligation or as a necessity? Has it become a routine ritual that you feel obligated to do every day? Or is prayer a vital part of your life? Jesus saw prayer as a necessity. 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 wrote in his book, Studies in the Sermon

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Prayer: Ritual or Relationship?

Prayer: Ritual or Relationship?

How would you describe your prayer life? Is prayer a special part of your day? Do you protect and cherish that time, or do you just go through the motions so you can check it off your to-do list? Is prayer an obligation or a necessity for you? Have you made it a ritual, or is it about the relationship? Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount: “Prayer is

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Jigsaw Puzzles and Prayer

Jigsaw Puzzles and Prayer

You’re probably wondering what the connection is between jigsaw puzzles and prayer. A few weeks ago Debbie Hannah Skinner spoke at our Women’s Retreat on Fixing our Eyes on Jesus. She talked about the distractions that hinder us from doing that and then gave us a chance to use our hands and minds to help us focus on a verse or a truth from Scripture. She had us write a verse in the circle in

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A Heartfelt Prayer

A Heartfelt Prayer

Recently I’ve been using one of Paul’s prayers (Colossians 1:9-12) to guide me in praying for the women (and now, the men) in my church. Perhaps there’s someone you can pray these six things for. 1. Spiritual discernment (v. 9) “. . . that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” I’m praying that we will know God’s will in our lives, that we would have

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Deepening Your Prayer Life

Deepening Your Prayer Life

To be honest, most of us would probably admit that our prayer life isn’t what we’d like it to be. I look at Paul’s prayers in the New Testament and realize how shallow my prayers are in comparison. I’ve started praying through his prayers for others in my time alone with God, and it has helped me focus my prayers on things that are eternal, and not just temporal. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies

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God, Please . . .

God, Please . . .

I have been praying for something this week that I REALLY, REALLY want God to say yes to. But . . . I realize that what I want may not be His best for me. And I have to accept that with joy. If God says no, then I know it’s because of one of three reasons: it’s not good for me, it’s not the right timing, or He has something better for me. I have

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Impossible?

Impossible?

This morning I was reading Jeremiah’s prayer beginning in Jeremiah 32:17 – “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” That doesn’t mean God WILL do everything I want Him to, but He CAN do anything. I may look at a situation as impossible, but nothing is impossible for God. I was convicted this morning as

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