An Advocate’s Prayer

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. (Psalms 82:3, NIV) God, You bring people into the world To make a difference To help people understand How they can make things right. Use me Use my words Make me a catalyst Make my life a prayer. Bring justice Bring inclusion Bring compassion and mercy Let justice roll down And let it begin with me. My love for words Keep Reading…

Cultivating Encouragement through Prayer

The following post is by Gene Whitehead as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. “For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.” (Isaiah 61:11, ESV)  Let’s be honest: there is so much weight in this world, things that weigh against our dreams, ideas, goals Keep Reading…

When You Have “Quiet Time,” but not Silence

The other day, Frank Viola posted this on his Facebook page and asked for some responses. Just got an email from someone who complained about Christians in their 20s and 30s. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, read this and answer the question I ask below. I won’t give away who this person is, though they are well known. “Hi Frank. I read your survey results for Christians in their 20s & 30s and Keep Reading…

Undisciplined Prayer

This was originally posted at Soul Munchies.  Due to SM being on hiatus, it’s been moved here. This has been a long, undisciplined month.  I knew when I began that prayer does not come easy for me, but I thought I’d be able to something for this month’s experiment.  I had the idea to start out easy, because in a book I’d just finished, the author wrote about doing something simple with prayer, like giving God the Keep Reading…

We *Can* Be United…When We Pray

I go to a MOPS meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, and am in charge of devotions for this year, so on those Thursdays I’ll be posting here what I say there. When Kelli sent me the list of topics that she already had for this year, I had to laugh that prayer was one of them.  I stink at prayer—so I’m hoping to learn something from the speaker this morning. When I Keep Reading…

I Don’t Know Anything About How Prayer Works…It Just Does

I found out today that someone I met a little over a year ago had a stroke and is in the hospital, and basically, nothing short of a miracle will save his life.  That sounds drastic, I know, but that is how it was presented. His name is Matt Nagle, and he works at an organization called The Hope Center in Kansas City, MO.  The Hope Center is doing amazing work in the inner city Keep Reading…