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“That’s what I get for praying.”
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“That’s what I get for praying.”

A punch in the mouth. A bloody lip. At least that’s what George Bailey got. Isn’t this why we don’t pray too? Why do it? What good is it going to do? God’s going to do what he (or she) wants anyway. And when we do get our courage up to pray, our mind fills […]

A Flutter of Presence and Suddenly a Prayer is Answered
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A Flutter of Presence and Suddenly a Prayer is Answered

Last week I read these oft-quoted verses again. They are beautiful yet again. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we […]

Praying the Truth of My Soul (Which is Not in Complete Sentences)
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Praying the Truth of My Soul (Which is Not in Complete Sentences)

I still struggle to know what a life of prayer looks like. I don’t think I pray all that well. It’s clumsy. It’s me-centered. It’s a list. I ramble. I get sidetracked. I get so sidetracked that I forget that I was actually in prayer. It all feels so unholy. Yet the teens in my […]

It’s Not Just Yes, No, or Wait
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It’s Not Just Yes, No, or Wait

Have you ever wrestled with the idea of prayer? Does God really care about my prayers? Does God intervene in this life because of my prayers? If you ever voiced this thought out loud you probably at least once have received this answer in return. God answers prayer in three ways: yes, no, or wait. […]

I Love This God of Maybe
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I Love This God of Maybe

Do you have a relationship with God whom you love and God who breaks your heart? I bravely–not stupidly–do. I have bravely followed the beauty of this God of Maybe and in the process have become my own hero story. I know some people who believe I am stupid for this kind of faith. I […]

My In-God’s-Face Friendship with God
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My In-God’s-Face Friendship with God

This is not the trite “Jesus is my friend” shallow Christians like to talk about. Yes, I am making a judgment here. (It’s not my first time.) When I hear someone using that phrase to describe Jesus I can safely assume that 1. They are a new Christian; 2. They have a shallow faith that […]

A Written Prayer for When You Don’t Feel Like Celebrating Christmas
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A Written Prayer for When You Don’t Feel Like Celebrating Christmas

I love this quote about prayer: I’ve spent my entire career sitting across from people, listening to them tell me about the hardest and most painful moments of their lives. After fifteen years of this work, I can confidently say that stories of pain and courage almost always include two things: praying and cussing. Sometimes […]

The Brave Pray
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The Brave Pray

Life in the world is overwhelming lately. It feels like all we can do to get through is to pray. Or let fear try to control our lives—which wrecks our brains and does the world no good and makes you lonely (must read this blog to make sense of that bold statement). But prayer does […]

The Morning Prayer of the One Who Already Feels Behind
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The Morning Prayer of the One Who Already Feels Behind

Good morning, Jesus. I feel the dread of the day already. Already I am behind. Already I feel unloved. Already I feel like I’m not enough. Help me get out of bed. Then help me remember the truth. I declare Psalm 138:8 , The Lord will work out his plans for my life–for your faithful […]