Tag Archives: prayer

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

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

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 […]

He Who Sings, Prays Twice

I love this quote from St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo and early (354-430 AD) theologian. It speaks to the power of singing. In five words this quote gives a clear picture of the importance of singing. And I realize not all singing would do this quote justice. But singing songs of scripture, prayers, praise, worship, […]

My Proclamation of Faith (When My Life Does Not Make Sense)

This is not my statement of faith which I believe as an ordained minister. This is what I proclaim when my life no longer makes sense. This is what I have learned from being at the door of the Father’s heart. I learned this back in the early 1980s and it has sustained me through […]

Tis the Season to be in Vulnerability

Recently I had to put myself in a vulnerable position with a person I know who doesn’t like me. I still had to expose myself to the vulnerability. There was a much bigger picture involved. The bigger picture was well worth it. It was hard. I got battered. I survived. Not unscathed, but I survived. […]

I Pray When I Don’t Know What To Do

So I pray often. It was out of my broken-heart over our very real race problems back in August that I came up with this: I sent the sentences into jail to our son. I wanted his opinion on it since he has such a hard time being dependent on anything. Shame and scarcity have […]

ABCs of Gratitude

Abacos – The Abacos are a group of islands that surround the Abaco Sea which is a part of the Bahamas. It is not a tourist destination nor is it an easy destination but it is special. This is where John and I spent part of our honeymoon and it has become our favorite destination. […]

A Prayer for Broken Hearts and Crushed Spirits

From my favorite written prayer daily devotion book (which I’m on year two of using and have given away dozens).  From Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith: Dated August 17: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18 Dear Lord Jesus, there is no Saviour like you–none so kind, […]

In the Midst of Our Nation’s Pain, Look for the Helpers and Become Softer

The past couple of days I’ve been overwhelmingly grieved. First was the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My immediate thought was, “Not again?!” The video was grievous. Then the shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. I grew up in Minnesota. I know where Falcon Heights is. I drove through there […]