Psalm 31:15 ESV My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into […]
This is such good advice! It’s worth the re-blog to share these tips.
I’ve been trying to pray more this year. But prayer does not always come easily to me. I often find (can you relate?) that I sit down to pray with the best of intentions, only to suddenly catch myself, a few moments later, daydreaming about yesterday’s conversation, tomorrow’s meeting, or next week’s vacation.
Most of us have experienced this, and the rest of us are liars!
Distraction can be a huge hindrance in our prayer life, but I am also discovering that it provides an opportunity for growth. Here are seven strategies for fighting distraction, and harnessing it to deepen and direct our prayers.
1) Pray with Scripture
I remember hearing somewhere (I can’t remember where) that Scripture teaches us how to pray as a mother teaches a child how to talk. God speaks to us through his Word, and then we speak back to him in response, much as…
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On Thursday Christy and I drove from Richmond, Virginia, to Niagara Falls, Ontario, which means that we waited in line to cross the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian side of the border. I don’t know why. You can see the falls from the American side. But we love international travel, and it only cost $3.50 to cross the bridge, so we did it. And, besides, we had reservations at a bed and breakfast on the Canadian side. To avoid roaming charges we switched our phones to “airplane mode” and spent a blissful sixteen hours ignoring the news. When we crossed back over the next day it seemed that everything had changed. Christy sat in the…
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While the Bruce Jenner* controversy is at its peak, be very careful about what you are tempted to say about it on social media. Though your gut reaction might be to post a comment/article that articulates your disgust, I beg you to reconsider. Here’s a couple of reasons why.
- Many of you are either looking at porn, or something close to it. I know this because some of the pages and videos that you “like” on Facebook show up on my news feed. You probably don’t realize this, because you keep doing it, and I keep seeing it. Unfortunately, all sexual perversion is a result of human corruption. You have it, I have it too. But you might want to reconsider publicly shaming one perversion when you have another.
- Related to reason #1, you don’t understand the gospel. There is nothing wrong about outwardly expressing your disgust at sin. The…
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I look forward to this kind of reading schedule 🙂
Everyone knows that a downpour is bad for the soil. It comes on really strong, washes away the topsoil, and does not really sink down into the ground in order to water it. What is much more helpful is a slow and steady rain, which saturates the ground over the long term, and then brings life to everything that it touches.
Sometime, I think we read our Bibles like we are hoping for a downpour. We wake up and attempt to cram as many verses into our morning Bible time as we possibly can, all the while hoping and praying that God would flood us with something incredible before we face the drought of our busy days. Now, don’t get me wrong. Making a priority for reading the Bible is an absolute necessity, and reading large sections of Scripture has its place (it’s called Bible study); but when we only have…
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“God, how can I walk in the Spirit?”. <== Re-blog
It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.
At first glance, this is a simple Psalm of praise, but a little closer look reveals an interesting approach to the day. Notice that it says “proclaiming your love in the morning.” Have you ever tried that? To begin the day proclaiming God’s love has a way of adjusting a person’s attitude to a place where we are more likely to notice the things that are really important, as opposed to the things that are simply there. It has a way of helping us to prioritize the right way, so that when the day’s trials come we are better grounded in His love and not simply being tossed to and fro.
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Awesome read! Blessings ♥
by Pastor Tim Burt
I recently heard someone say “People really never change.” I know why people say it. As a Pastor in a very large church, I’ve been around thousands of people weekly for many, many years. There have been a few people who I have seen fallen prey to the devil repeatedly in the same area of their life and I’ve been tempted to think “They’ll never change.” I say tempted to think because I can’t allow myself to think that. Mankind’s only hope is to change. That will only happen through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the only enabler of real and lasting change. Without recognizing the Holy Spirit within you as God’s gift of help to change, you won’t change. Too many don’t and thus the statement – People really never change.
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