Why Praying “About it” Doesn’t Help Children in Need

I’m upset and disappointed with the way I’ve been doing this thing called “Christianity.” I say I want to do God’s will and yet I’m focused on SELF – Yes, Me, Myself and I. It’s been all about me. My pain. My struggles. My waiting. My life. What is wrong with me? Why am I lead by selfishness vs. the heart of God? I’ve struggled with this for a while. Until… God spoke. Okay, this time I listened… and I took action. I don’t need to pray about feeding a hungry child. What I need to do is reevaluate myContinue reading…

Great Expectations

Ten months waiting for our son’s birth certificate and no news yet! We recently received court papers, noting our presence for the next court hearing, so I jumped to the conclusion that the birth certificate must have arrived. To our disappointment, it was just a procedure. The social worker mentioned no further updates and no calls back from the person processing the paperwork. As you can imagine, I am full of anticipation. Our son has been in his forever home for almost nine months. We can’t wait for the adoption to be final. He is our son, no doubt aboutContinue reading…

Visio Divina

Visio Divina “The beauty of… images moves me to contemplation, as a meadow delights the eyes and subtly infuses the soul with the glory of God.” – St. John Damascene Visio Divina is just a fancy way to describe the spiritual discipline of prayer in which one observes an image and allows heart and mind to connect with God. Allow yourself a minimum of 20-30 minutes. If you have never done this before, I suggest you have a quiet place to sit – without any distractions. There is no right or wrong way; it’s all a matter of being openContinue reading…

Master Tool: Prayer

Prayer “Prayer is the intentional, concentrated, and regular effort to create space for God.” – Henri Nouwen There will always be a list of things to do, but when we put God first, “all these other things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:34 Do you agree with this statement? Use your workbook to write your thoughts. It’s important for you to know what you believe and why you believe it; it’s not enough to do things because others say so. Take some time and think about the reasons why you may or may not have been spendingContinue reading…

The Original Identity Thief

The upcoming comedy, Identity Thief, will be premiering this Friday. The ads are so funny. The premise is simple. A woman steals a man’s name (his identity). He goes after her, but realizes the difficulty of getting his name back. It makes me think of how many people’s identities have been stolen by the original identity thief – Satan. Now, that’s not funny. It’s actually devastating. Unfortunately, many fall into his trap; they believe the lies. What lies? Lies that speak about their identity in Christ: (1) I am not good enough, (2) I am insignificant, (3) I am worthless,Continue reading…

Praying Truth Over Your Children

If you have little ones, you may find yourself trying to meet all their needs, which leaves limited personal time. Two months after the arrival of our 1-year-old son, I’m still adjusting to his schedule! I find that once he’s asleep, I’m spent – I’ve got nothing left; zero energy! So, I had to make adjustments to my prayer and devotional time. How are you doing in praying for your children? If you don’t already do so, I urge you to begin. I cannot emphasize the importance of taking time to pray daily and speak words of truth into yourContinue reading…

What’s in Your Cup?

There is a story about a university professor who came to a Zen master to ask him about Zen. Nan-in, the Zen master, served him tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he could no longer restrain himself. “It is over-full. No more will go in!” “Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I teach you Zen unless you first empty your cup?” How many times do we fill our lives with things and leave no room for God’s thoughts toContinue reading…