The Devastating Consequences of Fear

You can't stop thinking about it--that fear that keeps you up at night, keeps you vigilant, keeps you looking for safeguards. It could be a health scare, fear for your kids, or a phobia. Whatever your fear, you are preoccupied with the terrible consequences you...

Why We Need a Sabbath Rest

It was Daylight Saving Time and my husband tried to change the time on our oven. He told me had had some trouble with it and I wasn't worried. I'd changed it many times before. But when I tried to change the time, I noticed that I couldn't do anything with the oven....

6 Lies That Keep Us From Praying

If you haven't seen the movie, War Room, I highly recommend it. It's about the victory we can have through prayer. Sadly, too many of us don't pray regularly. I think that's because we have believed the enemy's lies about it. Want to watch the video of this post...

The Secret to Learning Contentment

I was praying using my Spiritual Circle Journal. I had told the Lord about my dissatisfaction with my appearance, my kids' behavior, and the progress I had made (or really had not made) on the language arts curriculum I'm writing. I waited to hear the action steps He...

How to Get More Prayers Answered

  Let's be honest. You'd pray more if you felt like more of your prayers were answered. Why aren't your prayers being answered? This post isn't going to delve into all the many reasons your prayer may not be answered in the way you hoped. Instead, I want to share...

Permission to Pray Little Prayers

I often feel guilty praying little prayers. I have friends right now who need great big prayers. They're in pain. They're in mourning. They need a job in the worst way. Do I have any business praying for the rain to stop so my hair doesn't get wet? Praying for Dresses...

How to Pray More Powerfully

Have you ever wondered why your prayers aren't answered? There are many possible reasons, including those that have nothing to do with how we pray. But the account of the woman whose daughter was demon-possessed in Matthew 15 redefines what it means to pray...

How to Grow Your Nails and Change Your Life

I was born with soft, paper-thin, peeling nails and never understood why I hadn't been given the gene for my mother's gorgeous fingernails. I never bothered to paint them, because in no time, my nails would tear off and look hideous anyway. The Search for a Solution...

Contentment 101: Introduction

In Philippians 4:11, the Apostle Paul says:I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.I recently discovered that I haven't learned that. Oh, I don't pine away for material possessions, but that's no credit to my character. I have everything I need and so...

Disappointed in People

I'm going to get real with you and admit that I have been really disappointed in people lately. Really. So I went to the Lord with the problem, assuming He would sympathize. Instead, He said, "I know. Imagine how I feel." I have tried convincing myself that the people...

How to Pray Like You Mean It

George Mueller is one of my faith heroes. I have read several books about him and by him and continue to be inspired. He wrote a small pamphlet called "Five Reasons Why Prayer Must be Answered." George is known for receiving consistent and dramatic answers to prayer...

The Gift of Unapologetic Faith

It seems Christmas has become more and more controversial. It's as if Christians have to apologize for their beliefs. Have you noticed that? Christ did come to bring peace on earth, but not quite yet. For now, the controversy will remain and will heat up. These events...

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