6.17.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Gifts and Service

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• My great-uncle died last night. A painfully shy, lifelong bachelor, my uncle wasn’t supposed to live past his 20th birthday. He had a severe case of scoliosis which wasn’t as treatable in his youth. But he died last night, a man in his late 80s. My husband summed him up best — he was a gentle man. And he will … Continue reading 6.17.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Gifts and Service

6.14.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: A Biblical Look at Respect

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Aretha Franklin sang about it. Rodney Dangerfield never got it. And everybody thinks they deserve it. I’m speaking of respect. Merriam-Webster has four definitions for “respect,” and they are, “relation or reference to a particular thing or situation,” “an act of giving particular attention,” “high or special regard,” and “particular, detail.” And one of our Ten Commandments is about respect … Continue reading 6.14.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: A Biblical Look at Respect

6.11.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Talking About Jesus

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Research says that the average woman speaks 20,000 words per day, and the average man speaks 7000. Without getting into cheesy jokes about those statistics, the question on my mind this morning is, “How often do we talk about Jesus every day?” In Acts 7, Stephen became the first martyr for Christianity. And after his death, Acts 8:1b says, “A … Continue reading 6.11.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Talking About Jesus

5.22.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Jesus With Us

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Every morning, as I sit down to write My Grace-Full Life, I pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and that God will be glorified. But tucked away in the back of my mind, I keep wondering, “How long will I have this assignment?” In moments of doubt, when I’m more dependent on myself than I am on Jesus, I know … Continue reading 5.22.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Jesus With Us

5.17.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: The Fruits of the Spirit — Gentleness

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• This is Day Eight of our nine-day study of the Fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Today, we’re looking at GENTLENESS. This is totally my opinion, but of the Fruits … Continue reading 5.17.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: The Fruits of the Spirit — Gentleness

4.24.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: When You Wonder, “What’s the Point?”

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Have you ever felt empty? Have you wondered, “What’s the point?” Most everyone feels that way at some point or another. But that’s not how God designed us to feel. More on that in a minute. When King Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, he talked a lot about life and vain pursuits that have no meaning. For example, in Ecclesiastes 1:2,8 NLT, … Continue reading 4.24.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: When You Wonder, “What’s the Point?”

4.14.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Consulting God

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• When God gave the Israelites the Promised Land, it wasn’t empty. They were told to remove the people who occupied it. God promised to be with them, and give them victory. The first up: Jericho. Joshua and the army followed the Lord’s instructions to the letter. With one exception. Achan disobeyed the order about all the goods that were to … Continue reading 4.14.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Consulting God