7.3.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Amen

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• At the end of every fairy tale is “The end.” And at the end of every prayer is an “Amen.” But what does it mean? Why do we say it? The word is ancient, dating back to the days of Moses when he taught the Israelites to use it to reply in agreement to the 12 curses of transgressions (Deuteronomy … Continue reading 7.3.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Amen

6.24.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Worship

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• How often do you worship God during the week? For many, worship is reserved for Sunday. But worship is far more than church attendance. Before we go there, let’s look at today’s signature verse—Psalm 95:6, as well as verse 7, “Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. … Continue reading 6.24.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Worship

5.1.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Angels Among Us

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• A few years ago, my favorite Christian novelist, Karen Kingsbury, wrote a trilogy called “Angels Walking” series. These books outlined the heavenly assignments of angels and their mission on earth. To be honest, until these books, I hadn’t given angels and their roles among us a whole lot of thought. I knew they existed, but it was more of an … Continue reading 5.1.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Angels Among Us

4.29.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: What Others Think of Us

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• The book of Judges outlines the 480-year vicious cycle of how the Israelites turned their back on God, worshiped idols, got in trouble, called out to God for help, and God rescued them again and again. While it’s not an excuse to go out and sin over and over because you know God will forgive, it’s a good example of … Continue reading 4.29.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: What Others Think of Us

4.9.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Always the Same

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Facebook has been having a field day with weather memes. The one I saw yesterday said we were in a new season called “Sprinter,”—winter in spring. The inconsistent weather is creating some challenges. Beyond the problems of trying to get dressed in the mornings, my husband’s plants are confused. He’s been dragging them in and out of the house for … Continue reading 4.9.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Always the Same

3.28.18 Praise Prompt: Focused

PRAISE PROMPT ••• When a woman is in labor, her medical team will encourage her to focus on one thing. Focus on a face. Make eye contact. Don’t glance away. They want her focused, rather than distracted by pain or feeling overwhelmed and scared by what they are doing to help her. Whether giving birth, cooking dinner, planning an event, or even preparing for a … Continue reading 3.28.18 Praise Prompt: Focused

3.21.18 Praise Prompt: Growing Patience

PRAISE PROMPT ••• Patience is an admirable quality few of us like to practice. We expect it from others, but don’t like to give ourselves. And for those who do excel at patience, we’re so in awe of them, we equate them to a saint (“He or she has the patience of a saint!”) Today is the second day of spring. I’ve been tapping my … Continue reading 3.21.18 Praise Prompt: Growing Patience