Prayer for Children

A Prayer for My Children

Prayer for my Children I pray that my children will love God with their whole hearts and will want nothing more than to live unashamedly and joyfully for Him. I pray they will never grow lukewarm–but instead be filled with a fiery passion to follow their Savior, Jesus Christ, with every bit of strength they have. I pray that their hearts will leap with joy at the sound of His name and that He will be the greatest love of their lives. I plead for God to help my children turn away from the desires of this world and instead run straight toward the cross of Jesus where true life begins. I pray that they will never run from Him in order to follow the Read More

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Life in His Hands: The Journey

My twin sister once told me that God called her to lead Bible studies so that she would actually show up. After I laughed about that for awhile, I added, “God wanted me to write a devotional book so that I would actually start living what I’ve learned!” To me, there is something about hard, cold print that makes me feel the need to be more accountable. I guess the same concept applies to leading Bible studies, only it’s the people, not the print, that makes you feel you had better come through. God knows my sister and me pretty well, and he knows we need a good nudge once in awhile. He also knows it has taken lots of persuading to convince me that Read More

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The Doorway

                When God closes a door, it can be quite painful. It’s kind of like getting your hand shut in a door, only the pain is figurative and it targets the heart. Yes, oftentimes I have prayed that God will open the doors he wants me to enter and close the ones he doesn’t. Yet, when the door comes closing shut, I find myself somewhat surprised…and a bit hurt. Perhaps I have convinced myself that it was the right door and that entering through it would be the best thing for me. Or maybe because of my pride and need to please others, I feel I would get a stamp of approval by walking through that door. Either Read More

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The Race

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 Maybe by now you’ve heard I ran up a hill. That’s right…all the way up a hill! When I set my sights on Jesus, he makes me want to start running and never back down. He sets my mind on a course of victory for the glory of his name, and I want to give Him everything I’ve got. I may be in a heap when I cross the finish line, but I will know I have run with purpose; I will know that nothing Read More

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Climbing the Hill

Climbing Hills I ran up a hill today. And I didn’t even stop up at the top. I just kept on running. That’s simply not like me. I do enjoy a nice walk in the morning, but I’m not a huge fan of running up hills while my heart pounds wildly and sweat rolls down my back. That’s just not my favorite thing in life. So as far as I can tell, it must have been the hand of God that started pushing me up that hill because I had no idea my legs were going to kick it into high gear. I just took off running, and then after a few seconds I thought to myself, “Oh my gosh, I am actually running!” I was Read More