Posted on June 9, 2021
“…I am the LORD, who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)
Prayer is powerful. When we pray to God on our spouse’s behalf, we acknowledge His sovereignty. Our Creator is in control. He allows suffering, but is not the author of it. God sympathizes with our pain. The author of Hebrews reminds us, “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”(Hebrews 4:15)
Marriage allows two people to accomplish more for Christ than we could alone.We can have full confidence God hears us, and is close when we are brokenhearted. His plan for our lives is good, despite the rampant pain and heartache in our world. We can trust and pray for His will for our lives. Because, despite the depravity in the world, His plans are more than we can ask for or imagine. Let us lift all of our worries up to Him, and ask for increased faith and trust in our God. The One True, Triune God.
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Posted on May 26, 2021
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Proverbs 12:25 ESV
Anxiety, by definition, is an “apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness usually over an impending or anticipated ill,” that runs rampant in our lives, and is forecasted to keep increasing. In light of the current global climate, our news feeds are overflowing, and many of us can’t stop watching. There is no weapon more powerful than prayer to wield against anxiety, but we must not ignore the answer God may present us, to seek professionals gifted to treat some cases. By embracing the normalcy of mental health struggles, and unabashedly seeking help, we can boldly push back in the battle for our minds. We are not weak because we suffer from anxiety or depression, nor does it disqualify the quality of our faith in Christ. Sometimes the good word we need from God comes through a counselor.
The human heart has a built-in longing, and when we lose our focus on our Father, our thought life tends to go rogue. Paul told the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing.” Taking our thoughts captive, through prayer, is essential, not only to relieve daily worry and anxiety but to remind ourselves of who we are: children of the Most High God. We are a royal priesthood in Christ. The enemy seeks to distract us with lies, worries, fear, and anxiety. In order to counter his attacks, God’s powerful word must be prevalent in our minds and rooted in our hearts. Praying God’s Word packs a powerful punch in taking back our minds. Pray in the context of remembrance, to embrace the peace and freedom we already have in Christ.
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Posted on May 24, 2021
“…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings…” Hebrews 10:22
Parenting often drives us to our knees in prayer. When it seems impossible to control another human being that’s because it is. Exhaustion over the things the world has already thrown at our children drives us to the end of ourselves. We, too, are only human, in constant need of our great God. He hears every prayer and knows every heart. Prayer is the most powerful thing we can do with our children and on their behalf. “Believers are granted confident, faith-assured access to the throne of God through Jesus-“ wrote Chad Ashby for desiringGod, “assured access to the throne of God through Jesus- which means we are able to come to God on behalf of others.”
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Posted on May 21, 2021
Tragedy and shock often prompt us to panic, when it should prompt us to pray. The most powerful weapon we’ve been given to wield often gets shelved for worry, manipulation, and comparison. We sometimes make plans on this earth and ask God to bless them, instead of waking up to wonder what plans God has for us each morning we wake to breathe. “Your Father loves to answer your prayers with his glory,” Marshall Segal wrote in “God Wants You to Ask Again.”
Human nature becomes consumed with goals and next steps in accumulating wealth and prosperity, distracted by what “we have not,” only to miss the connection with the One True God who satisfies our souls. We may be asking, but in the wrong way, with the wrong countenance of heart. What is it, then, that we have not because we ask not?
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Posted on May 7, 2021
Every life begins and ends under the sovereign hand of God. There is no greater honor than leading freshly born hearts to His feet. It’s possible mothers learn more about themselves, their purpose, of life, and love, and God through the eyes of the children He puts in their care. Every precious life belongs to Him. Every note of talent and nuance of personality are the products of His compassionate care and love.
We are created in His image, and perhaps nothing solidifies that reality more than welcoming a new life into the world. Being a mother is a privilege packed with purpose we can’t handle apart from His strong and guiding hand. We pray for every mom this Mothers’s Day. We pray for strength to sustain the hard parts, patience to embrace the days as they fly by, and courage to let go and love our children for who they already are right now, just as He does.