October 25, 2016

DAY TWENTY FIVE of 31 Days of Life Happens... and so We Pray! Praying the Psalms

I don't know about you but I know for me, I am sort of sad that this is our last Tuesday together this month!

I have really enjoyed praying the Psalms together with y'all!

As I said before, picking favorites is not my strong suit... but when it comes to talking about the Church... how could we not take on --and pray through-- Psalm 84?

October 24, 2016

DAY TWENTY FOUR - Praying for Our Pastors and Leaders... 31 Days of Life Happens... and so We Pray!

I hope you prayed along with me yesterday, practicing a bit of Listening PrayerIf you heard something from the Lord while praying, I'd love to hear! 

Before we dive right in to how Life Happens when it comes to church life, I want to give this little, strange disclaimer:

I am a Pastor.

As in... for real.

My Honey and I are Associate Pastors and if you hang out here, this is not new news...

But here's the thing: 
   It still sort of freaks us out.

I mean... we have pastored for all of our years because that is just who we are!  We believe that ALL of us are called and gifted and the days of full-time, us-and-them, build-myself-a-ministry, one-man-shows are over.  It may have been nice when it lasted for some, but I think most of us are happy to say Buh-Bye to those days! #ByeFelicia

We have now been in full time ministry for a little while and even though we spent the majority of our years with God in leadership with the Church -- sometimes inside, and sometimes outside, Hello! --  there is some small shift when you step in to the 'official' role of pastoring.

We always prayed for our leaders and felt our call was actually not just to pour into the people God would set in front of us, but to pour into the pastors and leaders God placed over us as well. 

We knew it was hard to pastor and lead... but we had no idea, really...

October 23, 2016

DAY TWENTY THREE - Listening Prayer

Hello again, Sunday, and welcome, my friends!

I have been really enjoying our little Listening Prayer times together on Sunday mornings! I love that you have been praying along! 

My hope is that throughout the entire series, God has been stirring in you a desire to pray. And that He has reminded you that Prayer is important, that is essential and is a weapon we can use in the battles we face!  

I hope that you have been awakened to the call to pray --for yourself, for friends and family, for all kinds of healing, and for the church.  Yeah. We'll dive into praying for the Bride of Christ this week and it's going to be fun!

Today, however, we have a few minutes set aside to simply come and meet with Him!

Join me, won't you?


This week has been hard.
We have lugged around some heavy burdens...
some yokes that are not easy...
Maybe we forgot a little bit
that You still hold this whole world
in the palm of Your hands.

We are so very thankful that,
as always,
You stand before us,
offering a trade!

October 22, 2016

DAY TWENTY TWO - When Healing Requires Forgiveness

Happy Saturday, friends!

Saturdays in October are among my very favorite things! I hope you are taking time this month not only to pray, but also to enter in to a bit of Rest. That means different things to different people. For some, Sabbath Rest may include gathering with friends and reconnecting over a meal or a fun activity... for others, a quiet corner on the couch with a good book will do just fine, thank you!

Today as we wrap up this week focused on Healing, I wanted to give a quick recap as well as dive in (briefly) to one of the biggest things that often stands in the way of our fully receiving our Healing.

Yeah... we're gonna deal with a root of bitterness and the stranglehold of unforgiveness (...briefly!) #insertwinkyemojihere 

October 21, 2016

DAY TWENTY ONE of 31 Days of Life Happens... and so We Pray! PARK - A Five Minute Friday post

I normally set Thursday evenings aside to connect with my tribe at #fmfparty over on Twitter before Kate gives us the prompt, however My Honey and I were asked to help take care of three of the most amazing tiny humans on earth, sooo... (I missed y'all!)

This is Five Minute Friday (- a five minute timed free write) and our One Word Prompt for the day is: PARK


I missed out on the party tonight on Twitter because, yet again, we were double triple-booked.

It's fine.  It was something we wanted to do... and yet this bossy calendar-keeping is starting to drag me down.

I know about self-care... but I don't always DO it!

I wrote about it not too long ago... about the dangers of being too busy.. About how when He beckons you to rest... whispers softly to come away with Him, or begs you to pay attention and be intentional... well--it's best if you just do it!

And here's the thing: 
  Life is ALWAYS Happening!

October 20, 2016

DAY TWENTY - National Healing... Praying For Our Nation (31 Days of Life Happens... and so we pray!)

So --YOU GUYS!!!  
This is something you have to know:

I am so not political. 
I am not this organized or well-informed. 

When God gave me the outline for what to write --and WHEN TO WRITE IT-- I had NO CLUE that one of the Presidential Debates were scheduled for last night.

No. Clue.

(So yeah... I was feeling a little set up yesterday when a sweet friend was laughing hysterically over Voxer, telling me that the debates were going to be on last night.)

Gah. I feel so set up... and yet...

October 19, 2016

DAY NINETEEN - When It's Your Soul That Needs Healing...

How are you doing, sweet readers?

Here we are already halfway through the month, and halfway through our week focused on Healing, and I just wanted to check in. 

Listen, I know. 

I know this stuff is hard and often times we have more questions than we do answers. I know that sometimes talking about the supernatural or the unexplainable makes us a little uncomfortable or queasy.  

We like all our ducks in a row.

Maybe it is the Western culture in us, but we have a thirst for knowledge... and yet knowing things doesn't always shed the Light that is needed.

No. Sometimes embracing the mystery of not knowing while choosing to trust God anyway is what actually opens the door to the inner healing that we are longing for!

Sometimes, as we let our
list of demands fall to the floor, 
we find God is closing old wounds
and opening new doors.

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