For the past seven years I’ve been moved in various ways to support the work of Compassion International, including volunteering as a correspondent sponsor. (This means I get the joy and privilege of writing letters to children who, for various reasons, aren’t receiving letters from financial sponsors.) My involvement with Compassion has taught me one of the most powerful ways to help these children, their families, and their communities is through prayer.
God is working in their midst and He already has an amazing plan to bring individual children, families, and entire communities out of extreme poverty. We need to invite His vision through prayer.
I appreciate so much that Compassion has created an app that gives daily prayer reminders and prayer prompts for the children I write to. I also put their photos on my fridge, so I pray for the kids and their families every time I see them.
Something else God has been teaching me to do is to pray for these children, their families, and their communities as I go about my day. Anything can be a reminder.
Continue reading “Simple but Powerful Prayer for Children in Extreme Poverty”
In 1758, Charles Wesley published his collection of 40 Intercession Hymns.
These hymns are examples of intercessory prayers set to music. Music is a good way to remember words, and singing helps people have words of prayer and scripture on their hearts and tongues throughout the day.
Although Wesley’s collection of Intercession Hymns represents an era different from our own, many parts of these intercessory prayers are timeless, especially given their biblical foundations. All of Wesley’s hymns are steeped in scripture, and his Intercession Hymns are no exception. Even portions of hymns that are specific to Wesley’s day can be adapted for current situations.
Continue reading “Did You Know Charles Wesley Wrote Prayers to Sing? A Prayerful Look at Intercession Hymn #1 “For All Mankind””
One of the many benefits of learning the Hebrew alphabet is to be able to look up individual words in the Hebrew lexicon. Hebrew is such a rich language. Individual words have such depth of meaning, usually more than can be expressed with one single, English-word equivalent.
Even in the same Bible passage, when the same English word appears in different verses, the original Hebrew word might have different nuances of meaning, based on how the word is used in its immediate context.
When you know the Hebrew alphabet, you can look up words in the lexicon and note the differences in meaning each time and place the word is used. These nuances bring even deeper understanding and appreciation of the biblical text you are reading.
Here’s an example from Psalm 143, a beautiful psalm in which David cries out to God in ways we can all relate. Why don’t you start by reading Psalm 143 all the way through in English before we go further and explore one particular Hebrew word.
Continue reading “Refreshing Ways to Connect with God: The Blessings of Learning One Biblical Hebrew Word”
If you have kids headed back to school soon, you can write prayers on your blog related to school – starting back, uncertainty regarding the pandemic, prayers for kids taking tests, and so much more. Just think about everything kids encounter during the school year, and you will have plenty of prayers to share on your blog that other school parents can pray.
Continue reading “Share a Prayer for Busy Moms/Dads”
As a Christian writer, it’s important to be immersed in scripture and interpret biblical passages well. You will often refer your readers to Bible truths, so you want to get hold of those truths for yourself before you write.
While you will discover many spiritual practices that can help (prayer, worship, Bible Study, lectio divina, reliable commentaries, and more), another helpful practice is being able to look up key words in the original language (Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament). Continue reading “Basics of Biblical Hebrew and Greek Can Help Your Christian Writing”
I grew up in the Cold War. I know it looks like ancient politics now. But it was real for us.
Continue reading “Ideologies? Or Just Friends?”
I love reading Song of Solomon 2:10-13 any time of year but especially in the springtime. The imagery is so vivid that it literally paints a scene of God’s love and His redemption plan for us.
As a writer, you may enjoy meditating on this passage and then writing a devotional, prayer, or reflections. This Bible reading might even inspire you to write a letter of encouragement to someone who has had a long winter – not necessarily a physical winter, but a difficult season of life.
Continue reading “Write a Quick Reflection on Song of Solomon 2:10-13”
Hey, little buddy. Guess what? Your friend Miss Karen is coming by today. She’s coming here to see you! And she’s going to help me with something.
You know how we’ve been painting the walls? Well, now I have to paint above the cabinets. And I have to climb up there first and take some things down so I can paint.
I know how much you like jumping up on things. But I’m a little bit nervous about doing that by myself. So I asked Miss Karen to come by and keep an eye on me and make sure I don’t fall off the ladder.
I just need a little bit of extra help.
Continue reading “Conversation with a Pup”
I heard a broadcast recently where young businessmen were talking about the pandemic. It’s the first time they’ve had to deal with disaster recovery and business continuity. I could hear the fear and uncertainty in their voices. I wished they were in front of me so I could give them hope that one day we will be on the other side of this and it will be okay.
Continue reading “After Trauma, There Is Life”
Sometimes I get a glimpse of what I must look like to God.
At the beginning of March (when we could still gather), I was at a friend’s house waiting for folks to arrive for church.
Her little Yorkie started barking as he does whenever someone drives (or walks, jumps, crawls, or flies) onto the property. After all, it’s his job to stand alert and guard the premises. He also wants to be the first to meet and greet.
As our new arrival was settling her car into the driveway, the little Yorkie kept barking almost without taking a breath. He stood in front of his mama with fervent barking, as if to say, “She’s here! Can’t you see?”
Continue reading ““Can’t You See?””