Lectio divina is a helpful practice for Christian writers - and for anyone who wants to grow in relationship with God. The term lectio divina means “divine reading.” This is where you engage the Bible spiritually - not with your mind, but with your spirit. While there is a time and place to engage your heart and mind … Continue reading Lectio Divina for Christian Writers
I heard someone share recently that she was reading John 15 about abiding in Christ (John 15:1-8). She had become worried when she read the part of branches not producing and being cut off (verses 2 and 6). She is being called into a season of rest and recalibration right now (as many of us … Continue reading Are You Abiding?
A fellow intercessor and I were just talking about how easy it is to feel schizophrenic when listening to God and praying for people. If you're an intercessor, you can probably relate to this feeling. Not just intercessors, either. Any follower of Christ can feel this way. It's that question we all have when God … Continue reading Now … Later … Yes … Not
I love object lessons in spirituality. Recently, a friend needed to move her office and several of us pitched in. She has a giant painting of Jesus on her wall. This was painted prophetically during a worship service and it is a stunning portrait. It's also hard to move and hang on the wall. In … Continue reading Jesus Has It Covered
I was talking yesterday with a friend who just returned from Uganda. She spent several weeks with a neighborhood ministry that had requested inner healing prayer. As she shared about the desperate situation and the hunger in the people's hearts, she also lamented that she seldom finds that kind of hunger here at home. We … Continue reading Why Aren’t We Desperate?
Prayer takes place mostly in an invisible spiritual realm. On one hand, we need to learn how to appreciate God's presence in that invisible space. We are in relationship with a Spiritual Being who is Other than we are. We need to learn how to relate in ways that cannot be seen. On the other … Continue reading Bringing Home the Lion of Judah
Have you seen the movie, Anna and the King? There is a great scene that reminds me of the authority we have in intercessory prayer. Because of Jesus, we have access to the throne room of God: "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, … Continue reading Talking to the King
Have you prayed for someone you care about on an issue that seems overwhelming? Are you discouraged because you haven't seen your prayers answered? Don't be discouraged. God is answering. He is working in the life of the person you are praying for - and He is working in your life as well, through this … Continue reading What Is God Doing?
I have a friend whose family lives a rich prayer life every day. They pray over their children and grandchildren each morning ... pray for safety when one of their kids is out driving in the rain ... sit quietly with God and let Him plan their day ... ask God to remind them of … Continue reading God, Please Help Me Find It
I love reading history. In the summertime I'm always drawn to the Pioneers and the Old West. As I was reading the adventures of a wagon train, I wondered - Are we really so much better off now? I read about a tornado that came up on the wagon train. Nowadays, I have electronic gadgets … Continue reading God or Gadgets?