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Benediction

BENEDIC’TION, n. [L. benedictio, from bene, well, and dictio, speaking. See Boon and Diction.] 1. The act of blessing; a giving praise to God or rendering thanks for his favors; a blessing pronounced; hence grace before and after meals. Many people offer thanks before eating. That’s common enough. But Webster suggests something more in his definition. Something more beautiful even than a prayer of blessing. Saying Grace after meals? Who does that?I can honestly say … read on, my friend…

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Not ashamed

There isn’t much better reading on the subject of faith in the Bible than Hebrews 11. Known as the “Hall of Faith,” it is a dizzying recitation of people who chose to believe God, even when some of their natural eyes never saw what they were believing for. Do I have that kind of faith? The faith to simply trust God? God is not ashamed to be called their God. Heb 11:16b Wow. God was … read on, my friend…

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On naming the new year

Reading Ann’s post on her yearly ritual challenged and inspired me. I never had thought of doing that before but it makes sense. Naming a year seems to make it more purposeful, more important, more intimate. So I set out to discover my own word for 2011. Like a child in a wondrous candy store, nose pressed, heated breath fogging the glass, I searched for the perfect word to summarize the focus of 2011. Would … read on, my friend…

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The lost art of listening

There is no shortage of noise today. In fact, it’s hard to get away from noise at all. And when we do, often the awkward silence makes us uncomfortable. We want to fill every moment with talking, with music, with anything. What are we trying to avoid? What are we pushing away in the cacophony? A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in … read on, my friend…

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Prayer grotto a la home

Christians in South Korea have the benefit of going to Prayer Mountain. There they have created small prayer rooms that one can close themselves off to concentrate and pray. You can make a special place in your home for quiet prayer. Even a small corner or under a desk can make a great prayer grotto at home. Find a place in your home that’s not busy. a back corner, closet floor or even below a … read on, my friend…

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Why pray as a family?

With  the busy pace of today’s life why should we take time to pray regularly as a family? There are many reasons. Unity. People who pray together grow closer. Teaching. It’s a great opportunity to teach your child (and learn yourself) how to hear from God. God says to. We are commanded to “pray without ceasing.” Altruism. We think of the needs of others and not our own. Peace. We know we have taken our … read on, my friend…

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praying for our kids

As parents we are to lift our children up in prayer daily. (Sometimes hourly!) But in the business at times I found myself struggling to focus my mind, so I kept praying the same basic things every day. Then someone gave me a new tool to make my prayer time more effective. I have had this prayer calendar for a long time and thought I’d pass it along.  It will help you pray for your … read on, my friend…

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Principles of family prayer (part 7)

Be Intercessory This one can be a challenge for children, who (hopefully unlike their parents) are pretty ego-centric. It is nice to form habits early that include prayer for others.  It is scriptural and also practical. We should always be mindful of the lost around us. We should also be quick to pray for anyone at any time, even in the store or in our neighborhood. If you encounter someone with urgent needs, I encourage … read on, my friend…

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Principles of family prayer (part 6)

Be Effective This may seem like a no-brainer to you, but there really is a strategy to effective prayer, according to God’s Word. 1) Pray God’s will. What is His will? His Word. Praying scriptures is a sure-fire way to get your prayers answered. 2) Get along. Especially live in peace as husband and wife. (1 Peter 3:7) 3) Live a forgiving lifestyle. James 5:16 mentions forgiveness and effectual prayer in the same verse. Knowing … read on, my friend…

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Principles of family prayer (part 5)

Be Authentic The Bible is full of honest prayers. See Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemane. Or Moses at the burning bush. Or Paul in prison. Or Job in his struggles. God is not bothered by honesty. I believe He is bothered when we do not bring ALL to Him in prayer. It’s okay to question but don’t get stuck there. Allow God to do what He does best—work things for your good, if you belong … read on, my friend…

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