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Praying for Mentors

I have been reading Prayers of Blessing Over Your Husband by Bruce Wilkinson and Heather Hair. I believe many of the prayers are applicable to others we love. May I offer you one (modified) today from the book for your spouse, for your children, for your grandchildren? Just call them by name and pray.

Gracious Lord, please surround my (_________ ) with mentors who will guide (him/her) in the ways of wisdom, right living, kindness, commitment, and a deep love for You and for this family. I pray that You bless (him/her) with like interests with these mentors and provide them with learning experiences that they can share together, as well as occasions of fun and fellowship. Help me to be willing to share emotions and time so he/she can develop and sustain relationships with these, and I pray that the richness of these relationships will overflow into our family and our home, In Christ’s name, amen.

Italics indicates changes in the verbiage from page 120 of the aforementioned book.

Stretching

When our Little Ones start stretching, we feel the tightening and the pull; and when that stretching is sooner than expected, or sooner than provisions in hand – we hurt! We really hurt!

So let us pray.

Abba, we love  _____ so much but we don’t like this stretching that he/she is doing right now. We don’t like the unkindness of failed responses; the pulling away with a bite instead of a kiss. It feels so wrong and we believe it is. And it’s this way, You either care or You don’t – I believe You do.  You either love him/her more than we do, or You don’t – I believe You do. You will either intervene, go after and stay on him/her until they return, or You won’t – I believe You will. So we can either rest our comfort in You, or not – I am. In JESUS name I am. Thank You, Abba. Thank You.

Stress

As I sit to write, it’s been a pleasant day and I am thankful.

About mid-afternoon I tried on a piece of writing — it fit well. Well, enough that I’d like to share it with you.

Begin reading here and finish up over at Ann Voskamp’s page.

guest post by John Mark Comer

The philosopher Dallas Willard once called hurry “the great enemy of spiritual life in our day,” and urged followers of Jesus to “ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”

When I first came across his anti-hurry vision of life in Jesus’ kingdom, it struck a deep chord in my soul.

And yet his culprit for the “great enemy of spiritual life” is not what I would expect.

“Both sin and busyness have the exact same effect—they cut off our connection to God, to other people, and even to our own soul.”

I live in one of the most secular, progressive cities in America, but if you were to ask me, What is the greatest challenge to your spiritual life in Portland? I’m not sure what I’d say – politics? Postmodernity? Progressive theology?

How would you answer that question?

I bet very few of us would default to “hurry” as our answer.

And yet the more I think about it, the more I agree.

Corrie Ten boom once said that if the devil can’t make you sin, he’ll make you busy.

Her logic is sound: both sin and busyness have the exact same effect—they cut off our connection to God, to other people, and even to our own soul.

Often, this isn’t how we think of “the devil” and his agenda in our life.

But in my experience as a pastor, the number one threat to people’s spiritual life is simply a lack of time. 

People are just too busy to live emotionally healthy and spiritually rich and vibrant lives.

What do people normally answer when you ask the customary, How are you?

Oh good—just busy.

See what I mean? So just pop on over there. Click HERE.

Free, Free Indeed

Truth is conforming one’s words to reality.  
Hoehner, H.W. (1985). Ephesians. In J. F. Walvoord & R.B. Zuck(Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: an Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol.2, p. 637). Wheaton, Il: Victor Books.

So, what do we do with that?!

Reality.
So what is reality, anyway?

Free Dictionary says this: the state of being real

Meaning; to tell the truth, I must conform the words I speak to what is real; not what I think, not what I want, not what I feel but what actually is? Yes?

Wow! How often do we tell the truth?

 

John 8:32 King James Version (KJV) 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  source

 

Perhaps we tell the truth to the extent that we are free in JESUS.

Truth – 224 times in the KJV. Check it out HERE.

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