A Prayer of Love for You - 5

A Prayer of Love for You - 5
Welcome to the fifth post in our Love Series; I write as a fellow student. I sat at our kitchen table and read an e-mail newsletter by author/speaker John Eldredge; his words struck deep in my heart. If you also feels burdened by the violence around us, please read his words and pray with us for "the mighty love of God flow like a river over and through our lives." Eldredge observed Hatred is the "new spirit of the age" as confirmed by the daily news. It is all the more important for us to choo... [More]

Love Laments - 4

Love Laments - 4
“Our only hope is to march ourselves to the throne of God and in loud lament cry out the pain that lives in our souls.” —Ann Weems Photo by Flickr CC User: Nick KenrickI struggled to find words and prayers in response to recent events. Then I read Ruth Haley Barton and Rev. Prince River's prayers and their words resonated. "The prayer of lament is a place to begin as we seek to respond to the sin, the brokenness, and the complexity of our life together as human beings. It is ... [More]

Ten Things I learned in June

Ten Things I learned in June
(We're taking a break from our love series for this post.) In no particular order, I share thoughts on creativity from Elizabeth Gilbert, a review of a Dickens' movie, Ken Burns on history, and other things: 1. If you've ever prayed to God for a miracle and didn't get it, then Lisa words will (hopefully) encourage you. "Miracles are not the answer to suffering; God is." —Lisa Appelo Read the rest of Lisa Appelo's heartfelt post, "5 Reasons Why God Answered Her Prayer Not Mine," here. &nb... [More]

Love pays attention - 3 (& a challenge)

Love pays attention - 3 (& a challenge)
A blog subscriber's e-mail responding to the latest post in our Love Series: One Way We Can Receive God's Love, inspired today's post. M's e-mail said: "Please share any responses you get about how people receive God's love!" I directed her toward readers' comments to the post. And then something unexpected happened today where I felt God's love—but first a prologue—to set the context. God daily showers his love on me through common grace (sunshine, rain, birds, butterflies) and spec... [More]

One way we can receive God's love- 2

One way we can receive God's love- 2
I remember holding our baby girl for the first time: my joy at her existence and arrival. My husband and I could scarcely believe she was here—ten fingers, ten toes, and a healthy set of lungs. I didn't once think about what she could do for me. Many people, including myself in the past, unconsciously think God loves us more when we serve or when we're useful. But God's delight in us is infinitely greater than my delight in our daughter. God created us with our unique gifts. And God lov... [More]