As we find the responsibility of parenthood squarely on our own shoulders, many of us wish we’d grown up with more perfect examples of mothers and fathers. Some of us had well-meaning, loving parents who did their very best to bring us up. For others, that wasn’t our experience. Either way, all of us feel or have felt totally unprepared for parenting.
Recently, I heard Pastor Craig talk about how our prayers are often what we want God to do for us, but then Craig asked a perspective-shifting question: how often do we ask God what we could do for Him? I remember praying during my LifeGroup, and honestly, my prayers were pretty small. I was asking for a good week, the opportunity to meet new people, health for my family. It was all standard stuff, but then I started thinking, What if I changed my prayers to big, open-ended prayers?
With so much happening in the news and in the world, you might wonder, Is there ever going to be peace? Will there always be conflict, hurt, despair, destruction, and death? At times, it can be a lot to handle. The good news is there will be a time when the pain and hurt of the world will go away and there will be peace. The Bible tells us until Jesus returns, we can expect to experience sin in the world and in our lives. If you’re currently facing a situation where you’re uncertain of what may happen, I invite you to pray this short prayer for peace.
Last year I started experiencing a health issue. At first I tried to ignore it, thinking it was temporary and nothing serious. As time went on, it became clear that this was not going away, at least not on its own.
Sarah is intelligent, soft-spoken, and kind. She has a gentle laugh and a way about her that makes you feel at ease in a moment. But honestly, I was nervous to talk to her. She lives in a part of the world where it’s illegal to share her faith. As I was preparing for our conversation, I thought, “What persecution have I faced for following Jesus? Nothing that comes close to losing my life or family. I wonder what this conversation will be like?”
Having a good marriage takes work, but it’s worth the effort. Being intentional about spending time together is a vital part of having a strong and healthy relationship with your spouse. One great way to get that time is to plan regular date nights.
One rainy afternoon, I remember praying to God:
God, I know this sounds crazy, but I’m asking you now to give me a struggle. I am constantly battling to control my life, and I believe a real hardship would bring perspective, humility, trust, grace, strength, and beauty that I have yet to know, all because I am holding on too tightly to what I want. Am I crazy for asking?
Life is full of possibilities and opportunities, isn’t it? Sometimes they spark excitement at the thought of what could be waiting for us round the corner. But if you’re like me, you’ve encountered a bit of hesitation or fear when you’re faced with the unknown.
When Susan started serving at Church Online, she never imagined being able to pray with people all over the world. Now, her favorite part of the week is offering hope and encouragement during live prayer. Through one of our 69 weekly experiences, Susan gets to pray and lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ.