Prayer provides a powerful perspective of who we truly are, not who we think we are. #prayer
My prayer on this first day of Lent is to unleash the power of my prayers and watch the wonderful results those earnest and heartfelt prayers produce as I seek Him first each day. Not just by my words, but through my actions and with my heart.
For me, as a writer, discovering the story is such a big part of the writing process because the characters take on a life of their own.
It's story time. It's time to finish one of the stories I've started and then abandoned because I've come to realize that my story is intimately linked with the stories I write. Because writing brings me breath; it gives me life - the life I was created to live.
Like the Grinch, I know that Christmas comes no matter the mess, no matter the chaos, no matter the circumstances we're in. That's the miracle and hope of Christmas for me.
I stood by helpless watching my daughter sobbing over socks that weren't perfect, and feeling both of our deep disappointment that she would not get to go to the indoor play space without them. And I raged at my husband, "Really?" I said. "Really this is how God is choosing to answer my prayers?"
When fear battles faith with every flaming arrow the enemy has in his quiver and doubt swirls like a storm, even so, I will trust Him.
Sometimes a book can change your life. The book, Dishonor, by David Mike, is one such story. It's a story that tracks one soldier's story from drugs and desertion to redemption. You can get your copy on August 30th.
Sometimes we have to choose faith each moment and I believe that when we do, God appreciates that, understands that, and even honors that. Fear fights hard; choose faith each time.
Faith conjures up certain images, doesn't it? People deeply rooted to God through prayer and His word and who trust Him easily. But, for me, in my life, sometimes faith is more of a supernatural shove out the door into the unknown and the trusting Him and rootedness only comes after I've start walking. After I get up from the heap of wailing and gnashing my teeth and digging in my heels, then I trust Him enough to walk with Him.