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Notes from a Prayer Warrior

“Sometimes I struggle with peace because I have not gone to war in prayer.”  I’m no real prayer warrior, I don’t have this prayer thing down to a perfect science.

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From Start To Finish

phil 1 and 6 It’s been a while since I’ve read a book of fiction straight through from cover to cover.  I enjoy reading mysteries and my favorite authors would always capture me at the first sentence, paragraph or chapter.  They would draw me in and not let me go, even though I didn’t always know what to expect.

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A Who Knew Praise

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Oh magnify the Lord with me, for He is worthy to be praised! Does any one  have a who knew praise?

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Building Strength

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I ventured out recently on a hiking trip.  It was a challenge and I didn’t know if I had enough strength to endure but I made it through many ups and downs in the hills and on the trails.  I saw many bikers, runners and hikers building up their muscles and strength training. 

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Resting Assured

psalm 3Do you talk to yourself in times of distress?  How do you tell your restless thoughts to quiet down? How do you tell your fears and worries to flee or your weeping eyes to cry no more?

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Drawing Near

Have you ever thought about how close you really want to be to God? 

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Feeling & Feeding

d1476bc57733364e8170f8117dcdfe02I love a good song and a good message in a song.  I really love it when I can just get caught up in the music and the words. I start feeling the beat and the rhythm.  My heart is singing and dancing with the song.

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Growth Spurts

philiians 1I’ve learned that growing up in church and growing in church are two different things.

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From Darkness To Light

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I noticed a hotel commercial on television tells customers, “We’ll leave the light on for you.” It’s stated as an assurance to the guests they don’t have to come to a dark, dingy, grimy place to stay. Have you ever been in darkness? Perhaps it was a dark place, a dark moment, or a dark hour and you just couldn’t find your way to light? I have been there and I have to admit being in the dark too long has some negative side effects. When I’m in the dark too long, I lose strength, I become afraid, my situation seems larger than life and I can’t use good judgement or clearly focus. It becomes difficult to trust God and worship Him during the dark moments when we can’t see clearly and are not able to find light in our circumstances. I love reading through Psalm 18 where David speaks of how the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. David, the psalmist had some dark moments in his life but he went from darkness to light through prayer and praise. He acknowledged God as his Rock, his strength, his shield. He cried out to God who heard him. God knew the sound of David’s voice and recognized him. By verse 28, David is full of confidence, he’s gained strength, he’s sees clearly and his feet are not slipping. David has gone from darkness to light and by the end of the chapter he is exalting God. Does God know the sound of your voice in darkness?  When you’re in the dark and it seems like you can’t find your way, cry out to God and watch Him turn your darkness to light. God gives us assurance in His word that He will light our lamp and lighten our darkness. We don’t have to stay in a dark place.

Scripture: Psalm 18:28, Psalm 119:105

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The Fight To Win

bde12a359c0cd937fc0cfdeca089a094This weekend was full of buzz. Everyone was talking about it at home, work, and on television. Questions flew back and forth: Are you going to watch it? Did you see it? Who did you think was going to win? How much did you win or lose? The fight of the century caused quite a stir.