Praying the Scriptures

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to pray but didn’t know what to pray?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wanted others to pray for you and a situation but there wasn’t time or it seems an inconvenient time to “phone a friend” or reach out to anyone? Do you feel unqualified to pray or don’t know how to pray?

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“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”

These words, from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner (text of 1834) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, are the cries of a man on a ship that is adrift on the sea close to Antarctica. He is not holding out much hope for himself or the others on the ship.

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Wrestling With Scripture

My mother tells me of a time that I don’t remember well.  When I was around 2nd or 3rd grade, I was walking home from the bus stop after school (back in the day when kids were allowed to do such things).  The windows of our house were open and she could hear me singing as approached the house. Suddenly, the sweet melodic sound of my voice was replaced with crying.  Our next-door neighbor boy, Luis, had jumped out from behind the hedgerow and whacked me on the head with a small pipe. You might guess that we weren’t fast friends.  Over the few years that we lived in that house we had a handful of disagreements that resulted in fisticuffs a few times.

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Take Heart

Recently I have been thinking over the word “unshakeable”. I have been thinking about this word for weeks! It’s one of those things that you can’t shake (pun intended) because you can’t fully grasp what it means and what it would mean for you if lived it out. It’s like when I think of eternity with Jesus or what I would do with a million dollars or becoming a mother. It could be something different for you- getting your dream job, seeing your dream come true, falling in love. It’s fun to think about but almost impossible to grasp actually being true in your life.

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