• All Writings,  Life,  Missions,  Prayer

    Marathon Moments

    My sister Peggy Lively and I just completed our 16th marathon in our 16th state. We have high hopes of completing one in all 50 states. We are often asked, “Why in the world are y’all doing this crazy thing?”. Honestly, we just fell into it. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word “fall” when talking about marathons. But truly, we’ve sorta gone into this adventure blindly (hmmm, another poor word for safely accomplishing 26.2 miles). Before my first marathon, I had never run in ANY race. Well, I do remember the three-legged race on field day in elementary school, and that wasn’t very pretty, at all. Peggy and I can’t…

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    Face Planting

    Recently, I read two passages of Scripture that had the same idea in it, yet their meaning was completely opposite. The first phrase is found in I Samuel 16:49 which speaks of David killing the giant Goliath: And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. The second phrase that caught my attention was when I flipped to the passage found in Ezekiel 1:26-28 which gives details of the prophet’s personal encounter with the glory of God: …there was the likeness of…

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    A Powerful Gift

    What can I give my President? What can I give my country? Prayer. I sit with a group of women once a month who have committed to pray for the President, Vice President and their wives. This group, formed by Lori Rydberg and April Eshleman, called the Glove Club (representing Melania’s glove underneath the Bible during the inauguration ceremony), has opened my eyes to the powerful gift that each one of us can give Donald and Melania Trump and Mike and Karen Pence on a daily basis. I’m humbled and excited to say that we are using my devotional book,The Heartbeat of God, as the daily guide for our prayers.…

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    The Pruning Process

    A prayer from my book, The Heartbeat of God: I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. John 15:1 O God, You are the Vinedresser. First of all, I want to thank You that I am even considered a branch on the vine. For I know that I was once considered a wild olive, and was grafted in among the original branches and that I became a partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree. Again, I humbly thank You for this act of grace on my behalf.  Now, dear Jesus, I hear You say to me, “Every branch in Me that does not…

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    What is True Love?

    A prayer from my book, The Heartbeat of God: So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me…?” John 21:15 O God, You are the God of True Love. And now, You ask each of one of us to be an outpouring of this same love. You explain with clear conviction in Your word: If you speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, you have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if you have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if you have all…

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    God of the Low Whisper

    A prayer written on behalf of a dear friend of mine, whose walk with the Lord is remarkable: He leads me beside quiet waters. Ps 23:2 O God, You are the God of the Low Whisper. Save me, O God, for the waters have threatened my life. I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched. I need You, O God, to come to my rescue. Right now, my days are chaotic and out of control. My strength is nearly gone. My courage is next to nothing.…

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    Songs in the Night

    I have been studying Acts this year in my women’s Bible Study group at my church. To say that this has been a fascinating book would be an understatement. I am inspired by the apostles’ Spirit-led boldness, power, and grace as I have witnessed them spread the good news of Jesus Christ in spite of the persecution that they faced at every turn. In Acts 16, Paul and Silas are in prison, having been beaten with rods for their faith. Their feet were in stocks in the inner cell. Bloody, weary, cold, and with darkness surrounding them, they chose to do something quite amazing: About midnight Paul and Silas were praying…

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    The Habit of Casting

    A bible verse that I revisit over and over again is this one: …casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.   (I Peter 5:7) And this one: Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you… (Psalm 55:22) The word “cast” means to throw forcefully in a specified direction. In these two verses, we are given the simple instruction to throw all our anxieties and burdens off of our hearts and minds, into the direction of the Lord, who will then take them upon Himself. I wish this straightforward instruction was as simple to obey. Why do I hold on to things I cannnot…

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    Pray like this…

    Yesterday I found myself holding my breath while pleading with the Lord for all kinds of favors having to do with a little white golf ball. My son was in a golf tournament in Atlanta, GA, and of course, as his mom, I want to see him succeed in the sport he loves. “Please Lord, help the ball go in the hole, please!” Hmm… are these kinds of prayers okay to pray?  (And others like it: “God, please help my daughter make the soccer team”, or, “God, please help my son to pass this test,” or “God, please help my child to….”) I think these prayers concerning the present moment…

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    Building a Home with Prayer

    Foundation of Love May every floorboard of every room be founded on the love of Jesus Christ; in Him alone we will not be shaken. Walls of Joy May the joyful and contagious laughter of the abundant life of Christ ring throughout the walls of our home. Ceilings of Peace May You seal each room, dear Father, with Your sweet blanket of peace, and may Your protective hand rest on our rooftop. Hallways and Stairways of Patience Please give me Your patience with each child as they pass through each of the stages and phases of growth. Also, please fill my children’s hearts with genuine patience towards one another as…