Even Ifs of April

When I was younger, I struggled with fear to the point of not eating for a few days. I’m thankful for that brief season because the truth I gathered then still brings encouragement to me today.

But I’ve never stopped adding to my arsenal of “courage notes” since fear grips in many ways. Thankfully, there are plenty of words from God about anxious thoughts (Ps 94:19). He even commands us not to be anxious.

However, we know the “what if” game (while helpful for creating plots in fiction) has been so easy to slip into lately.

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Five Prayers for the Drive to Church

I’m not sure what your Sunday mornings before church are like, but I’m going to guess they aren’t always angelic. Because mine aren’t.

I would like to say they consist of a full two hours of sipping coffee and prayer journaling at my kitchen table, with morning sun and a vase full of roses nearby. Leftover quiche and plenty of time to spare to curl my hair.

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Bright Lights with Passports

I want to be stronger and shine brighter.

In high school, I always looked forward to Wednesday nights because it was our discipleship group for young ladies — called Bright Lights (founded by Sarah Mally). This stands for “Being Radiant in Godliness, Holiness, and Testimony” with the theme verse, “Let no one look down on your youth, but be an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (I Timothy 4:12) Continue reading “Bright Lights with Passports”

Little Flocks

Today is September 25th, and I began a new prayer journal.

It’s a thick hardcover with gold-rimmed flowers on the front. Writing the first page felt like signing a contract because I’ll probably be dedicated to this one for two years, thanks to its size and small lines. Were there any themes I wanted? Special purposes or ways to use it? A fancy way to write the date? Now was the time to begin a new tradition!  Continue reading “Little Flocks”