Prayer warrior

She lived by prayer. Every surface of her apartment walls was covered with photos of people that she prayed for. Including me. My mom was a very faithful pray-er. She kept written journals to see how God answered prayer. After she died, I talked with her pastor, and he jokingly said, “There has been an […]

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“I’m listening”

Samuel was a young man, probably in his teens. He’d been living at the tabernacle since he was young, maybe five or six. Eli slept within earshot of the tabernacle. Samuel did as well. It meant that they could protect and pray, that the holiness of God wasn’t left alone. Every night at twilight, a […]

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Pouring a heart before God.

It’s about 1100 BC, give or take a few decades. In Greece, it is a time between civilizations. In China, the Shang dynasty is ending, the first of the Chinese civilizations. Rome doesn’t exist yet, as a civilization that we know. And in Israel, there is a woman named Hannah who wants a son. Her […]

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A prayer for a new week.

I make lists of things I want to write about. It’s a good practice. But it’s a barometer of my soul as well. When every idea on the list is a “how to”, I know I need to think a little about”why to.” When every idea on the list is “How sad”, I know I […]

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Captivated by fear.

(This is a rerun from 2012. Some of us still need it.) I was talking with a friend about fear I have. It was a good conversation. He helped me think it through. And I’m not going to talk with you about it. He prayed for me, asking that I wouldn’t be “captivated by fear.” I confess, […]

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