A Back To School Prayer

In my neck of the woods, most schools kick off classes tomorrow. Whether or not we have kids of our own, we all benefit when the children in our community have positive experiences in school and receive a solid education. Here's a prayer we can pray today and throughout the year for the kids, teachers and parents in our midst.  Thank you, God for children whose excitement and energy and creativity ...

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A Prayer for Tax Day

May those who have waited until the last minute be swift and safe on their way to the post box (or at least be fleet of finger on their keyboards) May those who turned in their forms weeks ago resist the urge to be smug May those who feel taxed by the work that comes their way during this season find some relief May those who receive a refund spend it wisely May those ...

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Only Two

This is what we've come to: Thank you God. Only two this time.  Only two children died in the latest school shooting. (I mean, at the time of this writing it is the latest school shooting...at least as far as I know...there's probably another one happening by now.)  Thank you, God, that it was high school kids. Kids who have grown up in the school shooting culture and have been trained in how to ...

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Prayer–There’s an App for That

In our 22 plus 44 days to a Personal Practice, we've talked about how technology can be a great aid to prayer and devotional disciplines. If you haven't checked out these apps, take a look. The Ceaseless app is designed to pull from your contacts and remind you daily to pray for three or more of them (picked at random) from your contact list. The beauty of this app is that ...

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Breath Prayer

This is one of the prayers we're doing in our 22 plus 44 Days to a Personal Prayer Practice. In the midst of hectic days and troubled times, I've found this one particularly helpful, so I thought I'd share with everyone. Breath Prayer There are several ways to do breath prayer, and we'll go through several types over the next few days. The goal of this prayer is simply to experience God. ...

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Pre-Prep Prayer Practices for Real Life Living

In my neck of the woods, we are about two weeks away from the start of the school year (except for the kids who have already started at year-round charter schools), so all of the articles about the importance of preparing the night before--backpacks, homework, breakfast, lunches, etc--are starting to appear. We all know mornings go more smoothly when we've taken the time to prep the night before. We don't always ...

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Why Can’t We Be More Like The Early Church?

Acts 2:42-47 Chapter two is kind of the rah, rah, "yay, church!" chapter of the Book of Acts. The first part of Acts 2 is the story of Pentecost, which we celebrate every year in May or June. It’s the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit. It's wild and colorful and exciting and inspiring. The latter part of the chapter gives us a glimpse into the early church. The ...

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Real Prayers for Real People

It has occurred to me that, because I'm a "trained professional," that people may have some pre-conceived notions about how I'm praying when I tell them I'm praying for them or their loved ones. Spoiler alert: I am not an eloquent pray-er. Here are just some of the prayers I've prayed today. Feel free to be completely appalled or to adapt any and all for your personal use. Dear God, I know that ____________ is a ...

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