Sharing simple tips about how to (and how not to) pray for the sick - especially for those who are very ill. These tips also apply to praying for those in crisis, trauma, grief or deep depression.
“This experience made me realize what’s really important. By the grace of God, I became determined to figure out who I was and how I was going to define myself. As a result, I have a fulfilling life. This was a blessing to me. I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing without God.”
For over a year, I've been working on building a mentoring community for women. I started out simply wanting to update my blog and gather all my resources in one easy location. As I began to move forward, a deeper, broader idea began to emerge.
My husband so sweetly told me this week that he was proud of me and that I was brave and strong. I so want to be brave and strong but the truth is I mostly just feel weak and frightened.
Sometimes I wonder if the topic of women in leadership is the “final frontier” of our day. (Now just for fun, imagine my best Star Trek voice.) These are the voyages of women everywhere. Their lifetime mission: to explore strange new worlds of authority, to seek out new leadership opportunities and communities, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Most of the time I find I am uncomfortable. I think this springs from a life-long fight with fear and insecurity. I don't know why I struggle so much because I have a lot of reasons to feel secure. I am loved. I am safe. I am saved. What else could a girl need? Apparently, to feel comfortable.
My to do list has become my "I can't do it anymore" list. Or maybe it's become an "I don't want to" list, or God forbid, maybe even an "I won't" list.
This year has been a challenging year for me and my family. As I've been reflecting on where I began in January and where I ended up in December, I'm filled with gratitude despite the difficulties.
I recently walked into a meeting room where about 100 people were gathering for a conference. Even though I had been invited to the gathering, and even though my friend was hosting, I still had to face a momentary feeling of insecurity. Was there a place for me?
I turned to God in desperation and began to inquire; "Where's my place? Should I stay in my seat, or should I get up? I could move back. I could sit in the team room. My teammate is struggling and I want to rescue her. What should I do? Where's my place?"
It’s so frustrating when a leader doesn’t know how to or simply refuses to lead in a manner that empowers others to work toward success. When this happens, the whole team is stunted, other leaders go around the appointed leader or abandon the team, and results are greatly diminished. No one grows stronger.
After all these years of serving the local church as a women’s pastor, I still get excited as the cars begin to stream into the parking lot. A smile breaks across my face as they line up at the door, waiting for them to swing wide. My heart skips a beat and my palms sweat a bit as they pour into the lobby. And as the opening moments of our gathering draw near, I feel a deep satisfaction and a realization that all the hard work is worth it.
If your back is up against the wall, close your mouth and stop agreeing with the enemy. No matter how hopeless your situation appears; no matter how large the army that is advancing against you; no matter how much you second guess the steps that led you to this place...God will fight for you.
All of us experience the shifting of our seasons and the sensation of letting go. Change is important and even life-giving, yet it comes with its own struggles – some anxiety, some sadness and even some bittersweet pain.
To be honest, I don't like to talk about breast cancer and the month of October often seems like an onslaught of pink reminders of things I'd rather not dwell upon. It used to bring to mind images of cooler weather, football, and a great cup of coffee. But in 2009, it began to mean something different to me.
Over the past year or so, I've begun to ponder the kind of legacy I hope to leave. I want to leave behind something great and sustainable - a legacy of faith, family and love. I'm suddenly obsessed with the preciousness of the time we have together and hoping we are building something real and transferable for those we love.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Have you ever seen the sun break through the clouds in a single ray of light? That's how rare and fleeting moments feel to me. Right in the midst of what is gray, obscure and even cloudy, a moment breaks upon my heart and I experience the most extraordinary peace.
we hold fast to a conviction that something significant, powerful and important happens when we pray. Despite what we see or understand, God is moved by our compassionate intercession. Prayer is the full-time job of Christ. He sits at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for us. If Christ is praying for us, then surely it matters when we pray.
Every Battle is a new song of victory, recently released on a Gateway Create project called Voices. This is the first ever project celebrating the female voices of Gateway Worship and can be purchased at any Gateway Church bookstore or online by clicking here.
The word prophecy means to speak, say, declare or make known. In Hebrew, the word “nabi” means to flow, bubble or pour forth words, to gush. When we begin to speak or declare the whispers of God, we will naturally accomplish the biblical purpose of prophecy.
God is leading the charge. Christ has possession of the ball and he is the anointed, appointed quarterback. He is calling the plays and positioning the players. I am on the bench. I am resting.
I choose life and I choose it carefully, with sober mind and thought. This is not positive or wishful thinking. This is not believing that some how I'm in charge in this situation. This is a faith-filled, anointed, authoritative decision to trust God more than I trust myself.
I realized in that moment that both the team and myself had been led into a moment of forced rest. They by a lack of responsibility. Me by a lack of health. In both cases God was prescribing the same treatment.
I feel the wind of resistance. I can’t see it, but I can feel it. And just about the time I think I’ve broken through and gotten a reprieve, it seems I turn my face straight into the wind again. I have to build strength by overcoming the resistance and I have to be resolute in my determination to keep going.
He intentionally went before me to declare a name changing moment in my life. He declared that in the face of another life-threatening moment, this time I would go through differently.
I am simply trying to walk in the grace God is giving me in this moment, and not take on the worries of tomorrow.
I'm wondering this morning how Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego must have felt as they drew near to the furnace. Surely it was threatening and the heat on their face so scorching. Yet somehow they found the strength to trust and proceed.
9/11 holds not only a horrific memory, but also a precious one for me. I am forever grateful that in the midst of attack and tragedy, I had a moment that would grace me for years to come.
Women At War
Women at War revolutionizes the value women place on their own gender and the way they treat one another. Through Jan Greenwood's insightful teaching you will be inspired to find effective ways …
Living Rightside Up
You don’t have to live out the story that others are writing for you. Living Rightside Up strips away the lies you may have bought into and challenges you to start seeing yourself the way God sees you.