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Our Prayers – Effective Supplication or Spiritual Babble?

  My husband and I scheduled a few days’ rest at a friend’s condo about 470 miles from home. When the weatherman promised sunshine and warm temperatures, we decided to ride our motorbike rather than drive the car.   Typically, I work on my laptop when we drive long distances in the car. So, riding… [ read more ]

Trusting God for Lavish Gifts

God is a lavish gift-giver. That’s right! “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding” (Ephesians 1:8, emphasis mine). The dictionary defines lavish as “to bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities upon.”… [ read more ]

Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

  Not everyone who calls out to me, “Lord! Lord!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. (Matthew 7:21 NLT)   Good intentions are good, but they’re not good enough. That’s true for every aspect of life. Here are a few examples:… [ read more ]

Praying in the Power of Jesus’ Name

“…the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.” (Hebrews 1:4)   How do you most often close your prayers? I usually say, “In Jesus name, amen.”   Truth be told, I’m probably guilty of rattling off these words without much thought to their… [ read more ]

Facing a Army

Lord, please show me what to do. News of an impending attack from neighboring territories drove King Jehoshaphat to his knees. “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us,” he prayed. “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” No fancy words, no long-winded monologue…. [ read more ]

Praying in a Different Way for Our Enemies

When in Bangkok recently, I had the privilege of meeting Annie Dieselberg, founder of NightLight Ministries. An amazing woman, she is, leading an equally amazing ministry to victims of prostitution and trafficking and to the men who haunt the red-light districts seeking to buy a commodity that shouldn’t be for sale.   As Annie spoke… [ read more ]

God Hears Our Prayers

Before we left for Romania, a friend of mine gave me several Scriptures written on recipe cards. “Maybe read one a day and repeat them if you like. They are given with much love and prayers,” she wrote on an attached note.   What a thoughtful bon voyage gift! The ones I’ve read have already… [ read more ]

For What Do You Wish?

If you could ask God for anything you wanted, what would it be? Personally, I’d consider these possibilities (in no particular order): good health a long life a strong marriage the ability to undo a past mistake wisdom a pure heart more hours in each day financial security assurance that what I do day in… [ read more ]

How Can I Know God’s Will?

People often ask me this question: “How can I know God’s will?”     Perhaps they’re wondering whether or not to take a new job. Upgrade their education. Sell their home and buy a different one. Go on a short-term missions trip. Adopt. Volunteer in the community.   The list is endless, really. When we… [ read more ]

How I’ve Seen God Do Impossible Things

Gene and I have faced several life-altering decisions over the past 20 years. One of them came in 2007 when we sensed God directing us to get involved in International Messengers by launching the Canadian office.   Doing so meant leaving our ministry at a year-round Christian camp on Quadra Island with its provided housing… [ read more ]