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Love and Prayer

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
~Matthew 22:37-39

Two commands that cannot be kept apart from prayer.

Take time to prayerfully search your own heart as the Psalmist encourages us to:

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
~Psalm 139:23, 24

Talk to God about any anxiety or offensive way that is keeping you from loving him with all your heart, soul, mind and even your strength.

Take time to prayerfully consider who your neighbor is. Who is God calling you to love as you love yourself? Who is God calling you to serve sacrificially?


Gracious God, I ask for the physical, emotional and mental strength to love others as Christ first loved me by sacrificially giving His life for me. May the Holy Spirit lead me in the everlasting way of ministering in the strong name of Jesus, Amen and amen.

*I would count it a privilege to pray for these people along with. Just leave their names any any other comments for me and I will respond prayerfully!


“being” not “doing”

Late last night, I couldn’t sleep. As I was processing some of what was going on in my life, I thought about the conversation Jesus had with a rich young man. At midnight I got up and started reading Matthew 19:16-28. I realized the young man wanted Jesus to tell him what “to do,” but Jesus was, in fact, inviting the young man into a whole new way of “being” not “doing”.

I find myself missing motherhood. In this role, I knew what I had to do…laundry, baking, making dinner at lunchtime because there would be no other time after school and even planning birthday parties. (Did you notice the list did not include cleaning?) Now, I am simply being a mother but from afar.

By one o’clock, I realized I was struggling with the fear of leaving the familiar. It seemed to me the rich young man knew how to be rich but wasn’t sure how to follow Jesus. I have to confess, I am more familiar with how “to mother” than how to be a mother. And if I am honest with myself, like the rich young man, I am more familiar with how to do the right and good things rather than how to be a true follower of Jesus.

Before I finally went to bed, I prayed…
Lord, thank you for graciously inviting me into a whole new way of “being.” Amen and amen.

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Maundy Thursday

The designation “Maundy” is thought to be an English corruption of the Latin mandatum, as in the “new commandment” (novum mandatum), that Jesus gave his disciples on this night: “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34).

~Bobby Gross, Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God

Gracious God,
On this day of Holy Week, we remember the command Your Son gave us to love one another. As we look toward the the final days of this week, we are in awe of the reality that he so perfectly obeyed this command. He did what we can only try to do through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Now and always, impart to us Father, Son and Spirit a deeper understanding of this mandate and empower us to love others sacrificially. In the perfect name of Jesus, Amen and amen!


Holy Week

On Palm Sunday we begin our journey with the one who comes in the name of the Lord; and his steadfast love guides us into a deeper understanding of what it means to not be given over to death we deserve. By marvelous grace, we enter the gates of righteousness because the stone the builders rejected becomes the chief cornerstone of our lives. It is marvelous in our eyes, a day to rejoice and be glad in. Easter Sunday invites our hearts to give thanks to The Lord for he is good and his steadfast love endures forever.
~reflections from Psalm 118

Blessings on your journey to Easter…


A Sojourner

Recently, I was at the San Francisco airport waiting for a friend returning from a trip to Bali. After confirming the China Airlines flight from Taipei had landed and was in customs, I stood in the international terminal loitering with lots of other people for a long time. There was no mass exodus of sojourners coming through customs. One by one, weary travelers arrived at the gate excited to soon depart again, with people delighted to see them.

Watching all these comings and goings, made me think of this verse:

Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and give ear to my cry
hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am a sojourner with you,
a guest like all my fathers.
~Psalm 39:12

There is a loneliness that settles into the soul. It comes not from simply standing all alone, but from stopping long enough to realize that our lives are filled with dear ones making arrivals and departures all the time. We weep for them. And if we’re truly attentive to our grief, we ask The Lord to bring us the peace we so desire.

For me that peace comes when I wait like I did at Gate A. As I finally give voice to the cries of my heart and surrender my soul to the comings and goings of joy and sorrow, I recognize that I am a sojourner also. Each day I am invited to be God’s guest on this spiritual journey. I must confess I am not always thrilled with the destinations, but I am grateful that God is with me every step of the way. I am not traveling alone. Neither are you!

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Spiritual Leadership

Spiritual leadership springs forth in grace from our desire for God’s presence. This doesn’t take effort or striving. It takes courage, and a kind of showing up, attentiveness.
~Gerald May

What do you need to be attentive to in order to be a courageous spiritual leader?

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Spiritual Transformation

Spiritual transformation does not result from fixing our problems. It results from turning to God in the midst of them and meeting God just as we are. Turning to God is the core of prayer. Turning to God in our sin and shame is the heart of spiritual transformation.
~David G. Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself

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