The disciples desperately wanted instructions on how to pray with conviction, hope, and boldness – like Jesus. They looked within themselves but couldn’t find the answers they needed, so they urgently asked Jesus, “Teach us, Lord, how to pray.” In calmness and loving patience, Jesus begins to instruct them.
He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:2-4 (NIV)
In this passage, Jesus gave the disciples a model or pattern to follow. He wasn’t revealing magical words that will somehow fix everything. He wanted to educate them on how to properly align their prayers with God’s word – the perfect instruction manual for life. This prayer pattern is a proven model not only for the disciples but also for all believers.
This is how we are instructed to pray: Continue reading
I can remember the feeling like it was just yesterday. Within two weeks of having my third child, I knew I wanted another baby. Matters not that she barely made it here, cord wrapped around her neck and breeched! I knew I wanted to have another child. So, when I realized I was pregnant, I felt as though God had heard my heart’s request with and said yes! Continue reading
Usually it doesn’t take much for me to get motivated: the smell of coffee motivates me to buy a venti-upside-down-decaf caramel macchiato, a rainy day motivates me to clean my house (yah, this is weird), and least I forget, an extra 40%-off-the-whole store sale at Chico’s motivates me to go shopping! (Okay, too much motivation). But my point is that sometimes our motivation to shop, eat, and work is rather simple. Continue reading
Recently, my two boys and I visited my sisters lake cottage. I was excited to show my boys what a trip to the lake was all about since this is something I frequently got to do as a child. Being that my children are newly 4 and almost 2 and do not know how to swim, I strapped on their life jackets as soon as we got out of the car.
After a high-speed boat ride, given by my adrenaline-junkie-brother-in-law, we decided to take all the kids to the giant water trampoline anchored to the floor of the lake in front of their cottage. The kids loved it! They were jumping around having a fantastic time while Mommy tried to keep them from flying off the side into the water.