This weekend we are traveling out to Birds Hill Park. I'm looking forward to some time away from home for a few days, to enjoy the outdoors and do some exploring! Hoping that the weather will cooperate just a little...as unpredictable as May can be.
I've found myself reflecting on prayer this week, as the Spirit has been nudging people into my thoughts; friends struggling with surgery for a brain tumour, those I encounter at work, missionary friends in the midst of difficult transitions.
I was really challenged this week with these words by Marilyn Mcintyre:
"To pray well and faithfully is to pray attentively and expectantly, noticing where needs arise and noticing also how God might already be acting and answering."
The Lord does not fail to act, nor is He failing to respond in the crises we experience. He is with us and unites us as the body of Christ to pray and respond with love and compassion. I was reminded to be attentive and expectant as I pray, not as if to check off a to-do list, but with an alertness and trust that He is already present.
How can you pray attentively and expectantly today?
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Here are some links I dug up for you this week! Let me know what you think!
Do you want to go deeper into the Word of God, but don't know how? An invitation for you to draw near to God in His Word through a structured approach to studying a passage. The time you set aside to study the Word will never be wasted!
"Good marriages are made. Strong marriages are birthed from hard work." Check out some good reminders for us as we seek to build our marriage relationships.
27 Amazing Ways to Make S'Mores
With camping season arriving, here's a few ideas on how to morph your campfire s'mores! (I saved this as a pdf, because the Google ads were in the way). This is from Bring the Kids blog.
Here is a free 4-day event for parents, featuring 12 Christian speakers (such as Tim Keller and Craig Groeschel), on the topics of identity, anxiety & depression, sex, porn & addiction, and parenting through mental illness. Check out the schedule of speakers here. Axis is an organization that exists to help adults navigate teen culture through a biblical lens. I'm excited to check this out!
Here's a short video of Nancy Guthrie and Courtney Doctor discussing if, and how, we can choose studies as we desire to learn from scripture.