Could We Write God A Prayer Letter?

Could We Write God A Prayer Letter? Do you keep a prayer list?
I used to keep a prayer list taped to the console of my car, and everyday as I drove to work I prayed for the same list.  The list consisted of family and friends who had deep needs, either physically or emotionally, or those I prayed for to find the Lord.

By the time I got to work in Calabasas I had usually prayed for the whole list.  Some days it seemed tediously repetitive, but I was determined to be the squeaky wheel, the man knocking repeatedly on his neighbor’s door, the woman who talked God’s ears off.
When I moved my business to the ranch, my daily car-prayers were exchanged for other methods.  I pray as I go to sleep at night, putting my concerns before God.  It helps me sleep better.  I pray when I see or remember someone. I pray with others when we meet together.  I try to pray for someone or something in addition to the food at meals.  I practice the presence of God as much as I am able.

This week I read someth…

How many ways can we read the Bible?

Reading the Bible is one of the “Spiritual Disciplines” we are called to do as Christians.  In I Timothy 4:13, Paul instructs Timothy to devote himself to the public reading of scripture. Wouldn’t it be great to do more public reading of scripture?  (Hey! We could do a Zoom together, taking turns reading scripture out loud!)
Here are three ways I approach reading the Bible: Reading for Information, Study, and Devotionally.
Reading for Information We need to find out what it says.  We need to know about God and all the people who wrote or had their stories told.  We need facts, events, history.  After all, how can we say that we believe the Bible is the Word of God unless we know what is in it?
When I read a non-fiction book to learn something new, I often do a “read-through the first time”.  I want to find out what is in each chapter. Then I make notes or turn down pages to remind myself of what I want to revisit on a second reading.  There are a bunch of places in the Bible I want to …

Are We Safe?

Are We Safe?
We’re all busy trying to stay safe.  “Safer at Home”, wear your mask, gloves vs. no gloves, grocery store vs. take out (how do we know they didn’t wipe their nose while they were wearing their gloves?), disinfectant wipes in our cars (did you wipe your keys?), somebody you know is getting tested, a friend wants to come visit (how long have they been in quarantine?), you have to take a trip for business and your daughter thinks you’re crazy….
How safe is Safe?  And what is the cost of trying to keep everybody safe?

My dear friend Corrine died last night.  It wasn’t Corona virus, it was age.  She was almost 90, and she gradually gave systems of her body over to God.  She trusted Him.  Her family was able to gather around her at home.  What a blessing for all of them. But were they safe?  What if they had been forced to stay apart to stay Safe like some of us in this season?  Safe....but what?
Can we ever really be safe?

When my son was 15 I gave him up for dead.  I didn’t t…

Believe. Pray. Trust.

Photo by Tracy Pellegrino

Believe. Pray. Trust.
We need connection with God and others.  It’s hard-wired in our brains.  Genesis 1:26 tells us that we are created in God’s own image and likeness.  God is in relationship with His own members of the Trinity—I guess you could say that God is a relationship.  And He created us because He wanted a relationship with us. 
So what is our relationship with God like? Do we believe God loves us and that He is good? Do we pray, spending time talking to Him and listening to Him? Do we trust God in the deep places of our hearts?

We read the scriptures and see that it is true: God is love, God is good, God is trustworthy, God wants us to grow into His image.  Paul prays for the Ephesians:
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,…

Psalm 92: Planted in the Courts of the Lord

I’ve been planting things in the yard. I can’t help it.  Spring rolls around and it just begs me to plant things!  Pasture grass in the pastures, lettuce, zucchini and tomatoes in the raised beds.  This year, I even bought some blueberry plants.  

I really want all my little plants to flourish.  We’ve got great soil and plenty of water, and even the occasional coffee grounds (tomatoes and blueberries both like acidic soil).  But we have Enemies— Squirrels.  Squirrels love everything I grow.  The little Workers of Iniquity even like the spiny stems of zucchini vines!   This year I am trusting my Rat Terriers to keep the Enemy scattered and out of my plants.  I reward them handsomely—fortunately they are easy to please!

David tells us that “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.”  He even promises that they will bear fruit in their (ripe) old age!  
Do you feel like you are planted in the house of the Lord?  Are you fresh and   flourishing?…