Growing Deeper

15 Brief, Yet Powerful Prayers for Persecuted Believers

A little over a year ago I wrote a post about prayers for persecuted believers. It wasn’t I wanted to do. Honestly, I wanted to stay as far away from it as possible. But as usual, God changed my heart and my mind. You can read about it here. God used something as simple as writing my signature to remind me to pray. And for the last year, every time I have signed my name–whether on a document or an electronic signature pad, I’ve lifted persecuted Christians before the throne of grace. They certainly are not long prayers, but they are prayers… Read More ›

Do You Skim or Do You Soak?

While my friends lettered in athletics and academics, I lettered in shorthand. (Some of you are asking if that’s even possible. Others are asking, what in the world is shorthand??) Shorthand goes with my personality. I am wired to get things done, get them done fast, and get them done right. Obstacles to these goals cause me a great deal of frustration. I am a doer. I make things happen. I write lists. I check items off my list. I accomplish. I get a lot done in a short amount of time. While speed and accuracy are great pals and… Read More ›

I Soaked off My Acrylic Nails

I soaked off my acrylic nails today. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. They don’t look so great right now. In fact, it will be at least four months before most of them are completely grown out and strong again. I love having lovely nails. But I do not love the time it takes have them maintained. Plus, the refill process has been more painful lately. :/ I have felt increasingly uncomfortable my last several visits to the nail salon. Sitting at the manicure table having my acrylics refilled, I observed the women in the pedicure chairs. Two or three sat… Read More ›

Hmmmm–Meditation

When you hear the word meditate, what comes to mind? Do you imagine a person sitting cross-legged, wrists on knees, saying … hummmmmmmmm. Dictionary.com defines it this way: ** to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect. ** to engage in, transcendental meditation, devout religious contemplation, or quiescent spiritual introspection. Quiescent means to be at rest, quiet, still, inactive or motionless. Does that remind you of any Scripture verses? How about Psalm 46:10 (NLT) “Be still and know that I am God.” What about some synonyms? Contemplate, brood over, cogitate, consider, deliberate, design, devise, dream, entertain idea, figure, have in mind, intend,… Read More ›

You’re Doing It All Wrong!

  You’ve seen the many YouTube videos and read the Facebook articles showing us how we are doing everyday, household activities wrong. You know the ones I’m talking about. Slicing grapes and grape tomatoes effortlessly with one swipe of a long blade. Peeling hot potatoes with your bare hands quickly—without making a mess. Peeling eggs without ruining them. Slicing the contents of a watermelon in less than five minutes. (This one hit home with me. I dearly love me some sweet, cool watermelon; but I typically make a mess of the floor and counters in the process of getting it… Read More ›

A Heart Fit for Christ

King David had a heart for the Lord. It is evidenced in the many Psalms he wrote.  In fact, God referred to him as a man after his own heart, (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22).  Here are a few of some of His love letters to God.  Click on the reference to read the entire Psalm. Psalm 18:1-2 (NLT) “I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalm 103:1-2 (CEV) “With all my heart I praise the Lord, and with all that… Read More ›

Reflecting on Grace

‘Each time He said, “My grace is all you need.  My power works best in weakness.”  So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.’  (2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT) I am not a fan of pain. I can do without it! As a general rule, however, I think that pain and childbirth come in the same package. During my first pregnancy, thoughts of labor and delivery consumed me. Until that point in my life, I had not experienced significant physical pain. I had many friends who touted not only… Read More ›