persecuted Christians

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 ›

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 ›

Scrawled or Legible?

Soon after my husband and I became engaged, I began the inevitable–practicing my new signature. No longer would I sign, C. Dianne Strangmeier. I would sign important documents as Dianne Thornton. I couldn’t wait for it to be official! A couple of years ago I realized that I had become sloppy with my signature. Literally, it was a scrawl. My D was the only legible letter. It was a challenge, but I decided to take my time with my signature. The next time I bought groceries and was signing the card reader for my purchase, I was in a hurry. I wanted to… Read More ›