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A Praying Spirit: Too Easy?

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Is your prayer time over before you know it? Gone through the list and all finished? Sometimes, we get into a routine (yes, routines can be good, but…) and over time, our prayer life can become a bit too easy. […]

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A Praying Spirit: One Word at a Time

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When I was a youngster, I used to be really mad that people in church seemed to rush through the prayers. “They’re going too fast,” I used to tell my mother. “They should slow down.” As I developed my own […]

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A Praying Spirit: Praying Sound-ly

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I’ve lived and traveled abroad, and one of the things that always made me laugh was when someone would try to communicate with someone else who did not speak his or her language. Instead of trying to use sign language […]

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Earth-shaking Faith

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When I heard reports of the devastation from the earthquake in Nepal and neighboring countries, I thought of two things: I remembered a friend who had, a few years ago, climbed partway up Mt. Everest. I recalled what he had […]

A Praying Spirit: Fair Weather Prayer

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Have you ever prayed beneath the bright blue sky of God’s creation? Or knelt on soft grass and given thanks to its Creator? We might pray for rain, or for warm days to come after a hard winter. But besides […]

Chronic Illness: When You’re Just Not Pretty

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However hard we try, sometimes, in life with a chronic illness, we are just not pretty. Rashes, hair loss, weight gain or loss, bruises, swelling in places we don’t want it – oh, the list is long! And, when the […]

A Praying Spirit: Do You Judge When You Pray?

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It’s easy to pray for those we love. Friends, family, neighbors, people who help us or encourage us. But, what about praying for those people who have hurt us? Or, who have committed crimes, acts of violence, or other attrocities? […]

Food For Thought: Back to Basics

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A very blessed Holy Week to you! There certainly are many bible-based movies, television programs, and other works making the rounds this week. Whether another telling of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, or other stories taken from the New or […]

A Praying Spirit: When You Don’t Feel Like Praying

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Perhaps you’re tired. Bone-weary. Angry. Deeply torn. Spiritually dry. Perhaps it’s taken a long time to admit it, but now you do. You don’t feel like praying. Are you a bad person? Sinning for saying it? Hopelessly lost? Not at […]

A Praying Spirit: Discerning Gifts

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As we move into springtime, many of us will undergo life transitions. Perhaps you are completing a significant part of your education, anticipating the workforce and “digging in” to a career. Or, maybe, you are looking forward to your wedding […]

Chronic Illness: The Beautiful Thing About Life

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I know, I know! How well I know! It can be difficult to imagine that life with chronic illness is beautiful. Those of you living the life, you understand what I’m saying. Those who aren’t, well, I’ll spare you the […]

Food for Thought: What You Hear in Silence

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We can learn much, when we cultivate silence. It might seem counter-intuitive; our learning usually takes the form of words or pictures or sounds, tangible things that have size, depth, tone, and space. But beyond all of those things that […]

A Praying Spirit: Thank You, God!

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What if all of your prayers today were of thanksgiving and appreciation? What if, instead of a laundry list of petitions or a few moments spent in distracted longing for relief, wealth, power, or just simple human understanding, you focused […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Letting Your Guard Down

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I’ve had to increase the dosage of the immunosuppressive drug I’m taking for my lupus and anti-retinal antibodies. This makes me even more susceptible to infections – at a time when the flu season is just kicking into high gear! […]

Food for Thought: Sifting through All That Info!

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When you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness especially one that is very serious and affects many aspects of your life, you might feel overwhelmed by the amount and variety of information available to you. The moment you leave the doctor’s […]

A Day-full of Devotionals?

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It’s been building up over the past few years, but this year, it seems to truly be turning into a swift and powerful waterfall – it’s the number of devotionals available to us, especially those to observe during Lent! And […]

Food for Thought: Good Input, Excellent Outlook

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These days, I have often found the following Scripture verse coming to mind: “Do not conformyourself to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is […]

A Praying Spirit: Praying Love

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Today, as we celebrate love in all it’s forms, I encourage you to “pray love.” What do I mean by this? First, pray that God’s love may cover all those whom you hold dear, including yourself. Ask that His goodness […]

A Praying Spirit: Holding Fast to Prayer Time

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I really admire people who can get up each morning and immediately embark on deep prayer. Or, those who, no matter what, reserve a specific time later in the day for prayer – no matter where they are or what […]

A Praying Spirit: Returning to a Prayer Answered

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If you find that your prayer time has been overshadowed by concerns, wants, needs, and disappointments, you might need to go back. Back? Where? Back to when God answered your prayers, a prayer, your prayer. Why? Think back to Christmas. Many times, after […]

A Praying Spirit: We Are (Aware of) the World

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Many chronic illnesses impose restrictions on our ability to move about freely in the world “at large.” Whether because of mobility issues, sight or hearing problems, or, as in my case, immunosuppressive drugs and their effect on the propensity to […]

A Praying Spirit: Every Little Thing

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I’m working on a new book for Franciscan Media (due out in 2016), and in preparation, I’m reading up on Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis left a big legacy and an enormous imprint on people the world over. His […]

A Praying Spirit: Why Not Now?

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As we get back into our regular routines in the new year, I’m thinking of how I will incorporate more prayer into my days. If I look at some of the blocks on my calendar, full of doctor’s visits and […]

A Praying Spirit: Keep Light

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After Christmas, we take down our tree and the lights that adorn it. We stow away our Advent wreath, and perhaps stow away partially-used candles. We remove decorations, including lights around our windows and doors. And we might find the […]

A Praying Spirit: Advent Week Four

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Christmas is near! And no doubt your calendar is full of more things than you know you will be able to accomplish between now and the 24th. All the more reason why breaking away and taking time for prayer is […]

A Praying Spirit: Advent Week Three

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When we enter a darkened room, what do we do? Turn on a light. There’s an often complicated set of actions that takes place “behind the scenes” that we probably don’t think about – switches and wiring and lamps and […]

A Praying Spirit: Prayer with a Friend

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Jesus told us, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) This is particularly powerful when you think of prayer with others. Of course, God is with […]

A Praying Spirit: Praying through Pain

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You want to pray, you want to feel God’s comfort and love. But you’re in too much pain to sit, stand, or lie down without feeling consumed with hurt. When you think the pain is subsiding, you try again, but […]

A Praying Spirit: Around the World

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Today is an International Day of Prayer – especially dedicated to those who are oppressed because of their faith. Those of us who live in a place of religious freedom might find it difficult to understand what it’s like to […]

A Praying Spirit: How long, oh, Lord?

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How long is just right when it comes to prayer time? We have so many suggestions to choose from! Some of our friends might say they set aside a few minutes a day to pray, putting this time into their […]

Chronic Illness: Worship and Contagion

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My immune system is, once again, in overdrive and making new and serious antibodies, among them to my retinas. I’ve had to begin a more aggressive form of treatment, and it will make me more susceptible to infection. As a […]

Chronic Pain: Lost and Found

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Somewhere, amid the pain and the frustration we feel over lost health and today’s health trials, there are bright, uplifting memories we’ve lost track of, times when life was easier or days when we heard and enjoyed laughter, did good […]

Prayer for Grace-full Aging

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Whether your day has passed or is coming up, we all will age one more year this year and onward. We cannot turn back the clock, but we can turn on grace as we move ahead. Here’s a prayer for […]

Prayer for Missionary Healthcare Workers

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The headlines about the ebola outbreak bring to the forefront how courageous and giving missionary healthcare workers, and all other medical personnel, are, risking their own lives to save others. Although they may be far away from us, we cannot […]

Vietnam War: A Memory for Today

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Tucked in a box amid other QSL cards that I found after my father’s death last year is a single, fading reminder of a powerful way to pray today. If you’re not familiar with what they are, a QSL card […]

Let’s Hear It for Christmas in July!

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I used to think that “Christmas in July” events were only commercial enterprises, destined to convince people to “shop now!” or “buy now!” But, this year, I’m embracing “Christmas in July” for what it truly can be – a reminder […]

Prayer for When You See the Storm Coming

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Some storms hit us without warning, and they can be devastating, to be sure. But when we see the storms looming, coming at us, even before we feel their physical effects, we can sense our stress mounting. Here is a […]

Illness: Is God Punishing You?

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Early on in my journey with lupus, a Christian said to me, “You’re not cured because you’re not faithful enough.” When I challenged her on this, she said that she though God was punishing me for my “lack of belief!” […]

Prayer for an Unknown Person

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Dear Heavenly Father, Yesterday I saw a person who seemed troubled. We did not exchange a word, but I saw within weary eyes, a very weak light. I do not know what this person is enduring, nor do I have […]

Why Centering Prayer Is So Important

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If you’re like me, you find that your prayer list gets longer each day. World problems, individual petitions, personal prayers – we skip around this globe quite a lot when we sit down to have our quiet time with God. […]

Prayer When You Hit a Dead End

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Oh, Lord, I’ve been told that there is nothing that can be done, that I’ve run out of options, that I’ve hit a dead end. But I know that you, Lord, are endless, timeless, all-knowing and all-loving. I know, too, […]

A Prayer for Stewards of the Earth

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Heavenly Father, the earth is Your creation, beautiful, vast, teeming with life, and constantly moving. We treasure this place, we are in awe of it, we find shelter here, and all that can sustain us. Help us, Lord, to know […]

A Prayer for Centering in Holy Week

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Lord, you are all great, all good, and I love you. But I am feeling pulled by cares, noise, and the ways of a worldly world. This week, of all times, please help me to center my thoughts and my […]

Building up Strength

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A friend about to undergo chemotherapy. An aging parent who is wobbly. You, terrified of the next doctor’s visit and what news you might get. Right now, there are many of us who are anticipating something that will require much […]

A Prayer for the Restless Spirit

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For all of you whose spirit is restless and waiting…   Lord, I’ve prayed for a cure, but none has come. I’ve prayed for understanding of “why,” and haven’t received that, either. I sit, stand, and wait, Lord, for your […]

Someone is waiting for you

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February’s focus on Valentine’s Day can be difficult for many people who are isolated because of illness and pain. For some, even if they are surrounded by family and friends, they can feel lonely because of their physical limitations, depression, […]

That spark of something

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Living with chronic illness often entails suffering tremendous losses. These blows to a fragile spirit can quickly lead to a dull, deep down feeling of hopelessness. You might ask, “Will my life ever mean anything, again?” or, “What’s the point […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Holiday Budget Blues

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A harsh reality of life with chronic illness and pain is that it is expensive both in terms of what it costs medically (doc visits, medications, etc.) and productively (perhaps you cannot work as much anymore, or at all and […]

The greater the cheer, the greater the pain?

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If you have felt great loss this year, or if your health challenges are weighing heavily upon your spirit and life, the “cheer” that accompanies this season can be particularly difficult to be around.  In fact, the great the cheer […]

Prayer for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Lord, I pray today for the people who care for men and women with Alzheimer’s disease. You know how hard their work is, how scant their resources, and how heavy their burdens. Perhaps tending to the needs of a stranger, […]

Alzheimer’s Foundation 2014 Candlelighting Event

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The weekend of November 15-17, 2014, will again be the time when groups and individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease may commemorate their and their loved ones’  journey through the Alzheimer’s Foundation National Candlelighting Event.   There will be events throughout […]

Finding Fitness Feats that Fit

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Ah, exercise! Love it or hate it, most of us have heard our doctors tell us that it’s vital to overall wellbeing, not to mention our particular illnesses and/or pain.  But for many, that’s not exactly total motivation; that is, […]

Science, Frogs, and Faith

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I had such a good time on my interview on Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air with Sean Herriott” yesterday that I thought you might enjoy hearing the interview, too. What’s it about? Science, Frogs, and Faith! Click on the link and […]

See Jesus

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In the Gospel of John, Chapter 6:16:21, we read about the storm on the sea. The disciples were out on the sea in a boat, and a terrible storm blew up. We read, “When they had rowed about three or […]

Chronic Illness: Finding “Peace in the Storm”

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My book, “Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain & Illness” will celebrate 8 years in print this month! It’s been wonderful to see the book still find its audience: those who live with chronic pain and illness and […]

Chronic Pain: Good Friday and The Longest Walk

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Equ0RIiulOA There is a gospel song that resonates through my spirit on Good Friday. Simply named, “Calvary,” (I’ve linked one version of it that I found on YouTube, sung by Jami Jackson at the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn)  a traditional, […]

Chronic Illness: What Is ‘Successful’ Prayer?

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We do live in a competitive, success-driven society!  I once heard someone say that she had prayed for a cure for her kidney-involved lupus and her prayer was successful; she believed she was cured completely, lupus-free, although her kidneys were […]

Prayer for a New Year

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Heavenly Father, you are with us now, Walking alongside us as we move into a new year. We are eager for all of the uplifting and inspiring things in store, But fearful, too, about the difficult times that are part of life. […]

Prayer for Election Day

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Lord, whether limited to issues in a small town or of national concern, the votes cast today throughout the United States will make a difference for the future. Please bestow your peace upon all who will be voting today. Let your Spirit […]

Prayer: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  This horrible scourge affects people at all levels of society and, although women are most often the victims of domestic violence, many children and men suffer, too.  Here is a prayer to accompany this […]

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