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How to Pray when you don't know How to Pray

Prayer is a spiritual discipline we simply can’t live without.

Through prayer, we express our adoration and affection to God. We make requests or petitions to God. We confess our brokenness to God and ask for forgiveness. We thank God for His presence and work in our life.

Through prayer we learn to make our home in Christ no matter what situation we’re facing.

How To Pray When You Don’t Know What To Pray

Prayer is one of the most common vehicles God uses to transform us. At times we may be tempted to think that prayer changes God, but more often prayer changes us as our desires our aligned with God’s will.

#LiveWonderstruck Check out this amazing Bible study by Margaret FeinbergWe dove into the wonder of prayer this week during the online Summer Bible Study at MargaretFeinberg.com. (It’s not too late to join us! Learn how to jump in, here).

As Leif and I transition to Utah, we're both being reminded of the importance of prayer. Of leaning into God with every concern, every fear, every breath.

Some days, to be honest, I can't find the words to pray. So I pray letters: Continue Reading...

Tired? Read this.

Margaret —  June 22, 2016 — Leave a comment

Tired? Read this.

More often than I'd like to admit, I wake up feeling run down, spent, and empty.

Maybe you know what that feels like. Maybe you’re even feeling it today.

A few years ago, I quickly discovered that in order to lay hold of the rhythm of rest I needed, I had to make some pretty dramatic changes in my life.

I had to set a bedtime, commit to taking a day off each week, and lower my workload.

In the process, I began to discover the wonder of rest. Continue Reading...

4 Ways to Reignite the Wonder of God In Your Life & Ministry

As passionate followers of Christ committed to serving others, we must be intentional about nurturing a sense of wonder in our lives and discovering God as “Wonderful” each and every day. That's why I couldn't be more thrilled that to be part of Catalyst whose theme is Awaken to Wonder.

The Gospels ground us in the truth that those who encountered Jesus were left in wild amazement. Those who encountered Christ were awestruck by His teachings, healings, and mind-bending miracles.

Words like “awe,” “wonder,” and “marvel” followed Him almost everywhere He went (particularly in the Gospel of Luke).

If you’ve misplaced your sense of marvel somewhere along the way, or perhaps you just want to nurture an even greater sense of awe, here are four ways to begin living wonderstruck as a leader: Continue Reading...

The Unexpected Gift of Sadness

The book of Job is part of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, along with Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Job tells the story of a wealthy, successful man living in the land of Uz who had seven sons and three daughters. The story opens with an insight into Job’s character. When Job learned that his children may have inadvertently sinned, he offered sacrifices on their behalf—an example that Job was a righteous man who loved God.

In an unusual twist, an adversary (often thought of as Satan) approached God about Job. Satan claimed that the only reason Job was righteous and loved God was because Job had been successful and prosperous. If stripped of his possessions, Satan argued, Job wouldn’t be as faithful to God.

Out of this heavenly court scene would come an unforgettable test for Job whom, according to God’s command, Satan would be allowed to strip of all his material blessings.

At Satan’s request, Job would be allowed to lose everything—everything, said the Lord, except for his life.

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Are You a Treasure Hunter? Find out about the Wonder of Restoration!

My friend, Veronica Johnson, from Canby Oregon, recently shared with me some of the hidden riches she’s discovered. Looking at items others would pass by or toss in the trash, she sees potential and worth.

Veronica loves to restore old things. Consider some of her pieces: Continue Reading...