I woke up this morning praying for you. Sometimes ya’ll are just on my heart in ways I can’t quite explain.The following story came to mind, and I sense you or someone you know might need to hear it.
A few years ago, I wrote a book about joy where I tell the story of returning to the chemo ward for yet another brutal round of treatment. It was more than I could handle.
Something is burning in my heart that one of you needs to hear and be encouraged by.
Maybe your Thanksgiving gathering is perfect–no conflict, no issues, no concerns. If so, Whoohoo You! 🍗🎁
But for the rest of us, Thanksgiving can sometimes feel more like Dreadsgiving, as we try to navigate awkward moments, chasms of differing perspectives, decades of baggage and hurts, or that particular person who tends to hijack the conversation and mood with political rants.
I have a little secret about my prayer life that I’ve never shared before.
Namely, I love to be playful with God.
I suspect He hears a lot of prayers that sound the same.
I was recently diagnosed with ADD and ADHD, to which my friends say, “That explains a lot!”
I’m constantly misplacing my keys, losing my sunglasses atop my head, and can’t find my phone because it’s in my back pocket.
All of this creates silliness and laughs, and it’s hard to take oneself too seriously.
There’s a story told of a grandfather who was walking through his yard when he heard his granddaughter repeating the alphabet in a tone of voice that sounded like a prayer. He gently approached his granddaughter and asked, “Whatcha doing?”
The little girl looked up and innocently said, “I’m praying, but I can’t think of exactly the right words, so I’m just saying all the letters, and God will put them together for me, because He knows what I’m thinking.”
One of the great joys of speaking at events is getting to see all the stunning, beautiful, creative event ideas. The best part: YOU can use them at your gatherings of friends, book clubs, Bible studies, and retreats, too.
When I saw this at an event recently, I thought… “That’s BRILLIANT!” Do you recognize what it is?
I’ve been teaching the Bible for more than 25 years, and if there’s one book that has taught me that what I do matters, it’s the book of James. I suspect you’ve felt that way, too.
James calls us to examine the gaps between what we believe and how we’re living. A call to action, the letter of James is clear: what you do matters!
If you take the Sermon on the Mount and overlay it with the book of James, you’ll find oodles of connection. Penned by the half-brother of Jesus, James sounds more like Jesus than any other New Testament writer. The short letter is packed with doable and down-to-earth teaching, golden treasures of wisdom, and a timely call for believers everywhere to grow into maturity.
Join beloved Bible teacher, Margaret Feinberg, in a rich, fresh study of James that will uncover the genuine markers of real faith, equip you to break free from old patterns by developing new practices, and discover how the Father of heavenly lights treasures you.
Leif and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. In full disclosure, Leif was sick, but we still managed to slip away (even if it included masks).
Think about this: I’ve lived with the same man for t-w-e-n-t-y years.
Yet I just learned of something he’s been doing for years and NEVER told me.
As a writer, I spend a lot of time in a room all by myself. Honestly, it gets lonely. I definitely have introverted tendencies, but I LOVE people.
When I sit for days on end wrestling with ideas and research and scripture, I can start to wonder, Will anyone see what I’m seeing? Will this idea connect? Will this Jesus-aha! moment be as meaningful to them as it is to me?
I sit alone, thinking of you, praying for you, longing to connect with you. . . .