A Prayer for Spiritual Life

We find ourselves living today in a world that keeps us occupied and preoccupied with many things. At the same time, we often deal with boredom, with depression, with confusion, with resentment and with loneliness. Jesus came to offer us a new life; the life of the Spirit of God. Growing up in a pastor's home, there was not a time in my life but that I thought of myself as God's child. However, when I was twelve years old I heard a sermon in which the pastor said that God has no grandchildren. He pointed out that just because we have parents or grandparents that belong to the family of God, that does not mean we are automatically God's children. None of us got to choose our parents, but each

Ten Ways You Can Draw Near To God . . . In the Midst of a Busy Life

This post is the brain-child of my FAVORITE 18 YEAR OLD IN ALL THE UNIVERSE... my niece, Dayne LoRe. She is a sophomore at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. She is one smart and talented girl, so we asked her for some blog post suggestions. Thanks Dayne! Who doesn't have a "busy" life these days? Often, when we inquire how someone is doing, we hear," I am really busy." This verse comes to mind when I ponder drawing near: "Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you ..." James 4:7-8 Here are 10 ideas you may enjoy incorporating into your days: 1. Get the YouVersion Bible app on your phone. I love having God's wor

Open Doors and Closed Doors Part 2

"Surrender means that we cannot choose what we do or what we don't do. Surrender means that we cannot choose where to live, or who our friends will be, or how our time is spent. It means that we consult God about everything!" Read the rest of part 1 here. ...There is also the matter of allowing God to choose our friends. When our children were little, I accepted a part-time job teaching kindergarten. For several years my life was so caught up int it that I had little time to connect with old friends. Then the day came when I left my job and once again became a full-time mom. I decided to ask God to choose my friends for me. I prayed and promised Him that anyone who reached out to me, I

Open Doors and Closed Doors

Surrender means that we cannot choose what we will do or what we won't do. Surrender means that we cannot choose where to live, or who our friends will be, or how our time is spent. It means that we consult God about everything. We ask Him to choose His best for us, and we acknowledge that we don't know what that will look like. It may be all sunshine, or it may be a storm! It means that we are just as excited about the stormy days as we are about the peaceful ones. It means we are just as excited about the doors He closes as we are about the doors He opens. This is how He makes His way clear, and these are the ways that we follow Him! Twenty-five years ago, James and I sold a ranch we h

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