Archive for May, 2014

Who of us has anyone … even one person … who prays for us each day? Not only at times when we ask for prayer or when people know that we are struggling, but who simply prays for us every day by name for God’s will and blessings on our lives?

I don’t know that I do. But I want to be “that person” for others.

Two years ago I set out with the intention of praying for each of my immediate family members by name every day – my mom, husband, children, brothers, sister, brothers-in-law, and each of my nieces and nephews and every spouse of those family members.

That’s a long list! But I have been oh-so-blessed by it. The core of my prayer is that God forgive our sins and bring us into everlasting life.

As I started the book of Philippians this morning, I was struck by Paul’s prayer and I think it’s a perfect prayer for me to pray for my loved ones!

For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. ( 1:8-11)




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My beloved son

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17) MitchKevin

Our Father knows how I feel. I am so proud of my son; he fills me with joy. He is kind, gentle, and has a hilarious sense of humor … all traits I value.

He graduated last weekend with a double major from Iowa State University and my heart swells with love for him. I am proud of him, excited for him, and look forward to watching his life unfold.

Dear Father, please send his guardian angel to protect him. Fill him with the Holy Spirit. Kindle a flame within him that inspires him to seek you, follow you, and love you. In Jesus’ name I pray with all my heart for my beloved son, Mitchell.


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On a rural Iowa road, I could see a dog walking on the pavement far ahead. A car approached from behind and it moved over and watched it intently as it passed. blogdog

As I continued toward it, the dog finally took its eyes off the other car, moved into the other lane, and watched me just as intently as I drove by. In my rearview mirror, I could see he was watching me drive away until I was out of sight.

A passage leapt to mind …

At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36)

My heart was moved with pity for the dog, but for more than the dog. Every single day I pray for my loved ones, some so lost and often don’t even realize it. They are troubled and struggling and searching but don’t see God.

I burst into tears, moved with pity for our human state, so lost and searching and knowing we aren’t home but not sure how to get there.

And I can’t stop thinking of that dog. Was it searching for its master? Was it lost, or had it simply wandered from one of the nearby farms and would return by nightfall? Or was it a runner like the dog I loved so much … if it got away I might spend hours or even days searching for that silly dog.

What a lonely journey it is, sometimes. Like sheep without a shepherd … Lord, please fix our hearts and minds on You, our good shepherd.



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