Tag Archives: alert

40-Day Challenge: Week Two

Week Two:  Be SPECIFIC

Don’t worry about anything; Instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6 NLT).

Back in high school, I enrolled in a Martial Arts class.  Our training included hand to hand free-sparring.  I was in a class with all guys and easily outmatched. Yikes!  I remember the instructor coaching me to “use my opponent’s size and strength against him.”  In other words, I was to channel the attacker’s force into a powerful counter-attack.  To my surprise, this strategy worked!  Continue reading

my anti-social prayer experiment

GUEST POST:  As we wrap up our first week in the 40-Day Challenge, I want to share  a powerful blog post my friend Ashley wrote in response to the question: “What keeps you from being ALERT for prayer?”    

Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV).

For the past several years, the Lord has beckoned me deeper and deeper into a more intimate relationship with Him. Before I had kids, I would wake up at 6am just to meet with Him and His Word, and I loved to pray during my 45 minute commute to work. After having kids I would long for naptime, a good cup of tea, and an hour in Word and prayer.

Earlier this year I felt such a distance from the Lord, and sensed a lack of depth in my relationship with Him. I did not understand why. I go to church, I serve, I read the Word, but my prayer life was in the pits. I made excuses.  I have three small children, I’m exhausted, my baby girl still wakes up at night, I can’t even clean my house, so how can I find time to pray?  And that is just it- God doesn’t want me to fit him into my day. He doesn’t want me to clock in and clock out or check him off my list. He says pray without ceasing. That means don’t stop.

So I tried a little experiment, what I called “anti-social.” 1 month, no Facebook, no Instagram, no Pinterest. What I learned was, since getting my smart phone last year, I replaced all my quiet, reflective moments of the day with media. Nursing my baby, waiting in the car, awake for no reason at 3am- all filled with turning my phone on. I even started checking Facebook constantly and uploading pictures on Instagram obsessively instead of actually enjoying the gift of that time with my family. Take away the idol of media- including TV- and suddenly I have time to pray and just enjoy rare quiet moments with the Lord.  Continue reading


My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth…(James 5:19).

Wander!  Does your mind ever wander?  I need reminders to stay alert. Especially when it comes to listening to God.  Too many voices clamor for my attention.  Besides, my human nature is weak and unpredictable.  Sometimes I get distracted from my purpose, and even from my focus on Christ. I resonate with this line from an eighteenth century hymn: Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love… Continue reading


Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another…who are you to judge your neighbor? (James 4:11,12)

Slander! A rather ugly word.  Slander, or “defamation,” used to be a crime.  Nowadays, it seems to be a contact sport. Slander fuels our reality shows, tabloids, even the news. James gives a hard-hitting warning about the dangers of slander.  If we find gossip enticing, better pause.  Old “camel knees,”  will stomp on our toes in today’s “watchword” from James Chapter Four: Continue reading

one minute devotional

Got a minute?  Your minutes matter.  A minute is all it takes to read through my One Minute Devotionals.  Promise.  I hope you’ll join me as we journey through the book of James.  I’ll post some reflections each morning from this pithy epistle written by our Lord’s half-brother.

Why One Minute Devotionals?  These reflections are designed to help you meditate on a small portion of Scripture.  Meditation is like “filling your tank” with God’s Word.  Meditation also helps you  launch your prayers for the rest of the day. Continue reading