Praying for God’s family

Praying for God’s family

I’ve been reading through Ephesians lately. It’s one of those go-to books of the Bible for me. I can easily jump into any chapter, any verse and find wisdom for the day. I think a lot of that has to do with Paul’s mission to reach the foreigner, the alien, and count all as brothers and sisters once faith had bound them together. Ephesians is one of Paul’s prison letters, written to believers in Ephesus while he was on...

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Time for God

Time for God

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103) It’s been busy the last few weeks. Really busy. I knew these weeks of summer would be like this. Looking back, I am grateful that I took the time to write out a weekly schedule for the entire summer. The paper sits right next to my desktop computer, reminding me of the urgent. Deadlines are stacked one after the other, some overlapping. Originally I made the...

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The fragrance of Christ

The fragrance of Christ

When I was writing my last post about the fruits of the Spirit, I came across a prayer written by Mother Theresa. As I read the prayer, I immediately thought of a woman I’ve known since childhood. She was a missionary coworker of my parents in Bolivia. In March I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with her while I was in Minnesota visiting my family. Well into her 90’s, she greeted my Mom and I in the foyer of her apartment...

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Intercessor

Intercessor

‘Intercede’ – Intervene on behalf of another. ‘Intercessor’ – A person who intervenes on behalf of another, especially by prayer. These are two commonly used words, and above is the dictionary’s explanation of their meaning. Throughout my church life, I have heard both of these words used many times but I never actually paid any attention to them or was interested enough to find what they meant and their relevance to the gospel. It...

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Vigilance

Vigilance

Occasionally, as a nurse, I have to work a night shift. Fortunately, it’s not very often. Not because I don’t like the work but because I have a hard time staying awake and being at the top of my game in the middle of the night. I’m afraid that because I am sleepy or tired, I might miss something important when caring for our patients. When faced with a situation in the wee hours of the night, I pray for alertness, vigilance,...

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