Showing posts from June, 2013

Becoming a Circle Maker

I just finished a book that joins the canon of books that have profoundly influenced my life and specifically my relationship with Christ. The Circle Maker , by Mark Batterson, joins such greats at The Purpose Driven Life and A Thousand Gifts . It has revolutionized the way I think about prayer and the importance and absolute necessity it has in every person's life. When you come to see that each prayer you pray is a seed that will one day grow and come to fruition -- maybe not today, or tomorrow, or in your lifetime, but one day -- it will change not only the quantity of your prayers, but the quality. Batterson challenges us to be specific in our circle those things in which we long to have God do a miracle work.  I could say more -- a lot more -- but suffice it to say, it is a must-read for every praying person and for those who would wish to be. I highly recommend it for your book club, small group, or your own personal reading. There is a great websit

The God Who Loves Lexi

Photo credit: I have been reading an amazing book called, The Circle Maker , by Mark Batterson. And it's prompted me to press in harder and longer with my prayers -- to believe that God is for me and that when I pray according to His will, that He will answer me. It may not be today, or tomorrow. It may be 10 or 20 or 30 years from now. But He will answer. Beyond that, I have also been asking God to speak to me, and more specifically, I have been praying that He would help me to listen for his voice. So often I'm guilty of hurling petitions and thanks in God's direction, but I so infrequently stop and take the time to allow for the space and quiet for Him to reply. When is the last time you sat in utter stillness after praying and let God speak? If you're like me, it's been far too long. And God has been speaking. It's incredible. About a week ago, I dropped the kids off at the respective classes at church and then got re

Man of Steel: A Tribute to the Unsung Heroes Among Us

Photo   With the opening day of the new superman movie, "Man of Steel" and Father's Day vast approaching, I have a confession to make... ...I take my husband for granted. Or rather, to be more specific, I often take my husband's fathering skills for granted. You see, my husband did not have the best example to follow for how to be a good father. Without going into detail, suffice it to say that there has been a lot of disappointment in the fatherhood department. Contact over the years has been minimal; it has not been deep. It has not been fulfilling. I have cried many tears over it. My husband has none left. You would think that a lack of a present and caring father in my husband's life would make him detached, distant, cold, and harsh with his own children. In fact, he is the complete opposite. He is completely involved in each of their four little lives. He can make dinner, give baths and type out a Facebook status like