Posts Tagged ‘Religion and Spirituality’

Do You Wish That God Would Tweet?

UnknownDo you wish that God would Tweet?

Because we are surrounded by technologies that make our lives faster and easier, we tend to think about spiritual realities in technological terms.  We want to reap the very second we sow.  We want God to microwave answers, MapQuest directions and Twitter instructions.  We want things to happen at the speed of light instead of the speed of a seed planted in the ground, but almost all spiritual realities in Scripture are described in agricultural terms.  Mark Batterson,  Draw the Circle

A good reminder today that good things take an investment of time. Like connecting with God. Or writing.

Can you relate?  Do you wish God would Tweet?

Laurie and Betsy

By Duffey Myers

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Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Day 3


Lord, Teach Us to Pray

 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

Day 3: Can prayer be taught?

Isn’t prayer just a natural outpouring to God? If we think we know it all, then we can’t be taught.  Is there something that we can learn about prayer?

“’Lord, teach us to pray.’ Yes, we feel the need now of being taught to pray. At first there is no work that appears so simple; later on, none that is more difficult; and the confession is forced from us: We know not how to pray as we should.

Amid the painful consciousness of ignorance and unworthiness, in the struggle between believing and doubting, the heavenly art of effectual prayer is learned. Because, even when we do not remember it, there is One, the Beginner and Finisher of faith and prayer, who watches over our praying, and sees to it that in all who trust Him for it their education in the school of prayer shall be carried on to perfection.

Let but the deep undertone of all our prayer be the teachableness that comes from a sense of ignorance, and from faith in Him as a perfect teacher, and we may be sure we shall be taught, we shall learn to pray in power. Yes, we may depend upon it, He teaches to pray.”

Lord, May a deep sense of my ignorance, of the wonderful privilege and power of prayer, of the need of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of prayer, lead me to cast away my thoughts of what I think I know, and make me kneel before You in true teachableness and poverty of spirit. Amen

Andrew Murray — Lord, Teach Us To Pray

(Some language updated for understanding)

We love the word “teachableness” in this passage.  That may be the key to learning anything new.

Can prayer be taught?  If so, how do we learn.

Betsy and Laurie

Who are you writing for?


“If you write for God you will reach many men and bring them joy. If you write for men–you may make some money and you may give someone a little joy and you may make a noise in the world, for a little while. If you write for yourself, you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted that you will wish that you were dead.”

Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

Convicting!  Who are you writing for?

Betsy and Laurie


Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Day 2


Lord, Teach Us to Pray

 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

Day 2: Who can teach us to pray?

If we want to learn, where do we go to learn?  Books? Classes? Retreats? What if these fall short? Who can teach us?

Lord, teach us to pray.

It is Jesus, praying Himself, who teaches to pray. He knows what prayer is. He learned it amid the trials and tears of His earthly life. In heaven it is still His beloved work: His life there is prayer. Nothing delights Him more than to find those whom He can take with Him into the Father’s presence, whom He can clothe with power to pray down God’s blessing on those around them, whom He can train to be His fellow-workers in the intercession by which the kingdom is to be revealed on earth.

He teaches, by giving not only thoughts of what to ask or how to ask, but by breathing within us the very spirit of prayer, by living within us as the Great Intercessor. . .  Jesus loves to teach us how to pray.

And fill me, Lord, with the confidence that with such a teacher as Thou art I shall learn to pray. In the assurance that I have as my teacher, Jesus, who is ever praying to the Father, and by His prayer rules the destinies of His Church and the world, I will not be afraid. Amen

Andrew Murray — Lord, Teach Us To Pray

(Some language updated for understanding)

We can only learn to pray by praying. I love that Andrew Murray prays for the confidence that he can learn to pray.  Who taught you to pray?

Betsy and Laurie


Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Day 1


Lord, Teach Us to Pray

 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

Day 1: How do we pray?

The idea of prayer brings up so many questions. How can we connect with God?  How can we be taught by Him?  How can we experience God’s power? Maybe it all starts with prayer.  But how?  We are sharing some insights from Andrew Murray this month. 

“The disciples had been with Christ, and seen Him pray. They had learned to understand something of the connection between His wondrous life in public, and His secret life of prayer. They had learned to believe in Him as a Master in the art of prayer—none could pray like Him. And so they came to Him with the request, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ And in after years they would have told us that there were few things more wonderful or blessed that He taught them than His lessons on prayer.”

Blessed Lord! who ever lives to pray, You can teach me too to pray, me to live ever to pray. In this You love to make me share Your glory in heaven, that I should pray without ceasing, and ever stand as a priest in the presence of my God.  Amen

Andrew Murray–Lord, Teach Us To Pray

(Some language updated)

Can prayer be learned? How did you learn to pray?

Betsy and Laurie

Getting Started This Year


Are you off to a good start this year?

If you’re running a 26-mile marathon, remember that every mile is run one step at a time. If you are writing a book, do it one page at a time. If you’re trying to master a new language, try it one word at a time. There are 365 days in the average year. Divide any project by 365 and you’ll find that no job is all that intimidating. 

Chuck Swindoll

Come and join us over at the Wordserve WaterCooler where we are guest posting today to discuss some ideas about how we can get a good start for 2014.  And a good start leads to a good finish, right?

Betsy and Laurie

Happy New Year!

English: Seedling Deutsch: Sämling

English: Seedling Deutsch: Sämling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We love new beginnings! There is always such hope at the start of a new year.

A new beginning!  We must learn to live each day, each hour, yes, each minute as a new beginning, as a unique opportunity to make everything new.  Imagine that we could live each moment as a moment pregnant with new life.  Imagine that we could live each day as a day full of promises.  Imagine that we could walk through the new year always listening to a voice saying to us: “I have a gift for you and can’t wait for you to see it.”  Imagine!   Henri Nouwen

Blessings to all of you for a happy and healthy year,

Betsy and Laurie,

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . .


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . .  John 1:14

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  2 Corinthians 4:6

This painting was found unfinished on Rembrandt’s easel at the time of his death.  It was different that the seven other works he had created depicting Simeon and the Christ child.

“The heavenly light appears . .  to emanate not at all from the baby, but wholly from the face of Simeon, whose eyes are nearly shut and whose lips are parted in his prayer of praise. . .The vision Rembrandt was attempting to portray is visible in the luminous glow of Simeon’s face.  Here is the last days of his life, Simeon has seen the Deliverer, the Messiah, often promised and long awaited.  His face shines with the knowledge of the sight, and in a remarkably bold insight, Rembrandt has given the face of the Christ child a reflected glow. . . Rembrandt has dispensed with any hint of the glow he has so often given Christ, in drawings , in etchings, and in paintings, and has given that glow instead to Simeon, as a glow from the inside.”  The Biblical Rembrandt,  John I. Durham

When Rembrandt was younger, he painted Christ shining with a holy glow.  In this final painting, as Rembrandt reaches the end of life, we see the old man, Simeon, is the one who is glowing – the light coming from the inside out reflecting out onto the baby in his arms.

He came as the Light of the World to make us the light of the world. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.  May it be so this year for you.

You are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14

Merry Christmas,

Betsy and Laurie

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.
Luke 2: 25 – 32

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . Part Five


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . John 1:14

Sarah Young writes in her book, Jesus Calling, as if Jesus was speaking to us:

Try to imagine what I gave up when I came into your world as a baby.  I set aside My Glory, so that I could identify with mankind.  I accepted the limitations of infancy under the most appalling conditions—a filthy stable. That was a dark night for Me, even though angels lit up the sky proclaiming, “Glory!” to awe-struck shepherds.

When you sit quietly with Me, the process I went through is reversed in your experience.  As you identify with Me, heaven’s vistas open up before you—granting you glimpses of My Glory.  I became poor so that you might become rich.

Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

The Word became flesh.  Amazing to think what God gave the world on that night.

Betsy and Laurie

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.  2 Corinthians 8:9

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. . . Part Four


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . John 1:14

We love these words from C.S. Lewis:

The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation.  They say that God became Man.  Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this. . . .

In the Christian story God descends to re-ascend. He comes down; down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity . . . down to the very roots and sea-bed of the Nature He has created.

But He goes down to come up again and bring the ruined world up with Him. One has the picture of a strong man stooping lower and lower to get himself underneath some great complicated burden. He must stoop in order to lift, he must almost disappear under the load before he incredibly straightens his back and marches off with the whole mass swaying on his shoulders.  C.S. Lewis

Stooping in order to lift.  That’s pretty amazing.

Betsy and Laurie

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