When You Know, You Know

When you know, you know.

Have you ever heard someone say that, specifically about finding the person they will settle down with? They talk about it with some sense of euphoria like all the puzzles fit. I get jealous of people like that because it seems like some cosmic power is favoring them over the rest of us mere mortals.

lilac by Matthias Rhomberg

We Are Not Born Hateful

I have never quite understood prejudice, racism, bigotry, tribalism or anything that has a connotation of hatred towards another person because they were different from you. You can dislike and certainly hate someone who has perpetrated a wrongful thing toward you but to hate someone you don't know because of one reason or the other, I just don't get.

Hands by Incase

How Do You Pray? Do You Ask & Not Receive?

Today I would like to start with these verses in Matthew 6:6-13 as we ask the question 'how do we pray?' The verses that struck me the most were 7 and 8.
And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him".  

Growing up I always thought of the people who led prayers in church as the holy of hollies, these people had looong prayers. Prayers that would put even the most devoted person to sleep. Now I don't think they were hypocrites but their prayers were off putting. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying long prayers are necessarily bad but sometimes they defeat the purpose specifically if they alienate the people they are intended for.

Bullrushes in sunlight by Twix

Why Do You Pray?

Hi friends so last week was all about fasting this week is all about praying. Why do we pray, how do we pray and does prayer have any effect at all?

First why do you pray? Is it to ask for some need that you have to be fulfilled? What do your prayers look like? Are they focused solely on you? I ask these questions to spark some reflection on our part the next time we pray.

Sunflower by Seanmcgrath

Lent & Intercession

Have you ever prayed on behalf of someone or asked someone to pray for you? To essentially stand in the gap for you? Why did you think that it would work? Why do we intercede for one another?

Scripture tells us that Jesus died so we can freely approach God. He eliminated the need to have another person go on our behalf but as I am sure we all know sometimes knowingly and unknowingly we need people to stand for us or with us.

sun light bygeezaweezer