Before kids, I had such sweet quiet times with the Lord. After having kids though…? I still have sweet times with the Lord. It looked a little different in seasons, but I actually soaked in the Word and prayed more during a time I expected these things to suffer. I had lots of worries during my pregnancy that kind of forced me to figure out how to continue to connect with the Lord. I knew I wouldn’t get through that
“Gratitude is a discipline before it’s a feeling—a remembering before it’s a rejoicing. Indeed, gratitude is warfare—a bold protest and strong defense against discontent, pouting, and envy.” -Scotty Smith I used to think of gratitudes as just happy thoughts… I mean, what was the point? It wasn’t until I read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp that I learned that “happy” wasn’t a requirement for gratitude––that the practice can’t depend on our circumstances and when we are disciplined give thanks
I’ve been wanting to share for a while some resources that I like to incorporate into my quiet times. I’ll be the first to say you don’t NEED this stuff to have a meaningful relationship with the Lord but I’m grateful they’re available. The same way we don’t NEED a filet mignon to live but it sure is a treat when we get to enjoy one! So below I’ve got some tools, books and other resources that have been helpful!
When people think “prayer journal” their first thought is often lined pages for writing out your prayers, so it makes sense that they’re surprised when they find out the main part of our prayer journal involves very little writing at all. (Click here to learn a bit more about our format if you’re new to VMP!) However, we do believe there is value in actually writing out your prayers from time to time and we also have users who are
I remember reading this quote years ago in Stormie Omartian’s book, “The Power of a Praying Woman“. “It amazed me that confusion, oppression, fear, or anxiety couldn’t exist in the heart of a worshipping child of God.” She says she eventually got free from depression completely… because of worship. She went on to say: “Nothing we do is more powerful or more life-changing than praising God. It is one of the means by which God transforms us. Every time we