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On the Podcast: Answered Prayers

When we pause (difficult in this busy world) and look back at what God has done, we’re often surprised that it’s more than we first recognized. This week, we are exploring the importance of looking back at answered prayers with gratitude. Our interview this week is with Lindsay Ayers, long-time journal user and attorney in Washington D.C. She recounts the goodness of the Lord in her own life and her

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A family gratitude practice

In the Fresh Start journal, our 31-day devotional on prayer, I shared this: That this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were

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On the Podcast: Routine

If you’ve been around Val Marie Paper long, you know we’re all about a little structure. Depending on how you learned to pray, it might feel a little foreign to have systems around your prayer life, but we’re big believers that having a plan beforehand helps us slip into prayer more easily and more often. This week we’ll talk with a friend who’s spent time studying and developing habits, go

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Will we return to church?

I’m clearly on a WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? kick this week (see tomorrow’s podcast episode on creating a prayer routine) but to be honest, this is a beast of a post and I was trying to figure out how best to organize it, and this kind of fell into place.  What I’m going to share will likely be controversial judging from the answers to my question box on Instagram

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On the Podcast: Adoration

Adoration doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it out to be in our heads. As we talk with Sara Hagerty this week, I think you’ll be encouraged that an adoration practice can not only fit into our busy lives, but propel our prayer lives forward. Our guided prayer this week will help you practically take the next steps in adoration if you’re not sure where to start.

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Praying for the hard to pray for

Welcome to our annual prayer series! Each day, we’ll be posting brand-new content to encourage your prayer life. Enjoy, and find our prayer journals for 2022 here! The following post was written by our Chief Marketing Officer, Kara Bryant. In our prayer journals, we have a prompt called “The Heavy”. It encourages you to “ask God to help you forgive hurts and love the hard to love.” Not gonna lie,

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A Month in the Life of a Pray-er

Welcome to our annual prayer series! Each day, we’ll be posting brand-new content to encourage your prayer life. Enjoy, and find our prayer journals for 2022 here! After reading this fun post from Cultivate What Matters, I thought it would be fun to share what a month in the life of a pray-er looks like. We can talk about the daily routines, but there are so many other rhythms we

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41 books on prayer

Welcome to our annual prayer series! Each day, we’ll be posting brand new content to encourage your prayer life. Enjoy, and find our prayer journals for 2022 here! I am surprised I’ve never shared this post before, but today I’m sharing all the books (that I can remember!) that I’ve read on prayer! I’m sharing a little about each and who I’d recommend it for. I recently heard it said

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7 reasons prayer feels boring

Welcome to our annual prayer series! Each day, we’ll be posting brand-new content to encourage your prayer life. Enjoy, and find our prayer journals for 2022 here! We hate to even admit it, but we’ve all experienced it. Prayer sometimes feels boring. It’s ALL TOO REAL. Prayer can feel slow and pointless and like it just doesn’t matter. And yet? It is literally getting to commune any time, anywhere, with

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How to make time to pray

Welcome to our annual prayer series! Each day, we’ll be posting brand-new content to encourage your prayer life. Enjoy and find our prayer journals for 2022 here! Figuring out how to prioritize prayer feels like a million-dollar question. If we could just find the time… Prayer is up against a very noisy world. It’s quiet and unassuming, while the rest of our life feels like constant fires and loud noises

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On the Podcast: Goals

Productivity and prayer can seem at odds with one another, but if we truly believe that prayer is powerful, then it’s also productive! It’s our life-source and a key part in how the Spirit fuels us for kingdom work. This week on the podcast I chat with a professional goal-getter, talk about how our prayer lives can lead to action, and leave you with a prayer for transformation. **Grabbed your copy

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