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Utilizing the wisdom pyramid

A while back, I shared a blog post in my monthly newsletter about Brett McCracken’s blog post on what he calls a “wisdom pyramid”. It’s basically a play on the food pyramids of yesteryear and our consumption of content. The emphasis is to show where we can find wisdom and how counter it is to adjust where we currently seek it. Judging from the number of people who clicked over

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Where two or more gather

Today’s blog post is short but an important one! I had planned to write it for Instagram but I think it needs a spot of its own on the blog.  If you’ve been around prayer for any length of time, my guess is you’ve heard the verse from Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” It’s used in church services to

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The gift is the gift-giver

The vending machine God. It almost feels too cliche to talk about, doesn’t it? Aren’t we past that concept? I think in a lot of ways we might be.  I know for me, I no longer pray for a car to show up in my driveway, like I did at age 13.  I no longer ignore a relationship with God and just hand him a list of things I hope

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Lent Resources for Families

After reading Take Back Your Family by Jefferson Bethke, it’s been a big goal to create a family culture in our home. So when I thought about Lent coming up this year, I knew I’d need to plan ahead a little more than usual trying to figure out what Lent study or book I’d read. Years ago, Vivi made a step of faith during Easter week. This has stayed with

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On the Podcast: Praying for Your Kids

In our three-week series on praying for others, this week we are covering praying for your kids. If you know this is something you need to do, but just need a little spark, listen in to our interview with an author who knows her stuff when it comes to motherhood, take note of the practical how-tos from Val, and tuck away this week’s guided prayer for when you need a

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When God seems unfair

When God answers someone else’s prayer and not our own, life can feel pretty unfair. Let’s say you have a friend looking for a new house and you are too. When God doesn’t answer either of your prayers, there’s something oddly comforting because we chalk it up to God’s sovereignty and will. But what if he answers someone else in the way we hope He’d answer us? We then have

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On the Podcast: Praying for Your Spouse

In our three-week series on praying for others, this week we are covering praying for your spouse. We might know we ought to do this, but this week we’ll discuss why, how and give you an opportunity to get started right away!**Grabbed your prayer journal for 2022? They’re available now in our shop! ** Ep. 50: Praying for Your Spouse with Lisa JacobsonThis interview with author, Lisa Jacobson, will bring

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Why God says no

Nothing rattles our faith more than hearing God say “no” to one of the deepest cries of our hearts. Maybe the reason prayer is a struggle for you is because you’ve prayed for something and God didn’t answer you. Or worse, He made it clear that the answer was no. Every Christian has or will experience this crossroads. It’s either the place where our faith grows as we continue to

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On the Podcast: Intercession

Kicking off a three-week series on praying for others last week, we introduced the concept of intercession or praying for others. Most of us find our way to prayer by praying for our own needs, but the Lord wants to partner with us in prayer as we lift up the needs of others.**Grabbed your prayer journal for 2022? They’re available now in our shop! ** Ep. 47: Intercession with Jodie

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How to practically fight temptation

Many of us are begging the question. Why does God feel so far sometimes? How can we profess a relationship with God while still feeling like He’s keeping His distance from us? One of the most searched phrases on our site is “what to do when I feel distant from God”. We’ve talked about this before on the podcast, and on the blog, too, but as I was reading through

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On the Podcast: Lament

BONUS: Lament (a free chapter from my new book!)One of the hardest ideas for me to grasp about prayer is that God wants me to come to him with every complaint, doubt, or lament. Are we sure God wants to hear this? Didn’t the Israelites get in trouble for grumbling and complaining? In this free audio sample from Val’s book, Pray Confidently and Consistently, we explore these hard aspects of

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