The good news is we never need to feel alone, isolated or estranged from God. You and I were created to live in fellowship with God and prayer is an intrinsic part of that relationship.  Our life journey affords us the opportunity to walk hand in hand with God and whether we realize it or not God is with us through every step. God is present and has given us the promise that he will always be with us. Our… Read more

Henri Nouwen wrote prayer has for too long only been associated with piety, talking to God, thinking about God, morning and evening prayers, Sunday services, grace before meals, sentences from the Bible and many other things. However, for Nouwen “Prayer is the center of the Christian life. It is the only necessary thing. It is living with God in the here and now.” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing… Read more

We devote enormous amounts of energy and time creating noise and entertainment in our heads trying to numb the troubling thoughts and voices that rob us of our peace of mind. The fear of the silence is killing us. There are some storylines that repeat over and over causing so much mental anguish we will do anything to get rid of them in our minds. Tragically suicide for many is a way of permanently ending those thoughts. We should not… Read more

The children of Israel in their history escaped the clutches of Pharaoh by the parting of the Red Sea, and it had little impact on their spiritual growth.  It is a story told for thousands of years of Yahweh’s miraculously dividing of the sea where men, women, and children in bondage for four hundred years escape thru a dry patch of land after the waters mysteriously separate. On the other side, they look back and see their enemies swallowed up… Read more

One of the best gifts you can present yourself is learning how to be alone without being lonely. I have experienced loneliness plenty of times in my life, but in silence and solitude with God, I have never felt alone. It runs counterclockwise to the wisdom of the world that the practice of solitude and silence can quiet the mind so we can hear and discern Gods words of friendship to us. In the silence, we discover Gods presence is… Read more

In my quiet time, I use a phrase that calms the thoughts in my mind through repeated repetition. The desert fathers and mothers in the early days of Christianity recited and used the Jesus Prayer “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on me a sinner,” as a way of calming their restless thoughts and minds. They would use the prayer to concentrate and meditate upon God in pursuit of a deepening and abiding relationship with Christ. The repetition of the words… Read more

It is a typical experience to lose your peace when you encounter the threatening storms and troubles of life. Don’t let the devastating circumstances and the consequences that swamp you cause you to doubt my promises. Like the seasick sailor struggling on deck when being tossed about can look at a stationary horizon to regain his bearings and equilibrium, fix your eyes on me to restore your faith and confidence in my love for you. Life is unbelievably turbulent, and… Read more

Much of your life is obsessed with an unbelievable adventure of discovering what will bring you happiness. You unwittingly seek fulfillment and meaning through every activity you undertake. Life is a maze of challenges with jobs to accomplish, tasks to perform and experiences to live. In this process, your mind transcends everything, and you have a sense of “being” in whatever is happening to you at any given moment of time. You are aware of your self-image of who you… Read more

I am forever ready to help and be present with you during your times of troubles. The issue is will you let me? I have told you anyone who tries to save their life would lose it, and anyone who loses their life in me will find it. The problem is you know too much or think you can direct your life better than me. Trusting and letting me help change the course of your life only comes about when… Read more

If you could grasp and comprehend, there is no need to perform to gain my love it would transform your life. All the attempts to merit and win my acceptance undermine your understanding that my love for you is unconditional. You do not need to do anything to be loved. The only response you need to make are loving me and love others as I have loved you. The real transformation of your heart and life is impossible when it… Read more

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