Tear Down the Walls

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Lately, I sing my prayers.

Let me explain.  I am not a song writer.  I don’t know how to play the guitar or create melodies.  I just love to sing along with the radio in my car.

As I belt out the words, God tunes my heart to sing His grace.  He quietly reminds my heart what is true and re-aligns my perspective.

Are you feeling stuck in your prayer life?  Maybe you need a change in atmosphere.  Grab your headphones and head outside.  Set aside an hour to worship and pray.

Let the lyrics enliven your spirit as you exalt His name.


He reigns over all.  All creation sings praise. 



Spirit come and change the atmosphere
Convict and open hearts here
The anthems that the angels sing
The worship of the King of kings

For Jesus reigns
Over all He reigns

We Exalt Your Name
High above the heavens
We Exalt Your Name
All of creation sings praise

Your presence fills and satisfies
Tears down the walls we hide behind
Oh, God of every aching heart
We long for You in light and dark

Lord, tear down the walls.

Rise up in all Your power.


Let’s Pray Big in Community:

This year, my desire is to lift up holy hands and “Pray Big.” Want to join me? I’ve created a private “Pray Big” Facebook group for like-minded sisters to share their stories and surrender each one to our mountain-moving God in prayer. Let’s cry out to God together.

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I am sharing “Tear Down the Walls” and joining like-minded sisters at Give Me Grace.

Show Me How You Work

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Do you ever think that maybe you are getting it all wrong?  Sometimes, I question my prayer competency.   I imagine that there’s some mystical algebraic prayer equation written in invisible ink that’s way beyond my understanding.  Maybe my mountain never crumbles because I am “asking amiss.”

I fumble to figure it out every morning.  Maybe if I were more eloquent, my prayers would be more effective.  Maybe if my thoughts were less scattered, my prayers would stop hitting the ceiling.

How do I stay focused and fervent day after day?  How do I keep asking for the same thing without sounding like a broken record?

I won’t find the answer by making more noise.  The Lord speaks in a still small voice.

I must unplug from the social media static and sit quietly at His feet.

This weekend, let’s slow down and open up the Word of Life.  Imagine that you are the psalmist and overlay the sacred script on your weary soul.  Let each phrase linger on your tongue as a personal plea.  Put pen to paper as you contemplate His divine nature full of goodness and glory.  In the quiet of your heart, whisper one request:

Lord, show me how You work.  School me in Your ways.


Let’s Pray Big in Community:

This year, my desire is to lift up holy hands and “Pray Big.” Want to join me? I’ve created a private “Pray Big” Facebook group for like-minded sisters to share their stories and surrender each one to our mountain-moving God in prayer. Let’s cry out to God together.

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I am sharing “Show Me How You Work” and joining like-minded sisters at Still Saturday.

Stay Planted in Faith

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Here’s the thing:  I live in an upside-down society corrupted by cynicism.

I live in a world where Brad leaves Jennifer, and my co-worker ends up a single mom with too many bills to pay because her husband bails out.

I live in a world where Milli Vanilli lip syncs, and my insurance company declines my claim for no good reason.

I live in a world where Nixon says he is not a crook, and my pastor resigns due to “moral failure.”

I live in world where a beautiful baby is a fetus with no rights and the sacred covenant of marriage is “redefined.”

I live in a world where praying to Jesus in the public square is considered offensive and where the People of the Cross are massacred.

I see darkness when I turn on the news.  I’ve experience heart-wrenching personal disappointment.

It’s easy to understand why I face my mountains with a touch of cynicism.

I’ve become somewhat anesthetized.  I’ve developed a thicker skin.

In the quiet of my heart, sometimes it’s hard to believe.  I know that God is able to do anything, but I wonder if He really will.

So instead of praying, I take a nap to forget.  I go to Starbucks to drown out my sorrows.  I watch a Netflix movie to keep myself distracted.

I am resigned instead of resolved.

I forget that I follow a resurrected Savior who conquered death itself to deliver me from the darkness.

I forget that my Father owns it all.  He has the whole world in His hands.

I forget that God is still in the business of dismantling strongholds and setting captives free.

I fail to recognize His care.

To pray big, I must dispel doubt every day.  This begins by looking to the One who is the Author and Perfecter of my faith.  As a wise reader suggested yesterday, I must get on my knees and put God in front of the dark mountain.

I don’t want to live like the whiny Israelites who complained about leaving behind the quail in Egypt and failed to appreciate the manna in their midst.

God has never failed to meet my every need.

Like the hymn writer of old, I must count my many blessings and name them one by one, remembering that the Apostle Paul encourages us to make our requests known with a heart of thanksgiving.

Cynicism looks reality in the face, calls it a phony, and prides itself on its insight as it pulls back.  Thanksgiving looks reality in the face and rejoices at God’s care.  ~ Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World, p. 90

Lord, plant faith in me

that won’t be uprooted by doubt.

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them.
“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed,
you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’
and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” 
Matthew 17:20, NLT
 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus
a continual sacrifice of praise to God,
proclaiming our allegiance to His name.
Hebrews 13:15, NLT
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to live your lives in Him,
rooted and built up in Him,
strengthened in the faith as you were taught,
and overflowing with thankfulness.
See to it that no one takes you captive
through hollow and deceptive philosophy,
which depends on human tradition
and the elemental spiritual forces of this world
rather than on Christ.
Colossians 2:6-8, NIV

Let’s Talk:  How do you combat cynicism in your prayer life?


Let’s Pray Big in Community:  

This year, my desire is to lift up holy hands and “Pray Big.”   Want to join me?  I’ve created a private “Pray Big” Facebook group for like-minded sisters to share their stories and surrender each one to our mountain-moving God in prayer.  Let’s cry out to God together.

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I am sharing “Stay Planted in Faith” and joining like-minded sisters at Spiritual Sundays, Faith-Filled Friday, and Blessing Counters.

Keep Fighting the Good Fight


Pray Big 31 Days


Every morning, I wake up and lift my heart to God in prayer.

I praise Him for His glory and goodness.

I surrender my agenda and expectations to His greater kingdom purposes.

I yield my desires to do His will.

And, then I ask for Him to move a mountain.

I cry out to Him for that mountain to crumble.

I believe that God is bigger than any obstacle or stronghold.

Yet, my mountain remains — immovable and unyielding.

Do you have a mountain?   I bet you do.

Like me, you may be discouraged by the darkness that looms large in your view.

You aren’t alone.

If we sat down today in my kitchen and shared our stories, I bet we would see similarities.

That’s exactly what happened to my husband and I just a few weeks ago.  Our friend Mikey and his bride Sherree invited themselves over and stepped into our valley.  They sat down and listened to the nitty-gritty, and they didn’t try to fix us.  They didn’t pretend that they had it all together, either.  They shared their own messy mountain tale, and then we decided to invite someone else into the conversation.

Four hearts bowed together in front of an altar aflame.

Together, we asked God to move two mountains.

With worshipful hearts, we cried out to Him for those mountains to crumble.

We prayed big.


In the Old Testament when David faced defeat and discouragement, he continually lifted up empty hands to heaven and cried out for mercy.

Why do we think that we can’t do the same?  God delights when we confess our need for Him.   He sees your trembling heart full of love that is holding fast to His promises.

He sees you.

Your prayers are a sweet aroma of sacrifice that rises straight to the heart of the King of Kings.

One glorious day, He will thunder down and crumble your mountain.

Join me as we #PrayBig for the next 31 days.

May my prayer be set before You like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.  Psalms 141:2


Day One:  Keep Fighting the Good Fight

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The left lane was blocked off due to construction.

Time was ticking away, and all I could see in front of me was congestion.  I needed to move faster.

Lord, it’s Monday, and I am late.  Could you please make this a little easier.  

I decided to take another route — in hopes of making up time.

Two turns later, I smacked right into a snarl-up.  Obviously, my plans for the day had just gone up in smoke.

The vehicle inched along at an infuriatingly slow pace.  Move forward two feet.  Stop.  Crawl ahead a pace.  Slow down.  Push ahead a piece.  Slam on the brakes.

At the light, I reached for my phone to make the me culpa “I am going to be late” call and realized my fancy dancy cell phone had  lunged forward off the passenger’s seat and landed on the farthest corner of the floor mat.

I unhooked my seat belt and extended my body across the length of the car.  No matter how much a strained ahead, my fingertips could not reach that phone.

Oh well, I’ll grab it when I get there.  

I drove on disconnected and discontent.

I flipped on the radio, and soon the terrible traffic lulled me into a stupor.    I am not sure how long I drove on lost in my thoughts until it hit.

A loud wailing sound emanated from the floor.

Waank.  Waank.  Waank.  Waank.

My cell phone alarm was mocking me.  The noise was loud enough to wake the dead.

Waank.  Waank.

I drove on in desperation.  Lord, make the blaring buzz stop.  

Waank.  Waank.

Should I turn off the radio?   I left it on to help take the edge off the pain.

The next song started, and I heard a familiar melody that made me smile.

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be.
I give up.
I’m not strong enough.
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me.
Lord, right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough,
Strong enough
For the both of us.

Ain’t that the truth? I thought.  I am not strong enough to do Mondays without God.  I am not strong enough to face these mountains without His hands of mercy covering me.

Right there in my car with the iphone alarm waanking away, I surrendered my Mondays and my mountains to my God.

That’s when the radio DJ decided to play the next song.

Even in the road blocks,
Even through the rough spots,
When you’re feeling you’ve given all that you’ve got,
I’m with you in the next step
Giving you in the next breath.
I’ll be the voice saying: “You’re gonna make it.”
When you’re out there on your own,
You are never alone.

Keep fighting the good fight.
Keep letting your light shine
‘Cause I’m never gonna leave you,
Always gonna see you through to the other side.
Keep fighting the good fight.

I started singing along.  My soul woke up, and I remembered the One who fights my battles for me.

You see, the enemy of my soul is sounding a loud alarm that says I am defeated.  He seeks to discourage me and deplete me of faith.  He wails and waanks and makes plenty of noise.  He throws roadblocks in my plans and strives to disconnect me from my supernatural Source of strength.

To pray big, I must let go of my time-table and my well-laid plans.   I must surrender the steering wheel to the Omnipotent One.   I must inch forward joyfully through the congestion and believe that despite all the noise in my life He is going to make a way.  He must lead, and I must continue to fight the good fight even if the way seems unclear.  My job is to stay faithful to the course.

Lord, help me to keep fighting the good fight.

Something to think about…



This year, my desire is to lift up holy hands and “Pray Big.”   Want to join me?  I’ve created a private “Pray Big” Facebook group for like-minded sisters to share their stories and surrender each one to our mountain-moving God in prayer.  Let’s cry out to God together.


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I am sharing “Pray Big” and joining like-minded sisters at  #write31daysThe Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays, Faith-Filled Friday, and Live Free Thursday.











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