Taking a You-Turn with Your Emotions

Do you need to take a You-Turn? In the very reading of Alison Cook's blog I found oh-so-much help. And direction back to ME. Read on! Elisa Taking a You-Turn with Your Emotions By Alison Cook, PhD A decade ago, when I was single and working my way through graduate school, I found myself envying a woman I worked for. I didn't want to envy this lovely woman who'd been nothing but kind to me. I hated feeling that way. But beating myself up about this feeling got me nowhere. I decided to get curious about my envy instead of trying to stifle it. What was is it about her life that stirred up this unpleasant feeling inside of me? I shifted from envying her to recognizing she had much to teach me -

Tending a Marriage with Prayer

Prayer in marriage? Together? Yes ... dear friend Patricia Raybon shows us how. Elisa Tending a Marriage with Prayer By Patricia Raybon My husband crawls to my side of the bed and kneels on the floor beside me. It's daybreak. Our daily prayer time. So I scoot out of the covers and fall to my knees beside him. Still in our pajamas, we lean into each other, read our devotional and Dan starts to pray. O God! But does God hear us? We don't even ask that question. After 42 years of marriage, we're finally willing to learn a little something about patience. About waiting on the Lord. About God's curious tendency to delay his replies. So we're not panicked today for quick answers. We're humbled tha

The Prayer Coin

The Prayer Coin By Elisa Morgan One Thursday afternoon, I headed out to Australia for a ministry trip, flying first to LA and then waiting some 5 hours during a delay. To bide the time, I chatted it up with my husband, Evan, back in Denver. He was to have accompanied me but surgery on his ankle about a month prior made the long flight unwise for him. Reluctantly, I boarded the flight to Melbourne, landing some 16 hours later to find a few messages from Evan on my phone: Call me and I'll give you an update on my leg. I pulled my two-week sized rollaboard to the side of the arrivals hallway and dialed Evan. He answered, "I've had a little problem with my leg. I'm in ICU." What?!!! He was FINE

Why Don't We Pray About It?

Why Don't We Pray About It? By Elisa Morgan I awake in the night and worry. Driving on errands, my mind darts between the obstacles in my day, searching for a smoother path. Knee-deep in a conversation, I reach for a handhold out from what seems like a ditch of disconnection. Why don't I pray? About what's in my heart and on my plate. Author Paul Miller commiserates, "Our inability to pray comes from the Fall. Evil has marred the image. We want to talk to God but can't. The friction of our desire to pray, combined with our badly damaged prayer antennae, leads to constant frustration. It's as if we've had a stroke." (1) Oh so true! There are moments I experience a kind of spiritual aphasia be

Prayer Grooves

Looking for a way to change up your prayer life? Try the prayer grooves suggested here by Lee Nienhuis. Elisa Prayer Grooves By Lee Nienhuis There is power in the repetitive rhythm of an action. My parents live out of state, and people have always marveled at how I could drive twenty-one hours from West Michigan to Austin, Texas, alone with my four young children. I often tell them, "We just find the groove in the road, put our tires in it, and drive." Similarly, we can create prayer habits, or grooves, that with repetition become patterns. It's easy for us to buck the idea of ritual prayers because we believe that passionate prayer lives always involve spontaneity. We live in a culture that

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