Reactive Prayer vs. Proactive Prayer

For as long as I can remember, I have mostly practiced reactive prayer. When bad stuff happens, I pray for resolution. When I get worried about something, I pray about it. It always seems like I am praying for a miracle to solve some kind of problem. Like the other day, the check engine light came on in my car. So I took the car to my mechanic and I prayed it wouldn't be expensive or that I wouldn't have to scrap this car and buy a different one. I ended up having to put some money into repairing the…
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The Love of a Friend

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.John 15:13 Do you have a friend who will drop everything in their life to come and help you no matter what? I wish I had more friends like this. I also wish I was more like that friend. It is nice to have people available to rescue you when you need it and I have a few of those. I like to think that I would do that for a lot of people, but I also know that I am not always willing to give…
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The Battle of the Valley

I have heard it said that the Christian walk is a journey of ups and downs. I have experienced this as well having spent seasons where my faith felt strong and alive, and other seasons where my faith felt very weak. The highs are a lot more fun than the lows, but it is in the lows where I have discovered what I am made of. The valley is where the battle lies. This is where the enemy will strike because I am at my weakest. This is where too many have given up the fight. This is also where…
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