Prayer is a good thing, isn’t it? God tells us to call on him in times of trouble, pray often, give thanks, and make our requests known to him. Prayer is talking to the all-powerful God of the universe and trusting that he will listen with genuine concern. It’s a tremendous privilege for those who believe in Jesus to have this direct access to God 24/7.
One of the things that makes prayer difficult, though, is not knowing how our... Read More
I had a headache. I was tired. I had worked that morning, been in the car for three hours, and attended my son’s eighth-grade graduation. And I needed to be up in six hours for work again.
That’s when my daughter informed me that her graduation gown was wrinkled—and rehearsal was in the morning. Now, I am all about making my kids do their own chores, and they have all been doing their laundry since they were 8. Still, I... Read More
As our family started talking about a summer vacation, we had one thing in mind: the blue-green water and flourlike sand of the Caribbean. That is, until I looked into pricing. It quickly became apparent that a Caribbean vacation for six was not in the Swenson budget.
So with less than a month before takeoff, I googled flights, looked at the U.S. map, and booked the cheapest flights. Turns out Seattle and the Oregon coast are about the furthest thing... Read More
I have a spiritual question for you—Why do many Christians pray before they eat or before going to bed?
You might say, “To thank God for daily bread” or “To be grateful for getting through the day.” Or something like that.
But I think you’re wrong (no offense).
My hunch is that the real reason many of us pray at those times (and not other equally important times) is because . . .
They are triggers.
Someone at some time... Read More
On a Saturday morning just a little more than a month ago, I was getting ready to speak at a women’s conference with fellow Time of Grace writer Linda Buxa. A week earlier my hair stylist cut several inches off my hair. A lot of people tout short hair as easier, but that morning the minutes ticked by and combing, primping, and praying left me no closer to being presenter ready.
Thank you, Jesus. I finally realized I needed to... Read More