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Don’t, Do, and a Promise

Philippians 4:6 tells us: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God…

Be anxious for…NOTHING
Pray for…EVERYTHING.

But, it doesn’t stop with don’t and do. Notice the ellipsis at the end of that verse. It is only half the sentence. Beyond “don’t do this thing that is in human nature and do this thing that you have to consciously do all the time with thanksgiving in your heart even if times are really super hard,” there is the promise of a beautiful gift.

Philippians 4:7 says: …and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The PEACE of GOD which surpasses ALL understanding will GUARD our hearts and minds through CHRIST Jesus.

I know I want that peace. I know I cling to the promise that I will receive that peace that passes all understanding. I know even in the depth of the valley when I’m sinking and overcome with despair, I can seek God, open that line of communication with Him, and receive HIS peace.

What burdens are on your heart, friend? How can I pray for you today?

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Monday Morning Chat 03/26 – Starting a Daniel Fast

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m talking about doing a Daniel Fast during Passover!”

I hope you learn more about me as a writer through my response:

 

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Monday Morning Chat – Praying About Writing

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m answering the question:

Do you pray about what you write?

I hope you learn more about me as a writer through my response:

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Words Have Power

I have a junk mail email account. Any shopping organization, blog newsletter signups — anywhere that asks me for my email address, I give them this junk one. I regularly scroll through the senders and subject lines to make sure I don’t miss an important email that might have gotten lost in there.

Today, I saw a subject line from some motivational speaker that read, “How many lives will you change today?”

That gave me pause. How many lives will I change today?

And then I thought further — who am I to think that  I could change a life?

I recently came home from attending the Omega Christian Writers Conference in Sydney, Australia. As I type this, I’m suffering from severe jet lag and am awake at 12:31 in the morning (quite unheard of for me). My alarm will go off in 4.5 hours and I feel tired just thinking about it, but I don’t seem to be able to do anything about it.

So, at the end of this conference, during a group session, the leader encouraged the attenders to pray to God to give us each a word that would define our coming year. Through my years in church services and worship gatherings, the idea of praying to God to get an immediate answer to some profound future mission is not unheard of, but I’ve personally rarely received any kind of “word” in that vein. But, I bowed my head and sincerely prayed for God to give me a “word”. Like a voice in my head, I heard the word “POWER”.

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Power? I’m hardly powerful. There’s nothing about me that’s powerful. I’m certain that often I’m the opposite of powerful.

Thinking I’d made that up in my own mind, I continued praying. “Please God, give me a word for my coming year. If there was one word that could define what my writing can accomplish, please reveal that.”

Again, I heard, in an actual voice as if someone sat right beside me, “POWER.”

Power.

What does that mean? Does that mean my words will give someone POWER? Does that mean that the POWER of God will be revealed through me? Or does that mean that I will have the POWER to overcome obstacles in my life and continue to work toward my mission statement?

Hallee prayerfully crafts stories as modern day parables to uplift fellow believers and minister to seekers in our fallen world.

I don’t know. A single word comes with no elaboration. But, when I read through the subject lines of this junk email account and saw the words, “How many lives will you change today?”, I could do nothing but suddenly remember the word POWER.

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God has given me a the power to craft words that can positively affect lives. My email box is filled with testimonials from readers over the last four years who have come to know Christ, come back to Christ, had a positive change in their relationships with their husbands — on and on the emails go, giving me evidence to the power of the written word. Because I pray before I write, because I allow myself to be open to the Holy Spirit and what he would have me say, I truly believe that through Him, I reveal the power of Christ to change lives.

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What is your word? What will God reveal to you today about your coming year? What about your ministry work? How can God work within you in a way that glorifies Him? What is your word?

I’m excited and apprehensive to see how POWER plays in my year. I’d love to hear about what God reveals to you.

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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 20

I often post a list of all the things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. But, in an effort to get back into the habit of daily blogging, I’ve decided to do a post a day for the month of November.

20. Prayer

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I posted a Facebook and Twitter status yesterday and asked, “How can I pray for you today?”

It is amazing the responses I got, publicly and privately. I was blessed all day long with the ability and freedom to pray for my friends and their friends. My asking and people responding blessed others as well, and they were open in sharing how much they appreciated it.

To have an open line to talk to God and know that He hears me and He answers me is unfathomable to my little human brain.

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. ~Psalm 4:1

I am thankful for prayer and the ability to pray and the knowledge that I have people praying for me.

 

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