Book Pick: June 2018

This month I am so excited to share with you Bob Goff’s new book “Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult people.”

This is the follow-up book to his popular 2012 book “Love Does,” (also a great book) and it is AMAZING. I read it so quickly and could not get enough of Bob’s stories and his wisdom. I love it so much I have been telling everyone I know to go grab it. Even my husband who is “not a big reader” is reading it.

Bob is like a disney character came to life and is a one-of-a-kind guy. He holds his office hours at Tom Sawyer island in Disneyland, and calls himself a “recovering lawyer” and also “chief balloon inflator” of his organization Love Does. He also wants everyone to pay close attention to the message of Jesus to Love everybody always.

He shows us how to love everybody by sharing his own stories and life lessons learned. After all, Bob says, “Jesus never talked to anybody without telling them a story.” (Check out Matthew 13)

And y’all the stories that Bob shares are so good. When we love everybody free of an agenda, the stories are beautiful. When we realize grace says we’re all in, we treat everyone like they’re an insider. When we stop being Jesus’ lawyer, trying to prove points all the time, we can focus on sharing our love rather than our opinions. These are just a few of the things he writes about in “Everybody Always.” When he says everybody he means EVERYBODY. He’s working to love everyone from his next door neighbor to witch doctors in Uganda.

I don’t even want to share too much more because I just want you to read it and love it and love others. When I finished it, I cried. I think I cried because I knew it was the kind of book that if we take it to heart, and apply it to our lives, we can make a big change. The book was like one big reminder of the simple truth to just love like the Bible calls us to.

 

If you haven’t grabbed Love Does, read that too!

 

We’re all in

My husband and I have this ridiculous fear that we will be found out. So I’m just going to share it: we’re not big coffee drinkers. I can enjoy it if it’s got all the extras that probably aren’t good for me  bad stuff. But we don’t own a coffee maker. Which, I always feel bad about if we have company. Well, we have a hand-me-down Keurig which is mostly used for Brad’s hot chocolate in the winter.

Its almost something we feel shame about. We wonder when we have the occasional order at starbucks or a trendy Nashville coffee shop if we’ll be found out. He turned to me once and said, “they know, don’t they” after he ordered a hot chocolate. Honestly when I throw out words like “skinny” “almond-milk” “hazelnut” “mocha” or “latte” I only halfway know what I’m talking about. I wonder to myself. “was that a weird order?” “Was that acceptable?”  It’s ridiculous, I know.

I know that’s a silly example, but I think there’s something to it. I think we all wonder from time to time if we’re doing it right and what other people are thinking; life choices and starbucks orders alike.

Another example: I will meticulously think about my outfit and think it should be some combination of what I like, what’s comfortable, and also where I’m going for the day. Does my outfit say casual beach day, chic brunch spot, Luau, fancy dinner, or coffee shop hang? I think the root of it is, I want to belong.

We have this immense desire to be apart of a tribe or a community. Truly, there is so much good that comes from being with loved ones and feeling connected we can’t help but want to belong.

But we wonder, If we are truly ourselves and showed all of our insides, who would love us? So we put walls up. We don’t show that stuff. We worry that we won’t meet the standard. Even being a pretty vulnerable person, there are things I don’t want to share. I want to belong, so I can’t share too much, right?

Here’s the thing though. I’m reading “Everybody Always” by Bob Goff, and he has a great quote I’ve been thinking about lately.

“Grace draws a circle around us and says, we’re all in.”

Coffee Drinker or not, rich or poor, sinner or saint. We’re All in. We all belong in the eyes of God. Messy insides and ups and downs, it’s all covered in the circle of grace. Deep exhale, we can relax, because we all belong. We are all covered in the sight of God.

So whether or not some human thinks we belong, really doesn’t matter does it? I feel like I should worry less about what the Barista is thinking and more about who am I showing grace to? Who am I opening up the circle for? God gives us grace over and over again, so we should give it to our neighbors over and over again. They’re in God’s circle of grace so why are we boxing them out? Open up that circle and let everyone in.

What it comes down to is this: we believe a big lie that we are alone. Right? No one else could possibly understand what we are going through, but it’s just not true. We’re all here together and grace says we’re in. We can lean on each other with the knowledge that all of us have stuff going going on and it’s okay to share the messy stuff. Whether you choose to share it or not, you belong.

So heres a new goal for myself that I hope you’ll join in on with me. I’m going to be confident that I belong and help others remember they belong too.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

Ephesians 4:7

Today I Feel Sad

Earlier this week, I was planning to write a different post about how sometimes seemingly bad things, turn out for good. But that didn’t feel appropriate today. Because I don’t see the good here. I don’t doubt that God can redeem anything, but today I feel sad.

See, last night before I went to bed I noticed an article being posted over and over again. It was a murder-suicide that took place just outside of Nashville. The amount of times it had been reposted should have been an indicator to me, that this was not good, but I clicked. I saw the name Cassidy Ganey flash before my eyes. “No. no. no. no.” I started to say then sob out loud.

A girl who graduated a few years younger than me had been shot and killed along with her father and her step-mom. They had been shot by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself. There is a five year old daughter left behind. I felt sick to my stomach. My husband held me and we both stared into the dark, feeling empty and helpless. We prayed. We read scripture because plain and simple, God’s rod and staff and leadership comforts us.

I read the news this morning and see more details. I read another news website to see that there are dozens of children in the U.S. who were handed over to traffickers because proper background checks were not completed. I feel sick to my stomach all over again.

I think one of the questions we all likely think about and want to ask God is, “Why do bad things happen?” Not just bad in this case but more like,”why do HORRIBLE things happen, especially to good people?” I don’t know the answer but today I’m asking God “Why?”

I’m so sad and heartbroken and confused today.

I’m sad for those kids who should have been placed in homes instead of in the hands of traffickers.

I’m sad our nation let this happen.

I’m sad for Cassidy’s family and close friends. I cannot imagine the heartache you all are going through.

I’m sad for Sean’s family and what they must be feeling.

I’m sad for their daughter Piper. She is old enough to understand mom and dad aren’t coming home. This is heart shattering.

The only way I know how to deal and find joy is gratitude. So though it is difficult, i’m going to try.

I’m grateful God says blessed are those who weep, for they will laugh.

I’m grateful God sets the lowly on high and mourners to safety.

I’m grateful Cassidy is safe now.

I’m grateful this isn’t the end of the story and Piper will be reunited with her family some day.

Today I’m sad, so I will cling to truth. I will cling to my loved ones. I will mourn with our community. I will not be sad forever – there is hope on the horizon.

 

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Join the team not the bandwagon

We all know the bandwagon fan. Someone who begins cheering for a team because they are winning or having a good season. They may not know all the facts but they jump on in because who doesn’t want to win, right?

I’ve seen this behavior many different ways in society over the last few years. Like in basketball the flood of fans for Lebron and Golden State, football the Patriots, and baseball the Yankees or Dodgers. Really it’s whoever is winning at the moment. Then onto the next best thing right?

I most recently experienced this myself as a Predators fan when they went further than ever before in the playoffs last year. I have been going to Preds games for several years and have had tickets with our family for the last 7-ish years. We go a lot. Well all of the sudden there were people flooding the cities and bars here in Nashville to root for the Preds. T-shirts and hats selling out. The city lost their minds. You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing Navy and Gold.

I got asked several times if it was annoying that all of these people were now “suddenly” Preds fans. Is it annoying we can’t get into our favorite restaurants before games now? Yes. Is it annoying that the price keeps going up for tickets? Yes. But annoying that there are MORE people cheering for my favorite team now? NO WAY. It’s 10x more fun! We get to chat about the games. We get to have watch parties. The whole city and surrounding suburbs are in on it! It’s a flipping blast. Seriously. Most of the people in this city didn’t just jump on the bandwagon,  they became true followers of the team.

In life, how cool is it that we all get to cheer for the team that is always winning? I mean it’s so cool! Whether you’ve been here on God’s team from the beginning, or have just heard about how His love wins every time and hopped on, we’re all here together.

Think about it this way: If I were betting in Vegas, I would put it all on God’s team. There’s no risk/reward type situation because The Bible already tells us who wins. I know personally I don’t want to waste time cheering for the other team when God already tells us who wins at the end of it all.

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony – Revelation 12:11

TRIUMPHED. Wow, it wasn’t even close you guys. The word literally means “a great victory.”

Here’s the thing though, I don’t want you to be like a bandwagon fan. I’m so happy you’ve hopped on, but I don’t want you to be so easily swayed. A lot of you have read the book not a fan by Kyle Idleman, and know we want to be more than fans. We want to be followers.

I know how hard it can be sometimes, but don’t let something seemingly enticing call you away from who’s winning. If you’ve had a relationship with Jesus before, don’t let someone who claims to be loving or “the church” keep you from coming back.  Sometimes our own team members, like a rowdy fan, can do some of the worst damage.

I don’t want you to just commit when it’s convenient to you. I want you to be deeply invested, for your benefit. So often we say, “God you can be here on my time”, but he says, “I’m here for all time.” Don’t take that for granted! Dig in deep, and listen to what God’s purpose is for  your love and life. Let’s cheer on each other and let’s cheer on the love and truth from the gospel in this world.

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings- and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.  – Revelation 17:14

 

Book Pick May 2018

Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose. By Sadie Robertson

This month’s Book Pick is Live Fearless.

It’s so funny because when I started this book I thought, oh this will be a nice easy read, which it is. BUT, it tackles some deeply important stuff. While at the beginning of the book I didn’t really have any huge fears I was confronting, about halfway through I got offered a great opportunity (more on that later) and I went straight into fear.

“But I don’t know how to do that.” “What if ____ happens?” I don’t think it’s coincidence that I was reading this book preparing me to let go of that fear. Whenever I picked it up again, I realized I was totally capable of taking it (said opportunity) on. I’m grateful for Sadie’s wisdom at such a young age and think she is a great role model for young women and girls, and old women too really.

So-o-o (you’ll get that if you read the book) let’s get into the book.

In this book Sadie tells her own personal story of battling fear, insecurity, and comparison and how she has transformed to live a bold and fearless life. She gives practical ways and verses to help you combat fear and embrace a fearless life also.

 Some things you’ll find in this book:

  • How to “Work the Word.”
  • How to Pray in the face of fear
  • Questions to ask your self and Challenges
  • How to get you and the people you care about off the crazy train
  • How to exhale your ugly
  • How legends defeat fear
  • and LOTS and LOTS of encouragement as you become fearless

I hope you enjoy this book and it lifts you up. If you are a worrier like me, or find yourself in a fearful place, this is for you! If you aren’t, but love an encouraging book, it’s for you too! Also I started reading it not knowing I was going to have fear flood my heart very soon after, so it’s always good to be prepared.

Go be fearless!

Be Here

This weekend while we were visiting Memphis, my sister’s minister said something I found striking. You know when you hear things and they smack you out of the blue and you’re certain there’s something going on you’re supposed to take note of. I like to first think “okay, why is this jumping out at me? and then try and make a connection. “Is this a lesson I need to hear? Is this something that can help me? “Is this an answer?” When things like that jump out at you, no matter where it’s coming from, don’t ignore it!

In my experience, it’s probably from God and you should probably write it down. So, this was one of those things…

In Exodus 24 God is about to go up on the mountain with Moses and give him the commandments and he says this:

“Come up to me on the mountain and stay there so that I may give you the stone tablets with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”

The minister told us that in Hebrew it says “be there” instead of “stay there.” God says come up and BE HERE. He went on to talk about some other cool stuff but that’s what struck me.. that phrase

“BE HERE.”

I think he wanted Moses to be there yes physically but also mentally. He wanted him to really focus and prepare for what they were about to do. He didn’t even speak to him for 7 days. Moses was just… there.

I think this is why it struck me- There are so many times I rush through life. I’m not “here” physically or mentally. I am always thinking about the next thing during whatever is going on. As I type this, I’m wondering when my little girl I nanny will wake up from nap, and then consequently, when I’ll finish this post. I’m thinking about dinner tonight and when I’m going to find time to unpack from the last two weekends and also finish up some other work.

I am so gracefully called into his presence through reading the word, or waking up and worshipping on my commute, and then (not so gracefully) i’m out. Onto my busy day. So glad that I had a bit of encouragement then i’m onto the next thing. Listen, I can’t fulfill this blog or podcasts or all of the part time jobs with my head in the clouds right? Girl’s gotta go.

I would say most of the time I “think” I’m bringing that peace with me. I for sure can tell you the “right” answer of “Jesus is always with me, Holy Spirit within me, etc.” But, is that how I act? If it were, would I react in fear like I tend to do? Would I get so frazzled at my schedule if I truly believed God were really with me? I long for the peace of God to go with me, yet I so often walk off without him.

I know I’m not alone in this. I wonder what our days would look like if we said “God what do you have for me today?” Then wherever he took us, or whatever he wanted to show us, we remained there. We soaked it in. We were there like God called Moses to be there.

This doesn’t mean we have our head in the clouds and we don’t do the tasks at hand. I think it means we know God always has something for us, therefore we allow him to come along with us and invite him into those tasks. We know his goodness so we acknowledge he’s right there with us through those busy days, and ask him for guidance in those moments.

John 15:4 says this:

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Remain. We’ve got to continue to stay in that place in order to bear good things. We don’t consciously make the choice to drift most times, but we can consciously decide to remain. To focus on what is good, what is truth, and what is beneficial.

I don’t know about you all, but I believe that every good and perfect gift does come from above, and I want to be consistently connected to the one who does the giving. I want to be present to what he is doing instead of asleep at the wheel, trying to drive through life. I want to be here.

I love myself

It’s true. I love myself and my body.

For the longest time I couldn’t say those words. I did not love myself. I did not love my body. I did not love the choices I was making about the foods going into my body. I would assess if I was the heaviest person in the room. I would compare myself to my sisters and think, “why can’t I look like them?”

Around Christmastime I saw myself in the back of a snapchat and I was like OH MY GOSH WHO IS THAT WHALE? WHO IS THAT VIOLET BEAUREGARD? (you know the girl who blows up like a blueberry in Willy Wonka) I went promptly to the bathroom and considered purging and just ended up crying instead.

I did not recognize myself at all.

This is the story of so many women. We don’t like what we see in the mirror, or in photos, or we hate how we feel. We feel sluggish and disgusting.

This is not a promo or an #ad, I’m not selling you anything. There is no magic formula, or a quick fix. I just want to tell you about how I came to love myself, because I know I’m not the only one that has those negative thoughts about themselves. If that’s you right now, you’re not alone.

Not too long after Christmas, I came across a Facebook post from a friend from church. It went on about how she had similar feelings to mine and then she tried this program with another lady that goes to our church and she’d never need another program . I was like “What?! I didn’t know Christina did that, and man that sounds incredible.”

So, I somewhat secretly signed up. I didn’t tell my siblings or friends until a couple weeks in. I felt a little skeptical. I’ve tried to lose weight and tried certain health and fitness programs in the past, so I didn’t want to tell anyone. In the back of my mind I thought “well I probably won’t be able to maintain this, so I better not tell anyone.” I didn’t want anyone to know I had failed before I even started. A little backwards right?

Here’s what was so great. Yes there was a focus on clean eating, workouts, and I wore a pedometer. BUT the third magical part Christina incorporates is a spiritual aspect. Working on my heart and my thoughts was something I had never considered when it came to health. I learned how to change my mindset.

Negative body image is something most girls and a lot of men struggle with. We see ourselves differently than others do. We would never speak to our friends and loved ones or any of God’s creation the way we speak to ourselves. Disgusting, gross, and hate, are all words that should NEVER be used to describe yourself.

I learned to speak kind words to myself. I declared things over my life in the present tense such as “I have self confidence” and “I make healthy choices for myself and my future children.” These declarations were so important. Whatever you think  or say about yourself, will be. It becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. When I declare these things and truths over myself, I continue to move forward and make healthy choices because my mindset is healthy. When I hear those harsh words spoken now, my heart hurts because I know the freedom that is on the other side.

Also, guess what? My body reacts SUPER positively to vegetables, more water, and less sugar. When my body started tightening up, I noticed a huge difference. Not just physically, but I had more energy, and I was even more confident. Brad noticed too and I can’t say it was the worst thing to ever happen.

Do you know what you can accomplish when you feel confident? Oh so much friends. I was knocking it out, just bopping through life because there was nothing I couldn’t handle. It was like I finally found my old self. My mom noticed and said, “you just have a glow about you.”

Other people noticed too. I went to my favorite store and tried on dresses for Easter. I found this adorable gingham off the shoulder dress, but something was off about it. Me, feeling like I could do anything, whipped open the curtains and asked the sales associate what she thought and what was off about it. I said, “I feel like this is cute, but like, is it also frumpy?” She immediately said, “yeah it’s cute, but it’s too big on you, you need a smaller size.” Just then, the clouds opened up and the angels sang a hallelujah chorus. Okay not really, but do you know what I mean? Are there any better words when trying on clothes?! I was floored.

Another cool thing was eating so clean and adding things back in, I got to see how my body reacted to certain foods. I quickly learned dairy, grains, and alcohol made me blow up like a balloon. Not cool. I never knew what bloating was because I was eating these things all of the time. Now I totally get it, yikes. But how cool to see what is best for my body, and how it reacts.

Throughout this eight week program Christina walked with me hand in hand. She kept me accountable and she reminded me of God’s words when HE describes me. She gave advice and encouraged me. I never once felt guilty for eating something I knew I shouldn’t have. Instead she looked for the positives, and gently challenged me to take more steps or eat more veggies. I can’t tell you how many times I heard “you’re doing so awesome,” even when I felt like I wasn’t. She told me, look for ways God is changing you and not just physically. I already told you about the self confidence, but  would you believe that during this time is when I finally launched my podcast? God was orchestrating things all along and it’s just really cool how it lined up. I am so so grateful for her guidance. I cannot thank her enough. (sidebar: she is coming on the podcast this week to share more about herself and health and wellness and I am so so excited for everyone to hear)

So here I am at the end of the 8 weeks. (Well a little after) I am 16 lbs down, 21 overall inches lost, and down 2.4% body fat. I have more self confidence and I am proud of myself. I still have so much more I want to do and lose physically, but I am so grateful for what I have gained mentally in the process.

Did I do it perfectly? no. Was it hard? yeah a little. But oh so worth it. It was something anyone could do.

It may not look like much, but I imagine myself holding two 8 lb bowling balls. That is what came off of me! Like I said, I love myself, but I still recognize I can go further. The girl I was – fine and happy for the most part. But the new me has so much self confidence, is less puffy in her face, and arms, and belly, and she worked hard for it. I used to think it was bad to be proud of yourself, because I didn’t want to come off cocky. But I am proud of myself, not because I think I’m better than anyone else. But, because I’ve seen myself grow and allow God to make a true change in me and I’m better than my old self.

Again this is not a sales pitch or a magic trendy product, but If this post tugged at your heart please reach out to me or chat with Christina and check out the program at loveyourselffitness.net . There is a lot more information on her website and several before and after pictures as well!

AND check out episode 9 of The Strong and Beautiful Women Podcast coming out this Thursday 5/3 to hear more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masterpiece

In recent years, through travel and studying abroad, I’ve been able to see some of the most amazing works of art and some incredible museums. The Uffizi, The Lourve, The Vatican and Sistine Chapel are just a few. Artists’ work  including that of DaVinci, Michelangelo, and Donatello were just feet or inches away from my eyeballs. There are so many others, but I mean if it sounds like a ninja turtle, I’ve probably seen something they’ve done.

And y’all, it’s incredible. The paintings on the sistine chapel that just seem to go on forever, and the life-life statues in the Borghese Gallery look like Bernini carved them out of butter rather than a rock. It’s mind-blowing to think that someone could have created something so magnificent from nothing.

Then whenever time goes by, and damage is done, a conservator will come in, and restore the piece of art. A while back, I heard about a painting that took years and years to restore. It took way more time restoring it, than it did to paint it. (I don’t remember the name, but I would imagine this is common with a lot of paintings.)

It really hit me like it’s hitting you probably too. There are so many parallels. We are the masterpiece. We are the Art. God is the Artist.

I love knowing that I am God’s masterpiece. We are not his only creation but we are his best work. I love knowing that God took such care and put every part of my DNA exactly where it’s suppose to go. I used to always hear the word “Masterpiece” and think of Renaissance painters, but now I think about how i am a piece of my Master’s creation.

In Ephesians it says this:

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10

We are a masterpiece you guys. Not only are we God’s best work, but we were made to do good things! So many times I have talked myself out of good things because I did not feel like I was equipped, or didn’t think I could handle it. But God has planned GOOD THINGS for us to do and he says we CAN do them.

Oh and the restoration process! How many times does God restore us after we’ve experienced damage on this Earth? Over and over and over again he restores us.

He heals our broken hearts and tells us he loves us.

He lift our heads when we are down.

He gives us peace when we are unsettled.

He gives us strength to keep going when we think we can’t go any further.

Restore. Restore. Restore. Restore.

And what’s going to happen at the end of it all? Restoration in Heaven.

So the next time you hear the word “masterpiece” or see a nice painting, think of yourself and how you are God’s handiwork. Think of how people marvel and fawn over impeccable art. That’s how God is looking at you.

You are a masterpiece, made to do good things, being restored every day.

 

 

 

Book Pick – April 2018

She’s Still There – Chrystal Evans Hurst

 

I had never read anything from Chrystal Evans Hurst before now, but I kept seeing her book in Target and it looked so appealing! I am so glad I picked it up, because I have found a new favorite Christian Author/Speaker. She is absolutely hilarious and has so many good things to say.

She’s Still There is all about rescuing the girl in you. Do you have dreams that you feel have gotten lost in this busy life? Does your life look anything like you pictured it would when you a girl? If these questions stir something inside, this book is for you.

(From the Back of the Book) In this book Chrystal will help you:

  • Recognize hard seasons as refining moments not defining moments.
  • Reject the lie that you’ll never move forward.
  • Discover practical ways to connect with your God-given next steps.
  • Embrace your identity as both a masterpiece and a work in progress.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I feel like I have gained some great new perspectives on life through it! If you want to dig deeper, at the end of each chapter Chrystal asks you to “reflect for the rescue.” She asks thought-provoking questions that get you to reflect and also take the next steps in your journey. She also includes encouraging scripture that goes along with each chapter.

Definitely pick up this book, especially if you want to be uplifted and encouraged in your life. (ALSO IT’S ON SALE!!)

Buy She’s Still There on Sale For $3.99

 

My Most Powerful Prayers

My most powerful prayers…. are the short ones. Like 1 to 3 words, short.

And When I say powerful, I mean like I feel like have a direct line to God(which is silly, because I always do), it feels meaningful, yet to the point.

When I was little, I was intimidated by prayer a little bit. I would hear these big long prayers with fancy words and think, “I don’t know if I can talk to God if it has to be like that.” Or I would intentionally put off praying because I thought that it had to be long and wordy.

As I grew older though I realized that’s totally not the case. I mean it can be, and those are great too, but don’t let the intimidation of a fancy prayer, keep you from doing it like I did.

The thing is, God doesn’t care how long your prayer is, he just wants to talk to you! He just wants a relationship with you the way most parents do with their kids. You are his creation, and he longs to be close to you.

I love when I see people write in prayer journals. (I wish I was better about this) There is something so cool about seeing pages and pages of conversation with your creator, and also looking back and seeing what has been answered in your life.

I have just found, when I am in those lowest of low moments, there is just something so beautiful about surrendering my problems over to the most high and just saying “help.”  And that’s it. Or sometimes it’s “God, I don’t know what to do.” And I just feel this deep connection, when I’m totally helpless, speaking with God.

I don’t want you to be scared of talking to God because of what you think it’s supposed to look like. It doesn’t have to be memorized. It doesn’t have to be long and full of impressive words. What is impressive is that you took time out of your busy schedule just to say “I need you.” (Another favorite short prayer). The most important thing is that you speak from your heart. (because God can read it anyway) If you have a lot to say and it’s long but honest, that’s cool. But, if it’s short and direct, that’s cool too.

Find some time today, clear your head, and say hi. It’s really that simple. Simple can be powerful.

“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
    as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.” 

Matthew 6:7-13 (MSG)