We sometimes hear about leaning into His heart so I want to explore a bit about what it actually means to lean into His heart. He calls us to develop an awareness of, and sensitivity to, His touch and moving within us. From a physical perspective I have developed a skill over the years where I can put my fingers on someone’s shoulder, feel their centre of gravity, and move them around with my fingers in spite of them trying to maintain their balance. It may seem like a neat trick but it works because over time I have cultivated a deep awareness of how my body parts can function as an...Read more
Figuratively speaking, you know we have a God who looks over the balcony of heaven to see what we are up to. He really does want to participate in our lives - the ordinariness of it all.
So I thought I would share a few of them.
I was driving to work one snowy morning, nearing the windy part of Groat Road, when I had the urge to pray in tongues. I hadn’t been praying very long- a minute or two when the person in front of me suddenly changed lanes. There in front of me was a deer, running. He had probably come up from the river valley. I didn’t hit him, all was ok. Now wasn’t...
I am a worshiper. I attend church services, conferences and small groups. I sing and pray with the best of them. During one particularly enlightening counseling session I was confronted with the truth that what I most feared, avoided and gave power to in my life was pain. The fear of pain and the avoidance of pain dominated a large part of my thought life and heart. I hadn’t been aware of it but once the counselor verbalized it I knew it was true. I had lived to protect myself. At a different point in my story someone had said – you believe that there are more units of pain than there are...Read more
Why pray? Why provide information requests to an omniscient being? Perhaps because He tells us to pray and we should be obedient?
These are good questions and I think the answers lie in the example of another question. It has been said, based on Genesis 3:9 (Yahweh’s question to Adam, “Where are you?”), that when an all-knowing God asks a question He is not looking for information. Yet from another perspective information is what He is after. He wants our hearts to be In Formation with His heart. Prayer is about partnering with Him to see His strategic plans and...
Sometimes God brings you into a pruning season because He loves you. Actually ‘sometimes’ is not the right word, ‘often’ would be the better fit. Simply put, the more He loves you the more pruning you should expect. The trees in the forest never get pruned yet the ones on display receive regular pruning. So then, since God loves you immensely you can expect to walk through many pruning times in your life. I have walked through a number of them and here are a few things I have learned.
It's not discipline
Let’s look at John 15. Verse 2 says “and every branch...
One of my favourite aspects of being a part of the House of Prayer Edmonton is the commitment to daily praying a passage of scripture devotionally or meditatively. In fact, I’m sure it’s often a topic or springboard for our blogging throughout the years. The practice of devotionally pray/reading the scripture has caused me to really slow down and interact with what I’m reading, versus just reading. The 30 minutes we do of this
‘devotional prayer’ each day has become even richer because we do it as a group, usually 5-9 people. So even when I’m feeling a bit dull or distracted (which...
One of the overriding themes of my life the last year or so has been "rest".
The first time it came up was a very specific day – it was the first day of one of the most challenging periods of my life. Someone said that I could see this situation as a “retreat” or a “rest”. I was a little irritated; believe me, my situation resembled nothing of rest!
Strangely enough, the next day another person said the LORD gave them a word for me. It was “rest”. If I was irritated the first time I heard it, now I’m getting frustrated and angry. A few weeks later there was yet...Read more
My husband and I decided that we want to do devotions as a family on a more regular basis. There are many different devotionals out there but I wanted to incorporate teaching our child how to study or meditate on the Word into this as well.
One of the things that I have personally benefited from at HoPE is our devotional prayer time. During this time, we have a prescribed passage of scripture, usually about 20 verses long that we focus on for the week. As we read the passage over, we focus on something that the Holy Spirit highlights to us and then pray it over ourselves. The...Read more
Have you ever questioned God or wondered if your faith in God is actually real?
Those questions are much more common than we might realize, however sometimes questions like that are a bit unnerving to us.
Here at HoPE, we recently took a week to pray through Matthew 11:1-19, which is the account of John the Baptist questioning whether Jesus was indeed the promised Messiah. The central question is found in verses 2-3:
“When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should...Read more
I’ve been wanting to write this blog for a while now but really didn’t know how to articulate what was in my heart. I want this to be a message of hope for those of you that have been in a season of trials. The bible makes it clear that we are to consider it joy when we are in a trial of any kind. James 1 verse 3 says, "...because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Although James’ directive is important, it’s very difficult to “consider it joy” in a...Read more