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Posts from the ‘Prayer’ Category

I Prayed for Something Ridiculous on My Wedding Day and I’m Proud of it

Nine years ago, I asked God to give me something a lot of people would think was ridiculous: a parking spot. It wasn’t just any parking spot though. Read more

Epiphany from a Totally Random Wedding Gift

When Raquel and I got engaged, we got a gift from our registry, and we didn’t recognize the name. I think it was a $15 stainless steel salt shaker or something like that. All that was listed was a guy’s name and phone number. When I asked Raquel if she knew the person, she was certain she didn’t.

That’s when I guessed what had happened: The guy sent the gift to the wrong couple. So I decided to call him, and that’s when things got really interesting. Read more

A Six-year-old’s Prayer for Terrorists

This morning, I was driving my six-year-old daughter to school, and she said, “Daddy, what are we going to talk about?”

As morbid as it may seem, I decided to talk to her about what to do if she’s in a situation where someone is shooting a gun in her school. She wanted to know what kind of person would do that, and I told her that it’s the kind of person whose heart is full of Satan. Read more

Suggestion for a Simple Prayer

The other night, I was putting my daughters down to bed, and my oldest girl said, “Daddy, can you stay in here for a few minutes?”

“It’s getting late,” I said, “and you need to go to sleep.”

“Daddy,” she said, looking like she was going to cry, “I missed you all day at school, but I didn’t realize it until now.” Read more

We Prayed and God Healed a Boy Today

Today, my family and I were over at my friend Tim’s house for a gathering, and his son was throwing up, which is a concern. He has a potentially serious disorder called Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome which, if it gets out of control, can be debilitating. Read more

Go Ahead and Ask God for Something Really Small

The night before my wedding as I was drifting to sleep, I decided to ask God for a small favor.  Read more

‘We got this.’ The Day the Baristas Prayed for a Woman in the Drive-thru

Last Saturday, a desperate woman in Vancouver, Washington, got coffee at the Dutch Bros. drive-through. Her 37-year-old husband had died the day before, and while getting coffee, she lost her composure. Read more

The One Thing You Can Always Pray

Whenever I’m anxious, I often feel paralyzed and unable to pray. In those moments, I remember two elderly women who taught me a simple way to connect with God. Read more

Finding Joy in the Midst of Anxiety

A couple of weeks ago, there was an unexpected turn of events in my life that knocked the wind out of me.  At first, it agitated me; then agitation turned into anxiety, and anxiety turned into a low-grade feeling of panic.  I didn’t have a lot of control over the circumstances, and every moment I left things unresolved, it weighed on me more heavily.   Read more

What’s the Point of Praying in the Car?

The other morning, I got up at 5:00 a.m., put on my gym clothes in a sleepy stupor, and got in the car.  As I pulled out of the driveway, the thought hit me: I really ought to pray more often.  Read more