Category: beyond the veil

God’s Message in A Million Patches of Dappled Gray

The cold wind swirled around me, sudden gusts pushing me along the gravel road. Dry meadow grass swayed and bowed at the wind’s command. Dappled light flickered beneath the forest’s canopy up ahead.

I had been walking a while, thinking perhaps too much, questioning the ways of the Lord — not with accusations, but with heartfelt desire to understand.

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A Prayer to Run My Race With Endurance and Passion

Lord, strengthen me with endurance to withstand this fiery trial, and the passion to dwell in joy without frustration and tears.

Sin entangles me. I slip and fall into Satan’s manipulative ways. It isn’t blatant-everyone-can-see kind of sin, but it is sin, nevertheless — sin that hurts Your heart and distracts me from You.

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A Prayer to be Steadfast and Secure in My Walk of Faith

Lord, You are Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, my Prince of Peace. The magnitude of the gifts of Your grace and salvation overwhelm me at times as I follow You on this path of righteousness. Help me be steadfast and secure in my walk of faith.

I believe my spirit is strong and secure in Your love. Unwavering, even. But sometimes my walk is not steadfast and secure — it grows wobbly as the fierce winds blow and the lies of the enemy howl in my ears.

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A Prayer to Make Room For Jesus This Christmas

Lord, Your love, Your grace, Your mercy astounds me. The lengths You go to make Yourself known to us is staggering. Teach us the necessity of reciprocating that relationship — to make room for You in our hearts, making time to seek You first.

The very essence of Christmas is celebrating Your birth. You came to earth so that we could know You. Yet, there is nothing about being still during this busy season. Shoot! We can barely find time to worship corporately, much less sit quietly before You, making You a priority.

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Recognizing the Fragrance of Worship

We hiked across the hills of the Christmas tree farm. Evergreen boughs stretched regally toward the sky. Balsam fragrance teased our nostrils with the scent of Christmas as chainsaws roared around us.

Delighted families oohhhed and ahhhed when their perfect Christmas tree toppled into waiting arms. Again and again, I was struck by balsam fragrance wafting across the mountainside.

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A Prayer When You’re in Your Hardest Fight

Lord, You reminded me this morning that You go before me. You said, Don’t be afraid, I am with you. I will fight your battles as you trust Me and yield to My authority.

Open your eyes to see my chariots of fire all about you.

I thank You for that encouraging word, Lord. Your faithfulness to preserve and protect Your children is such a blessing. You cover me with Your wings and I am safe.

The fight has been especially brutal lately …

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When a Mournful Song in the Wind Leads to Revelation

A song in the wind whistled through the pines. I pulled my jacket closer to keep out the chill, and picked up my step to reach the sunburst just ahead.

Looking up, I took in the majesty of a November sky. I could hear the wind’s song — like a melody played on the strings of a violin. Soft and low. Its moan reflected the cry in my heart — the need for peace and reassurance, a reminder of God’s abiding presence.

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