Category: Nan Jones author and speaker

How to Grasp the Wonder of God and Find Healing

The porch swing rocked in peaceful rhythm. My spirit stirred as I looked up from my Bible, raising it to my breast, seeking to grasp the wonder of God within its pages. I looked toward the ridge where the sun began its evening descent.

Magenta began rising above the trees. Lavender and apricot clouds tossed their petals across the wide expanse as the North Star made its appearance. Soon a multitude of glimmering stars would make their presence known against an indigo sky.

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Prayer to Pray It Through! But Your Grit is running Out

O Lord, what a battle it has been lately! I keep praying and praying in order to pray it through, but it’s been hard. I’ve been discouraged because I don’t see the results I seek. The shadows of difficulty have dimmed Your fingerprints so that I don’t see them clearly.

Yet I know by faith You are with me. Indeed, You are for me and You are working in my life at all times.

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Surely the Lord is in This Place, But I Didn’t know it

A few nights ago my devotional began with, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it” (Genesis 28:16).

I close out each day reading from a little book of Scripture, each page gathered beneath a theme, a thought … a concept of God. The leather cover of Daily Light is growing soft and worn from use, its pages beginning to take on the fragrance of my hand lotion applied every night as I settle into bed.

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Prayer: Hiding in the Shadow of His Wings, but Needing Mercy

Lord, life is hard, but You are good. Always. Your love remains steadfast even on the hardest, ugliest days. I’m so appreciative of this.

You are my strength, my shield. You are my song in the night. The night has been really long lately — the difficult place more intense.

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Prayer to Count it All Joy When Your Attitude Stinks

Lord, what a joy You are. Your blessings are abundant. Your faithfulness astounds me. You remain steadfast, even when I don’t — especially when the flames of trial are fierce. I want to count it all joy, but, honestly, Lord? Honestly, my attitude stinks sometimes.

It’s easy to become self-absorbed. It’s easy to see only circumstances and not focus on You instead. Forgive me, Lord. That is my downfall! When I take my eyes off You, my bad attitude towards the difficult place takes over. Please forgive me.

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Inspired to Praise, Salty Tears Turn Sweet

The cardinal threw his head back and sang. Bathed in a ray of sunlight breaking through the young foliage of spring, his song lifted to the heavens, its melody surely praising his Creator.

As the cardinal’s song wafted over the mountain hollar, I too was inspired to praise. I lifted my head towards the One who loves me and began to sing, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty …

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Prayer When Groping in the Dark and Needing a Flashlight

Lord, You are my light and my salvation, my shield, the Rock upon which I stand. When I stand on the Rock with You, I get a glimpse of the plans You have for me, the hope of needed miracles for health and circumstances of my loved ones. And I am comforted.

But when I climb down from that Rock by my own accord, I find myself groping in the dark, unable to see a future of hope.

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How God Speaks Out of the Darkness

The blanket of darkness unfolded over the earth as the glory of the sunset descended behind the ridge. Silence fell. Like the glittering diamonds of a tiara, stars appeared one by one until all of heaven declared the glory of the Lord. I wondered, is this how God speaks out of the darkness?

The stars had been there all along, but were hidden by the bright lights and noise of the day.

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How to Face A Giant with the Giant-Slayer and Win

He was so tiny. All six legs moved in synch as his jaws struggled to carry the beetle delicacy across the porch, down the steps, through the dense foliage of an uncut lawn, and into his ant hill where family and friends waited. He exemplified how to face a giant with grace and ability.

An ant. A tiny, red ant.

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