Stone Soup for Five

Prayer School--How the Puritans prepared for prayer

In these prayer school posts, I'm learning and playing around with different ways to improve my personal prayer life and sharing them with you.  None of these is the "right" way to pray, and your prayer time doesn't have to be a long, meticulous time.  There is time and place for quick "arrow" prayers as well as time for longer, meditative, thoughtful prayers.  I find that I'm pretty good at those "arrow" prayers, but not so wonderful at the deeper prayer times.  So therefore, I keep trying to learn from those greater than I.

Bible Journal pages: Gospel pages

I have come to the realization that I need to grow in my understanding of what, exactly, the gospel of Christ is.  I, like I'm sure most of you, can give a quick answer for what the gospel is, but do I really know it?  Do I really believe it?  Do I really understand it and make it a part of my life?  Not usually.

Argumentative prayer? Is that even allowed?! Prayer School Session Two

Arguing with God while shaking my fist, crying "WHY?!" has never worked well for me... so why, in Isaiah, does the Lord suggest and request reasoning (arguing) together?

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord..."  Isaiah 1:16-18

Are your Bible notes a hot mess? JOT Bible review

If you're like me, you have notes all over the place.  On the church bulletin, in your Bible, scraps of paper, 3x5 cards, notebooks that you were SURE you'd put every note in, and everywhere in between...

Do you have 5 good reasons for that prayer request? Prayer School session one!

I stink at prayer.  And I've been frustrated for years because prayer is a hard discipline that I just wasn't getting.

Prayer for me wasn't communing with God.  It was boring, hard, and flat.  I wondered what I was missing... was I the only one who didn't get how to pray?  And if God is God and knows everything, why should I even bother?