A Generous Grace

ideas on practical spirituality and loving each other

Month: April 2015

Confronting our fears all over again…through our kids

worried girlI took a breath, emitted a silent prayer, and dialed the number. The voice was kind, patient, and helpful; we had an appointment. Hanging up, I felt no small sense of accomplishment. Well. Until the actual appointment, anyway.

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31 Scriptures to pray for your kids, part 1

Baden tickled1. That they will love and know well His Word: “his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2). Ask God how you can increase their knowledge of Him.

2. For their mouths: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29). Pray specifically for their personal weaknesses in taming their tongues. Continue reading

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31 Scriptures to pray for your kids, Part II

Mommy and Will16. To generously give them–and you, as a parent–wisdom: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). Ask Him for wisdom in particular areas where they need to grow.

17. That they would be overflowing with faith: “Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Pray for areas where they might be struggling to trust God. Continue reading

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Why Cook? The Eternal Aspects of Food (er, Beyond Twinkies)

For those of you new to this blog, don’t get me wrong–this is not a call to cook. We’ve all got our own ways of loving on people. But for those of us who like it…I’ve been noodling on why it matters to me. –Janel

Corinne cookingThe question needed to be asked.

Why do I spend so much time cooking, anyway?

Cooking is actually unlike me in some ways. I like to think of myself as one of those uber-intentional women, full of time used effectively and practically. So why do I invest so much time on something that’s so temporal, so fleeting?

In the African nation where I live and for the kind of nutrition I want for my family, cooking takes even more effort. Financially, environmentally, and compassionately, it makes more sense for me to buy fresh tomatoes from the local stand down the street, or to soak and cook my own beans that support someone locally, rather than buy the can schlepped from the U.S. all the way around the globe. Granted, I love the taste of fresh food. But let’s be realistic. I have other things to do than stir beans. Continue reading

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