Whack-A-Mole Prayer

H “What are you believing God for,” my friend asked while we were vacationing. I didn’t have an answer. Not that I wasn’t praying. Since this pandemic hit, I’ve been praying like crazy… Praying for the pandemic to end. Praying for friends who are unemployed. Praying my students would do well despite the learning situation. Praying police brutality would end. Praying for the families who unjustly lost a life at...

Pray. Trust. Believe.

Tears of joy. Tears of sadness. Tears of anger. Yesterday, my sweet students wrote me letters. They were filled with words of encouragement and gratitude. I often think because I teach calculus, my students would be successful no matter who their teacher was. But these letters reminded me the power of encouragement and how I set the tone in my class. The letters reminded me of my significance as their...

The Debate

Before reading my Bible this morning, I scrolled through Facebook. (I’ll pause so all of my pious readers can give a collective gasp.) But I quickly grew weary of the current debate on Facebook: Open up the Government vs. The Risk of the virus is still great. So I opened my bible app and it went directly to Psalm 107. If you read Psalm 107, two themes are repeated throughout:...

The Prayer

Lord, I thank you that you are neither a Republican or a Democrat. You are not American, or Asian, or Italian. You are God of the Universe, a good Father to ALL people regardless of race, ethnicity, or political affiliation. Father, this morning I declare my faith, my hope, my trust is not in any man, nor in any political party. My faith, my hope, my trust is in you...

Pray!

Have you ever been so overwhelmed you couldn’t pray? I get that way sometimes and in the last couple of weeks, I have almost lived there. I’m bombarded with concerns for my children, death of co-workers, empathizing with those who are hurting around me, planning to teach, missing my students, the uncertainty…ugh! I go to pray and don’t even know where to start. This summer, the Lord began to speak...

First Response

David’s life suddenly resembled the lyrics of a country music song. He had been expelled from his homeland. A king sought his life. He had been robbed. His two wives and children were kidnapped. His closest friends talked of stoning him. But David’s response was priceless. He did not complain. He did not blame. He did not wallow in self-pity. He did not question God.  David’s first response was to:...

Uncertainty

What do you do when you get news of a possible bad report? The company is downsizing and you may be laid off. The doctor is concerned about your test and you may have a degenerative disease, Your spouse is unhappy and divorce is looming. What do you do in the uncertainty? Fear? Worry? Google? What if you prayed and rested? A man came to Jesus because his son was...

What If?

I teach very bright and inquisitive students. Most of the time it makes for fun and interesting classroom discussions. But sometimes it can be frustrating. The other day, I was introducing a topic, but before I could give them the basics, they started with their, “What if” questions. Finally, out of frustration I said, “Will you please stop ‘what iffing’ me and trust I will teach you what you need...

Heart’s Desire

After reading my daily Bible reading plan this morning, I felt as if I needed more. So I randomly venture to the book of Colossians. As I’m reading, I’m dozing in and out of consciousness with my bible app opened to Colossians. As I was nodding off, I heard the Holy Spirit ask, “Melissa, what is your heart’s desire?” Immediately, I thought of all my prayer requests for my children,...

A Dangerous Prayer

I was driving to work and praying for a situation. “Lord, Open their eyes,” I prayed. And the Lord replied, “What about your eyes?” Let’s be honest. When we pray, “Lord open their eyes so they can see truth.” Don’t we really mean, “Let them see OUR version of the truth”? So the Lord instructed me to pray this dangerous prayer for myself: “Lord, Open my eyes to see any...