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...

Pray for this Generation

I heard some news this week about a dear friend’s child. This friend in many ways, was my example as I was learning to parent my children. So I was saddened to see her child make choices that I’m sure broke her parents’ heart. If I’m honest, the news made me feel a little hopeless. How can we protect our children from this world? That hopelessness turned to anger. Then...

What the Heck?

Have you ever got mad with God for answering your prayer? Is it just me? The other day, a friend was experiencing a major crisis. We prayed together and BOOM! The next morning our prayers were answered. Now, while I was excited and happy for my friend and we rejoiced in the Lord together, I have to admit, I was a little like, “God, what the heck?” I have been...

Let Us Pray

I woke up this morning thinking about politics. Ugh. “Lord, I don’t want to get into a political debate this morning on Facebook.” I thought. The Holy Spirit said, “Neither do I. But avoiding issues don’t make them go away. Pray for your nation.” So here is my prayer: “Father, I thank you that you are God and there is none other than you. Our hope as a nation is...

That’s What Friends are For

My life is busy. Too busy. In the middle of the busyness I have friends and family going through major life crisis. Last night, as I drifted off to sleep, they were on my heart. I love them so much. I wish I could step in, pray the right prayer, and all of their problems would be solved. I drifted off to sleep last night with a heavy heart, carrying...

Fight

Last night I found out some pretty devastating news. I was distraught. Worry filled my heart. I didn’t know what to do. (My family is fine.) So I lay in bed tossing and turning. Even an over-the-counter sleep aid could not calm my anxious mind. Then the Holy Spirit asked me, “What would you tell a friend to do if they were in this situation?” “Take their eyes off their...

We Are The Body

I awoke yesterday morning to a text from my “spiritual” daughter that she was being transported to the hospital. She asked me to pray. For almost a year, she and I have been contending for her health. We have declared and rebuked. So yesterday, when she texted, my heart was faint. I could not pray. I had no words. I could not declare or offer words of wisdom. So I...

True Need

What do I really need? The disciples were entering the temple and a crippled beggar asked for money. Begging was his job. Everyday, he sat at the temple hoping for enough to feed himself. He had no expectations there could be more for him. He thought money was what he needed. Peter and the disciples saw beyond this man’s monetary need. They saw his true need. They saw what this...