Archives for May 2015

Does Prayer Change God’s Mind?

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“. . .  Because you have prayed to Me . . . “

Have you ever had an incident where you felt led to pray for someone or something, and then when you did, He actually did it? 

I have.

My youngest daughter needed 20 more points on her SAT score to win the top state scholarship.

I prayed and asked God to give her what she needed.

To make it obvious that it was by His power, I asked Him to give her exactly 20 more points. Or, if He preferred — because I preferred — He could give her 120 more points.

I prayed, and she took the test. [Read more…]

A Prayer For When Your Loved One is in Harm’s Way: Help Me Hang On

Click to read prayer: "Help Me Hang On" by Edie Melson


Fear strikes all of us who love someone in harm’s way, but sitting around wallowing in fear doesn’t help.

I don’t think anyone but God could raise me up out of fear if my loved one were serving or living anywhere dangerous. But thankfully He’s not only able, He wants to remove fear and replace it with faith and peace.

Below is a prayer written by Edie Melson, the author of While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military.

Edie wrote this prayer when her son was serving in the Middle East.

It’s a prayer for the brokenhearted whether your loved one is a soldier, policeman, fireman, or a missionary serving in a dangerous area.  

Dear Lord,

I’m trying to stay positive for my loved one’s sake, but inside I’m slipping. I can feel myself tumbling into a pit of depression.

Replace my negative thoughts with faith. Help me turn off the litany of what can go wrong and replace those images with Your promises. Lord, I know You can bring her home safely, and I know that when I rely on You, I’m strong. But at times I don’t want to be strong. I just want to bury my head and cry. 

I want to lash out at a world filled with other loved ones who aren’t in harm’s way. I want to scream that it’s not fair. It’s not that I want other young men and women in danger. I just want my loved one to be safe at home.

Show me how to guard my thoughts and to process all the things I’m feeling. Let me accept help from my friends instead of hiding away and feeling sorry for myself. Most of all, wrap my loved one and me in Your loving arms and carry us safely through this difficult time.

– Amen. 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 NIV


If your loved one is serving someplace dangerous, I highly recommend getting this book.

Or maybe you’re the one serving someplace dangerous. You may want to give this book to your loved ones as a gift.

Prayer works. Prayer matters.

It’s not too late to enter to win a free signed copy of the book.

Follow the link below by clicking on the picture to register. Today’s the last day to register! I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

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A Prayer for My Soldier from “While My Soldier Serves” (by Edie Melson)

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Dear Lord,

I’m asking You to protect my loved on by helping him make wise decisions. I know at times he has to make split-second decisions — life-and-death decisions. Please give him the information he needs to choose wisely. I know he’s exhausted and tired of the situation he’s in. Don’t let him make decisions that will harm him or those around him.

I also know he’s far from home, and there are many temptations surrounding him. I ask that You give him the strength to resist the things that would harm him. Show him clearly the consequences of poor choices. Make his path clear, and put people around him to make choosing wisely easier.

Surround him with buddies who will support his good choices and point out his poor ones. Give him the friends he needs for this specific situation. No one knows what can happen when we choose one thing over another, but You do know. Let him hear You clearly as he decides what actions to take. Most of all protect him, even when he chooses poorly. Keep him in Your perfect care.

– Amen.


It’s not always easy to know what to pray for our soldiers, especially when our emotions have our thoughts going in a million different directions.

Edie Melson has written a powerful book of prayers, “While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military” that gives us numerous powerful and specific prayers we can all pray for our soldiers.

(See the book in the photo below. Better yet, click the picture below and read more about it and enter to win a free copy.)

There’s still time to win a free signed copy of this book of prayers. Check out this post and enter to win by clicking on the picture: 

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I hope you’ll share this post with others, especially with those who have loved ones in the military. Our soldiers need our prayer support, and so do their families. 

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While My Soldier Serves: Memorial Day Encouragement & Monday Music

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While my soldier serves.

That doesn’t apply to me. But wait, actually it does.

Neither my husband nor children serve in the military, but my soldier does.  

Your soldier is my soldier.

I owe my freedom to every American soldier who’s served so that I can live free.

Every soldier is our soldier.

We should pray for them as if they were our very own son, daughter, husband or wife. 

I can’t begin to match the tremendous sacrifice our soldiers have made, but I do have three gifts to offer: Encouragement, a Giveaway, & Monday Music. [Read more…]

Join the Journey – Let’s Work Through This Maze Called Life Together

Psalm 34:3 - Let us exalt His name together. Join the Journey

Psalm 34:3 – Let us exalt His name together. Join the Journey

Join the Journey!

No, seriously. Join it.

Eons ago, I traveled Europe alone for a month. It was a marvelous experience, but I came to appreciate any random stranger who wanted to join me on my journey. 

Except that one guy in Antibes, France who caused me to discover a deeper level of praying. Thankfully I managed to lose him. God had to have been involved.

I don’t believe we were meant to travel through life alone.

Just think about solitary confinement. In a place where just about everyone around you is literally a criminal, solitary confinement is still considered a punishment rather than a welcome break.

We weren’t meant to walk the walk of faith alone either.

I tried that once as well. I’ll spare us both the grimy details. It was easier to maneuver Europe alone than it was — and is — my journey of faith.

I’m discovering another impossible path to navigate alone. The path to publication.

At times I feel like I’m in a hedge maze and the joke’s on me because the bushes have grown up around me, sealing me in.

Go this way. No, go this way.

I’m perplexed but not discouraged for two reasons.

1.  I’m not alone.

I know it’s cliche to say that God has been with me, but He has.

I feel sorry for the rest of you wherever you are because God has been with me.

Actually, of course, I know He’s big enough to go around. He has no limit.

And He’s not perplexed. 

Apparently He’s fine if I’m perplexed, though. Maybe it’s because I listen more intently to Him when I have no clue what to do next.

The other reason I’m not discouraged is because:

2. I’m not alone.

Yes, I know I already said that.

You’re starting to think you may know why I haven’t had a book published yet, aren’t you.

This is actually a different kind of “not alone.”

I’m surrounded by a cloud of witnesses who believe in me.

But more importantly, they believe in the One who is able to guide and direct our paths and the timing of our journey. 

This week I attended the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference surrounded by the most beautiful sight — Christian love and community at its finest.

The mountains and wild flowers weren’t bad either.

Lori encouraged me with the perfection of God’s timing. It was scribbled on her hand.

Jan greeted all of us with her gentle laugh and eagerness, celebrating even the hint of someone achieving success.

Jana exuded quiet confidence that spilled over onto me. 

Heather’s warm smile and bright eyes shone wide with wonder. God didn’t just pour out blessings on her this week. He gushed them out, and she turned them all into praise. That’s a beautiful sight.

La-Tan instilled vision and hope into anyone with a pulse around her. 

Edie has walked beside me from the beginning of this blog, helping it become an award winning blog. What?!

Michelle cheered me on and charted a path for me out of the maze, helping me see beyond the hedge.

Eva opened doors I didn’t even know were there.

All the conference faculty amazed me with their wisdom and careers, which they lavishly shared with everyone.  

I met Beckie, Lisa, Julianne, Naomi, Krista, Rhett, Kay, Janelle, and Sheryl and countless others, and I now count them all as friends. 

And on the final evening, Leigh Ann, Shelley, Deandrea and I rocked into the night under a perfect Blue Ridge Mountain sky. 

No one should ever choose to be alone when there are people like this in the world who will stand beside you and lift you up when you’re weak. 

I want you to meet some of these people — and you will, right here on Join the Journey.

I’ll be featuring other journeymen who’ve joined me on this adventure of faith. You need to hear from them. 

This blog isn’t Join My Journey. It’s Join The Journey. We’re all in this together.

Will you join the journey with us?

Grab your hedge clippers (otherwise known as the Bible) and let’s work through this maze called life together.

Jesus didn’t send the disciples out alone, and He’s not sending us out alone either.

Why not start today by sharing in the comment section what God’s been doing in your life.

You’ve found a safe place to share your highs and lows, your victories and challenges, and to ask your questions.

If I don’t know the answer, I’ve got people who’ve got people who just may. 

Together we’ll look to the One Who is the answer to it all. 

Join the journey!



Click to tweet: Oh magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together! ~ Psalm 34:3

Monday Music ~ “Save My Life” (by Sidewalk Prophets) The Power of Words

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Click photo to listen to “Save My Life” by Sidewalk Prophets (The Power of Words) 


I’m a writer. Words almost pour out of my fingertips.

Sometimes they pour out blessings. Sometimes they pour out like my garden hose, which is currently broken. Riddled with leaks, it sprays a mess of water everywhere.

Words can spray out of my mouth or off my fingertips onto the page and create a muddy mess. But what if my words actually saved a life.

For the word of the cross
is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved
it is the power of God.

(I Corinthians 1:18, NASB)

We never really know what a difference our words can make, but the Word of God never fails. It didn’t fail me. In fact, it saved my life.

Sidewalk Prophets’s song “Save My Life” convicted, challenged, and encouraged me in the power of words to save a life. Listen and you’ll be encouraged, too. [Read more…]