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As our family started talking about a summer vacation, we had one thing in mind: the blue-green water and flourlike sand of the Caribbean. That is, until I looked into pricing. It quickly became apparent that a Caribbean vacation for six was not in the Swenson budget.  So with less than a month before takeoff, I googled flights, looked at the U.S. map, and booked the cheapest flights. Turns out Seattle and the Oregon coast are about the furthest thing... Read More
Trigger the power of prayer
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I have a spiritual question for you—Why do many Christians pray before they eat or before going to bed? You might say, “To thank God for daily bread” or “To be grateful for getting through the day.” Or something like that. But I think you’re wrong (no offense). My hunch is that the real reason many of us pray at those times (and not other equally important times) is because . . . They are triggers. Someone at some time... Read More
Extreme makeover: Prayer edition
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On a Saturday morning just a little more than a month ago, I was getting ready to speak at a women’s conference with fellow Time of Grace writer Linda Buxa. A week earlier my hair stylist cut several inches off my hair. A lot of people tout short hair as easier, but that morning the minutes ticked by and combing, primping, and praying left me no closer to being presenter ready.  Thank you, Jesus. I finally realized I needed to... Read More
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As a child, I was taught that when you pray you close your eyes and bow your head. Well, obviously that makes sense—because a kiddo with eyes open and hands available to touch and grab and reach is easily distracted. As an adult, I still default to that prayer posture.  Last week, though, I was talking with a friend in front of her home and, before we said goodbye, we stood on the steps, held hands, and asked God for... Read More
Prayer is like that
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Being a Christian writer has its challenges. Having nothing to say is one. So is getting tired of the sound of your own voice. So I stare at the screen hoping a good idea crawls out from among the pixels. Prayer is like that. We don’t know what to say anymore. We get weary of the routine of it and waiting for an answer. And then God tells us to do it without ceasing. Prayer is never one and done.... Read More