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Fret Cure: Prayer

There are days that pile up upon days, endless tasks that shout for prominence, and I sit in the midst of them, overwhelmed, stretched thin, and parched. The grief of late has wrung my heart into nothing. And all I have left in  my reserves is an unction to pray.

So pray I will. Care to join me?

Jesus, I lift up my issues to you–my workaholism tendencies, desperately hoping to prove my worth by what I do. Help me to rest, to see Your love for me in real terms, as a Father loves His…

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I could use prayer, folks.

These past few weeks have been amazing, but exhausting.

I launched Not Marked on February 10th, did several high intensity guest posts (one with 400 comments), and tried to master accounting for my company (which I am failing at). I help put on a blogging seminar, spoke for 7th and 8th grade girls, started my podcast, planned two birthdays, sent dozens of signed copies of Not Marked around the country, finalized a study guide, recorded the audio book for Not Marked (over 11 hours), helped inaugurate a blog for my church, met with counselors to…

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Let’s be wonderstruck, shall we?

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My friend, Margaret Feinberg, has a new book and 7-session DVD Bible study called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God which released Christmas Day. Hers is a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life. This book will turn your prayer life upside down, stir your desire to live more abundantly, and take your relationships with others to the next level, which is why I’m so…

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This prayer will change your life

As I ran along the beach in Destin last week, the Lord reminded me of an “enemy” and how my praying for her has morphed over the years. Here’s my three-step progression

  1. Initially, I was wholly David, invoking imprecatory prayers. (These are smiting your enemies kinds of prayers, where you ask God to deal swiftly with the person, exposing their sin, doling out justice).
  2. Then, by God’s grace, I moved toward forgivenessprayers where I desperately longed to have a right heart, getting rid of my bitterness, and learning to say “I forgive her” over and…

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A prayer for my friend Twilla

I recently received news that my friend Twilla’s cancer has returned. Here’s the prayer I prayed for her and her family. I pray it blesses you too.

Jesus, we trust You.

We choose to believe in Your greater purpose at work, though we may  not like the suffering Twilla has endured.
We know You are bigger than cancer, than stress, than worry, than relationships, than fear.
We rest calmly in Your scarred hands, knowing that You understand suffering. You endured every possible pain and problem when You walked this earth. So You are best able to come alongside us…

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3 Prayers for those grieving, overwhelmed, and broken


Dear Reader,

As I wrote on Monday, I love to pray for people, particularly strangers. Here’s my Friday gift for you. May these prayers become yours. May they hit both the heart of God and your heart. And if you feel a friend needs one of these prayers, feel free to forward this to them.

With affection and prayer,
Mary (more…)

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Grow your heart by praying for strangers

I’m currently reading Praying for Strangers by River Jordan. What an amazing, life-changing book! In it, she writes about her offer to pray for strangers every day of the year. Some of her chance encounters are amazing, and really aren’t by “chance” as you look at them in retrospect.

I like to pray for folks. You may have noticed that. Just read these series of prayer posts to read my prayers, see others and their requests, and find bits and pieces of redemption rooted there.

One story that stays fresh in my mind is the…

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Prayer for Writers

I had the privilege of attending the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference this last week. What a blast! I got to meet with so many amazing people. One of the privileges I had was praying the prayer at the annual Palm Sunday service. I wrote out my prayer, wanting to make sure everything on my heart would be said. Below is the prayer. I pray it blesses you on your journey.


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Please pray for me. Thank you!

As you read this, I’m in Pennsylvania preparing for a parenting conference (How’s that for alliteration?). Friday night, I’ll teach about writing the truth for the church’s local writer group. Then Saturday I speak about this crazy culture and how to prepare our kids for it. My keynote will be about conversational parenting. I’d really, really appreciate your prayers for this. Pray that:

  1. God’s message to parents would be clear and communicated well.
  2. My heart would be receptive to the Holy Spirit.
  3. That the parents would be open to hearing from the Holy Spirit.
  4. That God would…

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My 2012 prayer for you

Jesus, I pray for my friend who is reading this prayer, that You would encourage him/her today in a very specific them-shaped way. Please show up. Please make Yourself truly evident. Speak words of encouragement and power over each fear, each worry, each conundrum, each halted area of faith.

May 2012 be the year my friend trusts You more, believes You more, sacrifices for You and Your people more, hopes in You more. May this be a year of new things, new adventures, new risks, new relationships. I pray my friend will let go of the…

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