Prayer

{Blurb from our book} First Time Ever!!

The Power of Persistent Prayer

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Do you need a miracle? And need it fast?

Join the club. We all have urgent requests we'd love God to answer... like yesterday! And how should we respond? Pray like the persistent widow. 

For the first time ever, we are sharing a short blurb from our upcoming book, Love Fast Live Slow
 

"My pastor has preached many times about prayer. One message in particular has stuck out to me from the parable of the persistent widow. 

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1

Jesus went on to describe a persistent widow who kept coming to a judge asking for justice against an enemy. Apparently her plea was frequent because she wore down that judge. 

“The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” Luke 18:4-5

Even this judge who had no care for God or reason to extend justice to this widow caved to her consistency.

“So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?” Luke 18:7

If you are in the trenches like us...  albeit hard, your faith will be strengthened. If we are asking God for something, let’s approach Him like the widow approached the judge. Day and night. In full faith the right thing will be done. She was asking for something that aligned with God’s will, justice. When we ask God for favor, make sure it’s aligned with His will and not our own vanity. Remain persistent, faithful and trust that God hears your prayers day and night."

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FREEBIE: Need a bit more structure and accountability with your prayer life? Laura is starting a 100 day challenge on Monday, July 29th. She will be walking women from all over the country through a devotional study (hosted via email and blog). If that is something you need, check out more info here: Live Slow Bible Study

xoxo

Laura




This One Things Affects Your Entire Day...

This One Thing Affects Your Entire Day..

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What's your guess?

Morning. You read it right, have a good morning. If you start your day with momentum, you can keep it up for the rest of the day. Some people are natural early birds and others are night owls. Regardless of your preference, there is proof that creating a regular morning routine will improve your mood, energy, metabolism, spirit and life.

How to have a Love Fast Live Slow morning?

We believe there are three key components to a LFLS morning.

First, plan ahead. Set that alarm. Go to sleep early enough. Write down what you hope to accomplish in your morning routine. Be realistic yet don't cut corners on the good stuff.

Second, don't skip the good stuff; bible study and breakfast. The grand trifecta would include exercise but I'll leave that one out assuming you'd knock that out in the afternoon, right? ;)

Third, do something for someone. Waking up with a LFLS mindset means you must start your day considering the needs of someone else. This could include bringing your spouse coffee in bed, texting someone a compliment, planning to meet for lunch with that friend you keep rain-checking, you know the one.

Jesus was a morning guy.

You don't earn more brownie points for waking up first, but you do become more like Jesus if you rock your morning.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35

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PS. If you want to get serious about a morning routine, Laura is starting a new #LiveSlowBibleStudy soon. There are two options, (1) Online Bible Study and (2) Fitness accountabilty + Online Bible Study (depending on which floats your boat, both are going to be amazing IMO). Learn more here: Live Slow Bible Study

xoxo

Laura

3 Reasons God Doesn't Answer your EVERY Prayer

3 Reasons God Doesn't Answer All Your Prayers 

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1. We pray for easy.

Raise your hand (metaphorically raise your hand; I know no one will actually raise their hand while reading this... although now you are considering it... gotcha) if you've ever prayed for something without asking God what His will was first. My hands, feet and elbows are raised high. There are a lot of things that would make my life easier and I pray for them often. But easy doesn't build character. Easy is not always God's best.

2. We pray as know-it-alls.

Let's get something straight. We aren't smarter than God. His ways are far greater than our ways. He knows the beginning, middle and end of our brief story here on earth. There is power in praying in faith and making our requests known to God, but it's dangerous to go to God as if He needs our advice or input. Instead, go to God in humility and surrender, trusting that no matter what turns out, that it's your chance to bring glory to Him.

3. We don't pray at all.

Consider the possibility that you aren't actually praying. Perhaps passive thoughts like "I hope God comes through for me this time" roll through your mind but you haven't actually talked to God. There is a big difference between THINKING about praying and ACTUALLY praying. God desires a relationship with you, my friend. And having the faith to talk to Him is a great first step in strengthening that relationship.

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xoxo

Laura