8 Ideas for Family Prayer When You Don’t Know Where to Start

8 ideas for family prayer when you don't know where to start. | IntentionalByGrace.com

I'd never met them. They came in road weary and tired. We shook hands, talked about where they'd been, and where they were going. We laughed as their youngest spoke in her matter of fact way and nodded with knowing as their preteen son answered questions as only a boy would. When the water glasses were empty, it was time for bed. But not before family prayer. Not before they linked hands and Continue Reading

My Prayer Life is a Mess: 3 Ways I’m Seeking to Improve

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My prayer life needs improvement. Prayer has always been a struggle for me. As a mom of young children, tips like "pray at the same time every day" or "review your note cards throughout the day" or "don't think you need to pray long prayers" just discourage me. Because the truth is I want to pray at the same time every day, but I never know if I will be up all night or have little visitors Continue Reading

5 Reasons We Don’t Pray the Way We Should

5 Reasons We Don't Pray When We Should- Intentional By Grace

Prayer is an intimate part of a Christian's life. Prayer is the way we communicate with God. Yet ask most any Christian to rate her prayer life and she's likely to respond: "needs improvement." We all know the importance of prayer, but yet we fail to make prayer a priority. Why? 5 Reasons We Don't Pray 1. Prayer is not planned Prayer requires us to slow down our busy lives and make time for Continue Reading

The Snare of Entitlement {Not Just a Teen Issue}

the snare of entitlement and 5 ways you can combat it

I felt the sun streaming through the window warming my cheeks. The fan oscillated casting a gentle breeze across the room. I snuggled a little further under my blankets as I listened to the silence coming from the monitor. My husband's footsteps crept down the hallway and the smell of coffee drifted into the room. A real live day that played like a dream. When a toddler and baby live in your Continue Reading

The Truth About Who You Are {Free Printable}

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Sometimes it's easy to forget who we are in Christ. For those who have trusted in Jesus for their salvation, here is the truth about who you are. I Am ... I am known, formed, and knitted. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am justified, loved while still a sinner. My old self is crucified. I am no longer a slave to sin. I am not condemned, not a slave, but adopted. Nothing can Continue Reading

For When You Are Plagued By Worry

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In the dawning of the morning, I awoke with a heavy heart and eyes brimming with tears. My dreams turned nightmare just before the sun opened it's crusty eyes for a new day and I thought my day was over. My husband was dead. How can this be? He's lying beside me? Breathing steadily as if he has no care in the world. As my mind tuned into what was happening around me and the fog cleared, I Continue Reading

Why Do You Keep Rising From Your Knees

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I sat staring at my husband at the kitchen table. My heart was laid bare and the tears streamed down my face. I was weary and tired. Another wall. Another barrier. We know we're walking in the Lord's will. We've not taken one step without consulting our Heavenly Father, but here we sit again battle worn and broken. Just when I think I can finally take my nose off the floor, I'm forced Continue Reading

Surrender it All, Today

Surrender it All

I just had such a great quiet time this morning (amongst the playing toddlers!). I was working on a Bible study and was filling out a little "question/survey" form put together by Priscilla Shirer. It just made me think. I think it would be a good exercise for each and every one of you. Do you feel like it is all in vain? Do you feel like you go through the motion of serving God? You go to Continue Reading

When I Will Pray for You Isn’t Enough

Sometimes, saying, "I will pray for you," isn't enough. Sometimes we need to be the hands and feet of Jesus. | IntentionalByGrace.com

Have you ever been in a really hard spot, a spot that  leaves you breathless and weak and you have no idea where to go from here? You can't make breakfast. You can barely get a load of laundry on to wash and wonder if just buying new underwear won't be easier. You just need someone to come and give you a hug ... to be there. I look back over the last several years of my life at all the times Continue Reading

Our Prayer for All Readers

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Intentional By Grace has existed for almost two years now. In these two years, we've changed, grown, failed, and learned to surrender to the One who makes all things possible through His abundant grace and mercy. This corner of the Internet has become a space of not only the sharing of my life story, but of His life story for you. Within our midst are failing marriages thirsty for God's Spirit Continue Reading