Growing up I didn't know I had dyslexia. I couldn't read until I was in the third grade. I've struggled my entire life to comprehend what I'm reading, to spell words properly, to understand the meanings of words and enunciate them.
For years I struggled internally to find balance. It didn't seem to matter what I did, or how I did it, I simply could NOT find balance. The sad part is deep down I knew exactly what I needed to do but that wasn't part of MY plan.
As I've grown older, I've truly seen the amazing power of prayer. The results of prayer can be sincerely humbling. God is waiting on us right now to draw near to Him, so He can draw near to us.
To go or not to go to church ... that question has been a hard one for me for 10-plus years now. I grew up a preacher's kid, and I had been involved in church all of my life. As I grew older and, in my mind, wiser, I started to see behind the curtain a bit. And what I saw, I didn't like.
Let's face it. We all live busy lives ... between work, family, friends, and everything else that occupies — or threatens to occupy — our attention. I knew I had spent a little time on Facebook here and there but when I saw the actual statistics, I was mortified.
In society, we have many rules. Most of these rules are made up by man. Now these rules can cover everything from the mundane to the most serious.
Disappointment, unfortunately, is a fact of life. And when it happens, it's usually not a trickle. Normally disappointment pours out with one problem after another. And disappointment comes in many different forms ranging from a bad health diagnosis to the simplest matters of life.
I've grown up hearing Psalm 23 ... reciting it and knowing that God will take care of me and I will not want. How many times have you read this and thought, how do I get these blessings and promises?
What does it mean to be a man of God or a Godly man? It probably depends on who you ask and their unique perception. Some would say that being a man of God doesn't sound like very much fun, while others would consider a man of this caliber to be utterly weak.
Has a family member, friend or business partner ever burned you? Done you wrong? That feeling of betrayal is a hard pill to swallow, especially when it comes from someone close to you.
Work is a lot of work. It's hard, and sometimes thankless. The pay sometimes isn't that great. Too often, you don't feel much appreciated by your boss. Or you haven't received the raise you expect — and believe you deserve.
So, why do God's people suffer from the same problems as non-believers and even those who bypass the rules of fair play?
Do you struggle in your prayer life? I struggle with the inclusion of prayer in my everyday life. Honestly, everyone does. And everyone could be stronger and more diligent in their prayer lives. I certainly know that I could have a better prayer life.