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Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has lead thousands over the past 15 years to help make their walk with God an invigorating journey. Not...

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  1. What a blessing to see you blogging here! I think I just heard this weekend at the Fresh Grounded Faith Conference that you’ll be at another conference here next fall (Evansville, IN) … very cool!
    Thanks for sharing your heart here – it will be good to see how God works through you as He prepares the fields here for you next fall!
    Blessings, grace and peace…

  2. I LOVE your prayers! I think they’re great. I really believe that God enjoys when we are heartfelt (even about fries and carrots!) rather than when we try to put on our ‘proper religious language’. He’s really about the heart. When we mask our hearts in order to sound pious, I don’t think that pleases him.

    So bomb-diggity away! πŸ™‚ Blessings!

  3. Lysa I have been there & done that and think this was so good for so many readers to see today. I follow you every day by my email and thank you for the blessing I receive daily. Keep up the good work & God bless you and your ministry.
    Odie

  4. OH MY WORD, Lysa! I’ve begun making a practice to visit incourage daily to support our writing and guest contributors; in the past, I’ve been inconsistent in reading. When I began reading your post, I mentally thumbed through our authors to try to guess who this was…

    YOU NEVER CROSSED MY MIND! “Bomb diggity?!” Oh, how I smiled when I realized it was YOU!

    When I was on staff with our church in Rock Hill, I loved the prayers of one of our youth pastors; one I recall in particular was a down home guy who prayed just like he talked–“…Lord, please just convict the snot outta us when we’re in sin…”

    I almost laughed out loud in the middle of our staff meeting. But it reminded me that God knows us, created us with our unique personalities…and he likes the way we talk just fine.

    Fun, approachable post to remind everyone God just wants to hear from us! πŸ™‚

    • Pst…I LOVE how you are being this amazing consistent encouraging voice here on (in)courage – can NOT wait to squeeze you in person in December!

      ~Lisa-Jo

  5. Great words today Lysa. I have followed you for about 6 months now and really enjoy your words of encouragement. Keep staying close to God. (Love the prayers) πŸ™‚

  6. Lysa, such a refreshing perspective–my heart gave a big sigh of relief at your words! Like Robin, I was totally surprised that you wrote this one. Thanks for keepin’ it real, girl, and reminding us all that’s it’s just about lovin’ Jesus. So thankful for you!

  7. First of all, I love your devotionals! Prayer is something that I struggle with and having ADD and trying to stay focused makes it even more challenging. I was reading this article on prayer that helped me with some useful tips for prayer. And like you mentioned, just starting to make time for prayer is a great first step!

  8. Lysa,

    Prayer is something we all struggle with! I,too, used to count words in church rather than actually hear what preacher was saying! I can totally relate!

  9. Isn’t it silly when we try to run from God or make excuses about not talking to God? I’m so glad He pursues me and longs for me to talk to Him. Today I’ve been thinking a lot about being “under construction” for God. I’m not perfect, or any where near an exemplary Christian. He’s been lovingly showing me that He is working with me, working on me, and even working through me. I’m near tears reading your post because it’s funny, and I can totally relate. But, also because of how perfectly it fits in with what God has been teaching me. And, then to see the image of the church under contstruction! I’m so glad He loves me so-enough to even speak to me through a blog post. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts. <3

  10. This really challenged me today, about being watchful and thankful. I am learning much about being sincere, in life in general, but also with God. He knows my heart anyway… Thanks!

  11. so true….that’s how I feel a lot of the time. I try to figure out things that are either just simple or way more than is meant for me to know. I just have to give it to HIm!

  12. I also talk to God in ways that others might view as strange. I have very casual conversations with him…I hate that people think it should be any other way. Jesus is my best friend…why would I be formal?! I learned to pray in a very formal way and my prayers as a child began, “Dear Lord in Heaven.” Now I laugh every time I catch myself saying that and adding…”Well, Lord…I think that is a silly intro…I am pretty sure you know where you reside.”

    πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Our womens bible study group encourages conversational prayer. It certainly has taken the pressure off of me in a quest for praying “right” or “perfectly”. I try to just pray with sincerity. That’s the standard I hold myself to when praying in private and with a group.

    P.S. Lysa you make me laugh! How many times were you going for to get “bomb-diggity” in your message today? Love it!

  14. Love this! As a teenager, whenever I counseled with my pastor, his first questions were, “Are you praying?” and “Have you been reading your Bible?” The answer was almost always “No.” I relate with “You’ve come a long way, baby.” Found that a personal relationship with God is vital to being a Christ-follower (surprise!). Now I have a constant prayer going throughout the day and have done much better with Bible reading. God has given me a love for His word. Learned through trial and error, things just are SO much better when I am praying and reading my Bible. When things start getting crazy (mentally/emotionally) I can usually trace it back to my neglect in this area. Thanks for the post!

  15. Lysa,
    Thank you so much for just being you! You make me laugh and I read your blog everynight after work. You are such an inspiration to me. I talk to God now like he’s riding in the car beside me on my way to work every morning. I used to think prayer HAD to be in a dark quiet place, but I realized that HE is everywhere we are all the time and that the scripture “pray without ceasing” means we can talk to him anytime, anywhere, quietly in our head, or out loud. Hope to meet you when you come to Pensacola, Fl in the spring. I’m only an hour away in Mobile.

  16. thanks for sharing this message this new year i plan to start up my written prayer journal again that was more effective then spoken prayers for me cause i like to write