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The Habit of Prayer

Tammy Jones —  September 10, 2010

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The first time I ever read that passage, I could not believe what I was reading. In my mind, I pictured someone kneeling for 24 hours a day. “That’s impossible”, I said to myself and dismissed it. Later, I heard a pastor preach a sermon on this passage and explain that believers are meant to be in a constant state of prayer.  We are supposed to keep our line of communication with God open at all times.  We accomplish this by immediately confessing any known sin and asking for God’s forgiveness. Then, whenever we need to shoot up a request, God will hear us. That seemed a lot more possible.

With that explanation, I took the passage literally. The moment I open my eyes in the morning, I begin to thank God for the rest and protection He gave me through the night. When my head hits the pillow at night, my last waking moments are spent in prayer. Whenever I hear something on the news like a tragedy, a missing child or a soldier killed in war, I pray for the family. I pray for the posts on my Facebook account. When I think about a friend or family member during the day, I pray for them. Prayer has become such a habit for me, that I catch myself praying for people in the movie that I am watching!

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What’s Really Important?

Tammy Jones —  August 11, 2010

Originally loaded to Flickr by _setev.

I shared these thoughts on my personal blog. With your indulgence, I would like to share them with you here as well.

A few years ago I traveled to Lima, Peru on a mission trip. I met a wonderful Christian lady there who was ministering to the children in her neighborhood. She would pay their bus fare so they could attend church when she could. Other times she would teach them in her tiny home on a dirt hillside. That is where I met her, with her house full of kids and tracing color sheets with a pencil and carbon tracing paper one at a time. Her only other equipment was her Bible.

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A Planned Path

Tammy Jones —  July 30, 2010

Recently I filled in for a teacher who had to be out. My 15 yr. old granddaughter (Paige) was helping me with the class. When the children were busy on their individual tasks, Paige shared with me her desire to become a Kindergarten teacher. We began a discussion of what my favorite classes were and the projects I had compelted when I was in college. One of the young girls who had apparently overheard our conversation approached Paige and whispered:

Be careful. Those Kindergarten boys are mean!

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