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Focusing Your Heart In Prayer

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Anna Schaeffer posted in prayer

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Today’s guest blogger is Anna Schaeffer, my administrative assistant at Southeastern SeminaryAnna is a Master of Arts in Ministry to Women graduate, and she is the author of All of This. I encourage you to read her words about prayer.  

Recently, I had a deep talk with my sister as she and I took a road trip together. There we were, solving the world’s problems, when before I realized it, I’d redirected us into a completely different conversation. About putt-putt.  

I wish I could say that’s abnormal, but I’m the kind of person whose mind runs a thousand miles a minute in at least that many directions. That serves me well as a writer who creates plot lines and in a job where I juggle multiple tasks at once, but it can often make conversations challenging.  

It also means that wrangling my brain to have quality time with God can be tough. My thoughts during prayer don’t necessarily veer toward mini-golf, but if I’m honest, I can become frustrated with how difficult it is to quiet my mind.  

So, like the administrative assistant I am, I wrote a list. Here are six disciplines I incorporate into my prayer time in order to gain perspective and focus my heart:  

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Summer in the Psalms: Psalms 6 - What to Do When You Mess Up Big Time with God

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Hawley posted in Summer in the Psalms

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Have you ever sinned in what the world considers a “big way”? Have you ever messed up so badly that you felt ashamed? Did this shame cause you to try to hide from God? If so, you’re not alone. Join the club. Many have felt the same way.

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