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Welcome to Only By Prayer! We're all about helping you find the sacred in the everyday. Together we'll explore healing, health, and wholeness by living a Christ-centered life.

Sep 21, 2018

The healing of the paralytic man is an incredible story. Jesus is preaching in Capernaum when four men go to extraordinary lengths to get their paralyzed friend in front of Jesus. Their faith simply wouldn't let them stop until they got him some face time with Jesus.

Do we have the faith that lets miracles happen? Let's explore that question today.

Sep 7, 2018

When it was time for Elizabeth's baby to be born, she gave birth to a son." Luke 1:57

Elizabeth and Zacharias had waited a lifetime for their son to be born. Long past childbearing years, they thought that this blessing had passed them by. 

But God had big plans for them-- in His timing. 

How does that relate to us? 

We'll discuss that in the podcast.

Thanks for listening. May your soul's meditations be fuel for Spirit-led actions today!

May 25, 2018

Today's verse is Nehemiah 9:31, but if you have time read all of Chapter 9. 

Three thoughts stand out to me from Nehemiah's reflection on Israel's history. 

Join Only By Prayer in listening to this reflection to see how it may relate to your life today. 

Mar 9, 2018

The whole human race is foolish and has no knowledge! The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make, for their carefully shaped works are a fraud. These idols have no breath or power. Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies!  On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed. Jeremiah 51:17-18 NLT

In this passage, God is disgusted with the craftsmen. He couldn't understand why they were suing their gifts in a way that disrespected Him.

That lead me to evaluate my talents and gifts, and I realized that ultimately there are only three ways I can use mine ...Resource

In this podcast I recommend a book I'm reading called Called to Create, A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate, and Risk by Jordan Raynor. I have links to the book in the podcast blog on my website at OnlyByPrayer.com.

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Feb 23, 2018

short meditations on scripture intersecting life

As the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand. Jeremiah 18:6

I have a college friend who has started a second career. She is an artist, more specifically a sculptor, or potter. Recently she posted pictures of some of her work online. I studied her nature sculptures of rabbits, loons, owls, and a cheerful little bird—I think it was a Carolina wren. 

Now we don't live close to each other, so I haven't seen her at work, but I can imagine her hands sculpting a big lump of clay into exactly the form that she wants it to take. As I zoomed in on the photos I could see all the amazing detail work that gives life to each of her pieces ...

To hear the rest of this podcast as we discuss being the clay in the Potter's hands, listen by simply clicking on the arrow below. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so it's delivered to your podcast library every week.

What Do You Think?

Finally, what are your thoughts on the process of being the clay in the Potter's hands? How is God shaping you today? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for listening! May your soul's meditations be fuel for Spirit-led actions today.

Feb 16, 2018

short meditations on scripture intersecting life

Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brethren, arose and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of God.

The backstory for this verse is that the Israelites had been released from exile and were back in Jerusalem to rebuild the temple of God. I can only imagine the feelings the older exiles must have felt after living for many decades as servants in Babylon. To set foot in their homeland again must have been such a joyful time. And I wonder about the younger ones who had been born in captivity, and Babylon was all they knew. I'm sure they had heard stories of their homeland and to see if for the first time was an experience they would never forget.

The First Thing They Built Was ...

After they were settled, they started building the temple. They needed to put first things first, and they did because the very first thing they built was the altar so they could make their burnt offerings to the Lord. They needed to have a way to take care of the sin problem between them and the Lord.

And we need to do the same thing when we sin. We need to "rebuild our own altars" too. Join Jane from Only By Prayer on today's podcast by listening below. You can also subscribe on iTunes to have each new podcast sent right to your device.

Thanks for listening, and please leave your thoughts below.

Feb 9, 2018

short meditations on scripture intersecting life

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. Zechariah 3:1

Whether we have been "living in exile" as the Israelites were by pursuing a selfish, sinful lifestyle for a long time, or we had a fight with our spouse or other "quicker" sin, as soon as God calls us back to Him, Satan is right there doing what he does best to us: accusing and deceiving. 

Join Only By Prayer today as Jane talks about this problem and how to overcome it. 

To listen to the podcast, click below or subscribe to it on iTunes. Thanks for listening, and may your soul's meditation be fuel for Spirit-led actions today!

 

Feb 1, 2018

short meditations on scripture intersecting life

Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Daniel 10:12-13

Prayer is powerful. It changes situations, people, and events. Daniel was one of the most faithful pray-ers in the Bible. We can take away much from his example.

Let's dive into these two verses to see how they can impact our prayers today!

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Jane VanOsdol

Jan 26, 2018

Thank you for joining us for Reflections, short meditations on scripture intersecting life

Ezra 1:1-5

In today's podcast, we're talking about the phrase "stirred up."

Have you ever felt stirred up about something? Yesterday you weren't the least bit bothered, but now all of the sudden it seems that a certain situation, person, or injustice is all you can think about.

Well in these verses, and many other places in the Old Testament, we see God stirring up people to do something, and it just may be that God is doing the same thing in your life.

Thanks for listening. What is God stirring up in your heart, in your life today? We'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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