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What Does My Life Look Like as Prayer?

I met a lovely woman from the John 3:16 Network when I offered to host her during a book launch. Lisa Lickel has graciously offered to guest post for Under the Cover of Prayer today. Would you please give her a warm welcome.

What Does My Life Look Like as Prayer?

by Lisa Lickel

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“Make my life a prayer to you,” runs through my head…a lot! In fact, now that I’ve written it, I’ll probably hum it for the rest of the day. Some of you might recognize the lyric from a Keith Green song. I love it as a challenge and an occasional chastisement for forgetting to keep the line open to God.

What does my life look like as a prayer? (click to tweet)

It’s pretty messy, to tell you the truth. I can occasionally get fixated on the problem or the joy of the moment and forget about daily life. I more often forget to lay my endeavors before Him, which is absolutely ridiculous. I can praise but forget to ask, or typically, ask but forget to praise. I can get caught up in treating my prayer life as a formula: forget one part and the whole equation collapses; or I get caught up in treating prayers like wishes, as a friend recently reminded me.

“Lord, make my life a prayer to you”, is easier to sing than to live. (click to tweet)

It’s easier to hear than to do…but isn’t that our life challenge? To capture each thought, to take each moment, to give thanks even when we might not feel like it?

As a writer of fiction, I’m challenged with creating an enjoyable interlude for my readers, peopling my stories with characters who are real in their endeavors to live godly lives. It’s tempting to sugar-coat situations, to create people who never forget to pray, or in the case of my latest book, to create a pastor who’s so perfect he chooses to ignore a family need so that he can take one simple hour to pray, uninterrupted, for his church.

I find that my prayer life can’t be confined to those few minutes of “quiet time” with God when I haul out my Bible and read a devotional. I have to snatch moments during the day to sit back and wonder at the love and joy, or the hate and spite I encounter, to pray for someone who pops into my head, or a situation I’m reminded about, of a loved one who shares a special situation. It’s not my nature to save up prayer requests and throw a broad blanket over them, or gather them in a group hug once a day.

How about you? Have you been inspired by a hymn to challenge your life?

Here is the song Make My Life a Prayer by Keith Green.

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Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. A muti-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and magazine editor. Visit LisaLickel.com.

Lisa’s latest inspirational novel is The Last Detail, released in January from the Prism Book Group. Hope, love, and loss meld two polar opposite personalities. How long can they keep passion for their ministry and each other after the wedding?

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ISBN: 978-1940099330

$3.99 eBook/$14.99 Print

Christian Authors Book Launch Tour Last Day

Christian Book Launch Tour – Last Day

Today I welcome Lisa Lickel on the Blog Tour by John 3:16 Authors. There is a link at the bottom of this post for a contest by the John 3:16 Network. This is the last day to enter. Drop over to John316 BookLaunch for other authors and books.

The link to the contest can be found at the bottom of this post as well.

To follow the entire Blog Book Launch for Lisa Lickel please click on the following links:

Kimberley Payne: 1

Kara Howell: 1

Kara Howell: 2

Lorilyn Roberts: 3

Emma Right: 4  

Carol A. Brown: 5

 

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Green Leaf, The Potawatomi Boy

by Lisa J Lickel, illustrated by Brenda Hendricks

Green Leaf, The Potawatomi Boy

Green Leaf’s cousins are all older than he and don’t like to play fair. He longs for a friend his own age he can play with, explore and fish with. When he meets a Luxembourger boy, Henri, Green Leaf is sure they could become friends, but Henri’s words are strange to Green Leaf. How can they play and explore together?

Green Leaf’s mother says, “Friends learn to speak one another’s words.” But will Green Leaf learn to say his friend’s words well enough to save Henri when he falls into danger?

Here is an excerpt from her book,:

Green Leaf didn’t understand many of Henri’s words, but he knew that Henri needed him.
Green Leaf ran to the side of the stream.
Henri hung onto a big root with both hands. Cold water rushed over him and tried to sweep him away.
Green Leaf wanted to help. He wanted to tell Henri that he would not let the water wash him away. One of Henri’s boots was on the ground.
Henri screamed again and shook his head. Green Leaf did not know the words to tell Henri to wait. He held up Henri’s boot and pointed to the path.

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From December 1 through December 16, the John 3:16 Marketing Network is hosting a Christmas Book Launch and The Potawatomi Boy is a featured book. As part of the event, the Network is offering a $200 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, go to http://bit.ly/Christian_Books and enter the Rafflecopter toward the bottom of the page.

Kindle for Green Leaf, The Potawatomi Boy – on special sale during December 1- 16, $.99

Also available in print from online retailers or from your favourite bookseller. $5.95

Today is the last day for the contest. Put in your entry now.

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