A New Year’s Prayer for a Soul-full, Sacred, and Satisfying Way of Life!

In Contemplation, Culture, Desire, Discipleship, Imagination, Prayer by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

Even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 3:10

Sometimes a tree can be so unhealthy that the only hope for renewal is to chop it down.  John, in the Matthew passage above, is proclaiming just such a message! For, as he envisions God’s Kingdom yet to come, he imagines the King as one who comes with an ax.  Not for the purpose of destruction, but for the …
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A Daily Prayer for this Season of Celebration and Cheer!

In Desire, Discipleship, Formation, Fully Awake, Habits, Prayer by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

This daily prayer is one I crafted as a part of my Granular Rhythms of Grace. Specific to this season, I hope this  prayer equips you to enjoy the rhythm of becoming aware of our lesser loves and how they point to our Ultimate Love.   Happy Thanksgiving!

Gracious Lord,

You are, indeed, a good, good Father.

This day, of all days, you’d think an awareness of your grace and goodness would be intuitive to those whom you have loved.

My King, I confess: This day – indeed, this entire season …
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July Prayer Journey: A Few Minutes A Day May Just Change Your Life!

In Contemplation, Formation, Habits, Prayer, Spiritual Formation by Bizgainey1 Comment

Can a few minutes a day change your life?

The ancients thought  so! The Psalmist proclaims, in Psalm 119:164,

“I will praise you seven times a day     because all your regulations are just.”

How might seven full stops a day reorient my life?

How might seven meaningful moments of praise, prayer, and reflection empower me to live into the fullness of God’s love and the life He offers?

I hope that seven brief but potent Spirit-empowered daily pauses, practiced with intention and over time, will help me be more engaged, …
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A Poetic Prayer of Joy: Our Father

In Poetry, Prayer, Spiritual Formation by BizgaineyLeave a Comment

I normally post poems via a different website. I am, however, going to begin to include my poems – as well as the poetic expressions of others (both modern and historical pieces) – as a part of this site.

I believe we will never disrupt our normal routines if we don’t take the time to reflect on and enjoy the artistic expression of poetry.

You will find my latest work, Our Father, on my site.  I hope the piece enriches your life and encourages you as you go!  If …
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Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Thank You for Praying. I will pray for you today!

In Brokenness, Culture, Ministry, Prayer by Bizgainey5 Comments

Dear brothers and sisters of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston,

I prayed for you this past Sunday.  I didn’t call you by name, but I did pray for you.

Every Sunday I pray for every church and gathering of God’s children week in and week out.

This week, this coming Sunday – a day in which we honor the Father – as I prepare to come before my congregation, I will pray for you by name.

Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston

I will pray for the dear city in …
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