A Prayer for When You Don’t Know How to Pray

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Do you ever feel like you don’t know how to pray? Or what to pray? If I was sitting in church or a classroom, I hope I wouldn’t be the only guy to raise my hand. I try to make it a regular practice to get up early in the morning, make my first cup of coffee and sit in the leather chair in my office to pray and read. It’s my first step into sanity for the day because I know how easy it is for me to get derailed throughout the day. But that’s just me…

Honestly, there are so many days when I’ve got so much on my mind that all that seems to pour out of my heart to God is, “Blaaa–eeech!”  I wonder if my prayers look like me swinging a thin little broomstick at all chest-beating gorillas in my mind? If there are days when you don’t know how or what to pray, I have a beautiful prayer I want to share with you. It comes from Brennan Manning, one of my favorite authors. Read on…

The Art of Letting Go

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I am slowly learning the art of letting go. In the past month, my oldest daughter Janae became engaged to the love of her life. I’m learning to let go of my daughter. After three months of hard work cutting down avocado trees at The Grove, I now have weeds to cut and lemon trees to prune! I’m learning to let go of the idea that my work on the property will ever be finished. I am also in the midst of difficult business and creative challenges. I’m learning to let go of certain things I have no control over. If anyone has ever said to you, “Oh, you just need to let it go,” even if you feel like slapping them, there’s still wisdom in their words.

The Key to A Happy Life: Surrender to God

[D]o you want to live a happy life? Though life is filled with blessings and challenges, the key to a happy life is much simpler than you think. Let me start with a story…

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to get away to the local mountains in Big Bear with twelve Southern California worship leaders. Hosted by The Grove Center for the Arts & Media, we had three days of great meals, laughter, music and wonderful conversations about cultivating our lives in Christ. On the final day of our getaway, Sherri Alden, one of our Grove board members read this amazing quote by George Mueller. In this simple quote, I rediscovered what I’ve know for many years: The key to a happy and full and rich life is full surrender to God…a daily process that takes a lifetime! I hope you enjoy these inspiring words and share them with a friend today. Read on…

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The Monkey, the Banana, & the Bamboo Cage

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Once upon a time, there was a monkey, a banana and a bamboo cage. One afternoon after a long nap, the monkey was hungry and wanted something to eat. So he set off for a nearby banana plantation that he and his monkey troop would frequently raid. Walking along a dense jungle trail, the monkey suddenly eyed a banana. But this banana was in a sort of contraption that the monkey couldn’t quite name because monkeys have a very limited monkey vocabulary. Suffice to say, the banana was in a small bamboo box with long wooden slats. The box was fastened to a chain, which was tied to a nearby tree. Read on…

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