Pray with Your Windows Wide Open

Ericka Loynes

Read: Daniel 6 He went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. (v. 10) Many of us have grown up hearing some version of the Cinderella story. We root for Cinderella, a beautiful, good-hearted woman who is treated poorly by her step family. When the family is invited to the prince’s ball, they laugh at the thought of Cinderella joining them. Left alone, Cinderella’s  fairy godmother appears and uses her magic to send …

Rip the Roof for a Blessing

Ericka Loynes

Read: Mark 2:1-12 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him. (v. 4) At age 17, Joni Eareckson Tada was faced with the reality that she would never use her hands and feet again. A diving accident left her paralyzed from the shoulders down. If it had not been for a group of godly friends who shared God’s love and his Word with her, she may have stayed fixated on …

Approach the Gate with Thanks

Ericka Loynes

Read: Psalm 100 Enter his gates with thanksgiving. (v. 4) According to the United Nations Global Trends Report 2016, 65.6 million people have been forced to leave their homes. Out of the 2.8 million people who sought asylum, only 335,200 were granted some form of protection. The entire process for applying and receiving asylum varies from country to country. In some places, the process can take more than two years. Regardless of the wait, I imagine the moment people escape …

Open the Door for Authentic Relationship

Ericka Loynes

Read: Revelation 3:14-21 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice . . . I will come in. (v. 20) The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen is one of my favorite childhood stories. A self-absorbed emperor is tricked out of his riches by swindlers. The swindlers claim to weave luxurious clothes from the finest fabrics, but only those worthy of a royal position can see them. Reluctant to admit he doesn’t see anything, …

Rooftops, Windows, and Doors! Oh My!

Ericka Loynes

Read: Genesis 6:8-18; 8:1-19 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made. (8:6) Thousands of people trekked across the country and assembled in Williamstown, Kentucky, on July 7, 2016, for opening day at Ark Encounter, a life-sized Noah’s Ark attraction sponsored by the Answers in Genesis ministry. My family and I, along with friends, were among the high-energy crowd that day. Excitement also ran high as we approached the enormous 51-foot …