Candace Cameron Bure's Amazing Prayer Proclamation That We ALL Need Right Now

God gives us the free will to decide for ourselves how we want to live, what we want to say and how we choose to interact with the people and things around us.

But free will often comes at a cost. Along with the ability to live and behave as we choose, God has also fortunately given us a blueprint to discern His plan for our lives. This roadmap is the Bible — a timeless book that explains the ins and outs of how human beings are meant to live.

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Some of us choose to follow this “GPS” to the best of our abilities, while others opt to ignore it. The latter carries with it some potential pitfalls, as a life off path from God’s guidance and plan is a life not lived in accordance with the very force that Created and sustains us.

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Proverbs 20:24 summarizes this phenomenon with a stirring rhetorical question: “A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?”

Pondering that question is essential. How can we understand “our own way?” Why would we want to embark on a windy path without a baseline?

Unfortunately, life is complicated and many of us, at some point or another, get stuck in the weeds — but the wonderful reality is that there’s always a way back.

Perhaps you’re struggling right now. Maybe you’re realizing that you’re nowhere near where you want to be in your relationship with God. Your path has potentially taken you away from His will, and you’ve found yourself meandering and flailing as you try to do it all on your own.

Stop. Pray — and crack open your Bible. Again, there is always a way back.

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Actress Candace Cameron Bure once told me something about prayer that I believe is essential to revisit. We were discussing those who mock prayer in the wake of tragedy — people who prefer action to invoking God. Here’s what she had to say in response:

“If you don’t start with [prayer] there’s no power behind it, because God’s the power. God can do anything, change anything — change hearts. It’s the heart of all of us that need to be changed and that’s where God needs to get in.”

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So, if you’re feeling lost, don’t rely on your own heart; look to God. Prayer matters and it can recenter us and bring us back to the place God wants us to be. It’s a daily struggle, but it’s one we can win with God on our side.

Proverbs 20 also offers up some other powerful reminders about not letting vices control us. Verse 1 reads, “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” and Verse 5 adds, “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.”

Let’s all find our purpose in God.

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Why Your ‘Desire’ Alone Can Lead to Chaos

Each of us is filled with “desire.” This is a natural human reaction to the world around us; it fuels our goals, aspirations and wants. But the Bible makes it pretty clear that unrestrained desire — desire not based on Christ — is fruitless.

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Proverbs 19:2 proclaims, “Desire without knowledge is not good—how much more will hasty feet miss the way!” Most of us are deeply motivated to reach our goals and aspirations, but too often we forget to seek God’s path for our lives.

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Rather than ask for guidance, we plow through the chaos of life on our own in hopes of reaching our final destination. Unfortunately, too often we’re unsure whether this fixed and final point is where God actually wants us to end up.

So, how can we live with a bit more certainty?

Basically, it all comes down to knowledge and wisdom, which should be rooted in a baseline (i.e. God). When it’s not, the potential for chaos rages.

We can find success here on Earth, but what’s the point in indulging in temporary bliss that isn’t part of the plan for our most fulfilled and God-driven lives?

Solomon affirms this sentiment when he writes the following in Proverbs 19:8: “The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.” So, while many of us are motivated to reach our desires, we also must run our races well, in God’s timing and on the right and proper track.

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Translation: our plans are fruitless without the right guidance.

Proverbs 19:21 tells us, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” It all begins with seeking God’s plan for our lives and then operating from there.

I am too often guilty of implementing my own plans and then attempting to pull God in at some point when it’s most convenient for me. Spoiler alert: this is unwise.

The Bible proclaims, “The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” Part of this process involves listening to God, though there are also benefits to taking advice and guidance from those God has placed in our lives.

Verse 20 tells us, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.”

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Proverbs 19 carries other lessons as well, including the importance of hard work, helping the poor and those in need — and disciplining children. Just as God expects us to follow His lead, we’re also called to guide our kids on the right path.

“Discipline your children, for in that there is hope,” verse 18 reads. “Do not be a willing party to their death.” Discipline is how we teach our kids to have the right desire, and how to discover the most important wealth of knowledge within the gospel.

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LIFE HACK: How to Save Ourselves (and Our Country)

There's a lot of talk about civility these days, with concerns over our divided and tattered social and political dialogue reaching a fever pitch. The quest to be "right" and to win the argument has led too many of us to look past our ideological opponents' humanity — and it must stop.

Proverbs 13, much like previous chapters, addresses the importance of self-control and, more specifically, of watching what comes out of our mouths. The chapter opens with a powerful theme that continues from Chapter 12: "the fruit" of our lips.

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Verses 2-3 (NIV) should be simultaneously convicting and thought-provoking for us all: 

"From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin."

Somehow, politics and echo-chambers have taken the place of goodness and the quest to pursue, fulfill and progress what is right. Kindness has been thrown out the window in exchange for brashness — and it's a problem on all sides of the political aisle.

Solomon tells us in Proverbs 13:17 that a wise person seeks to bring healing: "A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing."

So, which are we? The wicked messenger or the trustworthy envoy? Unfortunately, too many of us are prone to be the latter, while ignoring our call to be the former. Some of us even relish in it, but amid an era of dysfunctional politics, we have to watch ourselves more than ever.

Righteousness, as Proverbs 13:6 proclaims, "guards the person of integrity." Unfortunately, this same verse tells us that "wickedness overthrows the sinner." We need discernment in an era in which discernment and self-control are increasingly treated like disfavored relics of days past. 

In the end, Solomon's advice is sound. Social chaos is, in many ways, rooted in human pride. And, "where there is strife, there is pride" (Proverbs 13:10).

To help stem the tide of chaos, we can ask ourselves some key questions:

  • What are we contributing to the chaos?
  • Are we part of the solution?
  • Are we associating with people of good intent?
  • Rather than respond harshly, are we thinking through the end results of our comments?

In the end, we're called to embrace the gospel, not a political party or ideology. And who we associate with — and what we tolerate as "normal" — matters. I'll leave you with Proverbs 13:20: "Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm."

Be sure to also check out my quick devotions and reflections on Proverbs 1Proverbs 2Proverbs 3Proverbs 4Proverbs 5Proverbs 6Proverbs 7Proverbs 8Proverbs 9Proverbs 10Proverbs 11 and Proverbs 12And...curious about what all this means? Looking to better understand who God is? Take the next step.

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No, You Absolutely Shouldn't 'Follow Your Heart'

There's a lot of talk today about "following your heart." The generally spouted mantras are "be true to yourself" and "be who you want to be," but there's an important reality that these feel-good slogans fail to take into account: we must first be who God wants us to be.

Proverbs 4 implores believers not to merely "follow" their hearts, but to guard them. Verses 23-24 (NIV) read:

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips."

Those words "above all else" are fascinating, as they seem to indicate that it's of the utmost importance that we each keep careful watch over our own hearts and minds, while also exercising self-control over what we say and do.

In many ways, this call is the opposite of merely "following" one's heart. We're called to start with God, then move forward from there. 

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The latter piece about keeping corrupt talk from our lips is convicting as well, especially in an era that encourages divisive social media chatter and debate — elements that turn dark when we don't monitor ourselves before we tweet and Facebook.

So, how do we guard our hearts? As we've explored in the first three chapters of Proverbs, it all boils down to a reliance on God to discern His wisdom. Proverbs 4:5 encourages people to "get wisdom" and to "get understanding." And verse 6 further expands on this:

"Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you."

In the end, it's not about following our own whims; it's about discovering God's heart and asking Him to guide our paths. If we trust only in ourselves, we're on shaky ground. 

I'll leave you with Proverbs 4:26, which encourages us to think carefully about what we're doing in our lives:

"Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways."

Start with the Bible, prayer and a reliance on God; everything else will come together.

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Be sure to also check out my quick devotions and reflections on Proverbs 1, Proverbs 2 and Proverbs 3.

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God's Wisdom — or Your Own?

There's been a feeling for quite some time now that something, culturally speaking, isn't quite right. We're disconnected. Chaos is rampant. Relativism is at a fever pitch. A look at entertainment, alone, showcases just how far we've fallen on the moral depravity front.

The full cultural package makes it clear that more and more people — and institutions — are disconnected from the depths of the heart of both God and the gospel, trading in the wisdom that comes from the Almighty to, instead, embrace the questionable paths and perspectives that are all too often praised and heralded by the world.

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I already said this in the first installment of my comments about Proverbs, but what I love about the book is its timeless ability to speak with equal power and pertinence to generations that are thousands of years apart from one another.

That in mind, while it's easy to get discouraged, the Bible — both the Old and New Testaments — guides us through the chaos, showcasing exactly why we are where we are, culturally, spiritually and societally speaking.

Proverbs 2 tackles the issue of wisdom, with Solomon writing, "Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God."

Verse six continues by proclaiming that the "Lord gives wisdom," knowledge and understanding. This is a profound consideration, especially in a world today in which pervasive messages permeate through media and entertainment.

Those messages, many times, run completely counter to what is right, but they are framed somehow as being the "moral" stances. The issue is that these sentiments are based on peoples' proclivities, not on God's guidance.

So many of us are so distracted by what's happening in the world that we're missing — or even forgetting — the importance of seeking God's wisdom. Proverbs 2 is a reminder to seek that out, as finding Truth in God and not in the world is absolutely essential.

The text continues (verses 9-11):

Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.








This was particularly helpful for me this week after I spent some time exploring some tough issues — issues that left me with profound confusion as to how anyone could possibly embrace what I flatly believe to be morally despicable.

In the end, the more we separate from God — the more people choose to ignore His wisdom for the world's wisdom — we can expect increased disconnection among the masses. But, God is always in control. Hope is key. And hey, at least we have guidance that explains exactly why the culture is a mess.

Stay tuned for more of my thoughts on Proverbs. This series is really just a collection of random thoughts, but I hope it's helpful for others trying to navigate our world.