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Penny Cooke: Power of Prayer

Penny Cooke: Power of Prayer

In this episode of the By His Grace podcast, I chat with my new friend and AWSA sister, Penny Cooke, who is a Certified Biblical Life Coach, Bible teacher, and author. We discuss the struggle of busyness and distraction. Penny gives us practical encouragement for remaining in God’s word during busy seasons. She reminds listeners to know that there is power in prayer, to remember to pray and be proactive and fervent in our prayers. 

Key Takeaways 

  • “God answers prayer, but we need to pray it.” 
  • “If we’re not praying, we’re not seeing the power of God at work.” 
  • “We have a great opportunity to pray and push back the darkness.” 

Penny shared a fabulous acrostic that will help us to pray like Jesus taught us to. 

P – Always be PROACTIVE in prayer. 

R – REMEMBER who the Lord is and what he is able to do. 

A – ACKNOWLEDGE your sin and ask for forgiveness

Y – YIELD to His will 

E – ENJOY His daily bread

R – REST in Him 


You can find Penny’s Bible Study, “Pursuing Prayer: Being Effective in a Busy World” on Amazon. You can purchase it by clicking here:

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Joel Malm: Conquering Anger & Anxiety

Joel Malm: Conquering Anger & Anxiety

In this episode of the By His Grace podcast, I chat with my friend, Joël Malm about overcoming anger from a Biblical perspective. Joël is the author of the recently published book, “Love Slows Down: How to Keep Anger and Anxiety from Ruining Life’s Relationships. He is also the host of the Malm Podcast, a show in which he and his father discuss life lessons from his father. Joël shows us how to conquer worry, fear, anger, and anxiety by slowing down and responding in love.

On the show, Joël  teaches us that anger can come from a threat to one of three different things: 

  1. Security
  2. Connection with others
  3. Control of life’s circumstances

He gives three tips for handling anger:

  1. Let it go
  2. Find time for solitude
  3. Walk in community with others

Key Takeaways 

  • “Anger isn’t a sin. It’s a sign pointing you to an area of life that you haven’t yet surrendered to the Lord.” 
  • “We were made from love, made for love, and called to return to His love. Because of Jesus, we have direct access to that.” 
  • “Gratitude is the foundation for mental health.” 
  • “If Jesus had to go away to pray and be with the Father, how much more do we need to do the same?” 


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Much Love, Misty

Grace for the Grieving: Three Lessons from Loss 

Grace for the Grieving: Three Lessons from Loss 

Grace for the Grieving: Three Lessons from Loss 

by Baylee Dunn

I remember it as if it were yesterday, though it has been several months since God called my grandfather home after a long, hard-fought battle with stage four cancer. It felt like the world around me was crumbling as I got the news. “Baylee, Popa passed away tonight.” I lay still on the brown leather couch in our living room, clinching a blanket with both hands, praying that I was in a dream. 

Instead, it was a reality. A man whom I loved with every ounce of my being had breathed his last and ascended into Heaven. Grief rushed in like roaring floodwaters on that dark March night. Tears rushed down my face in a torrential downpour. My body shook violently as I sobbed. Thoughts came spiraling through my mind. “He’s going to miss my college graduation. He will not be there to dance at my wedding one day. I will never hear him sing “Happy Birthday” with the passion and style of Elvis Presley again.” 

So much loss… 

At that moment, I could not imagine a world without him in it. To be honest, I still have a hard time with each passing milestone. Though my grandfather is in Heaven, my heart aches for him here on Earth. It is an ache that I know will not easily fade. I will carry it with me through each of my days. There will be sorrow, there will be sadness, but with God, I will move toward gladness. 

Three lessons that I have learned from my season of grief

Here are three lessons that I have learned from my season of grief. I pray that my words encourage you to cling to the Lord, even when it is hard. If you are grieving today, know that there is grace for you in that sacred space, friend. May the Lord hold you close, draw you near, and remind you that even in suffering, He is still here. 

  1. In times of sorrow, the Lord may feel distant. However, He is ever-present. 

The Bible tells us that the Lord is close to the broken-hearted. With His nearness, comes the peace that only he can provide. He will hold you, dry your tears, and give gentle reminders that He is still here. 

  1. Where there is deep grief, there is great love. 

When experiencing loss, it can sometimes feel as if the sadness is impossible to release. It runs deep. If ever you find yourself deep in grief, remember that the Lord will sustain you. You are loved in this space, too. 

  1. Where there is hurt, there is a healer. No grief is too big for God’s grace to cover. 

One of the most comforting promises to cling to during a season of grief is that which is found in Revelation 21:4-5. I pray that this passage encourages you to focus on the Lord during hardship. He will heal your hurt and hold you upright. 

“4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 

Be blessed, friends! 

Baylee Dunn

If you enjoyed this post, I would appreciate your shares on social media. Also, I love mentoring Baylee and having her guest post for me. She is such a joy! Speaking of joy, you may also enjoy my recent By His Grace podcast with the author of Joykeeper: 6 Truths that Change Everything You Thought You Knew About Joy, Suzanne Eller. Check out the episode Joy in Jesus.

Much Love, Misty

Andrew Croft: Christian Persecution

Andrew Croft: Christian Persecution

This week on By His Grace, I talk with Andrew Croft about Christian persecution around the world. Andrew works with Open Doors Ministry in Canada. This ministry serves persecuted Christians through training, community development, trauma counseling, and other avenues to meet the persecuted believer right where they are.  

In my conversation with Andrew, we covered some shocking statistics, asked and answered difficult questions regarding persecution in churches worldwide, discussed how North Americans could help the persecuted church, and prayed for the persecuted church and believers everywhere. 

Key Takeaways

  • Research shows that 1 in 8 Christians worldwide face persecution due to their faith in Jesus Christ. 
  • Approximately 60,000 Christians are in prison camps in North Korea.
  • Last year, about 3,000 Christians died because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  
  • To help the persecuted church, we can pray, educate ourselves, and give to the local Open Doors Ministry.
Christian Persecution

Christian Persecution


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Andrew Croft

Open Doors Canada 

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