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A Guide to the Prayer Room

Prayer is an intimidating thing, even though it doesn’t have to be. I remember when I was only three and four, learning in Sunday school and church programs that praying meant bowing  your head, folding your hands and closing your eyes, and I still catch myself saying these things when I lead my own children’s…

Adventures in Blogging!

Hello all! My name is Anna Howell, and I am a new writer for this blog! I am super pumped to become involved with this blog! I will be learning from Krista, and working on the blog, social medias, and any other methods of communication that we develop. My story with ISU Wesley is a…

Your Love Awakens Me

Many times in our lives we come across walls and barriers that keep us from the love we deserve. Circumstances in life help us and hinder us, but ultimately it is our decision. We have the power and the ability to decide what we make of certain situations and whether or not we use them…

Belong. Believe. Become.

My name is Krista Beyler and I am ISU Wesley’s Director of Communications. I am a junior at Illinois State University pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement. I have been attending Merge since my second week on campus and this is my second year on ISU Wesley’s leadership team. In addition…

Think About It Thursday – God In Play

Last night’s service provided us with the opportunity to find rest in the midst of everything. During the last few weeks of the semester, when the work seems never-ending and we seem to be running a mile a minute, we took the time to play. This time we set aside has importance of it’s own.…

Flashback Friday – Sometimes We Need Help

This past Wednesday we had ISU Wesley alum Jeff speak. He spoke about mental health and our everyday encounters with it. First we heard about struggles he had growing up, trying to please and control everyone and everything, but then he reminded us of God’s connection to it all. We were reminded that Jesus was…

Prayer Room Testimony – Mallory

Prayer Room Blog Post- Mallory One of my favorite writings about prayer is this: “Prayer in an intimate conversation with God—real, demanding, loving, and engaged conversation between a real person and the real, living God. This conversation initiates, sustains, and augments a dynamic relationship full of risk and joy. We bring to this relationship the…

Prayer Week 2016 – Emily Lewis

Prayer Room Testimony – Emily Lewis Prayer: a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or object of worship. Let’s be honest, if not all of us, some of us were taught that there was a right and a wrong way to pray. For most of us it was what I…

Think About It Thursday – Letting Go

Last night I took a small stone and passed it back and forth in my hands. Despite the almost insignificance of the stone in my hand, the weight took me by surprise. The stone began to represent my self-doubt, feeling of worth, comparing myself to others, and my shame. It was a heavy stone. There…