Monthly Archives: October 2017

Fallow Field

Barren Land

Her heart is as a once productive field
with stubby remains of a long‑ago‑harvested crop.
Despite neglect, a few signs of spiritual life still sprout.
May she realize her soul barrenness and
Glimpse again bountiful harvest possibilities

It may take deep painful plowing to break up the hardness,
to bury the husks of “not wanting to hear” or “to see.”
May she, though – even with trembling hands –
hand you a renewed life-time lease of her life.

“…break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12

Martha Hawn VanCise©2017
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still plodding

Yes, I’m still at it – with cup of coffee in hand – still plodding on the path of  writing a novel with a missionary setting. As I searched my journals for material, though, I noticed a theme of “intercession” and decided to take a break from fiction and post a few signposts on prayer. Intercessory prayer is more than repeating “save, keep, help, and protect” mantras

It is not
– praying for what we think a person needs or
– what we desire for them

It is
– standing in the gap between God and a person
– asking for God’s perspective of their need
– praying specifically as the Holy Spirit directs

In the 1980s, it seemed that God asked me to “stand in the gap” for specific people. Now, 30 years later, I am posting a few of these journaled prayers in  These prayers may resonate with some readers. Other readers may wonder if Martha is suffering from religious dementia! The first of these posts on Intercessory Prayer is titled FALLOW FIELD. You’ll find it at

Martha Hawn VanCise©2017

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