prayer & other awesome things

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Word of God?  How, when I most need it, a verse I’ve read over and over will suddenly pop out and speak to me right where I am, right when I need it.

God’s pretty awesome like that…

Spending some time working through the verses in the weekly study my church creates.  We advocate a method of study we call “SOAP”.  We read scripture, we make observations, we wait on the Lord, asking for application, and then we pray about it.  Pretty simple, but very effective.  Of course, this can be done with ANY scripture, but the idea behind the church study is that we’re all

A.  preparing for the word God has for us the next Sunday, and

B.  able to share with each other about what God’s doing in our lives using a common experience.

Anyways, in the verses for today were centered around prayer.  They were all excellent reminders of what prayer should/does look like, but one in particular stuck out to me.

James 4:8  Come near to God and he will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, come and purify your hearts you double-minded.

The first part especially… We live in a Christian society that so often sees God as our BFF.  That he’s just THERE.  Chillin’, waiting to rescue us from our stupidity.

But God, he’s NOT our BFF.  He’s the God who created everything we know!  (Genesis 1)

God, he’s not just there, chillin’.  He is actively working his plan, reconciling men to himself… all the time! (2 Corinthians 5:19)

God, he’s not just there to rescue us from our stupidity.  He’s seeking a relationship with us.  (Zephaniah 3:17… one of my favorites!)

He WANTS to draw near to us, but first, we have to draw near to him.  And that happens in prayer.  Then, he will speak truth into our lives.  Then, he will show us just how much he loves us.  Then, he will faithfully change and mold us to be more like Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but I can always do with a little more truth, love, and Jesus.

What’s more (and this is where I felt the Lord speaking directly to me today…), he wants us to draw near in EVERYthing!  There is no detail too mundane.  There is no problem to ridiculous.  He cares about them all.  And, to NOT draw near to him concerning these things, and to try to fix them, or handle them on my own with my “wisdom” (HA!), is a sign of a lack of faith, or a sign of pride.

Either isn’t good.

Do I think in my heart of hearts that God won’t care enough to walk with me through my tiny problems?

Do I think I’m better off solving the problem myself (or with the “help” of friends I confide in??)

*sigh*

Nothing like a little early morning conviction!  And on a holiday, to boot! 🙂

Speaking of conviction (and changing topics none to gracefully), I’ve also deactivated my Facebook account for the summer.  While I love that I’m able to keep in touch with friends and family that I would normally have no contact with, I just spend too much time there.  I’ve heard the Lord speak to me about these next few months a lot… about summer vacation with my kiddies, and what HE desires for this time.  And y’all, it doesn’t include “liking” pictures of someone else spending time with THEIR kids.

So, I’m off.  I’m sure I’ll get back on at some point, but for now, whenever something happens and my mind starts creating the status update version of it in my head, it’s an excellent reminder to go play Uno with my kids. 🙂

Last, I just had to post this picture.  My third-born is fearless, athletic, and ALL boy.  We were at a river park yesterday with some friends, and he happened to run down a hill, and trip, and then slide down the rest… on his face.  Tough kid didn’t even cry, and this was one occasion where I told him it was okay to spit. 🙂

Funny thing is, after this, he started freaking out because he had dirt, on his ARM!!! hahahaha!
Funny thing is, after this, he started freaking out because he had dirt, on his ARM!!! hahahaha!
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