Saturday, January 5, 2013

ASK!

Bended knees, folded hands, desperate pleas and words of praise, day after day. Upon rising, and then going into the day, time is spent looking for the answer to that conversation with God.

Before eyes close at night, reflecting of the time that passed, thanking God for the blessings, yet wondering, where is the answer to that prayer I've prayed about for so long?
Day is done, ended with another plea and words of praise.

Next day bended knee…
Sometimes it can be many years before an answer to prayer comes through. And when it does, I've always been able to look back and see that God had been in the process of answering my prayer all along. I just didn't see it, because I wanted the answer now.

There are times when my daughter and her friends, will bring me something to fix, or ask me to do something. And while I’m in the process of answering their request…they will continue to ask me about it. I will continually say, just a minute or almost done, or I need to do this first…they wait…and then they are back again asking about whatever it is I’m doing for them. Again, I will have to go through the ritual of saying, just a minute, or I’m almost done, or I need to do this first.
I’m sometimes just like that in my relationship with God.

There are times when things overwhelm my daughter and she is in the process of learning how to cope with different things in life. I will spend time teaching her how to problem solve, or to really look at how big the situation is and how to cope with it.
It’s like that sometimes in my relationship with God.

Then there are the times when my daughter just snuggles up on my lap and just wants to hang with me. Wants some time to talk with me, get extra hugs, and extra kisses.
It’s like that sometimes in my relationship with God.

There are times when my daughter does not like the answers I give her and well…we have to work through it.
It’s like that sometimes in my relationship with God.

And sometimes in my relationship with God - there are times I get discouraged and wonder how many times do I have to pray about this and isn't God sick of hearing this already? He’s heard me pray about this how many times?
Here is a verse that really encouraged me about praying to God about the same thing, over and over again, and sometimes for years and years. Please note, sometimes God just plain says NO! But if He hasn't well then, it’s a waiting period, which usually ends up being a “shaping me” stage of my life, or a “preparing me” stage of my life, or “stretching me” stage of my life and honestly, yuk, those stages are hard and when a person is in a relationship with God…they happen.

Luke 11:5 – 10 NIV
“Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’

Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs. So I say to you; Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who ask receives, he who seeks finds and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

God loves us way more than we could ever love our children, or even ourselves. So what can I say about these verses?…KEEP ASKING, KEEP KNOCKING!!!

And then wait, listen, and see what His answer is to you.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

NEW YEAR IS HERE

All of the Thanksgiving and Christmas events are over. Who knows whats around the bend for this fresh new year.

 
This first day of the new year is usually full of resolutions with hopes of making a better you or a better life!
Plans are made for new work-out schedules, careers and school goals, hopes for better relationships, saving money, losing weight, learning better habits. There are so many resolutions a person can make and break this year!

I know for myself, I would love to turn into an early morning person, and get more things done, such as exercise or write,  before dropping Sarrah off at school and then heading to work myself. I’d love to memorize a few verses a month of the Bible. Spend more time on relationships. Incorporate healthier habits into my life.
In the Bible, Jesus was asked, what is the greatest commandment?

Matthew 22:35 - 40
35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

It came to me…that's the greatest resolution a person can make for the year - to love the Lord God with all their heart, soul and mind, and then to love their neighbor as they love themselves!

What would this world look like, if people made that, for their New Year’s resolution? What would your world look like?

Jesus also said:
Matthew 6:25 - 34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Jesus tells us not to worry about all the other “stuff” because he will take care of it. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.
Seriously with all of the distractions that come our way and all of the problems that can build up during one day, it can be hard to seek Him first. It seems easier to bite and chew on the problems, the wants, and the needs.

But Jesus said not to worry, and to love God with all of your heart, mind and soul and then to love your neighbor. It definitely takes faith to do this, whether life has thrown you a curve, or your life is GOOD just the way it is and you think you are doing really well living it your way.
I think it’s an awesome resolution no matter what a person’s life is like.

So how about making it your resolution, I know I’m going too.   
I hope you do too!