Thursday, May 20, 2010

God listens . . .

Sometimes I think I must jump through certain hoops to get God to listen to me. Is it the position I pray in that makes prayer "work"? Or the words I say, in a certain way, over a certain period of time? Or maybe if I write my requests in my journal God is more likely to answer.
Is God available to me at anytime, every day, in every moment? Is there some special thing I must do before He will hear my prayers?

Since God is omnipresent (always here and everywhere at once) and since he lives in me and I live in Him and since He loves me unconditionally and accepts me as His Beloved, then there should not be anything special I need to do to get His attention. He is always attentive, always listening to me.

Relate this to your own children. As long as they are in your presence, you hear them. You don't say to them, "I'm not hearing you. First go clean your room and then I'll hear you." [OK, maybe you HAVE said THAT on occasion!) But does God say that to us? No, He is always hearing us, always listening.

Now that does not mean He always answers the way we want Him too. (He knows better than that and sometimes we are so glad He did NOT answer the way we wanted Him too. Sometimes we can see His wisdom in that.) When we request things of God, we usually think we know the best way for Him to answer, and often I tell God that, "If you would just do A, B and C, we'll be good to go!" Now I know none of you ever do that, right? :) But truly even though we are looking for a yes, sometimes God answers but we don't receive it because His answer is "no" or "wait" or "I have a BETTER idea" or "just BE with Me and trust that I've got this under control."

"Jesus knew the Father was listening not just when he prayed but all the time whenever He spoke. God was always responding to Jesus' words, whether they were addressed to the Father or addressed to someone else. For Jesus, the line between praying and just speaking became very thin. God is the constant gracious listener to our every thought."

But that was JESUS. Well, news flash, if you are a believer, who is living inside of you? Jesus. The Holy Spirit. And John 17:23 tells me that God loves me as much as He loves Jesus. So God hears us just as much as He does Jesus. Wow, that is a revelation for me.

Since God is the constant gracious listener to our every thought, shouldn't we return the favor?

quotes in italics from The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg p. 134-5

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Delay is NOT Denial

Father, too often I have trusted in my own power, my own knowledge, my own self instead of YOU. I want to depend on Your power and Your knowledge 100% of the time. You know so much better than I. How much better my life would go if I did this. Help me!
Acknowledgement of the problem is a huge first step - so be encouraged you are on your way, on the right path. Bring your self back to Me again and again when you find yourself wandering back to your self, your power, your knowledge. Cling to Me. Seek Me first always.

from God Calling ...Leave Me out of nothing. Love all My ways with you. Know indeed that "all is well." Delay is but the wonderful and all-loving restraint of your Father - not reluctance, not desire to deny - but the Divine control of a Father who can scarely brook the delay.
Delay has to be - sometimes. Your life is so linked up with those of others, so bound by circumstances that to let your desire have instant fulfillment might in many cases cause another, as earnest prayer, to go unanswered.
But think for a moment of the Love and thoughtful care that seeks to harmonize and reconcile all your desire and longings and prayers.
Delay is not denial - not even withholding. It is the opportunity for Me to work out your problems and accomplish your desires in the most wonderful way possible for you.
Oh My child, trust Me.Remember that your Maker is also your Servant, quick to fulfill, quick to achieve, faithful in accomplishment. Yes. All is well.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

My love for you will never fail - it will last forever, it will not stop, nothing you can do would make Me stop loving you, nothing can separate you from My love. My love WILL produce what I intend - it will not fail. Swell in that thought today of My unfailing love for you, FOR YOU!

"As we wait, we relinquish control, surrender our wills five up our false hopes and realize that if anything is going to happen at all, it will have to be God's doing."

When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions. Wait for hope to appear. Don't run from trouble. Take it full-force. The 'worst' is never the worst. Lamentations 3:28-30 The Message

"We realize that our transformation is not up to us - it never was! If anything is to happen, God must do it. Through waiting our transformation is accomplished because God does what we cannot.

Quotes from The Lazarus Life by Stephen Smith pp.37-38

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Not your typical marriage book!

After 38 years of marriage and being an avid reader, I thought I'd read about every marriage principle out there. This book surprises! The Eldredges' vulnerability as they share their personal struggles take "another marriage book" to a new level. As my husband and I followed their stories, we found ourselves relating to what they shared and relating more to one another. Even if you cannot get your spouse to read along with you, you will find the material applicable. As you put it into practice, you will see the dynamics of your marriage changing. Another smash success for John and Stasi AND for you and your spouse if you put into practice these life-changing principles.Run to the nearest bookstore and get your copy of Love and War; you won't be disappointed!