What Happens When We Don’t Pray

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What happens when we don’t pray. In a nut shell, all hell can breaks loose.

Something happened to me a few weeks ago and it didn’t set well with me. There was no reason for it to bug me, but Satan went right to work on me. What I should have done was get right down on my knees and ask God for help. I did not. Instead I asked a friend to pray for me. Thank God she did or I am not sure how long I would have been feeling out of sorts. Have you ever known you should get on your knees and pray but you find that you just can’t seem to get there? I don’t even necessarily mean literally get on our knees, even shooting up an arrow prayer asking for divine help, seems out of ready. Have you ever felt this way? That is exactly where I was at. I couldn’t even shoot up an arrow prayer. Why I could ask my friend to pray for me is beyond me, but I could and I did. This is one of the many reasons it is good to have friends who pray together. On a scale of 1-10 of things going bad when you don’t or can’t pray this was just a 2. Not bad at all, but it sure does impress upon me to pray, even when I feel I can’t. At least I had the good sense to ask someone to pray on my behalf. Whatever it takes to get that prayer up to God, do it! I would love to hear from you. Let me a note. Let me know if you have ever felt that you were stuck and couldn’t pray and how you got past it.

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The Struggle of Spending Time with God

The struggle of spending time with God seems to hit us all, no one seems to be exempt. In some groups I am in and blogs I read it seems to be an epidemic problem. In our busy lives we struggle to find quiet time or even pockets of quiet time to spend with God. This should not be so hard but Satan has gone out of his way to make sure we live in such a busy busy world that it keeps us distracted from God as much as possible.

We go about our daily lives doing the laundry, dishes, making the beds, cooking, dusting, vacuuming, mopping, being a taxi driver and the list goes on and on and on. Where does our quiet time with God fit in? When do we seek God? When do we listen for Him? What if during all our “doing” we try to stay connected to Him? What would that look like for you?

It seems like sometimes, ok most of the time we give God some time here or there, wherever it is most convenient for us. What if God was interwoven in everything we did? I can’t help but wonder if I have God interwoven in everything I do all day long if I would not struggle so much, that the “time” would just happen.

In this book I am reading, Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph, it suggests doing a prayer walk through your house, praying while cleaning room to room. Dust a picture, pray for that person. Making your bed, pray for your husband’s spiritual walk or lack of and your marriage, that it will glorify God. Making your side of the bed don’t forget to pray for yourself. Picking up your kids laundry, pray for each one. In the kitchen wiping down the chairs again pray for each family member.

Write down a Bible verse, read it often throughout the day, think about what it means, pray about the verse and ask God to give you some new insight about it. Another way to keep connected to God is while cooking or ironing (yes, there are some women who still iron) listen to a sermon online or listen to Bible audio. I have James Earl Jones reading the New Testament and I love listening to him read. Interweave God into EVERYTHING you do. How many times have you taken the iPhone or iPad into the bathroom to do your thing to check Facebook status, emails, play a game or read the news? Really? Am I the only one on the planet to do this? I think not! Try replacing the “i” gadgets with the Bible. Nuff said, you get the picture 🙂

When we make God the main focus in everything we do this time problem seems to go away. He is there all the time. As we talk with our husband, children and our family and friends include God in the conversation.

I challenge you to get God involved in absolutely everything you do in your day to day life and see if it makes a difference. Leave me a message and let me know how it goes for you and how you are getting God involved in your day.

 

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Obeying God, Oh What freedom…

Today I found that I have the deepest hearts desire to start obeying God and boy what freedom comes with that.

Today I unplugged! I unplugged from Facebook, TV and from Solitaire app game. I allowed these three things to steal a ton, and I mean a TON of my time. God has been after me for over a year to do this. I admit it, I disobeyed and I found no peace in that. I believed the lies that were spun in my head, lie after lie after lie. “You need to stay connected because…..”, “You need to be there for so and so.”, “You need the uplifting messages you get from so and so.”, “You don’t want to let people down.”, “You will miss everyone.” and on and on and on the lies go. I am sure you are familiar with them plus I bet you could add a few more that I am forgetting. We all hear them and we all believe them.

That is what I call the justification game. How can I justify staying or doing what I am asked not to do. How can I tweak it so that I am sort of doing what I was asked but not 100%. Here is a classic example that just went down in the last few days. I am on a Bible study group from Proverbs31.org and when God said load and clear to leave Facebook this is what went through my head. God surly does not want me to leave the Bible study group.” Lie! God knew I was in that Bible study group and God would not ask me to do this if he didn’t want me to leave for a good reason….right? After that lie went through my head here was the next one. “I know what I can do, I can create another Facebook page and only have that group on it.” Lie! God asked me to deactivate not figure out how to stay in the Bible study group. I actually giggled after I thought that one up.

You know what really gets me is that when we believe these lies we miss out on what God can and will do for us. He has great places to take us and we actually stop him from doing so when we don’t obey. Think about that with me for a second. God wants to take me somewhere really amazing, he wants to teach me something that is going to rock my world and I stopped him for at least a year. A year was wasted because I kept believing the lies. Do you have any idea how sad that is? It is pretty sad! Instead of being where God wanted me I am where I only allowed him to take me, which folks is not far at all.

Now where he wants to take me may be a bumpy ride and sometimes it might not be fun and it might even get a little hot but somewhere in the last 24 hours I found the desire to get bumpy, uncomfortable and hot if need be. Deut 2:3 says, ‘You have been going around this mountain long enough! Head north.” That is where I am going, north and the only way I can do that is to stop believing the lies that float around in my head. 

I am here to tell you that we can stop believing all the lies. There is one question that I am finding to ask myself whenever I find myself in a situation where I am asked to do something from God and I start hearing all the lies. Here is the one question you to can start asking: Am I doing this to please man, myself or God? That one question will give us a ton of insight to all the lies we hear going on in our heads. It is as if that one questions will silences all the lies at once and let me tell ya, that is some amazing peace to be had. It is almost like it is a secret weapon that we can use. Next time you find yourself being asked to do something from God and you start playing the justification game ask yourself that question. You might just be surprised at what happens next.

I don’t have a clue as to where God is taking me right now. All I know is that today is the day I start obeying so that he can take me where ever it is he wants to.  I can’t believe how awesome I feel since I obeyed him.

God bless you all on your journeys.

 

Living so that….

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It is time once again to start a Bible study with Proverbs31. Living to that is going to be an awesome study. We are going to dive into the following themes:

1. Jesus came so that . . .

2. God spoke so that . . .

3. Pray so that . . .

4. Trials come so that . . .

5. Let your light shine so that . . .

We just started the first chapter yesterday and I am loving it.

Every week we will have a memory verse to learn and this weeks is: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not parish, but have ever lasting life. John 3:16 (KJ) How exciting to put scripture in our hearts. In the group I am in the question was asked, “Ladies, I’m curious as to how you memorize scripture?”. Ladies wrote in several different ways but the one I think I liked best was writing it in a dry erase board. Today I am going to pick one up and start doing that to see if it will help me memorize scripture. I will erase it everyday and rewrite it. How about you, how do you memorize scripture?

One of the questions this week is, “Why did Jesu so willingly leave the splendor of heaven to enter the squalor of earth? Our journey begins by answering this very question as we examine God’s plan behind sending Jesus to earth.”  Want to know more come sign up and join us.

Until next time . . .

 

 

 

A Confident Heart

Today a new Bible study of A Confident Heart by Renee Swope starts over at Proverbs31.

I am excited to be involved with this Bible study as doubt is always lurking just around the corner. In this Bible study we will learn how to stop doubting ourself and live in the security of God’s promises.

Memory verse for this week is:

Then you will know that I am the Lord. Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.   Isaiah 49:23b NIV

Hashtag for this week is:

              #perfectlove

Chapter Assignment:

This week, we will be reading Chapters 1 & 2. If you haven’t received your book yet, you can read Chapter 1 here. Chapter 2 will be provided on Wednesday.) Check the Proverbs 31 Study Blog daily (if you are signed up for this Online Bible Study then it already emailed to you every day.)

The assignments you receive during the week are all suggestions–you can decide what works for you and your schedule. Each day, you will receive an email (or you can visit the Online Bible Study Blog), which contains a message and your suggested assignment for that day. You will also be invited to leave a comment and share any thoughts or insights on the study and what you are learning. We LOVE it when you comment. This is our community in action!

Let’s get started!!!

White Space?

Over at OBS they are talking about “white space“.  Just in case you don’t know “white space” is where you go to talk to God or read from the Bible. A place to go when you just need to call out to Him and get some strength or just to talk or ___________ (you can fill in the blank).

So all week people have been posting where their “white space” is. I have had to keep asking myself, “Where is my “white space””? I kept coming up with nothing. All week I have been pondering this “white space” topic.

Finally I came up with where my “white space” is. It is wherever my two feet are at the moment that I need to check in, talk, read or whatever it is I am needing at the time. Sometimes in the midst of people I will zone out and just talk with Him. Sometimes I am in my kitchen cooking and I just start talking with Him. There are times I will have my time with Him at the kitchen table, in the living room either on the couch or in the recliner. Sometimes it will be in my craft room, while I am on my run or while I am ironing.

One of the beautiful things that I have found with having this relationship with Him is that it does not matter where we are we can always find time for each other. Quite time can happen anywhere anytime, even in a noisy crowd. It is much nicer though is there are no distractions but if you are anything like me we can’t always wait for that.

If a requirement for “white space” is for total quietness then I guess my house is my “white space“. From the kitchen to the craft room and everywhere in between.

Feel free to leave me a message and let me know where your “white space” is. I would love to here where you like to go to spend time with God.