I’m fairly adept at spotting liars, especially when it’s my own kids. How much more readily can God tell our motives?!? Be upfront with him.
I’ve been spending time with someone special. To be honest, I’ve known him for a while. We were on-again, off-again for years, and although I was always the one who got busy or bored and drifted away, he welcomed me back with open arms every time. I’ve never known someone so patient; he’s obviously smitten for me.
Have you ever read Dr. Gary Chapman’s book, The Five Love Languages? I highly recommend it, if you haven’t. This guy I was just telling you about really seems to like our quality time together, but words of affirmation score pretty high, as well. He has written me so many love notes that I’ve lost count. Come to think of it, he also showers me with gifts for no particular reason, so I would add gift-giving to his languages, too. He’s a keeper, for sure.
I suppose when I think about it, I’ve made a few sacrifices for him – I have given up free time, attempted things outside of my comfort zone, donated money – but nothing compares to the stuff he’s done for me. I don’t even know where to begin, but I do know that if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
Perhaps it is apparent by now that I’m referring to my relationship with Jesus. I owe my entire life to him, and I’ve given him plenty of reasons to doubt me and walk away from our relationship, but he has been stubbornly faithful never to leave me. In 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (ESV), we read that we have “eternal comfort and good hope through grace” because of Jesus, and I can attest to that fact through my personal experiences. I also believe firmly that Romans 8:38-39 is right on target when it says that nothing can separate us from his love.
How would you describe your faith-walk with the Lord in relationship terms? Is he your confidante because you talk to him often and openly? Are things strained and distant between you? Are you just pals who hang out every week or whenever you happen to make it to church? Maybe you’re not sure where things stand, and you don’t have a know-that-you-know-that-you-know kind of assurance in your faith. If that’s you, then I encourage you to check out 1 John 5:13, which reminds us that we can be certain of our eternal plans. If you’re not even sure about what a faith-walk looks like, then talk to your Life group leaders or pastors; they’ll bring you up to speed. Wherever you are in your faith-walk, know this: you never have to walk alone. There’s a reason we use the term “church family,” because we’re in this together.
How’s your communication with the Lord? Are your prayers quick & superficial like social media posts, or do you have honest conversation?
Hi guys & gals! As I begin tying up loose ends here and preparing for our cross-country move this summer, I am trying to manage my time and keep all the balls that I’m juggling from falling. I’m feeling torn, because I enjoy writing the devotionals, but it is a pretty big time commitment that I’m not sure I can handle over the next few months.
I talked to one of my pastors about it, and we brainstormed the possibility of having me write a monthly devo instead of weekly. That could be a way for me to stay in touch, and a lot of folks in the congregation have already asked about what will happen to the devos when I move away. Those comments really warm my heart, and I’m trying to figure out what to do.
What do you think, honestly? I’m not fishing for compliments; I really want to know what you think. Do you actually read the daily prompts? Would you really miss it if I cut back to monthly, instead of weekly entries?
It might even work out that I could write monthly posts through the summer, then go back to weekly in the fall, if it looks like I can handle the load. I just want to be conscientious of my time and not over-commit.
We can sometimes hide our disappointment with other people, but God knows our hearts. Be honest with him today about what’s on your mind.
Take an honest appraisal of your character. If those traits were as evident as your eye color or hairdo, would you want to change anything?
An honest critique is one thing, but don’t go overboard in judging yourself, either. Remember: you’re the apple of God’s eye. (Psalm 45:11)
Ever felt mad at God? If so, do you think he’s surprised by your admission? Talk to him about it openly; he can handle your opinions.
Can you honestly say that you trust God with everything in your life? Is there something (or several somethings) that you are holding back?