In The Beginning…

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you…”
~Ezekiel 36:26

In Genesis, we read that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In John, we read that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. All things were made by Him. So we can interpret Genesis as: “In the beginning was Jesus, and He created the Heavens and the Earth. He created you, too. You’re His child.

Then so many years after creation, the Word of God was made flesh and came and lived among us and taught us that there is one commandment that supersedes all others. We are to love God and love one another. And He showed us how with by His life of service and sacrifice, arms stretched wide for us. 

If you are struggling to love—yourself, others, or God, I hope that you’ll get down on bended knee and pray for God to help you and to heal you. Then rise, give thanks, and enjoy your bright, new, shiny heart—a heart that beats with Jesus’ love.

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Part. Your Part.

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
~Saint Augustine

I snapped on Shakespeare’s leash for our last walk of the day. I felt rather overwhelmed, so many pressing details of my life cried out for attention. A walk would do us both some good. Hopefully, I’d clear my head before the evening arrived. We had not gotten very far when I felt a familiar tugging at my heart. “Is that you, God?” I asked.

“My child, you’re stressed, worried about so many things. Why don’t you give me those worries? Let me steer you in the right direction,” God asked gently.

“If I give these things to you, do I have to do anything else?”

“Yes. You have to row the boat.”

A flock of starlings lifted from a nearby field, creating a black cloud that pulled and pulsed, a murmuration.

“See my darling birds?” God asked. “They do the work of flying, but I steer them to make those beautiful scenes in the sky.”

“Okay, God, I’ll row if you promise to steer,” I said.

God chuckled. “I’ve never stopped steering. It is you who stopped doing the work. We can’t get anywhere together if you don’t make the effort.”

I nodded. “Thank you, for being there,” I whispered.

“Always and forever,” God whispered back.

The cloud of starlings disappeared out over the field. I turned towards home, buttoning my coat as we walked into the wind, my heart warm, full of God.

My Prayer For You

“…and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that
you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
~Ephesians 3:19

I awoke to darkness still blanketing the Earth. I love this tender time of the day before everything springs into motion. In the stillness of the morning, I prayed for you:

iqwvvymtv1k-milada-vigerovaDear Father,
Please put peace into every heart today. Hold every hand. Lead every step. Comfort every living creature with your love that surpasses understanding. Fill us all with the fullness of you.  Amen.

Today, I hope that you know peace. I hope that you feel God’s immense love for you. I hope too, that you know my love for you. Tuck it into your pocket and take it with you everywhere you go today.

God’s So Gangsta!

“…the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
~Joshua 1:9

“Look, I really need you to hear me out on this one, okay? I’m praying with my whole heart.” I clasped my hands together for emphasis— just in case God needed a visual clue.

“Sparrow,” He said, (I love His nickname for me) “I hear you.”

“You’re sure about that? Sometimes it feels like my prayers don’t reach you—like letters that fall behind a piece of machinery at the post office and collect dust.

“Every prayer is received,” God said. “Every word. Every emotion. I just don’t always answer your prayer the way you’d like me to,” God said.

“So, you’re saying that all prayers are heard and answered, one way or another?”

“Exactly,” God said. “If you pray about it, I’m on it. I’m not busy with anything else. I’m only focused on my creation,” God replied, “and watching Game Of Thrones.”

“What!!!???

God laughed. “Just kidding. Pray your prayer, Sparrow. I’m listening. Then trust that I will answer it perfectly because, hey, that’s how I roll, baby.”

“You’re so gangsta!” I giggled and ducked, just in case He wanted to thump me on the head for that remark.

I closed my eyes and prayed to the God who always listens, always answers, always loves— and apparently has a sense of humor. I’m crazy about Him. Aren’t you?

The text I LOVE MY FATHERappearing behind torn brown paper.

 

 

Pray Where You Are.

 “When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.”
~Jonah 2;5-7

Near drowning, Jonah’s head and feet were tangled in seaweed. As if that weren’t bad enough, a whale came along and swallowed him whole! Jonah prayed as he sat deep inside of that whale’s belly. God heard his prayer. Prayer works no matter what our circumstances or surroundings. We don’t have to wait until bedtime to pray, or when we go to church, or during our meditation time. We pray right where we are, even if we are in a tight spot like Jonah.

You may be sitting stuck in commuter traffic. That’s okay,  Pray. You may be picking up the pieces of your favorite vase that your toddler broke, that’s okay, pray. You may be walking your dog, or cooking dinner; that’s okay. Pray. The time to pray isn’t when you have nothing else going on in your life. The time of pray is when you have so much going on in your life! God’s not insulted if you are busy but you want to chat with Him. He appreciates that you take a moment to pause and pray. He wants you to seek Him, all throughout the day. We are supposed to be in constant contact with God: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16). 

Pray right now, wherever you are. Tell God what’s on your mind and what’s in your heart. He will hear you. Nothing can keep God from hearing your prayer. Not even an entire whale, apparently!

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