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Am I Allowed To Prayer About That?
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Am I Allowed To Pray About That?

Tell me if this sounds familiar to you. You’re sitting in your car waiting for the police officer to come back with your license and registration.

Whether or not he gives you a ticket is a toss-up. At the moment, based on the fact that he didn’t smile when you attempted a small joke, you would put your current odds at around 80/20 you’re getting a ticket.

A Mom Trying To Find Time For God
Time With God,

A Mom Trying To Find Time For God

I love my husband and I love his passion for spending time with God, but when I hear him talk about finding time for God and the Bible I’m jealous of his availability.

Pastors, who, while busy, are also paid to schedule time for study, write most of the books I read about reading the Bible, prayer, or journaling. I’m not blaming or claiming they are doing anything wrong, but I’m a full-time teacher and a full-time mom, whose day starts at 5:30am and ends when I finally manage to crash onto the bed after bringing my house to a rest.

How can the rest of us ‘non-professional Christians’ have quality time with God when our schedules are dominated by full-time responsibility?

Someone once said, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” If I were judged based on my intentions I would be successful, but the reality is, my intentions to grow and commit more time to God, have fallen short. I struggle, daily, to put God first—probably like many of you—and feel handcuffed by the promises and plans I constantly constrain myself to.

I am the type of person who enjoys cutting grass, because I can instantly see the progress I‘ve made in completing a project. I regularly start new books because of the anticipation and excitement of wondering what lies in the pages. But, I lack follow through.

I’m jealous of people who have control over their daily schedule and can find quiet moments to “get away with God.” My day is literally dictated by bells, and movement, and carpool, and practice times. I wrestle with the idol of agenda and routine.

I confess I’ve never made it through an entire Bible-reading plan, but I do find comfort in this truth—God is less concerned about me “getting it right,” and more concerned about me resting in his “all sufficient grace.” While I pressure myself to become a better person or check-off another agenda item for God, God is interested in me. Simply me. God’s scale for my life is more than my qualifiable and quantifiable do’s and dont’s. His scale takes into account every variable, every emotion, and every ounce of heart and is able to judge as only God can judge- justly and individually. His scale is one that is personal, and custom fit just for me.

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The reward lies in the moments when I am able to sneak away. It may be inconsistent at times and interrupted by little voices needing my attention, the phone ringing, or some other unforeseen interruption, but in those moments when I do manage- even if they are brief- to truly seek God, I find again, He’s not waiting to reprimand me, He’s waiting to refresh and replenish what others have stripped from me.

Thank you God, for your “unforced rhythms of grace” (Matthew 11:28-29 MSG)

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3 Reasons Why I Journal, and You Should Too

When I say I “journal” you may get an image in your mind of a grown man sitting on his bed writing to his “dear diary” but that’s not what I mean by journaling.

Did you know that successful, manly men, all throughout history have kept a journal? George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Gen. Patin, are just a few of the men who have realized the power of taking the time to write down their thoughts.

I started journaling about 2 years ago, and it has changed my spiritual life. Let me give you 3 reasons why you should start journaling today.

1. To remember the important things

Have you ever had a great idea, only to not be able to recall it when you needed it later? Our minds are always running a 100mph and by writing things done we can make sure the important things aren’t forgotten. I’m not talking about grocery lists or phone numbers even though writing those things down isn’t a bad idea; I’m talking about deeper things we shouldn’t forget. Thoughts and ideas after spending time in devotion with God, or spending an important day with your family. How incredible would it be at your kids wedding to be able to pull out what you were thinking the day they were born or the day they started kindergarten?

2. To find your inner voice

You’re not going to believe me, but underneath your surface level is an intelligent, thoughtful, author. I don’t mean that you will write a book one day, but I mean that you have the ability to write words that will surprise even you. Something happens when we write instead of talk. We have perfected our “speaking” language, so we tend to use the same words over and over again. But magically when you begin to write you express yourself in ways you would never express yourself verbally. You can’t help it, it’s the power of pen and paper.

3. To record God speaking

I believe that God is constantly speaking to you and me, the question is, are we listening? I’m not implying that you will hear the audible voice of God like Darth Vadar through your ceiling, but I will make you a promise. Write down prayers or thoughts you have after reading the Bible or listening to a sermon, and when you go back and read them later, you will be amazed at how spiritual your words are. It’s true! Most of the time when I’m writing I don’t think I’m writing anything extra special or spiritual but 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years later when I go back and read what I wrote I see God was moving the pen in my hand. I can’t tell you how many times I wrote down something I was thinking or feeling having no clue what was going to happen in my life 48 hours later. When I look back now, I can see how God was speaking to me before I even knew I needed him to.