Search

Dayle's Blog

Month

May 2016

31 May -“A not so little niggle”

I visited one of my “NOT” so favourite places today. The dentist! I’ve been having an occasional “niggle” in one of my teeth, and decided I had better get it checked out. Unfortunately my dentist didn’t have good news for me. Upon all the examinations and x-rays he discovered one of my teeth was not in good shape, as that “niggle” is being caused by decay which has reached down almost to the nerve. I am now lamenting that I haven’t been more vigilant about going to my check up’s, and wondering how that “little niggle” which I thought hadn’t been causing much of an issue, is in fact far more serious than I thought.

It got me thinking this afternoon, as I commiserated about my  trip to the dentist, that life can be full of those “little niggles” which we often ignore until it causes enough pain and discomfort for us to do something about them. On thinking about it I realised I have been bothered by that niggle a lot more than I would at first acknowledge; I’d just been adjusting what and how I did things.

How often do we do the same thing with the issues that niggle at us in our everyday lives? Sadly we too often can leave those things which start out as not too serious a problem until they flare up and cause obvious damage. We adjust, push aside and try to ignore what is actually glaringly obvious if we would be honest and listen to the warning signs, and God’s gentle directives.

God exhorts us to deal with our issues; those underlying often hidden things in our lives. He knows that it’s usually not the obvious issues in our lives that will cause us the biggest problems and threaten to “take us down”. It’s the little offenses, unforgiveness, negative and harmful habits,  attitudes, or even complacency when it comes to our relationships with Jesus and our loved ones, which niggle at us, but which we mostly ignore and leave to fester and spread.

The bible cautions us to “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards”. (Song of Solomon 2:15). It’s the little things that dig under our defenses and eat away and undermine who we are, that we need to watch out for. It’s those things that can catch us out. It’s those very issues that are capable of doing an incredible amount of damage that we need to be watchful about.

My word of advice as I make myself go to the dentist tomorrow to deal with that “not so little niggle”, is for us to face our issues, those “little foxes” in our lives head on. Don’t delay, postpone, or procrastinate anymore. One by one excavate them out of your life.

Because if we don’t, as I’m sadly discovering, that decay will spread and eventually hit a painful nerve. Then it won’t just be a little niggle anymore, but more like a root canal, and it could end up costing you far more than you think!

 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. (Psalm 139:23)

Prayer: Lord search my heart and reveal and confront me with those seemingly “little” things in my life, which are in actual fact eating away at who I am. Show me where they are causing damage to my relationship with you, and those around me. Can you please rid my life of those destructive “niggles”, so that I can live healthy and free. In Jesus name Amen.

30 May – Have you forgotten?

Today I spent the morning shopping with one of our daughters. It’s one of her big birthday’s coming up and we are preparing the celebrations. As I sat next to her in the car chatting, she was busy exclaiming how great her new moisturizer smelt on her arms, and I was laughing at her enthusiasm.

In the midst of all this talking I glanced again at her arms; tanned, toned and healthy, and I remembered how those same arms used to look. Little arms that were bandaged most days from wrist to elbow, protecting and hoping to bring healing to the angry weeping sores underneath the bandages, caused from chronic eczema.  At the worst times we struggled to find a clear spot on her body, as we went back and forth to specialists and hospital appointments, all the time believing and praying for a breakthrough. I would say “one day people are going to say to you what beautiful skin you have, so just keep praying and seeing yourself like that”.

Today I reached across and touched the skin on her arm, which is like a “living memorial” to what God has done, and I remembered and smiled. Why? Because people do comment on how lovely her skin is, and there is not a sign of eczema on her.

Given man’s propensity to forget, God frequently mentions in the bible asking people to create memorials. The meaning of the Hebrew word used in scripture for memorial is “to remember”.

At the foot of Mt. Sinai, Moses built an altar of stones – a memorial to commemorate God’s covenant with Israel (Ex. 12:14). Moses spoke to Israel just before they entered the promised land. He said, “be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (Deuteronomy. 6:12) God didn’t want His people to forget Him and all He had done for them.

Joshua also erected a memorial of 12 stones when he finally crossed the Jordan river with the Israelite’s. He instructed the leaders of the tribes to “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight”

The memorial stones were to be a reminder of each person’s individual breakthrough experience as they came into the land God had promised. The stones were there every time they looked or passed that way to cause them to remember to tell their story, and to keep a clear memory of what God had done for them.

Today I remembered as I looked at the living memorial which is my daughter of all God has done in our family. It’s a memorial of faith and trust in the face of suffering and challenge. It’s a memorial of breaking through and victory. God’s constant provision, healing and love for our family are other memorials in my life of His faithfulness and love.

God knows how we think, and that we can easily forget important things. So He asks us to remember. How often do we sit down and think about the memories, the experiences, all the breakthroughs, and thank God?

Those memorial stones in the bible were also to serve as a basis of sharing faith; to remind them to share their God stories with their children. They were to be a signpost to a lost world  “that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”

When we remember and look back at our “memorials, God also wants us to remember to trigger us to renew our personal commitment to Him, to understand that He is with us as we go into our future, and to take every opportunity to tell others that He is the living God who “parts the waters” and makes a way through.

What are your memorials?  Take a moment “to remember” all that God has done. Remember next time when you take a bold step of faith into the unknown, of all the times through the accounts in His word, and the memorials in your own life, how He is faithful to get you to the “other side”.

Remember, and keep on telling your  “stories” so that you, your loved one’s, and those you meet on the journey never forget.

“He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate.”(Psalm 111:4)

Prayer: Lord please help me not to forget all that you have done for me.  That I will have my own memorials to your goodness, love and faithfulness. I give you thanks. In Jesus name amen.

29 May -“One day our lives will pass before our eyes, lets make it worth watching”

What are you doing???
That’s usually the question we ask someone or ourselves when we stop and check where we are at, and what we are doing with our life?
Time magazine conducted a survey asking what people believed was their biggest need. The results revealed that for most it was to know their purpose and why they were born.

What consumes your life; your time?  Have you ever spent much time thinking about what you should spend your life on, and what you are here for?

Not enough time is taken to make purposeful choices where we think through the consequences of our actions and spend time seeking God for His plan and guidance. We run ahead, doing what we think up at the time, and what feels good. If that wasn’t true we wouldn’t have an obesity and health crisis, people would be in healthier relationships, have less debt and financial pressures, and would enjoy more fulfilling jobs and edifying pursuits and use of their time.

Instead we can find ourselves “so busy making a living we forget to make a life”. We get ourselves so busy ticking the boxes of what should make us happy, (money, success, that girl or guy, kids, travel and material possessions), that we never experience lasting abiding joy.

What a tragedy it would be to go through our whole life and at the end of it, look back and realize that we’ve spent all our time, money and energy on things that have no lasting significance.

The bible urges us to measure our days, to make the most of every opportunity, and that He has a plan. Most of us unfortunately can get caught up in this fast paced world of going from one thing to the next, one job to the next, and one relationship to the next. When we consistently live like that, rarely taking a moment to catch a breath, we miss taking time out to listen to God, to examine our life, relationships and the need to live purposefully.

So what should we spend our life on?
The bible exhorts us to make eternal things priority. The television shows we watch. The latest news on social media won’t last. All our knowledge, it won’t last. The wealth we accumulate won’t last. Getting our name in the history books doesn’t even matter if we fail to get our name in our book in heaven.

The only things that matter are those that have eternal significance.
Jesus said, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36). He said to make our focus to be to “Seek first the kingdom of God. Then all the other things the world says are important will be added to us as well” (Matthew 6:33). Our priority is to seek God first and foremost, then everything else will make sense, our relationships will be richer, and the right ones for us, and what we spend our days doing will be purposeful and fulfilling. 

Making God a priority simply means giving Him our time and attention. We can easily determine what our priorities are by how much time we spend with someone or doing something.

When God is a priority, we spend lots of time with Him, in His Word, in prayer and in His presence. If God is number one in our life, what He says goes. One of the benefits is that when we make him a priority, we in turn discover why He put us on this earth, what His plans for us are, and then how to fulfill those plans.

Each and every person has a God given purpose, talent, gifts and abilities. Take a breathe, have courage and honestly examine your life and discover what your purpose is, and then begin to fulfill that purpose and live it.

Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.”          (Ephesians 5:15-17 Amp)

“One day our lives will pass before our eyes, lets make it worth watching”

28 May -“Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage”

 

There are plenty of activities and pursuits in which we can easily spend the majority of our time. We are an interesting lot! Most of us don’t really number our days, in the sense of living each moment with a sense of purpose and fulfillment. We are usually content to meander our way through our days with no great sense of urgency, or understanding of the season and times we are in.

For the most part we know what urgency is, but we don’t consider many things of an urgent nature. Maybe it comes with the wide array of choices we have and the “no worries, she’ll be right mate”, “I’ll get around to it.” attitude many of us have. Patience has it’s place and it’s by faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God, but if we are honest the she’ll be right mate attitude usually doesn’t have much faith attached to it.

Too often I think we let things slide. We don’t make a stand when we could have. We perhaps have grown timid with our friends and family, not making the most of every opportunity to connect, to share our faith and to tell them how much they mean to us.

Rather than speak up, or do what we feel compelled to do, we stay silent, and do nothing because we don’t want to offend or risk too much. We distract ourselves or resolve ourselves to pray some more, and stop short of saying or doing what we may once have felt compelled to do. If there is one thing I have learnt it is that the longer we wait to act upon a revelation or conviction, the weaker and less urgent that conviction becomes.

The bible says to, “pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil”. (Ephesians 5:16)

We seem to have been overcome by the idea that there is an excessive amount of time to accomplish all things, or even do what we are convicted to do. That there is no need to get too excited about changing, stepping out or acting on anything too quickly.

Why? Because we aren’t measuring our days, and understanding the importance of the very moment in front of us. But God says the exact opposite. He tells us there is a time for things, and often even a sense of urgency to make decisions. We are exhorted to  “number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. (Psalm 90:12)

I love the line by Matt Damon in “We bought a zoo” when the father tells his children of the moment he met their mother. He said, “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.

 

I don’t believe things just happen by coincidence, but that life is full of divinely orchestrated moments. But we can miss things because we don’t act, we don’t speak, we don’t move. We don’t take those twenty seconds of insane courage and bravery. God is speaking and directing, and angels are setting things up to assist us. But if we are intent on doing our own thing, or lack the wisdom and sometimes just straight out bravery to see who or what is right in front of us we can miss opportunities. People we are meant to meet, jobs we were meant to get, conversations we were meant to have, and lives that we were meant to bless.

God says something about our time. He says “There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every  purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) 

A man’s heart plans his way: but the LORD directs his steps“. (Proverbs 16:9)

Don’t waste anymore time not acting, speaking, or being where you should be, with whom you are meant to be with. All it takes is to listen to God guiding and directing your steps, and literally at times having twenty seconds of insane courage. Don’t put it off. Listen up to God, and then “take your twenty seconds?”  Something great might just come of it!

Prayer: Lord help me to measure my days wisely. Help me to be courageous, and not keep putting off those things which you have been trying to guide and direct me in, even if it means some insane courage to act upon them. I want to be with who you have planned me to be with, being and doing what you made me to be. I don’t want to waste anymore time.  In Jesus Name Amen.

 

27 May -A day without laughter is wasted

I have been thinking about the power of laughter the last few days. One of our children was feeling a bit “down” as they were fighting off a cold. I kept on thinking on the bible verse which says, ” A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength” (Proverbs 17:22). We kept on finding things to laugh and smile about for the next few hours. Their mood was lifted, and they started to feel better.

Mankind has been created with a great capacity for joy. You could say laughter is our birthright, as natural to us as breathing. Babies begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh and chuckle within a few months of being born. They just know how to smile and laugh!

Humor is infectious. The sight of someone laughing uncontrollable is contagious. My husband is particularly hilarious when he laughs. He ends up practically rolling on the floor with tears streaming down his face, unable to speak as he chuckles, and then roars with laughter. You can’t help but laugh along with him.

Laughter like that draws people together, and increases happiness and intimacy. It also   triggers healthy physical changes in the body, strengthening our immune system, boosting energy levels, diminishing pain, and protecting us from the damaging effects of stress.  Laughter brings our mind and body back into balance as it lightens our burdens, inspires hopes, reminds of the joy of being alive and connects us to others. God knew what he was talking about when he said “A cheerful heart is good medicine”

It is a priceless gift, and best of all it has no damaging side effects, but immense benefits, and it’s free!

Laughter can also be a powerful and effective way to bring healing, dissolving disagreements, and hurts. Even at times of death and loss, such as when my brother and Dad died, I quickly learnt that if I remembered happier times and funny moments with them, I ended up smiling and even laughing, instead of only crying.

Sometimes life can try to beat the laughter out of us. We can find ourselves rarely smiling, much less laughing. But there is a remedy.

We can begin by setting aside special times to seek out humor and laughter; eventually it become part of who we are, especially if we allow Jesus to restore and heal our heart, exchanging our tears for His joy. He says, “The thief (devil) comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” (John 10:10)

You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” (Psalm 30:11-12)

Here are some other ways to help laughter become part of our day:

1.Count your blessings. Give thanks for what you do have. What have we really got to be unhappy about. Most of the time it is momentary worries and concerns which in the big scheme of our life’s story are of no consequence. I have a saying. “If we won’t remember it in 20 years it probably isn’t worth stressing about”.

2.Smile. Smiling is the beginning of laughter. Like laughter, it’s contagious. It’s possible to laugh without even experiencing a funny event. The same is true for smiling. When you look at someone or see something even mildly amusing, practice smiling. The world and it’s inhabitants are really quite hilarious.

When you hear laughter, move toward it.  Most often, people are very happy to share something funny because it gives them an opportunity to laugh again. When you hear laughter, seek it out and check out “What’s so funny?

Spend time with fun, joyful people. Spend time with those people who laugh easily, both at themselves and at life’s hilarious moments. Hang out with those who laugh easily. It’s contagious. St Teresa of Avila stated rather bluntly, “May God protect me from gloomy saints”. Misery loves company, so make sure you aren’t keeping company with it.

Bring humor into conversations. Ask people, “What’s the funniest or best thing that happened to you today? We regularly ask this at our family dinner times. Kids especially can be very funny with their view of the world and people.  Give people opportunity to share the joy.

Laugh at yourself. The best way to take yourself less seriously is to talk about times when you took yourself too seriously. We all have embarrassing moments, but some of them are truly hilarious when shared. Plus hopefully when we share them with others and have a good chuckle,  we end up laughing instead of cringing when we think of those moments in the future.

Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up, and be more spontaneous.  Have things around you that make you laugh; a funny poster, a screensaver or ringtone that makes you smile, and memories of  family or friends having fun. Watch a funny movie regularly, spend time doing fun things, try something new and renew your passion and joy for life. We all struggle when we have nothing to look forward to, so find things that you enjoy and then do them.

Keep things in perspective. Many things in life are beyond our control, but they are not beyond God’s. Spend time with Him, and give Him your burdens on a daily basis. It will keep the “laughter thief” stress under control, and lift the weight off your shoulders.

Charlie Chaplin wisely said ” a day without laughter is a day wasted”

Don’t waste any more days. “Cast all your cares upon Jesus, for He cares for you”, then smile, laugh (ha ha ha ho ho ho), and embrace the gift of your day. (1 Peter 5:7)

Prayer: Lord I want to thank you for the gift of laughter. Would you lift off my burdens and concerns, and fill my mouth with laughter. I don’t want to spend another day without laughter in it. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

26 May – “We are better together” (Pt 4-the basics)

 

wheel
The Basics

When we look at the basics of walking with Jesus it’s not just about an experience, or head knowledge of Him, but also about really knowing and being His friend. That we would not do, think and say nothing that would offend him, just as we would hopefully treat any loved one in our life.

When we pay close attention to the basics of Christian living it helps us to remain close and aware of Him throughout our day. The basics are easily remembered in a simple “wheel diagram”. Prayer, and study of God,and service and fellowship/community. Having all four firmly in place assist us in making our life flow, rather than feeling like we are on a bumpy ride all the time. (See posts 23-25 May)

4.Fellowship/community 

Our English word, “fellowship” is the translation of the Greek word, “koinonia.” It’s from that word that the word, “fellowship,” is derived from. It means “to hold something in common“. To have relationships that are dependent on more than one individual. It is an interdependent relationship. 

Our fellowship with others is only as good as our friendship and relationship with Jesus. Our inner unity is expressed outwardly, in our ability to connect in community with others. It is not just doing something together, but it is working, serving and being together to ideally accomplish God’s will of being a blessing!

When we have the basics of prayer and study to know and love God more, our outward expressions of serving and community with others causes us to be “better together”. We are able to connect as a “body” of people, offering each other mutual support and able to effectively serve and bless those around us. We all have a part to play, not independently doing our own thing, but interdependently connecting together for the greater good.

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

God says we are “to stir up love and good works, not forsaking meeting together” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

The simple act of getting together doesn’t however achieve the goal of fellowship. It’s how we  treat each other when meeting together that is crucial.

Jesus put the power of a loving fellowship and community in a “nutshell when he said,”A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35)

We are encouraged to follow Jesus’ example and walk in love because when we, “walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another..“(1 John 1:7).

The basics of our walk with Jesus help us navigate this journey of life we are on. When we feel confused or “out of kilter” we need only examine our  spokes on the wheel and get back in balance.

Sometimes we would prefer “going it alone”, or it’ll get done faster if I just do it myself”, or even “I don’t need anybody else”. But there is both wisdom and power in having fellowship as a steadying strength in our lives.

The bible sums it up pretty well. “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up? Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?…And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11)

Take some time to be united with Jesus today, and then let that unity with Him be expressed in fellowship and community with others.

Prayer: Lord I thank you you that I am never alone. Help me to appreciate the power of community and relationship with others, and to deal with any negative feelings or past hurts. Please bring those people that you desire to be in my life into closer relationship with me. In Jesus Name Amen.

25 May -“If you can’t feed 100, just feed 1” (The basics Pt 3)

Christianity is sometimes presented as the ultimate self-improvement program, and many Christians busy themselves almost exclusively with their own spiritual development to the neglect of the service of God and other people.

God loves for us to grow into all that He created us to be. He delights when we prosper as people. It’s just important  that in  all the blessing of God working within us, to remember it is not just all about us. He also wants to equip and energize us to be able to serve others. To turn our focus on occasion outward, and work through us to affect the world for good and to share His blessings.

The first step, then, is to take on the thought of any acts of service as an outworking and overflow of the fullness in our hearts of knowing and discovering God. Service stems from how we have connected in prayer, and how we have grown to love him more through studying Him.

Our day to day “common business,” no matter how mundane or routine, is a medium and outworking of our love for God. The issue is not the sacredness or worldly status of the task but the motivation behind it. “Nor is it needful that we should have great things to do. . . We can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him. (Brother Lawrence;  Pursuit of His presence)

Mother Teresa said “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.
She also said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” It’s not all about what we do, but how we do it. We prevent serving becoming just another thing to do, when we focus on serving with great love, regardless of how big or small it is.

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone,”(Galatians 6:10)

So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might,” (Colossians 1:10-12)

We don’t have to make serving God and others a “work”, that we have to drag up from somewhere inside ourselves. If we feel like its a chore, it is a good idea to check how the other 2 spokes of the wheel which consist of prayer and studying Him, are in place . (See may 23rd-24th blogs). We give and serve most effectively and joyfully when it comes from the overflow of our hearts.

Today simply spend time with Him, and then listen to the promptings He gives of where and how to serve and bless others.

Prayer: Lord help me to understand that serving is not to be seen as a chore but as a direct overflow of my heart and love for you and my fellow man. When I am striving or making it all about “works” remind me to strengthen myself in you, so that serving becomes a joy again.  In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

24 May – God Stalker (The basics Pt 2)

Most of us know the saying “Keep it simple!” But how often do we get too clever for our own good, and end up complicating things. Whenever I find myself in a “pickle” and unsure of the what, how, and where in life, God usually reminds me to get back to the basics with Him. It is the best way I find to remain close and aware of Him.

The basics of Christian life can be expressed in a simple “wheel diagram”

The diagram shows four spokes: prayer, study, service, and community. Two of the spokes – prayer and study – ­are vertical and have to do with the relationship between us and God. (See 23 May post for 1.Prayer)

2. Study
It would be a strange God who could be loved better by being known less …. If we love God knowing a little about him, we can love God more from knowing more about him: for every new thing known about God is a new reason for loving him.”

We study, then, that we may know God better, and as a result love Him more.

But how do we study God? What means do we have for finding out more about him?

How do you find out more about anyone? You spend time with them, and take the opportunity to find out about them through whatever means possible. Especially if its someone you are interested in dating, or like the look of.

Nowadays most of us can “study” people initially on social media. We can examine their “likes”, statuses, their profile information; what their preferred music, movies and favorite pass times and places are. Yes that’s called “face book stalking”. We then catch up and spend time together, talking and discovering more about the other person.

We spend time with and study God in a similar way. You could call it having permission to be a “God stalker” with all the positive connotations. We hear about Him, what he is like, then we begin discovering Him for ourselves. We can sit quietly, listening in our hearts, learning to hear His voice; we read the bible, hear about other people’s spiritual journey’s and stories; and listen to preaching and teaching.

Sometimes studying Him is like being a new parent, and how we just sit enjoying looking at the little face and feet of our new baby. You can just sit and and look at that baby for an hour. There is no conversation. Just being with, and spending time with them you learn a lot. There are times with the Lord where you don’t have to do or say anything, it is enough to just be with Him. “In being there is knowing Him”.

God wants us to study Him; for us to want to continually know Him more deeply. He doesn’t want our relationship with Him to stay at the same level, or worse become superficial.  He even says to fix our mind on heaven, to seek Him out, so that He can share mysteries and great and mighty things with us.

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2)

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:16)

Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

Take the time to study God; because “If  you love God knowing a little about him, you can be sure you will love God even more from knowing more about him”.

Prayer: Lord I want to know you more. I want to study you, to know what you think,  what you like, what pleases you and what touches your heart. I want to know you more, and for you to know me. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

23 May – The Basics (Pt 1) – Prayer of the Heart

I recently came across this diagram of a wheel with 4 spokes that represented the basics of the Christian life.

Careful attention to the basics of  living  in a relationship with God is the best way to remain close and aware of Him for a lifetime. When we find ourselves in confusion or a spiritual slump, if we can get back to basics of our Christian walk we will find ourselves on solid ground again.

What are the Christian basics? They can be expressed in this simple “wheel diagram”

The wheel shows four spokes: prayer, study, service, and community. Two of the spokes – prayer and study – ­are vertical and have to do with the relationship between us and God. The other two spokes – ­service and community – are horizontal and have to do with the relationship between us and other people.

These 4 spokes are basic ways in which the power of God and a relationship with Him can be brought into our daily lives.

When all four spokes are in place, our lives are steady and well balanced. When one or more spokes are damaged or missing, we get out of balance and off kilter, and our life with the Lord becomes a rather bumpy ride.

1.The first spoke on the wheel is Prayer.

Our goal is not “to pray,” or even “to pray well,” but to know Him and to grow in our personal relationship with God.

There is a lot of material on how to pray, when to pray, where to pray, how often to pray, and so on. It can become overwhelming: But in actual fact prayer really is very simple. It is a matter of loving God and being loved by him, of speaking (if it is a necessity) to God and letting him speak to us. It’s not so complicated after all.

When God created the world there was big bang. From His very being a explosion of power burst forth of God’s love and compassion – all that He is.
The universe is encompassed by that essence, by that love. Essentially the very air we breathe is filled with God. To experience Him we need only turn our face towards him and recognise He is there.

“God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’(Acts 17:28)

The basics of our relationship rest in the understanding that He is all around us. When we invite him to share our life He is in us, and we are in Him. Life with God is about knowing Him and being close. That friendship motivates us to stay close, not wanting to “Do, say or think anything that would offend Him”

When we center in Him, and listen within our heart it allows us to have a deepening relationship with God that is always present within us. It will nourish us from the depths of our soul, and grounds us in who we are in Him, and His love for us, and ours for Him. Through the simplicity of loving God and being loved by Him we discover a friend, a companion and one who loves us. 

Prayer can be like two old friends sitting on a park bench who’ve known each other for 50 years. They absolutely enjoy each other, and they enjoy looking at the park. They don’t feel like they have to say or do anything. They just enjoy being together.

“By this we know that we remain in Him; and He in us” ( 1 John 4:13)

In our busy, doing world the biggest battle in prayer is that we will ask ourselves “Shouldn’t I be doing something?” The answer is No, we can just enjoy His presence.  Everything flows out of that place and space. Whatever He may ask of us to bless others, flows from the overflow of our hearts.

God takes pleasure in us, and He wants to be wanted. The greatest way we can love Him is to receive His love, and not overlook Him in our daily lives. 

Enjoy Him today!

Prayer: Lord thank you that that I can come to you and simply enjoy being with you. I don’t have to do anything. Help me to wait and listen; not to the sound of the outer world, but to the quietness and peace that is found in your love. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑