Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Let him ask

Prayer is hard for any Christian. It's true. It seems even harder for me. haha I have this way of thinking in general, though. All growing up and even now, I'd rather not ask for something than be told no. I don't like rejection. I don't like being told "no" or "wait." So I just don't ask. There is a fear that I won't get what I want. (how sinfully selfish is that????)

I was thinking about it last night and realized that the way I am with my earthly dad...and others (just don't ask) is the way that I am with God (just don't ask). I'd rather not ask then be left hanging. There have been somethings in life that I do ask for. With my earthly dad...and others...if I can see an easy way to get it already and the giving won't be too hard, then I'll ask for it. If I see the chocolate cake on the counter and I know my dad's in a good mood, then I'll ask for a piece. Same with God. If it is something that is pretty easy for me to see the answer to, I'll pray for it. Then I'll ask for it. Less chance for rejection.

But that's not the way my dad works all the time. Sometimes he may have a trick up his sleeve. I have to just ask for it. That's not the way God works either. My pastor has been preaching on Matt. 7...you know the ask, seek, knock part? At the end of that section, he says something to the effect of if your earthly father knows how to give you good things, how much more does your heavenly Father know how to give you good things? It's true. I have to trust and believe that He wants to bless me...even though, like we learned at church this last week, I don't deserve His blessing.

So James said, "Let him ask in faith, with no doubting." I doubt. But there is no reason to. I have two stories to back this up. A friend of mine has been praying for something for a long time, faithfully. God answered her prayer this week. After almost a year and a half of praying. And how many other people do I know that have prayed for things for an even longer time? And my grandma. She had God answer a prayer for her in a really neat and unexpected way this week. She was pretty excited about it. I was too :) Because God showed me yet again that he does answer prayer.

So I will go into my day slightly late for work, but praying and expecting answers. Remembering all the times God has already answered. He is good!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

2 years

Early Monday morning, it will be 2 years since Mike had his first glimpse of Jesus. It will have been 2 years since his faith became sight. As hard as it's been for Amy, Whit and Judy, and Ed and Jodi and the rest of us, I'm so glad for Mike. He is experiencing his dream right now. And he will be for all eternity. I sang this song in church today. I think it was fitting.

Arrived

Watching and waiting our whole life through
For the moment when we arrive in Glory.
We’ll be standing before His emerald throne.
O what a day it will be!

All tears are gone and suffering ceased.
Perfect new life with no earthly strife
For we’ve finished the race, run to His embrace
O what a day it will be!

When we’ve arrived, stunned and surprised,
All things resolved in the blink of an eye;
No more distractions, no sin left to fight.
The first glimpse of Jesus and faith becomes sight.

Feel the ground shake, hear thunder roll.
See blinding light and seraphim flight.
All amazed we will fall, yet the Father will call,
“Stand, I have made you my own.”

A choir with angels, martyrs and saints
Sing in His praise with no end to the day,
Shouting, “Holy, holy, holy!” to almighty God;
O what a song that will be!

When we’ve arrived, stunned and surprised,
All things resolved in the blink of an eye;
No more distractions, no sin left to fight.
The first glimpse of Jesus and faith becomes sight.
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