Mid-week question~Nagging God

Midweek Question: Can we ever nag God?

can we ever nag God?

Enuma Okoro asks this question in her book Reluctant Pilgrim, A Moody, Somewhat Self-indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community.

I think that I have definitely nagged God, at least by my human definition of the word “nag.”

But, Because of Grace, I don’t think God sees it this way. I think he wants me to come to Him.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.  James 1:5-6

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Other questions from other weeks

Monday words for the soul~July 29~the more truly ourselves we become

Perhaps the elusive “it” of serenity occurs through surrender.

C. S. Lewis observed, “The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become — because He made us.

Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” (Psalm 37:7a GW)

What does Surrendering your life mean?

The founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, once said, “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” Surrender Leads to Victory

Today is my birthday and as I surrender another year to the calendar of memory, it is good for me to dwell on what (And Who) outlast the calendar as well.

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More Monday words for the soul

a word from The Sponsor~July 28

Psalm 126:6

Psalm 126:6

“God never tells you who you’re not, He always tells you who you are. He loves to tell us the things that are coming in our life. … Our story, our journey, it’s about how He thinks and how He acts and how He calls us and how He develops us and how He can stand in a secure place all the time regardless of circumstance and events.” ~Graham Cooke

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This Weekend~July 26~Let them Drive their Mirrors

With experience, a driver adjusts his understanding of how a car feels when it is near its limits. A driver becomes comfortable driving on the edge, so when his tires begin to lose adhesion, he can easily correct, pause, and recover. Knowing where and when he can push for a little extra becomes ingrained in his being.

When the pressure is intense and the race is only half completed, a driver who is being chased relentlessly by a competitor realizes that he might be better off pushing from behind than pulling from the front. In that case, the smart move is to yield his lead to the trailing car and let the other driver pass. Relieved of his burden, our driver can tuck in behind and make the new leader drive his mirrors.

…Racing is about discipline and intelligence, not about who has the heavier foot. The one who drives smart will always win in the end.
~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 30

When  things are going well and you feel that you are leading the way, making a change and doing no harm, often you will notice that others tend to snip and snap and try to distract you with fear, worry, and the dreaded- “What-if.” Slowly (or suddenly), you, (or I) begin to “Drive our mirrors” and we lose focus. We begin to spend too much time thinking about what Drain people say, or the problems and negativity they are bringing to our circle of influence. We start driving our mirrors–we stop looking forward and focus sideways and behind instead. And then we can get off – track.

Well, this weekend, let the naysayers and the pity-me’s, and the busy-be’s and the woulda-coulda-should-ites pass. Let them pass you by. Bid them safe passage as they pass you. Refrain from arguing and challenging them. Resist the urge to explain anything to them because explaining is just arguing with a passive voice.

drivetheirmirrors

Let them drive their mirrors for awhile.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.       ~1 Corinthians 9:24

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Another post featuring 1 Corinthians 9:24

Other weekend activities

Mid-Week Question~July 24~Love more than fear

How can you fill your life with more of God’s perfect love so that there is no room for fear? ~Rick Warren

How can you fill your life with more of God’s perfect love so that there is no room for fear?

To see the blog post featuring this question, please gently click here

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Additional weekly questions

A conversation in courage and laughter

Motivational speaker Nika Maples suffered a lupus-induced stroke that led to quadriplegia. She recently returned to her alma mater, Abilene Christian University to converse about courage, seeds of joy and laughter.

 

“What’s next for me? … What’s next for me is obedience. I love God more than I dislike difficult things.” ~Nika Maples

Monday Words for the Soul~July 15~Storms

No storm can last forever. It will never rain 365 days consecutively. Keep in mind that trouble comes to pass, not to stay. Don’t worry! No storm, not even the one in your life, can last forever. ~Iyanla Vanzant

flower in the rain

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More Words for the Soul

A word from The Sponsor~July 14

He sent out His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. ~Psalm 107:20

Psalm 107:20

Because of Grace, I do not have to be left to my own devices.
Read an eloquently expressed post called “A Prayer for the Broken-hearted” by Ann Voskamp

This Weekend~July 12~Birthday Practice

Today is a special day. It is my dad’s birthday—his 86th birthday.

And we are celebrating. He went to the movies yesterday. There are hamburgers and home-made Butterfinger ice cream today. And his son arrives tomorrow.

It is a big deal!

And it arrives in the middle of challenges for me that are not of his making and out of his control. To bring my struggles in along with his birthday present and his favorite Mr. Goodbar candy bars would be irresponsible and selfish.

It will also be a test of my discipline to stay in the moment. To hold a space for gratitude in the moment. To, travel with mustered joy and, as Ann Voskamp writes in this post to, “Practice the discipline of the present.”

the discipline of the present

If this is where you also are today, might we practice together?

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Previous Weekend Activities

Mid-week question~Gone~July 10

What-do-I-have-now-which-I-will-miss-when-it's-gone

 

“What do I have now

which

I will miss when it’s gone?”

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Monday Words for the Soul~July 8

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Over this past weekend, I seriously consider giving up on a goal I’ve had for 15 years because of a 17-minute phone call with a long-time critic and a setback of a previous expectation. It was a dizzying descent down Setback Road.

Slowing down the dizzy, asking God for guidance and repeating His promises of provision began to clear the decaying leaves off Setback Road. Restoring belief and balance is a slow process, helped by a wise mother’s perfectly punctuated advice,

“Dismiss those who Diss.”

And in Christine’s quote:

Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you have a flat. ~Christine Kane

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Additional words for the soul

A word from The Sponsor~July 7

This Weekend~Embrace the Odds

tballonlineThis weekend is the second weekend in the “High Holy Days” of Wimbledon. I love to watch the coverage, forwarding through the commercials and hoping for more than a parting glance at some doubles play.

Oddsmakers look forward to Wimbledon too. They set the percentage odds for all the players, based on their past performance.

This year these were the pre-tournament odds for four popular women’s players:

A. Radwanska……………………………….. 40/1 odds
M. Bartoli……………………………………..150/1 odds
K. Flipkens…………………………………..300/1 odds
S. Lisicki……………………………………….80/1 odds
Each of these women made it to the SemiFinals. Bartoli and Lisicki await tomorrow’s finals. Flipkens was too injured last year to even qualify for Wimbledon and her playing rank slipped to under the top 200.

These were the pre-tournament odds for the previous Wimbledon winners:
S. Williams………………………………………   2/1 odds
M. Sharapova…………………………………..  15/1 odds
V. Azarenka …………………………………….    7/1 odds
None of these women made it to the semifinals. They were eliminated in the early rounds by one of the women from the list above.

So, perhaps this weekend, it is a good idea to consider your odds. Consider the odds of a struggle, challenge, wish, or dream you face.

Consider the odds and then, Because of Grace, embrace those odds, wink at them … and twirl right passed them!

Because odds are based on the past. They are based on the remnants of yesterday. But, Because of Grace, God invites us to the future.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future…I will be found by you. ~Jeremiah 29:11

The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you…and I will give you rest-everything will be fine for you.” ~ Exodus 33:14, NLT

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Happy July 4th!

photo by Helen Teague

Today, we celebrate the birth of the greatest nation, The United States Of American.  Our leaders in 1776 declared independence from the Kingdom Of Great Britain – thus the birth of America.  236 years of freedom and still going strong.    Our freedom symbol, recognized world wide is our Flag, the Flag of the United States Of America.  Display her proudly and properly. Let our heart and mind know that our men and women in the armed forces protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic. May our country, in dealing with other countries – May she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.  ~By Jim McShane

Happy 4th of July!

Mid-week Question of the Week~July 3~How?

How Can I “Be Still and Know”?

How can I "Be Still and Know"?

When there are times that you can’t avoid or combat or hide anymore…

Because of Grace, He is there.

In the stillness. And the quiet.

In the path that is tread seventy times seven.

But, how can we be still?

How can I get to “still”?

What are some ways you get still? How do you make the stillness happen?

Would you share in the Comments here?

Words for the Soul~ July 1~You are

You are light for another…perhaps a sparkling fireworks light for another during this Fourth of July week!

you are the light for another

“You are the light of the world…” Matthew 5:14 and you are never alone.

A Monday video from Kari Jobe…

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More words for the Soul

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