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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More words from The Sponsor

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

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