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Hello! Hello! It's been a while since I last blogged. Some days after work I intend to blog but then my son says, "Hey Mom, wanna watch a movie?" He's the last of three sons and recently graduated from high school. He won't be with me much longer. My answer is always yes. I tell myself I'll write tomorrow. And then the dog gets sick, or the car overheats. Life happens. It's life. And I love that you get that your life does not depend on how many times I blog. Your life depends on your personal revelation of a loving Father who is "vitally interested and invested in each one of us." I love you for this. You are my tribe.
"God is vitally interested and invested in you." This Father's Day I pray you will explore this beautiful statement I came across in Living The Lord's Prayer by Albert Hasse, O.F.M. A simple and yet powerful statement that filled me with hope on the heels of recent disappointment. The take away for me is that the love of God is unfailing even when relationships must end.
The prayers I pray for healing. The efforts I make to reconcile. The forgiveness I offer to a loved one and hope to receive in turn. None of this goes unseen by my loving Father who is vitally interested and invested in the hearts of His children.
Is it difficult to imagine a father who would express an interest in you? A father who would invest in you? I encourage you this Father's Day to explore how your answer affects your ability to offer a personal trust in God that stretches beyond statements of faith. In other words, do you truly feel valuable and valued in God's eyes? Why or why not?
You are not alone. We get better together.
Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 5:45 PM CDT
This morning, Hannah Banana's desire to hang with me superseded her fear of the vacuum cleaner. Where I walked, she followed and patiently waited for me as I attempted to remove all evidence of boy-dirt and shedding dogs.
Has your belief in the goodness of God superseded your fear of facing something painful? If it has, you're on a great path! Like Hannah, you're willingness to follow does not go unseen. And God is pleased with your willingness to remain by His side at all costs.
Tell God how you feel today. As you open your heart you'll see more and more evidence of His goodness. Give your belief in that goodness time to grow, and then experience firsthand, how perfect Love cast out fear.
It was important for me to let Hannah know I was pleased that she longed for my company in the midst of something scary in her world. Consider how much more God wants you to know how pleased He is with your willingness to seek freedom from what causes pain and fear in your world.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. (Psalm 139:23)
What do you face that freaks you out? If you feel anxious, but can't put your finger on why, ask God to reveal the cause. If you know the cause, but can't seem to find a still point in your soul, consider trying what I do when I get like this:
I lie down on my back in a quiet place. Take slow, deep breathes, and meditate on the name Jesus. Seriously, when I do this, I'm always centered because I'm reminded so gently that He is my center.
You are not alone,
Published on Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 12:15 AM CDT