Reach for God

Storms make trees take deeper roots. —————Dolly Parton

When things happen to rock my world I tend to reach out for God. Each storm moves me further into his arms and brings me closer to him. I am grateful that this is my response. Sometimes bad things can make us turn away from God. We that happens we miss the solace of being held in loving arms.

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Loving God, thank you for your care for us and help us to reach for you in all the storms of this life. AMEN

Doubt

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Faith is not the opposite of doubt. The opposite of doubt is disbelief. Doubts make us ask questions. They make us struggle, study more and learn. Doubts stretch us and make us grow. Don’t be afraid of having doubts. We can’t know everything. Only God has all the answers.

Amazing God, forgive us for thinking that we can know all the answers. Help us to continue to learn and grow in our knowledge of you. AMEN

Bad days

Sad-Quotes-1Today has not been a good day. I have lost an important keepsake. These things happen to us. Not everything is good. The thing is when we have these days God is there to hold us and cry with us. He will join us in our sorrow and bring us peace.

Caring God, you will be with us when we have bad days. You will wipe away our tears. We thank you. AMEN

The hole

The soul hardly ever realizes it , bu whether he is a believer or not, his loneliness is really a homesickness for God. ——–Hubert ban Zeller

God holeWe each have a God shaped hole inside of us just waiting to be filled. When we don’t reach for God we try to find other things to fill it: money, power, things, sex, drugs. We think that these things will help but they never do. Look carefully at the number of well known figures who are unhappy. Reach for God. That is the only thing to fill the hole.

Loving God, you know that we are empty without you. Help us to seek you instead of the things that will never help. AMEN

Listen

Why are we the last ones to see what God wants? —————Suzanne Boyd

We go to church. We supposedly read the Bible. We take classes about God. We talk to other Christians but how often do we spend time listening? We have been told that God speaks in silence and yet silence is something most of us don’t like. We watch TV, listen to music, read electronic media but we don’t just sit in silence and wait for God. That is why we are the last to hear God speak.

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Patient God, you speak to us again and again and yet we seldom stop to hear. Help us to learn to stop and listen for your voice. AMEN

Blessings

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. —-Abraham Lincoln

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How we see thing is everything. Some say that people see the glass as half full or half empty. I think that we can learn to see it half full. We don’t take time to see the blessings that we have. We are so busy doing things or watching TV or using electronic devices. It is time to look at our blessings.

Generous God, you have gifted us with so many things. Help us to see them and give thanks. AMEN

Homework: for the next week write down at least five blessings you have.

Tell the story

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it. ———–Winston Churchill

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Those of us who follow Christ has knowledge that we need to share. Tell others what he has meant to you… how he has supported you, guided you, and dried your tears. Tell them your personal story. Share

Christ our savior, remind us to share our story with others. Stories change lives. AMEN

Let go

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –———Lao Tzu

We spend a lot of time concerned with ourselves. It is a natural things to do but what if we didn’t? What if we let go of ourselves and just let God be in charge. I think it would be amazing what would happen. What would we be like? Why don’t we try it?

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Incredible God, help us to let go and let you! AMEN

God with us

God is not distant at the cross and God is not distant in the grief of the newly motherless at the hospital; but instead, God is there in the messy mascara-streaked middle of it, feeling as shitty as the rest of us. There simply is no knowable answer to the question of why there is suffering. But there is meaning….We want to go to God for answers but sometimes what we get is God’s presence. ——————–Nadia Bolz -Weber

God promises that he will be with us always and he will!

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Ever-present God, thank you being with us throughout our entire lives. AMEN

Can you understand God?

The the true master knows that if he had a God he could understand he would never hold him to be God-——from “The Gargoyle” by Andrew Davidson

God is way beyond my understanding. There are so many things that happen in the world that make no sense to me. Who would allow pain and suffering if they were in charge? However, I know that there is a God whose wisdom I cannot grasp and no matter how much I study I will never understand. God is infinite and beyond my imagining.

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Amazing God, you created the world and all that is in it. Your wisdom is before me every day and I will never understand. You are God. I believe.