Finished my Greek final

I’m sitting in class having (participle of time) just finished (perfect stative) my final.  We did (aorist) alot of work related to Romans 5-8 (dependant clause) & I’m kind of pumped because I can basically read much of Romans 5-8 in greek (content clause).  As a side note, I’ve memorized (perfect, consummative) so much grammar stuff that if you were talk to me now (conditional clause), you might rightfully think that I’m a bit on the freak side (possibly optative but probably indicative). 

  Holy Cow!!!  Whoever thinks of this stuff is really smart – would that I could attain such intellectual heights.  😉

Needless to say, I’ll be happy to head home in the snow & brace for tomorrow’s onslaught.  I also have to say that I’ve been having some completely outrageous times w God, hearing Him w tremendous clarity, sensing His presence, connecting to His love . . . . . in my heart, I’m so captivated by Him.

invitations

mtn_snow1I’m deeply moved by the goodness of God to me – maybe even moreso, how much He pursues me or even likes me.  When I listen & watch, I find His invitations to be with Him in a variety of situations.  Try these on for size:

  • driving home from the mtns in a snowstorm, stuck in traffic w opportunity to go deep into my heart to be with Him
  • the stillness & quiet of a snowstorm in the mtns – a blanket of His presence
  • long talks w friends at deep levels in our walks w God – hearing God speak to me through these conversations
  • having the chance to mentor one of my boys about how God speaks to him through His dreams
  • praying w Reece about concerning heartfelt issues as we drive home
  • listening for His voice in various conversations w people

I think that God likes to be with us a whole lot more than we realize.  I pray that you would see His invitations for you to be with Him.  Here’s a post that is insightful & rich:  sue.  We’re all so very needy.

spiritual conversations #2 – disappointments, mistakes & hurts

Everyone has been disappointed or let down by someone in their life.  Everyone has had misunderstandings from small miscommunications to giant problems.  Everyone has been hurt at some point by somebody else’s intentional malice.  Truthfully, we all have plenty of opportunities to get hurt – or the better way to consider these opportunities is to think of them as practice in forgiveness.  Yesterday, I blogged about the need to have spiritual conversations – if you haven’t read it, its a good read and the comments are great!  Anyways, its been my experience that generally, forgiveness is required to have spiritual conversations.  The better my practice of forgiveness, it seems like my spiritual conversations have more depth & happen more frequently.  I’m considering that this could be in direct correlation to my forgiveness of others as linked to receiving forgiveness from God.  Matt 6:14-15 says that God forgives me in proportion to how I forgive others.  My point in all of this is that forgiveness is a big deal to God – probably because He gives so much of it to us.  So in the grand scheme of life, God is asking us to forgive others for disappointing us, making mistakes & hurting us.  Read the comments below to get some great insights & suggestions related to forgiveness & feel free to leave your thoughts as well.  🙂

spiritual conversations

conversationI really like having spiritual conversations – not like theology driven, but more like a sincere dialogue about what God is saying at personal levels.  I like hearing what God is saying to other people – I find that this often moves me closer to God.  A few days ago, I got to stay up late talking w a friend about some questions & thoughts I’m having about God & I had the privilege to listen to her ideas, as well as her questions.  I loved this time & found myself driving home & feeling deeply fulfilled & closer to God.  I think there’s alot of value in such conversations both in our horizontal relationships & our relationship w God.  Consider Paul’s words about Timothy & Epaphroditus in Philippians 2.  He could say these great things about these 2 men because he had had multiple spiritual conversations w each of them.

What are some things you do (or can do) to foster spiritual conversations?  Do you even want to have such conversations?  Feel free to answer or not at your level of comfort.  🙂