One of the ways that God expresses Their love (Trinity) to us is through friendships – and we get to also be a conduit through which God can express Their love through us! What a cool way for genuine love to be multiplied 🙂
And here’s my thinking, I think that genuine love is unlimited & cannot be confined, so friendships are one of these ways for love to be demonstrated. God is so cool in all of the different ways that They express love to us!! Saving Moses is another way that God shows genuine love as well 🙂 YAHOOO!!
Now that’s a loaded question with all kinds of implications. I think that some people won’t allow themselves to be mad or disappointed with God for fear of being disrespectful. Other folk go so far as to totally alienate any contribution or participation from God in their lives because of their anger, hurt or disappointment with God. Is there a healthy middle point? Can a person be angry, frustrated, hurt, disappointed with God but still keep their relationship withHim?
If you’re in this difficult spot, it can be helpful to read Job to see how he dealt with his anger, hurt & disappointment with God. Here are a few things I’ve learned from Job when it relates to being angry or disappointed with God:
- being honest with God is a necessary ingredient for intimacy with God
- stay engaged – withdrawing or pulling away from God hurts you and is a dead end
- give God plenty of space & time to respond to you
- be willing to adjust, repent & change
- arrogance undercuts any constructive dialogue with God
There’s an interesting demonstration that’s going on around the country called Occupy & its made me think of what occupies me. We are all occupied by lots of things that could include: our desires, accomplishments, love, insecurities, addictions, shortcomings, hopes, family & relationships and much more. But I was thinking about this whole idea of occupy today & it reminded me about a verse from the Bible that says that I’m the “temple” of God, in other words, that God occupies me.
This idea has made me think about a few ideas that could possibly make God’s residence in my life a more comfortable place for Him to occupy.
*I think it’s important to make space in our lives for God to express Himself freely & with a minimum of distortion or even assistance.
*I also think that it’s important for God to feel comfortable in my daily living with how I treat the people around me, including my family.
*There are also times & situations that happen every day where I make decisions – I want to make decisions that will make God comfortable to be around me, even if I’m uncomfortable (letting His preferences be my priority)
I want my relationship with God to be my “pre-occupation” ,)
There are two goals that I want to pursue in life:
GOAL 1: I want to love God. Growing up in a Christian home, I’ve found that the only motivation that can keep me connected to God in a healthy way is love – to let myself experience His love for me and then respond to Him with love. Love is a topic of immense proportions and various intrepretations. But I believe that the only genuine love that we can know is Who God is – He is love. Along this line, I cannot love God, if I do not love the people around me. I believe that loving others is giving God the freedom to express Himself through me and this is one of the ways that I can love God. Loving God keeps my motives right.
GOAL2: I want to know God. This is indeed a lofty goal, similar to my 1st goal. How can a finite know The Infinite? Nevertheless, there are many occassions and verses in the Bible about knowing God – who He is, how He moves, what His values & priorities are, different ways He communicates, . . . . . I believe that God wants to make Himself known to us and each day gives us a fresh opportunity to learn more about who God is – Incarnate in a finite world. The most grounded way to know God is through His Word and knowing God through His Word keeps my doctrine immunized from heresy 🙂
So join me in this adventure of knowing and loving God in the contexts of our daily living.
I have these shoes that I really like – they’re beyond old. I’ve worn them for more than 20 years & I could easily wear them another 20 years, especially if I don’t think about style (which is already a pretty sketchy topic for me). These shoes are leather with a CRAZY durable sole & I often wear them without socks – so their perfectly molded to my feet. I always throw them on as my old stand-by’s because I know they will be comfortable, sturdy & reliable.
I’m using the shoe topic to help me talk about what I think it means to have a deeply satisfying relationship w God. You see, in my mind, I want my life to be like a pair of shoes that God wears & uses everyday. I want my life to be His faithful stand-by, that He will pick everyday to wear. While I may not be very ornate or sparkly, I want to conform to His preferences, let Him walk wherever He choses & be trustworthy and reliable for His usage. I fully believe that a person can be sparkly & ornate and be mightily used by God, so please don’t take me the wrong way. For me personally, I want to conform perfectly to His ways, His feet, His steps. I want God to fill me with His presence not only for my benefit, but also to activate His will & for His pleasure. I want to God to wear me in – that I’m not too small, or uncomfortable for Him to use. I don’t want for God to only use me on special occassions & I don’t want to give Him blisters when He choses to use (wear) me. I want to be His “old shoes.”
What a totally crazy couple of weeks!! Too crazy to describe – too many whirling (not spinning) plates!!!
The big BUT in all of this busy-ness is some really rich & sweet fellowship. I’m finding this to cause my head to tilt at present because my previous experiences have been then when i get insanely busy it seems that my interactions w God get lost in the whirlwind dust somewhere. BUT, these last few weeks have been different – i’ve had a richness & sweetness w God that’s continued below the surface frenzy. its been most interesting to still sense some very deep & rich fellowship w God in the midst of seriously crazy schedules, demands, etc. What this says to me is that God is pretty intent about having a relationship w us. On the human side & being dreadfully honest, i’ve also been in a really needy state of being – needing God in all the stratas of life where i interact. maybe i’m getting over any personal dignity & accepting that at ground zero, i’m a needy person, even if that puts me in the pariah category.
i just need God, plain & simple – whether i’m busy or bored, popular or pariah, floundering or fulfilled – i just need God
I’ve been thinking about love lately & its been an interesting journey in my brain. i’ve been thinking about the differences between God’s love & our love. Here are some thoughts i’m bouncing around:
- is it possible for human love to be pure??
- is God’s love the only pure love known to humanity?
- does my love become more pure the closer i am to God?
- i think that no one loves me more purely than God
I think its good to consider some of these things – particularly in light of Jesus’ instructions to love God & love people. 🙂
lots of love to you!
Mothers are intersting creatures. Since becoming a mother, i’ve come to see things from 2 sides – both as an offspring & as a mother. Right now, i live in the “high-octane” middle of both worlds (as i sit here writing, my little men are wrestling w my big man, while Isabell designs her new bank savings box). I am fully offspring, in that i work pretty closely w my mom & i’m quite thoroughly integrated w care for & interaction with my kids. Consequently, Mother’s Day is the collision of significant portions of my life.
In the fullest sense of the word, Mother’s Day is designed to celebrate life. I say this because there’s not a single one of us that doesn’t have a mother (dead or alive). Mothers (and Fathers – but we’ll celebrate Father’s Day next month) are significant conduits through which God gives us the gift of life and life is very good. May your Mother’s Day be filled w gratitude to God for His gift of life and gratitude for our mothers & the things they’ve invested in our lives. Happy Mother’s Day!
Our house could use some repairs, actually, alot of repairs and it would be FAR from accurate to call either Reece or myself “tool time Tim / Tina.” We just have things that are broken around our house, or you could say that its well lived in.
Whatever words you use, things get broken, meaning they stop working for various reasons. My point in discussing this is in relation to a verse i recently read – ps 147:3, about God fixing the broken hearted. It seems to me that we most often think of broken hearted in the context of a failed romantic relationship or some kind of heart hurt. But when i think of broken, i think of something that doesn’t work like its supposed to. If i take this idea & apply it to being broken hearted, it would mean that my heart is broken & doesn’t function the way its supposed to. Given this concept, it makes complete sense that God takes our hearts, which do not function as they are supposed to without Him & He repairs them to function with Him as He has intended them to function. The essential component in heart repair is God. And if we get down to the essentials, our human relationships are deeply affected by our relationship w The Divine. Can we truly have long-term healthy & constructive human relationships without healthy interaction & interface w God? I think this is an important question to ponder.
Ever struggled with God? What are some things that you’ve struggled w God about? I’m asking because tomorrow night i’m speaking about wrestling w God from Jacob’s experience in Gen 32. Truthfully, I LOVE this story of the interchange between God & Jacob. Its very gripping to me.
Personally, I’ve wrestled w God about a few things that include: uncertainty in my future, frustrations w various situations, relationships, not trusting God because things didn’t always turn out like i wanted, . . . . These are just a few things & I’m inviting you to share some of the things you’ve wrestled w God about – this would help me w my message & others to see that they’re not alone with this kind of experience. 🙂