Skip to main content

"anything" - (chapter 4)

Sure. We are abandoning the approval of others and getting our heart under control. 
Easy, right?  Is that even possible?

We talked about our preoccupations, our "streams" if you will, this week.  What are those messages, those thoughts we have running underneath the surface that get pushed to the top when we are squeezed?  Those unspoken but learned messages can send us careening in directions we don't want to go, and make us do things we didn't mean to do.  

Jennie Allen asks the question "How does one control the heart?"  Our small group couldn't answer that one.  In fact, we all laughed out loud thinking about all the times we have tried but failed!

As women, we are blessed with lots of feelings, aren't we?!  That can be such an asset.  We can offer comfort and empathy and hope because we feel things so deeply.  Or....we can let our emotions rule us and carry us to unhealthy places.  (and I don't mean Taco Bell)

Proverbs 21:1 says "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever He will."  When we let God control our heart, he brings us back into fellowship with him, and changes our perspective to his perspective.

I passed out blank index cards and asked everyone to write down the things that were keeping them from praying that "anything" prayer.  Not everyone wanted to share their thoughts, but there was some discussion that centered around fear, loneliness, loss of control. Can you relate?  

What would it take for you to let go of those things? 


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Radical Christmas

It was the worst house I had ever seen, in the U.S. anyway.

The details don't matter, suffice it to say the beautiful young woman and her children were living in conditions that no one should have to live in.  Her options were few.  She didn't have much money to stretch each month, and she had to keep a roof over their head.  It sure wasn't much of a roof.  

Her eyes lit up as we brought in household items and staples.  And Pop-tarts.  Her kids NEVER got Pop-tarts. The items we offered would help for sure.  They would stretch her budget and perhaps make life a little bit less terrifying for the short time they lasted. 

The questions I wrestled with at the beginning of Spread Hope Now, well, I don't wrestle with them anymore.  Questions like "Why her and not me?" and "How could any human being treat others with so little respect?" are not productive and just lead me around in circles. It doesn't matter "why" or "how". God has tho…

Lessons learned in Haiti

Sometimes opportunities come at inopportune times.  

My last mission trip was like that.  I had so many things on my plate - a roof project, and family stuff, and an upcoming Mobile Pack Event.  When I got the invitation to go to Haiti along with a Feed My Starving Children team, I thought of a thousand reasons to turn it down.  Going just didn't make sense.

As you can see, I couldn't turn it down.  





                                                   Outside Love a Child School at recess.


                                        Serving Manna Pack food in a remote mountain village.

"anything" - abandoning entitlement

Expectation.

Unfulfilled expectations are something I have struggled with before, and probably always will.  Anyone else?  

I don't think I really expected my life to be perfect or easy, because it didn't start out that way.  I did, however, have a plan and a goal and I headed toward that with everything I had.  I mean, ever since I was very young I had a picture in my head of what my "ideal" life would look like, and I orchestrated lots of details to make it happen.  

But..... what happens when life doesn't look like that?  Honestly, it feels like failure.  

In chapter 5, Jennie explains that "It is too easy in this country for blessings to become rights, for stuff and money to become what calls the shots in our lives.  And before we know it, God's gifts have replaced himself."  Wow.

Why do we settle?  The point is not that we have a plan and it doesn't work out.  The point is that we shortchange ourselves when we pursue our plan and not his.  On pa…