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A Challenging Question

Today I am asking a simple question:

“Is God the first one you turn to, or your last resort?”

I’ll be honest, many times when a problem has reared it’s ugly head, I’ve tried to solve it myself first, then turned to my husband for help, then turn to someone/something else and finally when none of that works/ makes me feel any better…I’ll turn to God. I read somewhere today that:

“the only reason we fail to pray is because we’ve made an idol out of self… it’s my own inflated sense of self-importance, the elevation of my work, my agenda, that keeps me from prayer… that’s called idol worship… I don’t pray enough because I’m [too busy] practicing idol worship.”

Well, that was a slap in the face. But so true. It breaks God’s heart that so many people (myself included) would essentially turn to idol worship first, making God a last resort instead of taking a few minutes to place Him in the driver’s seat, and to hand Him the keys once again. So think about this question and what it may mean needs to change in your life:

“Is God the first one you turn to, or your last resort?”


5 things I’m grateful for this week

I’m struggling to find things to be grateful for at the moment, which is PRECISELY why I’m forcing myself to do this week’s 5 Things.

– Great books such as The Bible (obviously!), Third Culture Kids, Two Caravans, and The Power of a Praying Woman; all of which I’ve been reading recently and thoroughly enjoying.

– My new tattoo :) and my parents’ surprisingly calm and gracious reaction to it!

– The fact that even when I’m feeling bored and fed up in the place I’m in at the moment, it’s where God wants me to be for now and thinking about that gives me a renewed sense of purpose and destiny.

– The opportunity (again) to learn more patience. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard and frustrating at times but a lesson I need to learn. And will probably still be learning for the rest of my life!

– Our corner shop near the office doesn’t sell Skittles anymore and it might actually help to wean me off of them! (Don’t know if that’s something to be grateful for though?!)

Relevantly challenging

“Elijah prayed for rain”

I was so encouraged by the preach that Terry Virgo did this past Sunday at the church that I go to in Brighton – CCK. It was extremely challenging and has really been preying on my mind ever since. It was the eighth part in his Elijah series that he has been preaching for a while now at our church. Terry draws on the way that Elijah prays and challenges us to take some pointers from him. Terry chats us through how Elijah…  

1. Withdraws from the crowd – see Matthew 6:6 for Jesus’ advice on this too! Do you have a secret place with your Father?

2. Prays according to God’s promises – Terry says that prayer is ‘a vital requisite for God to move’ and it’s as though God’s promises are waiting for prayer for fulfillment!

3. Prays fervently – We need to ‘pray ourselves into prayer’. I love that Terry says that even when we’re not that into it at first, if we pray in the Spirit we get the energy and fervency to pray. There is actually power in prayer.

4. Prays with importunity – Don’t see delay as a sign that your prayer isn’t gonna be answered, keep at it until something happens! (By the way, ‘importunity’ basically means persistence – don’t worry, I had to look it up too!)

If you want to hear this sermon (it’s sermon number 8) and others from Terry’s Elijah series, click on this link! I would strongly encourage you to listen to this as it’s relevant for each and every one of us. Everyone I’ve heard talking about it since Sunday, from church elders to new Christians, was challenged by it!

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