Come and Talk

Prayer is many things but it is not a monologue. Sometimes there are many gathered together to pray but there is never less than two involved in any prayer. Whenever there is prayer happening there is always at least two, the person praying and God. The wondrous thing is that God wants to talk with us.

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
Ps 27:8 nlt

grey-crowned-crane-540657_640Yes, Jesus says “Come and talk with me.” He wants to have a conversation. What is a conversation?  It is the interchange of thoughts, ideas, and information between persons. In a conversation, one person talks and the other listens then the one listening responds to what was said. It’s a give and take, a sharing. When we pray we talk to Jesus, He listens.

LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their hearts. You will listen carefully,
Ps 10:17 hcs

Then it is our turn to listen. There are times when Jesus seems to shout, we hear Him loud and clear. Though I have found that most often He speaks quietly and we have to listen closely. And there are those times when He is silent. Those occasions can be frustrating and can make us feel He has just walked away. But He never walks away.

I waited patiently for the LORD,
and He turned to me and heard my cry for help.
Ps 40:1 hcs

The Lord always hears us and always responds but we sometimes have to wait for His response. This is not what I want when I pray. I don’t like waiting I want answers now! And that often leads to more talking…on my part. He listens and answers in His perfect timing. Waiting patiently for Jesus to speak tends to be difficult for me but I have learned that waiting prepares us for the gift He has been waiting to give us. He waits to reveal His gift until we are ready to receive it.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.
Ro 8:28 nlt

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

You Are Mine

Truth is sometimes hard to believe and there are times I find myself doubting it. My heart knows what I read in the Bible is God’s Word and is truth but my head will question it. What is written in Isaiah my heart believes without question, and my head believes it too, but not without questions.

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
Isa 43:1b nlt

God has called me by name. He knows my name! And He says “you are mine.”  He doesn’t love-1196950_640suggest that I belong to Him He states it. There is no question it’s a fact I belong to Him! Not only do I belong to Him, He paid for me. I may not be worthy of Him but He doesn’t think I am worthless.  Amazing.

“From eternity to eternity I am God.
No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
No one can undo what I have done.”
Isa 43:13 nlt

My heart knows without hesitation or difficulty that this is true. In my heart I accept the fact with confidence and certainty. But my head, my hard stubborn head is at odds with my heart. It contradicts my heart,  it argues and debates what the heart knows. Always wondering…what if?  When my thoughts begin to get confused I remember what Paul wrote to the Philippians;

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize
for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things.
If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.
But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.
Phil 3:14-16 nlt

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

Cast It Away

Anxiety is a problem for me. These days I can usually control it but that wasn’t always so. There was a time when I was nearly paralyzed by worry and fear. Anxiety was an invader in my life that was defeating me. I still have to be on guard against this enemy.

I have learned to recognize when anxiety is on the edges of my life. If I allow it, it will cover me like a heavy blanket. An important defense against worry or anxiety is to be aware of what triggers it and to be prepared to take action. For me, the main triggers are not getting enough rest, not eating healthy, and not getting any exercise.  Sometimes I let my guard down and as with most enemies, it will surprise me and that heavy blanket will be thrown over me and weigh me down.

When this happens and  I get passed feeling sorry for myself I know what I need to do. It’s time, past time, to talk to Jesus. Prayer is the best defense against any enemy. Still, it has taken me a long time to learn that part of prayer is letting Jesus do His thing. When we take our burdens to Him and put them at His feet that is where we are to leave them.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Pet 5:7 niv

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To cast something is to throw, hurl, fling it. It means to throw it off or away. Which is what we do when we pray for the Lord to take our worries and fears. But if you are like me you like to clean up after yourself. So what do I do? After praying and casting my cares on the Lord I pack them up nice and tidy and keep them in the back of my mind. I am getting better at leaving the heavy blanket with Jesus and moving on free of the burden for I now understand;

The LORD is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?
The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
Ps 27:1 nlt

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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