I Dare You…

I am my Beloved’s, and His desire is for me. (Song of Solomon 7:10)imgres

If we could somehow get that, I mean REALLY get that…wow… things would be so different for all of us.

On the encouragement from my 2nd favorite all time author, Brennan Manning, I’ve been praying the above verse…over and over and over.  The spiritual transformation has begun.  Brennan tells me that when I begin to take those words personally, VERY personally, a number of beautiful things come to pass:

  • The drum beats of doom in you head will be replaced by a song in your heart, which could lead to a twinkle in your eye.
  • You will not be dependent on the company of others to ease your loneliness, for He is Emmanuel-God with us.
  • The praise of others will not send your spirit soaring, nor will their criticism plunge you into the pit. Their rejection may make you sick, but it will not be a sickness unto death.
  • In a significant interior development, you will move from I should pray to I must pray.
  • You will live with an awareness that the Father not only loves you, but likes you.
  • You will stop comparing yourself with others. In the same way, you will not trumpet your own importance, boast about your victories, or feel superior to anyone.
  • You will read Zephaniah 3:17-18 and see God dancing for joy because of YOU!!!!  – “He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
  • Off and on throughout the day, you will just know that you are being seen by Jesus with a gaze of infinite tenderness.

“I’ve come to believe that in everyone’s life, there’s one undeniable moment of change, a set of circumstances that suddenly alters everything.”
― Nicholas SparksSafe Haven

Try it with me.  I dare you…..

I Dare You…

I Need to Hear from God….like NOW!!!!

Someone very close to me called.imgres-1

It was around lunch time.  I had just finished a Chicken Pita from my favorite hole-in-the-wall lunch stop when my cell phone vibrated against my right hip.  My texting device could receive phone calls????  Weird.

“Hey, you got a minute?”

There are a few people in all of our lives that we would literally drop everything in their need time of need – he is one of mine.

“I need to hear from God now. I’m asking Him. I’m listening. But I just can’t tell what He is saying”.

His need was HUGE and immediate – literally 6 hours was all he had to make a decision that would affect the rest of his life.

After receiving the detailed download, I asked for 2 of those precious 6 hours to pray and process.

There is something that energizes my soul when I am forced to bring an urgent cry to my God, desperately needing Him and His guidance. Given too much time, my pragmatic tendency is to work through and derive an action plan. But given a complex issue and just 120 minutes drove me to my knees.

I asked, and God once again fulfilled His obligation to answer. The answer was clear. Why do I still sometimes doubt this prayer thing? I took the full 2 hours before hitting redial.

He answered with expectation….

I shared what I trust was Divine intervention. He thanked me – we exchanged our love for one another. The day continued.

The take away?

Who will you call when you need someone to stand with you in prayer?

Who will call you in their time of need and what are you doing to foster that trust and relationship?

Are you hearing Him when He speaks to you? If not, ask Him to help…He’s your Daddy.

I Need to Hear from God….like NOW!!!!