Apr 21 2014

Finish the Race

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail.
And there I find you in the mystery.

Oceans // United

This is the song that would be playing on repeat on my earbuds if I was doing what 36,000 other people are doing right now, defying fear with every pound of the pavement. 

They are determined to finish the race, that some of them couldn't last year.  They are trying to be afraid or to worry about what happened at the finish line last year in the Boston Marathon. 

I’m thinking some of them are praying.  This is what happens when you take a step towards something you are afraid of; you pray harder, and you get closer to God.  Maybe that's the point?  Maybe that's why God tells us over and over again in the bible "do not be afraid", "be strong and courageous".  I think He wants us to take steps towards what we are afraid of, so he can be with us.  Because he knows that we will get down on our knees asking for help, and when we get through, it get down on our knees grateful that He did what he promised he would do.   

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7)

What is the race that God is asking you to run in?  What is it that you are allowing fear to limit you?  Maybe today is the day that you could take a step towards it, and a step deeper in your relationship with God? 

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
and my faith will be made stronger.  

Oceans //United  

Run my friend. Don't miss out.

 

Apr 21 2014

Prayer for Easter Monday

Father, help us to break out of our ruts and live a life worthy of your son's sacrifice!  No more boring religious routine!

This Easter Monday help us to make it real. As we put away those colorful plastic eggs, and snack on the leftover candy, help us to not put You away until next year too. Help us to live a NEW LIFE!

I'm not talking about being suffocated by a bunch of new rules, but living large for You. We are so grateful for the depths that You went to love us, we can't help but let it overflow. Show us who you want us to help, show us how you want us to live, and show us who you want us to tell about our Easter experience. -In Jesus' name, Amen.

"Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me WILL LIVE, even after dying. Everyone who LIVES IN ME and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?" (John 11:24) 

YES!  I believe.  You?