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A Habit of Desperation

It all started when our marriage fell apart. In the midst of disaster, my husband, Brooke, and I fell to our knees and began to pray regularly together in a desperate attempt to put the pieces back together.

Early in our marriage we had periodically tried to pray as a couple but it usually began late at night with one of us longing for the other to initiate it and ended with both of us falling asleep before it was over. However, the crisis that came in years 10-12 of our marriage brought us to a place of willingness to do whatever it took to find healing and restoration, so we began a habit of nearly daily prayer.

This habit born of desperation started as a way for us to reconnect and begin our days on the same page, and it did not disappoint. We threw fancy and formal out the door and instead came to God raw and real. There was no formula or legalism, just earnestness. Some mornings Brooke had to leave for work around 6:00am so he would wake me up at 5:55am. We’d talk to God together for five minutes and then I’d fall back to sleep (or not, but it was worth it.) We brought the Lord our worries and asked Him to work miracles in our lives and marriage. We brought Him our frustrations and confessed even our occasional lack of desire to pray together. We gave Him our children and our future and asked Him to grow His character in all of us. We asked for direction and hope and encouragement and lifted up the needs of our friends and extended family. Where our hearts were shredded God used our consistent prayer time to make them whole and knit our marriage back together again. It was messy, because we are messy—but that is the best way to come to God. When we came without answers and without pride, we found hope.

Read the rest here:  http://www.journeyguy.com/their-story-sarah-beyer/#KmaPwBoOvJScdyJq.99

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Dating God

A couple of years ago, I went through a season where my schedule allowed me to spend an extended time with the Lord every morning. At the time, I had never needed Him so much and I was very, very grateful I was able to get my girls off to school and then curl up in my favorite chair with breakfast and my bible and journal. It was like having a daily date with my best friend and it ruined me for life—in a good way. I will never again be satisfied with a rote, abbreviated “quiet time” with God. However, it is an unfortunate reality that having a schedule that allows for that kind of time with God is not a regular occurrence in most of our lives.

I’m sure you can imagine that since we’ve moved and I’ve started working full time things have changed a little bit on that front. Nowadays, I have little time and even less energy to spend time alone with God. It has really been bothering me and I’ve been unable to come up with a solution. If I wake up early I am groggy and uncommitted. If I do it in the evening or before bed I am exhausted and uninterested. I don’t have a technical lunch hour and if I try to do it during a break I am too distracted to concentrate. So, I’ve been asking God to help me find a way to keep my devotional life fresh, as it has truly become essential to keeping peace in my soul and joy in following Him.

Recently, He reminded me (it could only have been Him, cause I barely remembered it) that a friend of mine told me one time that she leaves her home every weekend for a date with God. So, I’ve decided to try it. I’m still spending a few minutes praying or in the Word daily, but on Sunday afternoon I’ve started heading to Starbucks or Aspen Coffee to hang out with God for an hour or two.

Here is why it is important: when I just spend a little bit of time with God here and there, I am only scratching the surface of how He wants to work in my life. I begin allowing the “tyranny of the urgent” that rules the rest of my activities to seep into my devotional life and sour it. What I mean is that I need to significantly yield every part of my heart and my life to Him and the only way to do it is through quieting myself and thoroughly tucking under His wing. Please don’t misunderstand me and think that I am a devotional queen who never has to muster up the desire to spend time with God. I definitely struggle with a lack of motivation at times. But, what I’ve learned is that there are huge rewards from praying and yielding and just resting in God. And no matter how much I have to make myself do it, I will do it because I desperately need the peace and the joy and the hope that He gives when I do.

Do you struggle with the same stuff? How do you fit your devotional life into the craziness of your days?

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Dressed Better Than The Lilies

My friend Michele has made it a habit to trust God entirely to provide what she and her family need. I don’t know about you, but that’s the kind of habit I’d like to obtain. She gave me a really great piece of advice about a year ago that has stuck with me. She told me that she has found that if she will ask God for what she needs and then be patient, He will provide. Frequently, she ends up getting the item at no or low cost, and other times she just finds a great deal that she would have missed out on if she had rushed out and bought the thing she needed immediately. Last week I decided to start trying to live the way she does. My 11 year old, Anna, discovered on the first day that the temperature dipped below 70 that she didn’t have any jeans that fit. So, instead of rushing out to buy a couple of pairs that we couldn’t afford, I prayed about it. I told God what we needed (though I’m sure He already knew) and asked Him to provide some hand-me-downs if He had any available (HA! He’s got the whole universe at His disposal.)

Then we waited. 

As I’m getting to know this God that we are all following together, I’m finding that He really is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord Who Provides. Of course, He doesn’t always provide in the way I think He will or exactly as I ask or as quickly as I’d like, but make no mistake, He always provides. Sometimes He just has a greater purpose in mind than gratifying my every desire, and, therefore, waiting is a necessary part of trusting Him. 

Six days after praying about the jeans, one of Leah’s friends’ mom mentioned in casual conversation that she was preparing to get rid of all of her older daughter’s excess clothing and we’d be welcome to come by and take whatever we’d like. So, on Sunday afternoon, the girls and I went over to their house and came home with four tubs of clothes. 

Four tubs. 

I don’t think I’m going to have to buy Anna…or any of the girls…clothes for the next three years. 

I am not surprised that God provided. Cause that’s His name. 

The Lord Who Provides. 

But I am shocked that He provided so lavishly. I am blown away, floored, giddy with gratitude, and, basically, feelin’ the love. 

Tell me, how has God provided for you lately or in the past?  

Give Him a shout out. Cause I know He deserves it and I can’t wait to hear it! 

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 1 Timothy 6:17,18

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