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All Together Altogether All To Get Her: King David

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Dear God:  Thank you for the reminder that you are the Creator of grass.  Even when my neighbor’s appears all together and mine does not.

What does it mean to have it all together?

David was the King of Israel.

He was God’s chosen and had wealth beyond measure.

I’m sure that people looked at him as someone who had it all together.

I’m certain that people looking at his life envied him.

But beneath his seemingly all together life was an altogether different picture.

Because having it all together does not mean that you are completely together.

The sum total of David’s life was evidence that he was not altogether all together.

As green as his grass was, the other side looked better.

As he looked across the palace walls onto the grass of Uriah, he thought the other side was greener.

King David looked at his seemingly all together life as altogether void of what he wanted most:  Bathsheba.

So, instead of watering his grass he kept looking at the grass on the other side.

He neglected his grass, so much so that the desire for Bathsheba drove him to murder.

He used the influence of his all together altogether to get her.

All to get her.

His altogether overshadowed his all together all to get her.

What is it that we are looking at outside of our lives that will cause our all together to altogether crumble?

Could it be that if we tended to our lawns more carefully, even when it turned brown, that God would make it grow?

Or are we SO distracted because we keep looking to external forces to fill a void in our lives?

Your grass, no matter how brown it is belongs to you.

If it has stopped growing, has turned brown, coarse or has died:  fix it.

If you need to uproot and plant in different ground:  do it.

If you need to sprinkle more fertilizer to promote stunted growth: do it.

If you need to become more consistent in watering your grass: do it.

And when you care for your lawn, don’t look at your neighbor’s.

Because you have no idea what they did to get that perfectly altogether manicured lawn.

Take care of yours and don’t ever let your all together fall completely altogether apart.

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Prayer

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Dear God: Today I will make time to slip away to a quiet place to shut up, sit down and hear from you. Speak to my heart, Father.

Our lives can become so consumed with the day to day that we don’t make time to pray.

We were created solely for relationship with God.

Just as Adam and Eve’s purpose (to be fruitful and fill the earth) was secondary, so is ours.

In fact, absent of help from God we are unable to fulfill our purpose.

We live in a quick fix world, where things are prepared, packaged and ready to go.

Because our lives have become busy and consumed with chasing OUR purpose, it becomes easy to neglect God’s purpose in our lives.

Posting “Dear God” is not designed for anyone to adopt this as their only time with God.

These prayers are to serve as reminders for us all and to inspire deeper communication with God.

I often think of how my day is divided and must constantly take stock of how much time I spend with God.

Who or what gets most of your time?

Do you relegate time with God solely to when you are in church?

Imagine if you only spent one hour a week with your children.

What if you communicated only three times a week with your significant other?

Yet, we reduce our relationship with the most powerful being by giving Him borrowed time.

Don’t give God your leftovers.

Make him the first person you confer with in the morning and the last at night.

And give him some moments of undivided attention throughout the day.

He deserves that and so much more.

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Resurrection

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Dear God:  Thank you for your plans for us to do amazing things, no matter what today feels like.

This post is not about Easter Sunday.

I will never understand what egg hunts, “Sunday Best” Clothing and ham have to do with the resurrection of Christ.

Then again, I don’t understand what connection a tree with gifts around it for everyone except Jesus has to do with his fake birthday.

But,that’s just me.

I do however understand the significance of resurrection, not just today, but everyday.

Many of us have areas in our lives that need to be revived.

Someone reading this sees no light at the end of a dark tunnel.

And some of those areas have to do with traditions that amount to nothing more than people pleasing.

God doesn’t love you any more or less because you spent your last on an Easter outfit.

Jesus’ blood stands no matter what you eat today.

The day is a reminder that there IS hope.

Jesus came back to life and was elevated higher than ever.

The same applies to us.  No matter what has died within us, can spring back to life.

And you don’t need a bunny rabbit, candy or a fancy hat for it to happen.

What do you do when your hope, faith and purpose has died due to fear, weariness and discouragement?

Much like a heart that needs a defibrillator to jump-start it, sometimes our faith need a boost.

How can you resurrect those things that bring you joy?

1). Stop. Take some time to allow yourself to just BE.

It’s okay to be tired and perfectly acceptable to take time taking care of you.

2). Breathe. Literally. Go for a walk and get some fresh air. Alone.

Clear your head and devote some time to clearing out the clutter that wears you down.

3). Analyze. What needs to get done versus what you want to get done?

Sometimes when we break things down, tasks don’t seem as overwhelming.

4). Evaluate. Plan your next steps. Accept that you have made progress.

No one has ever fallen while lying on the ground.

5). Invigorate. Listen to music, have a meal with a friend.

Do something that makes you happy.

6). MOVE. You don’t have to always jump.

Take baby steps towards your goals. Do something daily to get you closer to where you want to be.

7). Encourage.  Yourself and others.

There’s nothing more encouraging to trace your progress.  Encouraging others will leave you encouraged as well.

8). Confess.  Just say the words.

Know your weakness and admit your faults.  It is SO freeing.

9). Celebrate.  You are great.  You are amazing.

And there’s at least one other person who thinks you are.  Celebrate that.

10).  Keep going.

If you’ve read down this far, you’re on to something.

No matter how down, tired or defeated you feel you clearly want to do something about it.

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

It has your name and all of the greatness you can imagine written upon it.

Don’t worry about how long it takes for you to get there, nor how anyone else is traveling.

Your journey is yours alone.

You are special like that.

And I hope you remember that not just today, but every day.

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Mess

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Dear God: Please strengthen us to get from mess to message in due time.

What does it mean to be strong?

We often speak of people who have overcome difficulty as strong.

We look up to them as if they have defied the odds.

But, where does that “strength” come from?

What makes some people more able to cope than others?

How are some people able to be positive after enduring trial after trial?

How many of us have been molded and shaped by what society defines as “strong?”

As someone who has cringed every time someone labeled me as strong, please reconsider that moniker.

I was born to a drug addicted father and alcoholic mother.

I was sexually abused at the age of 3.

I have been homeless.

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Groans

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Dear God: Please hear our groans, even as you are working strong on our behalf despite what we see, think or feel.

Many of us are aware that the grumbling and complaints of the Israelites are what led to their delay in getting to the promise land.

But, did you realize that it was their groanings that got God’s attention when they were enslaved?

Yup.

Exodus 2:24

“God listened to their groanings.

God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.”

There’s something about a groan, which originates from DEEP inside that gets God’s attention.

Grumbling and complaining?

Not so much. Continue reading

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Family

 

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Dear God: Remind us to seek peace when possible and to obey you above all else when that is not possible.

I don’t believe we ALWAYS hurt the ones we love.

At least not intentionally.

I believe in the power of making conscious, calculated decisions.

However, sometimes it is hardest to keep the peace with the ones you love the most.

There are words and actions that hurt deeper than a surgeon’s blade with no anesthesia and can take far longer to heal.

Many of us are walking wounded and need to learn to separate the blade from the cutter.

It is possible to loathe a person’s actions, while loving them immensely.

Conversely, recognize people for who they are.

Family members have the ability to hurt us far worse than others. Continue reading

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Desperate

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Dear God: Please give ear to the cries of the desperate who long for your response. Grant them relief from their enemies.

Have you ever found yourself in a desperate situation?

I have.

There have been times in my life when I have just wanted to go hide out in a cave.

It seems the closer I get to accomplishing something great, enemies and trials appear out of no where.

Now, part of me realizes that’s just life.

If the enemy challenged God and tested Job to prove that he was faithful to Him, who am I?

I can’t even blame the enemy for everything, because some of it is reaping and sowing.

But, what happens when I get desperate?

How should we react?

David was being pursued by his enemies.

So, he went to hide out. Continue reading

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Religion

Dear God: Heal the hearts of those who have been hurt by people who follow religion and not you.

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved to read. Around 13 that turned into a love of reading the Bible.

I was raised in a very strict, methodical religion, that cultivated a relationship with God and fear of the demons.

I enjoyed reading Ezekiel, Revelation and many of the “lesser known” prophets and people were drawn to me.

While I gladly shared what I learned with others, even as a child I couldn’t understand why people wouldn’t pick up the Bible for themselves.

As I got older, I examined the teachings of the Talmud, the Torah, the Koran – anything I could get my hands on that pointed to a Creator.

It gave me the ability to see people in the Bible as flesh and blood characters.

It trained my mind to be able to relate to them the way I relate to people I know in person. Continue reading

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Advantage

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Dear God:  Thank you for favor that gives us advantages that no person can manipulate.

The favor of God can operate in mysterious ways.

We often think of the favor of God as something that benefits us.

But, what about the person who gets slighted because of our favor?

Have you even been on the other side of the favor equation?

With favor, comes advantage.

What is favor?

I like to think of it as God’s personal ad placed all over our lives, advocating for our best from his vantage.

Ad Vantage.

God has an amazing view of our lives – he sees us from that vantage point. Continue reading

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