Sunday, April 6, 2014

sunday words.

good morning, sweet friends. 

i'm sitting here on this rainy sunday morning with my cup of extra hot coffee + my bible as we are getting ready to head out for the day to the nascar race. that's right, we're missing church today. it makes me sad + feels a bit lonely when i'm unable to fellowship with our fellow believers on sunday. unable to worship corporately with our sweet friends who are the new music ministers at our church. 

but it's a special day. this is part of b's birthday present and he hasn't been so excited about something in a long time. so here i sit with my bible, in the quiet of the morning, spending some sweet time talking to Jesus and reading about God. 

like i mentioned last week, i've started to read anything by jennie allen

and as i delved into it this morning, i was absolutely compelled to share this excerpt here, and i hope it blesses you this sunday.

she's talking about God and how we know Him. she posed this question to one of her seminary professors and this was he started his response by "listing all the ways we grow or know God: prayer, studying scripture, church, worship, experiences, suffering, confession, community & on & on. then he said, 'but obviously each of these is unpredictable... many people who study the bible never find God. many people who go to church never really know Him. the only exercise that works 100% of the time to draw one close to the real God is risk... to risk is to willingly place your life in the hand of an unseen God and an unknown future, then to watch Him come through. He starts to get real when you live like that.' {jennie allen, anything, pg 9}

do you live like that? have you placed everything you have in the hand of our God and watched Him come through? i have, and it is exhilarating. she's right... well, i guess he was right.  it transformed our faith.

i pray that you have the same experience. i pray that today you will find the strength, the courage & the faith to let go of everything and let God run with your life. it's not easy... in fact it's really scary and feels a lot like you're out of control. i guess, because you are out of control. but when He comes through... and when it doesn't look like anything you could have ever predicted or come up with on your own... and you know it's from Him... well, let's just say, there's nothing like it. 

i hope you are blessed today. i pray that just one of you finds encouragement in these dear words from jennie. and i hope He blesses your socks of this week.


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