Another thing that God has been speaking to me during our churches fast has been the importance of relationship. We are all very aware of the God size hole that Sarte refers to. I believe that God also put within us another hole a man size hole. Very often we are good at one the the neglect of the other. We need a vital active personal relationship with God but we also need life-giving interpersonal connections with those around us.
The loving of God and the loving of others are inseparable. How can we say we love God and have contempt for those around us he gave his only son for? How can we love others if we have no respect for the God who created them.
This year God is impressing on me more and more my need for him and my need for others. My need to communicate my love to him and demonstrate it to others.
What is God challenging you to do this year?
One of the major things that God has been speaking to me during our time of prayer and fasting is trust. Can I trust Him no matter what? Trust comes through relationship.
I recently turned 33 on my birthday I received the greatest gift I could ever ask for. My wife asked my son why he loves his daddy. He said “Because he loves me”. That to me is the very essence of trust. I love him because I am secure in his love for me. Trust is born out of authentic relationship.
That same day in my devotions Brennan Manning wrote this.
The Lord hears the cry of the poor. When the armistice with self-hatred is signed and we embrace what we really are, the process of liberation begins. But so often we are afraid to do so because of the fear of rejection. Like Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame who thought he was hideous, we daub cosmetics and spiritual makeup on our misery and supposed ugliness to make ourselves appear presentable to God. This is not our true self. Authentic prayer calls us to rigorous honesty, to come out of hiding, to quit tring to seem impressive, to acknowledge our total dependance on God and the reality of our sinful situation. It is a moment of truth when defenses fall and the masks drop in an instinctive act of humility.
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.
2 Corinthians 8:21
Put you trust in the one who carried it all for you!
(One of my fellow bloggers, Hannah, also wrote a great article about Trust. On the same day as I did. Crazy cool. She has a great blog check it out.)
We are starting our annual time of prayer and fasting. I am very excited to see what God is going to do in me personally as well as in our church. Fasting for me is always bittersweet. I love taking time to slow down and focus on God do not like not drinking coffee. Food for me pales in comparison to the drinking of coffee. “Hi my name is Sam, and I am addicted to coffee.”
What I am praying for this year.
This is just one of those videos I can’t explain it, it just makes me laugh almost every time. I usually find Christian parodies stupid but this one is an exception. My favorite parts have to be, the ring in the bible proposal, and the flannel graph scene.
Sync Gcal and iCal
Check out if your flight is delayed and by how long
Coverart database for mp3 players
Jewelboxing – A very cool site to make your own custom DVD and CD covers
Mac Font Vault – lots of very cool mac fonts.
Free blogging courseware –
Free Book – Seinfeld on Marketing – This guy loves Seinfeld more than I. (I didn’t know it was possible)
How to digitize cassette tapes – Long live, Carman, Petra, and Disco
Custom made lifesize cutouts of anyone.
Hulu.com – Where TV is headed. The internet. Hulu is still in private beta. I recived an invite after about 3 week wait. I love it. Check it out.
If you have any cool links let me know I am such a sucker for a cool new link to something I didn’t know existed.