Thursday, February 24, 2022
Thursday, February 10, 2022
I sometimes feel overwhelmed when I am facing a situation where it seems the odds of succeeding are impossible. I think, "There is no way that this can work out even if everything proceeds perfectly." My perspective is largely shaped by my view of the size of my God. In other words, "My God is not great enough to get me through this." In my fleeting moments of strength, I remind myself that God is not only almighty, but He is also my Father. He watches me always. He watches my struggles. He watches my sins. He watches my triumphs. He watches me always. He not only watches, but He corrects me when I am wrong, and He cheers me on when I am succeeding. He yearns for me to call out to Him for help so that he can demonstrate His love for me. He wants me to pray God-sized prayers, so that when they are answered, I and anyone else who is watching will know that there is no way that could have been accomplished without God in the middle of it. I pray for the courage to pray those prayers more.
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Last night, we had our first ConnectGroup meeting at our house. We are reading "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day." The book is inspired by an Old Testament warrior named Benaiah. Benaiah stared down a lion, chased him into a pit, and killed him. In the first chapter, Batterson spent some time talking about two different types of sin - sins of commission and sins of omission. The church has long focused on sins of commission - the bad things we do that we need to stop doing. The church doesn't talk that much about sins of omission. These are the opportunities that God presents to us that we think we don't have the time or ability to pursue - opportunities missed. In the next 7 chapters, Batterson is going to talk about 7 of the main obstacles to taking those opportunities and running with them. Let me know if you would like to join in the discussion.