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Jesus’ Funniest Videos

Let’s all be honest… Sometimes life is HILARIOUS.

I grew up watching America’s Funniest Home Videos (originally with Bob Saget.) While I never really understood why people thought that dudes getting hit in their uh, nether regions was so funny, I still enjoyed it. Plus it was relatively family friendly.

For me, most of the funniest things came from young kids.

Which brings me to share with you some of the hilarious things I did when I was younger. (Too bad we didn’t get them on tape. Maybe we would be a few thousand bucks richer?)

As a young un, I came up with the craziest ideas. And was kind of gullible. One of my uncles once told me that cockleburs were porcupine eggs… So I took a bucketful of them to school for show-and-tell. Teacher was amused… I was embarrassed. (And my mom still loves to tell that story.)

Or there was the occasion when I convinced my younger sister to stick her tongue to the iron wrought handrail on our front porch on a frosty morning… At the exact moment that she obliged my request, the school bus pulled into the drive. I left her stuck to the rail fending for herself. (She still made it on the bus that morning, thanks to my Mom’s quick thinking…) That was the first time I ever got grounded. Ahhh, memories.

Then there was the time I came to school really mad. My teacher asked me what was wrong. I told her that I couldn’t believe what my parents did after I went to bed at night!!! Her eyes got really huge… she shifted in her chair… I said “THEY EAT ICE CREAM WITHOUT ME!!!” (You thought I was going in a much different more awkward direction, huh?)

This would have SO been me... if my parents didn't eat the ice cream without me. (But it's fine. I'm not bitter.)

This would have SO been me… if my parents didn’t eat the ice cream without me. (But it’s fine. I’m not bitter.)

ANYWHO…

Life is way easier to deal with if we can laugh through the crazy moments. In fact, my friend Kayla and I were once having a discussion about this very topic– and we decided that there has got to be a series in heaven called “Jesus’ Funniest Videos.”  (JFV for short…)

Can’t you see it? Jesus and His disciples chillin’ out up there, watching the action on earth. Peter yells for them to push pause for a second because he’s waiting for the popcorn to get done… Jesus is giddy with excitement to watch the next ridiculous thing we do and the lesson we learn in the process.

Now don’t get me wrong– I know God (and company) sure doesn’t get pleasure from our pain and failure. But sometimes we really do ridiculous things that we know better and/or could have been prevented if we would have just listened/learned.  In the aftermath, it brings a chuckle to us all.

It’s in those moments of “Seriously– did I just do that– AGAIN?!” that we can laugh at ourselves. Just think of ourselves as being the star of the latest JFV episodes. Sometimes we just don’t get it. And when we screw up, there’s nothing else to do but laugh at ourselves and move on.

In what areas of your life do you feel like a main player in JFV? What’s been your latest hilarious slip up? Be bold and give us all a great laugh by commenting below.

We can’t take life too seriously… Because none of us get out of it alive. But when that day comes, we are no longer the main characters in JFV– but we get to be spectators in heaven, looking down and enjoying the hilarious adventures of being a Christian.

Living and laughing,
SGK

“On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence.” ~Psalm 100:2 MSG

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Up In Smoke

A little over a week ago, I had a moment. Here’s the back story…

Brandon and I both had a crazy week… my beloved was working ridiculous hours since it was his duty week as Senior Drill Sergeant (See: really early mornings, late/tiring nights) and I was running like a lunatic trying to keep up with more church activities/duties than anticipated.

Our backyard needed to be mowed. It is a small, little yard and we really can’t justify spending a couple-hundred bucks on buying a mower… If we play our cards right, we only need to mow about once a month anyways. When we have “time” we borrow a mower from our sweet neighbors.

However, our schedules didn’t allow for that and I didn’t want to make our neighbors do it for us. (They are busy people too.) So I contacted a small local business to do it. I’ve used them before and they do a great job. Just $10 to mow our yard. No biggie. (And still cheaper in the long run than if we actually bought a mower.)

Long story still long… I wasn’t going to be home when they were coming to mow on Saturday, so I agreed to “hide” the payment on the grill in our backyard.

Unfortunately, they weren’t able to make it on their scheduled day. No biggie, right? They were going to come on Sunday. Worked for me. I left the envelope with cash in its hiding spot so I wouldn’t forget to put it back the next day  before they arrived.

Saturday evening, Brandon finished out his duty week and came home at a semi-decent time. (AKA in time for supper.) We hadn’t really gotten to spend any time with one another for the last week, and he had to work another 24 shift on Sunday. So we decided to cook supper together.

Preparations began. Suddenly, I heard Brandon call me from the backyard… “Uh, Sharita???”

Oh no. The grill.

Sure enough, I rounded the corner  just in time to see the faint resemblance of a 10 dollar bill turn to ash and be whisked away by the breeze.

Our money went up in smoke. Literally.

Brandon thought it was hilarious. (Cue deep belly laugh.) Me? Not so much. I was working really hard on keeping our budget in check… and my beloved simply didn’t understand that those tiny ashes could have  bought me two (maybe three) servings of Fro-Yo at Chill. Or two skinny mocha-lattes at Starbucks… Or, or, or…

What do you do when things go up in smoke?

It’s funny now. (Kinda. At least my bitterness for the situation is fading.) And I know you are laughing. But sometimes it isn’t funny when things go up in smoke… Like our plans. Like our dreams. Like our money. Like our relationships.

When those go up in smoke… it can be painful. But I have good news. Notice the keyword in all of those? OUR. Our plans. Our dreams… Not God’s. God’s plans never go up in smoke. God’s dreams for us never fail. God’s love for us never runs out.

Nobody can send God’s goodness up in smoke. Not even The Enemy.

Have you ever had something go up in smoke? How did you react?  How do you handle the disappointments in life? Don’t be shy… Share your thoughts here.

If you feel like your life right now is similar to that poor $10 bill on the grill, take heart. God has you covered. He has a fire extinguisher on hand. Submit to His plans, His dreams, His love… and He will save us from going up in smoke.

Beauty in the Ashes,
SGK

“The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.” –Revelation 8:4

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Keeping it Real (Five Minute Friday)

Waawhoo! It’s one of my top five blogging days of the week. (Oh wait… I blog five days a week… Nevermind.) It’s Five Minute Friday, folks. Long story short, each Friday I link up with The Gypsy Mama. She gives us a prompt and we write. Yep, for five minutes. No overthinking. No editing. No quest for perfectionism. Just write.

So without further ado, let’s get this party started.

Today’s prompt: REAL.

Ready? GO!

“So… Do you think they are… REAL?!!?”

This question is probably uttered by most women in America on a weekly basis. (And if not uttered out loud, at least the thought runs through their brain. Myself included.) Maybe they are referring to diamonds or pearls, fingernails, a hairdo, boobs (yeah, I said it), or even personality.

Side note: This post isn’t a judgment post. Hey, I own a real diamond. Perhaps a string of pearls.  I have dyed my hair. And sometimes in excessively awkward social situations, I have to fake “it” until I can get to the car or my beloved hubby is done socializing with his bromances. I am thankful that for the most part, when it comes to my heart, what you see is what you get. Sometimes, I am a little TOO real. (Can you say broken filter? Talk about word vomit. Yikes.)

People are so concerned about “realness” of the things above… Seriously– does it REALLY matter? What does matter is the authenticity of our faith. When it comes to faith… let’s just keep it real, huh? Fake faith is… well… fake. A lie. We all struggle. We are sinners. We don’t have to pretend we have it all together. Because we don’t. The only person who had it all together was Jesus.

Fortunately for us, our God is real. Authentic. Merciful. Kind. Loving. And we can rejoice in that.

So today, let’s be comfortable in our own skin, right where we are. We worship a God who knows we are pretty jacked up but  loves us anyways… No matter what our hair or fingernails look like, or how we are wrestling with our “heart troubles.”  He loves us just the way we are…

Here’s to keeping it real for Christ.

STOP

Hmmmm… well…. THAT was interesting. I am always surprised with what my brain/fingers come up with during Five Minute Friday. What do you think? Leave a comment here. 

Keeping it Real with Christ,
SGK

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious…” –Philippians 4:8 (MSG) 

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Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Some people might say I am little bit crazy.

Nuts. Loco. Bonkers. Ridic.

And I have to say in some regards, I kind of agree with them. After all…

Senior Prom. Thanks Neal for being a willing freshman to accompany me. And yes, everything you see is duct tape: white dress, purse, fingernails, earrings. Crazy.

  • I did go to my senior prom wearing duct tape in an attempt to win a scholarship.
  • I graduated from Missouri Auction School as an auctioneer… just because. (And yes, I have the diploma to prove it.)
  • I participated in Polar Bear Plunge (aka, jumping in a frozen lake in February.) Three times. On purpose.

And now I am launching a personal ministry. With an animal science bachelor’s degree and masters in Christian Leadership.

Think I’m a little crazy? It’s ok to say yes. I agree.

But I really can’t contend with the calling that God has placed on my life. God is an awesome/scary/huge dude, and the last thing I want to do is to ignore Him.

When I tell people that I have 1) zero kids 2) a masters degree and 3) have chosen to work for free at a church, launching a personal ministry on the side, they look at me like I have two heads. Or just said that I was a fan of <insert their rival college football team here.>

Crazy, right? But’s it’s all because of this crazy little thing called love… that I have for Jesus.

I can’t explain it. I can’t justify it. God has called me to take a leap of faith. Believe me,  I tried to plug my ears and sing “LA, LA, LAAAAAA, this isn’t making any sense, la, lalalaaaaa!” at the top of my lungs. But God is louder. I finally gave in and engaged the answer that my friend Billy taught me many years ago:

Just nod and smile.

So I am nodding and smiling, trying my hardest to be obedient to God as He sends me on what I believe is going to be an awesome (crazy?) path.

That being said, THANK YOU for stopping by my newly redesigned blog. For those of you who were following “More Precious Than Rubies,” THANKS for making the leap. Rest assured that my writing style shall not be changing. Still plenty of pep-talking, semi-sarcastic, truly sincere Jesus love coming your way. For the newcomers: WELCOME! (Oh, and I recommend keeping your arms and heads contained within this blog post. It’s gonna be a crazy ride.)

So if you feel so moved, I encourage you to share this link with your friends. Browse and carouse to learn about the name of this site, an AWESOME new movement I am putting into action and about the author (that would be me.) Pray for this new ministry movement.

Be sure to enter your email address to follow along and/or like the 7 Days Time Facebook page to stay connected. God is moving.  And I personally invite you to come along.

Let’s get a little Crazy for Christ. Time to experience this crazy little thing called love.

Head-over-heels-crazy-in-love-with-Him,

SGK

“If I acted crazy, I did it for God; if I acted overly serious, I did it for you. Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do.” — 2 Corinthians 5:13-14

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True love is…

I can think of a variety of descriptions for “True Love,” specifically within marriage. Some of these ideas include rewarding, challenging, refreshing, educational, hilarious, frustrating, growth-oriented, blessed… Oh, and we can’t forget that true love in marriage is precious (both truly precious and also sometimes a little sarcastically precious.)

We’ve already talked about the aspects of the first year of marriage that Brandon and I have experienced in a previous post entitled A Butterfly Year. But I was reminded today (and for the last year or so) how truly precious true love can be, especially within our marriage.

Some might say that true love is small acts of kindness, roses, chocolates, hugs and kisses. While all of those things are great (and I love them all) here are a few different ideas about what true love is for us.

True love is… a husband and wife constantly debating the appropriate temperature  on which to set the thermostat, and still being able to suck it up when the “other” temperature wins out for the day.

True love is… not completely freaking out to the point of hysteria and/or silence when a wife realizes that her husband has used her toothbrush simply because his bathroom was “too far away.”

True love is… a husband that remembers to roll the garbage out to curb on Thursday nights without being asked.

True love is… a wife “babysitting” her husband’s brewing/fermenting batch of beer that has to be kept cool and adding ice to it while he has overnight staff duty without being asked.

True love is… receiving a text from a husband asking you to ice his fermenting beer and the wife has already completed the task 10 minutes before.

True love is… a husband grilling a steak willingly and hesitantly steaming some veggies for supper while a stressed out wife works on homework/church stuff.

True love is… a wife submitting to weekly trips to Buffalo Wild Wings.

True love is… a husband supporting a wife’s fitness goals, while at the same time reminding her that she is beautiful just as she is.

True love is… a husband trying new foods cooked by his wife, even though he initially said he wouldn’t like it– then being humble enough to admit it was awesome.

True love is… going to church together whenever the army schedule allows it.

True love is… doing each other’s laundry and dishes, no matter who’s turn it is.

True love is… an army wife remembering to be frustrated with the army and not her husband when schedules are jacked up and less than productive decisions are made.

True love is…. a husband patiently holding his wife while she cries for a reason that cannot specifically be determined.

True love is… a husband and wife willing to lose valuable sleep to talk out issues just to avoid going to bed angry.

True love is… praying together for others and remembering to turn to God in prayer in the middle of an argument.

True love is… awesome to experience, blessed by Christ and an opportunity to grow together.

This list might be a little bit unorthodox… but for us, it’s all true (and precious.) Another sign of true love is sacrifice. The greatest form of sacrifice that I can think of was the body of Jesus Christ– what an incredible representation of true love! I am not only thankful to be in a marriage that is based on true love, but also in a relationship with Christ that is the epitome of True Love.

So what IS true love? True love is sacrifice. True love is Christ.

Truly, Madly, Deeply,

SGK

 

“God, God, a God of mercy and grace, endlessly patient—so much love, so deeply true—loyal in love for a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin.” — Exodus 34:4 (MSG)


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Born to be Wild

Sometimes, you just need to slow down… and laugh.

This week has been surprisingly bonkers for me. What I though was going to be relatively chill since I am on “school break” for a week became working overdrive at home and work. But hey it’s Friday… So why not take a few moments to CHILLAX and laugh?

I am a big fan of animals. In fact, I was planning on being a veterinarian until midway through my junior year of college when I discovered that I work even better with people than I do with animals. (That would have been handy info two chemistry classes and one and half physics classes prior. SIGH) But in my attempt to relax and enjoy what I hope to be a calm(er) Friday, I wanted to briefly share with you some “animal fun.”

First of all, God created animals. YAY! The creation of animals ranks right below people and about parallel with chocolate and Diet Dr. Pepper for me. 😉 Genesis 1:25 says:

“God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”

It WAS good. And still is. I enjoy watching, petting, training, and cuddling with animals (especially our puppy Justus, but that has been established in previous posts.) Today, I want to take a walk on the wild side… with animals.

Check out this Youtube video… it always cracks me up and brings joy to my heart. Here’s to some relaxed Friday cheer!

Pretty grand huh? I always crack up hardcore at the chipmunk part! And I am not sure who Alan and Steve are, but apparently they are pretty popular.

Laughter is such a great way to relieve tension, stress, frustration. Get some laughs out today. God made the animals. God made laughter.  And it was good. So thank Him for that blessing. Take a walk on the wild side!

Born to be “wild” (at least today,)

SGK

 

“I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.” Psalm 50:9-11

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A Banjo and a Bible

I love going back to my roots.

I am a country girl and proud of it. I grew up loving agriculture, nurturing baby calves (and various other creatures) on our back porch and still get a little thrill from putting on my cowgirl boots that I got at the American Royal five years ago.

Kansas (where I am from) definitely isn’t “The South.” But this weekend, I had a chance to get a little splash of country– only to a much higher degree.

While we were camping in the mountains (which we lovingly called the “Boondocks”) this past weekend, we decided to step out of our “box” and attend a country church that was a few miles up from our cabin. It was called Bethel Independent church… and it was awesome.

It was a medium sized church, modern, pretty and could hold a few hundred people. The first thing we noticed was that some of the men were dressed in button up long sleeve shirts with denim overalls. Some of the women were sporting fluffy western-ish skirts and bonnets. Yet as we looked around, we saw the “casual” goers wearing Ralph Lauren or Aeropostale polos and jeans. This could be interesting, we thought to ourselves.

The beautiful Bethel Independent Church

Turns out, it was “Old Timers Day” at the church. The members had the option to “dress up” in Old Timers clothes to honor their heritage– then a picnic in the outlaying field was to follow the service. How cool is that, right?!

The music was great. So nice to get a dose of traditional gospel music… Then they invited the “choir” to the front– there was a good 50 people who scrambled for their spots at the front of the room. Those fifty folks sang with such a passion that it might as well been the Bill Gaither band up there…  Music moves me, and I was certainly moving. (It was apparent that they had been coached on voice projection– either that or their enthusiasm was so intense that it couldn’t be contained) Oh, did I forget to mention that within their choir they even had a tambourine and a banjo?

After the choir wrapped up, we heard from a wonderful Acapella gospel trio… Again, the passion was there, and the gentle “twang” of their words made me giddy from the inside out!

Then it was sermon time. We met the pastor before the service when he saw us sitting near the back of the church. We talked briefly and told him we were in the mountains celebrating our one year anniversary.  He congratulated and as he walked away, we determined he seemed like a quiet-spoken, even-tempered mellow guy… That is, until the Holy Spirit got ahold of him.

The message began– and quickly heated up. It was fantastic– rather unorthodox, but a lot of fun (and biblical) The bottom line focused on the differences of the “Old Timers” generation generosity vs. the new generation selfishness that we are living in now. The pastor referenced Matthew 21 when Jesus comes into the temple to find it has been turned into a “den of robbers.”

As the message grew deeper, the louder the pastor’s voice became and the redder his face turned. This man was ON FIRE for the Lord and the Holy Spirit was clearly present. Talk about passion! Somehow, like it always happens when we visit a “smaller” church, we made the sermon– he mentioned “a couple celebrating their one year wedding anniversary.” (Don’t worry, it was surrounded by great context)

The theology was sound, so as far as we were concerned, it was a great experience. To be honest, it was very different from anything we had experienced before and had to stifle a good-natured giggle at a few places. I have never heard a sermon that said “They ain’t nuttin” and “Some people have a hole in the wall of their house big enough to throw a cat through, but they have the biggest satellite you’ve ever seen.” While the vocabulary was a little different than I was accustomed to, I knew that the pastor’s message was all about priorities and where we are placing our hope.

Pastor Doug wrapped up his passionate message with a few thought provoking comments. He said to remember that the decisions we make today, we are going to be standing in a year from now.  He also asked us that as a generation, are we happy with what we have become?

As we filed out of the church, I reflected on those statements. Brandon and I made the decision to pledge our love to one another a little over a year ago. We are standing in that today (such a great place to stand!) As far as happy with what we have become… our generation has issues. We are selfish. Heck, I am really selfish. But I have also watched God work and achieve greatness with a continually flawed population. So yes, while we certainly have room for improvement, I am happy with where we are.

Are you happy with what you have become? Do you desire change? Where are you placing your hope? Think about it– what makes you giddy for the Lord? For me, at least this last weekend, it was a banjo and a Bible.

Playin’ that mountain music,

SGK

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.” –1 Corinthians 12:4-5

After our experience at Bethel church,

my beloved was inclined to purchase a

pair of overalls. Yes, he wore them out of

the store.

 

 

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The Best Medicine

I love to laugh. It doesn’t matter what kind of laugh– a small chuckle, a loud obnoxious snort, or a stomach-shaking-ribs-hurting-can’t-breath-tears-rolling all out hoot. It is such a release.

I’ve mentioned it  before, but there are a lot of things in this world that I have to ponder/laugh about. Sure, I could choose to be upset and frustrated at things I don’t understand, but instead I decide to just chalk it up to the “Only God Knows” category. I really do have a list of things to ask God when I get to heaven. Yes, some are very deep and theological, but I have been reflecting the last couple of days on  things of a lighter nature. I really believe that God has an incredible sense of humor– like what is the deal with Mondays? Or the platypus? And what is the purpose of the University of Kansas Jayhawks? (Just kidding. But seriously…)

Hope this short list of light-hearted questions directed to God brings a slight smile to your face, and maybe even a little bit of joy to your heart.

  • Why is popping bubble wrap so much fun? I mean really, I am an almost 26-year-old grown woman with 2/3’s of a masters degree and could still spend an afternoon popping bubble wrap. I might even fight my 13 yr old brother for it.
  • Who invented panty hose and why did you let them? And why do they run at the most inconvenient time if you simply look at them wrong?
  • Why can’t sweating during an outside work out be an indication of how hard you are working instead of the humidity level?

  • What’s the deal with wet paint signs? I believe things like how many stars there are in the sky and how many calories are in a box of chocolates, but when I see a sign that says “Wet Paint” I have an irrepressible urge to touch it to make sure.
  • Why are dogs so incredibly fascinated with chasing flies? Honestly, our puppy Justus is a relatively behaved creature until a fly comes into the room– then all bets are off and he is trying to climb the curtains to attain his “target.”
  • Who are the 4 out of 5 dentists who recommend stuff, and how did they get that nominated to that role?
  • Where did you get the idea for marriage? Don’t get me wrong, I adore and love my husband with all my heart, but sometimes it fascinates me that you decided to create man and woman so incredibly differently then charge them to live in the company with one another for the duration of their time on earth. (I love you Brandon! 🙂
  •  Who thought it was a productive idea to create the color navy blue? I think it is a pretty color, but also believe it causes a lot of issues when you end up pairing it with something black because your lightbulb was out in your bedroom closet.
  • What’s the purpose of nasal allergies? Other than creating awkward experiences in public?
  • Who is Pete and why do people love him so much?
  • Why do puppies shed so much, typically in the opposite color of the dress/suit that you are wearing?
  • Why did you allow the department store managers to create sales signs on the clothing racks that say “$1.99 (and up).” Seems like it is pretty self explanatory and it’s dancing on the border of misleading advertisement.
  • Seriously, what IS the deal with KU Jayhawks? 🙂

Laughter is like a medicine… So don’t take life too seriously– none of us are going to make it out alive, and if we choose to follow the way of Christ, our future glory is nothing compared to the experiences on this earth!

Living Joyfully,

SGK

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You Got Questions? He’s Got Answers! (Part 1)

Any Family Guy viewers out there? I know, I know… it’s not the most wholesome show on the planet (sometimes I wonder what the writers were thinking) but thanks to my husband’s prodding, I watch it (ok, and almost kinda like it) on occasion. Brandon and I constantly joke about the scene in which Stewie is trying to get Lois’ (his mom) attention. For all of you non-viewers, it goes a lil something like this:

Stewie: “Mom. Mom. Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Momma! Momma! Momma! Momma! Momma! Ma! Ma! Ma! Ma! Ma! Ma! Mom! Mom! Mom!”

Lois: “WHAT!?!?!”

Stewie: “Hi!” [runs out of room]

Kind of reminds me of our puppy Justus who will squeak his toy in your face until you acknowledge him, but then runs away satisfied simply by being acknowledged. Pay attention to meeeeeeeee! We can do the same thing of God… ask, ask, ask… and He will acknowledge us.

That brings us to the first part of Luke 11:9 “Ask and it will be given to you.The great part about God is that he isn’t annoyed when we act like Stewie/Justus… He gives, no INVITES, us to ASK anything. Ask and it will be given to you. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all your prayers will be answered tomorrow the way YOU want. “Dear Lord, make me a millionaire.” Poof! Yeah, not so much. Why? Because yes, he always answers, but gives us what is BEST for us, not what we think we WANT (more on that tomorrow.)

Today while praying during quiet time CRAVE at church, God led me to Matthew 7:7-8… I looked it up in the Message version of the Bible and realized later that it was the “ask, seek, knock” verse. (Talk about divine guidance, because I honestly wasn’t looking for it.) Matthew 7:7-8 (MSG) says Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.” Instead, He invites us to ask anything, as often as we wish, with a childlike faith knowing that eventually we will get an answer.

3 yr old Son: “Daddy, where are we going?”
Dad: “We are going to the grocery store, son.”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Because Mommy asked us to get some milk & eggs.”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Because she is making a cake.”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Because Grandma is having a birthday.”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Because as people grow up they get older and celebrate birthdays.”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Honey, why don’t you look out the window?”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Because I said so!!”
Son: “Why?”

You get the point. But with our Father, He doesn’t get frustrated with our repeated inquiries, and with Him there are no dumb questions. My friend Kayla and I once joked about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit chillin’ up in heaven, watching their favorite show: JFV (Jesus’ Funniest Videos). Can’t you imagine them cracking up at the ridiculous things we do here on earth because we failed to listen or ask first?

Jesus: “HEY Dad, get over here, quick! Sharita is about to mess this up again! Man, she shoulda asked first. WHEN is she gonna learn?! Oh, and bring me some popcorn and a Diet Dr. Pepper– this episode could take awhile.”

Ok, so I really don’t think they laugh at us like that (although they certainly have a right to!) But God invites us to ask Him for answers, for information, for guidance, for anything, any time of day, anywhere.  “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15) 


The REALLY awesome thing about asking God “stuff” is that it doesn’t have to be formal. You can talk to Him ANYTIME, you don’t have to wait for Sunday at church, or for the right weather, or for complete solitude/quiet. I have found myself talking to Him when I wake up, when I am happy, sad, driving, confused, cleaning, supposedly studying, jogging, cooking, showering, crafting, gardening, you name it. Also, your “asking” can be outloud or silent. Or maybe written in a journal. It can be nice and polite or it can be “shouting-at-the-top-of-your-lungs-why-did-this-happen” angry/upset. (Been there, done that.) Great news: God is a big boy. He can handle it all. And He still loves us. So ASK Him! He longs to be addressed!

Asking/addressing God is simply an act of faith. It means you believe that He exists. Ask faithfully, and you will receive. Again, it might not be exactly what you want (or what you think you want) but He will give you what you need to fulfill your purpose in this life and bring Him glory. As an example (and to prep for the future post about His Answers) I leave you with this poem, written by Anonymous (that guy sure writes a lot of stuff!)

I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for. 
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
 I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

 

Take some time and ask God… ask Him questions, ask for guidance, ask for blessings, ask on behalf of others, if you aren’t yet a believer, ask him to come into your heart. It is easy as that. (Again, cue the Easy Button) Be like Stewie/Justus/3-yr-old-son. Keep asking. He WILL acknowledge you. Ask and it will be given to you.

Endlessly Asking,

SGK


“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”– James 1:5-6


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