May the Lord richly bless your marriage as you press into the Father and into each other, catching those little foxes and rejoicing in God’s gift of marriage.
God’s gift of marriage takes us on adventures, mountaintops and valleys, successes and trials.
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Matt Heard, senior pastor of Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, has given Christians a gift with a capital “G” in his book Life with a capital L. A moment in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow forever transformed him. Nikolai Yaroshenko’s painting There is Life Everywhere captured his attention and his mind.
Heard grapples with the statement of Jesus, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
From C.S. Lewis to Jonny Lang, from Tolstoy to John Lennon, Heard goes deep into what this God-given life we have on earth could potentially become if we were to stop and recognize the fullness of humanity and eternity within us.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, …
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:2, 10
What if in the busyness of life, we stopped to “be still and know” God? Really “know.” Life as a big “L” might spill from our hearts, flood our eyes with rich rainbows, pour unheard tones into our ears, and stream new depth of thought into our minds.
This book came to me as my Mama was walking to heaven. Her journey to heaven was longer and more agonizing than expected. Yet, in her journey, there were glimpses of eternity, reflections of her new home. On her journey, she was experiencing life with the capital “L,” and I was able to recognize that journey in a much richer depth than I think I would have if I had not been reading this book.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.
Father, thank You for Matt Heard and his insight into the depth of this precious gift You have given to Your people, this Life. Help us in our busyness of going through life to be still and know You, to recognize You as our Great God and Creator and You as our Father who cares about each of our tears and takes us by the hand and leads us. Thank You, Father. I love you.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:26-28
Breast cancer, fall, cracked head, staples, bleeding in the brain, pneumonia, bowel obstruction … this week!
God! What more can my mother take?
I don’t know what to pray. Take her?
I don’t think she wants me to pray for her healing. She wants to be with Daddy.
She’s tired, Lord.
STOP THIS TORTURE!! That’s what I’m thinking. It seems irreverant. But, Father, that is my cry. But do I dare?
I don’t know what to pray.
Wisdom, Father. Your perfect wisdom. That’s my prayer.
Take her, if that’s Your will. But, nevertheless, please, relieve her suffering.
Relieve my brother’s suffering, my family’s suffering.
God, have mercy!
Thank You that the Spirit is praying for us and interceding for us.
We don’t know what to pray.
Father, there are so many people who feel like they are being tortured. Please lift them up. Let them feel Your precious presence in their lives. Oh Holy Spirit, thank You for praying for us when we don’t know what to pray. You sustain us when we feel the bottom falling out from us. Oh, Lord my God, Holy are You. I adore You. You will keep my mother in Your presence forevermore.