Monday Chats

Happy Monday, people!

At EDC we are chatting on a few questions in our groups this week.  I (Randi) am going to answer them below for myself and I encourage you to think about your own answers. Over the next few weeks I’m going to unpack where these questions come from and why they are important to answer in regards to our spiritual health.

Feel free to comment  below or grab a friend and talk these through. If you find yourself answering, “I don’t know…” to each question, don’t blow that off! “I don’t know,” is a valid answer. Everybody is somewhere (that would be a great name for a book) and I encourage you to look at “I don’t know” answers as a nudge to dig deeper into spiritual things. Do you want to know? Do you know how to know?

So without further ado here we go:

3 Questions

What is God teaching/saying to you lately? 

What is an area in your life you need to submit to God? 

What would you like to see God do in the next month?

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Randi’s Answers

What is God teaching/saying to you lately? 

This past week I was casually praying (it was honestly more like talking out loud to myself and letting my thoughts wander), and I said something to the effect of, “God what do you want me to do for you? What am I supposed to be doing? What do I even pray for?” Yes, that mumbly mess was my prayer. Prayers don’t have to be grand for God to hear them. They just have to be said.

While I was still mumbling through my prayer, a Bible verse/story came stampeding into my mind, and I heard the words, “Am I not enough for you?” The story that came to mind was from 1 Samuel, chapter 1. Hannah wasn’t able to have kids and was broken hearted over it. In verse 8, her husband Elkanah essentially asks her, “Am I not enough for you?” He loved her despite the fact she couldn’t have children – which was the role of women during Biblical times. Elkanah did not care what Hannah could or could not do for him. His focus was not on her abilities or actions or successes – his focus was simply on his love for her.

So I stood there, in the midst of my simple prayer, and I let this story wash over me. You see, I’m a doer by nature. If I’m not doing something, producing something, getting something done it is hard for me to see my value. When things are not going as I planned or when I don’t feel like I am accomplishing what I should be accomplishing, I am not only disappointed in myself but I feel like God must be too. This story was a powerful reminder last week from God to stop seeing my value by what I can give to God. Because the truth about God is that he is looking at me as Elkanah looked at Hannah. I felt like God was asking me to simply stop striving, stop trying to figure out the next step and just enjoy the day knowing that I am loved and that God delights in me.

What is an area in your life you need to submit to God? 

One specific area that I am daily having to submit to God is my control of other people. As embarrassing as this is to admit, I have a list of people who I classify as “The Difficults.” These are the people who irritate me when I simply just think of them. They are the people who I am convinced should submit to me and the world would be a better place. Do you have people like that?

The last week or two I have felt like God was asking me to lay this down. The truth about God is that he made all people and he loves all people. He has not given me the job of judge or jury, and he definitely has not asked me to build grudges in my heart against people whom he loves. In fact, God asks me to pray for my enemies and bless those who persecute me…so in any situation…what leg do I have to stand on? I have begun the practice (when these people come to mind) of simply saying, “God I submit this person to you. I submit my attitude towards this person to you.”

What would you like God to do in the next month?

I love this question because it allows my heart to dream. It allows me to remember that God is a good God and we can ask him for anything. It gives me permission to stop and ask God to DO something. However, my actual answer for this question is I DON’T KNOW! Trying to answer this question has left me stumped and I realized the reason for my “I don’t know” is because I haven’t spent time dreaming with God lately. So thanks to this question, that is what I will be thinking over the next few days.

So there ya go. Three questions. What are your answers?

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