Good Friday

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Good Friday, friends! Oh the price that has been paid for our salvation.  Though I know I am thankful, I often question if I acknowledge this sacrifice enough and give thanks daily, hourly, or any other frequency of time. Though the truth is that we will never be able to repay the glorious price for our salvation, we can provide thanks and gratitude through a relationship with our Savior. Just think, if someone you knew from church, a book club, work, etc., saved your life in some type of unimaginable circumstance, wouldn’t you want to thank them daily, or thank their family daily? I honestly believe it would be my first waking thought every single morning. Gone would be the urge to roll over and check my phone, email, etc., but first would rise the gratitude that I am here another day, due to the price and sacrifice made by someone else.

In a moment of honesty, I know that this is not what happens to me every day when I thank Christ for His gift of grace, mercy, and salvation. This morning I was looking through the Proverbs 31 Ministry site  and saw a post that completely convicted me:

But I’d Rather Sleep Than Pray

Wow. Just wow.

Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He asked Peter, ‘So, couldn’t you stay awake with Me one hour? Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’” Matthew 26:40-41 (HCSB)

Even on the day before Christ was crucified, His disciples fell asleep on Him. When we think of ourselves as body, soul, and spirit, we must remember that when our body and soul (mind) are hungry, they get loud. However, when our spirit is hungry and thirsty for the Word, it gets quiet— we must be intentional in providing our spirit with the Living Word…and this process takes denying our body and soul of its wants and needs at times so our spirit can get the “first drink”….for me this might mean denying myself of the sleepy moments in the morning that kept me from the Word. As you go through your day, please take the time to say thanks on this Good Friday. I also invite you to read Karen Ehman’s full post, “But I’d Rather Sleep Than Pray” sometime today…. it is truly wonderful.


Thoughts on Answered Prayers

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I realize that sometimes I’m guilty of not realizing the solutions and opportunities that God puts in front of me when I pray about certain things. Over the past six months I’ve realized I needed to pray with more of an expectancy that God WILL answer me (and anyone) with His will and plan for me versus praying with expectations that God will do “x,y, and z” all under my circumstances. I think it’s difficult for us to pray words of praise when God closes certain doors for us, whether it’s a job opportunity, a failed relationship, or other circumstance. Learning to be thankful for closed doors so that we have open arms and hands for the opportunities God does have for us has been a challenge that I am starting to overcome.  Continuing to have faith and hope in the unseen is so important to having a faith that gives breadth and life to the miracles that God can give us.

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. – James 1:6

Our very own Tuscaloosa campus pastor for Church of the Highlands shared a message with our church this past Sunday on having Faith that Honors God. If you have any time to watch, please do. I promise it will feed your spirit!