If Christians Don’t Have Issues, Then I’m Off To Lake Tahoe To Pray!
Someone’s Got To!
Seriously… Christians don’t have issues, they have prayer requests???
For whatever reason, I cannot stop laughing my assets off about this comical and engaging statement. You don’t have to walk very far to find humor here.
Sadly, this seems to be the attitude today in the church with all the hypocrisy and facades of some.
For the record, I am a Christian and I have issues. I’m not afraid to admit my imperfections, so…
This just glorifies my Father! I am only as strong as the grace extended and received!
Isn’t that where grace comes into play, anyways, into our issues?
There’s no need to hide from it or stuff it down further. Talk about emphasizing and making our “buts” bigger! But, but, but, but God…
These issues are going to be there until we deal with them or buy new jeans. And buying a new pair of jeans each week is going to cost A LOT MORE than just monetarily! God will eventually tire of our “buts” and put us on a diet.
I’m going to try and pack lighter and clear out the garbage through prayer and application. I’ve been carrying around quite a load that I need to leave in Lake Tahoe. Time to dump and unload. My strength needs to focus on the present, not the funk from past hurts!
Our naivety believes our “image” is safe behind our facades. We need to take a look in the mirror. It follows us like a 5:00 o’clock shadow. What flows from our mouths exposes our hearts, and I want mine to flow out love.
There is freedom to gain when we admit our struggles and release them. This could be carrying around fear, shame, guilt or those horrible insecurities that lead us into actions and behaviors that are contrary to a loved and treasured child of God.
For me, the fear of judgment and condemnation interferes with my trust factor in allowing a sister and brother from another mother to shoulder my pain while holding me accountable. Betrayal issues hinder the blessings intended through community prayer!
PRAYERS are meant to pull us in TOGETHER as we lean in to God to UNITE and claim the power of PRAYER!
That’s the beauty about prayer, we are leaning into God and snuggling in tight. He loves it when we are close enough to hear His heartbeat and gentle whispers. My heart loves and thrives on His heavenly smile.
The accountability partnership is powerful, if only we’ll trust. I want my attention or “issues” to be covered in prayer so I can love and love well while concentrating on emulating my beautiful Lord without tarnishing Him or my own character.
Admittedly, I have “issues” regarding abandonment and rejection due to being orphaned and abused that still gets triggered today even though I have received healing and forgiven my violators.
Let it go… Let it go… Let it go…
Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the assaults against us. But if we let go of the pain of the past, we can lose that weight and give God room to move on our behalf to bring healing to our souls. What a great way to increase our faith while becoming lighter!
And we all want to be lighter, right? I know I do.
No room for all that dirty laundry and heavy baggage to carry around. It stinks in more ways than the obvious.
Life becomes beautiful and more peaceful when we quit talking about the past and making it worse than it actually is/was. Surrendering that bitterness and rage offers a yoke that is easy and the burden light.
This peace delivered is similar to the beauty found in watching a dove fly off towards freedom!
Doves are a symbol of hope, care and purity. Letting forgiveness clean and heal our beautiful hearts is freeing like the dove.
We’re only as powerful as those we do life with! This weekend, this tiny, yet potent, beautiful beloved delivered a sermon about the junk we accumulate through life that weighs us down. Her message was as powerful as her authenticity in being a treasured daughter of our Lord God Almighty.
That’s what I am striving for, being authentic through word and deed as I sojourn this side of heaven.
Thank you, Janice Bird. I want my life to be as powerful and impactful for the kingdom as yours. Talk about an attitude to boot!
I have issues just like everybody else does. I am choosing, though, to work through those in deep prayer while escaping to Lake Tahoe. I just hope the intensity of my prayers doesn’t pull the surrounding mountainous terrain into the lake tomorrow. I plan on moving mountains with my prayers.
Until next time…