Do You Want to Be New Now?

Are you allowing yourself to be new? I’m not talking about that resolution you might have made or thought about at the first of the year. The kind that many of us resolve to commit to, and then as time passes, the resolution whispers away because you and I go right back to our old ways, old thoughts, thinking we’ll start over. Tomorrow.

Every moment right in front of you is a new moment. The one you are having right now is new. You’ve never seen it before. Not until now. That’s a blessing. It’s real, and it’s time, right now, for you to focus.

Focus on newness.

Close your eyes and whisper, “Heavenly Father God, I’m right here; I need You. Help me find my newness in You.”

Okay, did you do that? I mean really, do that? If not, close your eyes and whisper God near. Remember, He’s just a prayer away.

Well done, Beloved.

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Let Him show you new hope, new gratitude, new joy, new perspective. Everything new.

Letting Him show you how real He is requires something from you. Let go of past hurt, past pain, past regrets, lofty expectations, and thoughts that tug your soul away from the truth. God is real, and He loves you. You are not perfect. Neither am I.

But still. He loves you and me. Perfectly.

Resolve to get to know Him, right now and again later. Until wanting to know Him better becomes a habit. You’ll know you’ve achieved this when you wake up in the morning and He’s the first One you want to talk to. During the day, whether it’s joy or troubles you’re facing, He’s the first One you call near. And before you go to sleep, He’s the last One you say, “Goodnight, thank You, and I love You.” to.

He already knows you well. Better than anyone else.

That’s a comfort.

For real. And the kind that lasts.

In Him you are new.

Don’t hold onto what you shouldn’t grasp onto so tight.

Let. It. Go.

Don’t look behind you. Look in front of you.

Don’t look down. Look up.

Don’t look to others for your identity. Look to Your Heavenly, Abba Father. Your King.

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Now, this is newness. The real kind.

New hope.

New joy.

New perspective.

New courage.

New peace.

New freedom.

New love.

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You’re believing now.

Now tell God, “I love You.”

Then listen to Him say, I LOVE YOU, TOO, BELOVED. IN ME, YOU ARE NEW.

And so we know

Hope in Him,
Helo

 

Is Your Soul Thirsting?

Have you ever gone for a walk outside in the heat? I have. Once I went for a walk early one morning at 8 am, but It was already hot, hot, hot outside. The prediction that day was 95 degrees by noon! Just about every neighbor had sprinklers on, splashing like crazy, hoping to protect their lawns. I felt like running through them but didn’t want to look too silly, so I kept on walking. (Although running through and then jumping up and down in the sprinklers would’ve been a lot of fun!)

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I’d left the house after drinking a full glass of water, but didn’t bring a bottle of water with me. Likely should have, but didn’t feel like carrying one, thought I’d get home quickly, and my knapsack was broken. Excuses, excuses, excuses. We all know how to make them, right?

After walking in the heat for a while sweat started to drench me, (I think that’s how God cools us off) but I was still over a mile away from home. I could sit in the shade or keep going. I thought to myself, Why did I not bring my water bottle?! When I’m feeling thirsty, I need to quench it! When I got home, I sat down. I wasn’t panting, but I felt parched. I really should’ve brought that bottle along instead of leaving it at home. I felt exhausted, and I forgot to take along my replenishment source.

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Time to parallel this walk in the heat without water, to spiritual replenishment and sustenance necessity. When I ask God to fill me up, He saturates my soul. When you ask God, to saturate yours, He will. When I attempt to walk throughout my day, without pulling God’s reservoir into my time first, I’m giving the enemy an opportunity to drain me. If or when you do the same thing, that rascal will drain you too. Don’t let him! If I don’t spend time with God, every day, I will face a drought. Likely, so will you. When I choose to spend time with Him and ask Him to sit near, I am His, He is mine, and I feel at peace, loved, and quenched. That’s what God wants for you too. The world’s heat isn’t always right. It is often a distraction especially when we don’t call God near to water us.

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Got it? Got God?

Good. Prepare to receive His blessing!

When I walked outside that hot morning, I stopped in shady spots. Again and again. Shady spots are cool and comfortable! I’d look at my shadow and think, There you are Helo, keep walking and next time, for Heaven’s sake, bring a water bottle! Water is necessary, and sometimes we need more especially in the heat! Here we go with another parallel. This world has lots of heat. And I don’t only mean heat that comes from the sunshine. I mean “heat” that comes with adversity and challenges. You know, like job loss, not enough money, loss of a loved one, confusion, irritability, anxiety… and the heat list continues.

God-time is amazing, and we never need less of Him. We always need more. The more we thirst His presence, the more He quenches. And the more He quenches our soul, the more we realize how important it is to keep Him near like a love bottle who can always quench our thirst. With real love. Real peace. Real joy. And His assurance.

So how do you let God saturate your soul when you’re thirsty?

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Crave His presence.
Call Him near. Make it a habit. Talk to Him a lot. And discover loving Him is contagious and that He that authentically knows how to quench our insatiable moments. “And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”
(Isaiah 58:11).

Spend time in His Word and Believe it!
“He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures said, ‘From His innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
(John 7:38).
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Believe He is our sustenance and quencher.
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
(John 6:35).

Drink up!
Quench your soul-thirst and stand firm on our faith-Rock. God doesn’t want you to stand still in a drought. I don’t think you do either. So drink up! “He opened the rock and water flowed out; It ran in the dry places like a river.”
(Psalm 105:41).

Wow. Just writing this is making me thirsty. Did you know that the terms ‘thirst’ and ‘thirsty’ are used in Scripture over 55 times? God sure knows how to quench it. In His enduring presence, God promises His children, “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst.” (Revelation 7:16). In Heaven, we’ll live on forever, quenched with a redeemed soul, but until then, you and I need to remember Who quenches our soul.

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I’m thirsting for time with God now. Got to go drink up. I’m praying you’ll do the same. God bless you!

Hope in Him,
Helo

Keeping Life’s Rollercoaster Steady

It’s climbing. Breaths are held. Not going to exhale yet. Anticipation starts building. Hearts are racing. SWISH. Arms are raised or gripping onto the rail. We’re going down. Made it! Time to exhale. Wait! No! We’re going up again!

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Ever felt like life is a rollercoaster? Up with joy — Down with sorrow. Up with success — Down with failure. Up with busyness — Down with boredom. Up with conquering — Down with challenges. Being pulled from all ends by people who need your time — Feeling forgotten. And the ups and downs keep going. At times life feels like a rollercoaster soaring through a whirlwind or abruptly coming to a stop. Some standstills are soothing. Others are exasperating.

What should we do when life gets crazy, and the ups and downs leave us feeling like we might face derailment?

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Beloved, spend time with God in prayer and get into His Word. The Bible is the sweetest love letter ever written. In it we can find life solutions — God breathed, God directed, God immersed. Sanctified and real. No other user manual works as well as His does. No mechanic other than God can fix our souls and help us avoid derailment. In His presence, we can find eternal hope, uninhibited joy, unconquerable love, and steadfast faith. We simply need to let God grip our hearts, directing us to stay steady.

For example, Psalm 46:10 is sound, captivating, stabilizing direction. God calls His children to, “Be still and know that I am God.” Now, He’s not simply saying, “Child, be still, sit down for a second, then get up — hurry up — and continue with your day like you typically do.”

I don’t think God wants us to stay “busy” in this hectic world… all the time.

When He asks us to be still, He means it. Dear friend, take the time to breathe. Inhale hope — Exhale His promise. His promise that He is always present and He loves us. But we need to take the time to focus on stillness. We all have a to-do list. It’s taken me a while to learn that “being still” needs to be engraved or scripted at the top of my to-do list every single day.

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For me, it may mean closing something. Here are a few examples.

Closing a door — Sitting down, letting the kids do what they want to, laughing while they make a mess in the kitchen because food preparation and consumption is on their minds. I need to go behind a door, close it, and ask God to sit with me.
Closing my eyes — Sitting in a parking lot before going to the grocery store to join the crowds and lines. I need to keep the car door shut and ask God to join me.
Closing my ears — Telling myself, “Don’t answer that phone, don’t respond to that computer ‘ping.’ Close your ears, Helo.” Take time out for God and listen to His voice.

Beloved, put “BE STILL” at the top of your to-do list and read on.

In Psalm 46:10, God doesn’t stop with, “Be still My child.” He adds “AND” for a reason. See, if we don’t finish reading the entire verse and adhere to it, we’ll be still for a moment, sometimes only a split second, lose sight of His wise direction, and start engulfing ourselves in busyness again.

So we’ve got to put the “Be still” direction into action. Are you quiet, reflective, and focused now? Good. So am I.

Now let’s break it down. What follows “AND”?

KNOW I AM GOD.

Okay, great, He is God. Can I go now, Helo?

No, my friend, not yet. Now that God has your attention stop and think about who He is.

God is our Comforter. Sustainer. Redeemer. Healer. Strengthener. Provider. And all that He is never ends. Who is God to you?

Believe fervently

I promise you, the more time you spend with Him, the more you will fall in love with Him, and the more you fall in love with Him, the more you will stand in awe. And the rollercoaster life will steady because you understand what God is directing you to do. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10).

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We all need God more — never less.

Hope in Him,
Helo

 

 

What Does It Take to Be a Safe Friend?

I answered the phone and the call made me shake and drop to my knees. She is one of my closest friends. She loves me and I love her. We have laughed together countless times. Giggling is fun! We’ve never forced a conversation. I’ve never had to hide behind a smile. She loves me even when I frown. If I let my guard down around her she is a safe friend. I never have to pretend I am someone I’m not. And if I am someone I’m not for a little while, she never holds it against me or brings it up. No “remember when you were grumpy, sad, stubborn, and / or doubtful?” No more remember whens. No more bad yesterdays. Just precious todays. Just anticipation and believing in beautiful tomorrows. No more sorrow. No more pain. No grudges. No judgment. Just wisdom and forgiveness.

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Back to the phone call. Back to the trembling voice on the other end to the phone.

“Helo, I’m scared.”

“Why? What’s going on?”

Nothing but tears intertwined with silence on the other end of the phone.

“Are you okay? I can come over right now.”

“No, I know you’re busy.”

“Not too busy for you.”

More silence between tears.

“Helo, I have stage four cancer. I’m so scared.”

“Would you like me to come over? I can sit and just listen.”

“No, I don’t want you to get off the phone. I just want you to listen to me some more, right now. Besides, my husband will be home soon.”

“What can I do for you, precious one?”

“I just need you to be a safe friend.”

“Beloved, you know everything between us stays between you, me, and God.”

“I know. I just don’t want to go to Heaven. Not yet anyway.”

“I don’t want you to go either. What did the doctor say?”

“It’s spread. Stage four is mean. Part of my colon, liver, and kidney needs to be removed. Then chemotherapy and radiation. Why me, God?”

“I don’t know, beloved. You asked me to be a ‘safe’ friend. I promise you I will be. I won’t bring this up when we talk again, not because I don’t care, but rather because I do. You bring it up with me when you want to. I won’t stop praying about it, but I will stop asking about it.”

“When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.”

(Proverbs 31:26)

In every conversation since the day my precious friend told me that she has stage four cancer, we only talk about it when she brings it up. And when she doesn’t, we still have quiet, tender, laugh-filled moments. We both need normal ones, as normal as they can be given what we both know. We love each other deeply, even when we hide behind our smiles.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”

(Colossians 3:12-13)

Why is being a ‘safe’ friend important?

There are times we need to be a loving friend. “A friend loves at all times.” (Proverbs 17:17). There are also times when being a “loving” friend means being a “safe” one too. When we face something difficult we all need moments of normalcy. It’s not denial. Instead, it’s renewal. You have, are, or will face something that frightens you. Often that’s when you’ll want a “safe” friend. Someone who tells you, “I will keep this between you, me, and God.”

When I faced four miscarriages, attempting to conceive again, I needed a safe friend. I didn’t want to talk about my hope of getting pregnant. I didn’t want to talk about other friends having babies. I was hurting like crazy and just wanted a few safe friends. God surrounded me with them. He is so good at comforting.

When I dealt with that brain tumor diagnosis, I had only six days before I’d lie on a gurney. I needed normal moments. I needed time with my husband and kids. I didn’t want to field questions. Couldn’t handle that. I needed safe friends. God brought them to me, again. Time and time again through every heart-wrenching challenge, God showed me what a safe friend was, and one day He took the lesson He taught me to be a safe friend for someone else.

But sometimes, our safety can only go so far. I will do the best I can to be a safe friend for my friend, but I can’t be everything she needs. Only God can do that. Part of being a safe friend is knowing when to step back and let God sort it out.

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I now know that my best and safest friend is Jesus. He showed me His love through my safe friends. He is so good at surrounding us with people who can comfort. And when comfort from my friends isn’t enough, I know that God is just a prayer away.

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If Jesus is your best friend, share Him with others. And if He isn’t your best friend yet, ask Him to be. He’s the best and safest friend you’ll ever have. Listen to Him.

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Oh, how Jesus loves you. Remember that.

Hope in Him,

Helo

GET READY FOR CHRISTmas.

I opened the attic door, peeking into the dark. I got down on my knees, held onto a lantern, crawled into the attic, searching for Christmas wrapping paper. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this and hopefully won’t be the last. How many rolls of wrapping paper can you carry at once, Helo? How much ribbon do you need for Christmas? How much time will it take you to wrap the gifts? Is this what Christmas is all about? I don’t think so. I know it’s not. So I sat down, prayed, and wrote this poem titled, The Gift. I wrote it for you.

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THE GIFT

The hurry,
The scurry.
The gifts,
The rifts.
The crowds, the lines,
Do we know the Divine?
The decorations, the celebrations, the cheer,
But do we all realize that Christ is always near?
Yes, He was born in a manger,
He is no stranger.
Three wise men stood by,
As a star lit up the sky.
God brought into this world our beloved child-King,
Time to celebrate, shout-out, and let our praises ring.
A sinless Savior was born,
A King adored and soon to be scorned.
One day He shed His blood while nailed to a cross,
His children now forgiven, He paid the cost.
He entered this world as a vulnerable child,
But He will return with power and authority reconciled.
He came and left in a forgiveness-blanket,
In Him we are new. His gift is no trinket.
Accepting God’s gift makes us flawless in His eyes,
Time to lift up thankfulness with joy-filled cries.
As we prepare for Christmas, let us not forget,
To focus upon God’s perfect Love-gift.
Jesus Christ. Emmanuel. His Son.
Our love benefit. The battle is won.
Yes, Christmas can be merry,
But gifts under that tree are temporary.
Time to get on bended knee to Honor our King,
Celebrating the gift that only Jesus Christ can bring.
He came to give,
That we might live.
In Him our souls are eternally refined,
Because His love is the best gift, ever designed.
Our hearts in Him are always aligned,
Sin inside no longer confined.
His unmerited grace and sacrificial love,
Come only from the Heavens above.
Don’t look for love and truth under that tree,
Because only in Jesus are we authentically free.
So jump into His love-grip and stay right there,
His present of love is the best gift you’ll ever share.

– Helo 

Happy Birthday Jesus. Oh how we love you!

“For unto you is born this day in the City of David a SAVIOR who is Christ the Lord.”    (Luke 2:11).

Now close your eyes and make this moment all about the gift your Heavenly Father gave and gives — His precious Son. Beloved, In Him you are new.

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Prepare your heart to celebrate Christmas every day. Always remember, the greatest gift you’ll ever open is not under that tree. Look up.

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O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born
O night divine!
O night, O night divine!
– Placide Cappeau – 1847

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Merry Christmas! Time to praise and shout-out “O HOLY SAVIOR!”

Hope in Him,

Helo

NOT SURE WHEN YOU SHOULD SAY YES? GOD DOES.

Ever wanted to plug your ears and close your eyes for just a minute? Just an hour? Maybe all day long? I admit sometimes I have. You know, the kind of moments when it feels like everyone around you wants something from you. And you feel like you’re facing a need-to-say-YES tsunami! Some people know how to say, “No.” I admit I’m not always good at that.blue-question-mark

Child summons: “Mom, where are my shoes? I can’t find them. Can you help me?”

YES.

Child summons again: “Can you take me to the bagel store after you pick me up from track practice? I love bagels. And then can we go to the grocery store for cream cheese? Bagels aren’t good without them. And besides, I like spending time with you.”

YES.

Email summons: “Hi Helo, this is so-and-so. Could you please send me content for your upcoming talk?”

YES.

Text summons: “Hi Mom, this is your favorite son. Can you bring me my black shoes? I need them for a meeting today and school is keeping me too busy to come home.”

YES.

Phone summons: “Hi friend, can you pray with me right now, I’m struggling.”

YES.

Phone summons again: “Mom, it’s me again… can you?”

YES.

Facebook summons: “Hi Helo, Miss you. Can we talk today?”

YES.

Phone summons again: “Hi beautiful, Could you please look for my wallet, I think I left it at home. If so, can you meet me at work with it?”

YES.

Text summons again: “Hi daughter, haven’t seen you in a while. Can we get together for lunch?”

YES.

Dog summons: Woof woof, wiggle wiggle summons with leash in mouth. “Hi master, it’s your puppy, Buttons. You know the one you haven’t paid much attention to yet today because you’ve been too busy saying ‘yes’ to everyone else. Can you take me for a walk? NOW?” Bark bark. Wiggle wiggle. Jump jump. “Master, I love it outside and I know you do too. Let’s go!”

YES.

Phone summons: “Hi friend, my son is sick and I have a doctor’s appointment today. I can’t bring him with me. I know this is a lot to ask but could you please watch him for a little while today at 2 o’clock?”

YES.

Phone summons: “It’s me, your plumber, can we reschedule fixing your toilet. I know you need it done, but we have an emergency situation here at work…”

Sigh…. Mumbling under breath. Answer — YES.

Phone summons again: “Mom, I left my lunch at home, can you bring it to me? Maybe you could leave a little earlier than usual to pick me up?”

YES.

Phone summons again. Should I pick it up?

YES.

“Hi beautiful. It’s me again. Say, we’ve both been so busy lately. I really miss spending one on one time with you. Wanna get all dolled up and go out to dinner with me tonight? I just want you to know how much I love you.”

Breathe in breathe out Helo. You can make time to get all dolled up. Answer your beloved husband, right now. “I love you too, handsome. YES, dinner sounds delightful.”

Now the YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. tsunami is making me want to put tape over my mouth. I need an implosion guard. God are you listening?

Helo, listen to me, it is now 11 o’clock in the morning. Thank you for walking the treadmill. Thank you for saying YES to those around you. Now you need to take a shower, eat breakfast, and take care of you. Don’t you agree?

I DON’T KNOW. Because that was me talking to myself and sometimes I don’t know how to answer yes to me.

And the YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. summons doesn’t feel like it’s going to stop. It’s got a grip on me.

Time to start thinking now. The pensive kind. Pensively thinking. Yeah, but Helo, isn’t it a blessing to get to say yes all the time?

NO!

Wow I finally shouted-out, “NO!” Hallelujah! And it’s not even lunch time. But I will say “no” to that ice-cream in the freezer. Hmmmmm… maybe not. WAIT. Focus Helo.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m thankful to get to say YES. Getting to love, help others, and meet deadlines is a blessing. Getting to be busy is joyful. Most of the time. But sometimes you and I need to interrupt the YES downpour with God’s umbrella. Time out. Time out with God. Time to talk with God and ask Him, “God, What do You want me to do with today?”

All those YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. rain responses can cloud your Director’s wisdom and keep it from showering over you.

Pray over what you need to say YES to and let God answer.

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It is okay to say NO to others. Sometimes NO means not yet or not ever. Or it might mean that that someone who asked you for your “yes” may need find someone else to fill in their “yes” gap. You cannot be everything to everyone. Only God can do that.

But it is not okay to say NO to God. Refusal is a choice that you and I can freely make. We can freely refuse His wisdom and direction. But our wisdom is never better than His. Saying YES to God all the time infuses us with direction, strength, discernment, and peace. Now this is authentic wisdom.

Our Father knows how to enable us to accomplish what He wants us to even if we are afraid of the pending result. Always. Trusting Him with our all isn’t always easy. Faith requires letting go and letting God. But who better is there to lift our troubles up to? Answer: No one but God.

Time to trust Him.

Trust His answer.

Trust Him with everything, because God is all you need.

Now how do you do that?

RECOGNIZE THAT GOD RULES. He is sovereign, because He already knows what will happen in advance before it even occurs. It is safe to say that He is the One you should go to first. God reigns above all. “Even from eternity, I am He, And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?” (Isaiah 43:13). Answer: No one, because there is only one God.

KEEP TRUSTING. Trusting God to direct us means sometimes putting a halt to our own agenda or agendas imposed upon us. God’s purpose for us is defined by the One who is wise. His wisdom can not be foiled or derailed unless we let the enemy take the wheel. You know what, friend? That rascal doesn’t know how to drive anyhow, so don’t let him take the wheel. Ask God to take it.

“I know that You can do all things, and no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”          (Job 42:2).

KEEP BELIEVING. Keep your focus on God and keep believing. Do not let the enemy distract you, even though he wants to. Don’t pay any attention to that rascal. Instead, seek God. Beloved, reflect upon Hebrews 11:6, where it is written, “For he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” He knows how to embrace you. He knows how to comfort you. He knows how to direct you. LET HIM!

STAY COURAGEOUS. Recognize the one who knows how to lead your battles.”Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Let your faith roar like a lion and don’t let your fears trample God’s promises. Always remember He will never leave nor forsake you.

WAIT PATIENTLY. This isn’t always easy because much like people around you want YES right away, you often want a YES right away answer from God. I admit, at times, I do. Beloved, focus and find comfort in knowing that “God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 64:4).

PRAY. Enough said.

SPEND TIME IN HIS DIRECTION MANUAL. Crave it and you’ll see how much you need it. Why? Because the Bible is the best life instruction manual ever written. Meditate upon His words. “You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them. Only then will you prosper and succeed.” (Joshua 1:8).

And if you are thinking, Helo, I want to say NO to some of the bold directives above; think again. Say NO to the chatter around you. Say YES to God right now. And if you think you are too busy, stop what you’re doing and you won’t be too busy after all.

Putting God first is the best YES decision you’ll ever make.

I need to do the same and listen to Him tell me right now, HELO, IT IS TIME TO GO NOW, STOP CLICKING THE KEYBOARD AND NO, THIS BLOG DOESN’T NEED MORE WORDS ANY LONGER. IT IS FINISHED. YOU’VE GIVEN THE READER ENOUGH TO THINK ABOUT — FOR NOW.

YES Father.

Hope in Him,
Helo

Knock Knock, Who’s There?

Remember the “Knock, knock” game? Let’s play. Right now. Never know who’s going to answer. I hope this puts a smile on your face and love in your heart. At times we all need this, right? When I showed this article to my husband, he said with a smile on his face, “This is a little bit silly, Helo, and aren’t you a bit too old to play this?” I retorted, “God made giggles and smiles. It’s okay for Him to watch us lighten up. And besides we all need to hear how much He loves us every day. Not just on Sunday when we sit in a pew.”

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Okay, Here we go…

KNOCK, KNOCK.

“Who’s there?”

GOD.

“Really?”

YES, REALLY.

“Why did You come to my door?”

BECAUSE I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU.

“What? I’m kind of busy right now, but I guess I’m the one who started this.”

I LOVE YOU.

“Like I just said, I’m kind of busy right now.”

I STILL LOVE YOU.

“Why?”

BECAUSE I MADE YOU AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY BELOVED CHILD.

“Well, sometimes I think You made a mess.”

I FORGAVE AND FORGIVE YOU.

“How?”

I SACRIFICED MY ONE AND ONLY SON TO TAKE UPON HIS SHOULDERS THE SINS OF THE WORLD, AND YOURS. BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. ACCEPT MY SON’S GRACE AND BECOME WHOLE AND COMPLETE.

“Wow.’’

Silence. Striking unfathomable silence. Because I am having a God-conversation. That’s what knocking on the door does. We knock. He answers. We open. We talk. He listens. We listen back. This is prayer time at its finest.

“That’s nice of You, God. But I have to admit, there are times when I think I’ve got it going on just fine and I don’t need You. Okay, maybe not. If I’m honest with You, other times, I don’t have it so good. Perhaps, I might need you then.”

I STILL LOVE YOU.

“Wow, You really are persistent with this love-thing. Maybe I do need You all the time. Through the good and through the bad…. Are You still there?”

STILL HERE. ALWAYS HERE BECAUSE I AM LOVE. I AM GOD.

“Okay, now You have my attention. Thanks for playing this imaginary ‘knock-knock’ game with me. But are You real?”

I WAS REAL YESTERDAY. I AM REAL TODAY, AND I WILL BE REAL TOMORROW.

“Okay, I’m listening now, but I’ve got lots of questions to ask You.”

I’M LISTENING.

Question.

“Why don’t You always give me what I want?”

I AM WISE. I AM WISDOM. I AM GOD.

“Beyond wise. Got me there.”

Next question.

“So, I can keep asking you for things like wisdom, provision, health, safety, and more… and You may not give it me right away?”

I ANSWER IN MY PERFECT TIMING.

Next question.

“Okay, how come it doesn’t always feel like You’re near? And if You’re who You say You are, How come it doesn’t feel like it is always easy to find You? I don’t have time for hide-and-go-seek.”

KEEP KNOCKING. I DON’T PLAY HIDE-AND-GO-SEEK, PRECIOUS CHILD, I AM ALWAYS NEAR. ALWAYS PRESENT.

Next question.

“What if I have moments of doubting that You are near?”

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. (Psalm 46:10).

SEEK ME WITH YOUR ALL.

FOCUS.

I AM ALWAYS PRESENT. I LISTEN TO YOUR EVERY PRAYER.

I AM YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

I LOVE YOU.

Next question.

“ Do I need to be perfect for You?”

NO, YOU ARE REDEEMED ONCE YOU ACCEPT THE GIFT OF MY SON.

Next question.

“So into my heart He goes, and You love me, I love You, and we know each other?”

THAT’S HOW IT STARTS.

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you. (Luke 17:5-6).

Next question.

“You sure don’t get tired of questions, do You?’

I AM PATIENT. I AM PATIENCE. I AM GOD.

“Is there a limit to the number of questions I can ask You?”

NO.

“Is there a limit to HOPE found in You?”

NO.

“Is there a limit to Your LOVE?”

NO. ALWAYS REMEMBER I AM LOVE. ETERNAL LOVE. EVERLASTING LOVE.

“Then why is there so much pain in this world?”

REMEMBER THAT MY SON SAID, “IN THIS WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE BUT TAKE HEART, I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.”

“God, when can we talk again?”

ANY TIME.

“Anywhere?”

ANYWHERE.

“Really?”

REALLY.

“Thanks God.”

YOU ARE WELCOME.

“I love you, God.”

I LOVE YOU TOO.

This God conversation is over for now. I’m taking a pause-moment. Now I’m talking with you. One on one. But conversations with God don’t ever really stop; they simply take pause, or give us a moment to reflect. Then we simply need to “knock on the door” and start conversing with our Maker again.

“My heart has heard You say, ‘Come and talk with Me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.’” (Psalm 27:8).

It’s taken me a while to learn that I need to keep on asking, keep on knocking, because He keeps on listening. Doesn’t mean that God will grant every request exactly as I request it. He doesn’t work like that. Because HE IS GOD. I’ve discovered, time and time again, that His ways are not always our ways, they are simply better. Sometimes He answers prayers in unimaginable ways, making me fall to my knees. Amazed again. Other times, He seemingly doesn’t answer at all. And that can be His answer in and of itself. I think when this happens, He is asking me to be patient, be still, trust Him, and seek His will. He may even be redirecting my course.

And I simply need to keep on searching, because I will find Him. And so will you.

And I need to keep on knocking because He will open the door to His presence. Right before me, I will find Him, and so can you.

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And before we finish with “AMEN” let us all give our Father a shout-out, “We love you, God!”

Keep on knocking.

Hope in Him,
Helo