Whether your kid/kids are in the preschool years, elementary, Jr. high, high school or beyond...keep this in mind. The time absolutely FLIES by. As I sit here knowing I have a Jr. high kiddo down the hall, it is a mind blower to realize that literally yesterday, he was in kindergarten. Yep, I realize I sound terribly stereotypical, but take a breath, slow down, and even on your worst day, remember that it ALL goes by so fast! Let's try to slow it down (especially the good days!) this year, shall we?
Now that we are in 2012, I will return to the earlier series that started a while ago, with a question: How do you define God? Think it through....is your prayer time like a wish list?, or is it filled with requests of any kind only? Does your prayer time have a healthy dose of thankfulness in it? Even on a bad day? Do you pray only if you are heading for, or in - trouble? Does your language reflect respect for the name of God?, or might we all be a tad guilty of treating a Holy God like Santa?
In my little pre-term labor journey, the next verse given to me was this one:
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
Now this verse came right after an illustration Jesus gave his disciples of throwing a mountain into the sea with the faith to do it. So...I thought "cool"...I'll pray for this mess to be over, and all will be well, right? Nope.
The question the Lord brought to me was...what do I believe? and what do I ask for? and why? The focus of this verse really is not a Santa god...the focus is you and me, and where our heart is.
The Bible has a pesky way of making us look at ourselves from another view, if we will take a minute to do it. The idea is, if we know our God, and we are walking with Him, and have a grasp (however feeble it may seem at times) on who He is - we will only be praying for the things that are in His will for us anyway, so our wants and His gifts will be in sync.
In this new year, I would challenge us all to read the Bible every day....even a couple verses a day. John is a great place to start...or if you want to be really industrious, there are all sorts of "read the Bible through in a year" plans on the internet that will outline that for you. There is also a great free Bible app that is the "You" version, which has many different translations in it for your techno lovers out there.
What better way to ground a year, than in the Bible!