This blog is a window into my journey in alignment with what God wants me to be and do. Though I’m the one writing this blog, it is easily the story of every Christ follower. We’re all embroiled in a battle of some sort.
There is always what God wants and what I, in my selfishness, want. The thing is, what God wants and or expects of me is ultimately the best for me.
There is one sure way of being and doing what God requires of me / us. One sure, guaranteed way to be consistent and foolproof integrity. And that is doing what God’s ways Continue Reading [...]
I Am Jonah, this blog is also, in some way, a journal of how I’m learning to follow Jesus again. Part of it is about chronicling the tension between what God wants of, in and through me.
Lately, it seems God is putting me through prayer rehab. Reclaiming an appreciation of prayer and its significance. Sometimes it is not that I or we don’t know anything. It is not that we have forgotten but we need reminders. We need renewed perspective, vision, and passion.
A renewed sense of weightiness… It seems, at least for me, God always takes me Continue Reading [...]
I borrowed the tittle of this post from Mark Batterson's book, "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day". What I will share with you in this post is about something that struck a great chord in me. Particularly also due to my earlier post, More, Deeper Than A Craft.
I get this from Mark who got it from Ted Loder's book, "Guerillas of Grace". It is about how prayer is way more than what we have reduced it to. May it resonate with you, the way it has with me:
How shall I pray?
Are tears prayers, Lord?
Are screams prayers,
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It scares me how careful I can be in "crafting" 'my prayer' to God. I mean, prayer is a critical part of the lifeline of any Christ follower. It is something I must not only do, but do well.
Sometimes I get caught up wanting my prayer to be "perfect". I want to make sure that God doesn't misunderstand me. Yeah, you read that right. As if it was possible that God could misconstrue my carefully crafted utterances. I can't believe I can be that dumb.
It gets worse. I sometimes envy other people's prayer lives. I mean I get motivated, then jealous, sad Continue Reading [...]
This scripture just struck me like a lightening bolt. Fear filled my heart as I read it.
It is the light of the Word that's bringing to light that when I fear people, their opinions and even their threats more than God, in that instant I serve man. Do I sometimes serve fear more than God?
The answer to this question doesn't come easy. Not because it is a difficult one; because it is not the one I'd rather give every time. Sometimes I do let fear get the best of me and I end up not serving God nor His purposes for others.
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It's not that I don't love God I do. It's just that sometimes I pursue the hunger of other things at the expense of pursuing Him.
I'm ashamed that sometimes I "feed" other hungers and not the one for God.
I'm desperate to want to want God so badly. For deep draughts of God that satisfy in a greater hunger and deeper love for Him.
Oh God, I want to want you. May I drink deep draughts of you, that satisfy and make me thirsty for even more of you. I'm desperate to be desperate for You. Amen.
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God, help me see the handicaps I can’t see…
Those things stopping me from seeing you clearly, hindering your call and purpose for my life, for others through me.
Help me get off the high horse of seeing fault in others with complete disregard of my own.
The truth is sometimes I think and see myself as better than others. For that, forgive me.
I was quick to judge. Discussed with others about how disgusting her performance was. In my head I used disgusting. In my heart I judged. Disdain. How could she? Incredulous.
What's wrong with this girl? She should know better...
How could she? As if I was any better. I'm not on an a platform as big as the one she has. I don't have as many eyes on me...
I may not have the issues she has but I do have issues. We all have issues. I should be a grace dispenser. God sends me to love people the way He does.
Judgement is easy for the callous hearts. Continue Reading [...]
It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate.
If we would bring back spiritual power to our lives, we must begin to think of God more nearly as He is ~ A. W. Tozer
God, that I might see You and know You as You are and not as I think or imagine You are. May my understanding of You be pure and not one I create. Obliterate every wrong image, idea, perspective, thought of who you are that I hold. Help me to know, know You. Amen. Continue Reading [...]