My Routines Build Me Up And Tear Me Down

I hate mornings. I can hardly get my body and brain to engage. I used to be a morning person. Not so much now. The challenge of falling asleep manifests itself, in an even greater way, in the morning. As I try to wake up, the first thing I do is reach for my phone, with the hope that my wake up time is still many hours away. Squint-eyed I try to make out the time. I shower, brush my teeth, get dressed… Coffee… I have a routine that is forced. A lot of the things, I just have to do. I have many other routines; recurring things. I have Continue Reading [...]

Forgetting How To Pray

I think a lot. A lot about how I live is internal. I'm neither extroverted nor introverted. I'm one of those guys who are half and half. Because I think a lot, a lot of what happens to me is internal. Sometimes I over think things. I've always been this way, as long as my memory serves me. I don't fight it. I've learned how to make that work for me. (Writing is one of the ways I've explored to help me process things.) This morning, as I took as walk along the coast I realised how much I had redirected some of my 'prayer energy' or focus to Continue Reading [...]

Answers | Prayer Rehab

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 [...]

More Than A Combination Of Twenty Six Letters

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, Or groans or sighs or Continue Reading [...]

More, Deeper Than A Craft – Prayer

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 [...]