Have you ever felt like God was silent and didn’t hear anything you were praying about? Your prayers seem like an eternity for him to answer and things just aren’t working out? What about those times that you really needed him and felt he wasn’t near?
” The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
I love to read. Funny, because when I was a child I despised it. If it wasn’t something that I needed to read for school, then forget it. And even then it was a chore to get me to read my required reading. I would rather sit and put toothpicks in my eyes. Okay, maybe not that bad, but it was at the bottom of my list of things I disliked. Wow, how things have changed.
Pain is inevitable.
I once heard a quote ” God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” C.S. Lewis.
My first thought was how profound this quote is. How many times have I ignored those little soft whispers and especially the very loud shouts God uses to get our attention.
One afternoon, the kids and I were out shopping at a local store for a few items. We checked out, were walking to the car, and just as I unlocked the doors, it started pouring out of no where. Like literally, soaking -wet- sloshy- shoes kind of rain. It was cloudy, but no real indication that it was going to rain cats and dogs.
Motivation can be hard especially during the summer months when you want to take the week off and and head to the beach. But, where I really struggle with staying motivated is during the school year when the kids are in school and all of their activities keep me hoping from one thing to another. Do they have their uniforms for practice? Who needs help with homework? Is there a PTO meeting tonight? (I’ll be honest, I rarely make these.) And my daily prayer… Lord, please keep everyone healthy. Then there are the occasional late night trips to the store for those I-need-this-by-tomorrow items. Motivation can die quickly.
Struggling to keep your marriage alive? In balance? Wondering where is God in all this?
I know what that’s like.
About 7 years ago, I was in a marriage that had me wishing I could run far, far, away and never return. It was not good for either of us. I felt my blood pressure rise with each passing day and it was all I could do to have a good day and not wake up with a headache.
Life can be rough and tough and is not always fair. On certain days I feel as if I give and give and never get what seems like an equal return. “Wheres my blessing for being so committed?” Have you ever felt that way? Im sure its just a moment in time certain days, however, it feels like eternity.
The Wilderness can be a scary place to be especially if you are there alone, or worse, at night. If you’ve ever been camping far off from the main road, or on a long nature hike, this may be the closest you have come to actually being in the wilderness. The wilderness can be considered a place where there are very few others around and may give you a sense of solitude.