>God, I Love 2 Hear U, part 3

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You know what I realized about the old phones? They didn’t have speed dial. It took much longer to “reach out and touch someone” back then. Today, I buck this as “lame,” or “inconvenient.” In actuality, was it better? By the time I dialed the 10 digits and got connected, I was forced to chill a little before the other end picked up. The rotary phone required patience & thought & maybe in some cases, prayer (not bad attributes). When I can’t hear God, do you think it’s cause I am expecting cell-phone service out of Him? Do you think God’s still running the universe the nostalgic way? the original way? That maybe He spins the globe on a less-urgent, more-graceful pace? And that it’s not that He can’t respond to me, it’s just that He’s waiting on the other end of a rotary phone, while I’m trying to speed-dial Him on a cell?

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>God, I Love 2 Hear U, part 2

>Are these verses awesome or what???? Man, I love the bible. Literally, I will never get enough of it!!

Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice.
Psalm 55:17

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.
Psalm 34:17

For the Lord hears the cries of the needy;
Psalm 69:33

I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.
Psalm 116:1

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>God, I Love 2 Hear U!

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Since Monday, I’ve been wondering if God’s hearing me about something I’ve been asking Him. “God, you would never leave me; you aren’t the God of TBAs, TBDs or RSVPs; I know it’s not that you don’t know how to reply; but God, I can’t hear you.”

Forgive me for expecting answers,
but please let me know You are hearing my question. Thank you!”

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>Good Times, Good Friends

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Tonight, Felicia, Damaris, and Oana came over. We had such a good time. I’m not a very good bonder with women, but tonight, I didn’t have to try. This was authentic, natural, fun, & warm; & its amazing what topics women can knock out in only 2 hours. We talked about God,mynakedpastor.com, customs in the New Testament, raising kids, criminals on the loose, Romanian language and culture, waitressing, babysitting, nursing, how to make decisions, fasting, praying, helping, healing, encouraging, premature babies, elderly people, small group, serving, and that’s only in the first hour! It was fun. Thanks guys. Appreciate you!

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>Porch Made in Heaven

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A porch. Two white rocking chairs. Two white, thick, ceramic mugs filled to the brim with Starbucks Breakfast Blend coffee. A faint playing of jazz in the background, on good outdoor speakers. A ceiling fan whirling above. And two people: me and someone else. And as someone else talks, I listen with my ears and pray in my heart. And when it’s my turn to talk, I’ve already sought God on what to say next (’cause He always knows what to say). And when me & someone else don’t know what to say, we simply stop to pray. And when someone else leaves the porch, they are more encouraged then when they walked up. And consequently, so am I. Now that’s a porch made in heaven.

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>My Hump-Day Five

>1. Watchmynakedpastor.com – learn about the life of a pastor and his family thru the lense and in the fishbowl.

2. Just one time today, make the phonecall instead of sending the email.

3. Take 1 minute, where you are, & ask God to help you with whatever you are doing.
4. For just 10 minutes, before going to bed, read something vs. watch something.
5. Write down somewhere, someplace: “God only made one me and nobody can take my place.”

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>A Day in History

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In America’s short history, there have been many days-in-history: invasion of Pearl Harbor, JFK assassination, MLK assassination, Oklahoma City bombing, Hurricane Katrina. It’s interesting that those days have been defined by their moments. But 9/11 has been defined by its date. And today is that day. I’ll never remember all the “days in history” of our country, but I’ll always remember this one. I pray for all the sad people today. For the victim’s families, ’cause it’ll never be a celebratory day. 
I’m also praying for God’s continued protection of our country. 
There’s a lot of fighting, dying, wars and terrorism on many global soils; 
never take for granted, that currently, we are spared that on ours.

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>Monday Quiet Time

>I wasn’t gonna do my quiet time this morning, can you believe that? But as the minutes in my morning rolled on, the more Monday felt like a manic-Monday. So, I stopped. I laid down on the living room floor on my belly, had Andy sit on my back while he watched his cartoons, and had my quiet time.
I read Galatians 1, this verse was awesome:
“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”That’s gold right there, man.
Here’s some of what I journaled:
Praise – 
I need you and you are all I need.
Thanks – for Raul, my boys, for preserving the dying palm tree in my yard; for being the center of me
Requests – your forgiveness in my heart; your freedom in my frustration; your wisdom in my brain; your release of love in my life

Hey, if you plopped down on your living room floor right now and gave God thanks for something, what would it be?

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>If you have ever screwed up…

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>Ah, man…Dead Tree in my Yard!

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OK so no sooner do I blog about saving trees by green-baggin’ it (see post) and a week later, I’m the owner of a dead tree in my front yard!

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