For then you shall delight in the Almighty and you shall lift up your face toward God. Job 22:26
Magnifying glasses are always a hit no matter what grade I teach. There is just something fun about looking at something regular in a new way. Even ordinary things like paper clips and the human tongue can become fascinating when seen with magnified detail. In the spirit of close inspection, I have a thought for you today compliments of Deacon Ralph Poyo. He was a presenter at the conference I attended last week and I could write a dozen posts with all the ideas he shared but today I have one word he explained in a whole new way.
The word is intimacy. Most of us would define the word as extreme closeness and that would be correct but we don’t often think of it in a Godly way. Deacon Ralph made sure everyone listening Wednesday night would think of it as a way to describe our relationship with God the Father. He said intimacy means IN-TO-ME-SEE. Talk about making a word come to life! So, grab your magnifying glass and head down to the next paragraph and let’s see what we discover.
God desires intimacy with each of us so if we stand before God in prayer and accept his invitation to see in to him; what would we see? I think we would see compassion, forgiveness, understanding, mercy, pride, delight and unfathomable love. That’s what he’s made of and that’s what he shows us. When we see him we see truth, justice, and everything right; not judgment, punishment or shame. I think he wants us to see that we are made in his image so we should see the same things in ourselves that we see in him. When was the last time you looked in the mirror and saw those things in your reflection? If we are intimate with him, we will begin to mirror what’s in him. I think the world could use a whole lot more of that image what do you think? He’s inviting us to see into him and loose ourselves in his goodness; he’s desperate for us to grow so close to him that we will move past things like guilt, shame, disappointment and greed. Seeing him closely will make us long for nothing else.
If I imagine seeing the face of God I often imagine myself turning or bowing my head in the presence of his greatness but he loves us so much he’s inviting us to get closer…so close we can experience IN-TO-ME-SEE!
A Seed To Plant: Write today’s word down the Deacon Ralph way and give it a lot of prayerful thought…let it draw you closer to the Father.
Blessings on your day!
Hello everyone! I will be attending a conference this week so I'm taking a little time out from the blog. I will have much to share next week. Until then...be well and blessings on your day!
Amen, Amen I say to you…John 5:24
The word amen appears in the New Testament more than 50 times. Its translation roughly means to support, agree or confirm. When I was growing up I was taught that amen meant “Yes! I believe!” If Jesus lived for us and died for us all out of love then my response sure should be AMEN or YES! It’s absolutely the least I can do!
This Tuesday, November 18 is “The Grace of Yes Day” or #graceofyes. The idea of saying yes to God’s plan for your life is an idea that author Lisa Hendy and her friends at Ave Maria Press hope will take social media by storm and go viral! Lisa is the author of a fabulous new book called The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living. Lisa is the founder of CatholicMom.com. The website she started is now viewed worldwide and keeps central its focus to spread the Gospel and draw people to Jesus. Lisa is a speaker, teacher, writer, mom and beautiful Daughter of God. Her life has given her never-ending opportunities to say Yes to God and thousands and thousands have been blessed by the Grace of God that has poured forth from her YES. The book is full of beautiful stories of real people just like you and me trying hard every day to say YES and serve the God who loves us. It’s a true book of blessings for your heart and your life. She opens her heart and pours it out in absolutely life changing fashion. It’s a must have book!
The purpose of Grace of Yes day isn’t to sell books; it’s to create awareness and a desire to seek the places in our own lives where God is waiting for our YES! On Tuesday you are invited to share your story of YES! God is just waiting with abundant grace to hear our yes. He’s waiting to bless us and draw us tight to his side when we give him our yes or amen. It means we believe he knows what’s best for us; it means we support the plan he has for us by simply saying yes and allowing him to control it all; it means we confirm the fact that we adore him, we will be faithful to him and we surrender completely with a gigantic YES to the wonder and goodness and blessing he has in store for us! Join us on Tuesday and post #graceofyes on social media with a message of how you say Yes to God. If ice buckets, cartoons and pictures of movie stars can go viral don’t you think the power of saying Yes to God would be something positive to take the internet by storm? Go ahead, be brave, do a little faith sharing on your social media page…say YES to loving him out loud!
Happy Grace of Yes Day!
A Seed To Plant: #graceofyes…tell everyone what happened when you said YES to God. If you don’t do it on social media, please find a friend today and share the story of your YES…and get Lisa’s book…it’s awesome!
Blessings on your day!
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