Meditative Medicine

Meditation.  Why does this word scare so many people?  Isn’t it silly how something that really needs no connection to any belief system, or any tradition can send people scurrying for the hills.

This ancient art form has been scientifically proven to help you spend time in a state of conscious rest that is more restful than sleep, because unless in a deep sleep you don’t enter the state of conscious rest.  So, why would this aspect of mediation terrify people?

Mediation also helps you get to know yourself better, helps you appreciate yourself and other more and can help you sleep more soundly.  Again!  Downright scary stuff!

Entering this state of conscious rest also helps you to be more efficient and creative, hold onto less stress, and lowers your blood pressure.  Most importantly, every time you sit and meditate, your stored up stress will dissolve bit by bit which helps your body release the states of tension and disease, both at the surface and deep within your cells.  Once again!  Horrifying!

With so much research on the effect of stress on our bodies, with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc., why wouldn’t people want to spend twenty to forty minutes of their days in meditation to help lift their stresses and sooth their souls, or inner self, or the deeper you…whatever you want to label it, that doesn’t make your body tremble in fear.

Meditating is just a good health practice.  Medicine for your entire body.  Totally natural.  You don’t have to attach any spiritual context to it what-so-ever.  Just do it for your own peace of mind.  To connect with yourself on a deeper level.  Just to reach that state of restful consciousness.

For the spiritual folks, this is a great way to sit in silence and contemplate on your bigger issues of your life and hear the quiet whispers of our Divine.  Even Jesus himself would go off on his own to pray or meditate.

I’ve always been drawn to the verse in Matthew 6:22 where Jesus says, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.”  I feel through meditation, you can make your eye healthy and in turn make your whole body healthy and full of God’s goodness.

I know the word might seem terrifying, but is the furthest thing from scary.  Since I started a form of meditation that I found recently, I don’t have that afternoon lull where I want to have a nap.  I find I wake up in the mornings on my own feeling rested and ready for my day, instead of being forced awake by the alarm clock.  I’m not totally wiped at the end of my day and yet I get a much deeper sleep.

If you’ve been following my blogs at all, the most important thing I’d want you to take out of them all is this one thing.  Mediate.  To me, it is the fastest way to find your inner happiness.  Remember, nobody or nothing can make you happy, beside you.  Go find the inner you and you will find this happiness and self-healing.  Medicine for your soul.  Research it and find the method that works best for you.  You won’t regret it!

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Unlabel Your Labels

Aren’t we all a bit materialistic?  I know I’m guilty of it myself, as I am sure we all are to some degree.  We all think we need this label, or that label, when in all reality, we don’t need any of it.  We might want it, but we don’t need it.

I feel that I work hard for my money, and if I want something, I am going to buy it.  Again, I am sure I’m not the only one who feels this way!  We all feel like the world owes us something.

Sometimes, labeled or brand named items are no different than none brand names.  We just think they are better.  My husband is a fan of Lacoste, and I have to admit, it is a very nice quality line of clothing.  One time I bought him a very sharp Lacoste shirt for Christmas, and then come to find out the exact same shirt, without the little crocodile on it, was at a local men’s department store.  The mate to it.  Only a different label, and of course a different price tag.

We have to stop looking at the label.  That goes for people too.  Who cares if someone is Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, rich, poor, black, white, etc.  We are all the same, just like this shirt.  You can put a crocodile on the chest of the shirt and call it “Lacoste” but it is still just a shirt.

Not only do we look at the label of clothing, vehicles, shoes, purses, even food labels, we look at the labels on people.  We judge people for the labels that we choose to put on them.  I learned through my parenting book marathon obsession, that we should never label a child.  You have no idea how hard it is not to label people.  My daughter loves to take her time.  Many times people label her pokey or slow, but I was very conscious to say, “She loves to take her time.”

It’s difficult to see people for people and not label them.  I know how hard I have to think when it comes to my parenting strategies.  It’s important that we avoid labels, because once we label people, we then judge them on that label.  We are all created equally and we all deserve to have unconditional love and respect and removing labels from people will help you see people with this kind of love and adoration.  Just like our Divine Creator sees us.

Matthew 7:1-2 explains, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”  If you stop judging or labeling people, God will stop judging you, because God will label you the same way you label others, and he will apply to you the same rules that you apply to others.

Just like it was recommended not to label our children in the parenting books I read, the same holds true about anyone.  Look past the labels, and see the person for who they are, not their faults.  Just like my husband’s Christmas shirt, try seeing that the shirts are really just a shirt.  A person is really just a person.  Famous, or a Redneck.  We are all made of the same flesh, and we are all really returning to the ground we came from.

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Caffeine Crutch

Do you enjoy a morning tea or coffee?  MMMMMM!  I love mine!  I make my tea when I am brushing my teeth, so it is ready to kick my morning off with a bang.  I honestly feel like I absolutely need this tea, or I will be exhausted all day long.  Do you feel that way too?

I never drank tea or coffee until I had my first born child.  This child did not need a tap of sleep!  If I wanted to keep up with this minuscule human being, I resorted to drinking coffee to get me through my days.  Eventually, I didn’t like the feeling of being addicted to coffee.  If I didn’t have a coffee, I would get the worst headache, and I hated that something had a control over me.  This is when I decided I’d switch to tea.

I had no idea tea was so soothing and this became a welcomed part of my day.  By the time I made the switch, my children weren’t as exhausting and I felt that tea was eliminating my daily caffeine intake.

Now, I have such an enjoyable morning routine that includes my tea.  I love the warm and cozy feeling of having my tea with my blanket, lazy boy and my bible every morning.  Lately, I’ve been having this weird feeling that I should exclude tea from my day.  Eliminate unnecessary chemicals from my body.  Why am I getting this feeling?  I have no idea, but I’m all of a sudden hypersensitive to what I am putting into my body, and in my brain, tea is one of the chemicals that I feel shouldn’t be trudging through my body.

The last few weekends I have been travelling and missing my tea routine at the hotel room.  I do find that I am exhausted, but I push through my days, and then realize that I didn’t have my morning tea time.  The last morning in the hotel room, I was debating to myself if I should have a tea and of course, since it is my comfort place I decided I definitely wanted a tea.

I poured my tea, and proceeded up to my hotel room with my tea to read with my daughter.  We were reading on my iPad which was plugged into the wall above my bed side table where I had placed my cup of tea.  When it was her turn to read her devotion, she pulled on the iPad and the cord caught my tea and over it tumbled.  My entire cup of tea.  Right away, I knew in my heart that that was the sign I needed to make me give up the caffeine that I’ve been putting in my body.

I picked up a caffeine-free tea to try, and my first morning home, I made it in hopes that it would make me feel all warm and cozy during my morning routine like my normal tea did.  To my surprise, it did just that and I actually had lots of energy for my day.  As the days went by I started drinking less and less of the herbal tea and finally this morning I didn’t touch the mug of tea through my entire morning routine.

I didn’t need this caffeine to make it through my day.  I didn’t need this caffeine during my morning routine.  It was simply just a habit, and I reluctantly was giving it up.  Surprisingly, however, I don’t miss it.

We all have things that we think we need.  We all struggle to give things up that we love.  I loved my morning tea.  I know some people have harder things to get rid of than caffeine in their days that they want to have but know deep down it is not good for them.  Maybe it is an addiction to drugs or alcohol that you want to get rid of.  Or maybe you are going through a break up and you don’t think you can survive without your significant other.  Even worse, maybe you lost a loved one.  Whatever your struggle is that you are trying to eliminate from your life, you can’t do it alone.  We weren’t meant to do things alone.

You have to look to your Heavenly Father for strength and encouragement to help guide you in the direction that you should go.  Deuteronomy 31:6 reassures us, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

If you are trying to break any kind of addiction, you can’t do it alone.  You need the strength of the Lord your God who is with you every step of the way.  Turn to him, and he will help you change your life for the better.  Just trust in his word and he will transform you.  He promises!

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Tomato Supports

Did you ever see a tomato plant, or watch it grow into a mature plant?  I couldn’t believe how large this sucker grows!  When I first planted it, my father brought me a silver ringed frame that he placed over top of the small little plant.  He explained that eventually the tomato plant would use the wired cone for support.

By the end of the summer, this plant needed a lot of support to be able to stand upright.  This wire frame wasn’t even cutting it.  It was almost too heavy for the frame to support, especially once it started to blossom all the little tomatoes all over it.

Each day, I had to go out and readjust the frame and the branches of the plant so that the wire support was giving the plant as much stability as possible for the day.  If I didn’t take the time to do this every day, by the end of the day the plant would fall over from the heaviness of its new growing fruit and the size that it had grown to.

As I was readjusting the frame this one particular morning, I thought that the same goes for my own life.  I have to take time every morning to sit and meditate for my own inner strength, then read God’s word to help remind me to leave my evil habits and start living in a more positive and blessed manner.  Without this readjusting of my own mental frame, my life just isn’t as strong.  I need the support of having God in my life and knowing that he will provide the strength I need to get through my worst of days.

Let’s face it.  We all need support in our days.  We all need a frame around us giving us support like the tomato plant.  We can deny it and think that we can get through our lives without this, but eventually most of us come to realize how much easier it is with this frame surrounding our lives.  And it is available to each and every one of us!  He’s surrounding us whether we want to use him or not.

Just like the tomato plant who, during the day, would experience the wind, sometimes rain, maybe some animals trying to perch on it.  It experiences the life of a tomato plant trying to grow in the wild.  We also are trying to grow in the wild.  Life is one wild ride now-a-days, and we need support.

In 1 Chronicles 16:11 it directs us to, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”  We need the support and strength of the Lord daily to help us grow to our potential, just like the tomato plant needs the wire support adjusted every day.  It might grow, but not to its full potential.  It won’t bear all the fruit that it possibly could if it was well fostered by this wired cone.

The same is true for us.  We might be getting by in this wild world that we live in, but imagine if you spent time daily looking for the Lord’s support and strength.  Think about how much more abundantly you might be living.  We all want to grow as many tomatoes as we possibly can, so try using your wired support called God today!

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Questioning Wisdom

First week of school over and done with.  Whef!  What a week!  If you have no involvement with a school, and have no idea what goes on inside the four walls of the school during the first four days, I have to admit it’s quite chaotic.  Actually, very chaotic!

We have a huge list important items we have to accomplish in the first week. Fire drill procedures.  Lockdown protocol.  Make sure students get on the right bus and make it home at night.  Paper work.  Classroom routines.  We don’t get to teach much curriculum during this week but we cover all the important items that they will need to have a successful school year.

I’m in my ninth year of teaching grade 5 French as a second language.  In grade 6 my students have the option of entering the French Immersion program or continuing in the straight English program that they have been doing all along.  Every year I have the parents that ask me for my opinion if their child has the ability to be successful in the Immersion program where they will be taking every subject in the French language, and I value them asking me my opinion.

Some years, I do have parents that don’t ask for my opinion and put their child in the Immersion program, but usually these children are the ones that struggle with the program and end up coming out and transferring back to English.  If their parents had of asked me, I definitely could have given them my professional and educated prediction on whether their child would have the parts to be successful in this program.

As I was doing my presentation and explaining this to my new parents at this year’s Meet the Teacher night, a light bulb went off in my head.  How foolish are the parents not to ask me for my guidance on this big life decision for their children, but how foolish are we that don’t ask our Divine Creator for his guidance in our own big life decisions?

Do you know how many of my own big life decisions that I have made without asking in prayer what I should do?  I would have to say the majority of my life.  I’m just getting into this spiritual journey, but what a difference it makes when I sit and pray about my life altering decisions.

God is a merciful God and going to make our life unfold the way he has created our lives to go.  God also gave us the ability to have free will and form our own opinions and make our own choices.  Will your choices always align with that of your Creator?  Not necessarily.  That is why it is important to include him when you are making your choices.  Even little choices.

James 1:5 tells us just this, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”  Ask God in prayer what you may be questioning yourself, and he will lead you to the correct answer.

After a year of spending ever day of the school year with my students I can make an educated guess on whether or not they will be successful in French Immersion because I know their strengths and weaknesses.  God created us.  He knows us even better than we know ourselves and created our strengths and weakness for a reason.  It’s all in the divine plan.  Spend some time in prayer and he will direct you on any decision you have.  Big or small.  Try it and see the difference it will make in your life.

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The Sweater

As fall arrives, I enjoy hitting the department stores in search of that one beloved, cozy sweater that will be the love of my wardrobe for the entire fall-winter season.  It’s something that I look forward to every year…and on occasion, I buy the “chosen one” only to find another cozier one on my next shopping trip.  Living in Canada means bundling up to keep the body nice and warm, and these sweaters make my life bearable to brave the six months of wind-chills and snow storms.

I wear these sweaters with great pride, but as time goes on, I have been noticing that I put little pulls in these sweaters daily.  Sometimes they get caught on my jewelry, sometimes they get picked on the Velcro of my jacket…or my kids’ jackets.  Many times I don’t even realize how I got the pull in my sweater…it just randomly appears…out of nowhere…and I wonder…am I numb?

All of my sweater pulls lead me to wonder…am I the only person whose sweater gets constantly pulled and am I the only one with little nip and tugs on my sweaters?  What is wrong with me, that I can’t wear a sweater without ruining it?  I always try to hide and fix the pulls to the best of my ability, but it is never the same, I can always notice them, even though others might not.  I know these pulls are there and this really, really bothers a perfectionist like myself.  I know it sounds odd, but these pulls really bother me.

Disappointed I sat in wonderment…my sweater is kind of like my marriage, my parenting skills, my teacher abilities…really…the sweater is quite symbolic of my life.  I start everything off with such great intentions… with perfectly woven fabric, fresh off the rack, and then a pull comes here, and a pull comes there, it starts to unravel…sometimes unbeknownst to me and suddenly, my shirt is unwearable.  I would never be seen in public with it on.  I’d wear it around my house to do housework or hang out, but I wouldn’t want anyone to see it.

As I age, and see life through eyes of an experienced adult, I am starting to realize that these sweaters might be symbolic of my life, but everyone has pulls in their sweaters.  Some might be professionals seamstresses and are professional at hiding them, others wear their pulls right out in public without a care in the world.  These are the people that I admire most.  They make mistakes and own up to them, they don’t try to hide their imperfections, and they try to help others with their “pulls” in their lives.  They also don’t judge the pulls in your sweater…they understand that we all have pulls.

I love the verse from Matthew 7:3 “Why, then, do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye?”  Instead of the logs we should take a look at our own warm, cozy sweaters.  Everyone has pulls in their sweaters, but we should fix the pulls in our sweaters before we judge other peoples’ pulls.

We should worry about putting energy into fixing our own marriages, not judging what other marriages look like.  We should focus on our own parenting techniques and not judge the way other parents are raising their children, that is their choice.  We should focus on the changes we need to make in ourselves, and not the changes we want others to make.

If only the world would follow the wisdom that is laid before us in the pages of the bible…our sweaters would be much cozier, and the season of fall and winter…life much more bearable.

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Meatloaf Life

I have to say one of my least favorite things to do in the run of my daily routine is choose what to have for supper.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to please all four people in my home?  I could be my own greatest enemy because I don’t like potatoes, and everyone else does.  Therefore, due to my own tastes, I end up making more than one supper.

Finally I came up with a solution to fix my dilemma.  At the start of every week I plan our daily suppers and since there are four people in our family, I give everyone a choice of one meal for supper that night.  It seems to work well.  Everyone has a say in what we are eating and I am not the one making the decision every night.

One night my husband chose meatloaf and French fries.  We hadn’t had meatloaf in quite some time, and I was excited to whip together my favorite recipe.  Of course, I made myself a salad instead of fries and because I am making that for myself, I give the options to my children as well.

When I asked my son what he’d prefer, salad or fries his first question was what we were having.  When he found out it was meatloaf, he quickly expressed his disgust and hatred towards my choice of meat for supper.

Being the simple mother that I am, I explained that the his dislike towards meatloaf was all in his perception.  He could choose to be thankful that he has a mother that is making him a healthy supper or he can screw his nose up at the meal and be an ungrateful child.  His choice.  There are many children in this world who would love to have meatloaf and fries for supper in a home that is warm, loving and clean.

Once I expressed my opinion to his reaction, of course he changed his tune, but how many of us are guilty of doing exactly what my son did?  Maybe we have changes at work and we screw up our noses at them and wonder why we have to fix what isn’t broke.  Or is it your husband or wife isn’t giving you the love and attention that you need?  Could it be that you are displeased with the amount of money your spouse spends at a certain sport or hobby?  Maybe a friend isn’t treating you right.  Whatever it is, you have to change your perspective on the issue and try and see life through positive eyes.

I love Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

We can all find the positive in any situation—even in my meatloaf.  It’s a choice.  It might not be what our internal instinct wants to do, as my son immediately expressed his disappointment to me.  We need to fill our minds with things that are good and deserving of praise, like the above verse we will see that our lives look much better and we will feel better about ourselves.

Next time you are being served meatloaf for supper and you really don’t feel like meatloaf, realize the blessings that are in your life.  Make the choice to reverse your focus from the unappealing meal being served to you at the time to the mercy and grace that fills your life.  Rejoice in your blessings and bury all the negative emotions that your earthly self wants to let out.  Meatloaf will never taste this good!  It’s all in your perception!

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Growing Grass

Is it just me, or does the grass grow faster this time of the year than mid-summer?  I can’t believe how fast the little green bladed suckers grow, and I am sure most people are ready to hang up their lawn mowers and have a break from the constant lawn care maintenance.  I know my son sure is!

The mowing of the lawn is just one of his responsibilities at our home.  Some days I really feel bad for him out in the hot summer sun mowing our rather large lawn with a hand mower.  I know there are days it takes a lot to convince him that it is time for him to push the loud grass eater around in circles again, but he does it.

One day, it was incredibly hot, and he decided he’d divide the job up into a two day job.  My husband and I were fine with that, because it was an incredibly hot and humid day.  The problem was, it rained the following day, and then we had to leave early for a baseball tournament the following morning, so the rest of the lawn never did get cut.

We were gone for two nights, and when we returned the area that he didn’t get cut was very long.  Even though we were away, it just kept growing.  The grass didn’t wait patiently for us to get around to cutting it, instead it kept pushing up towards the sky.  The part that he didn’t cut almost seemed to grow faster than the part he did cut, if that is at all possible.

Isn’t it amazing, how life doesn’t wait for anyone?  Just like the grass.  It kept growing, even though we were gone, and not wanting it to grow.  Certain things in life are going to happen whether we want them to or not.  Our children are going to grow up and move away.  Our jobs are going to maybe be eliminated or changed.  Our parents aren’t going to stay with us forever.  Our marriage or relationships aren’t going to be as whimsical and magical as they were when we first fell in love.  Our finances might take a dip with the stock market or other circumstances.  Whatever the situation, life is going to continue to move forward whether we like it or not.

James 4:14 tells us, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”  Just like my son didn’t realize it was going to rain, and not be able to mow the lawn, we never know what life will bring.  It is going to go the way God planned it for you, whether you like it or not. The sun will rise, and set, but other than that, nothing is going to remain the same.  The grass is always going to grow.  Like it or not.

It is how we deal with life moving forward that is going to make us or break us, because life is hard.  The great thing is if we look in God’s word, there is many great tips on how to deal with all that is unfolding around us whether we want it to or not.  All we have to do is take some time out of our busy day, and sit and read his word, and he will guide us through this rough ride called Life!

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September Nights

September nights.  Aren’t they fabulous?  The cool crisp air is nature’s way of warning us that a new season is approaching.  It’s nice to experience these nights after many hot summer nights, and it gives the morning air an entirely different smell.  Did you ever notice that?

Just from the smell of the air, my brain tells me it is time to do different things.  Pick apples.  Start cooking in my oven again.  Look for the leaves changing their colors on my runs.  My focus just totally shifts, all because the smell of the air.  It’s mystifying really.

The smell dictates the activities that I desire to fulfill.  It’s like it totally takes my thoughts captive, and I have no control over them any longer.  I should be wanting to soak in as much sun as possible on these nice September days, but instead, I want to spend the time in my kitchen again, cooking up some September meals.  Apple pork chops, is one of my favorites!

Am I the only one who feels this way?  When September hits I am ready for a change.  I am ready to turn from my BBQ grill to my oven again.  I am finished laying pool side with cold drinks.  I can’t wait to run in the evenings with long sleeves.  Even as crazy as it may sound, I am totally ready to head back to school.  The smell of the air tells my body that it is time to move forward.  A new season is approaching and I am completely OK with this.

How many of us aren’t ready for new seasons in our lives?  How many of us try to straggle the life out of the season we are in, even though as creatures of earth, the world is signifying to us that it is time to change.  You see it everywhere.  My husband is the funniest.  I still can’t get him into any other pair of jeans that the classical Levi 501s.  I love them on him, but there are many great denim in the world, but he will not let his season of wearing 501s ever change.

That is just a simple example, but there are some people who haven’t changed their hairstyle since the day they graduated high school.  Some people just grip the living daylights out of the stage they are in and refuse to change.  Unfortunately, life is all about change.  Styles change…even though my husband doesn’t feel so.  Relationships change.  Work changes.  Everything changes, and we have to let the changes happen and adjust ourselves to these changes.  Taking a positive approach helps with change.  Find the good in changes, because there is always a positive in every situation.

I know we have all heard these verses many times, but they hold such words of wisdom.  Ecclesiastics 3:1-8, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Embrace the changes in your life that come with the wonderful month of September.  I know everyone is feeling it.  It’s time to love life and realize it’s time to change.  Like it or not, the smell is in the air!  It’s time!  Enjoy!

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Crock-Pot Faith

Back to school time, means I pull out my beloved Crock-Pot.  What a lifesaver this ingenious invention is!  It gives me the opportunity to have a busy life, but still have a warm, cooked supper ready to eat when our days of work are finally done.  Only having approximately 45 minutes from the time I get home from work until the time I have to leave to go coach gymnastics for another four hours, it also enables me to provide a nutritious meal for my family before their nights activities begin.

Life is fast paced and busy.  We live in a society where we all want things when we want them and have no idea what it is like to wait for anything.  Since the invention of the microwave, that seems to be the pace of our lives.  Fast and furious.  But, sometimes the best things that we get are things we had to work for, or that we had to wait for.

It’s kind of like comparing a TV dinner, to that of a meal from the Crock-Pot.  They are really incomparable.  Sure, the TV dinner will fill your void and suppress your hunger, but it is not as satisfying as a meal that is made with love, attention and much time in the Crock-Pot.  It takes planning for your meal in the Crock-Pot and then it slowly cooks to perfection over much time.

How many of use prayer like a microwave?  We want our prayers answered immediate.  Who cares if you haven’t been to church for decades, or that you haven’t read the Bible in ages.  Suddenly, you are found in a life altering situation, and you don’t know what else to do, so you stoop to prayer because that is how desperate you are.  You don’t remember the last time you prayed, but now, you are in a time of great need and you want the prayer answered.

You know what?  Sometimes, God is just that amazing, and he will answer your prayers if it is his will.  Even if you’ve been absent from him for quite some time.  He will be there for you, because that is the kind of father he is.  He wants to use these life altering circumstances to reestablish your relationship with him.  He can answer prayers instantly, but not often does life work this way.  Usually God takes his time working on our prayers to make them perfect, and all in his timing.

We don’t like to wait for our prayers to be fulfilled.  We want them answered yesterday, but that isn’t the way God works.  He likes to develop us, his children, into what he wants us to be.  Usually while we are waiting on our prayers, we learn perseverance, determination, patience, grace, obedience, faith, hope, and the list is endless.  God sometimes puts our prayers in a Crock-Pot to make sure we are developed to perfection before he answers our prayers.

Romans 12:12 explains, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”  God just wants us to dream big, be calm when we are troubled and pray at all times.”

The greatest thing that God wants is a relationship with his children, and he is patiently waiting for this relationship to cook up.  A microwaved relationship is not what God is wanting from you.  He doesn’t want to be your last resort when you are starving and need a prayer answered quickly.  He wants you to plan out your time with him, organize your life for him, and pray continuously to him.  Thank him for the many blessings he has bestowed upon you.  Remind him of his promises to you from his Scriptures.  Then ask him to fulfill your wishes using his own promises from his word.

You will realize that this Crock-Pot relationship is much tastier than the microwaved version.  It is more fulfilling in so many ways!  Give yours a try today!

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