32. I am thankful that I have a lot of girls. I know parents with boys say the same thing, but I just had two girls spend the night with my oldest. (They were all 11 year olds). They were a pleasure to have over. Girls dress-up, pretend, and like to bake cookies! Now my son is right by my side whenever we bake, but I don’t know if boys that are 11 would want to help bake cookies at a sleepover. I guess I’ll find out. I know they’ll love to eat them!
Thoughts on what I am experiencing:
This week, I had to talk to someone who is special to me, and I got very nervous about it. It was something I did not want to do. So as I was already feeling butterflies in the morning about having the conversation, I asked a facebook group that I was in to pray for the conversation. It was easy to ask them to pray as only two people know me personally in the group, so I could keep it very unspoken. I did not tell them any details, but I knew they would pray.
However, that made me think many thoughts. One of them was, “Why do we turn to others to pray for us and why do I pray earnestly when it is something “big”? Why don’t I pray for God’s help frequently each day? I need His help all the time!
This convicted me about how many times I am a practical atheist. What does that mean? I think I first saw this term in a book by C. S. Lewis, but here is a quote by Peter Wade that I think is a good definition of being a practical atheist:
A practical atheist is someone who, regardless of his doctrinal beliefs, approaches life as if he were the only resource available.
Therefore, when I don’t take the time to seek the Lord’s guidance, and I try to figure out my problems myself, then I am depending on myself and not really believing that there is a sovereign, all-powerful, all-knowing God who can guide and support me.
What about this quote?
“Doing things in secret that you are ashamed for others to know is practical atheism. God’s knowing doesn’t count?” John Piper
We can say that we love God and want to obey Him; but what do we say, watch, or do when no one else is watching. If we wouldn’t do it in front of others, but we still do it; then we are basically living like we don’t believe there is a God who sees all and knows all. We tell everyone that we believe there is a God, but live like there is no God.
So how do I want to change?
- I want to be in daily communion with God.
- To pray “without ceasing” which basically means that it is a natural part of my life to turn to God in prayer multiple times a day. Not always audible (although that wouldn’t hurt at times), but where I pray silent prayers — prayers of praise, prayers of confession, and prayers of supplication throughout the day.
- To live in secret before God’s eyes like I would live in front of other people’s eyes.
Do I really believe these promises that God has given me in the Bible?
With these thoughts on my mind, the fourth verse of ‘Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus really stood out to me when we sang it in church Wednesday night .
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus
Oh, for grace to trust Him more
I do trust Him . . . but oh, for grace to trust Him more!
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