Beating My Head Against the Wall

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Last night, I decided to back up the pictures on my iPhone to my laptop to clear out some space on my phone.   I must admit it had been quite a while since I had done this — basically because every time I plug my phone into my laptop something horrifying happens.  The last time I remember syncing my phone, I lost all of my contacts — I have no idea why, but it took me three hours to get them back.

So, I have backup avoidance issues with my iPhone.  Just thinking about it gives me a headache.  I should have had the extra-strength Advil close by last night, but for some reason, I was hopeful that this time would be different.  I was just going to move my pictures from one device to another.  Simple, right?

Ha!  Somewhere the ghost of Steve Jobs is mocking me.  (Theological Side Note:  I don’t really believe in ghosts or haunting, but I guess I have watched too many episodes of Scooby Doo…).

For some reason, only half of my pictures transferred when I synced.   All my lovely pictures from April to July were safely stored on my hard drive, but pictures from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter were trapped in an iPhone jail.

After many failed attempts, I decided my only recourse was to e-mail myself the pictures one at a time in order to save them to my computer.  Really?  Do you know how long that would take?

I finally closed my laptop in frustration and went to bed.   My husband had been happily snoring beside me for quite some time.  He looked so peaceful while I brooded beside him in  my cyber-infused melancholy.

I sighed deeply and closed my eyes.  As I lay there listening to the melodic snores, I finally stopped striving.  I just rested.  I breathed out a simple prayer from my heart to God:  “Lord, help me with my dumb phone.  I can’t make it work, and it’s driving me crazy.”

Y’all, tonight I got home, sat down with my laptop, clicked one button and boom — all my sweet pictures moving happily from one place to another.  It was a beautiful moment.

Why do I strive?  I try to make things work.  I beat my head against the wall.  I worry.  I fret.  I think situations and people are beyond help.  Then, I finally give up trying, and I pray.  I surrender my impossible to God.

Boom.  God makes everything new.

Why do I doubt?  It happens every time.

But you, dear friends,

carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith

by praying in the Holy Spirit,

staying right at the center of God’s love,

keeping your arms open and outstretched,

ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ.

This is the unending life, the real life!

Jude 1: 20-21, MSG

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Continue: “Into the Word” Week 39

I love playing cards and board games.  My newest passion is Skip Bo.  My dear friend did her best to explain the rules to me, but it took a few rounds before I got the hang of it.  Not until I was immersed in the game did I truly understand how to play.  

This week as I was digging  “Into the Word” I thought about how this truth applies to the spiritual discipline of prayer.  The best way to learn to pray is to lift your heart and voice to God with regularity and sincerity.  In one of his epistles, Paul expounds on this principle:

 Devote yourselves to prayer

with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Colossians 4:2, NLT

   To “devote” implies consistency, steadfast attentiveness, perseverance, and a readiness of will.  God asks us to pray with a cautious spirit that is overflowing with gratitude.  This is a delicate balance gained through practice.

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When God Calls: “Into the Word” Week 26

  In a couple of weeks, I will be celebrating my third wedding anniversary.  I still remember vividly how God spoke to me during the season of dating my husband.  Just a few short days after our first date, a ladies’ Bible study speaker admonished me to “abide in Christ” — her illustration about Alaska struck a nerve as my beloved and I had chatted about Alaska on our outing.  God was calling me to abide in Him during our courting.  Of this, I was sure.

Have you ever felt God calling you to do something specific?  This week, as I was digging “Into the Word,” I read a story in Acts 10 where God specifically called Peter to do something outrageous.  He also clearly spoke to a Gentile named Cornelius.  What did both of these men have in common that brought them to God’s attention and made their paths intersect?  The key was in verse 4 when an angel explained:

“Your prayers and neighborly acts

have brought you to God’s attention” (MSG).

Both Peter and Cornelius were seeking God fervently through prayer, and their devotion to God and service to others lead to their being selected for a monumental moment in history.  This is a reminder to me that prayer is the work of the church — as we pray, God calls us, gives us marching orders, and His work is advanced in and through us.

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Call Home — “Into the Word” Week 9

On Friday, I worked late.  Around 5 PM, I tried to call my hubby.  Talking to him energizes me and helps me to keep going on tough days.  Isn’t it great to chat with someone who makes you smile?  Unfortunately, we did not connect.   I tried calling several times, but he did not pick up.  Later, he did send me a text message during my meeting that made me smile.

Just as I love chatting with my man, prayer is a lifeline for me.  Connecting with God on a daily basis provides the strength and focus that I need to put one foot in front of the other during a dark day.   This week, as I was digging “Into the Word,” God reminded me about the importance of this daily discipline — it’s not something that I should rush through because getting on my knees before God helps fuel my day.

When Christ walked on this earth, He carved out daily time for connecting with the Father through prayer. As I read through John 17 this week, I discovered a gem of a prayer —  a prayer that Christ prayed for you and me.  Jesus is our Intercessor — He daily stands at the right hand of the Father as our Advocate.  I love the requests that He laid at the feet of the Father in John 17:

  • That they may know You (v. 3).
  • Protect them by the Power of Your name (v. 11).
  • That they may have the full measure of Your joy (v. 13).
  • Sanctify them by Truth (v. 17).
  • That they may all be one (v. 21).

I am so thankful that my Savior prays for me.  This week, I hope to connect with Him more intentionally by carving out some time to sit quietly at His feet with focus — not just a rushed prayer as I head out the door, but a chunk of time where I rest in Him and gain the strength and focus He desires to grant me.

How do you put prayer into practice in your life?  Do you have a special place, a time, a journal?  I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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