Desiring Life

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Desiring Life

It’s been a hard week. Work has been busy and nights have been fully scheduled. Time to reflect, read, and pray have been scarce. Just this afternoon, I returned home, read for thirty minutes, then realized I had a half hour until it would be time to go…again. I felt rushed, pressed, and stressed. I was not going to be able to do everything that needed to be done to satisfy my heart’s demands. I felt the urge to go pray. Thankfully, I followed it.

Something in me encouraged my heart to pray quickly: I still had to publish a blog. I couldn’t believe the conniving of my heart. I so often view satisfying Life as getting everything done that I schedule for the day. Writing a blog fit into today’s plans. Completing that would be a step towards fulfilled aspiration. Then I pictured the blog’s title, Desiring Life. Fortunately, I was reminded. I am after real Life, not the life that I arrange for myself.

Jesus talked about real Life being the experience of knowing the Father and Him. He prays about it in John 17:3. Real life is not reading the quota of Scripture that I set for myself each morning; it’s not praying for a certain number of times each day. It’s not writing a deeply spiritual book. Although all these things can be good, when they become the point, bad things happen.

I feel rescued. My focus tonight has shifted. I was reminded of Jesus and a discussion with some Pharisees in John 5:39-40. I am often a Pharisee. I study and memorize Scripture as if it is the point. Jesus rebukes them, and me. “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.”

Tonight, I want Life. Not my version, but the Real kind. I asked God to walk with me and show me that the experience of relating well with them really is the point.

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2 responses to “Desiring Life

  1. Laurel Wreath December 9, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog. And thank you for the compliment of the design. I had Susie of BlueBird Designs design it for me, she is WONDERFUL.

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    She does not invoice you until you are completely satisfied.

    Once again thanks for visiting, feel free to stop by anytime =)

    PS. about your post, I know exactly how you feel. I am right now battling keeping my sanity to going , going, going…. God has really been helping me and keeping me focused. I have to say that is no easy task =)

  2. Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats December 9, 2006 at 11:03 pm

    It is a scary, and yet necessary thing to realize your own inner Pharasie. It seems ironic that at a time when we are supposed to be celebrating the birth of Jesus, we get bombarded and overloaded with “holiday festivities.” Dec. 26 is my favorite day of the year, I think. All the goodness of Christmas, none of the Christmas scheduling!

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