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What is the 'shadow of the Almighty'? Isn't it a bit of a gloomy metaphor? Sometimes it rains for a long time and we get a bit tired of 'the shadows'. But if you'd been living in the blistering heat of a desert for the last 40 years or so - which is exactly what God's people did for a fair chunk of the Old Testament - then 'shadow' is very appealing.



So the Israelites, as you can imagine, liked a good shadow or two. It meant shelter, comfort, and lots of other life-saving things in a very hot climate.



But what does it mean for us as followers of Jesus? We know that God's personality isn't all-guns-blazing, He's also our place of safety. We can read 'shadow' as 'safety'. In the blistering heat of life's battles, temptations and worries, God is our life-saving shadow we can always come back to. Yes, we have to go on the offensive sometimes, and withstand the attacks of Satan, and fight back with Scripture. But, in reality, as humans, we aren't set up to feel like world-beaters all the time. We need to rest in God.



So what now? Wherever you go today, where you can, try this: walk in the shadow of the person next to you. Think, how close do you have to stay to them to be able to manage it? And do you have to change the rhythm you walk in to stay there? What does this tell you about 'being in God's shadow'?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 29-31, Lk 17:20-37, Ps 119:137-144, Prov 22:11-13

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THANK GOD!

If you're chatting with a good mate, there's an ease in your conversation because you know who you're talking to. You know the person is taking in your words. You feel safe that what you say won't be taken the wrong way.

Talking to God is sometimes less easy when you're first getting to know Him because it can feel like talking to a blank canvas (maybe you remember that, or you're going through it now). Who is He? What does He want to hear? What does He want me to say? Or even if He seems to have gone quiet with you, or was never 'loud' - how do you get into a place where you can even begin to learn to hear His voice?

This is why so many of Christian traditional prayers start with thanks. When we start our prayers with gratefulness we are doing what's right (giving God His due for everything He's given) and we're starting to get a sense of the person we're talking to: the Giver of all good gifts. When we're thanking Him, we're starting to learn His character.

Author Ann Voskamp says, 'Giving thanks in all things is how to pray continually [1 Thessalonians 5:17-18]... This is the way to do God's will for you right now. Thanks to God is what calms the wild heart.' So, praise Him! Lots! Then listen out...

So what now? Phew. Big topic. Go treat yourself to a cup of tea. And while you're at it, consider this: what if quietly thanking God throughout the day could be the way of getting to know Him that you're looking for?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 25-28, Lk 17:11-19, Ps 119:129-136, Prov 22:8-10

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THANK GOD!

 



If you're chatting with a good mate, there's an ease in your conversation because you know who you're talking to. You know the person is taking in your words. You feel safe that what you say won't be taken the wrong way.



Talking to God is sometimes less easy when you're first getting to know Him because it can feel like talking to a blank canvas (maybe you remember that, or you're going through it now). Who is He? What does He want to hear? What does He want me to say? Or even if He seems to have gone quiet with you, or was never 'loud' - how do you get into a place where you can even begin to learn to hear His voice?



This is why so many of Christian traditional prayers start with thanks. When we start our prayers with gratefulness we are doing what's right (giving God His due for everything He's given) and we're starting to get a sense of the person we're talking to: the Giver of all good gifts. When we're thanking Him, we're starting to learn His character.



Author Ann Voskamp says, 'Giving thanks in all things is how to pray continually [1 Thessalonians 5:17-18]... This is the way to do God's will for you right now. Thanks to God is what calms the wild heart.' So, praise Him! Lots! Then listen out...



So what now? Phew. Big topic. Go treat yourself to a cup of tea. And while you're at it, consider this: what if quietly thanking God throughout the day could be the way of getting to know Him that you're looking for?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 25-28, Lk 17:11-19, Ps 119:129-136, Prov 22:8-10

Read more...

THANK GOD!

 



If you're chatting with a good mate, there's an ease in your conversation because you know who you're talking to. You know the person is taking in your words. You feel safe that what you say won't be taken the wrong way.



Talking to God is sometimes less easy when you're first getting to know Him because it can feel like talking to a blank canvas (maybe you remember that, or you're going through it now). Who is He? What does He want to hear? What does He want me to say? Or even if He seems to have gone quiet with you, or was never 'loud' - how do you get into a place where you can even begin to learn to hear His voice?



This is why so many of Christian traditional prayers start with thanks. When we start our prayers with gratefulness we are doing what's right (giving God His due for everything He's given) and we're starting to get a sense of the person we're talking to: the Giver of all good gifts. When we're thanking Him, we're starting to learn His character.



Author Ann Voskamp says, 'Giving thanks in all things is how to pray continually [1 Thessalonians 5:17-18]... This is the way to do God's will for you right now. Thanks to God is what calms the wild heart.' So, praise Him! Lots! Then listen out...



So what now? Phew. Big topic. Go treat yourself to a cup of tea. And while you're at it, consider this: what if quietly thanking God throughout the day could be the way of getting to know Him that you're looking for?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 25-28, Lk 17:11-19, Ps 119:129-136, Prov 22:8-10

Read more...

THANK GOD!

 



If you're chatting with a good mate, there's an ease in your conversation because you know who you're talking to. You know the person is taking in your words. You feel safe that what you say won't be taken the wrong way.



Talking to God is sometimes less easy when you're first getting to know Him because it can feel like talking to a blank canvas (maybe you remember that, or you're going through it now). Who is He? What does He want to hear? What does He want me to say? Or even if He seems to have gone quiet with you, or was never 'loud' - how do you get into a place where you can even begin to learn to hear His voice?



This is why so many of Christian traditional prayers start with thanks. When we start our prayers with gratefulness we are doing what's right (giving God His due for everything He's given) and we're starting to get a sense of the person we're talking to: the Giver of all good gifts. When we're thanking Him, we're starting to learn His character.



Author Ann Voskamp says, 'Giving thanks in all things is how to pray continually [1 Thessalonians 5:17-18]... This is the way to do God's will for you right now. Thanks to God is what calms the wild heart.' So, praise Him! Lots! Then listen out...



So what now? Phew. Big topic. Go treat yourself to a cup of tea. And while you're at it, consider this: what if quietly thanking God throughout the day could be the way of getting to know Him that you're looking for?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 25-28, Lk 17:11-19, Ps 119:129-136, Prov 22:8-10

Read more...

THANK GOD!

 



If you're chatting with a good mate, there's an ease in your conversation because you know who you're talking to. You know the person is taking in your words. You feel safe that what you say won't be taken the wrong way.



Talking to God is sometimes less easy when you're first getting to know Him because it can feel like talking to a blank canvas (maybe you remember that, or you're going through it now). Who is He? What does He want to hear? What does He want me to say? Or even if He seems to have gone quiet with you, or was never 'loud' - how do you get into a place where you can even begin to learn to hear His voice?



This is why so many of Christian traditional prayers start with thanks. When we start our prayers with gratefulness we are doing what's right (giving God His due for everything He's given) and we're starting to get a sense of the person we're talking to: the Giver of all good gifts. When we're thanking Him, we're starting to learn His character.



Author Ann Voskamp says, 'Giving thanks in all things is how to pray continually [1 Thessalonians 5:17-18]... This is the way to do God's will for you right now. Thanks to God is what calms the wild heart.' So, praise Him! Lots! Then listen out...



So what now? Phew. Big topic. Go treat yourself to a cup of tea. And while you're at it, consider this: what if quietly thanking God throughout the day could be the way of getting to know Him that you're looking for?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 25-28, Lk 17:11-19, Ps 119:129-136, Prov 22:8-10

Read more...

THANK GOD!

 



If you're chatting with a good mate, there's an ease in your conversation because you know who you're talking to. You know the person is taking in your words. You feel safe that what you say won't be taken the wrong way.



Talking to God is sometimes less easy when you're first getting to know Him because it can feel like talking to a blank canvas (maybe you remember that, or you're going through it now). Who is He? What does He want to hear? What does He want me to say? Or even if He seems to have gone quiet with you, or was never 'loud' - how do you get into a place where you can even begin to learn to hear His voice?



This is why so many of Christian traditional prayers start with thanks. When we start our prayers with gratefulness we are doing what's right (giving God His due for everything He's given) and we're starting to get a sense of the person we're talking to: the Giver of all good gifts. When we're thanking Him, we're starting to learn His character.



Author Ann Voskamp says, 'Giving thanks in all things is how to pray continually [1 Thessalonians 5:17-18]... This is the way to do God's will for you right now. Thanks to God is what calms the wild heart.' So, praise Him! Lots! Then listen out...



So what now? Phew. Big topic. Go treat yourself to a cup of tea. And while you're at it, consider this: what if quietly thanking God throughout the day could be the way of getting to know Him that you're looking for?

Soulfood : 2 Chr 25-28, Lk 17:11-19, Ps 119:129-136, Prov 22:8-10

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