Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Amazing Vanishing Skeptical Believer

Hi gang!

Sorry I have been AWOL from the blog for awhile. We’ve had a bunch of real-world stuff come in all at once and take over most of my energies over the last few weeks. All good stuff though! My sister got married (and I had to sort of plan a last-minute, PG-rated bachelor party for her husband!), and I’ve been studying intensely for a very important job interview. Well the 2nd, in-person, interview was today and it went very well so hopefully I’ll hear back from them soon! That also means I should have more brain-cycles to devote to the blog now…which is good ‘cuz I’ve got a full list of topics to write about and explore!

Here’s my spiritual lesson of the day (so I can say that this post was at least about something!): you’ve all heard it said that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. This applies to our prayer life as well. We often spend so much time talking to God that we hardly ever spend any time listening to Him! Now of course it’s good to talk to God—He wants to hear from you—but it’s vital to take the time, slow down, and just be quiet and listen during prayer as well.

This can be very hard, believe me I know first-hand. But I have made a conscious effort to spend time in prayer listening, and I’ll tell you from my own experience, it is extraordinarily powerful. It has totally revolutionized my prayer-life and experience of God, and made me so much more fully aware of the reality of His presence and existence than ever before. You know, being the ‘Skeptical Believer’, it is often very hard for me to believe in things I can’t see or touch or physically talk to, but this very simple act of just turning off my mouth/thoughts and listening for the still, small voice has made me more of a believer than ever before.

Try it! It’s so easy to do, and yet so hard at the same time. But I feel pretty confident in guaranteeing that God will meet you there in the quietness.

--Jeremy
Truth poorly defended loses not its truthfulness;
likewise Falsehood aptly defended loses not it's falsity.