Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Stop praying??

Weird title, I know. That is what I thought when I first saw that it was the name of the first chapter of Crazy Love. I am planning on writing at least one blog on each chapter. It is more for my benefit because it will keep me accountable and help me to work through what I am learning. I think Chris is going to read this with me which will be really neat to do together. However, that means he is taking it to work with him tomorrow and I have to wait till tomorrow night to read chapter 2 : (. Anyway...back to not praying. Obviously, it is not supposed to be taken literally. It is just to stop and be in awe of God before even speaking. It is to "stop talking AT Him" and start by sitting in silence and just being in awe. What if every time before I pray (even when praying before a meal) I just sit in silence and think about how HUGE God is and then start praying to Him? Go and watch "the awe factor of God" video on the books website. Wow. It is the most amazing thing. I will forever have those images in my head to help me remember just how AMAZING and BIG God really is. As my friend, Mendi, would say...SHEESH! Francis Chan gives a long list of things in this world that are truly amazing. They are things that really make me wonder how people can think it was all an accident. I don't want to give any of them because I don't want to ruin it if you are planning on reading it. There was one thing he said that really hit home with me about this. He says, "His handiwork and his creation all echo the truth that He is glorious". Seriously...with everything in creation that is so incredible and shows He is way bigger than we can ever imagine, why can't I remember to scream His praises every second of every day??

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4


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