Friday, December 3, 2010

I Miss God - Surely.

I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.

~ Proverbs 8:17, NLT

Friday, October 8, 2010

I Miss God - Still.

I can barely believe that it's been three years since my original post titled "I Miss God". It feels so much longer than that now. And if you're missing God too, you know exactly what I mean.

"Hold My Heart" by Tenth Avenue North

How long must I pray, must I pray to you?
How long must I wait, must I wait for you?
How Long til I see Your face, see You shining through?
So many questions without answers, Your promises remain.

Download the song on itunes.

I love that he says "waiting is being content with being discontent." Yep, that's me. I miss God - still.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I Miss God - Working on an answer...

Found this verse particularly intriguing. Maybe God is all ready working on an answer...

I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!

~ Isaiah 65:24, NLT

Friday, September 3, 2010

I Miss God - But, believe I'm not abandoned.

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.

~ Psalm 9:10, NLT

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Miss God - So I will know He is good?

Such a fascinating verse. Reading the first half makes complete sense. The last part makes it more interesting though.

The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.

~ Lamentations 3:25, NLT

Cheers to a dependent search.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I Miss God - Words of encouragement

So, I just read through several more comments on my original post "I Miss God". I am so in awe of the fact that people continue to share their thoughts and create this place of encouragement for the next person searching for God online.

I just got a batch of Bible verses in my inbox and they are smacking me in the face. Thought I'd share a few words of encouragement.

For I am waiting for you, O Lord. You must answer for me, O Lord my God.

~ Psalm 38:15, NLT

I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain.

~ Psalm 3:4, NLT

I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.

~ Psalm 120:1, NLT

For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

~ 2 Corinthians 4:17, NLT

Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

~ John 14:1, NLT

And this one drives me insane!

Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.

~ Jeremiah 33:3, NLT

Insane because I truly felt like before I quit hearing from God, he was telling me REMARKABLE SECRETS about things to come. Not for me necessarily, but about things He was doing. And I went from a euphoric secret keeper to begging for a crumb. Aaaaaahhhhh... I guess I will keep asking and believe that answers and secrets will come again one day.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I Miss God - Give It Back

Heard this song a few weeks ago and felt it was somewhat of an anthem for us... the God Googlers.

Sixpence None The Richer - "Amazing Grace" (Give it Back) off the My Dear Machine ep.

I knew a song that played in me
It seems I've lost the melody
So please, lord, give it back to me
Yeah please lord, give it back to me
Years in the desert with no drink
Strike the rock, make it bleed
And please lord, give it back to me
Yeah please lord, give it back to me

If you'll blow on the embers
The light will shine on my face
The streams will run in the desert
And sing amazing grace

You're everywhere in every time
And yet you're alwyas hard to find
So please, lord, I don't wanna sign
No please lord, I don't wanna sign

I need your breath on the embers
I need the light on my face
I need the streams in the desert
That sing amazing grace
That sing amazing grace

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I MIss God - and so did they.

But Lord, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be our strong arm each day and our salvation in times of trouble.

~ Isaiah 33:2, NLT

I guess having a community of people waiting on God is no new concept. Loved reading these ancient words in my inbox this morning. Helps me feel less alone in my waiting. Hope it does the same for you.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I Miss God - Not all who wander are lost.

I was intrigued when I eyed this bumper sticker the other day. I've often heard the expression, but it resonated loudly with me this time.

A little research and digging as to where the phrase originated from:

All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter is a poem written by J. R. R. Tolkien for his fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. It alludes to an integral part of the plot. The poem reads:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.[1]

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I Miss God - Are you quiet or...

Last week I was randomly looking at the twitter home page and this popped up.

prodigaljohn "Are you quiet lately or am I loud?" (Question I ask God sometimes.)

Not sure if you're familiar with him but after digging around I discovered that he wrote the humorous "Stuff Christians Like" book and subsequent blog.

I've asked the question too. You?

I Miss God - Wandering for 40 years?

Every night before my daughter's bedtime we read a story from "The Beginner's Bible." Of course it's very simplified (and if I was completely honest... watered down) but I'm always amazed at how re-reading the stories I have come to know like the back of my hand still strike me in different ways.

Last night we were reading about the Israelites and how they wandered for 40 years. Man. That's crazy talk. I feel like I've been searching around for WAY too long all ready... I certainly hope I don't have 36 more years of this to go!

Even still, it was somewhat of an encouragement to me. We're not alone. We're not freaks of spirituality. We're human. We're on a journey. And I have faith that we'll get there at some point! Keep one foot in front of the other until then!

Monday, May 10, 2010

I Miss God... Prone to Wander

The words of the late Robert Robinson (1735-1790) rang true as someone played this beautiful melody on the guitar this weekend. I was singing to my baby girl and to be honest, by brain was on auto pilot until my heart heard the words my mouth was forming. "Let thy goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love."

To be honest I STILL wrestle with the notion that I have gone anywhere. But one thing is certain- something has changed. find great comfort in knowing it's not just me who feels this.. it's you too. It's all the people still googling "I Miss God" and commenting on a post I made a couple years ago. It's all of humanity that has walked on before us.

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

1. Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

2. Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I'm come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

3. O to grace how great a debtor
daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here's my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I Miss God... The community

So many people have left comments saying it's nice to know they aren't alone. Someone sent me this verse today and when I read the surrounding scripture... it seemed to be a message to our little community of misfits!

Maybe this is for you, maybe not. But just wanted to let you know... you're not alone! Keep searching. I LOVE verse 24. Sometimes you just have to believe what you can't feel!

Jude 1 (NLT)

20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God's love.
22 And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others,* but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.*
24 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

Friday, January 15, 2010

I miss God... so I will realize I need him?

On my way home last night, I was thinking again about how I miss God. Things used to seem so perfect, but I wouldn't necessarily say they were genuine at times. I'd like to think I've grown over the years in my understanding of a personal relationship as opposed to just following the guidelines I was taught. Processing that REALLY made me miss God even more. Seems like just when I finally felt that I was beginning to know Him personally instead of just have a good knowledge of sound doctrine everything came to a screeching halt.

I don't know what your situation is. We might have completely different stories. I've been blessed with a pretty easy life. I was raised in the shelters of church, private schools, and a Christian home. I was taught to do the right things so I did. I have no regrets. I just think I found "safe" and rarely veered into the unknown.

As I processed through that a new thought occurred to me, maybe I'm going through this so I will actually realize that I need Him. Not just miss Him. Need Him.

What do you think?