Monday, February 28, 2011

A New Season

As the last day of Summer comes to a close, our family is also seeing the changes of a new season.

My darling husband celebrated his 31st birthday.

I have been busy doing the last proofing on Sam's Heart, before it heads off to the printers in the next few weeks.  It is absolutely amazing to see our story finally come together as a book.  Very exciting and very humbling all at the same time.  I know God is going to use this book to do mighty things.

This afternoon we received news that the contract on our home is not going to go through.  We hadn't actually signed it yet, which is a good thing.  The other party pulled out, they really wanted our home but couldn't make it happen.  And although I thought I would be disappointed, I actually feel relieved.  Now I know we can finally say that we will be in Pittsworth for the remainder of the year.  I can settle that in my mind and heart and live accordingly.  It means we are not leaving our church family, Jack's schooling will be more settled, I don't have to pack yet, we can settle in to enjoying another winter in Pittsworth.  We had been praying about it constantly and so we know what has happened is God's will. All of this was a result of us asking God for confirmation; if we were to move to Melbourne and serve with MAF. So this is in essence what it was - a confirmation.  We are so at peace with that.   Thank you to those who prayed alongside us.  One day at a time, onwards and upwards.  We are looking forward to what this new season of our lives will bring.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Whispers To My Heart - My King Will Return

You are my beautiful bride.  Be dressed and prepared by following me at all times.  Don't get tired of waiting and let your lamp burn out while you wait for me to return to you.  I come soon to whisk you away to our wedding celebration.  I am so excited, all of heaven is waiting with anticipation!  Keep your light burning bright into the night, so you will be awake to answer the door when I arrive and knock.  How I long to seat you at the table prepared for us, and share our royal feast.  I may arrive when you are not expecting me. Please be prepared to go at all times.  It would break my heart if you are asleep and you don't hear me.  Keep your dress spotless for me and we will rejoice together forever.  I won't keep you waiting long.  See you soon precious.
(Spoken to Nicole from Luke 12:35-38)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Full Life With Half A Heart

One of the big concerns from others when we were diagnosed with Sam's condition was that he would have little quality of life.  There were many things we were told that Sam would not be able to do.  What I want to share with you today is the some things that my little boy can do.  It is too easy to focus on symptoms and statistics when you have a child with a medical condition.  We choose not to focus on these things but focus on the promise that God gave Sam.  Sam will live and have life in abundance!  We claim this daily over Sam and I would encourage you to search God for a promise of your own and live it.  Start by reading God's word (the bible) and he will reveal your own special promise direct from his heart to yours.  And remember don't let go of his promise no matter what may come your way.
 Hanging out at the dairy with friends.
 Always busy...never bored.  Just try and keep me still.
Don't all two year old boys like sitting on the sprinkler?

...People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4)
(Emphasis mine)

Light in the Darkness

Last night I had the most glorious time. I met with people from all over the world and as they shared their problems and needs, we went to Father God together, and brought our petitions before him.  We asked for his love, peace, deliverance, healing, hope and faith among many other things.  We praised the name of Jesus together, and prayers were answered.   I did these things with these people in the privacy of our own office,  well after my bedtime, on our computer.  I discovered a Facebook page last night called Praying For People-by Mark Brown.  If you love to spend time with God and pray for others, you need to go and look at this page.

As we prayed in agreement last night, God's Holy Spirit moved, not just in the lives of others but also in mine. God was showing me that when we pray for others it allows him to release all sorts of healing, blessing and anointing into our lives.  I saw heaven getting busy, because people we praying.  We may have been from each corner of the Earth, but we met in one place and were joined with one heart-seeking the face of God. 

The bible tells us to love one another and to pray and believe with one another.  There are so many people hurting out in the world right now, and the internet is a place where they are searching for some glimmer of hope in the darkness.  Let's show them together that that glimmer is the light of the world - Jesus. The closer you get to Jesus the brighter the light, the darkness has to flee. Let's all draw closer to him and each other and make the darkness run with it's tail between it's legs.

God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. (1 John 1:5)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Whispers To My Heart-Come Home

...My God has saved me from death and given me eternal life!
I will shout it out loud and not be silent.
I will tell everyone how he rescued me.  I was lost.
He is gathering his children, calling them home from the East, West, North and South.
Be still. Listen carefully.  Can you hear his voice?  He is waiting for you.
(Spoken to Nicole from Psalm 107:1-3)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Weighing In

For the last six months Sam has put on very little weight.  It seems to be increasingly difficult to get him to eat.  He is just not interested in food, or he will put a small piece of food in his mouth, chew it up and then spit it out.  We offer him milk only after he is offered food and he drinks all of his milk.  We have tried every approach to get him to eat; rewards, distraction, being stern, copying, but he still isn't interested.  He just says "no thanks" and will either just sit there or walk away.  Now, I remember going through a period of time like this for Jack when he was about 2.5, but it didn't go on this long.  I don't give Sam Up'n'Go any longer as he was losing weight drinking them.  Instead I fortify his full cream milk with powdered milk and then add Sustagen, it has more calories.  Now he seems to be at least holding his weight.  He is also a very active little boy and very independent.
I have spoken to a dietician who wants me to weigh Sam over the next two months and if there is no change they will want to try something else.  I know all of the information about making each mouthful count and adding calories via cheese, butter and cream but I can only do this if he will eat.  He is not even eating ice-cream, chocolate or yoghurt!  Is he for real?
God has given me a mother's heart, I am worried.  I am worried because it is not normal for your child to not want to eat and he was eating at least a little before he has this last bout of Tonsillitis.  If you have any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.

Please pray.  I know God can change this situation around with just a word.  I've seen him do it.  If feel very alone at the moment.  I need some encouragement from the Lord and some of his help.  Only he can provide the help both Sam and I need.
PS.  It has been almost two weeks since Sam has eaten a good amount of food.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Trust Me

"Trust me I have it all in my hands."

 I have heard these words echoed over and over this week in relation to the sale of our home.  The lady who is interested in our home has put forward an offer, which we have accepted, though she must sell her home first. I am not one to sign a contract subject to sale.  However God has been saying the above words to me all week.  And so we have let it go and layed it all once again at his feet.  We are in the midst of signing a 2 month contract subject to the sale of the buyers house. In most people's eyes this would seem like foolishness.  However God has been speaking to me through the following scripture:

"...O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themsleves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.  Yes, Father it pleased you to do it this way!
My Father has entrusted everyting to me.  No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." (Matthew 11:25-27)

It pleases God when we trust in him and his son.  What may seem like wisdom to the world is not always wise in God's eyes.  His timing is perfect.  There is a difference in being childish and childlike.  To be childlike is to trust, without all of the questions and logical reasoning. It is not being naive but relying on the one who holds the bigger picture in his hands. 
This is not easy to do.  I have to lay down all of my ideas, budgets, objections and list of pros and cons.  I have to be willing to resign to the fact that I am not in control.  I have to honest with you, I like to have control. 

And so I ask you to pray for us.  For Don and I to have the patience to wait and be joyful in our waiting.  For God to sell our home according to his plan, so that we may move to Melbourne and study for Mission Aviation Fellowship.  And above all for us to have peace, his perfect peace, so that we may rest in the knowledge that we are walking hand in hand with God.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Whispers To My Heart - I know you.

I know you.  I made all of the beautiful and complex parts of your body (even the parts you are not fond of).  I wove you like a fine tapestry in your mother's womb, while she carried you.  Each part of you is is beautifully designed, to reflect my glory.  I watched you grow and develop in the warmth and safety of your hiding place.  I knew you before you were born.  Each and every moment of your life (both good and bad) was recorded in my book before you took your first breath.  If only you could understand how much I love and adore you.  You never leave my mind, for I do not sleep.  My eyes continuously gaze upon you with unmatched devotion.  (Spoken to Nicole from Psalm 139:13-18)
This passage of scripture is very dear to my heart because it forms part of God's promise to us for Sam.  Every time I read it, God reveals something new to me.  Today he really impressed  upon my heart how much he loves me.  I could  feel his piercing gaze looking past the exterior, down deep into my heart and while he looked he spoke the above words to me.  Will you allow Jesus to search your heart?

Monday, February 21, 2011

He Rocks!

I couldn't resist sharing this photo of Jack and Sam helping out with the worship practice before church.  They were having such a great time.  Jesus rocks the world!

Whispers to My Heart - Swim in My Word

Read, listen and mediate on my Word day and night, so it is written deep in your heart.  Immerse yourself in it's promises.  Through it, I will direct your path and refresh your soul, blessing all that you do in my name.  I desire to fill you with strength and courage.  Don't worry about anything.  Have full confidence in me. I am right beside you every step of the way. (Spoken to Nicole from Joshua 1:8-9)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Whispers to My Heart - Rest Upon my Chest

'Whispers to My Heart', is a new addition to my blog.  I love to journal what God is laying on my heart.  Often when I read God's Word, I hear him speaking directly to me, and I want to share some of what Jesus says with you.  I want to do this for two reasons.  Firstly I want you to see how alive and loving Jesus is.  The second is that I want to encourage you to listen for his voice speaking to you as you read your own bible.  Can you hear him speaking to you here?

Come and spend time with me when you are tired and worn, share your problems with me, and you can rest in my arms.  As you rest your head upon my chest, listen to the rhythm of my heart.  Take a lesson from what you hear there, live according to my heartbeat.  Let me teach you my wonderful ways, because I love you with a passion you still don't understand.  My ways are not hard to learn and obey, for they are refreshing, like eternal water for you soul. (Spoken to Nicole from Matthew 12:28)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Winter in Melbourne?

We had an inspection on our home on Tuesday afternoon, and it went very well.  So well in fact that the lady came back for a second look last night!  Wow! The night previous to this Don and I had been asking God for confirmation that we were doing the right thing-selling our home, moving interstate, serving with MAF.  The inspection the next day was his answer for us,we know it without any doubt.  We haven't had anybody through our home since before Christmas.  God definitely has his hand in this one.  The people looking are very interested and are talking to banks etc today.  Could you please pray for God's will to be done here? 
At this rate we could be living in chilly Melbourne this Winter.

We are also sending a shipment of bibles to Nigeria.  Could you please pray that they will get there safely? 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

An Honest Heart

At God's insistence I am going to share my heart with you.  This is not a pretty picture I am about to paint, but I am an honest person and I will not pretend to be something I am not.

I have been angry at God the last day or so.  When I say angry I mean disappointed, frustrated, yell your annoyance kind of angry.  I was angry because he has given Sam a promise of a new heart and I still don't see it.  Don't misinterpret me, I believe God is going to give Sam his new heart, he doesn't lie.  However I am a Mum, and when I see my son going through pain, fear and illness I feel every inch of it alongside him.  If you are a Mum you know what I am talking about.  If your child cuts their finger you get that squeamish feeling down in the pit of your stomach because they are hurting.  So imagine what it is like to see your son being pricked and prodded and injected on a regular basis.  It does something to your emotions.  You start to become annoyed that they should have to endure such treatment when the God of the Heavens has made him a promise of life in abundance.  That annoyance grows into bitterness and that bitterness grows into frustration and anger.
This morning I didn't even feel like going to worship with my church family.  Satan whispers lies like 'You don't want them to see you like this do you?  Where is your strength and faith now?  Stay at home and sort it out with God."  I was hurting and broken and this is when he comes with his lies.  Then the Holy Spirit rose up in me saying "In your weakness his strength is revealed".  We chose to go to church this morning without our happy face and cheery disposition.  When the music started for worship I cried and cried and cried on my knees.  I cried because God reminded me of how he felt when Jesus was crucified on the cross to save us.  How he hurt each time the hammer was raised and the nails were embedded into his flesh, just like Sam getting his cannula.  How his heart ached for His son Jesus, like my heart aches now for my son Sam.  He reminded me that he too feels my pain. 
I wept on my knees because I was overcome by the fact that God loves me even though I am angry at him.   I wept because I felt my faith was faltering in my anger.    God checked my heart and found my faith steadfast and built on the rock of his Word, even though my heart felt crushed and my emotions haywire.

People prayed for me as the music played, they wrapped their arms around me and shared my pain.
And so as I wept and gave my burden over to God, I saw the Lord smile and his peace flooded my heart.  This is why I love my church family.  We are one in Spirit.  We don't come with false pretenses.  We share in each other joys and sorrow and we fight alongside each other for victory. 

I guess in writing this post I wanted you see that I am not anything special. It is God in me who is amazing. I want you to know that I am as human as the next person but I trust in an extraordinary God who may let me stumble but he will not let me fall.
And as for God's promise of a new heart for Sam, it stands firm.  Nothing has changed in God's eyes, except maybe I am now closer to him though baring an honest heart.  One step closer to the faith that will move mountains.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

An Interesting Hospital Visit

Thursday afternoon saw Sam very quickly affected by some sort of mystery infection.  He had very high temps and at one point lost all of his colour and went grey, with darker hands and feet.  This told us something was very wrong and that it was affecting his circulation.  So off we scooted to the GP only to have them send us to St Vincents Hospital in Toowoomba for treatment immediately.  They inserted a cannula and started him on IV fluids and antibiotics, after a short examination.  This meant that Sam and I spent the night at the hospital while Don and Jack went home to pack and sleep.  As it happened we were scheduled for Sam's six monthly heart appointment on the Friday and we were staying the night in Brisbane-Don needed to pack. 
On Friday morning Sam looked much better and leaving the cannula in, we headed to Brisbane in the car on day release from the Toowoomba Hospital.  At this point he didn't even look sick anymore, just tired. 
At the hospital his heart review went really well.  The heart function is really good.  The valves are all working well with only minimal regurgitation.  And the PA branches look great, of a good size.  In short this all means that we don't need to see Sam's cardiologist for another six months.  Praise God for that!
After Sam's appointment we checked into our motel and enjoyed a lovely dinner and walk down to South Bank.

We then had to drive back to Toowoomba by 9am this morning for Sam to see his doctor and have some more IV antibiotics before they sent us home.  He is now riding his bike around and doesn't even look sick!

It has been a really strange and unusual turn of events for the following reasons.

Don was still meant to be in Townsville.  If God didn't get him home when he did, it would have been very difficult to organise anything.  I really needed him here.  God knew what was coming and provided.

It is my birthday on Monday.  So we had booked the motel a week earlier to have a break in Brisbane.  As it turned out we still got to have our night away.  The circumstances were not great but we still had a lovely dinner and a great time with the kids, all while still admitted to a hospital 2 hours away!  Satan tried to ruin our fun but God would have none of it and put an end to his nonsense.

We are now home and feel like none of it even happened.  As for the mystery infection-common tonsillitis.  His body took the initial brunt of the infection quite hard but with much prayer, praise in the car and some antibiotics, it was knocked on the head fast.

We are now looking forward to a much less eventful finish to the weekend.

I could not be more proud of my little boy.  When they had to do procedures like inserting the cannula for the IV, he knew it was going to hurt and I explained to him that is was going to help make him better and he just needed to be brave like King David, and he would say "Ok, then", and hold still even though he cried out in pain.  That takes courage, and my God gives it to Sam by the bucketful.

Their weakness was turned to strength.  They became strong in battle... (Hebrews 11:34)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Holding Onto Hope

Holding Onto Hope-Acrylic on Canvas by Nicole Watson
Hope is the trust in what we can’t see,
God says to believe
And it will come to be.

A mother is watching her child fade away,
God says to believe
He will make a way.

A son is so angry and cannot forgive,
God says to believe
He will free you to live.

A widow is lonely she has lost her best friend
God says to believe,
You will see him again.

A little boy cries his heart is so sore,
God say’s to believe,
It will be restored.

A saint is so tired; she has run the race,
God says welcome home,
I prepared you a place.

Believing is built on the power of His Word,
You can’t always trust,
What you’ve seen and you’ve heard.

Our trust in his promises must be without whim,
God says to believe
All hope is in Him.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Formation of Faith

The Formation of Faith
 Change and Glow-Oil pastel on paper by Nicole Watson

Help!  I have lost it,
I know it was here.
I was given a portion,
A part to hold dear.

God told me to keep it.
I’ve had a rough ride.
I can’t seem to find,
The faith I’ve let slide.

Oh help me God!
I can’t do this alone.
You told me to ask
And you’d hear from your throne.

“Be still and know,
I am God and I love you,
Though you have wandered,
I forgive and will hold you.

Do not fear my child,
I will not let you fall,
I will bring you through,
Despite of it all.

My mercy’s unending,
My love without cost,
Your faith, although small
Is no longer lost.

Let me refine you,
As purest gold,
Let me renew,
Every part of your soul.

It’s walking through fire,
That burns away dross,
And completes the good work
I began on the cross.

Don’t harden your heart,
Be willing to grow,
Become more like Christ
In you He will glow.

Your faith was not lost,
Precious child of mine,
It was tested and tried,
And was simply refined.”

Faith’s formed and it’s tested,
It does not remain still,
Through faith lives are changed,
And brought into God’s will.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Don, Sam and Koorong

Don is in Townsville.  They had to end up travelling with the army by road and it took much longer than it would normally  to reach Townsville.  They are stationed at the Airforce Base and are supplying support to the army crew who usually work on the Blackhawks. 

I invite you to pray for some things with me:

Sam's 6 monthly heart review is on Friday.  Will you please pray that the news is good, covered by the hand of God himself.  I know a few two year olds that are being told that the Fontan operation is in their not too distant future.  Although I believe in my hear that Sam is not ready for that,  I would like to hear more from God on the subject.  Will you continue to believe with me for a miracle?  Is my faith faltering?  No, I fight these thoughts sometimes; I am as human as the next person.  I'm holding onto God's promise with both hands, I would be lying if I said that my eyes were not sometimes distracted by what I see in front of me.  In the natural I see little change in Sam's heart condition.  Sometimes I think people must think I'm crazy but I don't particularly care.  My God is awesome and mighty to save!

Koorong is currently considering advertising Sam's Heart in their catalogues. Will you please pray that they listen to God and provide an opportunity to share this story with more people?  From what I can gather they will still carry the book but advertising in their catalogue what be amazing.   They are considering it at the moment.

Thank you for visiting Father God with these requests of mine.  We are joined together in spirit as we pray together.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week

February 7-14, 2011 is Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Awareness Week

Please keep in mind all of the precious little lives that are affected by this serious illness.  Say a prayer for them each day this week.  Donate some money to help research.  I'm sure there is a local organisation that supports families in your area.  If you know a family that has been affected by this disease send them a little note or card.   Do something small to show you care.

Sam at 3 days of age-after his first heart surgery, October 2008

Sam at almost 2 and a half, living life to the full, January 2011

These children are brave little warriors, often going through more trauma than any adult I know.  They are special gifts from God, full of His strength, courage and determination.  He has a special purpose for each of them and their families.  Their hearts are uniquely joined with God's as he holds them close through all of life's trials. 

To learn more about congenital heart disease please visit:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Perfect Sacrifice

So here is the second installment of the new work God is inspiring me to create.  I hope it blesses you. As always I value your input.  Please feel free to leave comments. 

The Perfect Sacrifice

Hear My Heart-Pencil sketch by Nicole Watson

I've made a mistake Lord,
I’ve sinned once again,
I lied through my teeth,
And caused so much pain.
I need your redemption,
I’ve fallen so far,
I need your salvation
To heal the scars.

I can understand Peter,
When you washed both his feet,
How he begged you,
To make the whole job complete.
“Wash my feet, my head
And both my hands too!”
I surrender my all,
My life is in you.

You don’t demand offerings,
You’ve made that quite clear,
It’s through your good grace,
That we have no fear.
The blood of our Saviour
Will wash away sin,
To open the door,
So all may come in.

Sacrifice perfect,
Not one blemish spot,
Your beautiful son,
He carried the lot.
Our burdens and sins
He nailed to the cross,
No longer condemned
We are no longer lost.

We’re a brand new creation,
Your Word does proclaim,
Life everlasting
No need for sin’s shame.
Such glory awaits us,
No mind comprehends,
We’re no longer strangers,
God calls us his friends.

Help is on the way

Praise God there has been no reports of loss of life yet from cyclone Yasi.  How amazing it is that the cyclone slowed and delayed the huge storm surge they were predicting.  What great mercy God has shown!  I pray God gives each person in those communities today the courage and strength to go through the restoration they now face.

Don left this morning with the fleet of Blackhawks and they are headed to either Rockhampton or Mackay to help with the recovery and restoration.  Keep him in your prayers.  All of the helpers involved in the cleanup up there will need our prayers and support.  I don't know how long he will be gone.  We asked God if he wanted Don to go and he was asked at the last minute last night, so we know he is in the right place.

It was a bit disrupting for the boys as we had to wake them at 4.30am this morning to run Don to work and say goodbye.  They had no warning of him going to leave.  So pray for us too if you can that the next few weeks will be blessed at home.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mercy From Yasi

If you aren't already, please spend some time praying for people in the path of cyclone Yasi.  This is now officially the biggest cyclone in Australia's history.  It is affecting a huge area of coastline and the adjacent inland.  The cyclone is due to cross the coast tonight and is estimated to take 24 hours to pass.  That is a long time to be bunkered down somewhere with kids and pets with massive gale force winds. 

Don has already been advised that he will most likely be flying out tomorrow for two weeks with the fleet of blackhawks to help with aid and recovery.  The government is not taking this storm threat lightly and neither should we.

God can protect people even in the midst of the biggest storm.  Call out to him for mercy and protection.

...And here on Earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring of the seas and strange tides.  People will be terrified at what they see coming on the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken... (Luke 21:25-26)

Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.
(Luke 21:36)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What is prayer anyway?

Prayer would have to be one the most beautiful gifts we have ever been given.  Prayer is very simply spending time with God and talking to him.  Did you notice that I didn't just say talking to him? Some of the most amazing time spent praying is when you say nothing but listen to God's voice and soak in his presence.  Prayer is all about building a relationship with your Creator,the God who loves you.  If you love someone or even like them and want to get to know them better, you want to spend time with them right?  It is the same with God.

One of the best ways to get to know the God of the Ages is by reading the letters he has left for you-The Bible.  Yes, each of the books in the bible was a separate scroll, letter or book written by inspiration of God, left here for you to read as a manual for life.  In God's Word (the Bible) you will find history, prophecy that has been fulfilled and some which is still to come to pass, love letters, proverbs, songs, parables and much more, aimed at giving you a glimpse of God's own heart.  It also includes the plan by which God determined he would save your life-through the sacrifice of Jesus-his awesome son (otherwise known as the Gospel).  If you want to know God, you have to read his book.  Believe me you won't regret it.  You don't even have to start at the beginning.  The first book I ever read in the bible was the last one-Revelation.

Secondly, tell God your heart.  There is nothing real in preparing a long winded and eloquent speech to God who already knows what is in your heart anyway.  Tell him how you feel.  If you are happy sing to him, if you are angry yell at him, if you are unsure ask him questions, if you are sad cry out to him.  If you can't find words write him a letter.  Honesty and trust are the way to build a relationship.  Jesus is the best friend you will ever have.  As your relationship grows solid with him over time he will show you all sorts of things you would never have dreamed.  Your own heart will be changed and renewed as you spend time with him.

Thirdly.  Listen to his voice.  As you spend time with someone you learn to recognise their voice.  It's like speaking to a new friend on the phone.  At first you don't recognise the voice because it's unfamiliar.  But it's not long before you recognise it instantly.  God speaks to me in many different ways.  I know for example that he has spoken to me in dreams since I was a child.  He speaks to me through reading his Word (the Bible).  I may have read the same passage 50 times and yet one day I will be reading it and something will fly off the page (metaphorically speaking) and touch my heart.  I know then that he is talking to me personally.  I hear him in my spirit/heart when we are spending time together.  The best I can explain it is when my head and heart are quiet, there are words that come from my heart, not from my head and I know they are from him.  He speaks to me through songs that I listen to, books that I read and often through other people when they share their stories with me.  It really is the most awesome thing in the world.

The last thing I would say about prayer is that it's all about relationship.  Just like our earthly relationships they are awkward if you don't spend time together.  You don't seem to have anything in common, you talk about surface stuff but nothing of real importance and it's a real effort to keep the conversation going.  Your relationship with God is just like that.  If you don't spend time with him it will be awkward at first, you need time to get to know him and trust him.

You see we all have a relationship with God even if you don't want one.  He made you, he knows you, and he loves you.  Jesus is just waiting for you to call him up and hang out with him for a while.  He has missed you heaps and looks forward to the day when he will visit you again and take you back to his house for a celebration dinner.

Pencil sketch of Jesus listening to my prayer -by Nicole Watson

Hear me as I pray O Lord.
Be merciful and answer me!
My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me."
And my heart responds, "Lord I am coming."
(Psalm 27:7-8)

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