Last Friday (my day off) I drank coffee and prayed with the Blonde at the kitchen table. Then I walked with her down at the track. Took yet another selfie of my feet where my initials are carved in some concrete (sorry social media friends).
I had frozen pizza for lunch, which is rare for me to bring something that unhealthy into the house. I studied a couple of hours for Sunday's sermon. I played 3 sets of tennis. Later the college junior came into town with my man Gustavo (Brazilian soccer player), we went and shopped for a pair of summer sandals for her and someone bought me a cup of coffee at the Nordstrom coffee bar.
I had a perfect ten day (I’m a cynic, so I don’t have very many of those).
By Monday I was at a negative ten. What’s that about? I’m preaching on the 23rd Psalm this week, so I’m reminded of the green pastures, the table, and the overflowing cup. Jesus is a great host, and He likes a good party, so this a version of Jesus we should all appreciate.
I’m also reminded of the valleys, the enemies that hang out in those dark valleys and how the Good Shepherd carries a club to make those shadows think twice before they mess with us.
What’s the secret to walking consistently and confidently with God regardless if we are at a pasture party or in death valley? If we knew we would write a book, right?! Oops, I forget God already did.
The college junior FacetTmes her mom a lot. When she is stressed out, she says, “When I talk to you I always feel better.” I get that. Jennifer has that same effect on me, but that really scales when I talk to God.
God tells us in Philippians 4:6 & 7, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Jesus calls this "abiding" in John 15 He says, "Whoever abides in Me" bears much fruit but "apart from Me you can do nothing." Praying is part of an abiding relationship and necessary for that consistent walk, and the fruit is peace. We used to sing about this when we sang, "Have a little talk with Jesus, tell Him all about our troubles, Jesus makes it right." Can I get an, "Amen!" He told me to remind you of that.