Friday, September 16, 2011

this morning

matilda with her lime

this morning i sat outside in this same spot where i captured matilda trying to feed guinness a lime and read the most beautiful passage from richard foster's book on prayer. i wanted to share it with you in hopes that it will touch you as well.

i woke up thinking about my to-do list and feeling a little scattered. i forced myself to take a minute to reflect and prepare myself for the day. for me, sitting on my back porch in the morning (especially a cool morning like today), i feel closest to God. i'm the least distracted out there, i can hear the bird's simple songs. i try and go as early as i can so that it's quiet. today i started reading, hardly paying any attention to the words, and left feeling calm and at peace.

this morning's chapter was on intercessory prayer- praying for others. foster talks about how frustrating it can be when we pray for others and there is no change. we don't understand, we want to "fix" them. i struggle in this area big time. i just want to tell people to, "get it together." God doesn't work like this. He's patient. "His way is higher than our way.His way is like the rain and the snow that gently fall to the earth, disappearing into the ground as they nourish it. when the time is right, up springs new life. no manipulation, no control; perfect freedom, perfect liberty. this is God's way." -foster

3 comments:

Lindsay N. Strickland said...

Love this and appreciate you posting it. I'm in the same "just get it together" boat as you and I've been trying to work on that.

Have a splendid weekend!

(Jeremy and I are headed to ATL and we're going to try some of the places you mentioned in your email to me. Thank you for sending it!)

Paige said...

wow... those are words of truth for me in this season of life. thanks so much for sharing them Lesley.

Claire Kiefer said...

That is so important for me to hear/be reminded of, as I have such trouble with being PATIENT sometimes.