distance

Minimizing Distance

I had an interesting discussion w God during my prayer time today about what creates distance or gaps in my relationship w God. I started thinking about the whole Garden of Eden debacle & it seems like that’s a great place to look at the distance dilemma. The conversation Eve had with the snake suggests a few distance “insights”:
*believing lies & distortions about God’s Word creates distance
*talking about God rather than with God can be a distance indicator
*passivity can create distance w God (it looks like Adam was listening to the conversation between Eve & the serpent in Gen 3)
*desiring anything more than God can create distance (Eve looked at the fruit & it looked good to her)
Now my point in sharing these things is that I don’t want to have any gaps or distance in my relationship w God. So if you’re like me, maybe these could be helpful red flags. Do you have more insights or suggestions (not just the normal “sin” answer, please)? Thanks muchos!! ūüôā

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lessons from an eye exam

¬†I took my son to the eye dr today because he’s been a bit challenged with a few things. ¬†When they checked his eyes, they were super thorough & examined his vision for both distance & close up. ¬†This eye dr visit is a whole new thing for me because I’ve never had any issues with my eyes. ¬†Nevertheless, it made me think about my focus as it pertains to faith. ¬†Myopic vision is vision that can see pretty well up close, but not so well far away. ¬†The opposite is true with far-sightedness.

I think that the same is sometimes true with our faith. ¬†Sometimes, it seems like I can have strong faith for what could be an immediate & up close challenge, but struggle in my faith for what seems far away (like some concerns about the future or places where I may be traveling, etc). ¬†Or maybe the opposite is more true for you – maybe you struggle with your faith in the immediate day-to-day challenges, but the stuff that’s more distant is much easier for your faith. ¬†Whatever may be your challenge, we can trust that God is the best vision Dr & can help us to keep our eyes on Him for both the up close & immediate stuff, as well as the things that are farther away & distant. ¬†So like it says in Hebrews 12 – let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author & perfecter of our faith ūüôā

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distance #2: getting closer

There are lots of reasons to keep one’s distance in relationships.¬† There are also lots of reasons to allow one’s self to get close in relationships.¬† I’d really like your input on some reasons in both categories – so can you please leave a comment?

Also, I’m excited because Sunday I get to share about this topic & I feel that God’s given me some pretty amazing things to consider & apply – don’t miss Sunday for any reason.¬† You also need to come because Mark Thomas is leading worship & it will be really powerful.¬† It will really be worth your time!

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distance #3

Ok, sunday i had the privilege of speaking about letting Jesus get close.  Just to be totally honest Рi had way too much fun getting to share on this topic.  Seriously, this was a blast for me!!!

Here’s my gist:¬† i think that we keep Jesus at a distance for lots of reasons, but some common ones include:¬†

  • busy-ness (i’m too busy, like Martha in Luke 10, i think),
  • hurt / emotions (i’m disappointed or hurt by Jesus so i’m going to keep my distance, like Mary in John 11)
  • unworthy (i’ve got WAY too much¬†garbage in my life¬†for Jesus to get too close, like the centurion in Luke 11).

Its unfortunate that we use these reasons to keep Jesus at arms length.¬† I’ve found that if I ask Him to help me w my busy-ness, i feel closer to Him & He often does help me!¬† I also find that Jesus is deeply moved by my pain & wants to be involved in helping me resolve it.¬† Finally, the reality is that we all have huge quantities of garbage – but Jesus came to make us worthy.¬† Keeping Jesus at a distance from our personal lives isn’t constructive.¬† the end

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