Over the years I have often heard women say this....
"I'm afraid to ask God for anything!"
"I've always believed it is wrong to ask God to do anything for me."
Here is a thought...
It is okay to ask God.
Okay to ask Him questions.
Okay to ask Him to move on our behalf.
It is okay to ask Him why, when and how much longer ?
He is a Daddy. Yours and mine.
Imagine your children feeling like they could never approach you or ask you anything.
Either out of fear of you or wrongful thinking about your very nature.
Imagine if they never had a conversation with you- never asked you a single question.
Imagine if they just marched around like little soldiers....
Repeating the same words over and over again every time they came into your presence.
That is not a relationship.
Faith moves. Faith seeks. Faith asks. Faith in God is life giving.
The Father God whom I know- is about relationship.
He created us for relationship and communion with Him.
He is not this big, bad, God in the sky.
He is a loving Father who wants to speak and listen.
He wants to both ask and answer.
He wants to pour out insight and wisdom and creativity and healing and love.
He offers forgiveness and mercy and grace by the truckloads.
He does not hold grudges.
He does not pull His love away or withhold His love when we don't do to suit Him.
His love and relationship with us is unconditional.
It isn't based on whether or not we do everything "right."
It just is. And always will be.
No matter what.
When we draw near to Him- He doesn't leave us hanging. He doesn't wait for us to recite 25 scriptures and do 50 good deeds and repeat our faults and shortcomings over and over again.
His word simply says this....
When we draw near to Him- He draws near to us.
That will make you want to twirl.
Sometimes, women will ask this..
"What does that look like?" "To draw near to Him."
I would suggest this. Watch children.
Children are the most beautiful examples of so many things in life.
They cling. They hang. They extend . They reach. They cry out. They draw near.
They ask questions!!
They climb right up close and invade all manner of personal space.
They rest in our arms.
They do not hold back.
They are relentless.
They offer every, single piece of their heart.
They walk in freedom.
They rest in the knowledge that they are loved, accepted, wanted.
They do not hold grudges.
They forgive easily. Beautifully.
Children are the very best teachers....
Father God isn't like some earthly Fathers who have abandoned us, rejected us and hurt us over and over and over again.
When we call for Him- He answers.
When we seek Him- He responds.
When we draw near- He draws near to us.
Yesterday I celebrated my independence.
My independence from a painful past.
My independence from wrongful thinking about my Heavenly Father.
My freedom in this country and the freedom I have finally found in my own life.
I celebrated all that I have overcome.
I watched my children and rejoiced in the truth that we can break free from a history that threatens to repeat itself.
We can have a new story.
Our past doesn't have to determine our future.
Most of all I celebrated, rejoiced and relished in the freedom I have in my relationship with a Father who will never leave us nor forsake us. Who waits for us, every moment of the day. Who has answers for our many questions. Who has wisdom and knowledge and revelation set aside just for each one of us. I reveled in the freedom that I have that I can worship Him in any church or any grocery store. Or just in my car with the windows rolled down and while driving barefoot in a sundress. I rested in the freedom that I do not have to "do anything" to receive His love. I can just "be." I cherished the gift that is being a girl. Being female. Being a mother and a wife. And I clung to the truth that I do not have to live my life as "less than" ever again... and neither do you beautiful friend....
May you find a moment today to seek, ask and knock and may you be raptured up in His amazing grace and His love that is beyond all human comprehension.
I promise He will meet you there.