Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Conversations

For some time now, Gracie has been asking me some deep spiritual questions like: did God create Satan, when is God going to do something about him, and how do you know if God is talking to you or if Satan is? I've answered them as best as I possibly could. Last Sunday, she told me she was ready to ask Jesus into her heart. We discussed what all that meant, what sin is and how Jesus died for our sins. And as genuinely as she could, she asked Jesus to come into her heart to save her. It was a sweet moment; one that I'm sure I will never forget.

I began questioning whether or not Gracie knew what kind of choice she made. After all, she's 5 years old. But all last week, she told me "Jesus has been talking to my heart alot today," she would say. Gracie told me that she likes to talk back to Jesus. "We have conversations," she said.

Several weeks ago, I shared with you how I'm learning more about the Holy Spirit's role in my own personal life. In Genesis 1:1, the Bible says the Spirit of God "hovered over the earth". When you read about Pentecost, you learn how the Holy Spirit "hovered over the people". The Holy Spirit will hover over you if you ask it to. It will be with you all of the time, if you allow it to. I had said before if the Holy Spirit hasn't landed on you in a while, you need to check your landing strip because It won't land where It isn't welcome.

Is it possible Gracie has conversations with Jesus? I've been reading a book called "The Practice of the Presence of God". It is the story of a man named Brother Lawrence who lived in a monastery in the 1600s and he shared how he was able to have a continual conversation with God. He wrote, "We should establish ourselves in a sense of God's presence by continually conversing with Him. I began to live as if there was none but He and I in the world."

I'm learning to keep in continual contact and conversation with the Lord as I go about my day. As I drive to and from work, I thank God for His provisions. While playing with the children, we sing songs together. And when I'm cleaning house, I tell God all about the things on my mind.

So I'm busy cleaning off my landing strip so the Holy Spirit has a clear runway to land on me and my life to provide the increase I need on a daily basis.

3 comments:

John said...

Really needed that this morning. Great illustration with the landing strip. Lately I have really been letting life clutter up my landing strip.
That's really great about Gracie.

Audra said...

The Bible says to pray without ceasing. I think this is just the reason why! When we are in continual conversation with God about thanksgiving, problems, requests, praise, etc it builds our relationship, our faith, our foundation! I believe Gracie. I remember having conversations with God when I was young while sitting outside. I was so small, but those moments made a profound impact on me!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog Barbie. I just wanted to share with you, since you are learning about the Holy Spirit.
the Holy Spirit is not an it. He is the 3rd Person of the Trinity.

In Christ

Renee