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Friday, February 12, 2010

Even in the Petty Places

Most of my prayers tend to be on the petty side. “Dear God, don't make me late to this meeting.” or “Dear God, could you help me find the ring I lost.” Things that have little to no eternal significance. I am often guilty of treating God like Santa Claus.

However, as He's taken me through some situations recently, He showed me something spectacular. God cares about my petty things, too. So many times, He answers those prayers in the affirmative or shows me why my request wasn't the best. Other times, He doesn't, but as I've thought about some of those petty things, and wished I wasn't so petty, He spoke to me.

If I care about these little details of your life, don't you think I care about the bigger ones?

As I walked through this time, God shared something else.

My prayers aren't about the giving and receiving of stuff. Well, maybe on the surface level. To God, though, they continue to be about knowing me intimately. When you love someone intimately, you want to hear about everything. No, it doesn't matter on an eternal level whether or not I'm late to a meeting or find my missing rings. On a relational level, though, it is about my willingness to show Him all of my junk- from the minutiae to the overwhelming.

I learned that every place we choose to walk with God can be a Thin Place. He wants to meet us in every aspect of our lives- even in the petty places.

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As part of the blog tour for Mary DeMuth's book, Thin Places, she is holding a contest to win a Kindle.

Kindle Contest Details:

In Mary DeMuth’s memoir, Thin Places, she walks us through her journey from hurt to healing as she developed a deep, joyful relationship with Jesus. Thin places are those times where the division between this world and the eternal fades; they are snatches of holy ground, tucked into the corners of our world, where we might just catch a glimpse of eternity. Now, we invite you to tell your story of a thin place in your own life . . . and we’re giving you the opportunity to win a Kindle reader for doing so!

Here’s how to participate:
1) In exactly 259 words – the retail value of a Kindle reader – tell us about a time you experienced a “thin place” in your life. These would be aha moments, beautiful realizations when the Son of God bursts through the hazy fog of our monotony and shines on us afresh, times when God has reminded or reassured you that he is real and present.
2) Post your essay on your blog or website. Once you’ve posted to your blog, add a direct link to your post (not just your website) in the Mr. Linky widget found at the end of this post. If you post to a Facebook account or do not have a place to post, then submit your essay in the body of an email to info at blogtourspot dot com. Your entry must be received (either by Mr. Linky or email) by midnight, Friday, February 12th to be eligible for the contest.
3) Personally invite at least two people you know to join the contest. You can do that by email, in person, or by adding an invitation to your blog posting. This will be done on the honor system (we don’t need to know names), but please help us by spreading the word. Please link directly to this post. Entries in your own linking system/comments will not be included. (Danica adds: GO HERE TO ENTER!!)

4 comments:

Robbie Iobst said...

Danica, I love this. God gets even bigger to me when I think about Him caring about the "petty places." Your entry reinforced to me that God loves me and cares about me. Every part of me. Thank you!

Megan DiMaria said...

Lovely, Danica. It's sweet simplicity speaks of the loving relationship we can have with God. Thanks for sharing.

spiritualpassion said...

Danica~ well said. I think sometimes people are so caught up in praying for all these 'big' things that they almost feel petty asking God to cover the little things. I'm always asking Him for a good parking spot or to make time stand still!(Hey, it never hurts to ask). And you are so right, He cares about every detail of our lives, big and small. He desires to show us himself in all these areas. Great post! :)

Mary DeMuth said...

Wonderful reminder, Danica.