I’ve been loving my link-up mash-ups, and I had every intention of doing it again this week, but when I saw that the word was worship, there was so much already brewing that I just went for it! So, for this week, I won’t be combining Lisa-Jo Baker‘s Five Minute Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching‘s Five for Friday. This’ll just be a Five Minute Friday go!
I was actually hoping the word this week would have something to do with prayer or worship or God’s goodness or something like that because of what’s been on my heart to share this week. Our home group read an excerpt from the works of Julian of Norwich this week, and while I actually found most of what she said pretty weird, there was something there that really touched my heart and has been challenging me a lot since Wednesday. She talks a lot about the goodness of God and how it needs to be the foundation of everything, specifically of prayer and all our interactions with God.
The discussion questions at the end of the section included a question about what we thought she meant about praying with the goodness of God as our foundation and how our prayer and worship life might look different if we were doing that. When I first read it, I thought, “I already do that,” and moved on, kind of almost skipping over it. But later when we re-read the question as a group, it really hit me that maybe I don’t actually do that.
I began thinking about what I consider the Big Two when it comes to interacting with God: His goodness and His sovereignty. I find I can almost always believe in one of these while I’m interacting with Him in worship or prayer, but simultaneously believing in both sometimes challenges me, especially in tough times. As I meditated more on this idea, I realized that when I pray, I usually bring a list of what I think is good, what would be good outcomes in the situations I’m praying about, and I ask him to add His power to them. I began to question what it would really look for me to come to Him recognizing my own depravity, my lack of goodness with Jesus. What would it look like to recognize that not only is He is the only one who can control each situation and the only one with the power necessary, but that He is also the only one with the goodness to make things right and beautiful for all involved?
The more I meditate on these thoughts, the more I can only worship. He is so good, and I want to do a much better job making His goodness the foundation of all I do! And there’s no better place to start at that that to worship!
Don’t forget to hop over to Desperate Homeschoolers, where we host a Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition link-up each week! It is truly precious what these kiddos share (and I LOVE reading their comments to each other on the blogs!) I promise, you won’t be sorry if you hop over there. And please consider having your kids do their own five minutes of writing and link up with us!
Thanks for taking the time to be present here with me for a few minutes. I value you and the time you spend here! If you’d like to be notified when I have a new post, please consider subscribing to receive my blog by email (just enter your email address up on the sidebar) and/or hopping over to my facebook page to give me a “like.” Thanks!