From Good to Great

Sep 28

“Thank you Lord for the honor of coming before you to talk about whatever I want, whenever I want,” I prayed and my words trailed off. I sat, legs crossed, on my unmade bed with the rain drizzling outside. My own words sent me into a trance of sorts as I stared at the basket on the floor overflowing with sheets and towels.

My mind took me back to the Sunday school lesson I taught just the day before. “The difference between a good marriage and a great one is open communication,” I had told the class. “A good marriage overlooks things and keeps its mouth shut. A great one talks openly about things of the heart, even when the conversation isn’t easy.”

It didn’t occur to me then, but as I sat in the early morning hour spending some time in prayer, I realized the same is true with Christ. The more time I spend talking and creating an open channel for communication between us, the better our relationship.

God wants to talk to me as much as possible. He never tires of the things I say. He doesn’t fall asleep when I whisper to Him in bed. My Heavenly Father longs for me to address my insecurities, my fears, my dreams, my likes and dislikes. He is interested in the desires of my heart and wants to share His heart with me, as well.

I smiled at my epiphany and leaned back onto my pillows. “God, you are awesome,” I told Him. “Can I just tell you something I’m excited about? Well, ….”

This is the beginning of something beautiful.

Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8 NIV

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  • Katy Sep 28 at 7:21 pm

    Wow – your words today have really spoken to me today. I fail often in the communication arena. Women are stereotyped as the ones who want to communicate more, but for some reason telling my husband my deepest thoughts, fears and worries is very hard for me – fear of rejection perhaps?

    As I sit here and ponder your words I realize that I have the same issue with talking to the Father. I don't know why – He already knows what is in my heart. I just have to be willing to be open and honest with Him and be willing to hear what He has to say back to me.

    Thank you for sharing this today. It helps to know I am not alone in this journey.

  • Kimberly Sep 28 at 8:27 pm

    I love this! I love that He wants me to talk to Him…that He wants us to have heart-to-hearts. 🙂 I love how you said that He won't fall asleep while I whisper to Him at night. 🙂

    And I LOVED seeing your article in the P31 Woman!!!!!!! I showed my husband saying, "I know her! She's one of my bloggy friends!" He wasn't quite as excited as me. Oh, well. Excellent article, my friend!

    Love you. 🙂

  • Sharon Kirby Sep 29 at 5:38 am

    What great words! I was just talking to my mom earlier tonight about how lonely I feel sometimes, and how I wonder if God's even listening to me sometimes. As we were talking, I had a moment when I realized a great truth (again!) – God ALWAYS listens to me – sometimes I'm the one who isn't listening. So, I'm going to start telling Him more about my day, and when I do my quiet time, instead of just reading the words (which is wonderful in itself) – I'm going to read them as His "conversation" with me! Lord, let's "chat" today!!

    GOD BLESS, Carol!!

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