Friday, September 30, 2011

Rule of Life

Rule of Life. I hear this come out of Olivia's mouth over and over again- Olivia as in Olivia the hyper active piglet who test her mother and Mrs. Hogenmoller {teacher} patience.
Olivia's one liner comes either at the beginning or end of each show: Rule of Life #......

One rainy morning before I bravely headed out to grocery shop, I hear those words ringing in the background.....Apple Cheeks is watching....... Rule of Life #55..... ugh!!!
As I quickly make an exit to my car I couldn't help but hear Olivia..... her irritating little squealing pig voice...... rule of life.... rule of life.... rule of life!!!!
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The week is in full tilt. Wednesday evenings Football Superstar and I go to a prayer class hosted by our church. I must say I was apprehensive in the beginning- I felt prayer was private- only for me- only between God and myself- why would I want to share my prayers with others(?). complete strangers?
I'm learning there are a bazillion sorry ways to pray. I won't get in to the why's, how's, when and should we pray...... but something hit me this past Wednesday as I admitted to Esther our instructor/prayer leader that I did not do my homework! As we begin session #3- Model for Prayer- part 2, I'm listening to Esther yet I hear Olivia in the background. Yes, the pig.
Rules. Rules to live by. Ruling. Our Ruler.
To declare who God is. Jehovah-Rohi. Jehovah-Shalom. Jehovah-Shammah.
We are told to think on the implications of these names and you'll have plenty to praise God for! and there are more

I lived under certain "rules of life" for a very long time in my early Christian years. As a Roman Catholic I thought only our patron saints- the holy saints could pray successfully. Our rulers in the church had the monopoly on praying.
Rulers. Rule of Life.

God talked with man. I can talk with God.
God was in the garden with man. God is everywhere with me.
So why wouldn't we be able to talk with God? Anytime- anywhere?
To be real. To be ourselves. He already knows us.... so why not be revealing-- honest.

Prayer has some true power. I've learned recently
The Incredible POWER of Prayer.

"Prayer changes things....... and US!"
Ronald Dunn

Rule of Life #1. pray


  1. Oh know Olivia in this house hold also...well when you have a five year old.

    I hear you on this...I am in a prayer group called Moms in Touch, we pray for our kids at school, the teachers, etc. As I hear these women pray I am reminded how honest and lack of formula they all is a conversation between to their heavenly Father. Some quote scripture back...I talk like He is setting beside me...each has a different way, and yet, each is right.

    I so agree..prayer changes us! I wonder sometimes if God is more interested in us praying for the change it will have on us than He is about Him changing a situation.

    Blessings...have a great weekend...always enjoy when you have time to share your thoughts

  2. Hi Lis,
    It's good to be visiting friends' blogs for a change. Tonight I'm being kind to myself and allowing myself time to drop by my friends blog houses and say "Hello... what have you been up to?"

    This is a good and honest post. A sharing of your heart... without pretenses. That's what I love about you. Your honesty - be it doubts, or heartaches... I don't have to dig very deep to find you!

    Ah, yes... prayer. For me it's the best thing that ever happened to me after I got to know Jesus as my True Savior.

    Intimacy with God... it didn't happen overnight. Just like a friendship grows one step at a time... prayer becomes a lifestyle over time.

    It is our lifeline. Francis Frangipane said that the things we are praying for are the things we are believing God for!

    Thanks for sharing your heart, Lis. Glad I got to "chat" with you tonight. See you again soon!