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Living Wonderstruck: A Lesson about God

After finishing the book, “Wonderstruck” by Margaret Feinberg, I opted into her daily “21 Days of Wonder Challenge” to further my awakening to the wonders of God that are all around  . . . but that I always seem to miss.  

Today we are on day #17 and the subject is: God.  Her challenge was this: 
 
“With a blank sheet of paper and pen in hand, along with a Bible nearby, begin making a list of the characteristics of God. Write down various names for God. Record attributes of God. List promises of God. Then spend some time thanking God simply for who he is and offering words of adoration to him. The wonder of God’s presence awaits you.”
 
While this could be an easier exercise for some, I honestly admit that I had a hard time getting started.  Many attributes and characteristics did come to mind, but for this challenge, I thought it would be more relevant to journal the attributes of God that have a striking importance right now in my life’s journey.  
 
That’s where I had a hard time starting my list.  
 
At this point, I opened to the Psalms. There are so many things about God for which I am so glad and grateful, and they are all listed in the Psalms.  He is majestic, powerful, redeeming, all-knowledgeable.  He is the ultimate Guide, Comforter and our Salvation.  And so much more.
 
Finally, a word came to me.  Confidant.  
 
This wasn’t of my own thinking — I do believe that my Father was telling me in that moment of something about Him that I didn’t know enough about!  In the Psalms, I started digging for treasure.  
 
“… trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.”
(Psalms 62:8: NLT)

This verse reminded me that it is okay for me to pour out my heart to Him and to tell Him anything and everything that is on my mind! I can weep before him, laugh with Him, share my soul with Him.  He wants me to, and better yet, He is going to reciprocate.

“The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.”
(Psalms 25:14  NIV)

Jesus said to his disciples near the end of his earthly ministry: I no longer call you slaves [servants], because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.” (John 15:15 NLT)  

 
There was a realization that although I am happy to do that things that God wants me to do, He is asking me to be more than His servant. He wants to be my friend, one to whom I can confide anything and He can do the same in return.  What a wondrous revelation!

Margaret said today in her blog:  “Wondrous delight is found in the presence of God.”  Oh how true that was for me today!

 

Living Wonderstruck: Praying for "Pixie Dust"

My friend, Margaret Feinberg has a new book and 7-session DVD Bible study called Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (releasing Christmas Day)—a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life!  To learn more, visit watch the Wonderstruck video HEREor visit the website:  www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck.

Margaret recently posted a great warning on her site that those who have read Wonderstruck have experienced the following symptoms:
-An inability to stop smiling
-An uncontainable desire to pray
-A loss of interest in judging others
-A quiet, unshakable confidence in God
-A renewed ability to see the wonders of God all around
In fact, as I read a sneak peek of Wonderstruck, there was a  word, (really “two” words) at the beginning that intrigued and pulled me into the pages:  “pixie dust.” 
 
That’s right.  Pixie dust.  
 
Margaret isn’t suggesting that you ask God for magic, but she states:  “Praying for pixie dust is a childlike expression of trust and hope — trusting in both God’s wisdom and winsomeness, finding hope in God’s mercy and mirth.”  She also describes a lovely picture of what Jesus was probably like with children: whispering in their ears, giving bear hugs and twirling them with delight. He declares that “the kingdom of God belongs to those who maintain childlike receptivity.  Those who refuse to receive the kingdom of God like a child will miss it entirely.”  How many times have I missed it?  
 
Read my related November post, “Ageless Childlike Faith” HERE.   
 
Do you recall the phrase, “I want to feel like a kid again”?  That is what I want – to have more childlike receptivity and to be more responsive to Jesus as those children were with Him. I want to feel like a kid again.  
 
Oh, how not to be distracted in this life by “efficiency and effectiveness” and lose the simple closeness I can have of being in the presence of  Jesus!  I don’t want to travel life alone and miss the wonders of what God can show me! I plan to open my arms wide with great expectation and know that He will never disappoint me.  I will be praying for pixie dust, and not “pray it safe.”  
 
I hope you will join me in reading “Wonderstruck.”  Let’s pray for — and expect — wonder.  He’s just waiting to show himself glorious to us.  Let’s feel like kids again.  
 

 

Follow Margaret’s snarky, funny, and inspirational posts on Twitter, Facebook, or her blog. You can learn more about this great book by visiting www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck where she’s offering some crazy promos right now with up to $300 of free stuff. I’ve seen the book for as low as $7.95 ($14.99 retail) on Barnes & Noblefor all you savvy shoppers.  
 
 
  

Ageless Childlike Faith

When I was four years old, I remember asking my mom how Jesus could come into my heart, and how she lovingly took me to her bed in the master bedroom, where we both knelt and I gave Jesus my life that day.

As a young child, I learned about the power of Jesus in Sunday School from Mrs. (Vera) Brenner.  I will never forget her as long as I live.  She awarded me a beautiful white Bible, my first one ever, from successfully memorizing scripture in her Sunday School class.  Mrs. Brenner called all kids whom she loved (and she loved them all!) by a funny but memorable nickname:  “Beaver.”  She was a fixture in our little bible church located very close to my neighborhood.  Growing up in that church is an experience that I will always carry with me.

It was because of Mrs. Brenner that I was confident one day that Jesus would answer an important prayer.  I was playing in my room when I accidentally cut my finger. It was a very small cut, but I was sure that if I just prayed, the bleeding would stop. Kneeling down in front of my toy box, I asked Jesus if he would please stop the bleeding on my finger so I wouldn’t need a bandage.  After my heartfelt prayer, I opened my eyes, stared at my finger and waited for Jesus’ power to become evident right there, right away.  As I watched, the bleeding stopped on my finger, and I was amazed and excited.  He really answered my prayer!

As this story came to mind today, it was such a sweet reminder of how powerful prayer really is for us!  It doesn’t matter if you are a four year old or a mother of a four year old, He is waiting for us to approach him with child-like faith. No matter how big or small our requests or problems are, He wants us to give it over to His hands and then watch in amazement and wonder as He steps in with His power.

As you go about your day, remember that nothing we want to share or bring to God is insignificant!  He is not only our Lord, but he is our Father.  And there is nothing more precious than a relationship with a kingdom daughter and a Heavenly Father who loves her unquestionably or unconditionally.

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes Me.” –  Matthew 18:3-5 NIV