Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Dad... dad... daddy... DAD!!!!

It's so funny watching the grandkids when they are up.

The way they interact with each other - the way they interact with their parents.  Their little minds always at work.

We were in Meijers walking around & Luke (the middle brother) kept trying to get his big brother's attention.

Isaac!  Isssaaaaccccc!!!!.... IsaAACCC!  .... ISAACCCCC!!!

& the whole time we were trying to get Luke's attention but he was having none of it - he just wanted his brother to turn around & look at him.


I know if you have kids, you know when they are constantly yelling for you.

Mom!  MOM!!! MOOOMMM!!!!!

How many of you just heard your child's voice in your head?

Heck, my dog doesn't have a voice, but I know Harvey is saying that same thing when he brings his ball & drops it in my lap ....for the 50th time.... trying to get me throw it & I just knock it out of my way... nope, here comes the ball again dropped in my lap.  He refuses to walk away. He wants to play... He wants to play NOW...

Over & over.  Usually until I end up throwing the ball with him  & giving him exactly what he wants.

Now this dog likes to play ball!

And this week, I got to talk to the kiddos in youth about prayer & what Jesus tells us about it.

Jesus just finished telling us HOW to pray, giving the example of the Lord's Prayer... & then he goes into this weird story

Luke 11:5-8New International Version (NIV)
Then Jesus said to them, Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

How does this have anything to do with prayer?

I never really noticed the point before...

But if you read it again & think of the situation in your mind, it all comes down to the man knocking at the door.  He won't give up.  He knows he needs help & he knows he can't handle it on his own. 

Friend... Frrriiiennnndddd..... FRIEND!!!! OPEN UP!!!!

It's his "shameless audacity"... what cool wording...

Audacity means fearlessness... bravery... BOLDNESS!

This man is coming to the door not giving up.  Not walking away.

God... GOD.... Gooooooddddddd.... GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

......& because of that, the man will give him what is needed.

The next verses are ones that we know...

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

We think of prayer & so many times we think, "Well I asked God for something & He didn't give it to me... He doesn't hear my prayers.... What's the point?"

But we're reminded her that we have to ask... we have to seek... we have to knock....

We can't just tap the door, mumble what we want & then get frustrated & walk away thinking that the person behind the door just doesn't care, doesn't love us, isn't there for us.

We have to be BOLD... we have to be FEARLESS... we have to have a SHAMELESS AUDACITY in our prayers. 

Being persistent.  Going to Him with a humble heart knowing that we can't handle things on our own. 

All prayers aren't answered immediately... but that doesn't mean God isn't working.  It could take days, weeks... even years... but are you still asking God for help that long? 

Let's approach Him with confidence... never giving up on needing Him...

& God will be honored to know his child is always coming to Him...

even if its just to say Hi


  1. Very well said and a great reminder to keep praying.

  2. It's so funny because I may be an "adult" but I literally call for my mom the same way still! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Haha, I can tell Walter is yelling "MOM MOM MOM MOM" whenever he wants to play. Also, my brother's ring tone on my step-mom's phone is Stewie saying "mom mom mommy mommy" haha!

  4. My dogs hit when they want attention. If you pet them and stop, they just hit you with their paw until you start again! Sometimes they do it even if you hadn't been petting them.

  5. i don't like family guy but that 'mom mom mom MOM' thing always makes me laugh.

  6. The whole "MOM" thing makes me laugh. My daughter has done that to me for years when I don't answer her fast enough to suit. Plus, she's added a new twist. I've learned to tune out the call for "Mom" when I am out in public because my kids are grown and honestly, I think all their voices sound kind of the same when they are in a store and start yelling for mom because they want something. Anyway, she will call for "Mom" a few times and if I don't answer she starts calling for "Stacy. Stacy Artis." That ALWAYS turns me around. LOL

    And thank you for the reminder to be audacious in prayer. :)

  7. a great reminder--i admit i have been guilty of this and need to be more bold in prayer!

  8. Haha I definitely read the title of this post in the Family Guy voice! Brady is very demanding when he wants something, too - he head butts or paws at you constantly, usually until you start petting him! Glad you had a good weekend with the grandkids :)

  9. I love that Hebrews verse! Yes and Amen!!!!!

  10. Girl, I think you could write devotionals! No wonder your youth group likes you so much. This is to the point and completely relatable. A great reminder for a tough week!


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