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Matthew McConaughey mentions God. And?

My family loves watching the Oscars. My two teen girls and I cuddled on the chaise watching the entire.four.hours of the show. I dealt with squeals every time Benny Cumberbatch photobombed, or tweet bombed, or got in on the panning camera. I dealt with groans and “philosophical” discourses about how it was unfair that Gravity received so many awards when The Hobbit, either part, didn’t receive a one. I listened to teen girls singing along with Let It Go and whoops of victory when Frozen and Let It Go won their respective categories.

Now, evidently, I have to “listen” to Fox News and Facebook feeds and almost every social media outlet extol or belittle the virtues of Matt’s speech where he mentions that God is who he looks up to. I mean, really. Why is that such a big deal? He was born and raised in Texas – bottom half of the buckle on the Bible belt. Of course he believes in God. Of course he looks up to God.

Even the demons do this, and shudder. (James 2:19)
What about the African American woman who sang “I sing because I’m happy… because I know His eye is on the sparrow and He watches over me” when the documentary about her life won an Oscar? What makes Matt’s speech any more important… or impressive… or noteworthy than this lady’s song?
You know what would have impressed me when Matt said those words? If he had also won the humanitarian award (which went to Angelina)… or if he actually helped AIDS victims (like he portrayed doing in the movie he won the Oscar for)… or if there truly was some meat, some substance, behind his words.
And, there may be some meat there. I really don’t know. And it isn’t my place to judge his “stance” with God, either positively or negatively. Nor is it anyone else’s place. 
I think there would be a lot less hubbub about a movie “star” mentioning God in his acceptance speech if Christians who truly believe in God acted like they did. Kristen Welch wrote a post here that better sums up exactly what my point is. I enjoy Kristen’s take on life… on Christianity… on parenting… and I agree 100% with most everything she says.
 
NOTE: This post is not intended to belittle or elevate Matt or Angelina in any way. Matt deserved his Oscar – Angelina is a humanitarian who serves well.
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My One Word for 2014

All over the wide world of the web, there are posts about choosing one word for the new year instead of doing a New Year’s Resolution. I’ve never done one word for a year, and most new year’s resolutions (at least my own) rarely last past January 2nd.

I like the idea of one word for a year… it is simple ~ but with focus ~ with consistency ~ and I believe I was given my one word as I was reviewing my 2013 journals and notes from spiritual dimensions trips.

My word for 2014 is…

    closer.

Closer as in moving closer ~ moving closer to God. This idea came from James 4:8 ~ “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” (NLT) Other translations say “draw near“. Both ways get to the same point, drawing near ~ getting closer ~ to God with the benefit of Him coming closer to me.

Out there on the web, I recently saw a post about not shining so people see me, but shining so people see God in me. This is similar to what my desire is ~ to draw closer to God, so close those around me cannot tell where I stop and He begins. I’ve often pictured holding God by the hand, standing so close to the back and side of Him that my nose is pressed into His shoulder blade, and I’m clinging with my other hand to His arm. From the front, a person would see all of God, and just a little bit of me off to His side.

I would not be able to breathe without breathing in His scent ~ I would not be able to move without His going with me, leading me ~ I would not be able to

    be

without Him.

This one word ~ closer ~ would give me focus.

I would not do things ~ buy things ~ participate in things ~ pray about things ~ dwell on things ~ that did not bring me closer to God. At least, I would try not to. And this closer to God… it would impact other things. I would be able to be closer to my husband, my kids, my friends, my family.

Closer.

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The Journey

I changed the picture on my blog – it’s now a long road with trees lining the side and a solitary man walking at the end.

I chose this picture because, as I’ve always known, life is a journey. We’re all on a pathway from birth to death and into eternity. As a believer in Jesus Christ, we are never alone on this journey, but often we forget that Jesus left us the Holy Spirit to be with us.

Here’s the great thing about having the Holy Spirit:

1 Corinthians 2:10-12

10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

Today, some believers are under the impression that God no longer speaks. That God has said all He intends to say to us through His Word, the Bible. That the Holy Spirit is inactive; God is inactive.

I say this is not true! Yes, God did give us His Word, the Bible. Yes, that is a primary means of His communication with us. IT IS NOT ALL. As Scripture says, we can know God’s deep secrets because we have His Spirit within us.

For example, we can pray: “Lord, I don’t know who I’m supposed to pray for or what I need to pray for this person.” And God will answer. He will tell you exactly who to pray for and what His heart is for that person. I know this because He has done this for me.

He can use us to be answers to the prayers of others. For example, Thursday night (July 21st), I woke up from sleep with an “insane” thought in my mind. I fell back asleep, dismissing it as my typical big-idea-no-follow-through silliness. Friday, I kept thinking this idea, so I prayed that if it truly was what God wanted me to pursue, He would have my husband bring it up in conversation. Saturday morning, my husband brought it up in conversation. However, as he and I discussed God answering my prayer, I realized that my prayer was an answer to my husband’s prayer. God woke me up Thursday night to give me the idea that my husband had already been thinking about – I was God’s confirmation to him.

The journey of life never ends. God promises never to leave us alone on this journey. Therefore, God cannot stop communicating with us; He cannot leave us alone with just His Word; it would be against His nature, which He cannot do.

Praise God for His faithfulness on our journey!