Sunday, September 27, 2009

Transparency Blessings

Well, I for one have been blessed the last few Sundays when different friends and family at Third Day have shared their recent struggles, missteps, challenges. I think that God opens up so much more healing when we share. We can know how to pray for each other more effectively.

Wow, there is plenty to pray for these days!

I suppose some might think that I don't share much. I know one brother poured his heart out awhile back, and then wondered why I didn't do the same. I don't have any great answer for that, except that I often think that many of my day-to-day experiences and minor struggles do not seem like a "big deal" to me. That may not be accurate, it's just how I feel. I don't want to rob my friends by not sharing enough, though. The truth is that much of the time I feel very blessed and thankful (i.e. not in crisis mode).

One of the things that trips me up is talking in a judgmental or disparaging way about others. I probably behave better at 3D than I do elsewhere, so maybe you haven't picked up on it. Deep down, I want to build people up rather than tear them down. So if you think I've stepped over the line, please keep me accountable, and pray that God would anoint my lips for encouragement. That's my full disclosure for the week.

And thank God that we trust each other enough to be real.

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