One of the areas in which I struggle in my perception of God is that familiarity of Him. It is incredibly hard for me to picture Him as my "daddy," "papa," "friend," or anything else more familiar than authority figure, disciplinarian, holy, angry, all powerful God. I don't know why, it's just very hard for me. Interestingly enough, it is something I long for, to understand God as a friend, a familiar voice, a kind voice, someone who wants to be with me, someone who desires me and accepts me in my sinful state. I have to say, I'm desperate to believe God loves me in this way, and ask Him regularly to help me overcome this unbelief.
I think He may be sending help to me!
Excerpts of 66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb are coming to my inbox each day during this season before Easter.
Notice the book on the top right corner and click at the bottom on READ. You can read the first 35 pages of the book for free. This one is definitely on my wish list. Unfortunately for those of us on a new budget, it's just out, so there probably aren't any cheap, used copies to be had!
~~~Here is the invitation:
Stop. Take a deep breath. Reflect...it's Lent.
Since the earliest days of the church, Christians have prepared for Easter by observing Lent. Lent is much more than a time to give up unhealthy foods or bad habits; it's an opportunity to unplug from our regular patterns, look truthfully at ourselves, and approach God with repentance and gratitude.
This year, we invite you to take the time to deepen your understanding of God’s love by reflecting on best-selling author, Dr. Larry Crabb's new book, 66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God that Invites You into His Story.
Sign up for this free service and you will receive, by email, a short reading for reflection every day during Lent's forty days. *
*Haven't observed Lent before? It is the forty-day period before Easter (not including Sundays) beginning on Ash Wednesday. This year Ash Wednesday is February 17 and Easter Sunday is April 4. The earliest Christians, during the apostolic era, understood Lent as an opportunity to refocus their lives, withdraw from usual practices, and draw closer to Christ.
We invite you to deepen your understanding of the joy of Easter by observing a prayerful and reflective Lent. Click the link below to receive daily emails during Lent containing passages fro Dr. Crabb's new book to help you focus your thoughts and begin your won conversations with God. Emails will begin on February 17.
I can guarantee you won't be sorry if you jump in and sign up. They are short, so even if you don't have much time, these are definitely manageable.