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My desire is to abide

SMG: Day 1 February 18, 2008

Filed under: Surprise Me God — charredsmore @ 10:59 pm

Already the SMG (Surprise Me God) experiment is off to a great start!

It’s always fun to look back at old journals. 

Where have I grown? 

What was I praying? 

What was I learning? 

What was I doing? 

These answers sometimes surprise me as I pass through old journal pages.

Yesterday I opened an old journal, but this journal is a bit different than the rest.  Filled with magazine clippings, artwork, scriptures, prayers and my imagination running wild.  The Starbucks napkin glued on the page caught my attention.  There was a prayer written on the top.  This prayer was for personal growth in a very specific area – something that I desired to see God do through this weak vessel.  Immediately I was carried back 1 1/2 years – the summer of 2006 waiting at the Kansas City airport to catch a flight to Denver.  I had been blessed with the opportunity to return to Alamosa, CO as a starter for YouthWorks.  The summer prior to 2006 I had spent working in Alamosa with YouthWorks (a youth missions organization).  At the airport I had some time to journal and reflect, so I wrote out a couple prayers on random napkins.  Without going into specifics, the prayer I had written back then has been directly answered as I reflect on the “now season” in my life. 

Praise God! 

I love how He constantly reminds us of those things we ask for, knowing that He has already, or is in the process of answering. 

Remember, if you are praying according to His will (Word) your prayers WILL be received.  [1 John 5:13-15]

Where have you recently been encouraged by specific prayers for yourself being answered?

PS  Please let me know if you are doing this SMG experiment.  I am so encouraged by your faith!  Let’s share our testimonies together…


“Surprise Me God”

Filed under: Surprise Me God — charredsmore @ 2:42 am

I first heard about this experiment a few years back with doing GreaterWorks in Minneapolis.  A couple of my roommates had gone to church hearing testimonies of this man who wrote a book sharing about his 30 day “Surprise me” experiment.  I thought it was pretty cool, considering I was always asking for divine appointments and seemed to have “random” things happen in daily life anyway.  Recently I was reminded of this man as I came across the book on a friend’s bookshelf. 

Yesterday I watched about 5 or 6 episodes of 24 (season 6 to be exact)…man I got sucked IN!  Amanda and Jess laugh at me as I gasp, yell, and ask questions throughout the show.  I am probably not the person to watch 24 with…unless you like that sort of thing.  I just can’t help it!  For those that have seen the show, you know what I am talking about.  Last night I told Amanda, “I pretty much almost have a heart attack every time I watch this show!”  But, for some reason, I like feeling that way.  Sitting on the edge of my seat, biting my fingernails, and yes, even yelling at the TV while waiting for the next suspenseful scene to come forth just brings me joy.  What doesn’t bring me joy is all that grotesque torture (I won’t even mention some of the scenes I viewed last night) and violence…which is pretty much what terrorist attacks are all about.  So, I came to the conclusion that I will put aside my obsession with 24 for a while (maybe forever) and pick up some excitement with Jesus.  He can bring thrills, suspense, and victory in real life.  That’s what I want, the real thing.

Which brings me to this little experiment, “Surprise Me God”.  Yes, I know it sounds cheesy and all, but hear me out.  God is all about mystery and surprise.  He is the supreme creator and author of LIFE.  He loves to woo us into a deeper place of love and affection, even if it is through little surprises each day.

My hope is to daily record the “surprises” that come across my path for the next 30 days.  If you want to come along for the journey, you are welcome…or you can try your own experiment. 

Lord, open my eyes to the ways in which you are orchestrating things, the ways that you are working.  Open my eyes and ears to experience your surprises.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,

according to his power that is at work within us.”

Ephesians 3:20