Love chats with God like He’s. Right. Next. To. Us.

by Craig on June 7, 2011

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I know I said I was going to summarize how I do the pattern of the Lord’s Prayer today. I really meant to. But there was this shiny little prayer shaped thing that caught my eye.

I want to add a final piece to “God tweeting” from yesterday.

The first part of my humble little prayer method is the informal prayer – just chatting with God about whatever, whenever, just as if he were a friend standing next to me. Some of you told me you already do this – and that makes me smile – and feel not so crazy for “God tweeting”

I think back to when I started the habit of “God tweeting” and I want to share with you the one thing that changed it all.

First, let me admit, I talk to myself.

But seriously – we all talk to ourselves right?

Actually, talking to ourselves is normal and healthy. The only problem comes when we talk to ourselves but we think we’re talking to other people…

“Quiet now! Daddy’s talking!”

Now that’s a problem.

But as long as we know that we’re actually talking to ourselves when we talk to ourselves, I think we’re okay.

The thing that changed everything was one little word.

Let’s say…
running late…
frantically searching for keys…
and we comment,
ever so calmly and serenely, of course,
“I wonder where, perchance, I may have left them?”

Or something like that.

One word changes that to a prayer.

Or…

Let’s say…
walking barefoot on the floor…
and our heal finds the stray Lego left out from yesterday’s playtime…
not only that, but it finds,
as it always does,
the sharp corner of the stray Lego…
of course we may want to raise our voice,
but instead we remember that it’s better to…

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“I wonder why it is that my precious and adorable children on rare and special occasions leave these colorful and charming objects strewn artistically about the house?”

Or something like that.

Still, one word changes that to a prayer.

One word with question mark…

I just tack it on to the end…

And maybe look up as I say it…

“… Lord?”

And I’m no longer talking to me, I’m talking to Him.

“Why do my sweet and lovable offspring do that?” turns into, “Why do my sweet and lovable offspring do that… Lord?”

It might lead to a conversation, it might just be a simple 51 character tweet.

Either way, it brings Him into the situation – and that’s always a good thing.

This is “God tweeting” but it needs more – because is one really complete without the other?

It kind of needs a “God facebooking” option – more structured and with pictures.

Because just chatting with God, while important, tends to be incomplete and a bit self centered. So to make prayer complete, to make sure all of the bases are covered, I peer over to Our Lord’s desk, and I copy off of His paper…

with all those pristinely perfect little answers…

That’ll be tomorrow…

but don’t be surprised to see a poem here tomorrow,

poems are good right?

and kind of shiny?

even though, as we know…

poems. hate. me.

They still seem to turn out kind of pretty…

So that’s the new plan…

with the caveat…

I heart the word caveat (I heart “capricious” too, by the way too – pretty words)

sorry…easily distracted…

anyway…

Hope to see you tomorrow…

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Miz Liz June 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

:-) How did he know I NEEDED a smile today, Lord? THANK YOU.
:-) You had not told me I was tweeting with You through my days, Lord. THANK YOU.
:-) Now PERHAPS I can tiptoe into this day that is so hard with a :-). THANK YOU. Lord. And Craig. :-)

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Craig June 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

I can tell, Liz, that lately has been hard for you. I just prayed for the hard stuff – and that our Lord be there strong with you. I know hard. Hard and I are close friends. Stupid hard! I’m glad I made you smile – your comment made me smile :-) God bless and keep you Liz!

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Cindy Holman June 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Thanks – great word for today – LOVE THE PICTURE of the birds!!!

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Craig June 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I HEART those birds – perfect picture – perfect caption – I just heart it and I’m glad you heart it too :-) God bless you Cindy!

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Connie@raise your eyes June 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Craig, I’m smiling at the lyrical words followed by “or something like that.” :) GOD’s Blessing on you friend.

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Craig June 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I smiled when I wrote them too Connie. Because, Lord knows, we (read I) always respond to a little drama – with absolutely no drama at all. :) God’s blessings on you too friend!

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Cora June 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I’m glad I’m still ok, because I DO know I’m talking to myself when I’m talking to myself. No one answers. Especially when I’m crabbing over cooking dinner. Maybe I’ll follow your suggestion tomorrow and turn every “crab” into a prayer and end the sentence with “Lord.” Why do I get the fishy feeling the crabbing won’t last too long??????? Somehow, I’m relating to that bird.. . . .

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Craig June 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

that bird! I heart that bird picture – it’s perfect – in so many ways. I might want to tuck it away and use it later – it has so many different messages in it. Pure brilliance! And yes – just sticking the one little word at the end of any statement that I say to myself – it changes things. I heart God. And I’m not an expert – but I think you’re okay. God Bless you Cora.

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Debbie June 8, 2011 at 1:57 am

I love the idea of tweeting to God! Of turning our self talk to God talks. :) You are all kinds of wonderful . . .thank you and God bless you for our smiles today!

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Craig June 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm

thank you Debbie – but it really is HIM who’s all kinds of wonderful. Anything good I ever write is basically plagiarizing – plagiarizing God.

God Bless you Debbie.

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Michelle June 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

I’ve never heard it called God Tweeting before:) Some days I do this more than others…yesterday I did it alot:) Great post!

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Craig June 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Michelle, I think Paul called it “praying constantly”. I used to call it conversational prayer – then chit-chatting with God – then incessant God blabbing, but since I discovered Twitter – that’s the name du jour. And even though it doesn’t have a trademark by it – I think I can proudly say that I invented the term. Thank you Michelle, thank you – and God bless and keep you and all of yours.

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A. June 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm

“Lord, and I am no longer talking to me; I am talking to Him.” I am doing that today-thank you for this way of describing it!

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Craig June 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Amen, A. Just that one word – just that one word tacked on the end – it changes everything. It’s like it invites him in – I don’t know when that’s ever been a bad thing, in my life at least. God bless you A.

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