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Cheer up. He is calling you.

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Do you know the story of blind Bartimeus? It’s in Mark 10…

Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road.

When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”

So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you,” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”

And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

This story of Jesus healing Bartimeus has become a call to prayer for me.

Weird connection? Stay with me.

My perspective on prayer has changed drastically in the past few years. I used to live in the camp that my prayers had to be well-put-together, with the right words, quoting scripture, asking for the best things, etc.

Now, through grace and Spirit-led discoveries, prayer is ongoing interaction with Father God. I invite Him to join me in my breakfast or morning jog. I ask His opinion before I speak or enter a meeting. I share frustrations, fears, and disappointment with Him on the spot, whether I’m driving, talking, or washing dishes.

The gift of praying, Holy Spirit inside us as a constant Companion, is so beautiful, so profound, so revolutionary.

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how the Psalms help me picture God

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Lately my spiritual growth has been marked by the words, “taste and see.” Meditation, prayer, quiet are examples of practicalities.

I’m a creative individual, a visual person, you might say. In this fresh season of learning and change, the taste part has been easier than the see part.

So what did I do? I asked God to help me see. I was even super specific, Lord, give my heart’s eye an image. 

I don’t need to literally and physically see Him with my eyes, that won’t happen in this life, we live by faith not by sight, but maybe to taste and see Him is to dwell on the beautiful, marvelous person of God. 

I didn’t “get” anything supernatural, but the next day I was prompted to read through Psalms to see how God is personified with human characteristics, or even specific details of His being.

So I read, flipping page after page, jotting down verses here and there. I’d like to share some of them with you, in case your heart ever longs to see God, and struggles a little like I did.

  • He is a shield around me. Psalm 3:3
  • He lifts my head, like a Father would a child. Psalm 3:3
  • He holds my hand. Psalm 73:23
  • His dwelling place is lovely. Psalm 84:1
  • He is robed in majesty and strength. Psalm 93:1
  • He is my safe place. Psalm 4:8
  • His voice is powerful, full of majesty. Psalm 29:4
  • His face shines. Psalm 67:12
  • He is a hiding place. Psalm 32:7
  • He shouts deliverance over me. Psalm 32:7
  • He looks down and sees me. Psalm 33:13, 18
  • In His light, do I see light. Psalm 36:9
  • His hands support me. Psalm 18:35
  • The heavens declare His glory; the sky proclaims His handiwork. Psalm 19:1
  • He is my friend. Psalm 25:14
  • He is beautiful. Psalm 27:4
  • He is my helper, the upholder of my life. Psalm 54:4
  • He is a Rock. Psalm 62:2, 6
  • His right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:8
  • His house is good, His temple is holy. Psalm 65:4
  • He listens to my prayers. Psalm 66:19
  • He hides me in the shadow of His wings. Psalm 17:8
  • He lightens my darkness. Psalm 18:28
  • His way is perfect. Psalm 18:30
  • He is glorious. Psalm 29:1-4
  • The heavens are the work of His fingers. Psalm 8:3
  • He sits enthroned forever. Psalm 9:7
  • He is king. Psalm 10:16
  • His words are pure. Psalm 12:6
  • He covers himself with light as with a garment. Psalm 104:2

I bolded some of my favorites.

Are you experiencing anything new or fresh about God lately? I would love to hear about it.

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