Get Real with God through Lament
Ending the Pretending
It’s Sunday morning and you like me are headed into church. Each person passed offers a courteous greeting like, “Good Morning!” “Hi! How are you?” “Good thanks and you?” or “Fine, thanks!”The truth is you just had a fight with your spouse or you recently found out about another friend who is diagnosed with cancer. You are not fine but what else are you going to say. Life is hard and it is filled with many disappointments and heartaches. Telling acquaintances about our stuff is not likely to happen. So what about family? How often do you share the real stuff with friends and family? Many of us even struggle with this as well. What about God? Do you get real with him? Many people don’t.
To be honest, I am more likely to get real with God than I am with anyone else. I think this is one reason for the deep and many people have said, unusual walk I have with my Lord.Through the many heartaches of life I have had great friends and family to support me but my number one go to is the Lord. From an early age I started reading a Psalm a day. From those readings I found a God who could handle anything I had to say to him, so I did.When my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I poured out the heartache of losing her while I was still a teenager. When my husband was unfaithful, I called out to the God who knows what it is like to love a people who are unfaithful over and over again. When I miscarried my precious babies, He was the one who I cried more tears to than I thought I had.Like David, in the Psalms, my prayers are often a journey to the place of heartache, disappointment, confusion and even anger.
Have you ever prayed like this? Have you learned to bear your heartache and questions to the Lord?I was excited to find a book that talks about how to bring an ending to the pretending with God. I think this is such a great resource I want you to join me in a Book Chat.
Do you ever struggle with how to get real with God? Do you find yourself staying busy just so you don’t have to think about past heartaches and disappointments?No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece is a call to end the pretending. It is Esther’s journey to healing through the prayer of lament. Lament is the gut-level, honest prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes.
As I look at my prayer life I realize the times that I have been able to embrace God’s will even when I didn’t understand the what or the why of something or it was not at all what I wanted I was praying laments.I would love for you to join me in learning more about the prayer of lament. A Book Chat is just the opportunity to read through a book together. Discussing what the Lord is doing in your life with the new realizations you are experiencing through the book through an online community. Click here to learn more: