Love you all, praying for you!
God is so good. He has good for you! But you have to walk in His will – to see His good. Today is a travel day. Have you ever been on a Road Trip? They are full of opportunities, and some pitfalls if you’re not careful and prayerful. In a way they are a microcosm of life. God has taught us many things through road trips – and has given us some wonderful blessings, and even some habits have grown through the years. First, we always start with prayer. We ask God for His protection, for Him to set his angels around the car, to help us arrive safely. But just like everything in life that God has for us – nothing is without purpose. God has a purpose for every road trip. My purpose is to get there as quickly as possible, with the least amount of stops, in the least amount of time. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a NASCAR gas station – You pull in and Jimmy Johnson’s pit crew is just waiting for your family van – gas fill – new tires – windshield clean – trash emptied, new big gulp and skittles – out the door – 3.7 seconds! I’d pay extra for that! But that’s just me. God's not like that. He sees a much bigger picture - His purpose is far broader than mine. Over the years with babies, and five of six kids being daughters – pit stops were a necessary adventure, sometimes not even for gas stations, sometimes a shopping trip, or a half-price book store. You’re killing me! This time, it’s just April and me. But there are some habits God has given us – that I hope you will prayerfully consider making a part of your travel tradition as well. That prayer at the beginning of each trip, not only do we pray for safety – we have always asked God (April and I) since even before we got married - every road trip - we have always asked God to help us be better friends – by the time we get there. He has never not answered that prayer. We now pray that we will be better friends with Him – too. There’s another thing we always do. We give God the first fruits. The first part of every trip – we always start with His Word – It’s usually a PRISM Topic - Like Speak Life, or Kindness, or the PRISM Topic Packet – Basics. There is something about giving God first place – that always brings a return and a blessing – that sets the atmosphere of the trip – and completely changes the course, the experience and the results. Have you ever asked God - "God, what is Your purpose for us - for this trip?" God said if we ask, He will answer. (This even applies daily - every time you drive to work! - you can change the atmosphere, even the course of history - through prayer alone!) The purpose of Road Trips - is not just getting to your destination. What does God want to increase in your heart, your spirit and your habits – before you get there? Before the kids get lost in their iphones and Netflix. Is there something that God wants you to grow in – as a family? Maybe grow in Prayer - See the PRISM Topic – Prayer – What if you reserved just a few minutes of the trip – to agree in prayer as a family. The Holy Spirit will lead you – you may never know until eternity – the effect of this small step of obedience. What about taking a portion of the trip to listen? To each other. There are some great question books – that encourage listening. One of the greatest needs of every person – is to be heard. For someone to care enough about them – to listen. Does God want you to use a portion of the trip for education? Don’t get carried away – it’s probably not time for War and Peace or the complete unabridged account of World War II. But for a few minutes of the trip, does God want you to learn something new about world history, American History, or Art or Science? Everything new - learned about the world we live in – points to the wonder and faithfulness of God. What about just 5 minutes of classical music? Your kids might actually benefit from music beyond, Khalid, Beyonce, Taylor Swift or Lil Nas. One Thing we always encourage – when it comes to music consumption. Is Worship a priority? Music creates the environment, it shapes the atmosphere. But worship – brings the presence God, it can usher in the Holy Spirit in power – that will fundamentally alter any road trip.
An interesting thing about road trips – that are so indicative of life. The real question of road trips - just like life. Who’s driving? That makes all the difference. Some years ago Carrie Underwood released a hit single – called “Jesus take the wheel!” It's relevance to road trips may be far surpassed by it's application to life. Isn't it interesting – the power that the driver holds. They determine where we are going, how fast we get there, they determine when we stop, they determine the speed at which we travel – they determine if we cruise past the traffic jam, or get stuck in the slow lane, and also - if we end up in a ditch. They can also even control the temperature, the radio, and the volume, as well as if we all get car sick – and this is really for life, not just road trips. Most people are like that girl in the Carrie Underwood song. She had a lot on her mind, she didn’t pay attention she was going way to fast. Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass. Why is it when it comes to life - We all just wanna drive ourselves. We in life, like road trips, often don’t understand God’s purpose, cause we didn't ask. And we only think of letting Jesus take the wheel – when we lose control. But the truth is we never had control, we just thought we did – black ice or not. The truth is if Jesus were driving from the beginning – we never would have hit the ice, or the traffic, or the ditch that we find ourselves in - again.
Praying for you – that if you are on a road trip – you would always ask Him to be better friends and better friends with Him by the time you get there. He will answer... praying that Prayer and Praise – and His Word – would be the first fruits of every trip you take. Praying that you will ask God during PiVAT before dinner to reveal HIS Purpose for this trip. That PRISM will set the atmosphere and the tone. Praying that you would grow in the important things – listening, praise, prayer and truth. That nothing would bother you, not slowing traffic, or higher gas prices, or even extra stops. That your mind would be set on Him, and your words would always be His Words, that you would walk in every last thing that He has purposed for you in this trip – always looking for those God-ordained appointments along the way – the waitress at the restaurant, the person the gas station, or even the one back home or far away that the Holy Spirit prompts you to call and pray for. And as you’ve probably figured out by now – your life – is just one big road trip.
Love you all,
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