Thursday, September 2, 2010

Shaking things up!

Shaina and I are back in the 'Real World' after a 48 hour prayer retreat. We went up to Marblehead, near Lakeside in the Sandusky/Cedar Point area.

We prayed our way through Fresh Wind Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala, which is a great book.

One of the sections in the book focused on Acts 4:31. The church was crying out to God...not for protection, shelter, safety...they were praying for more boldness in sharing the Good News. And after they prayed..."the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness."

Right after we read this section and prayed to God, the entire house shook somewhat violently. I thought earthquake. Then we remembered what we'd just read and prayed on and were pretty much freaked out. During lunch, I texted the woman who had hooked us up with the house for the retreat and asked if whole house shaking was a common feature of the place. She suggested that it may have been work being done at the Marblehead quarry...which very well may be, but the bottom line is that God wants to shake things up in us. It was a refreshing time and very needed to come down out of the frantic pace that Shaina and I had essentially lived in for the better part of the last 2 years.

We have more focus. More clarity. More direction.

Thanks for praying!

How has God answered your prayers?

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