Sunday morning was one of those mornings I love when God breaks in on to our well crafted plans and schedules. Not that there's anything wrong with having a plan, it would be presumptuous not to plan, but that moment as Amanda Wolfram sang of God's love for us and our response to him you just knew God was in the house. Let's ask God for more of those moments, not only on Sundays but also when we meet in our small groups, at Starbucks (the new Costa Coffee in Bentall's is very cool by the way!) and in our times with friends and family, that we would be constantly encountering him.
Anyway, I just wanted to remind you (or let you know if you weren't there) about what I said at the end of the meeting. That all of us need to daily find "a time and a place" where we can meet with God. To do what Jesus said in Matthew 6 - "when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen". It's incredibly simple but I know in my life when I've carved out time to do this, taking that time to connect with God, just has a profound impact on the rest of my day. Not that I've been through some 'religious' process but that I've spent time talking to God about my day and connecting with him.
Well two days into the week and I'm doing pretty well. Got up at 6.30 (ish) both days and spent half an hour, on my own with a cup of tea and my Bible and the door shut talking and listening to God. Of course shortly after that Zak, Jacob and Alice wake up and the pace of the day changes slightly but that's another story.
So today if you haven't already why not carve out "a time and a place". Talk to God about what is going on in your world, take off all the masks because he knows it all anyway, and see what difference an encounter with him can do for you.
If you do that and it makes a difference I'd love to hear from you. If you're feeling very brave then why not leave a comment. Otherwise why not send me an email here.
Hope you have a great week and to see you either at the Willow DVD conference on Friday / Saturday or at church on Sunday - Ben's last Sunday morning preach as Senior Pastor - be there!