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Spiritual Frogs

There are not three levels of spiritual life— worship, waiting, and work. Yet some of us seem to jump like spiritual frogs from worship to waiting, and from waiting to work. God’s idea is that the three should go together as one. Oswald Chambers

I'm forming a support group--Spiritual Frogs Anonymous. 

Anyone want to join? 

Though I consciously desire an organic, constant, living-and-breathing ongoing relationship with my Heavenly Father, I so often compartmentalize and hop from heartfelt prayer to striving to please to genuine worship to doubt to waiting on Him to real caring for others, and then cycle back around, throwing in some false guilt and wrong motives just for good measure. 

How does one get rid of the useless things on that list and live a vibrant, pray-and-praise-and-serve-and-wait patiently-without-ceasing life?

I fancy myself a free spirit, but I'm afraid at least part of the answer lies in the D word. Discipline. I want it to just happen, but some things don't come naturally. The key may be in not treating spiritual disciplines as things to cross off a to-do list. Prayer. Check. Fasting. Check. Worship. Check. Serving. Check. 

The answer may be found in breaking out of the boxes. Leaving the lists behind. It's good to set aside a time of prayer, but when I rise from my chair or my knees, the conversation shouldn't end. When I leave a time of corporate worship, the praise continues in my spirit. Instead of jumping from one lily pad to the next, we can sit back and revel in the entire scene. Like an impressionist's watercolor, lines and colors blur and blend and flow into each other, creating a life of beauty and serenity. 

By not setting an end-time for these "disciplines," we may create an internal atmosphere that is less conducive to negative thoughts and wrong motives.

Membership in SFA is free. All you need is a sincere desire to stop hopping! 

How do you keep your relationship with God constant and free of boundaries?

7 Comments to Spiritual Frogs:

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shelli littleton on Thursday, January 07, 2016 1:46 PM
Oh, this is tough. I think we all struggle with this. Free of boundaries ... I've been pondering this myself. I love keeping God out of the box ... and tossing man's opinions. It's amazing how much we miss because of self-imposed structure. What we are doing right or wrong. You know? Just walk the walk with Him. Look for Him each day. We make things so hard. :)
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Becky Melby on Thursday, January 07, 2016 3:03 PM
So true, Shelli. Don't you wonder how often God looks at us and says, "You make this so hard"?
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Johnson on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 5:58 AM
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Reply to comment on Monday, March 19, 2018 1:54 AM
If you want to spend your life in the spiritual way, then you have to check the three factors like the worship, waiting and the work. Get the answer of the.... and enjoy your life in the best and the best way.
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Fake Watches on Saturday, April 07, 2018 12:12 AM
So true, Shelli. Don't you wonder how often God looks at us and says, "You make this so hard"?
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Spiritual frogs? That sounds pretty weird. But I enjoy reading your posts anyway.
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